Make A Difference
As the Founding Pastor of Hope Community Church, also affectionately known as the Grand Poobah, thirty years ago my main focus was our beginning. Then it shifted to our year-to-year calling of Bringing People Closer to Jesus and now I’m focusing not so much on where we have been but where we are going – our future. It was Jesus, who said in Luke 9:62, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
I recently came across the word: Athazagoraphobia, which is, “The fear of being forgotten or ignored or the fear of forgetting.” Ally Batot writes, “I´m afraid that one day, nobody will remember me at all and that everything I´ve ever done will just fade away, lost forever.” She continues, “A hundred years down the road, I want people to still remember my name and to be able to tell their grandchildren about me. I want my legacy to pass from generation to generation…” “…I want somebody to feel influenced by my actions.” Don’t we all!
For all Followers of Jesus athazagoraphobia is an unfounded fear! After all: We will never be forgotten! Our names are written in the Book of Life, we will be forever with Jesus in the Father’s House, and in 1 Corinthians 13:12b we are told, “Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” Not only will you never be forgotten in Heaven, but you can also be remembered and have a lasting positive influence in the world, this community, and with your children, grandchildren, and future generations.
Please consider this: Death can stop your earthly journey but not your future influence for the Kingdom. With some effort, thought, and joyful planning now you can ensure a long term Kingdom influence. Therefore, with joy and hope, I am officially announcing the beginning of the Hope Endowment Fund which will help to provide Hopesters with the avenue needed to guide us in personally providing financial provision for ministry at Hope for generations.
Please, joyfully accept this invitation to come and learn more about the Hope Endowment Fund, next Sunday, September 16th at 5:00 p.m. in The Cup. (Please enter thru the side doors under The Cup sign.) At that time, I will share and also our own Herk Russell will be supplying very practical information and answering questions as to how you can participate. This meeting will be brief. The more Hopesters the better!
I’m a very practical person, so please consider this real life example of how and why establishing this Endowment can be so important. Consider this: A long term Hopester becomes terminally ill, at which time, the wonderful organization Hospice gives quality end of life care. And because of their training, the Hospice worker asks the family if they would include a gift to Hospice in their will and they agree to do so. But yet, because we at Hope were not ready and never asked, there was no thought ever given to support this ministry which had served them so well for so many years. Sad, but it happens, even when the departed Hopester would have found great joy and satisfaction in leaving something of value to Hope.
I hope many of you, as Sharon and I have done, will consider making Hope part of your long term Kingdom investment and plans and will come next Sunday afternoon, September 16 at 5:00 in The Cup to learn more. Please know, at that time, you will not be pressured to make any decisions, rather you will be given information, so you can know how to do so in the future when you are ready. The Hope Endowment Fund is a very good thing and not just meant for the wealthy it is something in which we can all participate.