Spaced Out

October 17, 2014

Pastor's Study

What went up came down.  Without a hitch, unfortunately.

Let me explain.  On Saturday, March 18, 1989, the space shuttle Discovery returned from its five-day mission (STS-29) to boldly go where no shuttle had ever gone before. (I told you that I’m a Star Trek Fan!) The trip came off without problems; no technical glitches, no serious mishaps.  This, of course, thrilled the nation as well as everyone at mission control.  But it was a disappointment to mission specialist Robert Springer.  As witness – his mother’s comment:  “Bob was hoping for just some little problem so he could take a spacewalk.”

I Like That Guy!  Some people see problems – this guy sees the chance for a spacewalk!

So much of life is how you look at it.  To Jesus, five thousand hungry people were not a hassle; they were an opportunity to show God’s power.  A blind man was not a burden on society, but a blessing sent to show the love and power of the Heavenly Father!  To Jesus, the cross did not raise Him that much farther from the earth, but that much closer to Heaven! 

Jesus looked at the same world that you and I see, BUT WHAT HE SAW WAS OPPORTUNITIES, NOT OBSTACLES; POTENTIAL, NOT PROBLEMS!!

Is a warning light flashing on the dashboard of your spiritual spaceship?  Do you rejoice over lift-off, or simply shout, “Look out!”  Well, praise God for the problems and put on your spacesuit!  Remember, for the Christian, a challenge is just a chance to rise up with wings as astronauts, an open door for a spacewalk!

Spaced Out,

Pastor Scott

About Pastor

My Family: My wife and I have been married for 30 years (wow! that's hard to believe.) We have four wonderful children and EIGHT perfect grandchildren!! Education: I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Pastoral Theology from Tennessee Temple University. After serving Bethel Baptist Church in Ontario, Canada as Youth Pastor and South Buncombe Baptist in Asheville, NC as Associate Pastor, we moved to Wake Forest, NC where I attended Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. In 1995, I received my Master of Divinity degree (with languages.) From 1999-2001, I attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary pursuing my Doctor of Ministry degree in Expository Preaching. Ministry: I have had the privilege of pastoring three wonderful congregations (Montwood Baptist 1993-1997; Union Baptist 1997-2002; and, South Fork Baptist 2010-present.) In 2010, God brought a very special group of people into my life. South Fork has become much more than a ministry to my family - it has become our home. If you are looking for a Church to call home, you will not find a better group of people than the family that makes up South Fork.

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