RESET 2020

One of my kids sent me a text the other day that said that 2020 was like looking both ways before crossing the street and then getting hit by an airplane.  I laughed of course but couldn’t help analyzing the hidden truth from a pastoral perspective.  I’m always on the lookout for a good blog that might help my church family better process what they are experiencing in this world.  Here’s what I think. 
Everybody needs a RESET from time to time, especially after a crisis.  The brain and the body need to refocus on “life as it was meant to be” not as it has been during the last 4 months and continues to be, i.e. intimidating, confusing, violent, divided, etc. We all know how to “reset” our computers, modems, or electronic devices.  You know what I’m talking about.  You call your internet provider and wait for an hour to talk to a technician, after which they walk you through several stages of troubleshooting, only to tell you in the end to “reset” your device.  And BOOM, it works just fine again.  All it needed was a reset. 
Your head and your heart are like that electronic device.  They need a reset on a regular basis. You really do need a vacation on a regular basis, if only to reset your soul.  I think that’s what a good night’s rest is supposed to do.  It’s a reset for your body and soul.  The soul is not meant to sustain high levels of stress and anxiety without regular intervals of resting, refreshing, and resetting.  We are meant to live in CALM with our “fight or flight” mode only activating infrequently as a matter of self-preservation.  Continual assault on the mind with heightened emotion is a sure path to a stressed-out soul.  I don’t need to tell you the outcomes of maintaining high levels of stress on both the body and the mind. 
We’ve been in a hypervigilant mode for 15 weeks now and we need to reset our minds on the matters of faith that give purpose and peace to our daily lives.  Staring at a screen for too long will catch your brain in a feedback loop.  Even the most noble cause can become an obsession if you don’t stop and refocus your mind on the “things that are above” (Colossians 3:1).  
I’m not sure I’ve told you yet but RESET 2020 is my new summer sermon series.  Here are some of the topics I hope to study with you on Sunday mornings, either in person at the church or online in your home. 
  1. Advancing the Gates of Hell
  2. Facing Your Fears
  3. The Last Days  
  4. Clarity in Confusion
  5. Unity in Community
  6. The Second Coming
  7. Justice for All  
  8. Love Your Neighbor
  9. Faith and Politics
  10. The Pathology of Wealth and Materialism


The one message that I hope I don’t get to preach is number 6!  And I’m not kidding.  “Even so come Lord Jesus!” (Rev. 22:20).  Be ready church family.  He is coming soon. 


Shalom everyone,

Pastor Deric