Perhaps you are familiar with the following faith-challenge statement…”If you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?”  I have been thinking a lot lately about the answer to that question in my own life.  We live in a world that is growing more and more hostile toward followers of Jesus.  Every day we are faced with the challenge of showing the world an authentic picture of what it means to be a Christian.

This week I will preach the first message in the last grouping of our Finding Our Voice series.  Over the next few Sunday’s we will look at the challenge of “finding our voice in a hostile world.”  Each week I will focus on the life and message of one of the minor prophets.  I view these prophets as “pacesetters” in their cultures.  They were individuals who were willing to get out in front of society’s “pack” by using their voices and their lives to set a godly example for others.

Daniel (of Daniel in the lion’s den fame) while not a prophet, represents what it means to be a godly “pacesetter.”  I am going to use his life as a template for the rest of the series.  You can prepare for Sunday by thoughtfully reading his story in Daniel 6. 

See you in church.

Pastor Gary