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United We Stand?
By Pastor Jon Haakana

In March, I had the opportunity to spend a Saturday morning with the Ministry Staff, MMC, and Commission of Elders to talk about spiritual health and unity within each of those leadership groups, as well as between those groups. I also reminded them that as Senior Pastor of Mount Olive it was crucial for me to develop healthy relationships and unity with the staff, lay leaders, and congregation members. So the question is: “How are we doing? Do we stand united, working together united in Christ?”

Before we answer that question I will share a few thoughts that I presented to our staff and lay leaders. In John chapter 17, we have what is commonly referred to as Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer. In that prayer Jesus predicts the growth of the Christian church then and into the future, and He prays for unity among Christians. (John 17:20-24) He knew the church would grow but He felt the need to pray for unity among us. Why did He do that? Because he knew that unity can be a problem among sinful human beings. Unity is not something that comes natural to us. Naturally, we go our own way, and others are not our concern. Unity is something that we need to work at. If left unattended or taken for granted, unity quickly disappears.
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