Pastor’s Blog

Get Walking!


After my comment last Sunday about being “twice the man” I am since marrying Robin; I invested sometime this morning walking!  Not outside – are you kidding? But inside on our treadmill.  We all know walking is great exercise –easy on the knees and it costs nothing to do!  Did you also know it’s a spiritually healthy too?


Obviously we can pray when we walk and I know Robin does that on the treadmill as well.  I pray too.  “Lord help me!”  But what I really want to share with you is about a “once in a lifetime” spiritual Retreat Weekend called The Walk to Emmaus.  The title comes from the account in Luke 24 of two distraught men who were walking to a village outside of Jerusalem named Emmaus on the very first Easter.  A “stranger” started walking with them and sharing all about Old Testament history and Jesus with them. In was in fact, The Resurrected Christ!  They realized it when he sat down to eat with them and broke bread and prayed. He immediately disappeared from their sight.  They responded, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us.”  What Scriptures?  The Old Testament (We’ll “officially” begin out Epic to Eden Old Testament Bible Study this Wednesday night.  We had 40 join us last night for the Intro!).


The Walk to Emmaus is a 72 hour Spiritual Retreat Weekend for Men and another for Women.  The next Walk in our area for Men is March 1-4, 2018 at a Retreat Center in Perkins, OK.  The Women’s Walk is two weeks later March 15-18.  Who should go?  Anyone who wants to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ and experience God’s love in amazing ways.  You will hear a series of talks on the Christian life, share life together with others, celebrate Holy Communion daily with a focus on the cross and experience some other pleasant “surprises’ too!


I’m serving as the Assistant Spiritual Director on the upcoming Men’s Walk, so I especially want to encourage our Men to attend.  We have two men signed up now and I have applications in my office for others.  We will supply a sponsor for you.  Applications do need to be in by Feb. 1.  Got questions?  Ask some of your Willow View family who have been.  I’ll point them out this Sunday in Worship!  I’ve invited them to wear a cross like I was wearing last Sunday that is a part of the Emmaus Weekend.  Let’s “Get Walking” Willow View and discover more of what God wants to do in and through each of you!


Yours on The Journey,


Pastor Mark


PS – “It pays to pray!”  I’ve got an amazing story to share from lunch with Cade today!