Salt County, a church that is more like a home

The Saline Courier Weekend - - OPINION - Spe­cial to The Sa­line Courier

In our kitchen win­dow, my wife has one of those change­able mes­sage boards. I think she orig­i­nally in­tended to ac­tu­ally change the mes­sage from time to time, but it would seem that af­ter two years we still aren’t ready to move on.

The mes­sage cur­rently reads, “May your choices re­flect your hopes, not your fears.” — Nel­son Man­dela

My name is Josh Robert­son, and that wife I told you about, her name is Shelli. We are proud to be rais­ing our four kids, Micah, Brandt, Jus­tus and Jor­dan, in our home­town of Ben­ton.

Noth­ing about our lives is quite like we an­tic­i­pated, but as I re­flect on the jour­ney, I can hon­estly say we have al­ways made choices based upon a hope and not a fear. Al­low me to share a real life story to ex­plain our hope for Salt County.

Ken was gaz­ing out over the Sa­line River, so I in­tro­duced my­self and we ex­changed pleas­antries. I asked Ken what had brought him here and he re­sponded, “I am try­ing to find my roots.” He had spent a life­time chas­ing af­ter ev­ery­thing a man is sup­posed to chase, and now that it had all es­caped him, he re­turned home. Ken’s dilemma was that home was nowhere to be found. He had be­lieved that the care­free se­cu­rity and sense of com­mu­nity be­longed to a place, yet, now he stood in the same place and found noth­ing he had left.

My new friend even­tu­ally shared the bleak news his doc­tor had re­cently given him, which ex­plained his lat­est jour­ney home. Heart­bro­ken over his sit­u­a­tion, I turned the con­ver­sa­tion to mat­ters of faith and hope. Ken ac­knowl­edged a sense of faith yet quickly re­jected any­thing to do with church.

He had been there and had no in­ter­est in go­ing back, even now.

My only re­sponse was a sin­gle ques­tion, “What if there was a church that was more like home?”

My new friend quickly ex­claimed, “I’d be there to­day!”

127 N. Main St., that’s the ad­dress where you will find a group of peo­ple look­ing to in­creas­ingly wor­ship, obey and be trans­formed by Je­sus Christ while help­ing oth­ers do the same … in an en­vi­ron­ment that feels more like home.

Our be­lief is that there are many like Ken in this city. Our hope is they will find their way home.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.salt­

Spe­cial to The Sa­line Courier

City Church Salt County is lo­cated at 127 N. Main St. in Down­town Ben­ton. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.salt­

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