La Junta UMC
La Junta UMC

Focused but Not Finished

Mark 16:15

“He said to them, ‘Go into the world and preach the gospel to all creation.’”


This past Sunday was Easter.  We gathered and we proclaimed together “He is Risen!”


We had a wonderful service where everything seemed to come together just perfectly.


Easter, though, is just the beginning.


While the tomb was empty and death had been defeated, Jesus was still around.


Jesus was still planning on teaching and grooming.


Chris Hogan is a former professional football player who now works closely as a financial guru with Dave Ramsey on his radio show (even now has his own radio show).  He wrote the book “Retire Inspired.”


Chris Hogan has a catch phrase when people call in and ask how he’s doing: he says, “Focused but not finished.”


Jesus too was focused but not finished.


Jesus in our scripture reading is reminding us, as well as the disciples, to be focused but not finished.


We have an entire world that needs to hear about the Gospel of Good News.


Think everyone has already heard about how much God loves them?  Think again. 


While we are sharing our message of hope-advertising is reminding us that we are inadequate.  While our actual list of needs is rather short; our list of wants is never ending and always growing. 


Jesus says, “I died for you while you while you were yet a sinner,” and our culture tells us we don’t look hip enough so we need a new particular piece of clothing. 


Jesus says, “love each other just as I have loved you,” while our culture tells us that we need a new phone to make us cool and relevant.


We must be focused and not finished.  Easter was the beginning of a new chapter and not the end of the story.


I pray you find yourself filled with hope this Easter season.  May you be constantly reminded of Jesus’ sacrifice in your day-to-day life.   May you be moved to action by God’s grace, love, and mercy this Easter season.


May it be so,

Rev. Lou Ward

Upcoming Events:

      Adult Studies:

We are meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and 11:00 a.m. on Wednesdays in the Fellowship Hall.


Monthly Potluck:

Join us on the Second Sunday of every month for good food and good fellowship. 


Military Appreciation Breakfast

Third Saturday of the month, 8 a.m.:

Veterans and Active Military and their Significant Others, join us for a hearty breakfast as we share our appreciation for your service.


United Methodist Women Monthly Meeting:

Third Thursday of every month: March 17, April 21, May 19.


United Methodist Men's Monthly Breakfast:

*Postponed Until Further Notice


Office Hours:

Tuesday: 8-12 am

Wednesday: 8-11 am

Thursday: 8-11 am

Contact Us

La Junta United Methodist Church

601 San Juan Ave

La Junta, CO 81050


Phone: (719) 384-7717


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