I Love it When a Plan Comes Together

Dear Mosaic Family,

I don’t know how many of you have ever seen the old A-team television series, but it was a thing when I was a teenager. Maybe you’ve seen the more recent movie based on the popular series. If you’ve seen either you probably figured out the story formula pretty quick, but if not they explain it in the open, “Ten years ago a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they did not commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today still wanted by the government they survive as soldiers of fortune... If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the A-team…”

Each episode someone in despair came to them for help, the team would assemble, and after some arguing between the team, they would come up with a plan.  The plan was always overly elaborate and often seemed impossible to everyone but their confident leader Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith.  For the rest of that hour of TV you watched the ups and downs of the overly elaborate plan that usually involved lots of disguises, but ultimately relied on, a lot of gun-fire, fisticuffs, and a homemade assault vehicle built by Mr. T, the muscle of the group, to achieve victory. No one ever seemed to be shot or even bleed in any of it, but the show always concluded with a happy outcome where the bad guys, usually corporate, government, or crime syndicate bullies were turned away.  Despite the close call, their leader “Hannibal” would always finish with the tagline, “I love it when a plan comes together” as he lit a cigar.

Last week Pastor Ivey showed us from Galatians 4:4 how God’s plan came together in human history. This week in “The Fullness of Time: Dawn Of Hope” we go back to see the plan in its infancy, to the story of Cain and Abel in Genesis 4.  We know the outcome, but we will see that from our viewpoint hope can seem fragile unless our hope rests fully on “Him who is able.” Ephesians 3:20. If you like to read ahead Genesis 3:15 and Genesis 4:1-26 will be our focus tomorrow. I look forward to worshiping with you.

In Christ,

Bill Hopkins
Community Pastor

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