Port Orchard, the Narrows Bridge, and meeting Mormon missionaries at your door

I love bridges!

The Narrows Bridge which connects Tacoma, Washington to the Kitsap peninsula has a long history. It originally opened in 1940 and received the nickname “Galloping Gertie” then collapsed four months later when high winds whistling through the straight.

Collapse of the Narrows Bridge

I crossed northbound over the Narrows bridge on my way to Port Orchard where I had the opportunity to give a presentation at Bethany Lutheran Church.  Nestled within the cedars, I arrived in the early morning and was welcomed by an enthusiastic group of Christians where were excited to learn more about Truth in Love Ministry.

Bethany Lutheran Church in Port Orchard, Washington

Bethany Lutheran Church in Port Orchard, Washington

I thoroughly enjoy visiting churches, meeting the people, learning about the ministry opportunities that exist in their community, and appreciate the architecture and worship settings. In Port Orchard, for instance, there is a growing presence of the LDS Church. The members at Bethany were very interested to learn more about the differences between the teachings of Mormonism and orthodox biblical Christianity. What do you say when two Mormon missionaries appears at your door? So often, Christians are intimidated and fearful when these well-dressed young men stand before them. But that doesn’t need to be the case.

First of all, there is power in just being nice. Offer them a glass of water. They are used to receiving rude and uninterested greetings at your door. Second, you can share one simple statement that defines biblical Christianity in a way that a Mormon understands, “I am already perfect in Christ.” By what Christ has already accomplished on the cross, we can be declared righteous and fully forgiven right now. Faith receives all the benefits of Christ’s substitution on the cross. As a result, we can say that I’m already perfect in Christ.

Later that afternoon, I traveled across the Narrows Bridge after paying a five dollar toll. High winds were already whistling through the straight with my car feeling it’s brunt. I was greeting warmly by members at Light of Life Lutheran Church in Covington, Washington

Light of Life Lutheran Church in Covington, Washington

Light of Life Lutheran Church in Covington, Washington

Located east of Federal Way, Covington is a growing community. I enjoyed meeting the people and really liked their worship space.

Bridges are built to connect us across the water. They allow us to cross over without any exertion on our part. It’s already been done. That’s the message of the cross of Jesus Christ. He has already done the work. Faith trusts the completed work that the bridge is safe to cross over. To believe in our works is like choosing to row a boat across the treacherous Narrows straight in an attempt to get to the other side. What would be the point? This is the message I bring when I travel — the true gospel of Jesus Christ. With a sense of privilege, I rejoice at these opportunities the Lord has given me.

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