Minister's Message

From Al Kohorst
Vice President of Business Development

Earlier this year, my fellow minister Marlene Chandler gave me a Bible Promises for You book. It contains many scripture quotations from the Holy Bible. It is a really cool book that is broken into topics from A-Z. The passages are presented in alphabetical order and include various subjects such as accomplishment, compassion, courage, discernment, goals, honesty, humility, integrity, maturity, patience, salvation, trust and wisdom.

Many days when I get to the office early, I like to grab the book and open it to a chapter of interest for that day. I have found these moments to be inspirational and a great way to get the day started on the right foot. This month I have gravitated to the chapter on maturity. Why maturity you ask?  This month, I celebrated 15 wonderful years of experience at Volunteers of America. It has been exciting helping thousands of people right here in our community. It makes you feel good inside - real warm and fuzzy.  I also recently celebrated another birthday and middle age is fast becoming a more mature age. Of course my mind still thinks I’m a kid but the body doesn’t work like the early years in Thrift Enterprise. In Hebrews 6:1 Let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity.  Also in James 1:4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. Maturity is reinforced in Proverbs 9:9 Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning. To persevere is an excellent virtue and to gain experience and learn along the way will make you wiser, but doing God’s work will make you more mature.

Maturity is summarized well in Ephesians 4:11-15 It was Christ who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. This is an excellent message about life as a journey.  It doesn’t matter who you are, what you do, but what’s important is doing the work of the Lord. You’ve got to work hard, persevere and do your best each and every day. It’s just an outright honor serving people in need and gaining faith, knowledge and maturity through our experiences at Volunteers of America.

Thank you, Marlene!