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Week of February 24, 2010        
“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance.” Psa. 42:5

These words remind me of one who feels separated from God’s presence…ever feel that way? Depression lurks… Disappointment is tempting and our focus gets misplaced.  Think about it… We never trip over trees. We trip over those roots that are jutting out beneath the ground. An unexpected misstep that sends us reeling… I had one of those days today as I logged onto my computer to gain access on the internet and my home page was completely wrong. Where was the favorite file? How did this happen? How will I find my email account? I walked into a dilemma that was not on my agenda. Ugh!  Time was wasting away. Dinner would be late or maybe this would be a “find what you can” night. I hate this! My focus turned to my inconvenience and pulled me away from the service I had planned.  “Count your losses and move on, Marcia.” I heard the words clearly in my thoughts as I was fueling up to go on a lengthy “high-speed come apart.”  What else could I do? I had no Plan B to rely on for the day. I had to accept the inconvenience and praise him for the help of His prodding. I had a choice to make. Give my Joy away over something so trivial and seek out the Master’s plan for my day or pout in my disappointment because my plans were changed.  In the end, my hope was not misplaced. Praise came easy as I realized just how ridiculous I was being. After all, I was not going to change the new web page or make the day go better because I chose to throw a fit.  Thank you, Father, for the hope You provide which guarded my thought life and preserved my joy today.

Sunday services meet at 9:30 am and 6:00 pm.

Wednesday night Youth, Prayer meeting, and Jesus Club meets at 7:00 pm.

Clint Woolsey, pastor
Marcia Russell, reporter


Week of January 19, 2010

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” Matthew 13:44

 

Aren’t we (our bodies) dust from the earth? Didn’t God the Father take it and breathe the breath of life into it? (Gen. 2:7) The breath of life makes us different from any other living being. Kind of makes us a field of dirt with a treasure buried in it. Don’t you think?  The kingdom of heaven was worth all that the man owned. Well, Jesus bought us in the same way. He gave everything he had…his life.  I wonder… How is your love walk? Do you see your brother’s dirt or do you focus on his treasure? You know, that blood bought being which is hidden in a pile of dirt.  Do you see his gifts and possibilities? Or… Do you see his imperfections and areas that still needed weeded? Why do we find fault, brother?  What is righteousness if not in love with the Master to the point of faithfully loving our brother? And what is righteousness if not knowing how to lovingly restore those who need restoring?  We have a righteousness that has nothing to do with our own works but instead relies on Jesus’ sinless life and His sacrificial payment for our sins...fields with buried treasure.

 

Announcements:  

We look forward to our Outreach Team Covenant signing on Jan. 31st. Way to go Allen Yager, our new president! Feb. 6th is Date night, Feb. 7th is our “Burger Bowl”, and Feb. 13th and 20th is a training course in “The Way of the Master.”  Sunday services meet at 9:30 am and 6:00 pm. Wednesday night Youth, Prayer meeting, and Jesus Club meets at 7:00 pm. 

 

Clint Woolsey, pastor

Marcia Russell, reporter  

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