Exploring and Adventure
I love exploring. I love a good adventure. When I came across these verses I had to admit I don’t always get as excited about opening God’s Word as I do about heading up a new trail.
I’ve learned over the years, however, the more I dig into God’s Word, the more His wisdom becomes clear. The more I discover His heart, His purpose, His love.
Keep searching, keep digging, keep exploring!
“Good friend, take to heart what I’m telling you; collect my counsels and guard them with your life. Tune your ears to the world of Wisdom; set your heart on a life of Understanding. That’s right—if you make Insight your priority, and won’t take no for an answer, searching for it like a prospector panning for gold, like an adventurer on a treasure hunt, believe me, before you know it Fear-of-God will be yours; you’ll have come upon the Knowledge of God.” (Proverbs 2:1-5 MSG)
Goat Hair…and I don’t Care!
When we first mentioned at Community our “Operation Blessing” offering for the new kids building I read the following verses from Exodus 25. God told the people to be generous and help furnish the new tabernacle. (Watch for the words, “goat hair”.)
“The Lord said to Moses, ‘Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from everyone whose heart prompts them to give. These are the offerings you are to receive from them: gold, silver and bronze; blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen; goat hair; ram skins dyed red and another type of durable leather; acacia wood; olive oil for the light; spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense; and onyx stones and other gems to be mounted on the ephod and breastpiece.’” (Exodus 25:1-7 NIV)
About two weeks after I read these verses to our church, one family told me they were definitely going to give GOAT HAIR for their Operation Blessing offering! GOAT HAIR!!
The Mikolaycik family have three great children and three very pricey baby goats. Their plan is to sell these “kids” (not their children, but the goats) and give the money from these show goats for our new Kids Building (children, not goats).
Did that make any sense? Anyway, I love it. People are getting seriously excited and quite creative in figuring out how they can bring something special on our Operation Blessing weekend, which is September 1 & 2 in all of our weekend services.
What are you bringing???
God in a Box?
There are times I find myself amused by those who think they’ve got God all figured out. Some attempt to describe and define Him in terms we can fully comprehend. That thought alone is humorous.
God does NOT fit nicely into our little box of descriptive terms. That is actually GREAT NEWS. God is bigger, stronger, mightier, more brilliant, more intelligent, more…more…more.
So when life hits you full force, remember the One you can’t completely comprehend is fully in love with you and has more than enough power to come to your rescue…whether He does it as you expected or not.
“His lightning flashes out across the world. The earth sees and trembles. The mountains melt like wax before the Lord, before the Lord of all the earth.” (Psalm 97:4-5 NLT)
What a Weekend!
For those of you at Community, we added The Bucket List to our series: AT THE MOVIES. I already have gotten great feedback from the weekend.
This same weekend, Michelle and I were able to be in Fresno at Cross City Christian Church (mycrosscity.com). Dave Rutherford and I went to college together over 30 years ago. For the past 23 years as Pastor, Dave and his wife have faithfully been doing an amazing job in Fresno County. The church is a great place that runs nearly 4,000 on the weekends. Michelle and I were both impressed and encouraged by what we saw and experienced.
Being able to preach there was a great honor and I continue to pray they were as blessed as much as I was.
As good as it was, as we started the drive home after the last service, I was already looking forward to see our Community family this coming weekend! See you soon!!
“For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, ‘It is through faith that a righteous person has life.’” (Romans 1:16-17 NLT)
Gotta Show Up in order to Build Up
At some point this weekend, many people will look at their options and make a decision on whether or not to make it to a worship service. We might make this decision based on, “what’s in it for me?” Seriously, our options might include the beach or mountains, extra time with family or friends, or simply to get caught up on sleep or yard work…and then church. Hmmmmm. What to do, what to do?
Let me give you one more thing for your options assessment. What if YOU are the one that can encourage someone else. They show up because they know the need it right now. They need God. They need help. They need encouragement.
God has it all set up. They’ll show up and YOU are the one who is able to bring some light and hope into their difficult situation.
Now, it’s on you. What if we truly thought of “others” when we evaluated our options this weekend?
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:23-25 NIV)