The Best Days are Ahead

"For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'" - Jeremiah 29:11 Chuck Swindoll tells the story of a man named Worral. Worral was struck with rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 15. When Chuck met Worral, Worral was 45 years old and he was totally paralyzed except for one finger. He could barely speak and was totally blind. However, he had a string tied to his one mobile finger that could turn on a recorder. With this skill, Worral wrote for national magazines. He authored multiple books. He led a happy and influential life from his bed. How is this possible? Because - in spite of his circumstanc

Students of the Word

"Be doers of the word and not hearers only" - James 1:22 There's an old story of a Christian couple, who ordered a wedding cake from a well-known catering shop in town. As part of their order, they asked that their cake have a special verse written on top. It was the Scripture from 1 John 4:18 which reads, "There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear." The caterer wrote down their request, but wasn't familiar with the Bible. So, instead of 1 John 4:18, the wedding cake had the words of John 4:18, "You have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband." Last Sunday, I invited everyone to be Doers of the Word by being Students of the Word. Read the Bible

Consider It Pure Joy

"Consider it pure joy whenever you face trials of many kinds" - James 1:2 Recently, I read a story about a botanist, who visited an orange grove where an irrigation pump had broken down. Since the season was unusally dry, many of the trees dried up and died due to the lack of water. Then, the botanist visited a neighboring orange grove, where the trees continued to flourish despite living in the same conditions. So, the botanist asked the orchard owner what made her trees so strong and sturdy. The owner responded, "My trees are the same as my neighbors. However, I used my irrigation sparingly - ever since the trees were younger. This hardship caused my trees to send their roots deepe

Be Still

"Be still and know that I am God." - Psalm 46:10 "The church looks so boring now." I heard this from one of our children and could only agree. Less than a week before, every room in our church building was decorated with rafts and paddles, tents and camping gear, trees and rivers and wild animals. Now, we were back to "real" life. Now, we could take a breath before our upcoming summer events: Tee Up for Youth (8/19) and our 10 Year Anniversary Celebration (9/9). Now was the time to breathe before we kicked off another year of fun and excitement in the fall. Taking time to breathe is healthy and helpful. It offers time for quiet and reflection. It offers time for thanksgiving and p

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Oct. 2020 Newsletter

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