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September Newsletter

Dear Church,

Outreach! Outreach! Outreach!

This time of year has us so involved in many different efforts! I thank God for opportunities and open doors!

Every week for the next 10 weeks we will be feeding the High School football team a pre-game meal. Last week, that brought 90 teenagers and several coaches into our church to be served a nice meal by our kitchen crew and to hear an inspiring message from God’s Word.

We also have some additional opportunities to feed other sports teams from the high school. This past week, we fed the soccer team. That was over 30 teenagers in our church, loved and served by our kitchen crew. I was able to open God’s word with them as well. These soccer kids are a different group than the football kids.

We are in the middle of giving every teacher in Fairdale an encouraging note enclosed with a gift card to the local coffee shop. That is around 50 to Fairdale Elementary, 50 more to Coral Ridge Elementary, and about 100 to Fairdale High. Each of those teachers is being loved and served by our church people. Along with that, we are also supporting local business!

The Fairdale Fair is this weekend – September 7-9. This special weekend is a big boost for our church family. I know of multiple people in our church that we met through the fair. Our church will have a booth at the fair. We will give out free popcorn; we will take prayer requests; and we will seek to interact with as many people as we can.

Homecoming is in the middle of October! October 15th, we will have our celebration service of our church being 101 years old! This big day serves as a big outreach. We have a guest preacher. We have lunch here at church. We play lots of games outside.

I remember when Paul wrote to Titus (3:2) “to show perfect courtesy toward all people.” What an awesome exhortation to the church! As God has opened up so many doors in this community for us to serve, may we be found faithfully serving the Lord! And may our community, or anyone that we come into contact with, see us showing them perfect courtesy!

With all sincerity,

Your Pastor, Josh

September Newsletter 2017-09-06T18:56:22+00:00

The Age of Creation

The Age of Creation

By Pastor Josh Wamble

 

How old is the earth?  When did God create people?  Did God create the universe directly micro-managing each particular aspect of creation or did he do it indirectly using one or more natural forces such as evolution?  These are big questions, and they are questions that sincere God-loving, Christ-following, Bible-believing Christians have genuine, and sometimes heated, disagreements over.  One reason is because the Bible does not speak directly to this question.  While God has given us lots of information about who created, what was created, how it was created, and why it was created, he does not definitively answer the question of when creation took place.  However, the scriptures do give some very clear guidelines.

If we are to be a bible-believing and bible-committed people then we must stay within the boundaries of the scriptures even on questions that are not directly spoken to.   Even in those situations, we still must make judgments and take positions that are consistent with what the bible does say and in no way contradict it.  We absolutely can disagree over the age of the earth and remain united to one another, but we can only do so if the positions we take honor and affirm everything the bible says.  I believe there are at least four of these non-negotiable positions that every follower of Christ must affirm whether we end up concluding the earth is very old (several million years old) or relatively young (several thousand years old).

 

1. God Created the World.  The universe we see around us did not come about by chance or by natural processes alone.  It is the result of a supernatural direct act of God.  Several passages of scripture say this outright.  In Genesis 1:1, we read, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”  And as Genesis 1 and 2 continue, we are told in more detail exactly how he did it; he spoke it into existence.  If we are to believe what the Bible says, one non-negotiable truth that we cannot deviate from is God created everything that exists outside of himself.

 

2. God Did it Without any Pre-Existing Materials.  The Bible teaches that God is the only eternal being that there is—nothing else is eternal.  Some say that God and matter are both eternal and God used the matter that was already here and formed it into the world that we see around us.  The Bible is clear that God alone is eternal, and if we are to believe what it says, then we must believe that God created the world without using any pre-existent material.

 

3. Adam and Eve were Real Historical People.  If we are going to believe what the Bible says about creation, then we must believe that Adam and Eve were real historical people.  We cannot write them off as mythological or figurative in any way.  If we read the creation account in Genesis 2 (where Moses tells us how God created Adam and built Eve out of his rib) in a straightforward way, it seems like God literally took dirt and formed it into a man and breathed life into him then took one of his ribs and formed it into a woman.

And, Genesis 2 is not the only place in the bible that leads to this conclusion.  There are also several places in the New Testament that either explicitly assert or assume that Adam and Eve were real historical people who really existed in history.  In Luke 3:38, Luke asserts that Jesus’ genealogy can be traced all the way back to a real human being named Adam who was created directly by God.  In Romans 5:12-14, Paul traces the origins of sin to one man—Adam.  He says that death reigned “from Adam to Moses.”  It seems like if we are consistent we must either believe that both Adam and Moses were real historical people or they were both figurative/mythological people.  It seems clear, that Paul believed they were both historical.  Further, just a few verses later in Romans 5:15-17, Paul makes an argument that places Adam and Jesus in parallel positions (Adam brings death; Jesus brings life).  Again, if we are consistent then either both Adam and Jesus are figurative/mythological, or they are both historical.  Paul presents them both as historical.

Finally, in 1 Timothy 2:13-14, Paul is making an argument about men and women being created to fulfill different (co-equal) roles in the world and, specifically, in the church.  Here he makes a reference to both creation and the fall as an illustration to prove his point.  It is interesting that here he doesn’t argue that Adam and Ever were real historical people, he simply assumes it as if it were a fact not in question.

If we are going to believe the Bible (Both Old and New Testaments) is God’s word and that Jesus is a real historical person, and that Jesus has a real historical family tree, it seems that we have no choice but to also believe that Adam and Eve were both real historical people.

 

4. Adam and Eve were the First Humans Directly Created by God.  Not only were Adam and Eve real historical people, but the bible is clear that they were the first real historical people who were created directly by God.  Again, beyond Genesis 2, Paul makes this point in the New Testament in 1 Corinthians 15:45-49.  He calls Adam the “first man” two different times in those short five verses.  This seems to exclude any notion that God began creation at some point several million or billion years ago, and left evolution to take its course gradually, through trillions and trillions of minute mutations over millions and millions of years indirectly producing what we now describe as Homo Sapiens some 200,000 to 3 million years ago.

 

While the age of creation is definitely not an issue worth dividing over, and while faithful, bible-believing, Jesus-following, God-loving believers can disagree over whether the earth is a few thousand years old or several million years old, it does seem clear that there are some boundaries beyond which we are not free to travel.

If we are going to be people who take the bible seriously and believe what it says, we must at least affirm these four non-negotiable beliefs about creation:  (1) God did it.  (2) He did not use any pre-existing material.  (3) Adam and Eve were real historical people who lived at a specific time in a specific place, had specific descendants, etc.  And (4) Adam and Eve were the first real historical people created directly by God the way described in Genesis 2:7 and 21-23.

The Age of Creation 2017-09-01T00:19:40+00:00

The Look of the Kingdom

The Look of  the Kingdom

By Pastor Josh Wamble

 

 

At our church’s Wednesday and Thursday morning Bible studies a few weeks ago, one of the attenders asked if we could think about what the Bible’s authors mean when they talk about the Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of Heaven.  So we did.  If you want to read about what this Kingdom of God is like, you can do that here.

Sometimes we are better at recognizing something than we are at describing it.  It may be difficult to come up with a good definition of “art,” but most of us can recognize art when we see it.  The Kingdom of God is often like this.  It has a look to it.  We can often recognize the Kingdom of God reigning in someone’s heart even if we are not able to give a detailed definition or description of what all the kingdom consists of.  Below, we will look at 15 scenarios from everyday life that exhibit the Kingdom reigning in the believer’s heart.

1.  The Kingdom looks like the countless martyrs who have been willing to give up their lives instead of deny the King because they knew that citizenship in the Kingdom is better than life itself.

2.  The Kingdom looks like a husband or wife bearing with the weaknesses and failings of his/her partner and faithfully keeping his/her vows even in spite of friends or family who habitually encourage them to divorce because “you deserve to be happy,” “you’re too good for him/her,” “they are not as devoted/committed/faithful” as you, or similar arguments.

3.  The Kingdom looks like a husband and wife sitting in a doctor’s office resisting the pressure to terminate their pregnancy through abortion because the yet-to-be-born child has tested positive for Down’s Syndrome, trisomy 13, or some other debilitating genetic disorder or disease.

4.  The Kingdom looks like something as simple as a believer who is totally committed to his local church.  One of the most counter-cultural things a believer can do is prioritize gathering with other believers to worship, study, and serve together on a regular basis.

5.  The Kingdom looks like a young believer who uses his vacation time from his job so that he is available to serve at his church’s VBS or youth camp or to participate in a short-term mission trip.

6.  The Kingdom looks like a senior believer who lives on a fixed income but scrapes together money to help support her local church or to send to foreign missionaries so that the Kingdom spreads throughout the world.

7.  The Kingdom looks like a “shut-in” believer who is no longer physically capable of regularly gathering with her local church but continues to faithfully pray day in and day out for her pastor, her church, and its ministries.

8.  The Kingdom looks like a man and wife leaving the comforts of their home, their families, their friends, and all they have ever known in order to move across the world to different cultures, to learn different languages, to get used to different foods, to endanger themselves with different diseases and sicknesses, and often to risk death, as they devote their entire lives to spreading the gospel of the Kingdom to those who have never heard of the King.

9.  The Kingdom looks like a believer who refuses to lie in her normal everyday business life knowing that the refusal to do so will likely prevent her from being considered for a future promotion with all the prestige, power, and financial benefit that would include because she is wholeheartedly convinced that the ethics of the Kingdom bring eternal rewards not even to be compared with their earthly counterfeits.

10. The Kingdom looks like a man who battles dyslexia and stage-fright week in and week out as he studies and thinks and prays for hours and stands before a crowd to preach the gospel week after week, year after year in a small unknown church until he dies in obscurity for the sake of the Kingdom expanding in the hearts of his hearers.

11. The Kingdom looks like a man who is dying of cancer who lives with more joy and peace and contentment than he has at any other point in his life and routinely encourages and strengthens those who visit to encourage and strengthen him and time after time comforts those around him by declaring that cancer is the best thing that has ever happened to him because it has forced him to rely on and trust Jesus more than he ever had at any other point in his life.

12. The Kingdom looks like a dad who, instead of going out to eat or to get drinks with co-workers after a long day of work, rushes home to spend the evening loving/serving/enjoying time with his wife and playing with his kids.  It looks like a dad who reads the Bible with his kids and leads his family in family devotions.  It looks like a dad who lovingly disciplines his kids so that they would learn self-control and responsibility and rightful authority so that they would develop a rightful, healthy, Biblical fear of the good, merciful, gracious, holy Lord God who lovingly reigns over the subjects of his Kingdom.

13. The Kingdom looks like a mom who sacrifices her time and energy, giving, teaching, loving, disciplining, and caring for her kids.  It looks like a mom who regularly reads the Bible with her kids and pours out her heart in prayer on behalf of her kids that they would come to love the God that she does.

14. The Kingdom looks like a man and woman who had been divorced from one another for several years hearing a sermon about divorce, realizing their previous divorce did not have a Biblical justification, and deciding to get re-married as a way to show that their commitment to God and his Word is greater than their commitment to their own convenience.  It looks like a renewed commitment and effort to love one another, forgive one another, serve one another, bear with one another, and please one another because they are convinced that their marriage is a picture of the gospel and the relationship between Jesus and his bride—the church.

15. Finally, the Kingdom looks like any number of “regular” mundane people who live their lives constantly giving thanks to God for all that they have, regularly resisting, confessing, and fighting sin, and loyally following Jesus as their Lord, Master, and King. 

The Look of the Kingdom 2017-08-19T14:13:09+00:00

What is the Kingdom of God?

By: Josh Wamble

At our church’s Wednesday and Thursday morning Bible studies 2 weeks ago, one of the attenders asked if we could think about what the Bible’s authors mean when they talk about the Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of Heaven.  So, this past week, we did.   As we studied these references, we concluded that the Kingdom of God consists of four elements.

1. The Kingdom of God has a King

The Kingdom is not a democracy or a republic.  It is not a dictatorship.  It is a monarchy.  God himself is the King of the Kingdom.  The Bible presents him as the Creator, the Law-Giver, and as the Judge to whom the world must give an account.  Yet, it is a little more complicated than that.  In the bible, we read about God handing his kingdom over to another to rule in his place.

In Psalm 2, David tells about how God has “set His King on His throne.”  In Daniel 7, Daniel saw a vision of God (The Ancient of Days) handing over a kingdom to one “like a son of man.”  In the New Testament, Jesus applies this title to himself confirming that he is the king mentioned in Psalm 2.

Jesus’ reign is also seen in what he does.  He demonstrates that he is the ruler over the creation, over people, and over the angelic and demonic beings when he miraculously walks on water, turns water to wine, and multiplies the fish and bread, when he heals people reversing diseases, when he forgives sins, when he drives out demons, and when he gives dead people new life—both physically (as in the case of Lazarus) and spiritually (as in the case of Nicodemus).  And, he claims to be the Ruler and Judge of the Kingdom when he speaks as the authority in the Sermon on the Mount (E.g. Matthew 5:21-22, 27-28, 31-32, 33-34, 38-39, 43-44) and when he challenges the false authority of the so-called religious leaders of his day (confronting the Pharisees, Sadducees, and Scribes all three in Mark 12).

This is why when both John the Baptist and Jesus preach the gospel it sounds like, “Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand” (Matt. 3:2 and 4:7).  The Kingdom is at hand because the King is at hand!

2. The Kingdom of God has Subjects

In most kingdoms throughout history, people become subjects by birth and are removed because of acts of rebellion or treason.  Because all people are born rebels to the Kingdom of God, the only way to become rightful subjects of the King is to repent, renounce allegiance to “the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience” and swear allegiance to the rightful King Jesus.

In Mark 10, Jesus tells his followers that those who will be subjects of his kingdom must be like little children—realizing their own helplessness and insignificance, simply and fully trusting in him to remake them in his own image.  The subjects of the Kingdom have a new outlook on life and a new type of life which is described in the Sermon on the Mount (especially in Matt. 5:1-48).  Those who will be his subjects are those who seek his Kingdom first (Matt. 6:3) and look to him as their primary allegiance in this life and the next.

3. The Kingdom of God has a Realm or Reign

Jesus tells Nicodemus in John 3:3 that if he is even to see the Kingdom, he must be born again according to the Spirit.  Jesus’ Kingdom is not a physical one.  It is not of this world at all and yet it does extend to the uttermost parts of this world.

In Matthew 13, Jesus uses a series of parables to describe what his kingdom is like.  He says it starts off like a tiny seed.  It is unimpressive by the standards of this world.  It is small and unimposing.  Yet, given time and cultivation by the Father through the Holy Spirit, it eventually grows into the largest tree in the garden and proves itself more valuable than all the riches and gain that this world has to offer.

The Kingdom of God includes people from all parts of the world.  There is no place so remote that the King’s authority and presence is not felt.  However, in Matthew 13:24-30, Jesus tells a parable that shows how the sons of the world will one day be revealed and separated from the sons of the Kingdom, but until that day comes, the subjects of these two kingdoms remain mixed together in the world, the true King reigning and ruling in the hearts of those who have sworn their allegiance to him.

4. The Kingdom of God has a Time Frame

Sometimes the New Testament seems to indicate that the Kingdom of God is here now and has already been instituted.  In Matt. 3:2 and 4:17, we read that the Kingdom of God is “at hand.”  Later in Luke 11:20, Jesus declares that if he casts out demons by the power of God then “the Kingdom of God has come upon you.”  From these passages, it seems clear that God’s Kingdom is here now.

But, other New Testament passages seem pretty clearly to teach that the Kingdom is still yet future.  In Matt 6:9, Jesus teaches his followers to pray to God that his Kingdom would come.  At the end of Luke’s gospel one of the thieves crucified next to Jesus asks that he be remembered when Jesus comes into his Kingdom suggesting that it is still future.  Finally, in Matt. 25:31, Jesus says that he will not sit on his throne until the Son of Man comes in glory with his angels.

When we put these passages together, we conclude that the Kingdom of God has both already come and is still coming in the future.  To use the imagery of one of the parables in Matthew 13, it is here in a small seed form but has not yet been fully realized.  In the future, the seed will grow into a large tree, and its branches will extend across the entire creation and its shade will smother the life out of all counterfeit kingdoms that seem so large and vibrant to us today.

In the meantime, let’s live as true subjects of the Kingdom bowing to our King in every thought we have, every decision we make, every action we take, every word we speak, and in every way we relate to those around us—both fellow subjects of the Kingdom and rebels against it, and let us truly and sincerely long for and pray for his Kingdom to come in its fullness.

May that day come quickly!

What is the Kingdom of God? 2017-08-04T19:34:37+00:00

August Newsletter

Dear Church,

“Pray without ceasing” is one of the more familiar phrases in the Bible. However, while many people know this Biblical truth, they do not know what it means.

We know that we should pray, but we don’t know how. We know that we ought to pray, but we don’t understand prayer. We even want to pray more faithfully, but we struggle to pray.

It is in 1 Thessalonians 5:17, when Paul makes this statement. It is the end of the letter in the midst of the apostle’s final instructions and blessings, when he encourages the church in Thessalonica toward prayer.

What does he mean? What is he instructing them to do? What does intend for their prayers to be like?

Does he mean pray more? Does he mean for them to never stop praying? Is that even realistic? While “Pray without ceasing” is a nice, little, godly expression, what really does it mean?

In short, it means to be more focused and faithful in our prayers to God. It means to be more Godward, more God-centered, more sincere in faith when we are praying to God.

It does not necessarily mean to pray more, although it may point us in that direction.
It does not necessarily mean to pray more often or to pray longer, although we may need encouragement in that direction.

It is not speaking as much to the quantity of our prayer lives as it is to the quality of our prayer lives. Christians are those who understand that our spiritual lives are not marked by all that we do for God, but rather our lives are marked by our dependence upon God.

With that said, I want us to be a praying church. I don’t want us to just talk about prayer – I want us to pray. And I don’t want us to just pray – I want us to want to pray. And I don’t want us to just want to pray – I want us to want the God that we are praying to. That is the heart behind praying without ceasing! May we never cease in wanting to call out to our God through prayer!

Once again, we are coming up on our 24 Hours of Prayer event. This event is one of my favorite things we do as a church. Please be sure to sign up for a time slot to pray!

With all sincerity,

Your Pastor, Josh

August Newsletter 2017-08-04T20:42:48+00:00

July Newsletter

Dear Church,

I hope that you have been enjoying our Sunday morning sermon series in Mark. I know that I am getting a lot out of it. I thank God that He is faithful to grow us through His word!

We are growing in our understanding of God’s word, and God is growing us in our dependence and commitment to God’s word.

We are currently in chapter 12, and the importance of God’s word is being challenged.

In verses 13-17, the Pharisees come and challenge Jesus with an attempt to trap Him in a question.

In verses 18-27, the Sadducees come and challenge Jesus with a question about the resurrection.

In verses 28-34, the Scribes come and challenge Jesus with a question about which commandment is greatest.

This chapter alone shows us how often people are challenging Jesus. They question him. They doubt him. They reject him. People have problems with Jesus. Our pride gets in the way so often. Even to the point of opposing God! Church, we must not fall into this error. We must not be so proud and rebellious.

At the conclusion of those three passages, Mark tells us this truth = “And after that no one dared to ask Him any more questions.” (12:34)

Jesus is Lord. His Word is truth. As he says in John 8:31, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples.”
As Jesus says in Matthew 7:24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”

It is my prayer that we would hear these passages and believe them. I pray that we would treasure them and take them to heart. May God find us as a church who is trusting on His word!

With all sincerity,

Your Pastor, Josh

 

July Newsletter 2017-08-04T20:48:47+00:00

June Newsletter

Dear Church,

Two of my biggest desires in life are to be a praying man and a family man.

I want to pray more, because I know that I am completely dependent upon God. I want to be a family man, because I know that God has given me my wife and children. I want to lead my wife and kids to know the Lord!

I enjoy praying with my children, and my children have grown to enjoy that I pray regularly with them. With that said, I sometimes fail at being a family man and praying man. I know that God is patient with me to give me endurance and encouragement to keep striving to be a faithful man.

Over the years, I have found these 5 Simple Ways to Pray more often with my family:

Before School I have the great opportunity to take my sons to school each morning. Each morning as we approach the school, we turn the radio off and I pray for them. I pray about all kinds of things: schoolwork, classmates, teachers, safety, athletics, projects, new students, friends, field trips, etc.  This routine has become such a key piece to our mornings together. Beginning your day by seeking the Lord is wise.

Big Events As the kids grow, life gets more and more full. This season of life and parenting is so much fun. It seems we are always headed to some special event. We have been to spelling bees, speech meets, ball games, tryouts, tournaments, programs, dance recitals, services, etc. Before we hop out of the car, I like to stop my family or child and pray with them, asking God to lead us and use us. Often times, we are walking into the event, and I pray as we walk with my arm around their shoulder.

Before Meals This is a common prayer time for many people, but I want to remind us that it is still meaningful. Praying before your meal should not be neglected. Whether at home or out at a restaurant, we pause to pray and thank God for the food. We pray for the food wherever we are – in a gas station, at a park for a picnic, in the school cafeteria, in the car for a drive-thru, etc. If God has provided the meal, we want to thank Him.

At Bedtime Life is busy and fast-paced, and there are many nights when the kids are getting into bed too late. Honestly, there are many nights where I carry them to bed because they have already fallen asleep. However, as often as I am able, I love to pray with them before they go to sleep. Nearly every night, I will talk to them and then turn out the lights. Then I pray with them. Before bedtime is also one of the best times to teach them to pray and to lead them in prayers of their own. Ending your day by seeking the Lord with thankfulness is special.

In the Car We pray in the car all the time! On the way to an event, beginning a road-trip, ending a road-trip, thanking God for food, passing a bad accident, etc. When life is busy, there are not many times when we are together with peace and quiet. In the car is an excellent time to settle down and re-group. The car rides together have become a joy to our family.

With all sincerity,

Your Pastor, Josh

 

June Newsletter 2017-08-04T20:50:25+00:00

May Newsletter

Dear Church,

We need to be careful how we are living! We are representing God to the world. There is a responsibility that comes with being a part of a church.

In Titus 1:16 Paul says this about some fake church people “They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works.”

That is a scary description of a church!

How seriously do you take the fact that you are claiming to be Christians? Are you really a child of God? Are you mindful that many people are forming their beliefs, or lack thereof, about God based off of what they see in you?

I was reminded of this recently when I was up at the local community ball fields. The baseball fields in the evenings are typically a place where people are relaxed and at ease. We wear shorts and shirts and ball caps and dirty shoes, and we do not put much thought toward looking very church-like. There are many people at the Fairdale Youth League that I do not know and that I have never seen before. Well this past week, I was up around the ball fields and I had a stranger approach me and began asking me about our church. They talked to me about our church as if we were both aware of the fact that I was the pastor. To be honest, I did not know that they knew I was a pastor.

After that conversation, I began to wonder how they knew. Did someone tell them? I wonder how they explained it. Did they speak well of us at FBCF? Or was their perception of us not so positive?

I further wondered, had they seen me with a bad attitude? Had they seen me frustrated? Had they seen me prideful? Had they seen me be rude with my children or my wife?

These things matter! What they see in us is often what they think of God!

Let’s be careful to live faithful lives to God!

With all sincerity,

Your pastor, Josh

 

May Newsletter 2017-05-03T19:00:21+00:00

April Newsletter

Dear Church,

Here recently, our church has been experiencing some heavy passages, and therefore sermons, in our Sunday morning worship services. In our worship services, we are committed to preaching through God’s word.

In Acts 20:27, we hear the Apostle Paul saying to the Ephesian Elders “I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.”

What Paul means is that he faithfully preached to them all that God’s Word contains. He did not shy away from certain topics. He did not preach the subjects he was most interested in. He did not stick with certain subjects in the Bible while neglecting other subjects.

No, Paul did not do that. He did not shrink back. In fact, He did declare to them the whole counsel of God! And that is an outstanding example for us to follow.

God has spoken and revealed himself! We can know God through the truth of His word which tells us of His Son who died for our sins and rose again!

As a church, it is our desire to live our lives faithfully to God through our faith in Christ. We do that by knowing and following His word, and we know His word by learning from the preaching and teaching of His word. In other words, the consistent, on-going, faithful commitment to God’s word is exactly what God expects us to be doing!

When we read in Acts 27 that Paul declared the whole counsel of God, we should be encouraged. We should be drawn to that type of teaching ministry. We should want to know the whole counsel of God. If there is something that God is saying, then we should be wanting to know that is.

So as we continue to walk through the Gospel of Mark on Sunday mornings, lets be eager to grow from it. Let’s be aware that it takes a long time to cover one book of the Bible and that is perfectly ok! Walking slowly through one book of the Bible means that we will cover lots of various topics – some more desirable and appealing than others – but we understand that is part of God’s counsel. And God’s whole counsel is what we are eager to know!

Church, I am thankful for your willing hearts that want me to preach to you! May God give us grace in this effort!

With all sincerity,

Your pastor, Josh

 

 

April Newsletter 2017-04-05T18:10:29+00:00

March Newsletter

Dear Church,

When this school year began back in August of last year, I was looking for a way to be Christ-focused and devotional with my sons in the morning before school. I wasn’t really sure what would be do-able. Realistically, I wanted it to be simple and easy. And I wanted it to be something that they could follow and that we could do consistently.

I decided on us reading the Proverbs. We miss some mornings, but for the most part we read the chapter of Proverbs that lines up with the day of the month. For example, on the 5th we read chapter 5, on the 25th we read chapter 25. And we repeat that every month. And that is our aim each morning.

Usually, I sit there at the table while the boys are eating their breakfast and I read and teach them about the Proverbs. We have found this small devotional time very beneficial!

Some of the more memorable moments have been:

  • Proverbs 12:1 “whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.” -The boys thought it was fascinating that God would call something stupid.
  • Proverbs 18:10 “the name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.” -The boys like thinking of God as our safety.
  • Proverbs 23:17 “let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the fear of the Lord all they day.” I was glad to remind the boys that we don’t want to be jealous of people who disobey God.

Verses like these three and others have sparked the boys interest in God’s ways, and it has led us into many good and fruitful conversations. I thank God that something as small as 2-3 minutes in the Proverbs each morning can impact our home and family relationships so well.

This week we entered into March, and March 1st allowed me to bring the boys back to the whole purpose of the Proverbs. Chapter 1 verse 7 says “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” 

Life is about God, and the Proverbs each morning are helping me and my sons remember that the beginning of all godliness is fearing the Lord. May God give my family, your family and all of our church grace to begin there!

With all sincerity,

Your pastor, Josh

 

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