SpokeFolk is back! SpokeFolk is high school students on wheels learning how to follow Jesus in their daily lives while spreading the message of Jesus from town to town, traveling from church to church by bicycle. Each night they share the good news of Jesus through music, testimonies and skits. It will touch your heart! They will be performing Friday, August 7, 7:00 p.m.
P.S. About 40 SpokeFolk people will arrive earlier that day and then spend the night. As part of our hospitality to these students we are providing dinner on Friday and breakfast on Saturday. We are looking for food donations and help serving. If you would like to help SIGN UP HERE.
As annoying and frustrating as weeds or young trees breaking through the asphalt of my driveway can be, I have to admire how something so small and seemingly weak can break through such a barrier. Amazing, isn’t it? Early on in life we catch on to the importance of strength. Even a small child knows: at a summer family gathering, as adults grab chairs to move them out of the sun and into the shade, a three-year-old picks up his smaller chair and says loud and proud, “I’m stwong!” to which we reply, “Yes you are!” and the little one beams. Oh to have that confidence throughout life!
When we hit August we need a little extra strength. August is a dual-purpose month – wrapping up summer activities and gearing up for fall, school and back to the “normal” grind. Dual-purpose means a dual to-do list. Strength is needed for the stress.
Be strong in the Lord and the strength of His might.
Here’s a good verse for any day. Put it to memory and pull it out regularly!
Be = where everything starts. It’s not something to achieve. It’s not on your to-do list. It is an acknowledgment of who you are at the core of your very being: a child of God created in God’s image; forgiven and cherished through Christ on the cross; empowered by God’s word and sisters and brothers in faith and the Holy Spirit within you; and set on a path of purpose. Be what you are!
August? Not a problem. Job challenges, relationships, health hurdles… whatever life throws at you might seem like a strong asphalt barrier, but doesn’t stand a chance against the strength of the Lord within you. Break through!
We long for freedom! Since the day of our birth we seem to be looking for it around every next corner in our lives:
In all of that? Still enslaved.
True FREEDOM is only found in a relationship with Jesus whose death and resurrection was to set you free! True freedom is surrendering to and living in Jesus’ unconditional love and His ways of love. Then just like that… freedom! You cannot find true freedom anywhere else. You are free from what holds you down or holds you back and free from what keeps you from being who you truly are as a child of God. You are free to live life full and… free.
When we were baptized we were baptized into Christ’s death and we are no longer slaves “because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.” (Romans 6:7)
We are no longer slaves to trying to be a better person or more religious because “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” (Galatians 5:1)
Only in that freedom can we live for Christ and follow in His ways of grace and love: “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)
Then you can say to whatever traps your life, “You can’t catch me! I’m free!”
“And I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.”
It’s hard to believe it’s been three years since both my kids got married. Those were days when I wondered if my heart could hold any more – my mind reeling with images of my children learning to walk and the first day of school and painful life-lessons, all layered over the sight of my daughter so beautiful in white standing with a wonderful man (and thief of her heart); and my son on his day looking older and responsible and somehow cleaned up, with an incredible bride on his arm and in his eye.
June is filled with hot tears, as daughters are walked down the aisle or as graduates are recognized for their accomplishments and proud parents take four hundred photos. June is smiles stretched across familiar faces as family members see each other again at open houses and warm weather barbecues, reminiscing and telling exaggerated stories full of bravado and not-so-gentle ribbing.
These are moments bursting with meaning and life. It’s what life is about, isn’t it? It is, but it’s not enough. And we sense that – especially when it doesn’t turn out as planned or when trouble comes. But even when it’s pretty close to or exactly what we had hoped for or even better than we had hoped, there is still a lingering sense that it’s not enough.
“And I still haven’t found what I’m looking for” is from a song by the band U2. It speaks of love, of living life to the fullest and even of the kingdom and the power of the cross; and yet… there is still a longing. I believe that longing is for life to be complete, for our relationship with God and the kingdom and with everyone to be just right.
From Luke 17: One time the [religious leaders] asked Jesus when God’s kingdom would come. He replied, “The coming of God’s kingdom is not something you can see. People will not say, ‘Here it is.’ or, ‘There it is.’ That’s because God’s kingdom is among you."
The kingdom of God with the fullness and wholeness you are looking for is in Jesus who is in you, in the people of Saron and in the Church as a whole. As you develop your relationship with Jesus you find what you’re looking for and you carry that into every circumstance, event and relationship in your life. And with Jesus in you, the kingdom is among them, too.
Donations now accepted. This sale will focus on clothing. It is our hope to offer clothing to families, for little cost. Drop your gently used clothing, towels, blankets, backpacks, school supplies off at church. (M-TH 9-4:30) Call 263.2209 for an evening drop off appointment. Sale dates: August 13-15.
Interrupted follows the author's messy journey through life and church and into living on mission. Snatching Jen from the grip of her consumer life, God began asking her questions like, "What is really the point of My Church? What have I really asked of you?" She was far too busy doing church than being church, even as a pastor's wife, an author of five Christian books, and a committed believer for 26 years. She discovered she had missed the point.
Christ brought Jen and her family to a place of living on mission by asking them tough questions, leading them through Scripture, and walking together with them on the path. Interrupted invites readers to take a similar journey.
Join us For our new book, Interrupted: When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianty by Jen Hatmaker, Monday mornings from 9:30a - 11:00a beginning July 27th!
Cost is only the price of the book and the workbook which is only $18 for this study!
WE ONLY NEED $12,000 TO FINISH THE KITCHEN The last two appliances have been purchased now only the Venting and Make up air unit needs installation. Help us finish the kitchen by purchasing Kitchen Stock. Thanks to everyone that has already contributed. If you haven't received your stock certificate it can be picked up in the office.