This past Sunday, June 21 we had 2 services. One at 9 a.m. and one at 10:30 a.m. There were 87 present at the first service, and 91 at the second. This schedule will tale place June 28, also. There will be no children’s worship. There are packets of activities for children ages 2 through 6th grade. These packets will have each child’s name on it, so stop by and them pick up as you enter the Worship Center. They also ask that you return the crayons and pencils as the family leaves. They are going to be in baggies on the 28th. These are the only plans that have been announced about church so far.
Mr. Tom’s words last week were: Hypocrisy, Acceptance and Strength.
Hypocrisy-we all struggle with it but he is afraid many believers have embraced it. Paul told Timothy, “for the time will come when people will not put up with the sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires. They will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their wars away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” 2 Timothy 4:3-4. “Sound doctrine” refers to biblical teaching and “myths” refer to anti-/non-biblical teachings. What Mr. Tom has noticed is that many Christians only believe the parts of the Bible that agree with their personal beliefs.
Acceptance-have you ever struggled with feeling accepted? Did you grow up without your mother or father? How did you feel about Mother’s Day or Father’s Day? Did you eventually accept the fact that having an earthly parent isn’t as important as having a Heavenly Father? God’s Word reminds us that we’ve been accepted by God through Jesus Christ…an adoption verified by His Spirit. The Father of Heaven has chosen you to be a part of His family! So celebrate with a church family this weekend and worship the Father who loves you more than you could possibly imagine!
Strength-quoting Mr. Tom, “I want to give a ‘shout out’ to all the single moms who have to bear the load of child rearing by themselves…I heard my mom crying in her room a time or two (or 50), so I know the pressure of parenting alone is overwhelming. Here’s a promise from God for you.”
“So do not fear, for I am with you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10.
You are not alone, and you’ve been given the strength to do this. Hold on to God when you feel overwhelmed and teach your children to do the same, God bless you.
We did social distancing in the Worship Center, pews were marked for where people should not sit. Mr. Tom continued his sermon series, “Footholds of Faith.” Purity and humility are footholds of of faith that give us sure footing with God. Purity-“I appeal to you, my friends, as strangers and refugees in this world. Do not give in to bodily passions, which are always at war against the soul.” 1 Peter 2:11. We have people watching us. They want to see us fall so they can judge us. We are called to be pure.
Humility-“respect everyone, love your fellow believers, honor God and respect the Emperor.” 1 Peter 2:17. The footholds of faith: love God, love people; serve both. We should also make a positive influence in the workplace (a very hard thing to do).
Happy belated Father’s Day to all you dads out there. ‘Til next week.