July 4, 2016
Our culture has squeezed the understanding of life to measurable and identifiable facts, figures, scientific findings, rational thinking, hard proofs and so on and so forth. Yet, God still out performs all of these. We can’t make the sun shine or control weather, we can’t bring a body to life and explain how creation is in perfect balance and the mystery of His incomprehensible nature revealed through this universe. Take for example the beautiful hummingbird in our backyard that hovers in mid-air at rapid wing flapping rates of 50 times per second, with the highest metabolism rate and a heart rate of over 1000 beats a minute,this bird can travel backward and forward at the same speed, they migrate 3900 miles from Alaska to Mexico every year to beat the cold-even though science can explain the how and why of this bird, no one can understand the genius behind its creation or the mystery of God’s nature revealed through this bird. The greatest of these mysteries is that as believers Christ lives in us. God’s mystery of Christ living in us is profoundly revealed in every stage of our lives; birth, death, relationships, achievement, loss, joy, sorrow, questions and answers. Christ is the “mystery” revealed to those who believe, as the mystery of “Christ in you, the hope of glory” Col 1:27
Navajo Mission Team leaving this week, pray for God’s leading, travel safety, open the hearts of those receiving the word and God’s name to be glorified.
Curry on the Green, July 21st invite friends and strangers great opportunity to share Jesus!!
Coming Sunday, Brian Long (Dale and Kim Carr’s son-in law, husband of Molly) will be sharing the word!
July 28th, Thursday @6:30 pm ‘worship through reading’ (Luke and Acts)
Continue to pray for our body of believers.
I am convinced that when we open our lives to the purpose of God , He will show us things we have never seen, take us to places we have never been, and experience things we have never experienced. We will suddenly discover that God has given us skills, gifts and passions that He desires us to use in unique ways in His kingdom. That is what happened to a dozen of us in the enchanting land of the Navajo. We witnessed what God can do when we commit our time and talents to His purpose. We saw God’s Holy Spirit at work and witnessed the realization of Psalm 8:2 ‘Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger’. We recognized the prophecy of Joel ‘Even on my servants, both men and women I will Pour out my spirit in those days, and they will prophesy’ We grasped the power of the scripture that ‘if you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord”, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved’- we saw this realized right in front of our eyes, lives being transformed, people praising God and their demeanor changing as soon as they profess Christ. The bottom line, 18 people were baptized into His kingdom and Jesus was glorified, he used us broken vessels to be his laughter, words, singers, rappers, carpenters, actors, preachers, healers, puppeteers, van drivers and many more. We often ask the question, what is God’s will in my life? Throughout the Gospel it is clear- the will of God is for you and me to surrender of lives urgently and recklessly to making the gospel and glory of God known among all people, particularly to those who don’t know him. It could be here in Middletown Springs or Rutland or any corner of the world! Are we ready?
Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise Him all creatures here below; praise Him above ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost..Amen
July 25, 2016
Spurgeon said “If you think you can walk in holiness without keeping up perpetual fellowship with Christ, you have made a great mistake. If you would be holy, you must live close to Jesus”. Many of us are like Jesus parents who returned from Jerusalem ‘thinking he was in their company’ but Jesus was not with them. They traveled for a day before they realized that Jesus was not with them, we may travel much longer and yet not realize that we are not in fellowship with him. Fellowship happens when we make a beeline to Christ, it is the commitment to seek Christ with all our emotions, intellect and soul. It has to be part of our spiritual discipline, it may not come naturally for most of us. Like water skiing it takes time to learn, once learned it becomes our second nature. As Paul tells the Colossians ‘Christ is ALL, and is in All’