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Archive for May, 2014

Many of us are dealing with different struggles and situations that overwhelm us. We try to pull ourselves up by our boot straps and forge on but some days are just tougher than others.

For those of us that are Christians (have accepted Jesus as Leader and Forgiver in our lives by acknowledging with our mouths and believing in our hearts that He is the Son of God who died and rose again for us and have repented of the old life and now following Him), there is some encouragement in those days in some writings of King David.

(If you are not a Christian and want the hope and forgiveness of Christ in your life, touch base with me and we’ll chat more…. 740-382-3500)

King David was not born royalty. In the early days, the rest of the world just considered him a nobody kid who, at best, had good potential as a shepherd. God saw much more and through years of trials and situations, raised David up to be king. As we learn more about David’s story, we know it wasn’t all money and power for him. There were many seasons of pain and persecution from others. There were days that would knock most of down but God saw David through.

It was in such a time that David wrote Psalm 56 and I wanted to show you what David found that might encourage you as well.

Psalm 56: 1-4 says “Be gracious to me, O God, for man tramples on me;all day long an attacker oppresses me;my enemies trample on me all day long,for many attack me proudly.When I am afraid,I put my trust in you.In God, whose word I praise,in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.What can flesh do to me?

At first glance, you might think just how strong David appears to not worry about his struggles. You might even be tempted to think you are so weak for not being like him . Look again.

He starts out with “Be gracious to me, O God”. To me, he’s struggling. It seems that he is saying I am hurting, I am afraid, and I am overwhelmed. I wish I was stronger Lord and I feel like I’m letting you down. Be gracious to me. Don’t be upset with me. I am but a mere mortal. He admits he gets afraid. Maybe you have been there.

But he doesn’t stop there. He goes into stating truths to recenter himself in God. I praise you God in midst of this trouble. I trust in you and what can flesh do to me? He goes from “when I am afraid” to “I shall not be afraid.”

Now that’s enough to make you feel a little encouraged and maybe even give you a second wind. A reminder to claim on to the promises of God and give it another shot. However, David goes on….

All day long they injure my cause;all their thoughts are against me for evil.They stir up strife, they lurk;they watch my steps,as they have waited for my life.For their crime will they escape?In wrath cast down the peoples, O God!

You have kept count of my tossings;put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?Then my enemies will turn backin the day when I call.This I know, that God is for me.In God, whose word I praise,in the Lord, whose word I praise,in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.What can man do to me?” (56: 5-11)

This is not a one time hit where you claim God’s promises and then life is all rainbows and unicorns. The problems did not change. This even hints that after claiming hold of God’s promises that David is struggling still emotionally at times. However, He keeps coming back. He keeps claiming the promises. He is not playing the victim card. He is holding onto the Victor.

If you are going through tough times and sleepless nights, don’t add to your burden by trying to be “Super Christian” and feeling like your failing. Keep coming back to the well for nourishment. Keep coming back to the promises for reassurance. Keep thanking Him for His grace and talk honestly with Him about where you are today.

And what else do you do as you walk through this path with Him?

I must perform my vows to you, O God;I will render thank offerings to you.For you have delivered my soul from death, yes, my feet from falling, that I may walk before Godin the light of life.” Psalm 56: 12-13

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Want to Help Us Move?

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Calling all friends!

As many of you know, we sold our house and we are getting ready to move a few miles down the road. The following is information on our move if you would be willing to help us out.

We will be moving the bulk of our home on Sunday, 6/22/14 starting at 2:00pm (gives time for church and a quick bite to eat). At this point, we will not be moving the furniture but we will be moving all the boxes and what not. (The furniture will be moved by a company on that Monday)

This means nothing will be all that heavy. It’s mostly just a situation of where many hands make quick and light work and we could really use your help.

We will have a Uhaul but if someone shows up with a truck and a trailer, we may go ahead and move the riding mower and snow blower down too.

We will start at our house in the middle of Waldo and then drive about two miles to our new house to unload.

If you can help, please let us know. We would really appreciate it! Blessings!

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We have talked a lot in this study series about responsibility, mission and calling. However, there is more than just a task at hand that has it’s ups and downs in the days of our lives; there’s hope!

With a study through Acts 5, we dissect the testimony of persecution against the apostles as they “mobilize” for the gospel and how hope changes everything!

If you are going through some tough times, taken some hits for following Christ, or just lost the joy of following the Lord in this world due to circumstances… it’s time to refocus on the promise of hope!

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As we continue our look at being mobilized in the mission God has called you, we all agree that everything we have addressed quickly gets undercut when we act differently than the way we say we believe. People have seen enough hypocrites and it takes time to earn that trust back.

However, is it just acting “right” when people are looking or does it go much deeper? What does is look like to be a good steward so someday we hear “Well done, good and faithful one”?

In this study, we dive into the Word for encouragement and a warning in the area of being “Principled”. There is a difference between calling yourself a Christian and being a Christ follower. It impacts every area of your life.

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As we continue our study on being mobilized by Christ in our lives, we dig into Colossians 1 and Acts 4 to explore where our courage comes from.

Many can be quite intimidated at the calling we have in Christ to reach out to others and invest in one another. The Bible is not silent on this as we explore some testimonies of two men who struggled in this area but then became heroes of the faith through finding courage.

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All of us have gone through some pretty tough times and some of us are today. We are used to hearing churches say God will see you through but sometimes it’s hard to connect head knowledge with our emotions.

Join Katie Isler as she leads us through a study on 2 Samuel 22 to be encouraged by David’s heart during one of his most overwhelming moments. Left a mess after a serious of hits in his life, David shows us what we can grab a hold of today to find light in our dark places.

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