May Newsletter

Hi Church! 
Hope you are well!  We live in a world that can be difficult.  Jesus said in John15,

18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.   He also said this from John 16, 33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  

There is plenty of things in this world to worry about.  But, Jesus encourages us to

“not be anxious.”  The Apostle Paul encourages us as well.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 

A good word.  Easy to hear but hard to live.
Beginning Sunday, May 14th I will be preaching a sermon-series entitled

“Why Worry.”  It’s a 3-week series.  I hop you can join us.  This is the kind of things we are going to talk about:

I will ask you  three questions to begin our time together:

  1. Who of you by worrying can add a single good hour to your lives?
    2. Who of you has worried so much that you think your anxiety may have taken a year

or so off your life expectancy? 

  1. Is there anything more valuable to you than staying alive? Will worrying contribute to

the thing you value more than life? 

So, if worry won’t add to your life, won’t contribute to anything you value more than your life, and if worry has the potential to shorten your life, then don’t worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will take care of itself. Okay. Questions?   I’m sure you are going to have questions.
The point of this series is not to say: 

  • Your situation is not so bad.
  • Things are going to be fine.
  • You don’t have any reason to be concerned.

That’s not helpful. That’s denial. But if Jesus is correct, our situations can be bad, things won’t necessarily be fine, and we may have reason to be concerned—but we do not  have to WORRY.

The following is entitled The Lion Manefesto:
 

Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death. Set God-sized goals. Pursue God-ordained passions. Go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention. Keep asking questions. Keep making mistakes. Keep seeking God. Stop pointing out problems and become part of the solution. Stop repeating the past and start creating the future. Stop playing it safe and start taking risks. Expand your horizons. Accumulate experiences. Consider the lilies. Enjoy the journey. Find every excuse you can to celebrate everything you can. Live like today is the first day and last day of your life. Don't let what's wrong with you keep you from worshipping what's right with God. Burn sinful bridges. Blaze a new trail. Criticize by creating. Worry less about what people think and more about what God thinks. Don't try to be who you're not. Be yourself. Laugh at yourself. Quit holding out. Quit holding back. Quit running away. Chase the lion!

Here are some things coming up!  Confirmation Sunday is Sunday, May 7th.  We have 5 young people being confirmed:     Angel, Abrianna, Brayden, Kendall, and Micah.  Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14th!  The last day of Sunday school is     Sunday, May 21st.  The service time changes to 10:00 a.m. beginning Sunday, May 28th!  Have a great beginning to the    summer.  And, don’t worry!
 

Blessings!

Pastor Jeff  🙂