12/24 – Christmas Eve Service; 5pm; DL will pre-record leading the Lord’s Supper for those who might want to observe communion during the Christmas holiday. You can do so by accessing our web site.
12/25 – Offices closed
12/27 (Sunday) – Combined worship; 9:15 – Small Groups; 10:45 – Worship Service
1/1 – Offices closed
1/3 (Sunday) – Combined worship; 9:15 – Small Groups; 10:45 – Worship Service
***12/21-12/31 – Offices open from 9 until noon.
I saw the meme below the other day and it reminded me of the indicting statement made by 19th century, German atheist philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche:
“I would believe in their Savior if they acted from like they have been save.”
FOSTERING HOPE – Final Notice (with modifications due to COVID)
The easiest lessons to learn are from the mistakes of others:
In the Old Testament, God had entrusted Solomon with more wisdom than anyone else on planet earth. That wisdom led to untold wealth and power.
At first, Solomon was humble and obedient to God. But, as time wore on Solomon, like so many after great success, let his guard down and and became lazy where his devotion to God was concerned, even worshiping other gods.
This did not go well for Solomon.
The book of Ecclesiastes is a fairly depressing book of the Bible to read. And could well be titled the statement at the top of this post.
So, when reading it, we have to see a man who, after decades of remarkable success, now laments his sin and, in a quasi-depressed state, wants to keep others from wasting what God entrusts to us.
Among other life-lessons, Solomon writes about true friends – not the fair-weather friends who, when crises come our way, are no longer there. Or, after thinking they are you’re close friend, you discover they’ve stabbed you in the back. (Someone once said, “A true friend is someone who stabs you in the front.)
“Two are better than one because one can help the other. If one falls the other can help them up. But woe to that person who has no one to lift them up.” (4:9-10)
He is describing a friend who is always there for you, loves you enough to tell you the truth, and would never do anything to harm you or your reputation.
There are many learned-the-hard-way lessons Solomon shares in this book. Being extremely careful as to whom you let into your circle is just one.
Love to you all, Nick
QUOTE of the WEEK
“A godly leader finds strength by realizing his weakness, finds authority by being under authority, finds direction by laying down his own plans, finds vision by seeing the needs of others, finds credibility by being an example, finds loyalty by expressing compassion, finds honor by being faithful, finds greatness by being a servant.” —Roy Lessin
LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE
SOUL FOOD: Angels Among Us – Part 1
There is great interest in angels during the Christmas season. What does the Bible say about them? Read the blog here.
Soli Deo Gloria, Nick