The Navigator: 7.8.21

THIS SUNDAY, 7/11

  • Sammy continues his sermon series in the Psalms.  It’s been wonderful.  If you’re out of town be sure to catch it online.

 

 

OCC (Older Children’s Camp)

  • Pray for Dana Kluzek and her team as they head out to Fort Lone Tree (outside Capitan, NM) for a week of intense Bible learning, and intense fun.  They leave Monday, July 12th.

 

STRENGTH FROM SCRIPTURE

“Lord, you are my STRENGTH and FORTRESS, my REFUGE in the day of trouble.” – Jeremiah 16:19

  1. Let God be your STRENGTH when you feel week.
  2. Let God be your FORTRESS when enemies come against you.
  3. Let God be your REFUGE when you need to retreat from life’s pressures.

 

MINISTRY FATIGUE

You don’t have to be a vocational pastor to experience ‘ministry fatigue.’  As long as you are helping others to be more like Christ (this would include you) you will be on Satan’s ‘hit list.’

“Fatigue as a way of life is really a way of death.” – Douglass Groothuis

Burn-out is real. It’s dangerous, and should be taken seriously.

I’ve been in full-time, vocational ministry, for almost four decades.  And I can look back and see seasons of my life when I truly didn’t think I was going to make it to the end. The mental, emotional, and spiritual fatigue affected every single area of my life.

I have a couple of Dr. Groothuis’ books. He is a sharp-minded and wise philosopher. I thought this article was solid.

Never forget: ‘being precedes doing.’  You can’t give what you don’t have. This is what Jesus meant when he said,

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

If you ever need a ‘sabbath’ from teaching let me know immediately. 

Are you weary and worn out in your life? Groothuis offers some sage counsel.  Read his article here.

 

THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO CONTRADICTION BETWEEN SCIENCE & FAITH

There is absolutely no contradiction between science and Christian faith.  Those who would try to confuse you in this area are impotent to do so.

“I find it quite improbable that such order came out of chaos.  There has to be some organizing principle.  God, to me, is a mystery.  But, is the explanation for the miracle of existence, why there is something instead of nothing.” – Allan Sandage; American astronomer; Staff Member Emeritus with the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena, California. He determined the first reasonably accurate values for the Hubble constant and the age of the universe.

Whether God exists, or not, is a theological and philosophical question, not a scientific question.  Sure, the scientific disciplines serve as evidence one way or another, but, as I’ve said numerous times, God can neither be proved nor disproved in a laboratory.  The more appropriate context would be a courtroom.

We are saved by faith, but not blind faith.

Think deeply, nw

 

STRANGE BUT TRUE

Here’s a whale of a tale. (Just in case you missed it.)

Michael Packard, a Cape Cod lobster diver, made headlines all over the world.  And, of course, his story drew multiple references to the  Old Testament story of Jonah. Read the story here.

 

SOUL FOOD:  Christian ‘De-conversions’

On Thursday night, while watching a show about alligators in the Florida Everglades, I jotted out a social media post about “decontruction/de-converting from” Christianity.  Surprisingly, at least to me, there was strong interest in topic, being shared almost 40 times last time I looked.  So, what do we make of people who say, “I was a Christian.  But, now I’m not”?  Let’s see what the Bible says.  Read the blog here.

 

QUOTE(s) of the WEEK

The penalty which Christ endured was not a mitigated penalty for sin, but the whole weight of God’s wrath fell on him. He was treated as a thing accursed, for he was made a curse for us; made sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. – Spurgeon

 

LAUGHTER IS GOOD MEDICINE

You know you’re in a country church if over half your congregation thinks a cantata is an entree at Taco Bell.