Men's breakfast this Saturday at the church at 9!!!!
So----When you think about it....does everything in your life revolve around you? Are you a friend to have a friend? or to be a friend? Are you doing elements of parenting so it will show other people what a fine person you are? Or are you parenting because you really care about your kids? Do you give people little digs so you will look better? Or do you find encouraging things to say to build up and bless them? Let's keep in our minds that we were put here to be a blessing----to help-----to build up----to encourage----OTHERS. We can be secure in ourselves---we have a God who loves us SOOOO much.....He sent His Son----and each day He speaks to guide and bless us.
Just some thoughts for me and you------ :)
This week school starts for our kids. Next week 12,000 college kids will join us here in town. Education does amazing things in our lives, but like any other good thing---it is still not the best thing. Let's remember that the primary thing in life is loving God and people. So----go after your classes with energy and good cheer ---and don't forget your spiritual life and growth---- love God every day and love and encourage the people around you!
We had a great weekend with Pastor Bob's old buddy, Carl Cady. He shared his amazing story with us at our men's Guys At Supper----our ice cream social---and on Sunday morning. He came to God in an amazing way and has had many adventures in obedience with God. He runs a great ministry in Indonesia, the largest Islamic country in the world. He has clinics, orphanages, schools, ministry to refugees and sees God do amazing things. By the way----Indonesia is north of Australia and south of the Philippines. It includes the spice islands that Columbus was aiming for when he discovered America. International Friends of Compassion---grows bananas, pineapples, coffee, pork---and feeds over 200 people per day. They minister to AIDS patients, lepers, Christian refugees displaced by jihad, and the poorest of the poor. Thousands have come to faith in Christ and had their medical needs met. All from Carl saying....."OK" to God.
Quite an inspiration to all of us!
Monday thru Friday evenings 6:00--8:30 pm all area kids are invited to attend our Bible School! Learn about Life in the Spirit, play games, have snacks, do crafts---FUN! There will be a family supper on Friday night. Invite some friends and come for a great week! Click here for details.
The Church of the Nazarene is around the world. With over 12,000 local churches and over 600 "sent ones" working to spread the gospel. Our Faith Promise weekend is here---June 7-8. Dessert and meet the Cottons is 6pm. On the 7th is our big event : Sunday morning at 10:45. A guest worship team from MNU will be there and the Cottons will speak. There will be a lunch served afterward......Please join us and be encouraged about the Good News being spread around the world!
New life springing into color and growth... Buds swelling, ready to burst forth into exciting new things... It's finally that time of year here in Missouri---after a long and cold winter season. May it be the same in your Spirit----may new thoughts, dreams, projects, friendships---come forth into reality. May there be Springtime in your heart and life. Accept some pruning by God and His Spirit, but always trust in the hope of good, new and fresh things about to happen. He promised to lead us---He is our Shepherd---and we will have no lack of what we need. Green pastures, still waters, a table set before us. Let's lay hold of the things He lay hold of us to do and walk in.
Amen, and thank You Lord. LIFE!