Discipline Determines Destiny
Hello once more. It seems the weeks flow by very quickly. It reminds me of sitting by a quick flowing brook. It is always the same and yet always different. Just like the days of our lives.
We have been patiently going through these days of isolation. While we remain in contact through language, there is a clear sense in which our physical connection has been strained. Thanks be to God who gives us the Holy Spirit. By that living presence we are supported, encouraged and strengthened to face whatever may come our way. This with a clear understanding that God does not manipulate material circumstance to keep us from hardship and challenge. Rather, God inspires us to let the light of love take root in our mind and heart. As that light is established we become a source of hope to all we meet along our way.
Please keep active in your prayer life as we begin looking to gathering in the Big Red Church as a people. We will keep in touch and let you know when we have our first gathering as a community. Hopefully this will be sooner than later.
I hope you enjoy the video we prepared Saturday morning.
The Texts For This Service Are:
Romans 5:1-5 - Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
Psalm 100 - Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come into his presence with singing. Know that the LORD is God. It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name. For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
Matthew 9:35-38 - Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest."