Our Suffering: A Holy Joy or a Happy Fail?

Is happiness your goal in life? Are you seeking all the gusto you can get? Is your creed, ‘You only live once so eat, drink, and be merry.’ Is this the good life? There is no doubt that most people live this way, many Christians included. We seek to find ourselves and then indulge ourselves. We seek our personal space and desire to obtain enough of the economic pie to do whatever we want. But, if personal happiness is the goal then suffering is the enemy. It is a virus, a cancer, a disturber of the peace. But while our goal in life may be happiness God’s goal for us is holiness. He is seeking to reclaim us for our created purpose - abiding joy in the likeness and the presence of God

Session Summary October 2016

Your elders met together and prayed for the church. We also discussed scheduling a blood drive for next year, needed pulpit supply for the next two months, updating our Watchcare Elder list, and the schedule for elders to assist in leading worship. We made numerous Sunday Scheduling decisions for the rest of the year. We are considering a new Vision Statement and Ministry Team Structure for the church - more information on that soon. We will start the nomination of additional deacons and elders in November. We have 3 new member interviews this week and two or three others that are pursuing membership with us. We were also delighted with the Homecoming Service and the many hands that mad

Your Time and God's Service

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:15-17) When I was a young Christian, time was not precious to me since I had an abundant supply. If I could not get to it today or tomorrow, I could always do it later. Many of my long term goals were placed in the “time for it later” category. Now I am an older Christian and a grandfather of 3. My “time for it later” category is now labeled “may never get to it.” All this is to say that time is becoming more precious to me and Paul’s exhortation is becoming more pressing. I am

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