Posted: October 20
Includes a "what to pack" link. We have the cardboard boxes available at the church. The plastic boxes are a fun option, too!
Simply by filling shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, and hygiene items, your church can be part of worldwide evangelism and discipleship.
Posted: October 02
A few thoughts in light of the most recent tragic events in Las Vegas... First, the world is an evil place. As much as we'd like to think otherwise, there is evil in the world. That is not to say there are not good, joyful, wonderful things that occur, but we must remember that the world is an evil place. Second, Satan is a murderer from the beginning. Ultimately Satan is behind every evil. And from the beginning, he seeks to murder, kill, and destroy. Anything we see in this world that destroys life is of Satan. Next, we are not in control like we think we are. Human arrogance and pride leads us to believe that we are in control and we can fix anything. We aren't , and we can't. That does not mean that we do not work towards alleviating and solving what we can, but we must cast off the notion that we are in control. Things like this can happen, and have happened, everywhere. Inevitably, the "Why" question surfaces...why would God allow this? We cannot even speculate; we are dealing with the mysterious and unfathomable will of God. This side of the new creation, we will never know the "why". I know that is unsatisfying for many people. But God simply has not told us the "Why". So instead we focus on what he has told us. God is NOT indifferent or uncaring. He is not doling out punishment to people through shootings, earthquakes, hurricanes, etc. What God has told us is that there is a "solution" to suffering, there is an "answer" to evil, horror and tragedy. In spite of all of these things that occur, we hold tightly to Jesus Christ and him crucified. When tragedy occurs, we only have one place we can turn to and receive comfort and assurance. With repentant faith we cling to God who showed us what love is in Jesus Christ. Jesus' death on the cross and his resurrection from the dead tells us that God's plan to rescue and redeem this broken sinful world - including me and you - is in progress. God brings life from death in Jesus Christ. Yet we do grieve, we do mourn. Pray for those who lost loved ones. Pray for those whose job it is to protect and serve their community. Pray for yourself, that you may have faith in the midst of senseless violence to cling to the One who is there for you, the One who has overcome the world (John 16:33). Peace and love in Jesus, Pastor John
Posted: September 29
Every Sunday families face the monumental challenge of getting out the door and to the church service on time. Keep it up.