Good News for Wednesday, April 28th
On Sunday I talked about the parable that Jesus told in Mark 4 about the soils and the farmer who was scattering seed. Jesus talked about four types of soil that the seed landed on. You can watch the full sermon here. One of those types of soil was the “rocky soil” which Jesus describes as growing plants that spring up quickly without roots and that quickly wither away. I gave several examples about how we can become more deeply rooted in our faith by practicing what are commonly known as spiritual disciplines or practices. One such practice is letting the scriptures speak to you.
The best part is that it only takes 10 minutes a day! Here’s how it works.
- Pick a scripture, get comfortable so that you can open yourself up to God, and you read the scripture.
- Remain in an attitude of prayer and simply think about the words for 1-2 minutes.
- Read it again. This time, focus in on a word or phrase that stands out to you and think about that word or phrase for the next couple of minutes.
- Pray and ask God to speak through the text and read it for a final time.
- Sit in silence and really open yourself up to allow God to speak through the scriptures to you.
- Repeat this practice daily with the same scripture for 7 days- 1 whole week.
The scripture doesn’t have to be long or seem especially deep or complex for this practice to work. Even a single verse can do just fine. And if you try this tonight and it “doesn’t seem to work,” I would encourage you to keep with it. It is amazing how God can speak in our repetition and our listening. For this week, try joining me in using the verse that I am allowing to speak to me this week:
“Those who plant only for their own benefit will harvest devastation from their selfishness, but those who plant for the benefit of the Spirit will harvest eternal life from the Spirit.” -Galatians 6:8 (Common English Bible)
I would love to hear your stories of what you hear or see and how God speaks to you through this verse!
On Sunday we’ll be continuing our “In the Garden” sermon series by examining the patience that it takes to be a good gardener. But patience is not the same thing as taking a nap or watching the boats go by. Biblical patience requires something from you and from me. Join us in person or online at forthelake.online.church at 9:30am, or you can also view the recording of the service later on our website faithbridgelakechurch.com.
Pastor Andy Blacksher
Connect, Grow and Serve…
This Sunday – Faithbridge Church Cook-Out
Immediately following the service this Sunday, May 2nd, we will have hot dogs, burgers and lots of good dishes to share. If you’d like to bring a side dish or dessert, contact the church office. However, you don’t need to bring a thing, except maybe a lawn chair, to enjoy some good food and great fellowship. We hope you can be there!
Back Again this summer!
As we look toward a brighter summer, we are pleased to announce that Ignite All-Day Summer Camp will return to Faithbridge Church this July 19-23, 2021. The cost is $75 and is open to all kids 6-12.
It is a blast for the kids! If you have a potential camper in your family or your neighborhood, I encourage you to sign up soon. Scholarships are available by contacting the church office. In the weeks and months ahead there will be more information available about how you can help bless these children through scholarships and volunteer opportunities.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE
If you would be available to help with this outreach, there is a sign-up sheet in the church lobby, or you can contact the church office at email@example.com.
By our Prayers…
Please remember the following people and situations in your prayers this week:
The Albert Family – at the passing of their wife and mother, Terry. Please pray for Dan, Cindy and the rest of the family. Notes of concern can be sent to 329 Bristol Bay Drive, Unit 2A, Lake Ozark, MO 65049
Charlie Blackmore – pray for healing and a smooth recovery from surgery this week.
Chris – Joy Moore’s niece as she receives treatment for breast cancer.
Keith Johnson – as he moves to a location closer to family. Pray for an easy move and transition. His new address will be 719 Market Street, Brookfield, MO 64628.
Christy McField – Debbie Geasley’s sister-in-law who has breast cancer.
Darrell Monday – Darrell is starting new medications, all while he and Myrna are trying to settle into a new home.
Tom and Stacey Mosher – at the passing of Tom’s mother last week. Tom and Stacey were long time, faithful Faithbridge members in years past.
(To be included in this list, please reply to this email or contact the church office.)