We are celebrating 59 years as a ministry to people with disabilities. As I thought about all the Homecomings I have been to at Bartimaeus I can remember so many good times. That is how it should be. There have been many things that happened at this church that could discourage me but the memories I have are those times that God just lifted me up. I speak to you this week about how we need to manage our memories. I talk about the scripture verses in Exodus 14:5-25. This is the story of the children of Israel fleeing Egypt and coming to the Red Sea. The Egyptian army was behind them and the Red Sea was before them and they began to believe it would have been better to stay in Egypt them to die here. They forgot all the things that God had done for them to lead then out of Egypt and lost the faith that God could save them. When we forget God’s power we forget his love for us as well. We are people who are who we are in part because of what we choose to remember. If you only remember the bad things in your past you will not succeed in the future, on the other hand if you will forget the bad things you have gone through and reflect on the good you will live a much happier, joyous and productive life. Don’t let the ghost from your past choke out your future.
Extracted from the pastor’s message introduction)
On this Homecoming Sunday, Priscilla teaches of the loving Father who welcomes His wayward children back home from the story of the prodigal son.
Rejoice with us and pray with us.
Ryan thanks the Lord for a new house. Sara is thankful that she and her husband were abel to get certified as credit counselors. Pam rejoices that she is getting closer to new shoes. Cindy rejoices in good things for her family. Brenda likes her new bus route.
Ruth is back in the hospital after having more chest pains. Christopher, a new visitor asks us to pray for our veterans. We need to pray for him as well. Richard and Barbara are still looking for a new home. Edith is having trouble sleeping. Pray for all of those affected by the storms. Pray for Nick’s family, Sarah’s husband, as they have lost someone and the funeral is today. Pam asks prayer for her friend Michelle who needs a job and place to live. Pray also for those experiencing fires in the west and the earthquake in Central America. Keep praying for Clarke. He is back with us today. Keep praying for Didi to find better living arrangements and for her eyes. Anita prays to get stronger and walk more. Anna asks prayer for daughter who needs to make a decision regarding employment.
Be blessed to be a blessing this week!
God never promised us things would be easy, in fact he did promise there would be tough times. It is how we handle the hard times that shows us our faith. Many people want to take the easy way and not pay the cost to do it the right way. They don’t realize that the easy way will end up costing you more. I speak to you in this podcast about what Jesus says to us about taking the easy way out. The scripture verses this week are in Matthew 16-:21-27.
(Revised from the pastor’s introduction)
Priscilla uses the story of David and Goliath to encourage us to trust in God to overcome any circumstance. She began the lesson with this clip taken at a shelter after Hurricane Harvey.
Rejoice with us and pray with us.
Kim has to visit another orthopedist this week because something may have been missed. Keep praying for Kelly. Clarke is in the hospital with pneumonia. Lisa and Jane are out sick. Barbara and Richard are still looking for a house. Keep Benny’s family in your prayers after the passing of his mother.
Ruth praises God that she is feeling better and stronger. Cathy is thankful for help from the family caring for Ruth. We rejoice that Edith is back but keep praying for her health. Pray for the people in south Texas. Keep praying for Didi’s eyes. Keep praying for Shelly.
Thank the Lord for all that He has done and be a blessing this week.
Clarke was taken to the hospital last night and determined to have pneumonia. As of this writing I don’t know if they have kept him there. Pray for his healing.