Message for August 20: All Things

Blessings to you, family and friends.  Here’s your weekly update.  If you wonder why I always start that way, it’s because of the way our posts get sent to Facebook.  It’s helpful to start out with something that lets the reader know what the post is about.

Last week was great!  Not only did we find Kelly, but also Kelvin.  It was good to have them back with us.  Ruth was feeling much better and surprised me by jumping out of her seat to get my bag when I asked where it was.  Kim was also moving better.  Debra has rejoined us too! It just felt like we are coming back after a really tough season.  Once Linda and John are back it’ll really feel like we’re recovering.  Priscilla showed us things that we can do to please God.  Pastor David taught us that when we fear God we don’t need to fear anything else.

This week I want to speak from a passage and especially a verse that we can all probably quote.  I bet most of us have also had it quoted at us, and may have had less than righteous thoughts toward the person quoting it.  It’s one of the favorites of the suffering and of those who hope to offer some comfort to them.  It tells us that ” God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”  Now if we quote that whole thing, we might get a sense of what it is really saying, but how often have we heard just “all things work together for good”?  That turns the truth into a dangerous lie.  To provide context for this verse, we really need several chapters, but in the interest of time we’ll just read Romans 8:28-39.  “All things” is a recurring concept in these verses.  Let’s look at what that means.  Come and be encourage, and don’t let anyone discourage you from hanging onto the truth in that first verse.  I recall it frequently when I need help..

We were contacted on the web site by someone who used to come years ago and they would like to come back.  I got a chance to invite someone I met by chance, yeah right, this week who lives near the church and seemed interested in coming.  You come too and let’s fill up that sanctuary!

Be blessed and be a blessing!


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