Four Letter Word

The word we are going to talk about feels like a 4 letter word. It is actually 5 letters, but the word puts many of us on edge. We have allowed this word in our lives and many of us have been burned. People have taken this word and abused us or other people we know. Want to know this word?

Trust… We have given it to people of authority, friends, family, co workers, pastors, and many others. They have taken advantage of our trust and left us keeping our trust in ourselves. Then we have lied to ourselves. We have said we will get up earlier, we will spend more time reading the Bible, we will get with a mentor, we can afford the payment, only one more chip, only one more tv show… we all know how those go. We make new years resolutions and commitments to ourselves and don’t follow through. This leads us to not trust anyone including ourselves. If everyone breaks our trust and we break our own trust, then we put that fear on God. A very big part of following Jesus is trusting Him, but we are afraid to. Then we come across verses like this:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6 New International Version (NIV)

Now God wants us to trust Him with ALL our heart. Then the what if questions start flowing. What if I trust him _____, and it turns out different than I want it to? What if He doesn’t want me to get married? What if He says no? Then not only does He want me to trust my heart to Him when my “truster” is broken, now He wants me to do it even when I do not understand. Then He wants me to trust him in setting my direction and He wants to choose the paths I take.

But that would be like my finances, my relationships, my dreams, my passions, my Friday nights, and my future. That requires A LOT of trust!!!! How can we give a God we cannot see that much of our heart?

In the 1930’s, a man had a model A car. It was broken down on the side of the road, and another man walks up and offers to help. This man is walking and the driver of the car thinks he can’t trust the walking with fixing his car. However, the walking guys just happens to be Henry Ford, the creator of the Model A. I would say the driver was safe to trust Henry to fix his car.

You have a creator, and your truster is broke. You don’t know how and if it could be fixed, but there is One who can fix you. There is One who can heal you. There is only One who is WORTHY of your complete trust. He gave His life on a cross to prove His commitment to your healing and He is worthy of your trust. His promises to you will not fail, His commitment to you will not let you down. You can trust Him.

Where do you need to trust Him? Where do you need to walk in faith where do you don’t understand? Where do you need to seek Him in how you live? Where do you need to trust Him in the path He called you to?

Recklessly, Obsessively Following Jesus

Brandon Sereg

Turbulence

A number of years ago I found myself traveling from the Midwest to New Jersey. I arrived in Milwaukee to catch my connecting flight to Newark, only to discover that a major winter storm had paralyzed the eastern seaboard. As I gazed as the flight board I saw the dreaded CANCELLED on every flight to the east coast save one: mine! I was, of course, quite excited that I would still get home on time. My excitement disappeared, however, when our flight encountered the storm head on. We hit so much turbulence that the overhead compartments opened and luggage flew everywhere. The majority of the passengers ended up using the “courtesy bags {aka barf bags} because things were so shaky. As we came in for our landing I watched the plane’s wings move haphazardly up and down, and I started wondering if we would make it. We seemingly hit the tarmac ok, and then suddenly began to slide. The plane actually slid out of control, doing a 180 before finally coming to a rest. Once I realized I was not going to die I became very curious as to what kind of pilot a} thought it was a good idea to take off b} thought it was a good idea to continue through the storm and c} thought it was wise to land on a sheet of ice. The cockpit opened to reveal a fresh-faced young buck of a captain whose jacket was about 3 sizes to big. He grinned a “I can’t wait to tell the fellas” grin, and we all thankfully exited the plane. 

Lots of times are lives resemble that airplane ride as we feel constantly tossed and turned about, worried that we are going to crash and burn at any moment. Often times in those moments we are quick to blame God for our predicament, or to even doubt his existence. Here’s what I want us to all ask ourselves today: who is really at the controls of our lives? Are we letting God pilot our life, or have we locked the cockpit door and are trying to pilot our life through storms we are ill prepared for? Checkout these challenging, yet hopeful, words from Psalm 143:
Deliver me from my enemies, O Lord!
I have fled to you for refuge.
Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God!
Let your good Spirit lead me
on level ground!
For your name’s sake, O Lord, preserve my life!
In your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble!
Psalm 143:9-11

We are going to fly through turbulence in life. What we need to decide is whether we are going to attempt piloting through it ourselves, or instead turn the cockpit over to God. Here’s the reality friends: when we turn the controls of our life over to God he will guide us, deliver us, teach us, and love us through whatever it is we are going through. Surrender the controls, and let our loving God lead you through the storms of life.

This Is The Day

Psalm 118:24New International Version (NIV) 24 The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad. This day I choose to rejoice. Obviously choosing is a choice on our own part. We have often heard this verse quoted, sang, and lifted up, but do we live it? I am walking with the expectancy for what the Lord is going to do in our men’s event tonight at Vermeer Pavilion. Yes, I am hopeful that men will come, but this is what I hold onto today. The Bible says in Proverbs 16:9, ‘We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps’. We have been making plans in the last few months for our event. We have put it on the radio, facebook, posters, and church bulletins. But now I submit it back to the Lord. He will determine our steps. My hope and prayer have been for 300 men to come to our event. We have two great speakers in Andrew and Marty Schmidt, along with the band Now Serving 7. I believe for those who choose to come will be impacted. I realize all the conflicts that occur with ball games, family outings, and whatever life puts in our path. It is all good stuff and much of it important. A good friend and pastor once said this to me, “Mike, rejoice in those that come and leave the rest to the Lord.” Very good and sound advice. To those who have a night that allows them to come, I rejoice in that. To those who have other callings that pull them from tonight, blessings on your night. I choose this day to be glad in it! Strength and Courage – Michael

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1 Samuel 22:1-2New International Version (NIV)

David at Adullam and Mizpah

22 David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. When his brothers and his father’s household heard about it, they went down to him there. All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their commander. About four hundred men were with him.

When I read these Scriptures, it sounds like the men of today having the same struggles. There are men in distress, in debt, and having a bitter soul. Yet, David was in hiding too. When they all came together it says David was with 400 men. These men were farmers, shepherds, and men who made tools and weapons from iron.

We have an opportunity to come to the ‘cave’ at Vermeer Pavilion on May 2nd. We will open the doors at 5:30 for food and fellowship. We will be able to hear two powerful speakers, Andrew and Marty Schmidt. We will also be lead in a time of worship with Now Serving 7.

In the ‘cave’, we will learn what it means to engage. We will learn how to submit to the Creator for purpose in life. We will learn about how honor is valuable in life. And we will assess life and die to ourselves in order to lead those closest to us. Take all of these principles and be men who engage in life.

We need you there! Will you take the time? 

It will be a night of men who meet at the Cave of Adullam.

Let’s band together for a night of being men of Strength and Courage. It is an important night!

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

 

 

What’s the Plan?

I’m a planner.  I like to have an idea of what I’m doing, where, why and how.  I like procedure, black and white, right and wrong.  Now, I don’t presume to always know the best way or to know the only way something can or should be done.  All the same, I like to have a path that I believe will lead to the right direction and yield the results I desire.  

I apply this to virtually all facets of my life, work, home, relationships, hunting etc.  The past few weeks I have been working through this falls hunting trip.  I went through my research and developed an application process.  I am now scouring over maps, looking at potential access points, and likely locations for finding elk.  Using google earth and topographical maps I have plotted and measured routes and looked for viable camping spots.  I have a plan.  Like I said, I’m a planner.  

It’s important to have a plan, a procedure in place.  It gives you focus and leads you down a path.  It pre-prepares you for possible obstacles and how you may need to react and respond.  

It’s good to have contingencies in place, just in case.  I’ve learned that even the best laid plans can have wrinkles or just down right fail.  It’s good to have back up, right.

Proverbs 16:9 (NKJV) A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps. 

I read this verse yesterday and had a truly a-hah moment.  How often in my life have a laid forth plans only to have them take an unexpected turn?  Sometimes these twists have lead to something far better than I had sights set on.  Other times they lead to something dire, difficult or down right painful.  My “a-hah” was, it’s good to have a plan, but just because we plan our path, doesn’t mean that God is going to direct us down it.  He may have something totally different in mind, but He will direct our steps.  

The question I’m asking myself is, am I consistently seeking His direction and glorifying Him no matter what steps He leads me to?  Am I prayerfully asking Him for discernment that I may recognize the steps He’d direct me to take?  Am I asking Him through the preparation and planning process, what He’d have me do?  Am I thanking Him for His attention and direction, regardless of the outcome?  The answer, shamefully, is most often NO.  I need to be.  

Every plan I lay out, direction I pursue and action I take, should be done with Him ever factoring into that process.  What would You have me do Lord?  I’ll plan it how You would have me plan it, execute it how You’d have me execute it.  He is our ultimate contingency plan!  That doesn’t mean we are to be mere spectators.  He expects us to plan and execute.  Question is, are we planning and executing according to His direction?  God Bless you all and have a great weekend!

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace 

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