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Vital Men Breakfast in Newton Has Changed Locations!!

Location: Hy-Vee Newton at 1501 1st Avenue East

June 10

$7.00

Who to bring: This is a men’s event so bring sons, fathers, grandfathers, or friends.

Come join us for a time of fellowship and an Iron Sharpens Iron Teaching.

See you there!

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Splendid!

As far as I’m concerned, it’s a toss up.  Which is better September-October or right now, mid April-May?

Most would suspect, “bowhunting”… has to be fall, but I love the seasons.  Fortunately, God blesses us with all of them, for their own reasons, and we are not forced to choose.  

Spring is the time of rebirth, things made a new.  The vegetation is greening up, rains washing things clean.  The world around us teems with new life.  It is the season of preparing the earth, planting and tending.  

In the fall, we will harvest.  For some that means hunting seasons, for gardeners and farmers the harvesting of crops. All things in its season, Amen?

As I have gone about my routine this week, I have been very intentional about taking it all in.  What glory and splendor!  We are surrounded by and supplied with everything we need.  God’s work in creation is astounding.  He thought of everything.  It’s marvelous, always has been.  What’s more, He did all of this for us!  

It’s easy to become blind to it all, to take it for granted, pay it little heed, but this week I have really seen it.  I have paused, taken moments, breathed it in, stood in awe and given thanks.  “Splendid!”

As I look around at the completeness, the perfection, the harmony of it all, I cannot help but be bewildered.  I’m bewildered by the fact that anyone could look upon God’s creation and have the slightest inkling that it came from any other means.  

Go out, take it in, stand in awe and reverence at what God created for you and… be thankful.  Have a blessed weekend.

Psalms 104:24,25 (NKJV) 

O Lord, how manifold are Your works!
In wisdom You have made them all.
The earth is full of Your possessions—
25 This great and wide sea,
In which are innumerable teeming things,
Living things both small and great.

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace 

Pro or Con

When do you feel most encouraged?  When are you most discouraged?  It may be when your week is going well, then its just a matter of time before your ‘luck’ turns and something happens that steals your joy.   When trials come regularly, it can lead us down a path of discouragement or even depression.  If things have not been going your way for a while, we may have a tendency to think that the whole world and even God is against us at times.  It is easy to look at our lives through the world’s eyes and see that we do not measure up to expectations, realistic or not, in regard to our jobs, home, family, finances, relationships, or any other device of comparison.  Is there someone who believes in you and encourages you, even when you do not believe in yourself? 

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.  Hebrews 10:24

A missionary family who has been working in central Africa with an unreached group of people has recently had their world turned upside down.  They have been making connections and building relationships with a nomadic tribe of people in the Central African Republic over the past several years and just this past month have had to leave the country and many friends, as their safety and lives were in danger.  They are currently on hold to see where God leads them, as the ability to return to the ministry they had been doing may never happen.  To quote a letter from this past week:  “So again… I’m reminded that there are two things that stay stable for us…. Our perfect competent King, and the incredible body of Christ. That is what keeps us hopeful…. That is what keeps us going. “

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  Romans 8:28

Things happen in each of our lives that we do not plan on, and that none of us would wish on others.  When we lose a job, a family is divided, have health problems, or when a friend or loved one unexpectedly dies, we may question who is in control.  Often we have a choice when we face life’s challenges to either let it push us into discouragement, or to make us more resilient and move forward with greater strength.  Where do you turn when all you hold dear gets emptied from your life?  Do you blame God or others, or do you pick up and carry on and continue to trust in Him regardless of your current situation?

So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  Isaiah 41:10

So, whether you are having a bad day, good week, or frustrating year, don’t be discouraged.  Turn to the one who made you and let Him guide you through the truth of his Word.  Allow others to pray with you and pray for others, even when you don’t feel like doing so.  Have joy in realizing that you have been given the greatest treasure known or unknown in salvation through Christ, and no one can take that from you.  Through encouraging others, you also will be encouraged.  Step out in courage and boldness and let Him guide your steps!

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;  persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.  2 Corinthians 4:8-9

Courage in Christ,
Clark

Developed or Discovered?

I work with leaders from the age 13-60.  Many of them want positions of authority.  Some have had a lot of leadership experience and some none at all.  The most successful leaders are not the ones that are fighting for position but those who are quick to learn and ask a lot of questions.  They are concerned with being developed.

I am 31 years old this year.  I am reviewing my 20’s and I would do a lot different.  There were times when I tried to prove myself so I would be discovered as a great leader.  Those times were always full of conflict and insecurity.  Then there were times when I was all about being developed, not striving or proving anything.  I recognized my need for growth huge in this time.  I found mentors and leaders who could help me.  I did what they said whether it made sense or not.  I grew a ton! Also, leadership opportunity came my way. 

Jesus was God’s son and Jesus was about 30 when He started his ministry.  Why not 18 after all he is God in flesh.  Joseph was 30 when He was promoted 2nd in command of Egypt, before that he was a slave in Potiphar’s house and a prisoner in a political prison. David was about 30 when He was finally given the role of King of Israel.  All of them had been given a dream years before that. God waited until they were developed before they were given position. 

Can you imaging being Jesus at 25.  You know who you are and the mission you have been called to and you have to wait.  From age 12 – 30 we have one verse.

Luke 2:52 Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.

Weird thought isn’t it. Jesus had to grow in wisdom and favor with God.  Jesus needed developed.  Even at 30 he is saying my time hasn’t come.  Can you imagine Mary?  She has a virgin birth, and I am sure everyone believes the engaged pregnant woman saying she has not had sex.  She wants her son discovered for who He is. 

Joseph has a vision of greatness. He tell his family who you would hope supports his dreams, and he gets sold into slavery by his brothers.  If Joseph is to one day lead an Egyptian amy being in the caption of the guards house, in charge of everything in the house.  Maybe God is up to something.  If farmer boy is going to be 2nd in command of the greatest nation on earth, learning politics in a political prison doesn’t seem that far out.  As a prisoner, Joseph is put in charge of the prison. Slavery and a prisoner would not his first choice, but he was developed into who God wanted him to be. 

You might feel stuck in obscurity and that you have not been discovered yet in the dream that God has for you, but God has a tendency to test his people in the place of obscurity to see if they will be humble and be developed or just whine about their circumstances.  God has GREAT THING planned for you life, but He wants you focused on being developed so He can trust you being discovered.  Who is further in the journey that you need to have mentor you?  What job do you have you need to do your very best in?

Recklessly obsessively following Jesus

Brandon Sereg

Faith Against All Odds

As some of you know, my family will soon be taking on an exciting new journey. We will be moving July 15th to Managua, Nicaragua where we will be serving as missionaries. Our entire family is very excited about this calling God has placed on our hearts and minds, but I would be remiss in saying that excitement is our sole feeling. There are many causes for concern as we head into this adventure: needing to raise financial support, acclimating to a new culture, learning a new language, living in an area known for natural disasters, living in a nation currently under US sanctions, being thousands of miles from family and friends, and more. There have certainly been moments throughout this process where I’ve wondered if we are in over our head and should really pursue something else.

In light of these fears it was very much “a God thing” that I happened upon a documentary this weekend entitled Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War. I have a deep interest in World War II, especially in those who stood up to the NAZI’s, so the title sucked me in. As I watched I was shocked to hear a story I had never heard told before. In 1939 Waitstill Sharp was the pastor of a church in Wellesley, MA, and his wife Martha was a social worker, when they received a call to be missionaries in Czechoslovakia. While most missionary work in that era was inherently risky, this assignment carried exorbitant risk. The Sharps were tasked with helping Jews and other opponents of the NAZI’s escape Czechoslovakia, which Germany had just invaded. Risking arrest, torture, and almost certain death, the Sharps were able to help over 2,000 children and adults not only escape Czechoslovakia, but also escape death in a concentration camp. In several cases the Sharps even personally helped people cross the boarder using forged documents or via smuggling routes through the mountains. There reason for doing this? Their faith that God had called them to stand-up against evil.

Here are some earth shattering words that really tied everything together for me this week:
Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6

Anything we do for God, from leaving our country to face down the Nazi’s to sharing the gospel with our neighbor, requires faith. If we are to ever be the servants of God we are called to be we need to trust that God has a plan for us. Even more then that, we need to trust that God is exactly who He says He is. In what ways to you need to have the faith of Waitstill Sharp this week? What aspects of life are you struggling to trust God with? We all need to trust God with our whole life so that He may do increasingly great things through us.

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