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Pastor Bill's Reflections

Bill Young

“Walk worthy of the calling with which you were called . . . bearing with one another in love.” —Ephesians 4:1-2

In the book 'God in the Dock', author C. S. Lewis describes the kind of people we have trouble getting along with. Selfishness, anger, jealousy, or other quirks often sabotage our relationship with them. We sometimes think, Life would be much easier if we didn’t have to contend with such difficult people.

Lewis then turns the tables on us by pointing out that these frustrations are what God has to endure with each of us every day. He writes: “You are just that sort of person. You also have a fatal flaw in your character. All the hopes and plans of others have again and again shipwrecked on your character just as your hopes and plans have shipwrecked on theirs.” This self-awareness should motivate us to try to show the same patience and acceptance to others that God shows to us daily.

In Ephesians, Paul exhorts us to arm ourselves relationally “with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love” (4:2). The one who is patient is better able to deal with a difficult person without becoming provoked to anger and retaliation. Instead, he or she is able to endure, exhibiting grace in spite of upsetting behavior.

Are there difficult people in your life? Ask God to show His love through you—This is all rooted in the necessity of recognizing that the Spirit unites us in one calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God (vv. 3-6). We are to be patient with others so that the body of Christ may be edified (vv. 2,12).

Some people can be difficult to love, And so we do not even try to care; But God says, “Love them just as I’ve loved you— You’ll bring Me glory as My love you share.” —Cetas

Hope and Peace to you all!



SUNDAY SCHEDULE

  • Adult Class - 8:45 AM
  • Worship - 10 AM (Nursery available for infant and toddlers)
  • Sunday School 10 AM
    4 Years - 2nd Grade (Participate in worship through childrens talk, then dismiss to classrooms)
  • Fellowship Time after Worship
  • Youth Choir practice resumes September 14

SEPTEMBER EVENTS

  • Sunday, September 7
    Hymnfest
    10:00 AM Worship Service
  • Sunday, September 14
    Full Sunday School Schedule Resumes
    10:00 AM
  • Tuesday, September 16
    Red Cross Blood Drive
    2-7:00 PM
  • Saturday, September 20
    Operation INASMUCH
    Details TBA



Coming October 12

Sermon & Small Group Series
Discovering My Calling: What On Earth Am I Here For?
Commit to grow in the knowledge of God's purpose for your life!


OUR SERMONS


August, 10 2014 - "Pay-What-You-Can Christianity?"
Pastor Young's sermon this week is based in Matthew 16:21-28 and Romans 12:9-21. Dr. Young explains how Christ requires only what we can, and we shouldn't allow our self-perceived limitations to stand in the way of service.

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SEPTEMBER 14

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL RESUMES
8:45-9:30 AM

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