“God shows no partiality to princes, nor regards the rich above the poor, for they all are the work of His hands? (Job 34:19). We tend to categorize people by their social status, color of skin, lifestyle habits, past shortcomings or present achievements. Some we see as worthy, others we keep on the margins of our circle of approval. We applaud those who meet our criteria of political sanity and humiliate those who choose to differ. News outlets and social media suck us into the swirl of hate drains. If we call ourselves Christians we’ll let the Spirit of God control our mind and our heart. The Almighty sees every life as special. Every soul is His son or daughter. A homeless young woman asking for a dollar on exit 5, an architect in a fancy suit, or a state representative from your district, they are all precious in the eyes of the Lord. He gave them life. He died for them. “He who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.” (1 John 2:11). And, buy the way, hate is “extreme dislike” according to Merriam-Webster.
Edymar reporting from the Men’s front: “We had our monthly men’s breakfast last Sunday and our goal was to give moms a couple of hours to herself. For some moms, that was accomplished but what I also saw during the breakfast went far deeper than a little gift of free time. It was men blessing moms, while also deepening their connection with little ones they brought. James 2:24, “You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.”
As I watched the dads and grandpas interact, play and feed their little ones, a quote I heard at a men’s retreat came to mind: “it’s about being present, not perfect”. NONE OF US ARE PERFECT, but we can all be present in some way. In a society that sometime makes us feel like we are either not doing enough, doing the wrong thing or could have done better, we have to remember that all we can do is try and trust. Trying to do our best by putting forth our best effort, but when we fall short (we all will), trusting that our heavenly Father (who is perfect), will provide us with the wisdom and strength to server our families.
Last Sunday, there were a lot of imperfect men (see attached pictures), who took time out of their busy Sunday morning to be present. After a huge breakfast, we played Simon Says, musical chairs, and a guessing game, all of which caused us to laugh until our bellies hurt. This last breakfast with all the kiddos was so much fun that I, for one, can’t wait to do it again.”
Season of Change Ministry had its monthly event this week. They had a wonderful lunch and a chance to show their Arts and Crafts. The program was attended by 47 widows (4 brand new), 4 kitchen angels and table decorators, and 3 drivers. Special thanks to the Pathfinders for setting up our tables, and to our Office Manager Steve for our sound and air adjustments. This ministry continues to impress me with their creativity, vibrancy and mission emphasis! Thank you, Lupina, for your leadership!
This week OAKS had their Week of Prayer. I had a chance to attend several of their meetings and was blessed by pastor Matthew’s inspiring song services. Mrs. Bradshaw was invited to be the guest speaker for the meetings. She’ll be speaking tomorrow for both services. Many students have already asked for Bible studies and are preparing for baptism. Praise God for OAKS!
This week a great team of conference auditors worked on our church-school campus. We all were impressed with their willingness to help, to teach and to guide us through this process. They gave both treasurers (Rita Rogers and Connie Schwark) excellent grades along with a few recommendations on how to make their work even better.
PRAYERS. This week special prayers go for Cory Goss. Here is what Amy, his wife, posted on her Facebook page this morning: “Cory will be having a meniscus repair this morning as well as a general tune up for his knee. Prayers are appreciated.”
Happy Sabbath everyone!