Saturday, July 21, 2018

Sensible Preparation

Yes, men do make counterfeit money, but more often than naught, money makes counterfeit men. - S. Harris
Rehoboam's focus on more taxation made him a lesser man than his father Solomon. OUCH!
The love of money, the attraction, the affectations it brings, the power it yields, the satisfaction and happiness it promises - it's all smoke and mirrors. Yes, we need money to survive in this life, exist in this culture, but no matter how much we have it does not and should not define us, nor should others measure us by it. Jesus told us we should use 'worldly wealth to gain friends' (Luke 16:9) so that one day we 'might be welcomed into eternal dwellings.' So I think the question we should sometimes ask ourselves is: what are we doing with the other 90%, how is that portion showing out in my life? That does bear some thought, doesn't it? Will anybody be in heaven based on my spending patterns? The best use of your dollar$ and ¢ent$ is to be $en$ible in preparation for tomorrow.
Until Monday.....
Pastor Botts
"....for where your treasure in there your heart will be also..." - Matthew 6:22
Note: The Discipleship class will be meeting this Sunday at 9:15AM.
Men's Bible Study will be at 4pm.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Getting Better

Practice without improvement is meaningless. – C. Knox
David learned to sling stones long before he came upon Goliath. Amen!
Ask any athlete, coach, musician, or even doctor, and they’ll tell you the whole idea of practice is to get better, quicker, stronger, more adept, etc., at their craft. It’s not just spending time ‘on the field’ its practice with a purpose or intent. The same is true of us as Christians. The whole idea and principle of our faith is to bring us into a closer communion and fellowship walk with God, and make us more like Christ. But often we’re content just to go through the motions of church activity to appease our conscience, and convince ourselves we’re godly, growing complacent; without any intent on improvement, overcoming sin, growing in faith, or letting go of our worldly ways. The one thing we must always remember every day of our lives when it comes to our faith is, it’s not ourselves we have to convince – it’s God.
Until tomorrow….
Pastor Botts
“This has been my practice: I obey your precepts. You are my portion, O Lord; I have promised to obey your words.” – Psalm 119:56-57
Reminder: all articles for the newsletter are due today.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Share the Wealth

Sharing is caring! - Anon
Just because we can't beat God giving doesn't mean we shouldn't at least try! - WOW!
"Mine, mine, mine! Go, go, go! Back, back, back! It's my treasure, my good fortune, my hard work paying off!" Yes, this often is our way of thinking and example in life. We hoard God's great blessings to us. Like the rich man in Jesus' parable (Luke 12) we build 'bigger' barns to hold our bounty, so we can live the 'good life.' The truth is we have it backwards, we don't really understand the ways of this great God we serve and receive our blessings from. The reason God loves to lavish His love on us is because of the tremendous joy that comes from generosity. God loves to bless us because it brings Him great joy; and we being made in His image this way can have such joy as well, if we learn how to share.
Until tomorrow......
Pastor Botts
"......the Lord Jesus himself said: "It is more blessed to give than to receive."" - Acts 20:35

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Visionaries

Visionary people are visionary partly because of the very great many things they don't see. - B. Rice
Early in his ministry others saw Paul as trouble, Barnabas the 'Encourager' saw him as a god-man. Hmm!
Our enemies greatest and really only feat is deception. Getting us to focus so hard on one thing, that we miss out on everything else going on around us. God is busily showing and giving blessing upon blessing and we miss them because our focus is elsewhere. In our busyness, stress, times of difficulty, unforeseen circumstances, we fail to see all the good things and blessings God is providing going on all around us. The support of family, friends, provisions from God. While under house arrest in Philippi, Paul realized how blessed he was as this occasion in his life helped advance the gospel - which by the way is our main purpose - being bearers of the good news. Whatever our situation is today, maybe we need to take a moment to see just how blessed we are. I'm sure praise will follow.
Until tomorrow......
Pastor Botts

Friday, July 13, 2018

At the Name

"Perish the thought!" - Anon
When Job's wife told him to 'curse God and die..." he pretty much said "NO WAY!" - Hmm!
Does the name of God, the thought of God, or the mention of His name cause us to adjust our lives at all? Does it cause us any spiritual or emotional reaction at all, like the mention of other names might? Honestly, if you're like me you sometimes get a little too comfortable with God, forgetting He is not only the Creator of the Universe, but the Very One who gives life and breath to you, sustains you, and keeps you. Though we do want to be intimately connected to Him, we should never forget who He is and what He's done. Maybe we need to remind ourselves of the song we sang as children: "we're you there when they crucified My Lord, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble....." May we remember His presence always requires a certain decorum on our part. TREMBLE indeed!
Until Monday......
Pastor Botts
"The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them." - Psalm 34:7
P.S. - Hope you can join us Sunday morning at 9AM for our weekly bible reading discussion time.
Also, we WILL NOT be having Vesper Services this Sunday, but why not pack a lunch and help us set up for VBS - it's here!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Great Expectings

The future has a way of arriving unannounced. – G. Will
Shortly before leaving them for good, Jesus told his disciples The Comforter would come and ‘remind’ them of all He taught them. They were never the same afterward. Hmm!
We are an impatient people by nature. We don’t deal well with uncertainty or loose ends. We want concrete answers and timetables. We want to know when things will be done. But our asking God ‘when’ He will do a certain work in our life or the lives of others presupposes what He will do, or to put it in other words ‘what we expect Him to do.’ We often expect God to do something miraculous to mark the change we seek so that we may attribute it to Him vs. coincidence. In reality, God is always at His work in our lives, therefore the ‘when’ is up to us, not Him. He gives us everything we need to defeat every sin we encounter and unlimited access to Him for strength to overcome all spiritual wickedness. The real question we have to answer for ourselves is do we believe God has given us what it takes, and do we have the desire to do it?
Until tomorrow…..
Pastor Botts
“Dear friends, now we are the children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him….” – I John 3:2

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Impaired Judgement

Impaired vision isn't only an eye problem. - Anon
Naomi wanted to be called 'Mara' or bitter. God showed her that name didn't really fit. Amen!
DUI/DWI. Acronyms that no one really wants associated with their name. It means being caught operating a motor vehicle while your judgment has been impaired by alcohol, drugs or medications. Though we do all we can to ensure this is not us, we often find ourselves equally guilty of impaired judgment when it comes to others. We see and assume the worst of people just by their appearance (heavily tattooed - must be a gang member, unkempt or dirty - must be homeless, etc.). The fact of the matter is Jesus tells us not to judge anyone, for we all have issues and shortcomings. The good news is God is not finished with us yet. So ours should not be a comparison game of who's better off, but a prayer moment of "Lord, help us both, that you might be glorified!" As we greet this new dawning called today, may this be our prayer throughout.
Until tomorrow.....
Pastor Botts
"....do not judge, or you too will be judged...." - Matthew 7:1