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Summer Mindset

Seek Christ this summer

Jesus Christ is the refreshing center of summer. He is pre-eminent in all things Colossians 1:18, including vacations and picnics and softball and long walks and cookouts. He invites us this summer: “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28. This is serious summer refreshment.

Do we want it? That is the question. Christ gives himself to us in proportion to how much we want his refreshment. “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart” Jeremiah 29:13. Go to church even when on vacation, we go to church even on vacation to say to the Lord together: we want all your refreshment. We really want it.

Turn toward the Lord with hearts open and expectant and submissive.

What sort of summer mindset is this? It is the mindset of Colossians 3:1-2, “If then you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.”

In the summer the earth is very much with us. And it is God’s earth! But it is all prelude to the real drama of heaven. It is a foretaste of the real banquet. It is a video preview to the reality of what the eternal summer will be like when “The city has no need of sun or moon to shine upon it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb” ~ Revelation 22:23. So you see: the summer sun is a mere pointer to the sun that will be. The glory of God. Summer is for seeing and showing that. Will we have eyes to see? Do you want to have eyes to see? Lord, let us see the light beyond the light. Seek that this summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 



From my heart…
 
 
Did you know that the giant sequoias of California have very shallow root systems?  Tour guides point out that their roots extend just barely below the surface.  That sounds almost impossible doesn’t it?  We all know that trees need deep roots to withstand drought and wind.  But sequoias are different and most unique.  First of all, they only grow in groves.  Secondly, their roots intertwine with each other.  So when the strong winds blow, they hold each other up.  If you ask me, I think that sounds a lot like a church family.  It is in the church family that we find support during our times of need.  It is also in the church family that we provide strength for others when they are calling for help.  Like those giant sequoias, we can grow tall and strong when we stand together in the fellowship of the church.  It is my prayer that you will let our church family, Jesus’ Body, of which you are a part, have an important place in your life.
 
On May 5, we will be having our Parent / Child Dedication Service.  This is a time for parents, and our church family, to commit ourselves to the task of raising our children in God’s way and according to His will.  This is also a time to ask God’s blessings upon our children and each family.  If you’ve never been a part of one of these services and would like to, feel free to contact me.  I’d love to talk with you about it.   
 
As May 12, is Mother’s Day, I hope you will take the time to let YOUR mother know how much she means to you and how much you appreciate her. 
 
“To Mother – On Mother’s Day”
 
For all the things you’ve been to me, My guardian and my guide;
For the truths you have so gently taught, And for all the tears you’ve dried;
For the faith and understanding, When I faltered on my way,
I owe you more thanks, Mother, Than words can ever say.
So on this day that’s set aside, Especially for you,
I send a wish for happiness, In everything you do.
May each hour bring you pleasure, Each day of every year,
For all the things you’ve been to me, I love you, Mother dear.
 
 
Hope to see you Sunday with a Bible in your hand and a smile on your face.
 
Pastor Gordon   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greetings from Astoria where spring is in the air! We have passed the one year mark living in NYC and are so thankful for the opportunity to serve here. Randy is meeting weekly with men at the Reality House and continues to make new contacts at the poolhall.  Lou, the owner of Chicken N Soup- where we had our fellowship following the coats, has asked Randy to help with a few minor repairs. Speaking of the restaurant, Debbie is having a weekly Bible study with Donna who is a weekend waitress at Chicken N Soup.  Tea Talks is now meeting in a new location and we’re beginning to get a few students returning to class. The homeless guys who are usually in our park have not been around for months.  It’s not unusual for them to ride the trains during the extremely cold weather or go to a shelter but now that it’s warmer they are still not around. We’re a little concerned about them. Please pray for Chris, Ilija, Donna, Lou, the homeless men and our neighborhood in general.  We do appreciate your prayers for us and your financial support.  

Randy and Debbie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


                        “Each day I descend into the hole
                         To earn my living digging coal.
                         I pray to my father in heaven above
                         That I may return to those I love.
                         If somehow death I should meet
                         I want to wake at Jesus’s feet.
                         I want my loved ones to be sure
                        That in His arms I am secure.”             
                                   ~ A Coal Miners Prayer  

Thank you for all your prayers, and donations for this year’s Kentucky Hope Box mission trip. This is my second time going on this trip, and I truly can say God showed up every step of the way. They must’ve been having a party in Heaven as we headed back down the mountain, because we were able to see 350-something decisions to trust and know Jesus as their Savior! PRAISE THE LORD!!! 
              There are many stories of HOPE I could share about what happened on this trip, but there is one that sticks out in my memory the most. At the very first school we attended (Carr Creek Elementary), and with the very first class we saw I decided to sit in the floor with a group of 1ST graders. One of the boys opened his box with the most excitement I’d ever seen. It was as if he had gotten the greatest present on Christmas morning. His name was Brantley. I asked Brantley, “what are you going to do with all this stuff?”, and he looked back at me kind of puzzled, and said “I really don’t know…We don’t live in a house right now…we live in the garage, and I sleep in a little green tarp.” My heart immediately sunk, and I lost all words. He continued to look through his stuff with the same amount of excitement, and then it was time for Brantley to go back to class.
I shared this story with our team the following evening, and many of the faces expressed sadness, except for one person who actually looked excited! Stories like this one aren’t rare; in fact, I’d say many times they start to cause a numbing feeling. But the look of excitement I got from Kelli Smith, who is the Children’s minister at Lakeview Baptist was far from numb. She ran over to me after our group devotion and said, “you’re not going to believe this! The trailer our church drove up here was borrowed from a mattress company. Inside the trailer were two brand-new rolled up “green memory-foam” mattresses, and I want Brantley to have them!” The next day the Lakeview team delivered the mattresses back to Carr Creek and left them for Brantley in the first grade. I would’ve given anything to see the look on his face that first night he got to trade out his small green tarp for a comfy green mattress. God is GOOD ALL THE TIME! And all the time GOD IS GOOD!!
              I want to ask you now to pray. Stop whatever you’re doing and pray for Kentucky. Specifically pray for Brantley, pray for the souls that were saved this past week, pray for the teachers and administrators, and pray for the doors to remain open for this ministry.

 
 
 
(Brantley is the boy in the red shirt, with the big grin on his face)
 

-Pastor Kyle 


 

 

 

 


 

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