We will be taking July off from men’s breakfast, and plan to pick back up in the fall. Thanks to all who participated in the shooting extravaganza at the Thomasson’s!
Once again this week, we’ve got two weeks’ worth of quotes for you…
“The Church and the Triumph of the Lamb” from Revelation 1:1-8:
“The goal of Revelation is not the newness, but the profoundness of Jesus’ victory over us and over the world.”
“The unveiled King, Jesus, is in charge of all of history. Even yours. Therefore, we should be a people of constant praise.”
“Revelation is a picture book, not a puzzle book. Don’t try to puzzle it out. Don’t become preoccupied with isolated details. Rather, become engrossed in the overall story.” –> Vern Poythress
“The Vision” from Revelation 1:9-20:
“We have a tendency to feed our fears and thereby plunge ourselves into darkness and despair. We do this by focusing only on our circumstances, as though that is the only reality.”
“Jesus didn’t come to take our problems away or downplay them as insignificant; He came to give us a better perspective through a larger view of reality.”
“Don’t feed your fears. Feed on Jesus.”
Don’t forget – shooting day is coming up soon! Contact John Moehlmann if you are planning to attend.
From last week, “Eternal God for Everyday Life” – Genesis 24:1-67
“We have an eternal God who delights to work in everyday ways.”
“Sometimes God amazes us; but in truth, we should always be amazed by God’s working, even in ordinary, everyday life.”
Because we serve an eternal God working in everyday life, we can:
-Trust our future is secure
-Step into daily life with confidence. “Keep your eyes focused forward – on Jesus – because He has run the race for us already.”
-Know that God is at work in the ordinary
And from this week, “A Better Home” – Genesis 25:7-11, Hebrews 11:13-16
“Our satisfaction with this life is not found in the length of our earthly days, but in the hope of our eternal identity.”
“Our goal is not to exemplify Abraham, but rather to exemplify the God of Abraham.”
“Doubts can be an enemy to our soul, but they’re not too large for the bigness of our God.”
Update on shooting day from John Moehlman:
WEATHER PERMITTING we’ll have the shoot!
- Plan to arrive at the Thomasson’s place between 8:30-9:00 for orientation, safety procedures, etc. and start at 9:00 and we’ll shoot for a couple of hours or so or until the ammo is expended.
- Address: 15000 East OSR, Hearne, TX: turn right on OSR at Benchley.
- Wear hats, sunglasses or protective eye cover, bring bottle water, insect spray etc.
- If you have shooting ear protectors and/or shooting glasses bring them as well as your own guns and ammo.
- Guns and ammo in various calibers will be provided; .22 UP TO .44 Mag.
- Trap/skeet shooting pending – we’ll know for sure by next week.
- Ladies are welcome to join us as well! Please remember, though, it is very important that there be no children attending.
It will be helpful for planning purposes if you will let me know by return email who will be coming. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on my cell- 777-2840. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.
Looking forward to a ‘bang up’ time!
“Glimpses of Reality” from Genesis 23:
“One of our challenges is keeping our focus on God who walks us, not around our trials, but through our trials.”
“God’s promises hold fast all the way to the grave… and beyond.”
“A steady faith focuses on God, even in the midst of life’s trials.”
“Faith doesn’t insulate us from the struggles and griefs of life; it’s what He uses to strengthen us through them.”
“The good news for us is that we don’t need to haggle; God has already bartered the deal for us, at the cost of the blood of His own Son.”
“The things that compete with God for our trust are usually good things, in and of themselves.”
“We confront idolatry and its tests with a trust that runs in His revealed truths.”
“God was not after the death of Isaac; He was after the life of Abraham.”
Take home points:
-You WILL be tested.
-God tests us to mature us.
-God must have NO RIVAL in your life.
-God is committed to helping you love Him most; He wants you to love HIM more than you love His good gifts.
Ready for action!
The golf course was kind enough to give us our own space for a tailgate right at the turn!
Although the weather threatened us early, the worst of it was a bit of thunder without lightning, so we were able to play without interruption.
We enjoyed not only the weather, as it turned out quite nice by the end of the day, but also the scenery.
Special thanks to Chris and Charles for cooking us up a feast… pork chops, Mexican street corn, and smoked potatoes!!
Kudos to our scramble winners, Ben Hailey, Scott Bennett, Derek Merritt, and Tucker Gallagher! Congratulations also go out to Longest Drive winner Scott Bennett and Closest to the Pin winner Brandon Spears. Well done guys!
Shooting day will be at Alex Thomasson’s place on June 10th, in place of men’s breakfast that morning. See Jon Moehlman for details.
This month we will be finishing our book on forgiveness. Study dates:
Bagnall/Stanley – 7am, Sat, May 30th at Mi Pueblito’s
McDonald/Peterson – 8pm, Sun, May 31st at Murphy’s Law
Gronberg/Hood – TBD
And now for something you’ll really like…
From Psalm 119:169-176, “Living by the book” involves:
1 – Living by prayer
“The Christian life is a life of constant dependence on God.”
2 – No exemption from danger or distress
“Often, the greatest means of growing us in grace are our trials, struggles, and tribulations. God uses them to wean us from the love of this world.”
3 – Living a life of joy and praise
“Even a believer who is in the middle of a severe trial has much cause for thanks and praise.”
4 – Living a life of Biblical piety
“Both freedom in grace and Christian discipline are part of the Christian life. Those who have been saved by God’s grace want to live according to God’s Word.”
5 – Living a life of repentance
“We are plagued by temptations that, without God seeking us, will overwhelm us. Left to ourselves, we will fall.”
There are still slots open for our golf tournament this Saturday, May 9th. Let Mike McDonald know if you are interested in playing. Tee times start at 9:00 am and the cost is only $15. We will eat together after the round for awards and heckling!
From last Sunday:
“Patience in the Christian life is mandatory. Faith isn’t faith if you’re not waiting.”
“If you are worried that something you might do would thwart God’s good plan for you, remember – God can even overcome the obstacle of YOU.”
“Do you struggle with the moments when you see someone else receiving the blessing that you want and have been waiting for? God is not in the business of forgetting; He is using the wait and struggle to work deeply on your faith. Entrust yourself and your waiting days to the Lord.”
Don’t forget! The 2nd annual WPC Golf Invitational is coming up on May 9th. Let Mike McDonald (email@example.com, 979-777-4818) know if you are interested in playing. Please invite friends from outside WPC as well! We want this to be an opportunity to introduce others in our community to WPC in a non-threatening, informal way.
On to the better stuff:
“We not only do unhealthy things, we do sinful things when faced with pressure.”
Some paraphrasing here, but lots of good stuff:
Abraham’s desire to protect himself put a lot of people around him in danger. It wasn’t the world’s sin that put Abraham in danger – Abraham’s sin puts the world in danger. Sometimes when we sin, self-protect, and live untrusting in God’s truths, we are a threat to our neighbor.
God intervenes with Abimilech first: “It is only my grace that you haven’t done this awful thing.”
The central question of the text is in vs 10: “Abraham, what did you see? What were you looking at?” Abraham’s answers reveal his heart, full of faith and full of failure:
-There is no fear of God in this place (doubting God’s sovereignty)
-Because Sarah is technically my sister (shaping and spinning facts, withholding truth)
-We’ve always done it this way
Why do we spin facts? We are scared, and our hearts’ first reaction is to protect ourselves. It is always a good idea when God intervenes for us, but it’s NEVER a good idea when we intervene for God.
Are you ever scared? Do you self protect? Do you live as if God is not sovereign in certain situations? Do you spin facts to protect yourself? Do you do it because you’ve always done it this way?
First off, congratulations are in order for Charles Ackerman, winner of the March Madness Tournament Challenge!
Secondly, if you are interested in playing in a co-ed adult soccer league this summer, talk to Alex Sullins (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Also, in lieu of men’s breakfast for May, we will be having our 2nd annual WPC Golf Invitational on Saturday, May 9th. Feel free to invite your friends – this is not just for WPC members / attenders. Details will be announced soon!
We are currently reading chapters 6 and 7 of The Freedom and Power of Forgiveness. Book study meeting times are on the calendar and in the bulletin.
Maybe I should start calling this Sermon Quote of the Month… I’ll try to do better…
“Wordliness, according to the Bible, is a great danger, and none of us are immune to it.”
“Whenever our soul is tormented by the things of the world, we need to be reminded to listen, so as not to drift toward the world.”
“Don’t linger where God provides escape.”