Out of the Ten Commandments, six of them have to do with how people are to treat each other. The first of those six commandments deals with the parent-child relationship—“Honor your father and your mother. . .”
Father’s Day was started by a daughter of a widower who had raised six children. Her name was Sonora Smart Dodd. Her father was for a time a single parent and a Civil War Vet.
History is full of ordinary men who have overcome extraordinary obstacles for the sake of their families. My hats off to you men who work, serve, sacrifice, and pray for your families every day. Happy Father’s Day, and God bless you men!
“Halftime” – An intermission between halves of a game or contest (as in football or basketball).
Typically the halftime is seen as a time for competing teams to rest. The reality is that, while the athletes are “resting” they are also discussing the game-plan adjustments they are going to make during the second half of the game. While their bodies are resting their minds are still very engaged. Church can be the same way! June can be thought of as our halftime of the year.
During the summer months we will not have AWANA, or MOPS, or some of our other regular ministries that accompany the school year. We will still have summer camps, and summer sports camp. We will also begin to turn our attention to the second half of this year, and do some fine-tuning for what is coming up. Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit your works to the Lord and your plans will be established.” May we work to be a blessing to God’s will rather than asking Him to bless our will. His will is always best!
When God led His chosen people across the Jordan River to inhabit the land promised to them, Joshua instructed them to set up a pile of stones (Joshua 4). These stones were to serve as a memorial to future generations. They would be a reminder of how God parted the waters of the Jordan River to enable His people to cross over into their new homeland.
We have men and women who serve, and have served this nation to provide and protect our freedom. Some of these men and women sacrificed their lives for this cause. Across this country you will find beautiful displays with the names of America’s fallen engraved in stone. These are our memorial stones! We also have Memorial Day as a day set aside to remember those who lost their lives in service to this nation.
May God bless the families of those who sacrificed their lives in their service. And may God bless the USA to the extent that we are willing to bless Him!
This past week was National Police Week. May 15th has been set aside as Peace Officers Memorial Day. This day is set aside for remembering federal, state, and local officers who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty.
There are stories too many to number of officers who “ran in while others ran out.” Some of them survive to tell the story. Others do not! The next time you are pulled over try to remember that the officer giving you a ticket may be the one pulling you from a flooded car in the future!
Let us not forget to pray for those who protect us. May we also pray for family members who have lost a beloved peace officer.
From the cross our Lord was taking care of His mother. After all that He had already experienced and the agony He was going through at the time, He looked down at the woman who bore Him. I am sure He knew that His wasn’t the only heart breaking! In compassion He told the apostle John to take care of Mary, and to treat her as if she was his own mother.
When a child hurts, a caring mother’s heart also hurts. Conversely, there is no joy and pride equal to that of a mother who celebrates her child’s accomplishments. Today we celebrate this high calling to motherhood. Ladies, I pray that this day will be the fuel you need to press on. May your family rise and bless you!
“As goes the family, so goes the nation” is a quote that I have heard many times, and I believe it to be true. One of the saddest statements in the Bible is found in Judges 2:10, “After them another generation rose up who did not know the Lord or the works He had done for Israel.”
The book of Proverbs has much to say about what we are to know as worshipers of God. What many do not realize is that it is primarily a book compose of words from a father to his son(s) about how to live their lives in a way that pleases God. It outlines the personal benefits of loving and obeying God. May our faith and our families be strengthened as we probe the proverbs.
As a more seasoned pastor one of the things that I love to see is young adults involved in ministry. Such is the case with some of our collegiate students who served at Beach Reach during Spring Break.
A couple of weeks ago the church held an outreach at Album Park where we saw 538 registrations and eleven documented salvations.
In the midst of all of that there was a small group of people helping a church member clean up some rental property.
This morning we will celebrate these and possibly other ministry events by way of testimony. Such times of testimony were common throughout the New Testament. I hope that we will not just be blessed by what we hear, but also motivated to do whatever we can to do the work of the ministry.
Have you ever heard someone say, in effect, “I am such a mixed bag of emotions”? Perhaps you have felt that way yourself at times. On the one hand there is this emotion of excitement, and on the other hand is the emotion of fear.
As Jesus entered Jerusalem for the last time do you think that He may have been going through the same thing? People are celebrating His entrance, shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David; BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD; Hosanna in the highest!” (Matthew 21:9). I am sure Jesus was embracing this, but at the same time He knew that this week would end in His torturous death; but the death would lead to His victorious resurrection!
As you deal with your emotions try to reflect on what Jesus was going through during this last week. He can understand what you are going through, and He is with you!
On Sunday, March 10th our Transition Team presented three men to serve as our initial team of elders. These three men and their wives are Rob and Rebecca Ayers, Jonathan and Tianna Bowden, and Larry and Kay Wilkins. Our Transition Team is united and excited about these men and the service that they already render to the church, as well as how God will use them in the future. Please be very much in prayer for these men and their wives, and for the church in the days ahead. You will see them involved in the services in the days ahead.
When Nehemiah was given the task of rebuilding the broken down wall of Jerusalem there were several factors that had to be dealt with. In reading this Old Testament account you easily see that the job required evaluating, planning, securing supplies, preparing, executing, and team-work. In the process they also had to deal with internal and external struggles. All of these factors are evident.
One less evident factor was that which required them to quit looking backwards and begin to look forwards. Someone once said that it is okay to glance in your rear-view mirror while going down the road, but fixating on what is behind you will keep you from seeing what is ahead of you!
As we work together to rebuild discipleship and a kingdom mindset at Scotsdale, we must look back only long enough to learn from our past; but we must also keep looking forward to how God wants to use us for His kingdom agenda.