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 Words of Grace

“I commend you to God and to the word of His grace which is able to build you up.”  Acts 20:32

 Volume 16, Issue 6                                                                                                                                                                                                      June, 2018

Just when I thought that the June article would be my last, here I am again for what I can only assume will be my last article.  Does life ever surprise you like that?  Of course it does.  If fact, life does this so often, I believe it gave birth to the idea: “Planning means everything, the plan means nothing.”

James reminds us, “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.’  Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow.  You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.  Instead, you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.’  But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil” (James 4:13-16).

God is faithful to show us the truth of this passage.  This article is proof of that, inconsequential as it is.  We in our foolishness think we are wise.  It is the result of our sinful self exerting itself apart from any consideration of what God wants.  We think, speak and act without even giving God a nod.  Then when we are surprised by life, or surprised by the result of our own plan, we rarely think the plan was wrong.  We tend to look for someone else, or a different reason, to blame.  I can only hope to realize that God loves me enough to let me suffer the consequences of my plan, so that I might understand what Proverbs 3:5-6 says.   “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

As our country celebrates its 242nd birthday, pray that God will be recognized for Who He is.  He is never surprised by anything.   He already knows what will happen down to the tiniest detail of every circumstance.  He alone loves us enough to let us plan and live in worldly ways, even though it might end in disaster.  He hopes that we may learn from the “School of Hard Knocks” that being crucified with Christ and letting His Son and His Holy Spirit reign in us is the right and righteous path.  May all of life’s surprises turn our thoughts to God, Who might be letting us suffer the consequences of our own plan apart from Him.

Just when I thought that the June article would be my last, here I am again for what I can only assume will be my last article.  Does life ever surprise you like that?  Of course it does.  If fact, life does this so often, I believe it gave birth to the idea: “Planning means everything, the plan means nothing.”

James reminds us, “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.’  Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow.  You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.  Instead, you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.’  But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil” (James 4:13-16).

God is faithful to show us the truth of this passage.  This article is proof of that, inconsequential as it is.  We in our foolishness think we are wise.  It is the result of our sinful self exerting itself apart from any consideration of what God wants.  We think, speak and act without even giving God a nod.  Then when we are surprised by life, or surprised by the result of our own plan, we rarely think the plan was wrong.  We tend to look for someone else, or a different reason, to blame.  I can only hope to realize that God loves me enough to let me suffer the consequences of my plan, so that I might understand what Proverbs 3:5-6 says.   “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

As our country celebrates its 242nd birthday, pray that God will be recognized for Who He is.  He is never surprised by anything.   He already knows what will happen down to the tiniest detail of every circumstance.  He alone loves us enough to let us plan and live in worldly ways, even though it might end in disaster.  He hopes that we may learn from the “School of Hard Knocks” that being crucified with Christ and letting His Son and His Holy Spirit reign in us is the right and righteous path.  May all of life’s surprises turn our thoughts to God, Who might be letting us suffer the consequences of our own plan apart from Him.

“CHILDREN ARE A GIFT FROM GOD, THEY ARE HIS REWARD” PSALM 127:3

We lift up prayers of thanksgiving with Chris and Naomi Parton for the birth of Ellie Grace, June 12.  She weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces and was 21 inches long. Thankful also for her safe arrival are grandparents, Pastor Steve and Barb, and Uncle Joel!

SUMMER FUN FOR KIDS @ GRACE!

About 20 youth and adults gathered together Sunday, June 24 for games, dinner and a movie “God’s Not Dead.” Fun was had by all! Please make a note to join us Thursday, July 5 and Wednesday, August 8 beginning at 4pm and lasting till around 7:30pm, when we will see “God’s Not Dead 2” and “God’s Not Dead: A Light in the Darkness” respectively. See the note on the bulletin board in the lower entryway and BRING A FRIEND! Thanks to Katie Ranallo and Dottie Laudeman for putting together these activities for our boys and girls!

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

Shoebox love gifts for July: flip flops and sunglasses

ASSISTING IN OUR WORSHIP SERVICES DURING JULY

Organist: Jane Tesdal, Jenny Rohr, Lisa Grevens

Scripture Reader: Kris Houchin

Greeters:

Ushers: Bob Tesdal and Duane Wolfe

Deacon: Kris Houchin

Flowers:

REMEMBERING TO PRAY FOR OUR CHURCH FAMILY & FRIENDS

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition,

with thanksgiving, present your request to God.”  Philippians 4:6

In Need of Healing:

Bob Arnsdorff, Donna Axelton, Katie Becker, Beth Carlson, Marcia Davidson, Don Edmondson, Betty Findlay, Jason Hecht, Amelia Hiney, Jim Launius, Bob Williams

Serving our Country: Tracy Graham, US Coast Guard Reserves

PLEASE let us know if you would like to add or remove a name from the “pray for” list.

JULY BIRTHDAYS

7 –           Debbie Steffes

11 –        Barb Johnson

16 –        Jon Larson

18 –        Emily Ranallo

26 –        Michael Ranallo

ANNIVERSARIES

4 –           Harry & Carol Breen

6 –           Mike & Sherryl Graham

12 –        Adam & Jami Salinas

14 –        Craig & Dottie Laudeman

 

“If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”

President Ronald Reagan

 

Independence Day, July 4