Sharing With Steve
I want to tag onto an idea that I shared several months ago. I reflected then about the state of the world and how bad things were. I shared how Habakkuk responded to God when he was told what God was going to do to the nation of Judah. It has only been a few months but things seemed to have gotten worse. Britain has left the European Union creating all sorts of unstable and unknowable outcomes. The shooting in Orlando polarized people in the United States concerning lifestyle and gun control issues. Overseas suicide bombers have decimated crowds in Istanbul and Kabul. When is God going to do something?
This was a question asked by Elijah. We have just got done with the chapter in The Story dealing with Elijah on Mt. Carmel and the aftermath. After seeing God’s great power, Elijah flees because he is afraid of Jezebel. He cries to God that he is the only one left. He just wants to die. Why is God letting this evil exist? Why is Elijah the only one? God reassures him that He is still in control and that along with Elijah there are seven thousand more people in Israel who have not bowed down to Baal. He sends Elijah on several more errands. The evil in the land is going to be taken care of. The problem was that the people’s hearts were never changed. Jehu came along and killed all of Ahab’s family, but he did not bring the people back to God. Things got better for a little while, but the people soon returned to the idols.
I wonder if it is like that today? In some ways it is unprecedented what is being accomplished for the Lord today. There are more mega- churches than there have ever been. The gospel is being shared in more languages than ever before. New ways of communication are being used to reach more people in more and various ways. Yet things are not getting better. We keep praying for revival. There seems to be hints of revival, but those pale as things in the world get worse. My wife read a verse in the Psalms to me yesterday. David pondered this same thing. Ps 11:3 When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” The next several verses (v4-7) go on to tell that David remained hopeful in God. He knew that God was in control and examined all men. He recognized those who were upright and those who were not. We, too, must remain hopeful in the Lord. We may not understand His silence or inaction, but we remain faithful knowing that God is still in control.
How much does God require of you?
It is a deceptively simple question. With anything other than God, you can list hours, weeks, years.
With God, the only right answer is: Everything.
He can make due with whatever we give him, but He desires our everything.
Our strengths and weaknesses.
Our highs and lows.
Our triumphs and failures.
I have often wondered why God isn’t changing my life, and then I remember that I don’t want him to have it.
This may seem like such an odd or heretical thing for a minister to say, but it’s the truth.
Do you know what happens when you actually give God your everything?
Of course you do! We read about them all the time in scripture.
They were mocked as they built boats in the desert.
They were killed for speaking God-revealed truths.
They were brought down into the ashes so they could rise again.
Are you willing to join their ranks? The ranks of the mocked, scorned, pitied, and hated?
If your answer is “No,” then you too are holding back your everything.
I’m not trying to shame or guilt you. If we are honest, we all hold back.
We fear what will happen.
We fear the future.
We fear losing control.
The secret of Christianity is not being perfect, it’s admitting our imperfection and allowing God to do his work, little by little.
His perfect love will cast out fear as we seek him.
Seek Him today, whatever way that looks.
If you are feeling especially dangerous, take a moment and pray for God to reveal a way you are still holding back. Ask Him to help you surrender it.
Ask and you shall receive.
Vacation Bible School Coming in August
The Most Spectacular Show on Earth
Sunday, August 7 through Thursday, August 11, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily.
This year we are excited to invite old and young to enjoy “The Most Spectacular Show On Earth” where they will learn about some of the most amazing people who have ever served God and how they too can use their unique abilities to give God glory! Join us for snacks, games, and stories which will astound and encourage you! Open to kids from Pre-K to 5th grade. GO TO BOTTOM OF HOME PAGE TO REGISTER ON-LINE.
Calling all volunteers – we need you to help. Please see Nathan North.
Our annual church picnic will be held on Sunday, July 17, following the morning service at the Auburn Hills City complex at the corner of University and Squirrel Rd. The shelter behind the community center in the woods has been reserved for us. Meat will be provided, and a sign-up sheet will be posted letting you know what to bring. Please sign up in the foyer so we will have a fairly accurate number. Plan now to attend.
Congratulations to our three high school graduates: Stefanie Kapusta, Matthew Newton, and Ann (Chinese foreign exchange student). Our prayers are with the three of you as you move forward in your life.
Sunday Prayer Summer Schedule
Every Sunday evening at 6 p.m. we have a time of prayer. Everyone is invited to come and participate as we pray for the needs of Meadowbrook. Some people pray out loud, and others pray silently. Your presence is important. Because there are so many conflicts during the summer we are having an abbreviated schedule for our prayer time. We will be meeting the 2nd and 4th Sundays of July and August. Weekly prayer meetings will resume in September. If you have any questions, this please see Steve Martin.
We are moving right along through The Story, the Bible as one continuing story of God and His people. Six chapters remain before we reach the New Testament and the story of Jesus. July 3 we will be examining the fall of the northern kingdom (Israel). July 10 we will be examining the fall of Judah. July 17 we will be looking at the prophet Daniel. July 24 Nathan North, our Family Life Minister, will be preaching. July 31 we will be examining the return of the exiles from Babylon. Additional copies of the book available on the table in the foyer. If you have any questions about The Story please see Steve Martin.
JULY LAWN MOWING SCHEDULE
John Ciuba IV – July 8
Stefanie Kapusta – July 9
Harry & Kaye Thompson (Anniv.) – July 12
Hector Urteaga – July 18
Ken Small – July 19
Sandra Krugh – July 21
Mike & Sue Rose (Anniv.) – July 21
Mike Rose – July 22
Brenda Cox – July 22
Harry Thompson – July 24
Samantha Kapusta – July 25
Eunice Salminen – July 27
Marian Murphy – July 28