Though I now live in a town-home community where we enjoy snow removal, they only do so when we get 3 or more inches. When we first moved up to PA from Florida, and into a single-family residence, I determined (after a few snowfalls) that it would be great to get a snow thrower. After last year’s crazy winter and snows, I determined that it would be good to get it back out and take care of the lesser snows. So we get one snow-fall this year, and I want to use it… but… ah… there’s no gas. And then we get another snow this week, and I have my next opportunity to crank up some mechanical implement of mayhem… But I had forgotten the procedures to start it up, and didn’t bother to read the instructions plainly written near the choke. My engine flooded, and I never did get it started. Had to use the ole manual shovel routine. Ugh… don’t you just hate it when that happens? And wouldn’t you know it… I’ve actually got a spiritual application. What’s with that? LOL!
Last week I had the awesome blessing of getting my “spiritual tank” filled. Eleven of us got to travel out to the Biblical Counseling Conference in Lafayette, IN. I have been to any number of conferences and trainings and more; and I have heard any number of terrific teachers in my 25+ years of seminary and pastoring. Hands down this is the finest conference I have ever attended… and the Lord has blessed me, enabling me to go five times now. It will flat wear you out (we had four days of at least six hours of teaching each day); but I am always jazzed up and excited by what I heard and learned. This last one was, as expected, no exception; it was tremendous! The two session teaching on “Complaining” was alone worth the price of admission! As with most motors, if you don’t fill the tank once in a while, it won’t run very well. Thank you church, for allowing me to get refilled!
And about those pesky instructions… I wonder how much we miss the obvious in life. How many times have we sat through and heard the teaching of God’s Word; how often have we read God’s Word ourselves; and what do we do with it all? When life comes at you like the proverbial run-away freight train, do you react… or do you pray and respond as God would have you to? What instructions do you bring to bear on the situation or problem you’re facing? As Jesus said, “[God’s] Word is truth.” If what you think, what you want to bring to the table in your situation is contrary to God’s Word; if it is your way, and not God’s… think about it… how do you think it will really turn out?
Maybe you’re yanking on the starter pull for all you’re worth, but nothing’s working. Maybe you’re facing some pretty big giants today; maybe your life has taken a detour that isn’t very pleasant; maybe your world is crashing down around your ears…. and maybe you’ve just got some difficult problems to deal with, or decisions to make. Where do you turn; what do you do? Have you tried digging into God’s Word? He not only provides great instructions, but He also has the answers to what matters most. Have you sought sound biblical counsel; or do you think you know better? I truly believe Solomon really got it right when he wrote Proverbs 3:5-8. If you haven’t memorized it… and hidden it in your heart, I encourage you to get started and do it. Today. It might make a eternal difference in your life.
This Sunday we will be having a Prayer and Communion Service. There is something quite special when God’s people gather to offer prayers up to Him in community. Each time I am blessed by the “messages” I hear through people’s prayers… the testimonies of faith and trust. I pray you will join us for prayer.
Next Wednesday (25th) we will have our quarterly Membership Meeting in the Sanctuary beginning at 6:30pm. There is some neat stuff going on that I’d like to share, including the results from a “Mystery Guest” who gave us a report on their observations of our church.
Also, don’t forget, March 1st we start our new Discipleship Training Quarter. We have quite a few classes that will be offered in the coming months. Be sure to check it out and sign-up. I realize signing up for stuff can be a pain, but it will help us to be good stewards of the limited space we have available in our church. Thank you in advance!
Blessings to all of you. Stay warm and stay safe. It looks like winter is not quite done with us (eeh gads… it’s snowing as I am writing this!), but my Savior is great at warming our hearts and offering us hope symbolized by Spring. Love you!