May 2, 2016

As I sit here on a Monday morning it seems that it sure rains a lot on Mondays. I’m sure it’s just a perception thing but I’m pretty sure my pond . . . err backyard, has plenty of water for awhile. And I don’t want to hear about how much we will need the water in August. I’m also pretty sure more rain in May isn’t going to help us in August. Stay dry on this wonderful Monday morning!
I’m fighting the urge this morning to think about our upcoming Mission Trip to Poland. I’m sure many of you are already tired of hearing about it and my goal today is to hold off and talk about it in depth in next week’s blog. But as my mind wanders to something we have been planning for months, I am reminded of how much time all of us, me included, spend on thinking about ourselves. My wife left me this quote from Paul Tripp this morning that pretty well sums it up: “I am tempted to assess the ‘good’ of a day by whether it pleased me versus whether I pleased God and was loving towards others.” I woke up last night in the middle of the lightning and thunder and I was thinking about all the things I needed to get done today. I want to believe that I am doing what God wants for me to do today but it does make me stop and ask Him again. I also go back to yesterday’s message and the “Danger4Us” prayer. Psalm 139:23-24 says, "Search me, God, and know my heart. Test me, and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." God knows my anxious thoughts today and he knows when I am not trusting Him in an area of my life. Maybe as we pray that prayer today God will reveal where we are not really trusting Him. Maybe as we pray that prayer today we will see just how much selfishness is living in us. Maybe God will reveal that our focus must shift away from me and my needs to others. Maybe I will be able to focus on today and what needs God would have me meet. What can I do for you today? What can you do for someone else today?
This Thursday, May 5th, is National Day of Prayer. I know we overstate things a lot but it seems to me that it has never been more critical in the life of our nation than it is today that we pray. Our country is headed in a direction that will soon leave us in a position much like Europe. Most Europeans are nice people but they have lost their spiritual direction. I heard someone on the radio recently say that we have already lost the cultural war in America. We have allowed the argument to change from one of “right vs wrong” to one of “us vs them.” Our country has largely lost its moral bearings. There is still hope but the main vessel for that hope is found in prayer. We will have the church open this Thursday from 9:00am to 4:00pm if you would like to come by and pray. You don’t have to pray here but we want you to know we are taking this day seriously and we will be praying. Join us as you wish!