July 23, 2018

Has anyone else noticed that it’s hot? Ha. OK, sorry for stating the obvious. I was outside this morning (besides my ride in) for about 10 minutes and I have moved “air conditioning” to the #1 greatest invention of all time. I hope your Monday is off to a great and cool start. I pass along my sympathy to all of those who have to work outside today. Drink plenty of fluids. :)
I was indeed outside this morning doing a video for our Memory Verse Challenge!! Over the next 12 weeks (actually 14 as I will be out 2 weeks) we will be memorizing one verse of scripture each week. This week’s verse is John 15:5, which says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” I hope you will get to work memorizing that verse. God’s Word reminds us repeatedly how important it is that we hide his word in our hearts. Memorizing scripture should be an essential part of every believer’s life. How can we expect to ever have the heart of God if we don’t know Him? How do we know Him? By taking his word into our hearts and minds and allowing it to transform us day after day. When we don’t memorize scripture what we are really saying is that either He isn’t important enough for us to spend time doing it or we are just too lazy. I’ll let you decide which it is in your life. But let’s all get on board and change that pattern. Start today and see how many verses you can memorize for the rest of 2018. (I again apologize for the last 20 seconds of this week’s Facebook video. The sun was so bright I couldn’t see the “finish” button. Ha. Just promise that won’t be on the bloopers reel at my funeral.)
We are doing this in conjunction with those who are involved with “Experiencing God.” It’s not too late if you want to join in on that as well. We have a men’s group that meets on Thursday night and they just got started. The women’s group actually kicks off tonight at 6:30 so call the church office if you are interested in joining either group. This will be our main focus as a body of believers over the next few months. I would love to see everyone involved because I truly believe if you will go through this study you will come out on the other side with a much deeper walk with the Lord. And when we are walking in right relationship with Him then everything else in life falls into place. Our marriages become stronger and our church becomes stronger and we become more the person God wants us to be and God is able to use us in more amazing ways. I challenge you today to not just memorize one verse each week, but to join in and Experience God over the next 12-14 weeks. I can promise you won’t regret it!!
If you get the chance I hope you will come join us this Sunday afternoon from 4:00-6:00 PM for our Block Party at the Bella Terra Apartments on Las Vegas Trail. This is our chance to put our faith into practice. We will be doing our usual bounce house and face painting and hot dogs and more but we can always use help in handing out items and in greeting people. What a great way for us to get to know some of our neighbors and to invite them to join us at church. I know it’s going to be hot but we will have lots of water and we will provide some shade as well. We will pray for a nice breeze and I know God will honor our sacrifice and our efforts!
On a personal note I want to wish my In-laws, Ray and Joanne Olsen, a very Happy 70th Wedding Anniversary!! We will be going up this Saturday to celebrate with them. What a great testimony and witness they have been to us over these many years.
I am ON MISSION Today! Are You?