Last Wednesday night, we found the Israelites freed from slavery and led by God via Moses and the pillar of cloud/fire to what looked like a dead end at the Red Sea. It was then that Pharaoh decided he was not quite ready to let the people go. He gave chase, and the Israelites thought they were trapped. There was no way out, because their only options were through Pharaoh’s army or into the see. Both of those were IMPOSSIBLE. And that’s exactly the way God does what He does. Of all the options they might consider, having the sea part so they could walk across on dry land was not one of them. But that is exactly what happened.
What about us? How often do God-fearing people look at a situation and believe that it’s hopeless? Many of us have been guilty of that at one time or another, yet were serve the God who does the impossible. Let’s remember who He is and what he does before we think about the impossible. – Brian
“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” – Matthew 17:20
If you buy a car and neglect it for years, it turns into junk. The same applies to your marriage.
Most married couples don’t put any money into their marriage until there are problems. After problems arise, they frantically start trying to invest time and money into their relationship with hopes to make it good again.
DON’T wait until things are bad to start focusing on your marriage. If you will choose to invest in your marriage when things are good, there will be less bad times. Make investments like …
- Going on weekly dates.
- Going to a marriage retreat, conference or seminar together.
- Going for walks together.
- Taking a trip together.
- Touching … a lot.
- Reading a marriage book together.
- Spending 20 minutes in conversation every day.
God didn’t create marriage so we could have a roommate; He created marriage so we could have a soulmate. Marriage is so much more than paying bills and raising kids together … marriage is about being soulmates, not roommates.
A lack of regular investing in your marriage is one of the biggest mistakes made in marriages today. Don’t wait until there are problems to start giving your marriage the attention it deserves.
10 Things That Will Not Change in 2017
- God will provide. (1 Peter 1:3)
- Prayers will still be the most powerful things on earth. (Ephesians 3:20)
- God will equip us for the struggles ahead. (Ephesians 6:10-11)
- God will still honor the praises of His people. (John 4:23-24)
- There will still be a message worth sharing. (Romans 1:16)
- There will still be singing of praise to God. (Ephesians 5:19-20)
- There will still be room at the cross. (Matthew 11:28-30)
- Jesus will still love you. (John 15:12-13)
- Jesus will still save the lost when they come to Him. (Luke 19:10)
- You can count on Jesus. (Hebrews 13:8)
One thing can change in 2017: YOU. God provides us the opportunity to leave our sin behind and walk in a new life. (Romans 6)
- October 13—Fellowship Breakfast. This is a great time to grow together with others and enjoy a meal at the same time.
- October 22—Area Wide Men’s Breakfast. It’s always fun to spend time together with brothers from nearby congregations. Like our own fellowship breakfast, it’s a great way to grow together with others.
- October 23—Operation Christmas Child. This Sunday is an opportunity to say, “I will give generously” as we help kids in another part of the world have a better Christmas.
- October 26—Praise and Harmony with Keith Lancaster at the Keizer Church of Christ. I will worship together with others while we learn new songs and sing old favorites.
- October 30—Trunk-or-Treat. I will serve our community by providing a safe place for families to bring their children while giving them a chance to meet members of our family at the Eugene Church of Christ.
Add to all those events our usual Life Group meetings and other church events, and there’s no question that there are plenty of opportunities to say “I will” this month. What will you do?
- Personal preference drives decision-making. In other words, the main standard as to whether or not to do something is whether people like it. Unfortunately, we all know it’s impossible to please everyone.
- Emotion trumps mission. This one relates to #1, but it is tied to emotional reactions rather than likes or dislikes.
- Sacrifice is non-existent. People take the opposite attitude of Jesus in Philippians 2.
- Any growth is mostly transfer growth. Although we welcome all who want to serve alongside us in the kingdom, we must maintain a heart for the lost.
- Innovation is dead or on life support. Nieuwhof describes this as a combination of clinging to the past and fearing the future.