November 2, 2016

Good Morning,

 

This morning you are receiving 2 scripture readings to consider during the day. Sunday I spoke of God’s test for Abraham and Abraham’s faith that God’s test would be to the glory of God. There’s should be no doubt that Abraham had a very special relationship with God. It was a relationship though that was not built overnight. There were many trials, tribulations and stormy seas that went into building that special bond between God and one of His children. Your first scripture reading today is Genesis 12: 1 – 3 to understand that the journey God had planned for Abraham started first with a single step of faith. Do you have a faith that allows that first step in the journey or will your faith keep you home. Here is your next scripture reading and devotion.

 

 

 

No Condemnation

 

Romans 8:1-4

 

Some believers are plagued by feelings of condemnation. Either they think they’ll never live up to God’s expectations for them or they’re nearly drowning in guilt over past sins. These men and women cannot seem to shake the sense that God is displeased with their puny efforts at being Christ like.

 

The book of Romans confronts this lie head-on: “There is therefore no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1). When the Savior went to the cross on our behalf, He lifted the blame from our shoulders and made us righteous before God. Those feelings of condemnation do not belong to us; they are from Satan. He amplifies our guilt and feelings of inadequacy and then suggests that’s how the Lord feels about His “wayward child.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Our sins are wiped clean, and we are chosen and loved by God.

 

Condemnation is reserved for those who reject the Lord

(John 3:36). Sin is a death sentence (Rom. 6:23). Anyone who chooses to cling to sin instead of seeking divine forgiveness must pay the penalty, which is an eternity separated from God. Two synonyms of condemn are ‘denounce’ and ‘revile.’ Those words certainly describe Jesus’ statement to unbelievers in Matthew 25:41

: “Depart from me, accursed ones.”

 

There is no condemnation for those who receive Jesus Christ as their Savior. The believer’s penalty for sin is paid, and he can stand blameless before God. Trust in the Lord’s love and let go of Satan’s lie. God’s beloved children are covered by His grace and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

 

 

Announcements:

 

 

Wednesday – 6:30pm Family Night in the Annex – great time for family of all ages

 

 

Wednesday – 7:00pm Choir practice

 

 

Saturday – Before you go to bed remember to turn your clocks back 1 hour

 

 

Sunday – 9:00am Sunday School for all ages. We have a class for you to get involved with.

 

 

Sunday – 10:15am Come and Worship with us

 

 

Prayer for Christians to Vote

 Dear Father, we do not take lightly what You have done in our nation. We appreciate not only the right but the privilege we have to vote. We pray that we as well as others, will use that privilege wisely, seeking Your will as we consider the qualifications of those for whom we are to vote. 

We pray for our Christian family (the body of Christ) that they would see the right to vote as a gift from your hand and avail themselves of this opportunity. 

May there arise such a force of righteousness in our electoral system that it would affect every realm and level of government in our nation.

 We pray in Jesus’ name that the powers that be would gain a profound respect not only for the political strength of the Christian community but for our spiritual influence in our nation as well.

 We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.



October 26, 2016

Hope you are having a great morning and an even better week. Enjoy your cooler weather and lower humidity knowing the Lord has brought both to you. Remember to worship Him and thank Him daily. Here’s your scripture and devotion for the week.

Your pathway to joy in any circumstance                       By Jack Graham

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

>Romans 12:12

What do you think is the one thing that really brings about joy and passion in our lives? I’ll tell you this: It’s not money. Money can get people going, but it won’t make them live with passion. I’d also say it’s not happiness. It doesn’t matter how happy someone is… happiness alone is a dead end road.

So what is it? Well, I’ve personally seen the one thing that really brings about joy, and it’s very simple: hope. This is especially true for

Christians

, who thrive on hope spiritually just as much as we do with oxygen physically. That’s because without the hope of heaven and the return of Christ, our faith becomes pointless.

But in Christ, we have a blessed and joyful hope that death isn’t the end. And it’s not a hope that wishes… it’s an eager expectation based upon a sure promise. It’s not just pie in the sky; it’s as sure as it can be!

Frankly, I talk with many people whose hope has run out. They’ve stopped believing in God’s promises and, as a result, have lost the joy that comes with the Christian life. Don’t lose hope. Cling to God’s every promise, and you’ll discover joy that goes beyond any circumstance!

KEEP YOUR EAGER HOPE IN THE PROMISES OF GOD, AND YOU’LL DISCOVER JOY THAT GOES BEYOND ANY CIRCUMSTANCE!


Announcements:


Wednesday – 6:30pm Family Night in the Annex – Great time for the whole family

Friday – 4:00 – 7:00pm Trinity’s Most Fabulous Fish Fry – Bring your friends and enjoy the best fish fry in town. $7.00

Saturday – 4:30pm – 7:00pm Trunk or Treat at the Avalon Park West Clubhouse. Bring your car and your candy and set up with us at the Avalon Clubhouse. It’s our chance to introduce Trinity to our new neighbors.

Sunday – 9:00am Sunday School for all ages – Come at get involved with a small group

Sunday – 10:15am Trinity’s Worship Service – Come and bring a friend.

National Protection

 Most High God, we come to You in the name of Jesus, asking for divine protection for the people of this nation. We pray for the safety of every man, woman and child. Keep us from harm’s way and provide protection from plans of destruction that our enemies have plotted. Stop strategies destruction that our enemies would try to evoke.

Give wisdom, understanding and discernment to those who provide protection. Help us to be watchful and alert to signs of wrongdoing.

Provide insight to national and local authorities on ways to guard, defend and insure the safety of all American citizens both at home and abroad. Help us to unite with government leaders and law enforcement personnel in making this country a safe place to live, work and play; allowing Americans to enjoy freedom without fear.

We pray this in Jesus name, Amen.



February 10th, 2016

Good Morning Everyone,

 

God has blessed us with another day, let’s be glad and rejoice in it. I hope you all are having a great week. I’m looking forward to seeing you all this Sunday. Here is your scripture and devotion for the week.

 

 

When You Hate Valentine’s Day 

by Amy Carroll

“The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:17-18 (NIV)

I remember the year I skipped Valentine’s Day and created my own personal boycott. I glared at cards and roses in the store as I shopped, snorted at commercials with lovey-dovey messages, turned my head away from couples holding hands and built a wall of protection around my aching heart.

Just months before I stared uncomprehendingly across the table as my first love and fiancé repeated his previous sentence, “I just don’t know if I can be faithful to you for the rest of our lives.”

Suddenly, I felt an unfamiliar feeling. Instead of being drawn to this man, I had the overwhelming need to flee. My ears heard my mouth form the words, “Then I guess I can’t marry you,” as I stood and walked out of the student union.

In the exhaustion of mid-finals study, my tired mind and thudding heart could hardly grasp what had just happened. Not only had I allowed myself to love deeply and completely, but I was convinced marrying that man was God’s plan for me.

Until that moment. When it all shattered.

Where once I felt loved, I now felt rejected. Where once I felt secure, I felt rocked. Where once I felt sure of my happy future, I now felt lonely and unsure of myself.

The despair lasted for months; the fog just wouldn’t lift. I kept trying to fix things, but the relationship was too broken. Still, I couldn’t seem to move on.

I continued my regular activities with a plastic smile to cover my broken heart. I even went to church and kept going through the spiritual motions, but instead of turning to God for healing, I withdrew inside.

One night, alone in my apartment, I felt God drawing me. At first I resisted. Finally, with a sense of dread (I was convinced God was angry with me for pushing Him away), I lay flat on my bedroom with my face to the floor. Waiting for God’s wrath, I experienced in a way I’ve never felt before or since, the overwhelming, physical presence of God’s love. He surrounded me, enveloped me, comforted me and began healing me.

Maybe you’re facing Valentine’s Day this year without that loving feeling. Maybe you’ve been betrayed by a friend, rejected by someone you love or rocked by a bad romance.

Can I gently remind you of an important truth? A truth that made all the difference to me?

If you are God’s child, you are involved in the greatest love story ever created. Jesus created you, knows you inside and out, and loves you from the top of your head to the tips of your toes. You can celebrate love this year just like everyone else, knowing that you’ve got a deeper understanding than anything that’s advertised or on the shelves in a store.

Twenty-seven years later, I think back to those devastating days with a wry smile. The younger version of myself, who thought that things couldn’t get better, has walked through the hurt into a future that has turned out to be bright — not perfect, but definitely joyful.

Jesus was there through every painful step of those early days of break-up, and He truly used heartbreak to do good things in me. Although I couldn’t see it then, God, in His infinite goodness, was there cupping His loving hands around my broken heart and shaping something beautiful. Even if you can’t see or feel that healing at work, I can confidently tell you He’s doing it for you even now.

God, I come to You shattered and brokenhearted but with a heart full of faith. I believe You not only can heal me but You can turn this despair into joy. You can use my healed hurt to make me more compassionate. I pray You would give me the determination to celebrate Your love story this Valentine’s Day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
John 15:9, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.” (NIV)

Zephaniah 3:17, “The LORD your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” (NKJV)

 

Announcements:

Wednesday

– 11:30am Serendipity Seniors Luncheon in the Fellowship Hall. We’re going to have a renewing of vows for Valentine’s Day – it’ll be a great time for our seniors.

 

Wednesday

– 6:30pm Family Night in the Fellowship Hall. Come and enjoy a great time together

 

Wednesday

– 6:30pm Faith Sharing – Learn to share your faith without fear. Come and worship at 6:30 and class starts at 7:00pm in the Fellowship Hall

 

Sunday

– 9:00am Sunday School for All Ages. Come and get involved with a small group built just for you

 

Sunday

– 10:15am We worship our Lord. Come, bring a friend and lets worship our awesome God together.

 

Tuesday

– 12:00pm and 7:00pm Bible Study. Only a few weeks left in the Rapture Revelation.


October 21, 2015

Good Morning Trinity,

 

I hope you are all having a blessed week. I pray you are all lifting Trinity in your prayer times. Remember our God hears the prayers of the righteous. Go to Him with all your cares and concerns. Here is your devotion for the week.

 

 

Inexcusable

by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

The second chapter of Paul’s Epistle to the Romans is a dark, sad passage, but it opens the door to the richest blessing the human heart can contain: salvation by grace.

The opening words: “Therefore thou art inexcusable,” are blunt indeed, but God exposes our sinful condition only so as to save us from it.

This is where most philosophies and the Bible clash head-on. Most philosophies close their eyes to the sinful nature of man. They argue, generally, that man is inherently good, while overwhelming evidence bears witness that he is inherently bad. Therefore human philosophy offers no salvation from sin and its just penalty. Only the Bible does this with its “gospel [good news] of the grace of God.”

In Paul’s day the Greek philosophers condemned the uncivilized pagans for their open immorality and wickedness. But while preaching virtue these moralizers themselves practiced vice, and God said:

“Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judges: for wherein thou judges another, thou condemns thyself; for thou that judges does the same things” (Rom. 2:1).

It is the same today. Multitudes of self-righteous people are outwardly cultured and moral, but they forget that God looks upon the heart and sees hate as murder, jealousy as theft and the lustful look as adultery. He considers, not what we do, outwardly, but what we desire to do or wish we dared to do. He sees the desires and motives of the heart.

But thank God, “Christ died for sinners” — guilty sinners, and all who come to God by faith in Christ are “justified freely by His grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 3:24).

“Inexcusable,” or “justified freely by His grace,” through faith in the Christ who died for our sins? Which will it be?

 

Announcements:

Wednesday – 6:30pm Family Night – come on out and enjoy the fun

Saturday – 8am Boy Scouts Yard Sale at Trinity – Come out and support our Scouts

Sunday – 9:00am Sunday School for all ages. Try it out and see why these classes are growing

Sunday – 10:15am Worship At Trinity – Bring a friend and enjoy this time together with the Lord

Tuesday – 12:00pm & 7:00pm Bible Study on the Rapture Revelation.



September 23rd, 2015

Good Morning Trinity,

 

I hope you all having a wonderful week. As busy as we all seem to be, I hope you will take time to do 2 things. Number one to thank the Lord for all that is in your life, great and small. Number 2 is to reach out to someone who may not be as fortunate as you. Being less fortunate is not always a matter of finances, it can also refer to someone who is lonely. Maybe you know someone who is just going through a tough time in their life. Let them know the comforting hand of Jesus Christ reaches to all in need. Here is your scripture reading for this week.

 

Daniel 1: 3 – 17

 

I think we all at one time or another have had to make a decision to either follow the crowd or not. It’s not a decision for only the young to make but a decision we find ourselves having to make regardless of age. So in fact age has nothing to do with it. We’ve seen comedy skits on television before when someone has to make a decision and there is a devil sitting on their shoulder telling them to “go ahead do it nobody will know.” Of course on the other shoulder you have an angel saying “don’t listen to him you know it’s not right.” Remember Flip Wilson, “the devil made me do it”? Now some of you are asking “what’s a Flip Wilson”? Showing my age again.

 

It would have been easier for Daniel to have eaten the delicacies provided for himself and the others who were being trained to be servants for the king of Babylon. But as scripture says “Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank.” Today Daniel would be called one of those stick in the mud Christians. Fact is though, Daniel was only following the dietary laws given him by the Lord. Daniel wasn’t trying to be a “holier than thou” kind of guy, he was standing for something he believed in. Maybe I should say it this way, he was standing for Someone he believed in.

 

I think it’s an old saying and maybe I’m not quoting it correctly but this does fit, “if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” If you haven’t had to take a stand for Jesus there will come a time when you will have to make that decision. Do you go against what you know is right to follow a crowd and not be singled out as a “stick in the mud”? When someone tells a joke about Jesus do you laugh with the crowd or voice your displeasure? People get all bent out of shape when you tell a political joke in the wrong company, but when did someone ever show that same displeasure over a joke about the One who gave His life for you.

 

When you read the Book of Daniel it is so interesting to see how God used Daniel in a mighty way and blessed him for his faithfulness. But the Lord never would have used him if Daniel had decided to become one of the crowd. Sometimes you have to stand apart.

 

God Bless,

Pastor Dave

 

Announcements:

 

Wednesday – 6:30 Family Night begins. This week we are having a special baptism service. Don’t miss it.

 

Friday – 4:00 – 7:00 Trinity’s Most Awesome Fish Fry in the fellowship Hall. Why don’t you treat a friend to a fish fry?

 

Sunday – 9:00 Sunday School for all ages. Come and be a part of these growing classes

 

Sunday – 10:15 We Worship Together. Come and join us and be a part of a growing family

 

Tuesday – 12:00 and 7:00 Bible Study in the Agape Room – Great class, come and be a part of it



April 1, 2015

Good Morning Trinity,

 

Hump day is here at last. You know the rest of the week is a downhill slide right into the weekend. Then you get to sleep in a little bit on Saturday morning. You’ll notice I didn’t say anything about sleeping in on Sunday morning because you have to be up bright and early to go to Sunday school at 9am. I do hope you all are having a wonderful God filled week. The kind of week where everything just goes right and makes you feel like coming to church to thank God for the blessings in your life. But what if you’re not having that kind of week? Here is your scripture reading for the week.

 

Romans 8: 35 – 39

 

It doesn’t matter if you’re punching a clock so to speak or if you’re retired, we can all have good weeks and weeks when nothing seems to work out the way we planned. Maybe it’s through those rough weeks that we realize we are not in control of our surroundings like we thought we were. That can be a rude awakening for some of us.

 

But listen, maybe through that rough week you’ll realize that you have a lifeline. A lifeline that has been present from the moment you decided to trust Jesus with your life. Maybe you realized it in the beginning that He was there but as life went on and you got busy it was a fact that you kind of forgot. If you’ve already read the scripture reading, read verses 38 and 39 again. It’s a powerful promise that the God who created you has made to you, because He knew you would have days or weeks that just made you feel like you were in this life alone. I think you need to realize how important you are to Him.

 

God Bless,

Pastor Dave

 

Announcements:

 

Wednesday – 6:30pm Family Night starts with fun games and singing. Fun for the whole family so come and join us.

 

Thursday – 7:00pm Cantata “On A Hill Too Far Away” Bring your friends and be blessed by a great performance

 

Sunday – 9:00am Sunday School for all ages. Start your day off right

 

Sunday – 10:15am Worship begins – It’s Easter Sunday so bring your friends to church

 

Notice: We are looking for donations to purchase the sheetrock (wallboard) for the new wall in the fellowship hall. Cost per sheet is $11.00 and if you would be interested in helping it would be greatly appreciated. Call the office and let them know you would like to help or see Dick Hewitt in church this Sunday. Thank you.



March 11th, 2015

Good Morning Trinity,

 

I hope you all are having a wonderful week. I thought I would send you a scripture reading along with a devotion and our announcements just so you know I’m thinking about you. Here is your scripture reading.

 

Luke 6: 46 – 49

 

When Jesus spoke these words He was speaking to those who were no different than we are today. He said “But why do you call me Lord, Lord and not do the things which I say?” Why do we claim to follow the Lord or claim to be His disciples and yet not do the things that He says. We are all guilty of following our own path and excluding the Lord from our everyday life.

 

I think that with the distractions in our lives we tend to block out the help our Lord offers us. The distractions that make our lives hectic and regardless of age never seem to lessen their grip on us.

 

But our Lord knows us so well and He knows the craziness that we call our lives. He doesn’t throw His hands in the air giving up on His children who never seem to listen. He just tells us how to make this life better by saying if you will listen to me and obey, you will be as a house built on a solid foundation that no outside forces can touch.

 

In our Lords typical fashion He does not force Himself upon us, He simply says listen. In the craziness of your day have you stopped and listened to your Lord. “Be still and know that I am God.”

 

God Bless,

Pastor Dave

 

Announcements:

Wednesday – 12:00pm Bible Study in the Agape Room. Studying Galatians
6:00pm Family Night in the Annex. Great fun for the whole family
7:00pm Bible Study in the Agape Room. Studying Galatians

Thursday – 7:00pm Learning to Share Your Faith class in the Agape Room.

Sunday – 9:00am Sunday School for all ages. It’s a great way to start your day of worship. Come early and bring your friends

Sunday – 10:15am Worship – bring your friends they’re going to love it.

Sunday – Pot Luck Luncheon right after the service. You don’t have to take your friends out to lunch after bringing them to church. Just bring them to the Fellowship Hall and feed them for free. What a plan.

Reminder to the Men’s Group that it’s the men’s turn to set up and clean up at the Pot Luck.

Coming, Sunday, March 22 at noon – the Choir will be serving a ham dinner with all the trimmings, including beverage and dessert, for $10.00 per person. Tickets will be sold this Sunday; tickets will not be sold at the door so get your tickets early. Proceeds will go to Trinity’s general fund.



March 4th, 2015

Good Morning Trinity,

 

I hope you are having a great week. Have you looked for the Lord’s blessings in your life this week? How has the Lord revealed Himself to you. Has it been through church or has He surprised you in the everyday happenings of your life. The Lord is not limited to a time or particular place to prove His glory to you through a blessing. Here is your scripture reading for the week.

 

Mark 9: 2 – 8

 

One can only imagine the scene that unfolded before John, James, and Peter. They had followed Jesus now for a time but this was something they had never experienced before. The glorified body of Jesus along with the addition of Moses and Elijah standing there in conversation with Jesus must have been an incredible experience, and one that the disciples had ever dreamed to be a part of.

 

In reading these verses I began to think about the song “I Can Only Imagine”. Where the writer of the song tries to describe what it would be like to meet the glorified Christ. “I can only imagine, what my eyes will see, when your face is before me, I can only imagine. Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel. Will I dance for you Jesus or in awe of You be still. Will I stand in Your presence or to my knees will I fall. Will I sing hallelujah, will I be able to speak at all. I can only imagine.”

 

Maybe the writer of “I Can Only Imagine” had used Mark 9: 2 – 8 as an inspiration for this song. We can only imagine what it’ll be like to see the glorified Jesus. After all in realizing that the sight made Peter struggle for words and just blurt something out should open your eyes to the amazing sight of the glorified Christ. I don’t believe there is another place in scripture that tells of Peter being at a loss of words.

 

In our lives we tend to restrict the blessings God has for us because we just are not willing to step back and allow God to be God. We tend to put Him in a box because we don’t understand the vastness of God and we don’t understand the blessings He wants for us. But I want you to know that one day God’s glory will not be denied in our lives. When we come face to face with Him and we will know that all is right in this universe. What a glorious God we worship.

 

God Bless,

Pastor Dave

 

Announcements:

 

Wednesday – 12:00pm – Bible Study in the Agape Rm. – Study in Galatians
6:30pm – Family Night starts – get ready for this week’s Road Rally
7:00pm – Bible Study in the Agape Rm. – Study in Galatians

 

Sunday – 9:00am Sunday School for all ages – It’s a great way to start your day of worship

 

Sunday – 10:15 Worship begins in the sanctuary – bring a friend and introduce them to your church family

 

Sunday – Directly after the service there will be a Farewell Party for Phyllis Wallis in the Fellowship Hall. Come and wish her well as she will soon be heading north permanently. We’re going to miss you Phyl.

 

Next Thursday, March 12 there will be a 5 week class starting at 7:00pm in the Fellowship Hall. This class will help you learn to share your faith without fear. The last 2 weeks will be a Spiritual Gifts class. If you have never discovered your spiritual gift, you need to get involved with this class. 



2-18-15

Good Morning Trinity,

 

I pray you are all having a very blessed week. Remember to look to the Lord in all you do and say and may He be the Light unto your path. Here is your scripture reading for the week.

 

James 3: 1 – 12

 

I was reading the other day about the aircraft carrier USS Reagan. It was hard to imagine that a vessel of that size would even be able to float, and yet you realize that it is a vital part of our Navy. Here are some of the stats of this carrier that maybe you weren’t aware of. The USS Reagan has 2 rudders that are 29 x 22 ft. weighing in at 50 tons which by anyone’s standards are huge until you realize the size of the ship. The ship raises 20 stories above the water, is 1092 ft. long, with a flight deck that covers 4.5 acres. Just an amazing feat of human engineering and it is all controlled by those 2 little rudders. Sounds very much like us, though we are God’s children, are still controlled by the tongue.

 

I believe that James understood the power of this small member of our body. It’s not as if we all have not said things we wish we could take back. Things that have hurt others we never intended to hurt. But to put a positive light on this would be to remember that as a rudder steers a mighty ship so our tongue can also set our direction.

 

Who do you profess as the Lord of your life on Monday mornings? Do your words indicate to others your belief in Jesus Christ? Would others have no idea of your faith by the words that come from your mouth? Does your tongue indicate who is in control of your life?

 

God Bless,

Pastor Dave

 

Announcements:

 

Wednesday – 12:00pm Bible Study in the Agape Room – Studying the Epistle of Galatians
6:30pm Family Night in the Annex – Great time for the whole family
7:00pm Bible Study in the Agape Room – Studying the Epistle of Galatians

 

Sunday – 9:00am Sunday School for all ages – Great way to start your day of worship

 

Sunday – 10:15 Worship Service – Bring a friend and introduce them to Trinity Church



February 11, 2015

Good Morning Trinity,

Hope you all are having a wonderful week. How has God blessed you this week? Maybe you need to think of the events of this week as a blessing. Allow Him to show you His glory in the events of your life. He really is an awesome God. Here’s your scripture for the week.

1 Peter 2: 1 – 10

Many years ago I attended a training class at Trinity to learn and become certified to administer CPR if the need should ever arise. There was some classroom study in do’s and don’ts and why we do this and why we do that. Then came the hands on with the practice dummy so you could get the feel for how hard you had to press down when giving CPR. I know how I felt at the time and I’m sure the others in the class felt the same way in that we hoped this was something we would never have to use. It made you wonder how you would react if someone really needed CPR? Life is different than the classroom. Victims of heart attacks don’t climb up on tables so you have easy access to them to provide CPR. Reality is always different because no one seems to follow the rules to make what you’ve learned as easy as in the classroom.

Our Son Jamie when he was in Iraq, sent pictures via Facebook of one of their patrols through a neighborhood. We didn’t know where he was as far as the city. But as we looked at the pictures you could see the Iraqi people around the patrol. The men, women, and children around them made it appear like they could have been in any city in the U.S. but they weren’t. It was then that we realized that this is the reality of the situation our son was in. He had been trained for this, but this was real. It was dangerous and it was real.

Life itself is the reality. Life is where our faith is tested every day. Peter mentions in this scripture reading today about babes in faith. Verse one speaks about the change that has happened to us all when we lay to the side the person we used to be. Then the training begins as we become aware of God’s word and we begin as babes to grow into mature Christians. Some of us pay close attention to the training and some of us sleep through it. Some of us grow to be mature Christians while others never seem to get past the diaper stage. So it works out to this. Some of us are ready for the reality of life and some of us are not.

I wish this could be like my training for CPR and knowing that I probably would never have to use what I learned in class, but it isn’t. Life happens, reality is here, and you are going to be asked to draw on your faith in ways that maybe you never imagined. It won’t be in a classroom setting and it won’t be under perfect conditions. Life seldom is. Will you be able to draw on your faith in Jesus Christ? Do you know where to turn when the reality of life comes your way? Even if you slept through class you can always call on the Lord Jesus Christ and know that you never have to face this life alone. Praise the Lord.

God Bless,
Pastor Dave

Announcements:

Wednesday – 12:00pm Bible Study in the Agape Room in the Education Bldg. Studying Galatians
6:30pm Family Night in the Annex – Come and have a great time together as a family
7:00pm Bible Study in the Agape Room in the Education Bldg. Studying Galatians

Saturday – 9:00am Men’s Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall. Valentine’s Day Special – We are inviting the Ladies to be our guests for breakfast.

Sunday – 9:00am Sunday School for all ages – come and join us, it’s a great way to start your day of worship

Sunday – 10:15am Worship starts – bring your friends – don’t keep Trinity a secret from your friends

Sunday – Potluck Luncheon after the worship service in the Fellowship Hall. You and your friends can enjoy a great meal together.