How many songs can you think of with the name “stop” in them? I thought of “Stop…in the name of love” and “Stop…wait a minute Mr. Postman.” Funny word in a song, right? Stop? Really? Yet it does get your attention.
How would it be if certain verses in the Bible contained the word “stop”? For example, “Stop. For God so loved the world” or “Stop. He makes me lie down in green pastures” or “Stop…I know the plans I have for you says the Lord.”
In each case, we would need to stop what we’re doing and focus in on what God is saying.
We live in a very busy world. With social media outlets, it seems that news is always streaming at us at all hours of the day. There’s noise everywhere you go: elevators, amusement parks, car radios, ballparks. It’s almost deafening sometimes.
But when was the last time you stopped and listened for the still, small voice of God? When was the last time the television set was turned off and you simply dwelled in God’s presence? When was the last time all the noise of the world was turned off and you heard God? Perhaps we need to “stop” what we’re doing in this crazy world and pause to listen to the Creator of the universe. As we careen through life, it certainly might be the biggest blessing we can receive: to stop and hear our Creator. Think about doing that this week!!
SUNDAY IS FATHER’S DAY: we’ll be holding our big celebration to honor all Dads. Philippians 1:27 is the text I’ll be speaking from. Looking forward to having each of you in attendance on Sunday!!
JULY 3RD: Our time to celebrate the birth of America! Come dressed casually and stay for the OLD FASHIONED BBQ which follows. Starting this Sunday, June 19, you’ll be able to sign-up for any of the following (and there are adult and youth sections): watermelon-eating contest; egg toss; water balloon toss; tug-o-war; pie-eating contest; 3-legged races!
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD: June is the month for bringing in personal hygiene items. You’ll find a box in the lobby where you can place your items. Washcloths, toothbrushes, bar soap, etc., are welcomed!!
AUGUST 3RD: 2nd HARVEST FOOD BANK from 6-8 p.m. at 4001 N. First Street. 15 spaces are available. Please sign-up on your registration card.
FALL 2016: NEW SUNDAY CLASSES COMING!! More info soon!!
Have a great rest of the week…see you on Sunday!
Love, Pastor Chuck