“A fight is going on inside of me,” said an old man to his son. “It is a terrible fight between two wolves. One wolf is evil. He is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. The other wolf is good. He is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. The same fight is going on inside of you.”The son thought on it for a minute and then asked, “Which wolf will win?”The old man replied simply, “The one you feed.”
- God is doing something awesome in Carl Junction and you definitely want to be a part of it! I know…God is good all the time…but there are moments in our lives when it just feels like God is especially present and moving. Well, this is one of those times for me, I believe God has brought us all together for His purpose and we’re feeling more and more like a family on a mission all the time. Hopefully, you’re already joining us for Sunday mornings and evenings, but here are a couple of special opportunities that are happening right away:
- Church Picnic @ CYOKAMO // All healthy families play together! Sure, we have a mission and, yes, we work hard, but we also need to just stop and laugh sometimes. This Sunday (September 6) is the perfect day for playing and laughing, so join us to worship in the morning and then join us at Camp CYOKAMO for an afternoon with the family!
- Fall Electives // We’re kicking off our Fall Electives on September 16, so make plans now to jump into one and invite the Father to speak to you. All electives start at 6:30 pm, with a meal beforehand at 5:30 pm. If you haven’t picked one out yet, here’s the list again:
- “Family On Mission” led by Adam Jones
- “Brand: New” led by Mike Skelley
- “Where Are The Miracles?” led be Dr. Garland Bare
- This weekend is going to be exceptional! We’re in Week 2 of our series called “One Body” and this is a week you don’t want to miss. Our first week was powerful and our second week is going to be incredibly empowering to the people of God! When we breathe in God’s Spirit, we breathe out His Will and things we could never have imagined begin happening. So come respirate with us this Sunday!
- If you’ve been working on the Bible Reading Plan and you’re a bit behind, don’t stress and quit…just keep reading at your pace! The goal is to be consistently eating the Bread of Life…not to just check the box for reading the New Testament. So keep reading, keep listening, and keep growing!
I was cupbearer to the king.
I spend so much of my time wishing I was someone different… Someone important. Someone more gifted. Someone…better.
I spend so much time bugging God with prayers for a bigger budget and more resources. I pray so many prayers for “the other people around me to get better at what they do” so I can do what I do better and/or easier. I waste so much of my time waiting for exact timing or the perfect situation.
James 4:14 says, “Your life is a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” Sometimes I can literally feel that life slipping through my fingers. And while it’s vanishing, I’m waiting for the stars and planets to line us just right so that I can finally, really, live that life to the full.
What am I thinking?!? Jesus came to give me life to the FULL but I’m too stinkin’ chicken to use it ’cause it might be better tomorrow.
Nehemiah was a servant. A nobody. Expendable. His job was to carry the king’s cup and sample the king’s drink. If it was good, the king got it. If it was poisoned, Nehemiah died and awful death and the king got another cupbearer.
By all rights, Nehemiah should have been quietly waiting for God to position him to make a difference. He should have been glad to be on the bench, waiting for a starter to retire.
But not Nehemiah! No way! Nehemiah’s out on the field, making a spot for himself. Nehemiah’s approaching a king, taking a risk, putting his neck out and starting a movement. The biggest risk to Nehemiah was missing God’s call and timing. The worst thing Nehemiah could imagine was living his will and not God’s Will.
Nehemiah didn’t wait for a better time. Nehemiah acted.
So, why do you and I wait? I just wonder what we’re missing out on…