Tom’s Midweek Greeting
Crossroads Community Church
February 13, 2019
A friend of mine has been serving as a missionary to islands in the Caribbean for the past thirteen years. She recently wrote about an opportunity that has opened up for her mission to take their work into the French-speaking islands of that part of the world, starting with Haiti.
As she faces this tremendous new challenge and opportunity, she writes the following: “Every door has challenges and work written across it. They seem to loom large for this opportunity: the needed finances, the translation of manuals, teaching six weeks through translators, and the building of a team of instructors and translators who can join us in Haiti. Courage and wisdom are greatly needed, and we are completely trusting and depending on our great and mighty God, looking expectantly to what He is going to accomplish.”
I love that last line! Think about it as it applies to your own life, or to personal or ministry challenges in front of you. We need courage and wisdom for our circumstances. But how often we fail to remember that our God is great and mighty!
Here are some Bible verses that comforted and encouraged me this morning. I hope they will do the same for you as you consider your own need for courage and wisdom … and the great and mighty God we can trust and depend upon completely!
- The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18
- Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. Psalm 34:19
- Does He not see all my ways, and number all my steps? Job 31:4
- For His eyes are upon the ways of a man, and He sees all his steps. Job 34:21 (an answer to the question asked in 31:4)
- Surely God will not act wickedly, and the Almighty will not pervert justice. Job 34:12 (God never does something that is wrong.)
As you can see, those last three verses are from the Book of Job which we’re studying at Wednesday night Home Group. I hope you’ll join us tonight. We’re going to take a look at Satan, one of the main characters at the beginning of Job’s story. Who is he? What are his origins? What does he do? What is his ultimate destiny?
Home Group tonight, and Youth Group for all Middle School and High School students :
- Cris and Donna Rodriguez’s home, *contact us for address*
- 6:30 – 7:00 food & fellowship
- 7:00 – 8:00 study & activities
Worship this Sunday morning at the Osage Prairie YMCA, 500 W. Highland Ave.
Hope to see you at 10:00 for wonderful worship, fantastic fellowship, and powerful praying!
There will be no Youth Study this Sunday morning at 9:00. Next Youth Study will be Sunday, March 3, at 9:00.
Men’s Fellowship & Study – this coming Monday, February 18, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
We’ll meet at Precision Coffee, 127 E. Cherry Street, in Nevada. All men are welcome for this informal time of encouragement and personal growth!
Young Life – February 24, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Don’t forget about Nevada Young Life’s Fundraising Dessert on the 24th in the Raney Dining Hall on the campus of Cottey College! This will be a great time to learn more about Young Life and to spread the word among other people in our community! To RSVP, or for more information, contact Donna *contact us for more information*.
Birthright Open House & Donor Appreciation – Friday, March 1, 6-8 pm, 231 N. Cedar, in Nevada.
Birthright would like to say “thank you” to all those who have supported their center over the years. An open house from 6-8 pm on March 1 will be an opportunity to meet the board, the director, and other Birthright volunteers. You’ll be able to tour the Birthright center and find out about all they do to support moms and babies in our area!
This is a busy week with show choir activities all week long, and our Nevada Show Choir Classic this Saturday all day at Nevada High School. We’ll be hosting the largest show choir competition in the state of Missouri. Nearly 40 schools will be represented, from as far away as Oklahoma and South Dakota. It will be a long, long day and night! We have three more Saturday show choir competitions this season – Nevada, Carthage, and Webb City – and have also been scheduled for a national competition in Branson on April 6.
I’m looking forward today to having lunch with my good friend Dale Losch who spoke at Crossroads last fall on the story of Jonah and God’s love for the people we sometimes think don’t deserve to be loved.
Evan and the Nevada team played basketball last night against Logan-Rogersville High School. Evan’s Grandma Rea got to be there to watch the games, and the grandson of good friends of ours played for Logan-Rogersville.
Esther took her ACT last Saturday and has been nominated to attend Missouri Girls State this coming summer.
We’re getting serious about preparing for Andrew’s and Molly’s wedding this May in South Carolina with all the family there.
I have a picture I like of Diana receiving a singing Valentine six years ago on Valentine’s Day. Memories of a special day when we were trying to push through difficult circumstances with the help of a great and mighty God.
I still marvel at the sudden passing of our friend Bob Scheibe less than a week ago. Bob was enjoying visiting Crossroads Church on occasion. You were a blessing to him, and I believe he was to all of us as well. Let’s consider how we might bless all who come to visit or to stay at Crossroads Church! One of the purposes of our being together – whether at worship, at home group, or at any time with each other – is mutual encouragement (Hebrews 10:24-25).
I hope to see you tonight for Home Group, and on Sunday at the Y for worship!