Dear Crossroads Family,
Psalm 46 is a good and familiar psalm. It’s the one that starts out, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
I read it this week in the New Living Testament and liked how it sounds there. See if this doesn’t encourage you to take heart and to trust:
God is our refuge and strength,
Always ready to help in times of trouble.
So we will not fear, even if earthquakes come
And the mountains crumble into the sea.
Let the oceans roar and foam!
Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge! (Ps 46:1-3)
These days it’s easy to feel like we’re in an ongoing state of trouble. One pastor has said, “As the world gets crazier, common sense will be at a premium. Do we have theological common sense?” he asked. In other words, are we thinking rightly about God, trusting Him, and obeying Him in the big and small areas of life? In the New Testament, we’re told that we “must pay closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it” (Hebrews 2:1).
I’m excited about this coming Sunday morning’s worship service and sermon at the Y, starting at 10:00. In our sermon, we’ll continue through the Statement of Faith of the Evangelical Free Church. We’ll take a look at the third article of that Statement, the subject of which is the Human Condition. The Bible says the condition of humans is that we’re in trouble! “There is no one who does good, not even one,” is what God says in Romans 3:12. Come Sunday as we seek the solution to the trouble we’re in!
People Praying; God Answering in His Way
It’s starting to be “crunch” time for our needing to move. The YMCA is in the process of making the changes necessary to go to a 24/7 operation, with September 1 being their target date, only a month away! Because storage space is limited at the Y due to renovations already under way, they need us to move out as many of our chairs as we can as soon as possible.
Our Elder Board has an appointment this Friday afternoon with the pastors at Nevada Assembly, on Highland Avenue. Nevada Assembly has a very large building but has Sunday attendance somewhat close to ours in number. They would be willing for us to use space on their lower level to meet for worship. The room is large, clean, carpeted, well lit, soundproof from the upstairs (which means we could keep our 10:00 worship time), and has a separate entrance. In addition, there is space for children, and we could possibly have access to their kitchen. The pastors there have been very generous in offering this to us ; however, details and insurance requirements need to be discussed, and a final approval is needed from their denominational offices. Please be in prayer for God’s provision, and especially for wisdom and discernment this Friday afternoon. Thank you!
While you pray, you may be encouraged to know that this past week Crossroads received a significant financial gift designated to help towards a church “home”. I’m humbled by God’s generosity, and by the generosity of His people. May this good news encourage us to know that God is at work and has a plan for us. May it also encourage others of us to give generously in response to the Lord’s call on our lives.
Let’s draw together during these days, relying on our God who is always ready to help in times of trouble! Your input, prayers, and help are needed and are a blessing to everyone! Thank you!
The Youth Group has a pool party tonight at the Vestals’ home, *contact us for location*! Bring a friend! Good fun and snacks starting at 6:30 pm. Thanks, Heather, David, and family!
Out of pocket next week
Evan and I will be gone next week, from Tuesday through Friday. Thank you for your prayers for us as we journey to see family members, including my most recent grandbaby, Evan’s newest niece! If you have a need next week, please contact Cris, Dave, or Shane. Thank you!
See you this Sunday morning at 10:00 at the Y! Good fellowship and worship in store for all of us!