Midweek Message 10/12/2022

MIDWEEK MESSAGE #127

Hello and welcome to Midweek Message #127! For many of you this is Fall Break week and that means “get away.” For others it simply means the kids are off school, but your week will go on as normal.  I’ll try not to take up too much of your time with this MM so I don’t anticipate it being as long as they normally are.  I can see Diana rolling her eyes right now saying, “This is the same man who says he is not going to do a MM and then at the last minute changes his other mind.” J

I feel more mature as I write this. As many of you know my birthday was Sunday. The BIG 7-0!  Many of you said, “Happy Birthday” to me and some were oh…so…cruel. Eli Wood you know exactly who I am speaking to. He “smells someone older” and then he asked me if it is 39.   I told Jo that I was going to tell people I had finally reached the “mature” stage. She gave me “the look” as if to say, “Seriously?”  I don’t think her “seriously” was in response to me telling people that, but that I would actually think that and then to believe people would feel that way. What’s a guy have to do around here to get some respect? But, please, whatever you do, don’t agree with her! It will only embolden her. J Thanks again for your kind words and cards.

Our 18th Anniversary celebration is getting closer!  I’d like to remind you to put October 30th on your calendar. I’ve said a lot about the celebration already so I’m going to give it a rest this week. All I would like to remind you of is signing up to bring something to our pitch-in dinner following the 2nd worship service. During that pitch-in we plan to honor our volunteers and hopefully present you with some preliminary drawings on the proposed building addition.

 

Three prayer reminders for this week:

  • You will receive this on Wednesday. Yesterday Pastor Ryan and his wife, Hope, took 8 people to Hilltop Christian Camp to serve and help get the camp ready for the winter. They plan to return Thursday. While the group is smaller this time around, they will work hard to serve the camp. Please be praying for their safety, as well as a good time of getting to know Jesus better.
  • Michael Robison, the principal of Patricksburg Elementary School, is our Educator of the Week. Even though this is Fall Break for S-OCS students and faculty, an educators work continues. (I know. I have one in the family). Pray for his rest and relaxation this week.
  • I’d like to remind you to pray for Josh and Becky Pendleton and their 4 year old son, Maverick. Mavy (as he is called) has been on our prayer list for about a month. He has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Please pray for them, but I am also a firm believer in the power of prayer. The Bible says, “God can do far more than we can ask or think.” Pray for Maverick’s healing (if that is God’s will). If not, pray for grace for the family as they go through this.

 

ALSO, as a reminder, the 66 class will not meet on Wednesday, Oct. 12.

In the “this reminds you that you are getting older” department: our grandson, Braden, took his first driving lesson Sunday. He turns 16 this month as well. I can still remember making a surprise trip to Ohio to see him when they brought him home from the hospital. Janna did not know, so the tears were priceless and memorable. I can still remember holding Braden in my arms and praying for God to protect him and to use him for His use. I still pray that for him. But…16???? Where did the time go?

I said this would not be a long MM so I intend on proving Diana wrong and doing just that. I want to close with what I used for my Communion thought this past Sunday. I have been reading a book by Pastor Chris Hodges entitled Out of the Cave, a book subtitled “Stepping INTO THE LIGHT When DEPRESSION Darkens What You See.” Pastor Chris had a serious bout with depression several years ago, as well as fairly recently. He is writing from experience. As I said Sunday, I have (gratefully) never had a struggle with depression, but do need to know how others feel and how to help.  Here is some of what I said Sunday:

When we are in the throes of depression-or know people who are struggling with depression, anxiety, or mental illness-we need to treat ourselves and others the way Jesus treats us-with compassion. Compassion begins by recognizing our human limitations, brokenness, and even sin…God never condemns. Condemnation means you’ve got a problem and there’s no way out. Conviction, on the other hand, says you’ve got a problem and here’s the way out!  Romans 5:1 tells us “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (taken from pages 35-36) See that? NO CONDEMNATION. God doesn’t condemn us. He will convict us of our sin, but He will not condemn us.

Many of those I know who suffer depression struggle with condemnation and guilt and shame. Not all…some. But if you are one of those who simply cannot forget what has happened and dwells on it, I want you to know God does not condemn you. He does say, however, “Come to me.”

I hope you have a fantastic rest of the week and find some time to relax. In the meantime, know you are loved.

Pastor Bill

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