When I was in the Navy I learned a lot of things, including some “Wisdom from the Sea”. Sea wisdom is not from God but I notice a lot of sea wisdom that old Sailors pass on actually has a scriptural basis. I’d like to share a little of that Sea Wisdom and the scripture that each reminds me of - the wisdom of God.
Wake up, take a breath. Good now, everything else is a bonus.
Psalm 143:8 "Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life."
Every day is a Holiday, every meal is a feast.
Philippians 4:4 "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!" Never confuse effort with results. Psalm 127:1 "Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain."
Nothing is so simple that it cannot be misunderstood.
1 Corinthians 1:27-29 "But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. "
Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.
Proverbs 15:21 "Stupidity is the delight of the senseless, but an understanding man walks uprightly."
You can survive on charm for about 5 minutes, after that, you’d better know something.
Proverbs 31:30 "Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised."
Even someone who is worthless can serve as a good “bad example”.
Mat 23:3 "So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach."
You have three choices in every situation; change, accept, or leave.
Deuteronomy 30:19 "This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live"
As with many things in my life, I see the wisdom of God in many places. I would love to hear some of places you see the wisdom of Gods in every day life.
In his Service, Keith
Although the weather doesn’t show it, we’re going into a season of changes. Some are more than ready for it, some don’t care, and some strongly resist it. I encourage you to embrace the changes that are coming.
From late October through early January, there’ll be a variety of activities here. Our annual Trunk or Treat is this Saturday night at the building, 4–7PM. This has built a good reputation for the church. More of our members are participating, as are more neighbors. This year there will be more activities, so more of us are needed to help. Contact Vern or Denette Alstot or Joe Tipps.
We always have opportunities to help needy folks in our community have a better Thanksgiving and Christmas during November. Announcements will be coming soon. And December 9th will be our annual Christmas party. It’s a good time to invite family and friends, as a way to introduce them to the church.
The morning sermon series are designed for that as well. In November, we’ll talk about “Thinking and Thanking Beyond” what we usually think to thank God for. In December, we’ll explore why Jesus came as a king, and what that means for us. And in January, we’ll probe God’s purpose for Jesus’ human life and ministry.
A month ago, the Elders announced that they were beginning a search process to replace me in July, 2018. They request your prayers, support and patience for that process. They welcome your questions and suggestions. It takes many months to complete this task, and to have a new person and his family in place.
The Elders also announced that besides Joe and me, other men will preach on Sunday mornings. Those men currently include the Elders, Eddie Ewald and Cameron Keffer. One of those men will preach each month over the next several months. Encourage them and the Elders as we initiate this new model for us.
In January, the Financial Peace University will be offered as a three month Sunday morning class. When we presented this last Fall, some folks from the community came, so we hope to have more come this time, and stay! Please pray that we reach more people who have not yet given their lives to Christ. And please be praying for people you know whom you can bring to God.
Yours in Christ, Dave
Several years ago I was asked by a friend to lead a ladies devotional. I froze in my tracks and probably had the deer in the headlights look on my face! I had never done that before and it terrified me. Multiple times over the next week or so several scriptures about teaching came to me. After about the 5th or 6th time I just looked up and said “okay I get the message God, I’ll do it”. With a lot of prayer and preparation I agreed to lead the devo. Surprisingly, words actually came out of my mouth and I survived. I tell you this because I have been trying to pay more attention and be mindful of what God may be guiding me to. In the last week or so Philippians 4:6-8 has shown up for me no less than six times. It has me thinking; am I being thankful enough? Am I praying enough? am I too anxious about something?
The following is from a daily devotional that I get in my email.
In Christ, Donna
When Your Whole Life Stinks By: Kelly Balarie
Do you ever have a hard time seeing the bright side of things? I do. After pulling all of our luggage, pillows and boxes from the car, I plopped on the couch in my brand new home, in a brand new city.
It’s not safe enough here, in this neighborhood. They are doing construction right next to us. There are no families around. The anxious thoughts were eating my moment of joy.
The previous night didn’t help. Our train ride to the new home was horrendous. We slept in the passenger car. My three-year old daughter pleaded in 30-minute increments for a tissue for her nose. The door rattled. The train leaned in, then out, as it went down the track. I slept for half an hour.
It’s easy for me to see what’s wrong instead of what’s right. Things that stress me instead of what God has put there to bless me. Everything annoying, disturbing and wrong instead of the things that are right. “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)
What about you? What does your mind go to? What do you reflect on?
You know, that morning after our horrendous night on the train, I saw a woman I’d met earlier. After smiling, I asked her, “How was your night’s sleep?” Her answer? “Good, I got some naps in.” She chose to speak what was good rather than sinking into what was bad. She still smiled, her eyes looked happy and her face seemed ready for the day.
Later, I passed by my cabin neighbor. She recounted the night by saying, “Last night, I was awake. So all I did was stare at the beauty of the wide-open skies. You should have seen the stars. They were magnificent.” Again, this woman chose to find the find the good in the bad. What is the good in your bad?
God has left it for us, if we choose to see it. We can see Provider God over our anxiety. We can see hope rise above uncertainty. We can see little lights shine out from our vast darkness. We can give thanks for spurts of goodness when everything else is blah.
We can always: Praise God’s character. Give thanks for eternity. Remember the good times. Dwell on God’s promise that He’ll always be with us. Decide to truly believe God is our Provider. When Jesus came into this dark world, He brought goodness. And even better, He left it. Our job is to search it out, to draw it near, and to return to thinking about it, even when we’re prone to forget. This keeps our head up and our hope strong
Ever thought about submitting an article to be published in The Ventura Life Link or on our Webpage? That’s great and we’d like to hear about your ideas. Please note the following guidelines before writing your article:
Submit articles and stories that edify your Christian brothers and sisters. All articles and stories should be written from a Biblical perspective and inform or challenge the reader. Articles about ministry activities, exploring theological themes from a biblical, historical, or application-based perspective and original inspirational stories about Christian struggles and triumph are always welcome. Contact Keith, Bruce or Brent for more information.