Unfailing Love

In a week where love gets highlighted, let’s make sure our focus first goes to the only source of love that does not fail.

“Turn, O Lord, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love.” (Psalm 6:4)

“But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.” (Psalm 13:5)

“For the king trust in the Lord; through the unfailing love of the Most High he will not be shaken.” (Psalm 21:7)

“The Lord watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love.” (Psalm 33:18)

“Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in you alone.” (Psalm 33:22)

“How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your sings.” (Psalm 36:7)

“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 lift up my soul.” (Psalm 143:8)

There are many more Psalms (and verses throughout the Bible) that focus on God’s unfailing love. Clearly, God loves us and does so without ceasing or even letting up in any way.

Let your love for others flow out of the unfailing love that God has for you.

Be Yourself!

“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” (Psalm 139:14-16)

Help & Ideas Needed

Looking for a way to get involved? Here are a few opportunities for you to prayerfully consider.

  • Benevolence Committee: We are looking for someone to lead this ministry. This involves contacting women of the church for donations and kitchen help during funerals, to prepare meals for someone going through surgery/illness, and to help with meals for someone who just had a baby. The women of this church are always willing to help. Most are just waiting for someone to ask. Leading this committee simply involves asking for and coordinating that help.
  • Ladies Bible Study: Leading this ministry involves choosing a Bible study 2 times a year (usually spring and fall), setting a time and place for the study, and leading or finding someone to lead discussions.
  • Ladies Events: Have ideas for get-togethers? We’re looking for activities that encompass a wide range of ages and interests. The goal of these events is fellowship.

Contact Diane Borst to discuss these opportunities.

Home: 269-279-5203 / Cell: 269-858-5349 (Text or call anytime.)

Email: [email protected]

Changing the Way You Think

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)

Ever feel like your thinking is off? Maybe it’s just a general sense of something not being right or that you’re missing something important. I’m not talking about the forgetfulness that comes with aging; rather, I’m talking about the feeling of being off track in some way.

If you ever feel that way, like your focus is not where it should be or maybe like your thoughts are just too negative or critical about yourself or others, perhaps it’s time to change the way you think. In fact, I would argue that we must continually assess our thinking and make sure it lines up with what God desires.

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” (Philippians 4:8-9)

How?

When life is overwhelming, when discouragement comes in waves, and when the world just seems like a very depressing place? How can we dwell on the positive, as Philippians 4:8-9 encourages us to do?

  1. Study Scripture. Reading the Bible daily is a start. Really getting into Scripture and studying it is where mind renewal really begins to become permanent.
  2. Pray often. As with reading the Bible, daily prayer is a start. Consider, though, a goal of chatting with God throughout your day. Bring Him into all your situations, and talk to Him about what’s going on. This is all prayer, and it gets at the idea in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to “pray without ceasing.”
  3. Seek more. Get around Godly people who want to renew their minds too. Whether through the company you keep or the books you read, let the interaction of those seeking God regularly influence you. Of course what the Bible says trumps what all others say, but God does encourage and teach us through other Christians too.

While there are certainly others, these three habits have served to focus my mind on what God desires better than anything else I’ve tried or have heard others try.

Not sure where to start? Here are some ideas.

Pick a book of the Bible and focus on a chapter a week. Read that chapter every day. Outline it, and consider it’s purpose and context. Look at what it teaches you about Christ.

Get an accountability partner. Find someone else wanting mind renewal and tell them what you’re doing. Ask them to join you, and then check in with each other regularly. 

Consider supplementary material. Many, many books and other material (videos, for example) exist that can help you grow. Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren and Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer are two that immediately come to mind.

Focus Determines Reality

“For as the thoughts of his heart are, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7)

What we think about regularly determines the focus of our lives, and our focus determines our reality. Make Jesus the focus of what you think about, and the reality of your life will be transformed.

Looking for Peace?

The Book of Isaiah

The book of Isaiah has been called “the fifth gospel” because of how much it foreshadows the coming of Christ. In addition, it’s consistency with the New Testament is another of the many fascinating aspects of Isaiah.

Isaiah also has quite a few different themes that it touches on. Those include salvation, judgment, holiness, punishment, captivity, the fall of a nation, comfort, hope and salvation. Another prominent theme is that of peace.

The Theme of Peace

While we always want peace, it seems to be more of a focus during the holiday season. Isaiah actually focuses on the peace we talk about during the holidays, but it goes into several other facets of peace as well.

The following is a list of scriptures on peace in Isaiah

  1. Prince of Peace (6:6, 7)
  2. Perfect peace (26:3)
  3. Peace from God (26:12)
  4. Ask for peace (27:5)
  5. Peace through righteousness (32:17)
  6. Peace through obedience (48:18)
  7. New of peace (52:7)
  8. Peace because of Jesus (53:5)
  9. Peace through God’s word (55:12)
  10. Peace through Godly repentance (52:7)

Take a few minutes to go through these Scriptures and let them expand your view of peace.

“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!” (Isaiah 9:6-7)