Sunday, June 17th, 2018

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This Sunday, there will be worship in the Sanctuary at 9:00, we will have Wired Word at 10:00, and worship in the Bridge at 11:00.

This Week’s Scripture Passage:

2 Corinthians 4:16-5:10

16 So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. 17 For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, 18 because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.

For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling— if indeed, when we have taken it off[a] we will not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan under our burden, because we wish not to be unclothed but to be further clothed so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.

So we are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord— for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. 10 For all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil.

Something to Ponder:

In the first half of the verse there are a few lines that speak of this world as a tent, and illustrate a welcome to the house of God after this life.  It’s a beautiful image for a people who are suffering.  To have the knowlege that this life while toiling and rough is only a temporary shelter as we make our way to heavenly home God has prepared for us.

 Prayer for the day~
Loving God, give us the patience to follow your will and word.  Give us the wisdom to know where we ought to look for you and give us the strength to continue on.   ~Amen

Going Beyond the Text:

This letter written to the church in Corinth is a letter written to a people under great stress.  Paul writes to them assuring them that after this life they will have a place in heaven of safety.  However, Paul does not leave them hanging on advice for here and now.  Paul assures them that if we walk by our faith, and not by the world we see around us we will feel at home with the Lord even on earth.  Now, Paul is not telling us all to train to become Daredevil the blind DC superhero.  Paul is telling us to look for what our faith leads us to do, not what the world tells us to do.  A feat that is not easy.

Take Home Ideas:

Prayer is a powerful tool, but most of us do not take the time to learn how to use it with finesse.  I am guilty of this as well.  Prayer is something that is a practice and requires our attention.  Between prayer, worship, and reading the bible we are able to help determine the pathway that faith leads us down instead of the pathway that the world lays out before us.  Do not forget to take time for yourself and God.

For Children and Families:

Set up a field of plastic cups and take turns guiding each other through the obstacle course through voice instruction alone.  Have one person start at one side of the room and fill the middle with obstacles.  Blindfold the person who is trying to cross the room.  Then guide them using only your voice.  Talk about what it means to trust each other and choose a pathway together.