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Counting on God!

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“You come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say,    ‘Good morning friend!
Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!’ and walk off without providing so much as a coat
or a cup of soup – where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts
is outrageous nonsense?”                                     James 2:
17 (The Message)

I was recently reading an article that indicated that researchers have made a startling discovery. When teaching math skills, it is sometimes preferred that students be able to count using their fingers. That’s right, (can you believe it?) – a skill that used to be discouraged is now recommended. Why? Because scientists are discovering that by using their fingers, it helps make real or concrete the ideas that were first presented as abstract theory. There is something helpful about physically counting to make the problem-solving more real. This is the reason that, for me anyway, it was easier to learn  addition and subtraction (you can use your fingers) than multiplication, which relies on memorization.

There is no substitute for literally seeing the solution to a problem.

As we work through the Book of James on Sunday mornings, I began to ask: In the same way, could it be that our Christian faith is easier experienced, not as an abstract idea, but as a practice we are invited to participate in day by day?

This Sunday, you will see 3 ministry opportunities that will be represented on the platform.

(1)  Harvest Party

(2)  Thanksgiving meals for families in need.

(3)  Operation Christmas Child.

In addition to those there is Upward Basketball and Cheerleading, Northwest Connect, A Hand Up, Life Services, New Hope Ranch compassionate ministries, to name just a few.

Let me close by asking a question: If all we have belongs to God, then what does God want done with what is His?

These ministries and other ministries that do a lot of good, help you put into practice what you say you believe. In all my experience of ministry, I have rarely observed anyone who, when serving others, did not also find themselves drawing closing to God. There is something about serving faithfully that gives us more faith in return.

I encourage you to look around and respond generously – for the sake of others and for your sake as well.

I am looking forward to seeing you this weekend.

Blessings – Pastor Bill