May 3, 2013
Good Afternoon, Pikes Peak Christians!
I think Spring is finally here, though don't pack away your coats just yet. This is Colorado, land of temperature swings. It is amazing that we can go through a 45 degree swing in the span of 24-48 hours like we did early this week.
As I was thinking about the fun and frustration of those climatic swings, it reminded me of how we go through similar swings in our lives. A man this week felt extremely good on Sunday, but by Monday morning he was sick as a dog. Then there's the marriage that seemed to be sailing along but is now hitting choppy waters. Or the woman who is in a place of depression following some sad news about the death of a friend.
Jesus proved He can calm the storm, and I have experienced many times an amazing peace that came after pouring my heart out to Him. God doesn't usually exempt us from the difficulties of life. Instead, He brings us through them. I was reading in Isaiah 43:2 where the LORD says, "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you." notice God does not provide a path around the waters. He allows us to come into the waters, but in the midst of the danger and fear that may accompany that journey, He assures us, "I will be with you." we are not alone--our Heavenly Father holds our hand.
This weekend we will conclude our series, "Baby Steps," with a message from Pastor Matt on the 'Father's Discipline.' You might be surprised at how much good discipline accomplishes in our lives. Then we will spend the rest of the month talking about family, since May is filled with so many significant family events--Mother's Day, graduations, weddings, picnics, etc. we have a community picnic planned for the 4th of July, so mark it now on your calendar! I look forward to growing with you this summer and celebrating the church family and the blessings we've received from God!
Our men have risen to the challenge and are putting the final touches on a ramp for the home of Leonard James today. Leonard is one of our church family who is paralyzed from a shooting incident in February. Leonard is eager to get home and is so thankful for the generosity of so many. I especially want to say how grateful we are to Lowes in Fountain for providing the lumber at very low cost, and to many of our men for carrying the load of work. I am so proud of these guys and the others who jumped in this week to help a brother in need.
This is the church at its best!