From Pastor Al - May 31, 2012
From the Word…
Every believer has what could be called “obedience potential.” Our obedience potential is our willingness to follow our Lord regardless. In theory our obedience potential is 100%. This is because our Lord will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we are able to bear (1 Corinthians 10:13). In practice our obedience potential may be lower. Years ago some people came to the prophet Jeremiah. They asked him to ask God what they should do. Should they stay in Israel or go to Egypt (Jeremiah 42). They told Jeremiah that they would obey the Lord whatever He told them to do. They had a high view of their obedience potential. But when they heard what God wanted them to do they rebelled. Apparently their obedience potential was not as high as they had thought it was. So, how strong is your obedience potential?
This Sunday: 1 Corinthians 16:13-24 - Paul’s Pep Talk
When a team isn’t doing so well the coach will often deliver a locker-room pep talk. The last few verses of 1 Corinthians are such a pep talk. In them Paul encourages the Corinthians to hang tough and love the Lord. His talk is a great encouragement for any church in any age.
June and Beyond…
- June 6-20th – Al & Susie Hester on vacation. We will be traveling north to pick up Christi and then take a couple of weeks to travel back together. Two of our elders will be preaching on the two Sundays I will be away.
- June 9th – Men’s breakfast - Click HERE for details
- June 23rd – Women’s breakfast
- July 20-22 – All Church Campout – sign-up now!
Why We Do What We Do!
In last Sunday’s sermon we spoke in part about the “chaos of change” and how some thrive on it while many resist it. A show of hands revealed that Hill Country is made up of approximately 20% “thrivers” and 80% “resistors.” In other words, we are fairly normal. The good news is that we are united (I hope) in purpose and vision. Our purpose is to be the hands and feet of Jesus, reaching real people, teaching them to follow Christ, and sending them into the community to share their lives so that God may be all in all. Our vision is to be a healthy, mid-sized, church-planting church. Are we making progress? Yes! Do we have more to do? Yes! Does progress sometimes involve the chaos and potential risk of change? Well, I’m afraid it often does! Pray for us as we “fall forward” toward our purpose and vision.
Praise & Prayer
- Pray for Liz Pratte and our now TLC ministry that will be launched soon.
- Pray for the start-up team for our new upcoming second service. Pray for new leadership for both. Pray that each service will reach out to people – people who need the Lord!
- Pray for those who need jobs or more work: Liz Pratte, Shirley Culler, Alan Holthus
- Pray for those who need healing: Paul Culler, Mike Gabler (neck), Cathy Mooring (healing from foot operation), Patti Schiano, Betty Su Walters.
- Pray for those you know who are struggling in any way!
- Pray for the salvation of souls and spiritual growth!!!!!
In His Grace,