2 Samuel 15:23

23 The whole countryside wept aloud as all the people passed by. The king also crossed the Kidron Valley, and all the people moved on toward the wilderness.

David passed that gloomy brook when fleeing with his sorry company from his traitorous son. Our hearts should be encouraged to realize the man after God’s own heart was not exempt from trouble; in fact, his life was full of it. John 16:33 should be a strong encouragement to every one of our hearts….I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

  Whether our point of reference is Jesus — David — Paul — or YOU – we must understand – we are living in enemy territory – therefore as we fulfill the Lord’s will for our lives- there will be a price to pay.   As a matter of fact – the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, telling him 2 Tim 3:12 Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.  If we are mocked – laughed at – or if the spiritual hatred become physical,,,, when should we complain as though some strange thing had happened unto us?

The King of kings Himself was not favored with a more cheerful or royal road. In Mark 14:26-31 – we see Jesus after finishing supper….He and His disciples leave the Old City and cross the Kidron Valley heading toward the Mount of Olives. God had one Son without sin, but as of this writing – He has yet to have one child without conflict. Our hearts are overjoyed to know that Jesus has been tempted in all points as we are – yet without sin.  

What is our Kidron? Is it a faithless friend, a sad bereavement, a slanderous reproach? The King has passed over all these. Is it bodily pain, poverty, persecution, or contempt? Over each of these Kidrons the King has gone before us.  Isaiah 63:9 “In all their affliction he was afflicted.” The idea that trials are an unusual experience should be banished at once and forever, for our Savior – Jesus Christ knows by experience the grief beyond measure.  

Although David was abased, yet he returned in triumph to his city, and David’s Lord rose victorious from the grave; so let us then be of good courage…in Christ we are more than conquerors. We will joyfully draw water out of the wells of salvation, even though we are presently faced with the harmful streams of sin and sorrow. Take courage, you soldier’s of the Cross, the King himself triumphed after going over Kidron, and so will you!!!!!

Kirsten got her care package from us.  April told her that she would let us you how thankful she was to think of those who took time out of their busy lives to write a note or to send items.  She wanted to pass along this note of gratitude to you.

            She got another care package, J this one had the letters in it.  She loved every single one – thank you.  Tell everyone at church that their letters made me smile so much I almost cried. J….

Our daughter, Heather got in touch with us a while ago stating that they would be traveling to Haiti the week after school’s out – and she would love to spend that time with “mom and dad.”  We haven’t seen the family since Christmas…..

            My heart-felt appreciation goes out to Deiter for preaching Saturday and Sunday, while we were in Austin, Texas…..I know his message will be Bible based – with current application how to live well and grow deep in the Christian life.

Discovery offers its deepest sympathy to Leslie Marshall in the passing of her Father, Hugh Hodler.

            The service is Thursday at 11:00 AM at Memorial Home with a lunch to follow…..

General Fund                     $82.01

PET                                   $  3.00

            I realize last weekend was a holiday weekend and almost half the congregation was absent…..our weekly needs are $2,000.00 – and the 2 weeks before Memorial Day – our giving was down $1,000.00 per week – then Memorial Day….

            Some people obviously make up their giving when absent — and if there ever was a week we need to play “catch-up” it is this up-coming week.  Please, prayerfully consider this church need as you write your check.

·      The church will not experience a summer slump

·      Leslie Marshall – loss of her father

·      Marci Henderson – out of the hospital – regaining strength

·      Kiki Marshall – procedure soon in Overland Park – to correct a decade long issue

·      Success of our D-Groups over the summer

  • Stacey Kendall – stage 4 cancer

·      Bro Doug – employment

·      Everyone at Discovery will take to heart Christ’s words – “Forsake not the assembling of yourselves together as the manner of some are.”

·      We will be His witness – sharing hope with a lost friend, family member or neighbor

·      Think of someone you haven’t seen in a while – lift their family before the throne of Grace — Christ speaks of those who have lost their first love (Revelation 2:4)….

How Faith Decays

            Several have been the occasions when I found a baby bird that had fallen from its next…..Sad to say the least – but the saddest of all is that Hope Was Gone.  The old devil wants to rip us up – from the nest of God’s Love….His desire is to take away from us anything that would remotely appear as faith in the Son of God – he wants to hijack the truth that we are saved – he wants to cripple our ability to fly for Jesus again. 

Mark 4:14-15 The farmer sows the word. Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.   His tactics happen subtly. I don’t know one person who said: I want to become an alcoholic. I want to someday cheat on my spouse. I dream of becoming addicted by drugs. 

Little-by-little, he yanks. Little-by-little, we are removed just a little more from the soil we were planted in. Day-by-day, it happens until, one day – pop! – we’re a plucked bulb from the ground. Faith is gone.

John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.

What are we doing, anyway? Are we waiting and watching or are we just going – la, de, da – living as life passes us by?

Discovery be aware. Don’t just go through the motions of a day. Intentionally draw close to God.
Come near to God and he will come near to you. (Ja. 4:8)

Don’t just wait for faith to happen. Move into it. Grab it.
Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. (Ro. 10:17)

Don’t just be a lukewarm Christian. Let God set you on fire. Go out.
So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth. (Rev. 3:16)

Don’t sit around and live a distracted life. Stay focused. It matters.
Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed – that exhilarating finish in and with God… (Heb. 12:2)

The days are short. The weeks are numbered. The mission is huge. The stakes are high. God is what matters.