Lk 15:11-12 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them. 

All fathers are a work in process—none perfect, no not one. Boy do I still feel this—even though my oldest child is 44-years-old!   Many times trial and error was my approach to fatherhood. I often questioned myself, “Was I too strict?” “Did I balance firmness with fun?” Fortunately, God filled the gaps of my inadequacies. His grace became our family’s relational glue. My imperfection as a father keeps me dependent on my heavenly Father.

Jesus describes a man with two sons. So, we know from the outset this dad, like the rest of us, was a flawed father. No doubt he tried to do the best with what he had. But the pressure of raising two very different boys was difficult. One day he faced the challenge of how to respond to the disrespectful demand of his youngest son. The dad decided to give both boys their inheritance, knowing they might not be ready. The younger squandered his stuff and the oldest grew self-righteous. What looked like a major parenting blunder—turned out to be a decision that brought the youngest back to God.  Imperfect fathers trust the Lord to bring about His perfect plan.

Do you feel overwhelmed with your responsibilities as a dad? The day in and day out energy it takes to love and lead your little ones takes much more out of you than you ever imagined. One thing is for certain: you can’t be your best without learning from the best. 

Above all, as imperfect earthly fathers we lean into our perfect heavenly Father. He takes our best efforts and carries out His will. He takes our mistakes and teaches us humility. He takes our weaknesses and makes us strong in Him.  We keep learning. We ask forgiveness from our child. We pray with our child. We play with our child. When we are honest about our fears and struggles we create an environment of open communication. Fathers fail when they quit, but they succeed when they stay engaged with their child and with Christ. Fatherhood is not for the faint of heart, but it is for a heart of faith.

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From the pit of a Roman prison, Paul writes one of the most beautiful depictions of Christ and His preeminence.  In his letter to the Colossians, Paul wants his readers to know more than anything that because Jesus is the exalted Lord over all human powers and structures, we are to live in the p resent, as the kinds of humans that we will one day become in God’s new creation.  

Paul assures all of us, that in the meantime, even when things may look like they are falling apart in our lives, in our community, and in our world they are in fact begin held together and ultimately made new through the power of Christ.  He holds all things together, for in Him and for Him and through Him all things were created and in Him and for Him and through Him, all things shall be made new.  Join us this summer at Discovery as we continue to live out and live into the subversive kingdom of Christ. 

Celebration Service this weekend – Celebration and Prayer – Colossians 1:1-14

Travel Mercies

·     Vern Johnson – northern Minnesota

·     Kevin Myers – Michigan

Recuperating from surgery

·     Jerry Noble

·     Lisa Baker

Upcoming Mission Trip

·     Madison Duff – Haiti

General Heath Concerns

·     Joy Weir

·     Rita Fleenor – (tests on Thursday)

·     Kiki Marshall received a good report last week @ Mercy in K.C.

·     Rocky Philippe’s friend Ann – diagnosed with breast cancer

Military

·     Kirsten Yoder – Navy – also celebrated a birthday this week

Prayers in General…

·     Annie and I would so appreciate your prayers for Heather and family in Haiti all summer….malaria & dengue fever are high risk — she also asked for prayer as they bond with 22 interns at their campus — as well as the overall work for Christ among the Haitians 

I am very aware that not everyone reads our Daily Bible Guide sent out to your inbox monthly – and I’m perfectly fine with that. What is important is that everyone has some plan which get’s them into God’s word on a regular basis.    Under the current reading plan we are looking at the 4 Prison Epistles – concluding with our current Sermon Series from the book of Colossians……Regardless of the plan used – the point is to get into God’s Word daily…..Satan’s greatest weapon is man’s ignorance of God’s Word

Time is winding down just look around us 
Evil’s breaking loose on every side 
The devil knows his time is almost over 
But soon the clock will stop and Jesus Christ will split the sky 

So shout it from the rooftops 
Proclaim it in the streets 
Tell your friends and neighbors 
Tell everyone you meet 
We all need a Savior but we’re running out of time 
He’s coming back at midnight 
And it’s 11:59 

The passage all D-Groups will study this up-coming week is Colossians 1:15-29

            15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of[a] your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— 23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.  24 Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. 25 I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness— 26 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. 27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.28 He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. 29 To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.