I would imagine if you have been a Christian for a few years, you have heard someone try to comfort you in your despair by saying – the Bible says, God will not give you more than you can handle!!!! When you heard this – did it offer comfort to you in your struggles? If truth be known, you probably felt more like screaming than being comforted!!!
Here is the issue…..It is in fact a Christian life. Somewhere down the Christian pipeline, someone tried to give another Christian assurance that he/she could handle anything that came alone and used this Scripture to support their claim. Do you see a problem here? It makes us think we can handle life without God’s help and might instead of giving encouragement give us a deeper feeling of failure. I can hear you now – BUT IT’S IN THE BIBLE!!! As we open God’s Word – the 1st part of understanding Scripture is to KEEP everything in its CONTEXT…..what is Paul talking about inn 1 Cor 10:13? He is talking about temptation not being more than you can handle.
If you are in a D-Group – please don’t try to encourage a single parent by using this verse – or a boss who is overwhelmed with issues on the job — don’t quote 1 Cor 10:13….There are time in each of our lives that we feel we cannot keep the plates spinning — this is part of life – but don’t get caught up thinking you will encourage the discouraged brother by telling him/her – it’s okay because the Bible says God won’t give you more than youu can handle..
So we have identified an issue that affects us all – but we haven’t sought a way to cope? Here are a couple things each of us can do when we feel life is out of control.
1 Breathe. Sounds dumb right? Science shows that the simple act of stopping and taking some very intentional deep breaths floods the body with much needed oxygen. Plus, this is something every one of us can do.
2 Pray. You might be thinking, “I knew it. Here goes the pastor with the spiritual stuff.” But remember: You can’t handle it all. So, why not talk to the one who can, will, and already has the plan? But start with prayer. Don’t exhaust all other options and have prayer as your bailout plan.
3 Get it out. When we are overwhelmed, we can start writing down everything that is on our plate. Getting it all out there is the first part of formulating a plan. Use your computer – IPad – or anything that will allow you to capture what is heavy on your heart.
4 Do what you can and leave the rest for God. The truth is that you can only do what you can do. There are some things that are out of your control, and you’ve got to let God handle those. Be patient. Work the plan.
Yes, God is going to allow you to have more than you can handle, but never more than He and you can handle… together.
Next Monday – November 21, Miss Anita will have a cancer removed from her face. There are a few unknowns at this point but the Dr. told her when it was over, she would be able to drive home – so it is same day surgery.
Our prayer is that the cancer will be shallow – easy to get to – and that the surgeon will have God’s hand and be able to remove every cell that could cause issues down the road.
Thanks for praying for Miss Anita…..she runs the power-point at the Saturday service.
Our portable communion kits arrived and are at the church. Our plan to begin this home communion – and/or hospital communion will begin December 4.
If you are unable to attend the weekend service – and you desire to have the Lord’s Supper delivered to you on the afternoon of December 4 — this is your plan
· Sometime between November 30 – December 3 – please call Vern Johnson, he is the chairman of our Home Communion…(573) 881-6293
· Vern will contact one of our team members about your desire – and they will contact you letting you know who they are and setting a time to deliver the Lord’s Supper to you
· Once the team member arrives – please them know if you feel the illness – will be longer than expected and you would desire to be serve again next week
Ladies a Christmas Ornament exchange party is being planned for you The date is December 2 – the place is Discovery Center. It will be a great time to get together as the celebration of Christ coming to earth begins.
A week from today is THANKSGIVING….Please note below some activities that will change because of the holiday….
· There will be no Core Team meeting in November
· All D-Groups will cancel unless a respective group wants to enjoy a Thanksgiving Fellowship meal together
· The Christmas sermon Series will begin the Sunday after Thanksgiving
· As mid-week approaches lift a prayer to God for our brothers and sisters who will be traveling over the holidays.
Each of us would be amazed if we knew what the average person in Columbia, MO felt about “the church?” Some would see the church as a safe haven – some would see it as an easy hit for cash – i.e. gas – bills, etc – some would see it as the body of Christ being use to prepare her members for eternity – and some would see it as the only institution on earth that all they want is your money.
The weekend prior to Thanksgiving, we always take a look at our stewardship. Being thankful for our families – our health – our friends – and our church.
Our theme this weekend is UNCOMMON GENEROSITY – someone defined a generous person as one who gives more than is expected. Jesus taught in Luke 17:10 if we only do what is expected we are an unprofitable servant. As I reflected on Jesus’ words I had to say O U C H!!!!! this principle hits across the board….may all of us consider Jesus words – not only in the area of giving – but of service – attendance – witness – and family issues.
2 Corinthians 9:6-15
Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” 8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 9 As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.” 10 For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity[c] in you. 11 Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. 12 So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem[d] will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God. 13 As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. 14 And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you. 15 Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words!
· PTL – so good to see Joy Weir back with us in worship Sunday – she has had a time – broken leg – cracked rib – but praise God she was with us PTL
· Continue to lift up Kiki Marshall – wisdom as a plan is developed to bring her to good health — Kiki is a senior at Hickman
· Tons of fellowship – renewed friendships – will occur next week as families get together for THANKSGIVING – and safety for all on the highway
· Continued outreach of Discovery north of the Interstate — good to see new faces with us the past 3 weeks
· Our school age children will be safe – and strong in their witness for Christ
Discovery Offering 11-13-16
General Fund $703.10
Discovery Offering 11-6-16
General Fund $2750.00