PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
January 17, 2019
What is faith? When you think about this question, what would your answer be? We really just need to look at the Faith Hall of Fame in Hebrews 11 to learn that things didn’t always work out the way God’s people wanted. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the Book of Daniel did not have a faith that said that God should act in a certain way. Faith is not trust in what we want to happen. Faith is trust in God.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego stood up to king Nebuchadnezzar, refusing to bow to the eight-story tall golden image, even when their lives were at stake. They stood on the brink of being thrown into a fiery furnace because of their faith in God and their unwillingness to bow to a false god. They did not pretend to know what was going to happen to them. Although they had no desire to burn, they did not claim that they would not die. Instead of offering some confident assertion because of their great faith, these men simply said in effect: “We really don’t know what will happen to us. We only know that we will trust God.”
Friends, faith is not trust in our ability to read God’s will. It is simple trust in God alone. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego show us that faith is trust in God alone. May we have that same kind of resolute faith in our daily lives!!
Dave & Margie Burgess
THIS SUNDAY- This Sunday, we will have a special music service with guests, Faithful Praise, as they lead us in worship. Bring friends and come worship with us! A free will offering will be taken.
Beth Laughlin’s Memorial Service - The service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 16th at the Church of the Brethren in the main Sanctuary. Beth Laughlin’s caretaker, Carolyn Taylor, would be interested in serving as caretaker of a disabled family member in their home. She would prefer the Waynesboro area She would be available four hours per day.. Her phone number is (540) 943-0971.
We’re Hiring - Hope Community Church is seeking a Youth Ministries Intern to lead a dynamic youth program. Those interested should contact the church at (540) 471-4551.
Venue Team Update - There will be information and surveys about the latest venue team update, available this Sunday at church. Please look over this information and take the survey as soon as possible.
Adult Sunday School class - Join us, in our study of the letters to the Corinthians, in the Chapel on the Sunday School floor immediately following worship! We are now looking at chapters 8-11 of I Corinthians as they relate to Paul’s status with the church, idolatry and our relationship to things in and of the world and how that speaks to us in the post-modern church. Come join the discussion.
Reading Chronologically Through the Bible - Read the Bible through in a year, in the order in which the events took place. Free classes start on January 7, every Monday from 6p-7:30p (through December 31) at Panera Bread in Waynesboro. To register or if you have questions, call Jake and Deborah Kleinschuster at (540) 949-6080.
Jim Heafner Memorial Bible Study - The Men's Bible Study resumed this week in the Community Room at Panera Bread in Waynesboro. Men are encouraged to gather there around 6:45am to purchase breakfast and enjoy fellowship until the study begins at 7:00am.
Salt Shakers – Supper club groups will be changed at the end of this month. Please call Cindy Roberts (by Jan. 20th) at (540) 649-4448 to let her know if you plan to attend a group or if you need to withdrawal.
WARM Shelter - The Church of the Brethren is hosting again this year, Feb 4-11. They are in need of people to provide dinners on several nights that week. Please let us know if you are willing to sign up: firstname.lastname@example.org