PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
February 27, 2019
In 2 Kings 4:1-7 we read about a widow of a prophet. She has just lost her husband; she has two sons, and she has her husband’s debts. This is an anxious woman, who is afraid that she may lose her two sons to her husband’s creditor to become his slaves. This poor lady is in a horrible predicament!!
Have you ever been there? Have you been in a place where you didn’t know what you were going to do? Have you been in a place where you didn’t know if you had enough resources to survive?
So, what does this poor woman do? She calls out to Elisha. She tells him her horrible condition. She doesn’t ask for anything directly. The good news in this text is that God can use our deepest needs to give us His richest blessings!!
All this lady has is an empty jar? Have you ever felt empty? God can fill an empty life! God’s blessings are for the empty, needy, sick, hungry and thirsty people of the world. Therefore, it behooves us not to let “stuff” fill our lives.
After this poor widow cries out to Elisha, I love his response. He asks, “What shall I do for you?” What do you have in your house? She answers, “Your servant has nothing in the house, except a jar of oil.” Elijah’s next response turns her attention off of what she has lost in order to discover what she still has. Friends, that is the direction we need to take in order to receive God’s blessings!
Elisha tells the woman to “Go outside, borrow vessels from all your neighbors, empty vessels and not too few. Then go in and shut the door behind yourself and your sons and pour into all these vessels. And when one is full, set it aside.”
I can imagine this widow is thinking . . . what are you talking about Elisha? Didn’t you hear me, I said I only have a LITTLE oil!! Friends, God’s instructions are always like this. Because our response always requires faith. Remember what God said to Noah? “Noah, build a boat large enough to hold pairs of every animal in the world!” Seriously?!!
So, what happens when this widow obeys Elisha’s instructions? She did what he said, and started filling all the vessels one after another. She told her son, “Bring me another vessel.’ And he said to her, ‘There is not another.’ Then the oil stopped flowing.’” She then told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on the rest.”
Friends, our God is a GREAT provider! May we choose to bring what we have, even in our emptiness, and see how God will pour out His blessings beyond all we can ask or imagine!!
Extraordinary Women Conference 2019
The Hope Community Church Women’s Ministry is planning a group trip to the EWomen Conference this Fall, in Lynchburg at Thomas Road Baptist Church on October 4-5. If we have 10 people going, tickets will be $59.00. RSVP or send questions about the trip coordination to Marty Porter by March 17th (540-471-2619 or firstname.lastname@example.org). The cost does not include meals or hotel expenses as some ladies may go down Friday evening and spend the night while others may plan to just go down early on Saturday.
THIS SUNDAY- This Sunday, Pastor Glen’s message will be, “Perseverance in Faith,” based on 2 Peter 3:14-16. Please read the text prior to the service. We will also have the sacrament of the Lord's Supper this Sunday. You are encouraged to read 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 in preparation. Nursery care and elementary classes are provided in our regular rooms on the Chapel floor during the worship service this Sunday.
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 the worship service. We are now studying I Corinthians 12-14 for an in depth study of the gifts of the Holy Spirit as they relate to God’s people individually and the church today. Come join the discussion.
ComfortCare Baby Bottle Campaign - A few bottles still need to be returned. Please remember to bring your bottles to Pat Layne, at the church, THIS SUNDAY!
Seeking Caregiver Position - Carolyn Taylor would like to work part-time for disabled adult(s) in the Waynesboro area. Her phone number is: (540) 943-0971.
Nursery Help - We need volunteers to help in the nursery on Easter Sunday, April 21. Members are encouraged to contact Kelly King if you are available!
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.