PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
May 15, 2019
When our family lived in Kansas, it was easy to tell, which direction we were going, not only could we see the rising and setting sun; but most roads ran either north/south or east/west. We also used to have a directional LED light in our van, which helped me know what direction we were going!!
If we have a compass, we can always know which way we are going, because a compass is always calibrated by DUE NORTH. Unless I know which direction is DUE NORTH I feel lost. When I am unable to know which way is due north, I tend to feel lost or disorientated (a terrible feeling to have). In life, the same is true. When we feel disorientated, with no true direction and purpose in life, we feel lost within. Jesus came to save the lost and give direction in life and even beyond life – eternity. But not everyone has their “due north” set on JESUS.
Do you remember a time when you got lost and became disorientated? How did you feel? How anxious did it make you? What is it like to be lost – as a child; as a teen; as an adult? I remember being lost from my parents in a big department store; it was so scary!! Have you ever felt spiritually disorientated? If so, what contributed to the disorientation?
John gives Jesus one of the most noble titles in John 3:16: “Only Son.” In the New Living Translation, it reads, “One and only Son.” God sent His ONE and ONLY Son. The Greek word for “one and only” is monogenes, a compound adjective of mones (“only”) and genes (“species, race, family, offspring”).
When used in the Bible, “one and only” always describes a parent-child relationship. Five times John enlists this phrase to highlight the unparalleled relationship between Jesus and God (John 1:14, 18; 3:16, 18 & 1 John 4:9). When parents beget a child, they transfer their DNA to their newborn. Jesus shares God’s DNA, however, not in the sense that He was conceived (He is co-eternal with the Father and the Holy Spirit). Jesus has the same essence, eternal life span, unending wisdom, and tireless energy as God. Every quality we attribute to God, we can attribute to Jesus. Therefore, if we don’t want to feel lost or disoriented, let’s set our compass on the DUE NORTH of Jesus, the One and Only Son!!
Valley Young Life
We are so thankful for your continued prayer for our mission. We continue to belive that it is through prayer that we find our ministry most in line with God's vision for Augusta County!
Our prayers requests of the month:
1) GIVING DAY! - May 20th we will be having our first ever giving day! We hope to raise $20,000 on this day to help fund Young Life Ministry throughout the summer. Would you pray that God would provide those funds through generous friends of the mission.
Check in with our Facebook page to learn more! There will be giveaways, matching opportunities, and fun incentives to give! Would you please put May 20th on your calendar and consider giving a one-time gift to Valley Young Life on that day?
2) Summer Trips - Pray as students continue to sign-up and prepare for what we are hoping will be a life-changing week.
June 8-13 : Waynesboro, Stuart's Draft, Fort Defiance
June 15-19: Capernaum
July 24-29 : Wilson Memorial, Robert E. Lee, Riverheads, Buffalo Gap
July 29- Aug 2: YoungLives
THIS SUNDAY - Join us for worship at 9:30am! Pastor Glen’s message will be, “Not Everyone,” based upon Matthew 7:21-23. Please read the text prior to the service. Nursery care and elementary classes are provided on the Chapel floor during the 9:30am worship service.
Adult Sunday School class - You are invited to come join our adult Bible study class immediately following worship in the chapel on the second floor. We are continuing our study of I Corinthians and expect to complete it soon. Next, we will study the book of Nehemiah beginning in late-June. We will use the book “Nehemiah,” part of the wisdom commentary series written by Dr. Stephen Davey, to help us explore this beautiful story of God providing leadership for His people. If you would like to join us for that study, please let Pat Patterson know of your desire so that we can have a book for your use. We hope to have the books available a few weeks early for you to read in advance.
We’re Invited - There will be an installation of Rev. Otis Spellman as pastor of Union Baptist Church (Waynesboro) on Saturday, May 25th at 2:00 p.m. at Blue Ridge Chapel Church of the Brethren (19 Browns Lane, Waynesboro).
We’re Hiring - Hope Community Church is seeking to fill a part-time, paid position:Youth Ministries Intern. Those interested should contact the church at email@example.com for more information or to submit a resume.