PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
May 29, 2019
The Holy Spirit was moving over the waters in the first chapter of Genesis. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.”
We discover in the Gospel of John in 6:63: “It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is no help at all.” I wonder, can there be anything more exciting than encountering God – to be fully alive? To be familiar with what God is doing – to get to that place – is to discover what Jesus called the abundant life.
Can you imagine making an appointment with God at 3:00 a.m.? What would you say? It really wasn’t all that exciting! J Friends, God is the life of the party! While we are waiting, that is what the Holy Spirit is doing. The Holy Spirit gives life – even as we are waiting.
One time as I was in a hotel in Denver during a meeting in 2003, I had come back to my hotel by myself and I was walking down the hallway and I noticed someone walking right toward me (you know what that’s like, you’re walking down the hallway and you wonder which way to go, so I just stopped. The other person stopped also. After a brief moment, I noticed that the other person looked a lot like me. Then I realized I was standing in front of a mirror!
When we stand in front of a mirror, we have a chance to size ourselves up. Is that the person I really want to be?
Jesus tells the profound parable of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15. The prodigal son was in a hotel somewhere. He had been feeding the pigs. Then he looked in the mirror, and he said to himself, that’s not what I want to be. “I’ll go back to my father and say “I have sinned against heaven and earth, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son.” God the Holy Spirit is giving you an opportunity to look at yourself – and live!
As we have seasons of waiting in our lives, may we be aware that the Holy Spirit wants to give us life – to be fully alive – even as we wait!
Advancing Native Missions
Beginning on May 30, and for nine days after, Christians around the world will pray for the gospel to be shared with people who have never received it in each region of the world.
As part of this momentous prayer event, ANM will host a kick off prayer service and a culminating prayer rally where we will gather to pray for the light and love of Jesus to be shared with the world.
We will gather for prayer:
May 30, 2019, 6:30 - 7:30 pm at ANM Headquarters, 10460 Critzers Shop Road, Afton, VA 22920
June 9, 2019, 6:00 - 7:30 pm at Church on the Hill, 100 Foursquare Lane, Fishersville, VA 22939
In addition to these events, we are also offering free resources to help you pray. I hope you'll join us for what promises to be two incredible and powerful evenings of missions-minded prayer.
'Til all hear, Oliver L. Asher, President
THIS SUNDAY - Join us for worship at 9:30am! Pastor Glen’s message will be, “The Promiser Keeps His Promises,” based upon Exodus 1:1 - 2:10. 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 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 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.
Special Day of Prayer for Our President
This is not a political or partisan issue. As followers of Jesus, we are called to pray for those in authority, as Franklin Graham cites 1 Timothy 2:2-3. - Pastor Glen
Along with 250+ Christian leaders, I am asking followers of Christ across our nation to set aside next Sunday, June 2, as a special day of prayer for the President, Donald J. Trump.
President Trump's enemies continue to try everything to destroy him, his family, and the presidency. In the history of our country, no president has been attacked as he has. I believe the only hope for him, and this nation, is God.
This is a critical time for America. We’re on the edge of a precipice. Time is short. We need to pray for God to intervene. We need to ask God to protect, strengthen, encourage, and guide the President.
We know that God hears and answers prayer. He can soften hearts and change minds. He is all-powerful, and He rules over the affairs of nations. The Bible instructs us to pray for those in authority, “that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior” (1 Timothy 2:2–3).
On June 2, we ask that pastors would lead their congregations in praying for the President, that Sunday schools and other groups would join together and pray, and that individuals and families across the country would have a special focus on praying for the President that day.
Would you please join us in prayer and tell others so that we can have as many people as possible praying?
Samaritan's Purse &
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.