PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
June 6, 2019
If I asked you to think of any number, what number would it be? Did you pick a number larger than a million? If you didn't, why not?
In 1998, Larry Page and Sergey Brin incorporated Google while still graduate students at Stanford University. Google receives over 63,000 searches per second on any given day.
How did they get so big? I don’t have the expertise to answer that question, but I can tell you that it began with their initial vision. The word googol is a mathematical term for the number 1 followed by 100 zeroes. While most people are likely to pick a number like 14 or 98, Brin and Page decided to pick a googol – 1 with 100 zeroes.
Some years ago, J.B. Phillips startled the Christian world with his charge: “Your God is too small.” This is certainly true for many of us in terms of our image of God. In a little more recent reflection theologian Lesslie Newbigin pointed out that since the Reformation the church has been on a retreat from secular society. Our God is not merely too small in our own way of picturing Him; He is also too small in terms of our opinion of His ability to help us cope with modern life. Little by little, Christians have turned over almost every area of life – economics, philosophy, health-care, and education to society. As Pastor Donald Williams suggests: “We seem to have abandoned all else to the devil except our interior piety and personal code of ethics.”
The question to which I would like us to focus is: “How big is our God?” Over the last year or maybe even throughout most of our lives, has God become irrelevant for us? Does God seem distant from us?
Some of us have lost our zeal for God because God has become almost too familiar. We have developed our carefully-formulated theologies or we have somehow put God into a box. And God has become ordinary.
When one of my friends’ wives went to seminary with her new husband, she had no intention of actually becoming a seminarian herself. But when she enrolled in one class that turned into another and another, until she received a seminary degree herself. When she was asked to give a speech at her graduation, she commented that after being in seminary she became aware of how small her God was. As she went through seminary, God broke open the small box in which she had placed God.
Psalm 65 has a much grander view of God – as the Creator of all things and the One to whom ALL things belong. Not only is God our creator, but He is also the Savior – He answers prayers and provides “atonement” for sin. God is to be worshipped and praised . . . “Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion, and to you shall vows be performed. O you who hear prayer, to you shall all flesh come. When iniquities prevail against me, you atone for our transgressions. Blessed is the one you choose and bring near, to dwell in your courts! We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, the holiness of your temple!” (Psalm 65:1-4).
So, how big is your God in light of this Psalm of David? May God transform our thinking, in order that our view of God is blown away! We worship the one true God who is much bigger even than a Googol!!
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, “When We Fail,” based upon Exodus 2:11-25. 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 finishing our study of I Corinthians and we expect to start our study of the book of Nehemiah beginning on June 23rd. 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, especially in rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem, and calling them back into relationship with Him. Come join us.
Baby Shower - Boy, oh boy!! Come as we celebrate with Julie Woosley who is due later this summer. She is registered at Target, and would also appreciate children's books. Also, we will be accepting donations for a group gift toward a crib.
Hosted by: Jennifer Lucas, Cheryl Reynolds, Kim Holman, & Kristen Holman
Date: Thursday, July 18th, 7:00 PM
Location: 152 Boyington Blvd
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to submit a resume.