A Time for Testing (4/29/16)

April 29, 2016 in Church News

The school year is quickly coming to a close. Summer break is just a few weeks away. Parents with school-age children know what this means: it’s time for testing. Everyone’s favorite spring ritual, standardized testing, is well under way. Most students (and parents and teachers) don’t really enjoy this testing. But it does serve a good purpose (well, I guess that is probably debatable).

As Christians, we need to be aware that it is always of time for testing for us. Everything we experience from morning until night is a test of our faith in one way or another. Every trial is a test of endurance and trust in the Lord. Every conversation is a test of our willingness to witness for Christ with our words. Every temptation is a test of our devotion to obey Christ’s commands. Every accomplishment is a test of our humility and gratitude to God for our abilities.

All of this testing can seem overwhelming. Thankfully, we know that we have one by our side who passed every test with flying colors. Our Savior lived every day perfectly and willingly died on the cross in our place. In him, all of our failures are forgiven. Every one of our F’s becomes and A. That is God’s grace!

Our testing now is not to serve the purpose of determining whether or not we can earn our salvation. That is already secure in Christ. Our testing serves a different purpose. As Peter writes in his first letter: “These [trials] have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” Every time we pass a test of our faith, God receives glory. And that is our ultimate goal while on this earth. May God give us the strength to endure any test that comes our way so that his name is glorified in our lives.

In Christ,
Pastor Steve 
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 Sunday Preview

May 1st
6th Sunday of Easter
Theme
Do Not Let Your Heart Be Troubled
Readings
2 Kings 6:15-17; Revelation 3:14-22; John 14:23-29
Hymn of the Day
“Do Not Let Your Heart Be Troubled” (CWS # 759)
 

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COG Breaking News

One Day VBS and Family Picnic – Saturday, June 11th

We will be holding a special event on Saturday, June 11th for people of all ages. From 2 – 5 in the afternoon we will have a VBS event with and Olympics theme intended for children in preschool – 5th grade. At 5 pm, we will have a family picnic open to all. If you would like to attend, please register at www.crossofglorylutheran.com. There is no cost but we would like to know the number of people that are attending. Come and join the fun!

Cross of Glory Book Club – May 14th

We will be holding a book club meeting on Saturday, May 14th, starting at 6:00 p.m. This month, we are meeting at the Johnsons’ house. We will be discussing the book, The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. For more information, please contact Heather Hahm at heatherhahm@sbcglobal.net of Christy Johnson at chloejoelmom@outlook.com.