How’s Your Charge? (8/28/2015)

August 28, 2015 in Church News

A smart phone or an iPad can be a marvelous tool. But it is completely worthless once the battery runs out of juice. This is why outlets and power cords have become such an important part of our society. If the little battery indicator starts to show low power and you don’t have your charging cable or you aren’t near an outlet, it can be cause for a full-scale panic attack. Oh no! My phone is going to die! This can’t be!

Maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration. But as aware as you may be of your electronic devices’ charge these days, are you just as aware of your spiritual charge? This is something far more important than a smart phone we’re talking about. When your spiritual charge starts to run low, bad things happen. You are more susceptible to the devil’s lies. You are more prone to worry or be anxious about the future. You are less likely to treat those around you with Christ-like love. You are more likely to be pessimistic and angry. Doesn’t sound like any fun, does it?

This is why it is so important that we spend the right amount of time “plugged into” the power source of God’s Word to give us enough spiritual energy to make it through each day. As Paul writes in 2 Corinthians: “Though outwardly we are wasting away, inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” The only way that inner renewal happens is when the Spirit works in our hearts through the Word of God. This is why time in the Word is so precious. We need daily renewal in God’s grace. And in his goodness, this is what the Lord provides us through his Gospel.

So maybe it is time to check your spiritual power meter and see how you are doing. Do you need to plug in for a while? Go grab your Bible. Read it and meditate on its meaning. Apply it to the situations you are facing in life right now, which are draining your energy. And then go back and face those situations renewed and strengthened by the Spirit.

In Christ,

Pastor Steve

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 Sunday Preview

August 30th, 2015
14th Sunday after Pentecost
Theme:
“Be Strong in the Lord”
Readings:
Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 6-9; Ephesians 6:10-20; Mark 7:1-8; 14-15; 21-23
Hymn of the Day:
“Rise! To Arms! With Prayer Employ You” (CW #455)

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COG Ministry Motivation / Listening Sessions Conclude THIS SUNDAY

We are holding special ministry motivation / listening sessions during our Bible Study hour before worship. These sessions begin with encouragement from God’s Word as we carry out God’s mission for us as individuals and as a church. We then have the opportunity to discuss how we do ministry at Cross of Glory and bring forward any ideas for future ministry plans. All are invited and encouraged to attend if possible.

Fall Ministry Kickoff Sunday – September 13th

We will be kicking off our  Fall ministry season on Sunday, September 13th. We have opportunities for all ages to dig deeper in God’s Word through Sunday morning children’s Sunday School and adult Bible study.

* Our Growing in Christ Sunday School is a great opportunity for children of all ages to hear God’s Word in a fun and interactive learning environment.

* Our adult Bible study session will begin with a series titled, “Rainbow Savior” We’ll look at what the Scriptures say on a range of topics concerning homosexuality—from reaching loved ones struggling to interacting with a world embracing it as an acceptable alternative lifestyle.

To celebrate this special day, we will have an ice cream social following our worship service.

SAVE THE DATE – FALL FESTIVAL - NOV. 1st