Thursday, 03 June 2021 09:01
Thinking of HeavenWritten by Jeron Parkins
Saw the rainbow in the picture below "over" my house yesterday. I wish I was a photographer and could have brought out the intensity of the colors - nevertheless it was glorious (made me think of heaven and what it must be like around God's throne - Revelation 4:3). The beauty of the bow in the sky was given by God as a sign of his covenant with all humanity - "God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth" (Genesis 9:12-16). The rainbow should be a reminder of God's goodness and severity. God did judge the evil of people when he destroyed life in the flood - his character is such that he will always be repulsed by sin and his divine wrath is the expression of his holy displeasure against human rebellion and unrighteousness. But his goodness, his generosity towards humanity, it is amazing - when he sees the rainbow he remembers the covenant never to flood the world again - instead of giving humanity what it deserves, he chooses mercy. We should be incredibly thankful that God is longsuffering and patient with sinners. His mercy towards humans is incredible! As Christians, as we ponder the mercy of God in the Noahic Covenant, let us also remember the greater Noah - Christ has saved us from the waters of death - and the New Covenant through Jesus, "When God's wrath was propitiated by his own Son on the cross, so that all who are in Christ might find grace instead of wrath" (R. Kent Hughes, see Romans 3:25; 1 John 2:2). God is good and merciful, his common grace towards all is astounding, but let us not forget that there will be a day of judgment and only those who have turned in faith for salvation to the greater Noah (who is also the judge - see John 5:22) will stand: "In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead" (Acts 17:30-31).
Our sermon text for Sunday, June 6 is Daniel chapter five – we will be talking about God’s goodness and wrath and what living in right-relationship with Him means.
Children’s Ministry is back for the rest of June during the 10:45 service.
Spaghetti Lunch Fundraiser following second service, then Waves Kids vs. Pastors Quiz Off. There will also be a Bake sale, Dessert and Silent Auction in the Fellowship Hall. All proceeds go to get the quiz kids to their World meet in Washington State.
FAMILY FIELD DAY, JUNE 19th
The Family Team is planning a picnic in the park with a BBQ. There will be all kinds of games, 3-legged race, ultimate frisbee, potato sack race, volleyball, tug of war, balloon walk etc.
COMMUNITY GROUP LEADERS BBQ June 23
- JOIN REIGN THIS SUMMER The Youth Group meets Wednesdays from 6:30pm-8:30pm in the Reign building across the street from Sears Hardware Store. Reign is for anyone finishing 5th grade this month through high school. We will begin a new series in June and we will be studying the whole bible in one year! The series is called “Gospel Foundations; A Year Through the Storyline of Scripture.” We will have many activities to participate in this summer so please join us!!
REFER a FRIEND to EAGLE LAKE CAMP
Kids and parents we need your help in getting kids to camp! Please watch this video highlighting the Refer a Friend Program for Eagle Lake: https://www.google.com/url?q=https://youtu.be/3KZUwdRjiLc&source=gmail&ust=1622818853870000&usg=AFQjCNHWLI_PF5zrQkwWDLQMEquQXCyLwg">https://youtu.be/3KZUwdRjiLc
SUMMER ACTIVITY GROUPS
MEN’S THURSDAY MORNING PRAYER BREAKFAST WILL RESUME IN AUGUST
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL AUGUST 9-13
We have decided to change the dates for VBS this year to August 9-13. Our VBS Director, Brenna Rivale, explains the reasons for the change in this note: Our date changes are due to the Guatemala trip being that same week, as well as Worlds for Quizzing is the week before. I am wanting to make it accessible to everyone, as well as most of my help/volunteers are going to be in Guatemala and I am wanting them to have the opportunity to serve for VBS. This year's VBS theme is “Destination Dig; Unearthing the Truth About Jesus.” Here’s an overview: Kids will unearth more than dirt as they dig up exciting evidence that proves biblical events were not just stories. As junior archaeologists, kids will explore real-life archaeological finds that have helped to uncover the truth about Jesus! Along the way, they’ll discover the truth of Jeremiah 29:13, that God reveals Himself to us when we seek and search for Him with all our hearts.
GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMMIT August 5-6
We’ve hosted the Global Leadership Summit for several years now. Most of those registering have been from the local businesses or city and county employees. It’s been nice to serve our local community by hosting this uplifting and encouraging leadership conference at Living Water. If you want to participate the cost is $99 until July 13th. Click on the following link and when prompted insert this code 21SVTEAM https://www.google.com/url?q=https://register.globalleadership.org/%23/reg/trans/one?invtID%3DEV-LSS2108-MAIN-SVA00028%26orgCustomerID%3D704772%26priorityCD%3D21SVTEAM&source=gmail&ust=1622818853870000&usg=AFQjCNGKCPFA_4g9cf-oAyzVPHzN_B6XFw">https://register.globalleadership.org/#/reg/trans/one?invtID=EV-LSS2108-MAIN-SVA00028&orgCustomerID=704772&priorityCD=21SVTEAM
Thanks for serving the Lord!