Thursday, 02 July 2020 08:19
When the Foundations are Being DestroyedWritten by Jeron Parkins
May you have a wonderful Independence Day weekend!
Below is a short devotion and some of what’s coming up at our church in the weeks ahead.
Please be praying for Pastor Bo and Jenna as baby Charles should be here soon!
Just a heads up, next week with Eagle Lake Camp on site, it will likely be a little hard to get ahold of folks at the church as Janice will be helping with the camp and several pastors are out (Jeron attending seminary conference, Luke preparing to move and studying for his first sermon on July 12, and Bo at home with the baby).
When the Foundations are Being Destroyed
This week the foundations of our new church building are being prepared. Large trenches are being dug for huge amounts of concrete and rebar to be put in place to provide firm footing (see pictures below). Knowing what is underneath the Christian Education building will allow me to enter that building with confidence, trusting that it won’t be shaken.
I don’t know how you are processing the current happenings in our society, but it fills many with anxiety and worry. What was unimaginable (no school, no baseball, no church) became reality. So much has been shut down and restricted these last 4 or 5 months and ideas that seemed outlandish and insane six months ago are being trumpeted as reasonable and rational (no handshakes, no police). “What’s going to happen next?” is a question that isn’t conducive for peace. Change can be good (less racism for instance, or less sickness through common sense of washing hands) but I wonder what things are going to look like when the dust settles? Our elected officials are under great pressure to bring massive change without seemingly having an end goal in mind. Are we standing on anything secure? What “foundations” (the bases of social order, the ground rules for living in society) are going to be in place after this coming election? There could be a lot of good that comes about of course, and if so, great! But so much to think about. So much to worry about. What shall we do?
1 In the Lord I take refuge.
How then can you say to me:
“Flee like a bird to your mountain.
2 For look, the wicked bend their bows;
they set their arrows against the strings
to shoot from the shadows
at the upright in heart.
3 When the foundations are being destroyed,
what can the righteous do?”
4 The Lord is in his holy temple;
the Lord is on his heavenly throne.
He observes everyone on earth;
his eyes examine them.
5 The Lord examines the righteous,
but the wicked, those who love violence,
he hates with a passion.
6 On the wicked he will rain
fiery coals and burning sulfur;
a scorching wind will be their lot.
7 For the Lord is righteous,
he loves justice;
the upright will see his face.
Psalm 11 was written by David in a time of crisis. We aren’t told what is happening, but apparently this is a time when he was being unjustly hunted down and attacked. He had no power or hope to change the circumstances. David has been told (probably by someone that meant well) that he should flee for his safety (verse 2), that he should take refuge in the mountains. And we know historically that he did flee from King Saul into the wilderness for a season. So here he is advised again to run, for after all, when justice or the rules of society are thrown out (verse 3), what else can you do but flee? David’s answer and what we are to remember, church, is that “The Lord is in his holy temple; The Lord is on his heavenly throne” (verse 4) and therefore we should take our refuge in the Lord (verse 1). We have all probably felt the desire to flee to a mountain cabin. What the scriptures tell us is to put our hope and trust in the Lord. We are to remember that He is the righteous judge. He examines the righteous and the wicked (verses 4-5) and he will eventually bring justice (verses 6-7). All things will eventually be made right because of the character of the Lord, and the upright will see his face (verse 7).
What then does it mean to take refuge in the Lord? It means to build our lives on foundations that cannot be shaken. Society will go on changing the rules until Jesus comes back, but there is security in God. Taking refuge in the Lord means to make the decision to turn our lives over to him. It means to live by faith in God. To entrust our lives and our future to his loving care. If we have already been living a God-pleasing life of loving Him and others then it means to carry on with the same behavior even when the world hates it. To take refuge in him, if we have been living selfishly or sinfully however, means to repent and by his grace conform our practices to his will and then rely on his protection and power. The foundation that we should build our life upon, the foundation that can’t be shaken, is God. Are you turning to the Lord today, living by faith in his plan and purposes? The news can (and will) tell you all kinds of reasons why you should be terrified, and why you should give up, but you can say in response, “In the Lord I take refuge” and know that whatever comes, you are never out of his sight or outside of his love or outside of his loving and good purposes.
EAGLE LAKE CAMP
EAGLE LAKE CAMP, JULY 6 - 10 The First 100 kids registered get 50% off. It’s $100 (instead of $200)!
YOUTH GROUP GARAGE SALE July 24 and 25
The Annual Youth Group Summer Garage Sale is still on! It is taking place July 24-25th. The location has changed due to our construction project. It is now taking place at the Aspen Storage Facility (South of Walmart). If you want to donate items and drop them off, please Cliff and Cari Kincannon (505-350-8748).
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL COMING JULY 27 - 31
GLOBAL LEADERSHP SUMMIT AUGUST 6-7
The Global Leadership Summit is not a worship event nor is it a church meeting or a normal church conference. Why then do we host it? We host the GLS at Living Water to bless our community. Local businesses and organizations want to sharpen the leadership skills of their people but struggle with the cost of sending employees or volunteers to big-city conferences. Hosting the GLS is a way for us to open our facility and meet felt needs in our community; it’s an attempt at loving our neighbors in a positive and uplifting way that they will appreciate. Personally, the last few years I’ve been inspired and encouraged in my leadership through attending the Summit. I’d encourage you to join me. The Summit takes place Thursday, August 6th and Friday, August 7th. Registration is $99 (before July 14) at https://globalleadership.org/global-leadership-summit/ When you register use the priority code INSPIRE2020 to get the discount. If you want to take a closer look check out https://globalleadership.org/global-leadership-summit/
Thanks for your prayers! At this point the project is proceeding according to the timeline and things are going well. Many local contractors have been hired and the project is positively impacting the local economy. If it’s been awhile since you’ve thought about what we’re doing or you have questions, go to https://www.bringinglifeproject.org/ where we’ve posted a ton of information. Just wanted to say thank you to everyone with your consistent financial giving. You pledges and financial contributions are huge! Church please be in prayer for the new building. Feel free to pull into the lot and pray over the site. Pray for the safety of the workers. We are still looking for a few key contractor bids to come in. Pray for the project to be finished on time and under budget. Pray for God to bless us financially even to the point that we would be debt free in the future.
SAFETY TEAM RECRUITMENT
For several years now we’ve had a Safety Team at Living Water. We’re currently seeking new members. While calling us to trust in God for our security and welfare, the Bible shares several instances where the people of God acted wisely by taking precautions in a fallen world. For instance, In 1st Chronicles, chapter 9, the Bible records the responsibilities of the gatekeepers of the house of God. They were trusted officials and guarded the rooms, treasures and the gates. The purpose of the LWBF Safety Team ministry is to allow our church family the freedom and safety to focus on learning about God, experiencing God, and worshipping God. The Safety Team will provide trained assistance to keep our church family safe in the event of medical emergencies, fire emergencies, necessary evacuations or lock-downs, intruders, or other disturbances. If this is something that you are interested in, please contact Randy Atkinson at 588-2809.
Summer 2021 Guatemala trip. We are scheduled for June 26-July 3, 2021. Cost is approximately $1,300.
TITHES AND OFFERINGS
Thanks everyone for continuing to give faithfully to our general budget so that we can continue to do ministry and be on mission. If you are out of rhythm with not being able to bring your gifts to a worship service, you can easily give electronically through our website (www.livingwateralamosa.org) or by texting GIVE to 719-298-3401. Don’t forget to save the number in your phone as LWBF GIVING. You can always text EDIT to update your information, set up a recurring gift, and check the status of a gift. You can also drive by the church and drop your check in the church mailbox, or send your donation to Living Water Bible Fellowship 2910 Clark Street Alamosa, CO 81101.
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Thanks for Reading and for Praying,
Thanks for Loving One Another and Serving the Lord,