Two hunters came across a bear so big they dropped their rifles and ran for cover. One climbed a tree while the other hid in a nearby cave.
The bear was in no hurry to eat, so he sat down between the tree and the cave to reflect on his good fortune. Suddenly, and for no apparent reason, the hunter in the cave came rushing out, almost ran into the waiting bear, hesitated, and then dashed back in again. The same thing happened a second time.
When he came out the third time, his buddy in the tree frantically called out, “Woody, are you crazy? Stay in the cave until he leaves!”
“Can’t,” panted Woody, “There’s another bear in there.”
Do you ever feel like you are caught between a rock and a hard place? Problems, struggles, and difficulties cab come one after another and leave us feeling overwhelmed. At such times, remember the encouraging messages God has given His people:
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
Come near to God and He will come near to you. (James 4:8)
When you’re feeling the pinch of struggles…sing praises to our God with your brothers and sisters in Christ.
Seek ye first the kingdom of God And His righteousness And all these things shall be added unto you Singing allelu, alleluia.
Adapted from an article by Brent Petrillo-Denver, Colorado. Published in House to House, Volume 20 Number 4.
VBS SUNDAY CELEBRATION
Our theme for the VBS this year is “Our God Is Always with Us.” The kids learned about the struggles in Joseph’s life, and how he learned to trust that God would always be with him. Then we learned about Jesus being our victory! Our God is always with us, and Jesus promised never to leave us!
“I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20
It’s better to learn how to trust at a young age. It becomes more difficult as we’re faced with disappointments in life. That’s why it’s so important to teach the children about the stories of the Bible—so they can begin learning to trust God at all times.
Children learn how to trust when they have parents who are trustworthy. They grow and develop in a safe and trusting environment. How can a child learn to trust a Father who he can't see…when he has trouble trusting the father he can see. Let’s all work toward being the safe and sound parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles that will allow our children to develop a healthy sense of trust. Joseph must have had a trusting family environment because the struggles he faced may be tougher than most. Shunned by his brothers, beaten, sold as a slave, falsely accused, imprisoned…yet he trusted that “God Is Always with Us!”
VBS Sunday Celebration, Cook-Out & Picnic Plan to stay for our picnic today right after the worship! We’ll be grilling! Everyone’s invited!
ESCANABA NEWS & NOTES
Wednesday Family Night—July 8th This Wednesday evening we meet for supper at 5:30; activities at 6:00. We’re planning to view the “Modern Parable” video, The Widow and Judge. Read the parable in Luke 18:1-8. Memory work for this month is Matthew 6:19-21. Volunteers this week: Meal: Lesley; Songs/prayer: Luke; Parable study: Marc; Memory: Erin.
Memory Work: Matthew 6:19-21 19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Congregational Meeting THIS SUNDAY Plan to stay after worship today for a congregational meeting. It shouldn’t be a long meeting so no lunch is planned.
Coins for Christ The Coins collected by the kids every Sunday has been used toward the expenses of VBS. What should our Coins be used for now? We’ll discuss this at our meeting today after worship. If you have an idea, be sure to suggest it at the meeting.
Community Lunch in Two Weeks! Saturday, July 18th at the Salvation Army kitchen. Plan to join us for a couple hours to prepare and serve a meal for those who could use a hand. Plan to be there from 11:00-1:30.
Marquette Church Golf Outing: We’re invited to join the golfers in Marquette at Red Fox Run Golf Course at Sawyer on Saturday, July 18th at 9:00 am. For more info, contact Marc.
ESCANABA PRAYER REQUESTS
Jewel came home from the hospital on Tuesday evening. Pray that she will feel better soon.
Doris expressed thanksgiving for her new hearing aid.
Missy requests prayer for the removal of two of her teeth this past Thursday.
Erin's friend Alisia had surgery Wednesday. Pray for her full recovery.
Mickie’s niece, Rachel, has stage 3 breast cancer.
Health: Jewel (pneumonia), Samantha and baby Elizabeth, Richard (cancer/stroke), Judie, Andrea (kidney), Carole, Theresa; Cancer: Bobby, Lori, Christi, Bob, Dan, Fred, Tracie, Alisia, Tony, Mary Ann, Jeanette. (Please give us updates)
Any updates on our Continued Concerns? Please call or e-mail so we can refresh our concerns to the Lord. Call 233-0065; E-mail email@example.com.