Tom had just finished making a toy boat. He carried it to the river and let out the string tied to it. He admired how smoothly it cut through the water. Suddenly, a strong current took hold. Tom tried to pull his boat back, but the string snapped. He sprinted along the bank to catch it, but soon his boat drifted out of sight. He desperately searched until dark. Unsuccessful, he finally gave up.
Days later as he walked home from school, Tom passed a toy store and a boat caught his eye. He pressed his face against the window for a better look. Sure enough, it was his lost boat. He ran inside and told the manager, “Sir, that’s my boat in your window. I made it myself.”
The manager replied, “Sorry, son, but someone else brought it in this morning. If you want it, you’ll have to buy it.” Tom hurried home and counted all of his money; he had just enough. He rushed back to the store and purchased his beloved boat. As he walked home, he held it tightly to his chest and said, “Now you’re twice mine. First I made you, and now I bought you.” —Good News Publishers, “The Boy Who Lost His Boat”
He made us, and He bought us.
This story illustrates God’s relationship with us. He designed, crafted, and breathed life into each of us. Sadly, people drifted from Him on the sweeping currents of sin. To bring us back, God paid a substantial price—He gave His own Son to die (John 3:16). With that sacrifice God now owns us twice. He made us and He bought us.
The concept of redemption is revealed throughout the Word of God. We all need another chance to follow our Creator. Have you considered being redeemed by the God who made you? We can help. This story was adapted from an articlepublished in House to House, Heart to Heart: Volume 19 Number 3.
ESCANABA NEWS & NOTES
Congregational Meeting We’ll be holding our annual meeting this Sunday, August 3, 2014 following our morning worship assembly. We’ll be opening the floor for nominations for positions in the non-profit corporation in accordance to our by-laws. We have a President, Vice-president, Secretary, Treasurer and three Directors. Jesse is preparing an agenda if you have an item for discussion. All members of the congregation are encouraged to participate.
Christian Closet We’ll be open to the public this Wednesday, August 6th from 10-1. We are collecting cereal for the month of July. Please bring your non-perishable donations to the building. For more information, see Cindy.
Family Night Volunteers—August 6th Our lesson this week is “People Who Follow God.” Supper is at 5:30; activities at 6:00. Meal: Jody; Songs/Prayer: Marc; Storyteller: Dave; Memory: Huff; Puppets: Hudson; Activity: Huff.
August Memory Work “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” (Daniel 3:17-18)
ESCANABA PRAYER REQUESTS
Joan’s sister Carole continues to struggle with health problems.
Pray for Linda (shoulder) and Barb’s (hip) continued improvement from their surgery.
Dale Kelly (Ludington, MI) passed away on Sunday. This is Phyllis Hazen’s nephew.
Mickie will be a grandma again! Please pray for her daughter-in-law, Shelly and son Larry Goodle.
Ron & Mary Messenger have decided to go elsewhere to church for personal reasons. We pray for God’s blessing on the path they’ve chosen.
Health: Curtis Sundquist, Theresa (M.S.), Mary Hawkins, Jake (back), Bill & Shirley Mills, Steve Clark. Cancer: Tony Fittante, Rose Beauchamp, Christy Robinson, Marcia Frederick, Mary Ann Poe, Norah, and Jeanette Pierce. Pregnancy: Ashley Godoy, Sarah O’Neal, Julie Davis, Emilee, Shelly Goodle.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.