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How Regrets Can Help Your Attitude

Regrets are the pits. Anybody with me on that? I’m gifted at wallowing in pools of regrets and, regrettably (!!!), often have difficulty leaving them behind. I’d be a shoo-in for President of the SWC Club (The Shoulda-Woulda-Coulda Club). Sigh.

One regret I’d sorta put to bed resurfaced this week while on vacation. Now there’s a place you do not want a regret to resurface!!! bigstock-nautilus-shell-on-a-beach-sand-18670310 No regrets, however, for the books I packed in my suitcase (As Hubster rolls his eyes over my ready-to-burst carry on). I’m especially grateful I brought God Seeker-A Journey through Exodus 33 by Kristen Sauder.

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Before we dive into some of many pearls Kristen gives us in the study, I must share a wave of regret washed over me upon opening this workbook. I realized the first time I did this study, Kristen was my teacher! All of us attendees agreed it was the best of both worlds: having Kristen personally teach us her encouraging material. None of us even considered she might not be with us for the long haul. www.furtherstillministries.com

On 12/12/12, Kristen told us her world flipped upside down. The “C” word, cancer, was discovered in her body after a battery of tests: Lung cancer and she’d never smoked. The Sauders, along with family and friends, and our church members were stunned

Initially very fearful, Kristen says the Lord whispered to her He would help her battle her fear. She began to feel His peace and assurance.

In some of her last words on film, four to five days before she went to be with Jesus in January of 2014, Kristen said, “He is my Rock. The Anchor holds.” (If you’re brave and within reach of some Kleenex, listen to Kristen and savor her message. Don’t miss its’ title: Victory: Kristen Sauder.)

2013 found us praying feverishly while Kristen battled and patiently endured cancer. She overcame hurdle after hurdle. That July I was blessed to serve on the Women’s Committee for the North American Christian Convention (NACC) in Louisville. Kristen was to be one of our workshop speakers.

We knew of her diagnosis and wondered if she’d physically be able to keep such a commitment. She and her family wholeheartedly said, “Yes! We will be able!” More than capable, Kristen delivered an unforgettable talk, armed with God’s strength and anointing. (Don’t overlook the theme of the NACC that year was “Victorious!” Is God in the details, or what?)

So, can a regret help your attitude? Absolutely. Regretful I didn’t know to cherish Kristen’s teachings, I discovered I was more intentional in reading her words in God Seeker. These are part of her incredible legacy.

I cannot recommend the God Seeker study enough. There are so many pearls of encouragement coupled with powerful, equipping Scripture. Even if you’ve taken it before, start it again anew. You’ll be amazed. (You can order the workbook as well as the DVDs  from www.furtherstillministries.org )

The main goal of this study is for each and every one of us to establish a “Tent of Meeting”: A place where we go every day to meet with the Lord.

Kristen shows us what Moses did, serving as our example to follow:

Exodus 33:7 – “Now Moses used to take the Tent and pitch it outside the camp, a good distance from the camp, and he called it the Tent of meeting. And it came about that everyone who sought the Lord would go out to the Tent of meeting which was outside the camp.”

Kristen said, “I’m convinced that pitching a Tent away from distractions and designating a clear purpose will greatly enhance your ability to live a lifestyle, day after day after day, of seeking God.” She offers excellent ideas on how, where and what to do about pitching such a “tent”, even suggesting what to expect.

She includes benefits as well as warnings to heed. I cracked up over one of her warnings which happens to be a Disorder I suffer from. Maybe you do too: SADD, a/k/a Spiritual Attention Deficit Disorder. She says, “When I haven’t been with Jesus, I lose focus, run around like the headless chicken, grow more irritable by the second, show my temper, and live stressed out and independent of the Spirit’s direction.”

She then quips, “When we get thrown off track and stop frequenting our Tent of meeting to seek the Savior, believe me, it is a SADD thing.” Hilarious and oh-so-true!!!

She quotes an older southern preacher, who’s gone to Glory named Vance Havener. He says, “Come apart before you come apart.”

A favorite benefit Kristen teaches us is, “… by establishing a Tent of meeting, solely for seeking God, FOUR different people will be affected:

1 – God will notice.

2 – Others will notice.” Your family for starters. Kristen tells on herself citing this as a huge factor of accountability. She said once their son, Drew, asked, ‘Mom, have you been with Jesus today?’” Ouch!!!

3 – “The Enemy notices. Did you know that Satan cannot read your mind? His perfectly timed temptations sometimes have us believing otherwise, but the truth is, he can’t see inside. He can, however, read our actions. Regular treks to your Tent send a loud and clear message: I AM A GOD SEEKER.” Praying hands on open bible in  black

Kristen challenges, “Let your life be a declaration of your faith by frequenting your Tent for seeking God.” Isn’t that the best??? Wait for the fourth person who’s affected! It’ll convince you if the first three haven’t:

4 – “You will notice.” Kristen says, “I’ve often joked that my husband Kurt looks a lot better to me after I’ve been to the Tent of Meeting.   But, Kurt didn’t change. I did. “

Now, soak in these precious observations from Kristen:

I’m such a long way from where I’m going, but thankfully, I’m such a long way from where I came.

By God’s grace, I am hooked on seeking Him and can joyously testify that He has been found by me. He is the passion of my life, my bedrock.

He gently tends to me in my Tent of Meeting, peeling away sinful layers one by one to make me more like Christ.

His love is overwhelming…

The time you spend alone with your Father in the Tent is multiplied little by little, day by ordinary day, as He transforms your life.”

Stop and consider these insightful words from Kristen which were published in 2007. Fast forward to her funeral in 2014. If I was allowed two words to sum up its’ beautiful, celebratory message, it would be to “Be Intentional.”

May we all be more intentional with our relationships, our faith, and our studying of God’s Word in our Tent of Meeting. When regrets do arise, may they cause us to recalibrate our attitudes, shining for God’s glory.

Hang on to Kristen’s message, “The Anchor holds.” (Kristen’s husband, Kurt, and their children periodically write encouraging posts on their blog which you may access via their website from Further Still Ministries.)

‘Til next time!    

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A Chat with Bob Russell on his Book, and the Movie, Acts of God—Why Does God Allow So Much Pain, Plus a Few Questions of Interest…(BOOK GIVEAWAY TOO!***)

Many of you know Bob Russell and have been blessed by his preaching. John and I had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with him early into our “visiting days” at Southeast Christian Church before we became members. While I still find myself calling him “our pastor”, I’m certain many of you claim him as well.

When Bob announced his retirement from Southeast a few years ago, I confess, I thought, “Well, there goes the church!” But as we all know, Southeast continues to grow. (www.southeastchristian.org)

Additionally, it never occurred to me that by Bob “retiring”, this freed him up to preach all over the United States, blessing many audiences he wouldn’t normally be able to reach.

Bob’s not about to kick up his feet and sit on the sofa all day. He’s still writing books, Bible studies, his weekly blog (www.bobrussell.org), hosting monthly mentoring retreats for pastors, and playing that frustrating game called golf.

He and his wife, Judy, also a dear friend, just celebrated fifty years of marriage! What an amazing milestone! Bob’s blog from May 30th of this year, Fifty Years of Marriage – Enjoyment Not Just Endurance just doesn’t get any better.  Do not miss this!!!

(Also, please see Judy’s wonderful post from last week if you missed it: JUDY RUSSELL CHALLENGES US TO SPEND MORE TIME AROUND THE TABLE… ) Bob and Judy After all these years, the only flaw I’ve seen in Bob is his tendency to pull for the “red-n-black” team here in Louisville, and not our “blue-n-white” team in Lexington. S’pose we can overlook that…

Concluding a church member must’ve brainwashed him early on, I point blank asked him this week:

What swayed you to pull for the Cardinals?

Bob said, “I pull for the Cardinals because when I moved to Louisville I was impressed with the play of Wes Unseld who I thought was a terrific player. Then Mike Lawhon, a member of our church, played for U of L and I had someone special to cheer for. Plus U of L is 70 miles closer than Lexington!”

Alrighty then….Here are the cardinal glasses I get out just to be hospitable when Bob and Judy come to dinner, even tho’ I do use our UK pitcher occasionally!!! All in good fun… FullSizeRender Another cool thing Bob’s been doing since he left Southeast is hosting a mentoring retreat for pastors. The retreat is called “A Time of Refreshing.” (For more information on these retreats and how to apply, go to Bob’s website listed above and click on “Mentoring”.)

Bob says, “It’s purpose is to encourage and re-energize ministers for their stressful task. Preachers are constantly serving others, so we provide a retreat where they can be spiritually, emotionally, and physically refreshed.

I guess the one most important lesson we try to pass along to them is from Galatians 6:9: ‘Don’t grow weary in doing good, for in due season you will reap a harvest if you don’t give up.’”

Bob’s most recent book, Acts of God: Why Does God Allow So Much Pain?, comes highly endorsed. When I saw some of my favorite authors endorsing our favorite preacher, I knew before I ever read the first page I’d dive in quickly! (Liz Curtis Higgs, Max Lucado, Al Mohler, Becky Pippert, and Ann Voskamp are just a few of his endorsers. HUGE!!!)

***You have a chance to win a FREE copy of Acts of God when you comment below.*** Acts of God Book In an interview about the Acts of God project (which includes a Bible study and a full length feature film), Bob was asked, “We are seemingly inundated by news accounts of tragedies back to back. How should the Christian respond?

Here are his answers:

1 – “First, don’t blame God. He is not the author of most suffering any more than a father who takes the training wheels off his child’s bicycle intentionally causes the spills and tears that inevitably follow…We live in a fallen world where the lethal sin-virus strikes without discrimination. God warns us that the rain will fall on the just and the unjust.

2 – And don’t expect any pat answers. God doesn’t normally explain why He doesn’t exempt good people from pain. He doesn’t disclose the future and reveal to us just how, ‘all things will work together for good.’ God asks for two responses from us: trust and patience. Job said, ‘Even if He slay me I will trust Him.’ It takes time for God’s good purpose to unfold.

3 – Remember this is exactly what the Bible predicted would happen. God’s Word warns, ‘There will be terrible times in the last days’ because of unrestrained evil in the world. The Scripture does not teach that we will be exempt from the world’s hurt, but reminds us that this temporary, evil world is not our home. Jesus promised, ‘In this world you will have trouble, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.’ Even tho’ it may appear the world is unraveling, the Lord has not lost control. The world is moving toward God’s final intervention. The increased tragedies are reminders of our ultimate hope.

4 – Finally, band together as a Christian community and use the horrible tragedies as a positive testimony to the world. C.S. Lewis called pain, ‘God’s megaphone.’ He said God shouts to us in our pain. But pain is also God’s spotlight. The world watches intensely to see how we respond. They’re  keenly interested in seeing whether our faith sustains us thru’ tough times. We may have more opportunity for witnessing in tragedy than we ever do in prosperity.

The world needs to see, ‘….We have an anchor that keeps the soul steadfast and sure,’ even when the sea is turbulent.  Our MOST EFFECTIE TESTIMONY is when we say, ‘I don’t understand this, but I still believe God is going to make things right one day.’” 

Another question asked of Bob was: “The movie looks intense—how will it bring a message of hope in such depressing situations? Why should we watch something with so much reality in our faces?” 

Bob answered, “That was my concern when I first read the script for Acts of God. It’s a heavy film. It’s not an escape from reality. It deals with very intense and very realistic situations. But, because it is so real, the end result is edifying and encouraging. 

After a preview of Acts of God, one man came out in tears and said, ‘Thanks for doing this movie. I had a child killed in an auto accident years ago and I’ve struggled with anger against God. This really, really helped me.’

Another said, ‘I have a son who lost his faith because he saw so many horrible things in Iraq. I want to bring him to this movie, I think it will help him to see he’s not alone.’

Bob added, “The movie shows it’s possible to hold on to our faith even when life falls apart. It shows that we can forgive even the most hideous of offenses. It shows that life can go on and we can be joyful because we have an eternal hope.” 

Don’t forget Middletown United Methodist Church (MUMC) is showing Acts of God Monday night, June 22nd, at 7:00 p.m. Popcorn included!!! Bring a friend to this fun, FREE event!!! (You can also order a copy of the movie by visiting www.actsofgodthemovie.com )

MUMC’s Summer Bible study will be on Bob’s book, Acts of God—Why Does God Allow So Much Pain. It will begin that same week of June 22nd. Nancy Tinnell will teach and Bob teaches via the DVD’s, plus he will teach in person the week of the last classes, July 21st and 22nd . (For details, click on YOU’RE INVITED TO A SUMMER BIBLE STUDY…)

Lastly, I asked Bob what he’s working on now:

He said, “Moody Press asked me to write a book on experiences of being a pastor for forty years—what I’d do differently and what I’d repeat. That’s a primary project for me right now along with the speaking engagements, mentoring groups and weekly blog. I’m also hoping to tape another series of Bible studies this November on the book of Acts.”

Thanks, Bob, for your time and great example of a life well-lived for the Lord. You continue to touch so many lives. Your family, friends, audiences and readers are beyond blessed! We look forward to hearing you teach in July at MUMC!

Also, for those of you near Louisville, Bob’s preaching at several Louisville churches this year. If you’re not near Louisville, take heart, he’s all over the place and he may be coming to your town! To see his schedule, go to his website and click on “Events”.

***If you’d like to comment on Bob’s post, please leave one in the Comment section and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a FREE copy of Acts of God!!!***

‘Til next time!  

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Judy Russell Challenges us to Spend More Time AROUND THE TABLE (With Help from Leonard Sweet’s book: From Tablet to Table–Where Community is Found and Identity is Formed)

Greetings!  It’s my pleasure to introduce you to a dear friend and mentor of mine, Judy Russell.  Many of you are blessed to  know her and have been equally blessed to know and hear her husband, Bob, preach.

Last week we talked about the upcoming Summer Bible study on Bob’s most recent book, Acts of God—Why Does God Allow So Much Pain.  I promised you’d get to hear from Judy and Bob here on the blog, so this week Judy is issuing quite a challenge for us and our families. 

I predict you’ll want to read the book she discusses as well as take her up on her challenge to gather around a table!!! 

Please join me in welcoming Judy Russell, a precious gal who can do more than all of us put together, with gracious hospitality, all the while smiling away…..

 

“Gathering Around the Table CHALLENGE”

by Judy Russell

“My Grandmother makes the best brownies and chocolate chip cookies in the world!”  This was the rather declarative sentence quipped by my eight-year-old grandson to his buddies recently… He was telling how some of his friends had been saying their grandmother’s cookies were the best.  Of course, I jumped on that opportunity and hugged him tightly!

Although I seldom cook anymore, I still enjoy hosting family and friends. Thank goodness for carry out and caterers, and don’t forget chocolate chip cookies, warm from the oven!

I remember as a child, listening intently about work in foreign countries and churches in other towns, as the minister and his family would gather at our kitchen table.  We listened, laughed, cried and prayed.

My mother cooked the best roast beef ever!  A bounty of fresh vegetables filled huge bowls, and nearly always a homemade devil’s food chocolate cake graced the table.  Our table wasn’t fancy with china, crystal goblets or real silver.  But it was laden with the bounty God had provided. Bob’s parents entertained many people at their table as well. Naturally it was easy for our family to follow suit.

There is something uniquely special that happens around the table. We have had a variety of guests put their feet under our table:  family, friends, students, professors, authors, missionaries, preachers, political figures, coaches, sports figures, staff, college interns, Bible study groups, neighbors, etc.

When I think of all those people that have graced our home at meals and the moments of laughter, tears and prayers, I am reminded of how blessed we are to spend time with them—sharing our lives, telling stories, and talking about all kinds of things.

Pictured here in Bob and Judy’s dining room, are our friends, a/k/a The Butter Babes.  Fay’s  at the head of the table.  To her left is Bonnie, Nancy, Judy and Elizabeth.)

Pictured here in Bob and Judy’s dining room, are our friends, a/k/a The Butter Babes. Fay’s at the head of the table. To her left is Bonnie, Nancy, Judy and Elizabeth.)

There are seventy-six references in Scripture about eating together at a table. Think about this for a moment:  Our Lord, at birth, was laid in a feeding trough – a table for animals.  And he broke bread with his disciples at his last meal, at a table!

 The Table is an important fixture in our lives.  Jesus invites us to meet with Him at His Table every Lord’s Day. 

Leonard Sweet’s book, From Tablet to Table: Where Community Is Found and Identity Is Formed, spurred my thinking. He writes, “… one thing that would dramatically change the world we live in and help return us to our rootedness in Christ is this:  Bring back the Table!

If only we would make the table the most sacred object of furniture in every home…”The table is the place where identity is born. It is the place where the story of our lives is retold, re-minded and relived.”

He warns, “The average parent spends only 38.5 minutes per week in meaningful conversation with their children.  We are losing the Table.”

From Tablet to Table

Here are some staggering statistics:

Sixty years ago, the average dinnertime was ninety minutes. Today, it’s less than twelve minutes.”  www.thescramble.com/family-dinner-challenge/

The average Dad spends less than seven minutes a day in meaningful conversation with his kids.  Jeff Hay says – “INSIST on Family Meal Times – buck the drive-thru trend!”   http://www.thedadvibe.com/parents-spend-less-than-7-minutes-a-day-talking-to-kids/

Registered dietician and author, Becky Hand, lists eight reasons for eating together:

“(1) Improving Communication,

(2) Modeling Manners,

(3) Expanding children’s understanding of the world – one food at a time,

(4) Nourishing, Healthy foods,

(5) Teaching Self-Sufficiency,

(6) Preventing Destructive Behaviors,

(7) Improving Grades and

(8) Saving Money.”

http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=439

Time magazine recently featured an article, “The Magic of the Family Meal”, reprinted from, Eating Smart.  It said, “There is something special about a shared meal, not some holiday blowout once in a while, but regularly, reliably eating together that anchors a familyeven on nights when the food is fast and the talk is cheap and everyone has someplace they’d rather be.”

According to Time, “Studies show the more often families eat together the less likely kids are to smoke, drink, do drugs, get depressed, develop eating disorders or to consider suicide. The more likely they are to do well in school and delay having sex. Kids who eat most often with their parents are 40% more likely to get A’s and B’s in school.  The older the kids are, the more they need this protected time together, but the less likely they are to get it”.

https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/magic-family-meal

We are all guilty of rushing through mealtime. An average American eats one in five meals in their car!  Technology interrupts mealtime.  Gone are discussions of life, moments of teaching and learning. Gone are times that could be the happiest parts of our day–Gathering Around the Table where traditions are formed and favorite foods are served.

Every Thanksgiving our family passes the “Blessing Pot”.  Each person expresses something they are thankful for and shares why they are thankful.  Prayer is a vital part of every meal. Traditions and story telling fill our hearts with love, comfort, and security that brings laughter and joy to the table.  If we really want to get to know someone’s story, sitting down at the table and breaking bread together is the best way to start.

Bob and I recently celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary.   We had a wonderful time vacationing in the Smokey Mountains with family where we had taken our honeymoon 50 years earlier as well as many family vacations.

From left to right are:  Kimberly, Corrie, Phil, Lisa, Kellie, Chapman, Andy, Johnny, Rusty, Judy, Bob, Tommy, and Charlie.

From left to right are: Kimberly, Corrie, Phil, Lisa, Kellie, Chapman, Andy, Johnny, Rusty, Judy, Bob, Tommy, and Charlie.

Gathering around the table one night, the boys asked, “Tell us again, how you met?  Where was your first date?”  Chances are, those questions would never have been asked had we not gathered around the table!  

I challenge you to regularly start eating with your family at the table. Choose breakfast or lunch or dinner.   But EAT at a table, not at the kitchen counter, SIT at a table so you can look into each other’s eyes! It could even be a picnic or at a restaurant.

Gather at a table!  Just do it – unrushed, uninterrupted and full of stories!  Invite people into your home and ask them questions about their lives, too.  Gathering around the table will bring you more joy than you can imagine.

Don’t delay!  Do this!

“We all need to eat and drink to stay alive. But having a meal is more than eating and drinking. It is celebrating the gifts of life we share. A meal together is one of the most intimate and sacred human events. Around the table we become vulnerable, filling one another’s plates and cups and encouraging one another to eat and drink. Much more happens at a meal than satisfying hunger and quenching thirst. Around the table we become family, friends, community, yes, a body.

That is why it is so important to “set” the table. Flowers, candles, colorful napkins all help us to say to one another, ‘This is a very special time for us, let’s enjoy it!’” – Henri Nouwen

 

THANK YOU, JUDY!!!  Great  post with challenging ideas as well as scary statistics to keep us on our toes! 

My very favorite story on Judy’s Grandmothering skills took place the year Rusty and Kellie moved to Florida.  (By the way, if you’ve not heard Rusty preach before, dash over to his church’s website and watch: www.newdaychristian.net )

Judy worried her grandchildren would really miss the autumn foliage, living in Florida.  So once the leaves turned here in Kentucky, she literally boxed up and shipped a LOTof fall leaves for her grandchildren to play with in Florida.  Who does that?  Only an over-the-top dedicated and devoted Grandmother!!!  One of the many reasons we all love her so!!!!

Happy 50th to you and Bob, Judy, and thanks for all you do for countless friends and family members, day in and day out, shining the light of Christ.

Thanks to you, we will all be more conscious to sit and eat around the table!!!

‘Til next time!

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You’re Invited to a Summer Bible Study!!! Join us for 5 Weeks of Challenging and Encouraging Lessons from Acts of God—Why Does God Allow So Much Pain? by Bob Russell

Bring a friend and head over to Middletown United Methodist Church for a short-but-enriching five weeks of Bible study!

11902 Old Shelbyville Road, Louisville, KY 40243 www.middletownumc.org

11902 Old Shelbyville Road, Louisville, KY 40243 http://www.middletownumc.org

Classes will begin the week of June 22nd with the movie, Acts of God, being shown Monday night at 7:00 p.m. **Men and women are welcome.**

Tuesday morning, June 23rd, the WOMEN’S class will begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by Wednesday evening, June 24th, the CO-ED class will start at 6:30 p.m. My good friend and mentor, Nancy Tinnell will be teaching us as well as everyone’s favorite pastor, Bob Russell, will teach via the DVD’s. Plus, as a bonus, Bob will personally come teach the last class, on Tuesday July 21st  and Wednesday, July 22nd!!

We will be studying thru’ Bob’s book, Acts of God: Why Does God Allow So Much Pain? This book is a must-read for all of us. This opportunity to dig in and study the book is a perfect scenario for Summer Bible study. Acts of God Book The first week, we’ll be doing a double lesson. Please come having read the first four chapters. Nancy calls this an “Immersion Event”!!! This means the first week’s class times will be longer than the other four. Tuesday morning’s group will meet June 23rd from 9:30 a.m.-12:40 p.m. with a snack lunch provided. Wednesday night’s class will meet June 24th from 6:30 – 8:50 p.m.

The rest of the four weeks, we’ll cover two chapters per week and the class times will only be ninety minutes.   (Dates include: Tuesdays 6/30, 7/7, 7/14 and 7/21 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. and Wednesdays 7/1, 7/8, 7/15, and 7/22 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.)

Go out and grab your book and start reading! Here’s one of several fascinating points: Bob maintains we’re all asking the wrong question when challenging circumstances come our way. “Instead of asking, ‘Why?, we should be asking, ‘Who?’ Who is God, and what is He doing as our hearts are hurting?”

This study will help us learn to lean on and totally trust God. Bob says, “The counsel of Scripture is to keep on walking. Keep on obeying. Keep on listening to what God has to say, because now the soul will be tried more seriously than ever.”

He adds, “The secret is to praise God during the times of storms, and to double down on serving him during the sunny days. When times are good, we need to remind ourselves every day that we owe everything to God, who has given and who can always take away.”  

One of many Scriptures Bob gives us includes the lesson of waiting : Isaiah 40-31 Isaiah 40:31 says, “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” (NKJV) Bob teaches us, “the NIV translates the phrase in that first line as ‘hope in the Lord’.

In other words, waiting is a form of hoping…there’s nothing passive about it—not like sitting on the sofa checking your watch with impatience. No, this is a   form of waiting drenched in solid hope and eager belief, and it doesn’t sit still. Waiting on God has a special energy.”

From looking at the life of Joseph in the Bible, Bob teaches us ways to practically apply several lessons to our life today. These are for everybody of every age

Pray and ask the Lord who He would like for you to invite! You can sign up by calling the church office at: (505) 245-8839 or email Nancy at: Ntinnell@middletownumc.org

If you think you don’t have time to take this study, and perhaps just want to take a break this summer, please let me encourage you to sign up anyway. In God’s economy, when we put Him first, He provides the extra time we need. You will be blessed!

We look forward to seeing you the week of June 22nd ! Don’t forget, invite a friend to come with you!

Fun sidebar: We will get to hear from both Bob and Judy here on this blog in the following weeks leading up to the study!

‘Til next time!

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