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Words have yet to be invented for me to express my gratitude for my wonderful KCUMC family. First I had a month of humbling joy in Oct. as you all expressed your appreciation for my pastoral leadership. Then through this last week you have supported me as I grieve the loss of my best friend, Cuddles. You thoughtful prayers, cards, texts, emails, phone calls, visits, food, and a cute Cuddles’ colored Teddy bear have keep me going. Thank you and God bless you for your kindness. All my love to each of you—Pastor Susan.
This week’s sermon discusses the four providential ways that God helps us make complex decisions: Our desires, abilities, circumstances (open doors/closed doors), and mature counsel. God uses this combination to help us make not just good choices, but the best choice when faced with complicated issues.
We make dozens of decisions every day. Most of these are inconsequential, some are important, and a few are life-changing. Today we are examining the tools we use to make these decisions and look at the role of spiritual discernment in making choices.
Encouragement and steadfastness are not just ways of life, they are the way to life. We can be the life buoy others need by our trust, inclusiveness, and generosity. Above all, never lose sight of the possibility in ourselves and others.
As in the days of the early church, as the truth of the Gospel is proclaimed many blessings are manifested: Generosity, unity of heart, healing, forgiveness, peace, joy, and gratitude are just a few of the wonders revealed in the fellowship of the church.
All people throughout their lives will face failures large and small. Christians are called to “fail forward.” We must remember two things: (1) the only time failure is permanent is when we quit; and (2) success is closer than we think.
In his letter to the Romans, the Apostle Paul describes God as a “God of encouragement and steadfastness.” God is always encouraging us to do and be our best selves. We in turn encourage each other. We are like buoys. We hold each other up and keep each other safe. This is the first in a two part series.
This week, RuthAnn Saunders gave the message, and at the end of her talk she showed us this video. Sometimes words aren’t necessary to demonstrate that a change in perspective is sometimes necessary in our lives.
Artist: David Garibaldi
Human beings are created in the image of God and as such have the potential for great achievements. Why then do so many people live wtih disappointment and frustrations? We much follow the example of Jesus when He achieved His goal to redeem the world,