Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Captain of Our Souls

It’s a little surreal. We own land—land we can build on! God is good. He has taught me a lot of about what it means to follow him with trust over the last 7 years. When my family and I didn’t have a place to live, he provided a parsonage for us through the generosity of St Paul’s in Muskego. When we didn’t have a place to worship, he opened up for us an unexpected door at the Polonia Soccer Club.

Three years later when we had outgrown the soccer club as a worship facility, God opened up the door for us at Showtime Cinema—in a way I think because of the recession (God sometimes works great blessings through tough times). God then saw us through a change of ownership there at Showtime, helped us navigate a couple different potential options for the future that didn’t pan out since then, and finally led us to discover the piece of land we now own which sure seems to have been His plan all along.

All these twists and turns have helped me to understand now so much more than when we started what it means to follow God—to work faithfully, to trust, to pray, to plan, to preach, to teach, to dream, to lead, to love… but all the while to leave the future in His hands because His plans are better and His dream is bigger than mine!

The words of the poet who said “I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul” …. they don’t apply to me.

But speaking of the captain of my soul, the message in church this Sunday is going to be about how Jesus helps us find the calm in the storms of life. He’s the master of wind and wave. He’s the captain of my soul and yours. Jesus is the one who can help you get safely through the storms of life to the other side!

Friends, mark your calendars. On Sunday, March 2nd, we will be having a special “church and a movie” event. We’ll worship at our regular time of 9:09. Then following the service at a time yet to be determined (around 10:30 or 11) we’ll be having a special showing of the movie Son of God which premieres that week in theaters across the country. Consider this as a great opportunity to invite a friend. Ticket registration coming soon.

Have you been trying to read the Bible this year? How’s it going for you? It’s not too late to start reading and it’s not too late to get back on track if you’re stuck. I myself have been following the One Year Bible plan on the YouVersion Bible app. If you don’t have the YouVersion Bible app on your phone, don’t wait a moment longer. It’s slick. It’s free. It’s awesome because it’s the Bible! There are dozens of Bible reading plans that can help you go at your own pace, keep you on track, or get you get caught up. There are chronological plans, topical plans, and plans like the One Year Bible plan which gives you an Old Testament reading, a New Testament reading, a Psalm, and a Proverb each day. That way you don’t get stuck reading in any one part of the Bible for too long. Of course you can also just get out your Bible and actually turn pages as you read too. I won’t stop you!

And while you’re at, be sure and download the new Bible app for kids which just came out too. It’s interactive and all around pretty amazing. New stories from the Bible are going to keep on being added.

Finally, if you’re having trouble understanding what you’re reading, don’t give up. Come to Bible study! We meet in theater #6 every Sunday before church at 8:09. Studying with others in a group will help you get more out of it and grow. Right now we’re reading through John’s Gospel in the New Testament together and I’m teaching. We’re taking it nice and slow and now is as good a time as any to jump in. Just show up Sunday morning at 8:09. We’ll have a Bible for you.

Sermon audio podcast from Sunday.

Recorded service video from Sunday.

Sharing Christ’s Victory,

Pastor Ben


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