Pastor's Bible Study

Every Wednesday morning during the school year, Dr. Furr teaches adults on a wide variety of topics with discussion – often a book of the Bible or some aspect of the Christian life or doctrine. All you need is a Bible and an inquisitive mind! Occasionally, a particular book is ordered for everyone who wants to purchase a copy. This group meets on Wednesday mornings from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Adult Seminar Room across from the Library. Find current topics under Latest News. Please join in.

 

Pastor's Column


 

VOTE ON OUR NEW MINISTER TO STUDENTS CANDIDATE IS THIS SUNDAY, May 5, 2019 at 10:30 am!

I announced our new minister to students candidate on Easter Sunday even as his wife was going into labor with their first child, a beautiful little girl! Having regrouped, he will be coming to greet our church and us this weekend. Please notice the schedule here in the newsletter and plan to join us for this important and exciting day! We will vote following the service Sunday. Be much in prayer as we seek to begin a new chapter in our ministry to families of youth and college and welcome a new minister to come among us! I am enthusiastic about the person who is coming.

Tomorrow evening in Prayer service, May 1, 2019 we will share information about him and his background and qualifications and experience. Come be with me as we make a crucial decision together, and please be much in prayer.

FAMILY SERIES FOR 2019: WHAT’S A FAMILY TO DO? Sunday morning, I began a new series on the family entitled, “What’s a Family to Do?” I’ll continue this Sunday and continue through Father’s Day. I want to share a few key thoughts from Sunday. Sometimes, to hear the naysayers, the family is on the brink of complete disintegration. There are real threats and problems out there, no doubt. And a lot of families are not functioning well, but the power of family is greater than we think. And people still, by and large, still believe that. Family arises out of our genetic as well as cultural heritage.

Pair bonding, nurturing kids, it's so deep in us that I do not trust the Chicken Little assessments. Do families need help? Sure. But let’s look at a few things that might lift our spirits. In the most recent Pew study on adults, we find across the board that spending time with family is at the top or near the top for all subgroups, the highly religious to even those who are not religious at all. With all the fear of stress and distress about families and culture, in actual practice, family continues to be the center of nearly everyone’s life. Yes, there are tremendous struggles and for some it is full of pain and for those in poverty the job is tremendously challenging. But the good news is, helping families succeed seems like a no-brainer. For the Christian church, this is a wonderful opportunity to share the good news.

Helping families, supporting people in their families, sometimes even being family for those who are alone is a great calling in this moment. Families are hungry for support and help in the challenges of being family. That applies to singles and those who are widowed as well. The hunger for a sense of family and belonging is powerful. Raising healthy children who are safe, secure, happy and whole is a universal longing. And it takes an extended family to do it. Grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, neighbors, friends, church, school and helpers. I hope you’ll come and share this time in worship as an invitation to a deeper work of God in us and our families.

UPCOMING SERMONS:

“Stay Connected,” Romans 8:12-25
“Practice Life And Faith Together,” Galatians 1:1-3, Psalm 68:6
"Parent With Grace And Grow In Grace,” Eph. 2:8-10; Eph. 4:7; Phil. 2:12-13 “Believe All Things, Hope All Things,” 1 Corinthians 13
“Don’t Do It Alone,” 2 Tim. 1:12
“Becoming the Change You Long For,” Romans 12:2, 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2