Sunday, June 16, 2019 - Father's Day
man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.” Proverbs
Happy Father’s Day to all our Fathers, Grandfathers, those who have served as mentors and male figures for our children and communities. God Bless each of you !
OH my goodness! What a wonderful and blessed Men’s Retreat we had at the Guest House Retreat & Conference Center, Chester, CT. Thank you especially, to Deacon Nate Sumpter and our Retreat Coordinators, Deacons Ian Hardman and Jonathan Gibson. To the men who invested their time for this worthwhile time together, thank you! God is doing a great thing in you and among us.
We had a wonderful time together last week in the Park for our annual gathering. Thank you so much for coming together for making it a wonderful experience.
Next Saturday, please remember our CAR WASH to benefit our efforts for the Bridgeport Rescue Mission Summer Lunch program. We are grateful to Deaconess Chris Burke for her leadership.
Next week we continue the celebration of our Men, with Men’s Day 2019. Our guest preacher is Rev. Phillip McDowell, Pastor Hempstead Baptist Church, Hempstead, NY.
Walking with GodThe other day I decided to get off the couch (I know I should that more often) and go for a long walk. I live in a very wooded area so I have the opportunity to enjoy the trees, listening to the squirrels playing in the leaves and getting a glimpse of the occasional deer. As I gaze on nature, as I do often, it occurs to me that as I walk in order to get the blood flowing and for mild exercise that I am also privileged to be walking with God. To walk step for step with him and to follow him with all I have, but honestly I must admit that sometimes I just cannot keep up. I seem to miss a step or two, perhaps, it’s because I’m doing my own thing, I lose sight of where I’m going and its then that I stumble and sometimes even fall. So therefore, the test of our religious life (walking with God) and character is not what we do in the exceptional moments of life, but what we do in the ordinary times, when there is nothing tremendous or exciting, what is our attitude, spiritual posture? I would like to suggest that the worth of a man/woman is revealed in our “attitude” to ordinary things when he/she is not under the bright lights of the moment (I sometimes struggle with that as do most of us). I am reminded of John 1:36 “And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he says, Behold the Lamb of God! Just as when I stretch my walk to a longer distance than planned and up the pace I can really “feel it” in my legs, can I tell you that it is also a painful business to get into the stride of God, it means getting your second wind spiritually, it means denying self even and especially in the ordinary times, that which is a comfortable pace but having to step it up. In all my endeavor, Behold the Lamb of God”, keeping my attitude on him. In learning to walk with God there is always the difficulty of getting into His stride; but when we get into it, the only characteristic that manifests itself is the life of God, you feel it and others see it. You and I are changed individuals walking with God we become more Godly in our being, our attitude, our disposition toward others and the stride and the power of God alone are manifested. So don't give in because it’s painful, as the coaches used to tell us play through the pain after while it won’t hurt as much, get on with it, and before long walking with God you will find you have a new zeal, a new vision and a new purpose remembering is all for SOUL purpose – Be Blessed and Know without a shadow of doubt that God is able.