News & Views
News & Views
NEWS & VIEWS
Rock Springs Evangelical Free Church
June 1, 2022
Jun. 2 Thursdays In The Park
Jun. 5 Mission Board Meeting
Jun. 12 Elder Board Meeting
Prayer Closet Thoughts
Listening does not come naturally to many of us. In fact, listening isn’t what we do best. We much prefer to do the talking! If we want miracles in our lives and in our loved ones’ lives, if we want God to direct our steps, we need to listen to God’s leading and follow it. The good news is that hearing God isn’t a special privilege reserved only for pastors, priests, seminary graduates, or especially gifted. It’s not just for those who are highly intelligent. Even children can hear the voice of the Lord if their hearts are willing, humble, and receptive. God has many things to say to you and wants to bless your life with direction and purpose as you hear his voice and follow. All it takes is a listening heart. Ask God to help you tune in to his Spirit’s leading today.
The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening. 1 Samuel 3:10 Cheri Fuller
Thursdays In The Park
It is time to make plans to join us for Thursdays In The Park for 2022!! We meet each Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at one of our local parks. This is a time of food, fun, and fellowship. Our first Thursday in the Park will be on June 2ndat Centennial Park located on 1722 Emigrant Drive. This is a large park with picnic tables, grassy area, and HUGE play set with BIG slides. Pack your lunch and bring family and friends for a great time of fellowship!!
Thursday, June 9th we will be meeting at Veterans Park located on the North Belt Route.
Tithes & Offerings
Thank you faithful church body!
Tithes/offerings for May 29, 2022:
General - $5,448.00
Immigration/Shavez Williams - $9,600.00
Missions - $200.00
Youth Group - $5,000.00
Our weekly general fund need is $7,810.00.
Need - $39,050.00
Tithes/Offerings - $38,967.86
SHORT - $82.14
You can still mail your tithes and offerings to Rock Springs E.Free Church, P.O. Box 807, Rock Springs, WY 82902.
One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.
The Effects Of Revival
And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.
What would happen if revival were to break into our lives and our churches today? I am sure of one thing. At the heart of that revival would be a tremendous outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
To begin with, people would have a new vision of the majesty of God. We must understand that the Lord is not only tender and merciful and full of compassion, but He is also the God of justice, holiness, and wrath.
Many Christians have a caricature of God. They do not see God in all of His wholeness. We glibly quote John 3:16, but we forget to quote the following verse: “he who does not believe has been judged already” (v. 18). Compassion is not complete in itself, but must be accompanied by inflexible justice and wrath against sin and a desire for holiness.
What stirs God most is not physical suffering but sin. All too often we are more afraid of physical pain than that of moral wrong. The cross is the standing evidence of the fact that holiness is a principle for which God would die. God cannot clear the guilty until atonement is made. Mercy is what we need, and that is what we receive at the foot of the cross.
In her book, The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life, Hannah Whitall Smith tells us, “What we need is to see that God’s presence is a certain fact always, and that every act of our soul is done right before Him, as if our eyes could see Him and our hands could touch Him. Then we shall cease to have such vague conceptions of our relations with Him, and shall feel the binding force of every word we say in His presence.”
Our Father and our God, I worship You in spirit and in truth. I recognize and need Your compassion and love, but I know Your purity also demands Your justice, holiness, and wrath. Forgive me of my every sin, Father, and cover me with Your undeserved mercy and grace through the blood of Jesus. Amen.
Taken from “Unto The Hills” by Billy Graham.
God Invites Our Questions
God, why have you rejected us for so long? Psalm 74:1
Thomas came with doubts. Did Christ turn him away? Moses had his reservations. Did God tell him to go home? Job had his struggles. Did God avoid him? Paul had his hard times. Did God abandon him?
No. God never turns away the sincere heart. Tough questions don’t stump God. He invites our probing.
Maybe you’re wondering why God seems to stand aside when so many terrible things happen. Why he allows temptation. Why he seemed to disappear last month when you needed him. Whether you can truly trust and believe in him.
Mark it down. God never turns away the honest seeker. “If any of you needs wisdom, you should ask God for it” (James 1:5). Go to God with your questions. Read his Word. If you’re patient, he will point you to the answers you seek. The bonus will be a deeper, richer, stronger faith.
One more thought: Any teacher will tell you that questions are part of the process of learning. So don’t worry about asking God questions—he can handle it! A mature faith doesn’t come with age. It comes with seeking and growing in Jesus day by day.
Taken from “One God, One Plan, One Life” by Max Lucado.
Jesus warns against listening to people who teach things that don’t agree with what He teaches. Some people think they know the right way, but if you look at how they live their lives you see that their lives do not reflect Jesus or His love. Often they have taken only parts of Jesus’ teaching to obey instead of the whole Bible. Their goal may be only to promote themselves or gain financially from their followers. Be careful
Nothing tends more to cement the hearts of Christians than praying together. Never do they love one another so well as when they witness the outpouring of each other’s hearts in prayer.
Endure and wait for Him to open the doors of opportunity. He knows what He created you to do. Trust Him to accomplish what concerns you.
Charles F. Stanley