This weekend we celebrate Memorial Day as a country. We give honor to the men and women that have paid the highest price, their life, for our freedom. Many of you know I am Hal Mayer 3rd. Hal Mayer the 1st , we called him granddaddy, served in 3 wars for our country and is buried in Arlington Memorial Cemetery. He went off to war in WWI as a 16 year old boy (lied about his age). Later when WWII broke out he signed up again. Finally, my Dad and his dad served in the Korean War (I know “they” call it a “conflict” but don’t try to tell the men and women on the battlefield it wasn’t war). I remember watching “Saving Private Ryan” with my dad. My dad was amazed at the sound of bullets streaking through the air in the movie- he said, “Man that sounds real”. He and I both cried when we saw the last scene when Private Ryan goes to Arlington Cemetery to visit his buddy’s grave. I learned growing up that we give honor to the men and women of our armed forces.
This weekend we are going to celebrate and give honor to another memorial as well- The Lord’s Supper. When we celebrate the Lord’s Supper (some called it Communion) we remember the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for all men and women. Jesus Christ died so that we can have not only freedom in this life but spend eternity in heaven with Him when we die. So this weekend is all about honoring sacrifice. Plan to come and bring a friend.
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We all know what it means to mature physically but, are there any measurables for maturity of a believer. What does a mature Christ-Follower look like? I have said, “God’s plan for us is to become more like Christ”. That is a great statement and I believe it! Yet, what does it look like when that starts to happen? I am glad you are asking those questions! This Sunday we begin a new series we are calling, According to Jim. During this study we will do a verse by verse study of the Book of James! The book of James is one of the most practical books of the New Testament. The author, James (the brother of Jesus) describes the attitudes and behaviors of a maturing Christ-Follower. He addresses the issues we all wrestle with in a straight ahead fashion. If you want to get a head start you can read the entire book (only 5 chapters) this week. Make sure you attend this weekend when our topic will be, The Marks of Maturity!
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Our Plan B series has really challenged me. It is so easy for me to rock along thinking, “My life is pretty good because I am honoring God and so God is blessing me”. Then, it seems like I hit a difficult spot and suddenly I ask, “Why me God?” Have you been there? Most of us have. Too often I try to measure God’s presence and blessing in my life based on what I perceive as His activity or lack thereof. The problem with that type of thinking is my faith rests in my ability to see God’s hand.
The story of Joseph keeps smacking me in the head. We read where “God was with Joseph” when he was a slave in Potiphar’s house, when he goes to prison for honoring God in his morals and when he ascends to leadership in Pharaoh’s administration. I wonder if Joseph “felt” like God was with him or did he just know God was with him. My situation has never been as dire as Joseph’s and yet I find my faith falters too often. If I am honest, my faith is more wrapped up in what I want God to do in and through me instead of wrapped up in God alone. Is that your experience? I hope you will come this weekend as we conclude our Series—Plan B. If you have missed any weeks- all 3 are in the widget below.
This has been a good week at Church at the Bay. I am encouraged by the life-change stories I am hearing. If you attended Sunday you saw a Baptism service that was just incredible (we hope to post the video in the future). The last man we Baptized was 88 years old. He lives in Jamaica and has been visiting his daughter for several weeks. Last week I mentioned we were going to Baptise this weekend. His daughter told me he said to her, “I was Baptized as a baby. I now believe in Jesus, am I too old to get Baptized?” She meant to call me last week but life happened (been there?). When I invited people to get Baptized (who have not since they believed) and explained we have extra shorts, shirts and towels so come on! His daughter asked him if he was ready- and he was Baptized. He reminded us: You are never too old to say yes to a NEXT STEP with Jesus!
Our 7 person team just got back from Haiti Monday evening. The stories are incredible (you will be hearing them I promise). Many of you know, Church at the Bay sponsors an orphanage in Haiti and our team went in to encourage, hug and care for the children. It was quite an experience for them I promise. This trip reminded me: You are never too poor, young or far to take your NEXT STEP with Jesus.
How about you- what is keeping you from your NEXT STEP with Jesus? Let it go and get movin!