King Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes that “there is no new thing under the sun.” Of course when he wrote this, he wasn’t referring to the newest invention, the latest iPhone or Detroit’s newest car models. Certainly these things are new, but from the larger perspective of life, human nature has remained and always will remain the same. The timeless truths that we find in God’s Word provide a secure foundation for our lives.
This truth hit home last Sunday as Pastor Michael preached on Jesus’ teaching on faith. As I listened to his message I was struck by the three levels of faith that are so applicable today. The first, was the “faithless generation” that Jesus rebuked for their unbelief. They looked for a sign wanting to be amused, were negative, and overly critical. Secondly, Jesus referred to his disciples as having “little faith.” He could see fear and anxiety in their eyes, they just couldn’t trust Him entirely. And thirdly, there was “mustard seed” faith that believes that there’s no task or situation that is impossible with God.
The mustard seed is one of the tiniest seeds found in the Middle East, so the conclusion is that the amount of faith needed to do great things is very small indeed. Ask God for the faith that can overcome distress, anxiety and doubt. May we be known for our mustard seed faith, for “when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants.”
(If you missed last week’s message I highly recommend that you listen to it at https://immanuelbaptist.org/sermons/ or on the IBC app.)
Preparing for Sunday
Kingdom Principles: On Taxes
Only By Grace
Mizpah Room 107
July 31st – August 4th
2017 VBS Offering Collection List
(Church Hill Activities & Tutoring)
Monday: Jump Ropes or Art Pad or Pastels
Tuesday: Hula Hoops or Silly Bands or Acrylic Paints
Wednesday: Balls (basketballs, kickballs, footballs) or Frisbees
Thursday: Sidewalk Chalk or Play Dough
Friday: Bubbles or Paint Brushes
Work has begun on VBS decorations! Looking for help between now and July 29 for:
-crafters to paint pirate flags and striped banners
-crafters to build barrels from cardboard
-crafters to paint boxes to look like crates
Contact Jessica Preas: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Read For the Stars”
It’s not too late to sign up for the children’s book club. Stop by the library to register and pick up information on how to play and win prizes!
Looking for a particular book? Try out the library’s new online catalog: