Life Notes

“Be An Obed-Edom!”
What do fathers and all people who help parent children have to do with Obed-Omen? The brief story about Obed-Omen is found in 2 Samuel 6:11, “The Ark of the Lord remained there in Obed-Edom’s house for three months, and the Lord blessed Obed-Edom and his entire household. God was in the house of Obed-Edom and the household was blessed.”

How do we bless those who we parent? What does Scripture tell us about the role of the father as the encourager? Is it something we give, something we do or is it how we do it?

Question of the week: When Isaac was asked about Rebekah, his wife, by the men of the country where he had just moved, he said, “She is my sister.” He was afraid to say, “She is my wife.” He thought, “They will kill me to get her, because she is so beautiful.” Genesis 26:7. Why does that lie sound familiar?

Answer: Isaac’s father Abraham had tried the same deception and lied to the Egyptian Pharaoh that Sarah, his wife, was his sister.

Update on our LifeCenter
The new address for Word of Life is 200 Fletcher Drive. The major clearing and groundwork is completed, contracts signed and foundation work staring in June. A construction loan has been obtained from Cattle National Bank. Target date for the shell of the building completed and our work to begin is the end of August.

June 29 Lunch after Service
Bring a desert or salad and R.O. is preparing the main dish. We will celebrate with and thank the VBS participants, parents and teachers who are our guest.

Vacation Bible School
Our Word of Life Vacation Bible School dates are June 23-27, and you can register your child or to help on our web site. Each daily session is from 9 a.m. to noon. Any child can participate in VBS, as long as he or she is at least 4 years old (exceptions are made) and he or she will not enter a grade higher than 6th grade in the fall. (Sixth grade and older are needed to help.) Click here for more information.

Life Notes

“Protected!” – Psalm 23:4
Just a few days ago, threatening ominous dark clouds appeared on the horizon. Weather news reporters gave minute by minute details of tornado sightings and warnings to take cover. Where do you go to be protected when the threat of a tornado is imminent? You seek coverage! If you are fortunate and have the time, you proceed to a storm cellar. But any cellar is better than being unprotected, without any coverage.

There is nothing like real danger to move you toward safety and security. Our Lord is our caretaker. Like a shepherd, who is equipped with a staff and rod to protect his sheep by reigning in and warding off, our Lord protects us with His powerful might and unsurpassable presence. The promise we are given in all situations is that He is with us and we are safe. “I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.” Psalm 23:4.

Question of the week: The shepherd’s staff use or purpose to guide, inspect and even retrieve with its crook is well known. But what is the shepherd’s rod and how was it used?

Answer: The rod is a club, three to four feet in length, used for protection. African herdsmen shepherding their stock still use a long slender stick, the staff, and a “knob-kerrie,” the rod. For the rod, a young sapling is dug from the ground, carved and whittled down shaping the enlarged base of the sapling into a smooth, rounded head of hard wood. The rod is an extension of the owner’s own right arm. It is a symbol of his strength, his power, his authority that will be used to protect.

Update on our LifeCenter
The new address for Word of Life is 200 Fletcher Drive. The major clearing and groundwork is completed, contracts signed and foundation work scheduled for May/June. A construction loan has been obtained from Cattle National Bank.

Compassion Sunday
Word of Life will recognize the needs of the impoverished children of this world and the needs of our returning wounded soldiers and their families with a free will offering next Sunday, May 25. Our offering will be divided between Compassion in Jesus Name and Samaritan’s Purse – Operation Heal our Patriots.

Vacation Bible School
Our Word of Life Vacation Bible School dates are June 23-27, and you can register your child or to help on our web site. Each daily session is from 9 a.m. to noon. Any child can participate in VBS, as long as he or she is at least 4 years old (exceptions are made) and he or she will not enter a grade higher than 6th grade in the fall. (Sixth grade and older are needed to help.) Click here for more information.

Life Notes

“Have No Fear!” – Psalm 23:4
David knew fear and could speak about it. Fear of the unknown, of threatening situations, is an automatic response. What we do with fear, how we let it affect us, shows not only our character but predicts how we respond to fear. David writes in Psalm 23, “I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” Evil, meaning difficulties, sin, temptation, and calamities of all sort, has no hold on us because the Shepherd is with us.

How do we conquer fear of the evil? Even though we walk in the narrowness of the dark unknown, we do not fear evil as we know who is with us. The key to not being controlled by fear then is what? Where do we find, how do we get that trust in the Shepherd, that shields us from evil?

Question of the week: As a youth, David’s father, Jesse, sent David to take food to his older brothers who were in battle against the Philistines. A Philistine warrior, a giant called Goliath, was insulting and challenging the Israelite soldiers, nation and God. How did David respond?

Answer: David challenged his brothers to do something. When his brothers and no one from the army of Israel would step forward, David went to King Saul and volunteered. What happened then? 1 Samuel 17 tells the story.

Update on our LifeCenter
The new address for Word of Life is 200 Fletcher Drive. The major clearing and groundwork is completed, contracts signed and foundation work scheduled for May. The Planning Team meets Monday, May 19, at 7 p.m.

Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School runs from June 23 to June 26 at Word of Life. For information, click here.

Life Notes

“Lead Me!” – Psalm 23:3
Would you rather lead or follow? What is your first response? Don’t we prefer independence and freedom to go where we want? Yes, until we don’t know where to turn, or we are between that proverbial rock and a hard place. Then, we look for someone to or something that guides us, leads us to the outcome or destination that we are seeking.

We are on a journey. Do we need to know our destination before we leave in order to reach that destination? It sure helps in getting to work or school, doesn’t it? What about the route, the path that we take to get there? What if we are venturing into the unknown? Then reality hits. We are venturing into the unknown each and every day! Now the words of David become more meaningful, “He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” Psalm 23:3. Lead me Lord, keep me close.

Question of the week: David was tending sheep as a young man when God selected him to be the next king of Judah. Soon after he was anointed by Samuel, David met and served Saul, the first king. Why was David called to serve Saul?

Answer: Saul had a spirit from the Lord that was tormenting him. David, who was a musician and played the lyre, was summoned to play for Saul when Saul was troubled.

Congregation Meeting
We will have a congregation meeting Sunday after the service. We will have our election for Our Board of Lay Leadership positions and a Pastor’s preview of the year to come.

Update on our LifeCenter
The new address for Word of Life is 200 Fletcher Drive. The major clearing and groundwork is completed, contracts signed and foundation work scheduled for May.