Updated: Aug 3
More can always be said, right? Just because I preached on a subject doesn't mean I've exhausted what can be said about it. We can always mine a little further to discover more about a subject if we're willing to put in a little more effort. The aim of this blog is to do just that.
Each week on the Wednesday following worship I plan to post a new blog. The blog will examine Sunday's text and/or topic from a few different angles. I will explore other perspectives I didn't consider in the sermon and hopefully provide opportunities for us to grow our faith just a little more.
But that's not all I plan to post on Wednesdays. I'll include sections called Fun Facts, Meet the Fourth Family, Prayer Concerns, 4th TV and more. My hope is that you'll be interested in the content of our website and that you'll invite others to the site so they can learn more about who we are and what we stand for. I hope, too, to have fun!
"Meet the Fourth Family" Video
Meet The Poehner Family
Deuteronomy 6:4-9, which the Triplett's read as our Call to Worship Sunday, is known as the Shema. Shema means hear (as in the opening line of verse 4, "Hear, O Israel..."). Jesus called the Shema the first half of the Great Commandment, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might." The second half, of course, is to "love your neighbor as you love yourself." The Shema has been a confession of faith for the Jewish people for thousands of years.
Please remember the good folks of Fourth in your prayers. Here's a list of those we been remembering in prayer:
Jerry Poehner's Brother-in-Law Herb died this week. Please pray for the family.
Nancy Wright - Health concerns
Darlene Williams - Health issues
Judy Harris - recovering after stay in hospital
Connie Nutgrass - Recovering from surgery
Tara Parker - Recovering from broken arm
Glenn Orr - Recovering from broken arm
John David Williams' friends George and family along with Colleen and her family
Dennis and Joan Little's friend Dennis Tomberlin
Bill and Ruthie Brent ask for prayers for Debbie, Jeff and Loretta
Pat Gould ask for prayers for her friend Tammy's husband
Jan Merrick asks for prayers for friends Karen and Jim. Jim is battling health issues
Michaelle and Larry Steier's son John had a heart attack. Is out of the hospital recovering.
The Great Stabilizer
A friend of mine recently remarked that church has been a stabilizing force in his life. I love that. I know it has been true for me in my own life, but I have never quite phrased it that way. I do now. I love it. Such a true statement.
By way of example, our text from Sunday (Micah 6:6-8) calls for us to love kindness. I have to say, I'm so grateful when people respond to this call. I imagine you are too. When I'm feeling low and really need a boost, it is usually someone saying something kind and encouraging that helps improve my attitude. When I'm at my best, I don't necessarily need a boost, but when I'm at my worst, I need some kindness thrown my way to help get out of the blues. I almost always find that at church.
People at church stabilize me when I'm feeling down. Prayer and scripture stabilize me when I'm frustrated and struggling. Discussion in studies with others boosts my spirits as I listen and learn from them - how they deal with struggles faithfully.
There are many reasons to miss church during this pandemic, but one of the biggest things I miss is the stabilizing force it is in my life. Let's face it, this quarantine business is hard and it's easy to get stuck in your head thinking of all the ways it is negatively impacting our lives. Still, even though we cannot meet in person, hearing from others, reading emails and texts really does improve my attitude. I get a boost of positive energy when I hear from church folks. In world where there is plenty of negative, a good boost of positive energy is a true blessing.
Thanks, everyone, for being a stabilizing force in my life.