It was 14 years ago today that terrorist flew planes into American buildings. We watched with horror as American died horrible deaths in the name of Allah. We also watched brave men and women rush into burning buildings or helping others in need. The country came together in unity to help and rebuild. We remember with reverent respect those who gave their lives to help others. We remember in our prayers those families who lives are still affected by the trauma and loss. And we remember our Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave his life not just to save a few people trapped in a building but who gave his life to save all of humanity who were trapped in sin. Thank be to the Lord.
There are volleyball games on Saturday. Both teams are doing well in their respective divisions. Go Crusaders!
Also on Saturday, 9/12, we will have our Photo Scavenger Hunt at Downtown Disney—bring your smart phone if you have one. Please use the parking lot by Planet Hollywood. We will meet at the tables outside the AMC theater across from Planet Hollywood. Please be there by 3:00 p.m. The event will end around 6 with a special gathering, prizes and dinner. If you would like to download the App ahead of time, it’s “Goose Chase Adventure.” Our game is “King of Kings Downtown Disney.” (You’ll recognize the logo.) I’ll give you the password at the game when we divide up into teams (maximum 10). I have 50 different photos to keep you busy. This should be a fun, interactive event for all ages.
King’s Quest, ACTs and Adult Bible Class all had strong starts. Each meets from 9:00-9:45, King’s Quest opens in the gym; ACTs in the Conference Room and ABC in the ASC Room.
Finally, we have a special workday planned for the following Saturday, 9/19, in order to spread the woodchips for our playground. We just learned that our supplier is again out of stock. They may or may not have product before that date, so stay tuned.
Those are the highlights. Now on to today’s devotion:
Better than GPS
Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man and he will be wiser still. Teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.
“What would we do without it?” So many devices of modern technology lead us to ask that question: smart phones, tablets and iPods all lead us to wonder how we used to survive on our own. The GPS is another one of those devices. Simply key in an address where you want to go and the GPS magically gives you turn by turn directions, even in a friendly voice. Time after time, the GPS has gotten me safely to destinations that I could not have found on my own.
There is another place I cannot find on my own. That place is heaven. Through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, heaven is now our home and some day – perhaps soon – through faith in Jesus we will find ourselves there with our Lord to live in peace and joy forever.
Yet sometimes, even when we know the way to our destination, we can take a wrong turn. Desire, lust, greed and a host of other sins have a way of taking us off track. Too often we make sinful choices and decisions that take us away from where we want to go.
Thankfully, God has something even better than GPS to keep us going in the right direction, for my GPS sometimes makes mistakes or isn’t updated. God is always right and always up to date. He sends fellow Christians to correct our course and get us back on the road. If someone lovingly points out a sin in our life or corrects a false understanding we have about God’s Word, it is always easier to get offended and to feel self-righteous. Like the stubborn husband who won’t ask for directions, we often feel we can go it alone and don’t need anyone else to tell us anything.
For a Christian to ignore a loving rebuke would be even more foolish than ignoring the GPS. True wisdom means humbly swallowing our pride. It means being open to correction. It means seeing the love of a fellow Christian trying to point our souls back to heaven.
Likely, I’d often get lost without my GPS. It is even more likely that I couldn’t stay on the path to heaven without fellow Christians helping me along the way as they point me to the truths of God’s Word. Don’t ignore the rebuke of a brother or sister in the faith. Listen with love and appreciation and follow direction when given.
Thank God for sending others to help keep us on the path!
Dear Lord, forgive me for my own selfish pride that thinks I know better than anyone else. Keep me on track and lead me to accept correction when needed. Amen.