Hi WEFC Family,
Take Ten, What We Believe: 9. God’s gospel will be brought to fulfillment by the Lord Himself at the end of this age. We believe in the personal, bodily and glorious return of our Lord Jesus Christ with His holy angels when He will bring His kingdom to fulfillment and exercise His role as Judge of all. This coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.
Name Tag Sunday: July 17 and 24. This will help Pastor Keith and Lisa get to know our names (all of them) during the first few Sunday’s they are here.
Welcome Lunch for the Boschman Family: July 17, good bye hot dogs and hello farmer sausage, salads and desserts. Elders are bringing the farmer sausage. Last names from A-M are bringing salad and last names from N-Z are bringing dessert.
ADC Update: This week we welcomed 76 campers to Adventurers Day Camp Week 1! We have started the summer off with a bang as we ran our regular ADC program at the same time as our junior high Cranked program. The kids had lots of fun at the beach for a beautiful hot and sunny Tuesday and we are looking forward to more sunny summer days ahead!
Sunday Worship Gathering: 10:30 am. This week, Pastor Len Harms will be speaking from Psalm 92. We also be celebrating Communion together. The nursery is open all service. Kids, ages 5 to grade 5, will be dismissed mid-service for Kids Church.
Sunday Evening Worship Gathering at Grace Point: Come worship, fellowship, and learn from God’s word with our Grace Point Church congregation Sunday evenings at 6:00 pm in North Point Douglas (137 Euclid Ave).
The Great Memorization Challenge of Summer 2022: Psalm 90. Have you started? Which reminds me, I still need to get my commitment form to Pastor Len before he thinks I’m not serious. Ok here’s verse 2 in the NIV, “Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.”
Summer BBQs: After the Sunday worship gathering everyone is invited to join us for a BBQ lunch (hot dogs, chips and bottled water provided) hosted by the elders and their wives. This will continue all summer rain or shine. This last week I learned that even at 80+ years it is not too late to learn how to make “rohl kuchen” (spelling???)! You’re amazing Henry!
Encouragement: ”Lord, You have been our dwelling place throughout all generations...” Psalm 90:1
A Place of Refuge.
Moses made mention of it in his prayer (Psalm 90:1). King David sang about it (2 Samuel 22:2). Isaiah preached about it (Isaiah 4:6). The author of Hebrews offers encouragement by reminding us about it (Hebrews 6:18). It is a place like no other. It is a place of refuge. It is a dwelling place of security and peace. Under the canopy we are comforted and protected.
Moses knew how much a canopy overhead blocked the sweltering heat of the desert bringing much needed relief and refuge from the sun. King David seems to have often found the crag of a rock, a refuge and hiding place from his enemies. The prophet Isaiah describes the Branch of the LORD being beautiful and glorious. A canopy over all the glory that will not only be a shelter and shade from the heat but also a refuge and hiding place from the storm.
Have you ever quickly scampered to get out of the torrents of rain pouring from the sky? Have you ever run away from someone trying to beat you up? Mosquitoes the size of hummingbirds too much for you? The sudden awareness of danger moves us. We look for safety and run to it. We encounter the storm and look for a roof. We see the danger outside and we sit tight within the walls of protection.
Are you needing a place of refuge today? Hebrews 6:17-19 says, “Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure (emphasis added).” Or, “We who have taken refuge” in the NASB.
My friend, God’s purpose is unchanging. By his oath he binds his character and word together. He cannot lie and He does not change. God is not figuring this all out with us, changing with each new development on the evening news. You can hold onto the promises of God because they don’t deviate from His unfailing character. His Word is an anchor as the Hebrews author writes. And, in addition to that, He is our refuge in times of trouble. He is our shelter in the storm. He is our safe place. He is our rock. He is our fortress.
Psalm 91:1 “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” Refuge, Dwelling, Shelter.
May you find comfort, care, and courage in the dwelling place of God today.
Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.