Pastor’s Blog for July: The Finish Line is In Sight!

Soon some of us can say, “Yes, we have read – and talked about – the whole Bible!”

It’s been about 3 years, and reading Immerse: Chronicles will fulfill our goal of reading the entire Bible! Our Fall groups will meet for 8 weeks, from about the week of September 22 to the week of November 17. Join a discussion group or read on your own. Sunday sermons will touch on themes and highlights and what they mean for us today. Books will be $10 each. Questions? Ask Pastor Nancy, or ask someone from one of the groups, how God has touched them and changed them through their Bible reading group time.

Chronicles is the sixth and final installment of “Immerse: The Bible Reading Experience.” Chronicles contains the remaining First Testament Books: Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, and Daniel. These works were all written after the Jewish people fell under the control of foreign empires and were scattered among the nations. They remind God’s chastened people of their identity and calling to faithfully represent God to the nations and that there is still hope for the struggling dynasty of David.
Let Scripture Lead Your Thoughts

Anxiety can rule our life. God knows this, Jesus knows this; that’s why the Bible gives us instructions about managing our anxiety – about our health, or a loved one’s health – about our church, in a time of transition – about our society, which just seems so difficult and divisive sometimes – about our future –our finances – will God provide what I need? How can I bless the world? What skills and abilities does God want me to use?

A Covenant colleague recently shared this passage, familiar to many, with a recommendation for discouraged believ-ers to meditate and pray on it, and let the Spirit soothe our tired and fractured souls. I hope these words from the Message Bible will direct you away from anxiety. Take time to read, pray, meditate, and repeat:
Philippians 4:4-7 (MSG)
4-5 Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute!

6-7 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

God, hear our worries that we’ve turned to prayer. Settle us with your wholeness.
May our worry move aside, that Christ may take his rightful place at the center of our lives.

Pilgrim Pines Picnic Day: July 14!
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