Ephesians 4:12 Forest City United Methodist Church Church

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Greetings Church Family,

AS WE CONTINUE OUR JOURNEY…

We have invested nearly every Sunday for the last fifteen weeks learning what it means to “LIVE IN THE GOODNESS OF GOD.” This sermon series was inspired by a study by Rick Warren, entitled:  “Living in the Goodness of God.”

I share Rick Warren’s words with you as a conclusion to this sermon series, and as an encouragement to you to continue to “GATHER to GROW to GO” on our “DISCIPLESHIP JOURNEY”…

“My hope is that God is already using this study about the goodness of God to help you develop a greater trust in him. Through this study, you’ve seen that Psalm 23 teaches us that God is with us every step along the way---guiding us, protecting us, and providing for us.

If you ever doubt that in the future, then look at Psalm 23 as an encouraging note from God to you. It reminds us that God has our best interest at heart, and, as Paul says, he is for us, not against us.

When you know that someone believes in you, it brings out your best. God believes in you, and he is confident you can live up to your potential. He sees you for what you will be, and he’s willing to give you all the support you need to fulfill your mission here on Earth. In fact, Psalm 23 is King David’s description of how the Lord took care of him as he pursued the things of God. And you can be sure that God will do the same thing for you.

We might not be in control of our future, but God is. He created the whole universe, and he is working his plan in history. He is moving history to a destiny. One day Jesus Christ will come back to Earth. Nothing will stop that. And just as he is working in history to move events toward that day, he will work in your life for a purpose, too, if you will let him.

The Bible says, “and we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God, and are called according to his purpose for them” (Romans 8:28 NLT).

This is why, when I read the headlines, I don't worry. Sure, there are a lot of problems in the world, but God is still in control and moving his people toward his best for them. One day God will work everything out for his purpose.

Because God is in control, we can trust him with everything, and Psalm 23 shows us that God blesses people who are not afraid to trust him completely. The Bible tells us that Abraham, considered the father of faith, “didn’t doubt God’s promise out of lack of faith. Instead, giving honor to God for the promise, he became strong because of faith” (Rom. 4:20).

May you trust in the promises of God as you walk forward in faith.”

 Your Pastor,
 Les

305 South Clark Street - Forest City, IA 50436
Phone: 641-585-3281 Email: fcumc@wctatel.net