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May 2, 2016

Learning From Failure - Luke 22

The disciple Peter was a man of great faith and bold action. But as readers of the New Testament know, his brash style sometimes led him to make humiliating mistakes. More than once, this disciple had to wear the label of "miserable failure" rather than that of "obedient servant."

We can all relate when it comes to falling short of expectations. Obedience to God is a learning process, and failure is a part of our development as humble servants. When we yield to temptation or rebel against God's authority, we realize that sin has few rewards, and even those are fleeting.

Failure is an excellent learning tool, as Peter could certainly attest. Through trial and error, he discovered that humility is required of believers (John 13:5-14); that God's ways are higher than the world's ways (Mark 8:33); and that one should never take his eyes off Jesus (Matthew 14:30). He took each of those lessons to heart and thereby grew stronger in his faith. Isn't that Romans 8:28 in action? God caused Peter's failures to be put to good use as training material because the disciple was eager to mature and serve.

God doesn't reward rebellion or wrongdoing. However, by His grace, He blesses those who choose repentance and embrace chastisement as a tool for growth.

We would probably all prefer to grow in our faith without ever making a mistake before God's eyes, but we cannot deny that missteps are instructive. Failure teaches believers that it is much wiser and more profitable to be obedient to the Lord. That's a lesson we all should take to heart.

Upcoming Sermon Series
      When we're pushed to our limit, we have a choice to make. Will we choose the path of least resistance or will we have the courage to take a Stand? In this five-week series, we will learn about Daniel and five important points in his life when he stood for God. Covering everything from him being first captured as a boy to the lion's den to the fiery furnace, we'll see Daniel and his friends Stand Up, Stand Strong, Stand In, and Stand Firm for God. This series will start on May 22.

Last Week:
      We need to realize that God does not want us to dread today or tomorrow. As we come to these times in our lives, we need to put into practice what we learn from King Hezekiah: to be humble, to clear, to build, to worship and pray.
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      Join us as we celebrate Mother's Day!

Upcoming Events

May 2, 2016 - Ladies Small Group at 7 PM at Stephanie Robinson's house

May 7, 2016 - Women's Dinner at 4 PM at the church. Please sign up in the foyer.

May 15, 2016 - Special Guest Speaker George Dimakos, missionary to Greece, will be with us.
                          Carry-in Fellowship Dinner following the AM Worship Service
                          VBS Meeting following the AM Worship Service

May 26, 2016 - Men's Small Group at 7 PM at the church

May 29, 2016 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service

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