Friday Encouragement – January 5, 2018

Wanna Be Challenged This New Year?

Each evening an email pops up in my inbox called “The Daily Dig,” from Plough Publishing.  Sometimes I read it before falling asleep; sometimes I read it to start the day.  I’m always challenged and encouraged by these profound writings.  Last night’s devotional came from a German pastor named Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt (1842–1919), who deeply influenced leaders like Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Karl Barth, men who stood against Adolph Hitler.

See the source imageTo better understand where he’s coming from and what he says below, Plough says of Blumhardt that he believed one of the greatest dangers to human progress was “Christianity” –Sunday religion that separated material existence from the spiritual and that erected rituals and practices of self-seeking, self-satisfying, otherworldly piousness instead of practical works and righteous living.

I was so challenged by this Daily Dig that I thought you might like to read it –

“Brothers and sisters, break free from whatever ruts you have settled into!  Whoever does not want to be set free – well, suit yourself – but don’t say you are living in Christ’s Spirit.  You can continue in the old ways and be a part of Christianity, but not of God’s kingdom.  You can live in Christianity but not in Christ; the gulf between the two is great.  You can settle down and feather your nest and think, “Now I’ve got it made,” but you’ll never win eternity.  That is something altogether different.  The “city” we have now does not interest us; it cannot last.  Instead, we seek the future city – the one God sets before our eyes – of which Christ is ruler.”

So I’m thinking about “ruts” today!  I don’t want to be a Sunday Christian.  How about you?  If you’re interested in this kind of stuff, sign up for “The Daily Dig” at www.plough.com.

This Sunday – New Sermon Series

Join us this Sunday for the first sermon in a unique series about the Fruit of the Spirit – “9 Decisions That Will Transform Your Life!”  This will be good!

Habitat for Humanity Homeowner Interest Meeting – For English and Spanish

Sanctuary Church will be hosting an informational meeting about houses that will be built soon in Windsor!  Saturday, January 20th, 10:00am at the church.

Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County is an international faith-based organization dedicated to improving lives by building modest, affordable homes in partnership with our communities and families in need.

Habitat for Humanity collaborates with volunteers and partner families to build affordable housing with affordable mortgages.

Learn about Habitat’s home ownership program.  What are the requirements?  How do you apply?  What does it mean to be a Partner Family?  Where is Habitat building? 

Israel – March 2018!

How would you like to go on the adventure of a lifetime?  We now have plans for a 12-day trip to the Holy Land March 5-16, 2018!  We have mapped out an awesome itinerary, which will include a 12-hour flight to Dubai, followed by a 2-hour flight to Jordan, two days in Petra, then on to Israel!  You can pick up the itinerary at the Back Table.

Thanks to all who have signed up so far for our Israel trip!  If you’re still interested in going, but unsure how it can happen, there is plenty of time to sign up.  Talk to Pastor Mark if you would like more information.

Sunday, 1/7 –

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)

See ya Sunday!

Pastor Mark

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