Make me know thy ways O Lord, Lead me in the truth and teach me for you are the God of my salvation. Psalm 24:4-5

". . . Jesus went ashore he saw the crowds and had great compassion upon them..and he began to teach them many things." Mark 6:34

Former President Ronald Regan told a wonderful story about a young man who was starting kindergarten. His mother prepared him for his first day by getting him some new clothes, telling him all the great things he would learn and how many new friends he would make. She packed him up and sent him off to his first day of class and he later returned with an excited report of what a great day he had! It was really fun! At the end of the day it was off to bed and the morning came quickly with his mother rousting him out of bed saying, "Honey, get up, it is time to go to school!" He rubbed his eyes and said "What? I have to go again??!"

Jesus placed a great premium upon learning. If we search the scriptures we will find that those who didn't follow him called him Rabbi, or teacher. We use the word disciple to describe those who are seeking the faith with their whole being, ones who aim to follow Jesus by learning of his ways and his mission. Learning is foundational for those who wish to be disciples: in order to make sense of our call and purpose, we must comprehend matters that cannot be condensed into bumper stickers or cute slogans. Ideas like "faith is not the absence of knowledge, but the application of reason and experience in transcending limitations imposed by 'what we can know."' Not an easy concept, right?!?! In order to better understand faith and God's will, we need to explore some history, study the scriptures, and practice some prayer.

During the summer and fall of 2016, we will be offering some wonderful opportunities to learn as well as practice our faith; Bible study classes, courses on prayer and some short gatherings around books and book studies will strengthen our lives and draw us closer to the Lord. I hope you are ready to learn something new and wonderful! And as disciples we shall all learn together for this is the way to abundant life with Jesus. . .

See you in worship!
Rev. Michael


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