Transformative Suffering 2-21-2021
February 21, 2021
February 21, 2021
Text: Romans 5:1-5
Speaker: Steve Mizel, Lead Pastor
You fashion pain as a lesson and lambaste us to heal us. – St. Augustine
God uses chronic pain and weakness, along with other afflictions, as his chisel for sculpting our lives. Felt weakness deepens dependence on Christ for strength each day. The weaker we feel, the harder we lean. And the harder we lean, the stronger we grow spiritually, even while our bodies waste away. To live with your ‘thorn’ uncomplainingly — that is, sweet, patient, and free in heart to love and help others, even though every day you feel weak — is true sanctification. It is true healing for the spirit. It is a supreme victory of grace. – J.I. Packer
All human nature vigorously resists grace because grace changes us and the change is painful. – Flannery O’Connor
Strange how people who suffer together have stronger connections than those who are most content. – Bob Dylan
The breaking of the alabaster box and the anointing of the Lord filled the house with the odor, with the sweetest odor. Everyone could smell it. Whenever you meet someone who has really suffered; been limited, gone through things for the Lord, willing to be imprisoned by the Lord, just being satisfied with Him and nothing else, immediately you scent the fragrance. There is a savor of the Lord. Something has been crushed, something has been broken, and there is a resulting odor of sweetness. – Watchman Nee
Join us tonight, February 21, at 8:00pm for our next Trailhead Town Hall. We’ll be sharing and discussing our 2021 church budget, information about our new elder process, the results of our SWOT analysis, and where things stand as we start working toward sending Brian out to plant our next daughter church (and the steps we have to take to restructure our staff with his departure).
Be sure to mark your calendars and plan to attend – a zoom link will be sent out before the meeting through email and text. If you haven’t signed up yet on the Church Center App or opted in to our text messages, you can do so with the information below.
Trailhead Kids Activity Bags!
During this season of unprecedented isolation, we know that many of our parents feel overwhelmed and stretched beyond their ability. We also know that our children need more from us than ever before, which is why Trailhead Kids is providing some hands-on tools (Kids Activities Bags) to help parents as they disciple their children at home through the pandemic.
Kids Activities Bags, ranging from preschool to junior high, contain condensed lessons from The Gospel Project, including step-by-step instructions for weekly lessons, printed activity and coloring pages, ready-to-make crafts/activities, along with a few surprises;) Our hope is for parents to have less work/preparation throughout the week, to allow for more gospel-centered conversations with their kids. These bags will provide lessons from March through May.
To sign-up, please click this link, select the number of bags (grade appropriate) for your family. Out of the families that register, we’ll be drawing one to receive an Annie’s gift card! And be on the lookout for more giveaways throughout the month!
Sign-ups are due Friday, February 26th.
Pick up for Kids Activity Bags will be at Trailhead Church during the following dates/times:
Tuesday, March 2nd between 5-8pm
Wednesday, March 3rd between 9-12pm
Thursday, March 4th between 12-3pm
Are you interested in helping our team lead worship (instrumentally or vocally)? The worship team will hold auditions on March 27th. From Brian:
Trailhead is seeking humble and gifted musicians! If interested, please fill out the audition form using this link. Forms are due March 7th. Auditions will be held on March 27th. Email any questions to Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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