Posted on July 14th, 2016
- Thursday, 4 — Food Pantry 3:30 – 5:00 pm
- Sunday, 7 — March to the Cross, Worship at 8:30 am, Fellowship and Classes at 9:30 am
- Sunday, 14 — Worship at 8:30 am, Fellowship at 9:30 am
- Wednesday, 17 — Gospel Gals at 6:30 pm
- Sunday, 21 — Worship at 8:30 am, Fellowship at 9:30 am – change the world offering collection.
- Monday, 22 — Ridgeview 1st Day of School
- Sunday, 28 — Worship at 8:30 am, Fellowship at 9:30 am
- Sunday, 4 — March to the Cross, Worship at 8:30 am, Fellowship and Classes at 9:30 am
- Monday, 6 — Labor Day
- Thursday, 8 — Food Pantry 3:30 – 5:00 pm
- Sunday, 11 — Worship at 8:30 am, Fellowship at 9:30 am – change the world offering
- Sunday, 18 — WUMC & SCC Unity In The Community, with worship at 10:00 am at WUMC and a potluck following service at SCC
- Wednesday, 21 — Trustees, 6:00 pm
- Wednesday, 21 — Ad Board, 7:00 pm
- Friday, 23 — Ridgeview Homecoming
- Saturday, 24 — Worship Workshop, Calvary UMC, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
- Saturday, 24 — Ridgeview Homecoming Dance
- Sunday, 25 — Worship at 8:30 am, Fellowship at 9:30 am
Posted on July 9th, 2016
Readings & Meditations
“A Plumb Line For Our Life”
Scripture: Amos 7:7-17 (ESV)
7 This is what he showed me: behold, the Lord was standing beside a wall built with a plumb line, with a plumb line in his hand. 8 And the Lord said to me, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A plumb line.” Then the Lord said,
“Behold, I am setting a plumb line
in the midst of my people Israel;
I will never again pass by them;
9 the high places of Isaac shall be made desolate,
and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste,
and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.”
10 Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, “Amos has conspired against you in the midst of the house of Israel. The land is not able to bear all his words. 11 For thus Amos has said,
“‘Jeroboam shall die by the sword,
and Israel must go into exile
away from his land.’”
12 And Amaziah said to Amos, “O seer, go, flee away to the land of Judah, and eat bread there, and prophesy there, 13 but never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the king’s sanctuary, and it is a temple of the kingdom.”
14 Then Amos answered and said to Amaziah, “I was[a] no prophet, nor a prophet’s son, but I was a herdsman and a dresser of sycamore figs.15 But the Lord took me from following the flock, and the Lord said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’ 16 Now therefore hear the word of the Lord. “You say, ‘Do not prophesy against Israel, and do not preach against the house of Isaac.’
17 Therefore thus says the Lord:
“‘Your wife shall be a prostitute in the city,
and your sons and your daughters shall fall by the sword,
and your land shall be divided up with a measuring line;
you yourself shall die in an unclean land,
and Israel shall surely go into exile away from its land.’”
Meditation: A Plumb Line for Life
What exactly is a plumb line? It’s a tool that is used to make sure something, such as a wall, is perfectly straight. It’s a weighted object on a string or line. Well, that’s a good and useful tool if your building a wall, or a wall in a house. After all, you wouldn’t want your house to be crooked! Nor would you want a wall in the house to be crooked or slanted. Think how difficult it could be to hang pictures on the wall! Or worse yet, what if you tried to put a shelf on a wall that wasn’t straight, that maybe was slanted in at the top? Anything you put on your shelf would fall right off. That wouldn’t be good!
If we think about our lives, what would be a plumb line for how we live every day? What keeps us on the easy path of life, away from the bad choices we could make? Have you ever thought about the Bible being that plumb line? Or maybe the Ten Commandments. How about Deuteronomy 6:5 that says “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and all your might.” That should be easy, just to love God. Seems pretty simple and straight forward, doesn’t it? But not so simple to accomplish. We fall short of God’s glory each and every day. We don’t always mean to fall short, we don’t wake up with the goal of falling short. No matter how hard we try, we always seem to mess up something in our life. Whether its an unkind word, a not so nice thought, or even an action that we probably shouldn’t have done. It could be something we have done to someone else, or something that we have dont to harm ourselves in some way.
That’s when we need to look to what the Bible tells us. God loves us and wants to be in a personal relationship with us. Not just a “yes, I believe in God” relationship. God knows all our thoughts and things we do… even the ones we want to keep private and away from everyone else… even the ones we want to hide from ourselves at times.
If we confess our sins to Jesus and believe that Jesus rose from the dead to conquer sin and death for us (that’s you and me), then we are forgiven. No more holding onto that mess up; it’s over and done with! Talk about having freedom! Jesus is willing and able to forgive our sins, even when we sometimes think that we can’t (or maybe aren’t ready) to forgive ourselves. You see, Jesus doesn’t care where we have been or what we have done. He wants us to have a fresh start with him. And once we have started that personal relationship with Jesus, we are guided by the Bible (our plumb line) to keep us in the center of the path. No falling off the path and no crooked walls anymore, when we walk with Jesus in faith!
Posted on October 2nd, 2015
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