I hope you are all having a great week and enjoying the unseasonably warm weather. I love summer so even though it is officially fall, I’m taking advantage of every moment I get in the sunshine. As Monday is generally our day off, Jon and I have taken to spending some time in the mornings at Salisbury Beach and this past Monday was no exception. Because it was so beautiful, Jon actually spent a good amount of time riding waves, and let me tell you those waves were really a remarkable sight.
As I sat on the beach and watched the waves continuously form, crash, recede and repeat, the repetition was comforting and the power was awe inspiring, unnerving event, at the same time. I found myself many times watching for Jon to make it to shore and emerge from beneath the foam left behind by the waves to make sure he was still all right. Yet, the persistent rhythm of the waves comforted me. In the same way, God is constant and faithful, the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8), even in light of the unsettlingly overwhelming power he displays effortlessly.
This reminded me of one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite authors, C.S. Lewis in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. One of the main characters, Lucy, learns from her friend Mr. Beaver that Aslan, the King of Narnia, is a lion. To that she replies,
“I'd thought he was a man. Is he-quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion"..."Safe?" said Mr Beaver ..."Who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the King, I tell you.”
Isn’t that so beautifully descriptive of our God? He certainly does not lead us into places that are safe, but He and His ways are always good. After all, He is the King.
So as we continue on Sunday mornings to dig into the Real Hope that Jesus offers us, may we recognize the power and the presence of the one who is the same yesterday, today and forever, who calls us out of the safety of ourselves.
Just a reminder that there are some great things coming up fast at Rock Church:
CELEBRATE RECOVERY: We experienced an incredible night this Tuesday evening with special guests, The Cashmans, as we celebrated ONE YEAR of Celebrate Recovery at Rock Church Amesbury! Did you know that CR is not just for those recovering from substance abuse? This Christ-centered program can help bring healing and freedom from any addiction, any hurt, habit or hang up with which you may be struggling. And now we have The Landing program running simultaneously with CR for our youth grades 6-12. Dinner begins @ 5:30 followed by large group worship @ 6:30. Contact Diana Teel (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more info on CR or Jessica Pontes (email@example.com) for more info on The Landing. Freedom is possible for the whole family!
TRUNK OR TREAT IS COMING! This is one of my favorite events we do all year round and I hope you’ll consider either in decorating a trunk or joining us with your little ones.
We also need TONS of candy donations at all campuses so look for donation bins appearing soon. We hope you’ll join the fun and help us to bless and be for our communities!
FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY: We will be hosting the Dave Ramsey course on finding financial freedom at our Plaistow campuses on Thursday evenings starting September 28th at 6:30pm. This is a 9 week course and the cost for materials is $100. If you are ready to take the step toward freedom from the captivity of debt and the worry of finances, we hope you’ll join us!