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Thanks to all who donated for the Sea Container to Mali

The Sea Container full of medical equipment, medical supplies, tractors, and lots of other stuff is off to Mali and should arrive in 8 to 12 weeks.

Load of supplies to fill the Sea Container

A special thanks to all of you who donated toilet paper, paper towels, and cereal so we could stuff every spare inch of the container full. The Mali team that was here back on May 21st & 22nd were thrilled to see how much stuff we were sending them.

It’s hard for us living back here in the comfort of our lives and homes to really grasp what a blessing it is for these workers to receive all of these supplies. The hospital could not offer medical care so inexpensively without the donations that come in containers like we sent.

Our plan right now, with God’s blessing of course, is to send one Sea Container each year that is full of medical supplies and other items donated by local hospitals and medical providers. If you know of anyone with supplies or have access to some yourself, feel free to shoot me an email at craigw@cccomaha.org.

Proverbs Chapter 31

Sayings and Riddles of the Wise – Daily devotional with Lead Pastor Mark Ashton

Proverbs Chapter 30

Sayings and Riddles of the Wise – Daily Devotional with Lead Pastor Mark Ashton

Proverbs Chapter 29

Saying and Riddles of the Wise – Daily devotional with Lead Pastor Mark Ashton

Have you ever wondered about God?

Many people feel like Bruce Nolan – remember this stinger from Bruce Almighty?

“God is a mean kid sitting on an anthill with a magnifying glass, and I’m the ant. He could fix my life in five minutes if He wanted to, but he’d rather burn off my feelers and watch me squirm.”

Gathering begins a new series next Sunday, June 5th where we’ll explore some of the more difficult to explain aspects of God’s character and actions in the Old Testament. Here are the details:

Is God…

Critics often view God as cruel and capricious. Gathering presents a two week series investigating why Christians submit their lives to a God that non-Christians believe to be genocidal and irrational.

Genocidal? – June 5 Dr. John Holmes

Does God alone have the right to take life without the fear of justice? Why do Christians believe that a God who ordered genocide is a good God? Invite a friend for lunch and join the study as Dr. John Holmes, Dean of Academics at Grace University, discusses some of the most troubling scriptures found in the Old Testament.

Irrational? June 12 Dr. Ken Dick

If God exists, why do His acts often seem random and counter-intuitive? Do God’s actions in the Old Testament make ultimate sense, or are they clearly the creation of human intelligence? Gathering welcomes Dr. Ken Dick, Sr. Research Fellow at UNO, for a thoughtful discussion about God and logic.

Proverbs Chapter 28

Sayings and Riddles of the Wise – Daily devotional with Lead Pastor Mark Ashton

Brian Shaffer's Week 4 Post on Proverbs

Brian

Proverbs 26:7

Like the useless legs of one who is lame is a proverb in the mouth of a fool. (NIV)

“It is a poor workman that blames his tools” It isn’t the tool at fault it works as well as the person using it. Different tools have different jobs as well and a craftsman knows what tool works best for every task. Maybe you’ve come across the nut that has been rounded off with a pair of pliers or maybe the screw that has had its threads stripped. All indications of someone untrained or hurried in their work. It takes the skill of a craftsman to get the most out of a toolbox. The novice and the craftsman use the same tools but it is the skill of the craftsman that makes the difference in the outcome of the project.

There are a lot of times I feel useless in situations. I don’t have the right words to say or I don’t know what to do to help. There have been times that I went ahead and did the only thing I knew how to do or said the first thing that came to my mind. Most of the time, despite my good intentions, it doesn’t work out very well.

In this case, the proverb is just as good as when God gave it to the writer but it is the fool delivering it that makes it useless. In the right context, delivered correctly, the proverb would be a blessing for the receiver. Hearing the proverb badly quoted and out of context would be like being handed a butter knife after you ask for a plunger. Worthless.

Other situations where I felt there was nothing I could do, I was surprised when I found myself being used by God to help in a way that I didn’t expect. Someone that expertly works with his tools knows each of their abilities as well as their strengths and weaknesses. A craftsman is able to use a tool to do something that maybe isn’t its strongest feature but still create a beautiful result. If you ever find yourself thinking you are a certain type of person, a certain tool in a toolbox be aware of the Master’s hand. Because when he wraps his hand around you and pulls you out of the toolbox he may use you in a way that you didn’t expect. Don’t worry though, he never blames his tools and he always creates a masterpiece.

Prayer

Lord thank you for the gifts and skills you have given me. I pray that I use them in ways that will please you. Help me feel your presence when I am called and let me respond quickly and wholeheartedly knowing I am doing your will. Let the praise be yours Lord when my work is completed. In your name Amen.

Proverbs Chapter 27

Sayings and Riddles of the Wise – Daily devotional with Lead Pastor Mark Ashton

Reid Brown's Week 4 Proverbs Post

Reid Brown

Proverbs 23: 15-16;24

My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad; my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak what is right.

The father of a righteous man has great joy; he who has a wise son delights in him.

This Saturday I will be attending the High School graduation of my oldest son. This day arrived much faster than I had anticipated. This event has provided a backdrop for much of my reflection time with the Lord over the past month. I admit that some anxiety has crept in wondering if I had done enough to prepare him for this next step in his life. But I’ve also been very thankful for the way he has conducted himself through the high school years. These passages speak to the deep joy (from the inmost being) that a father has over a son’s display of wisdom and righteousness. A child’s application of wisdom is a source of joy in a parent’s life. Parents desire the best for their children, that they would be safe and prosperous.

As I thank God for this sense of inner joy, I am encouraged to parent well so that my children live from wisdom. This challenges me to be patient and understanding. It’s a kind of parenting that doesn’t give up hope and is in it for the long haul. I have looked to God for discernment and understanding in drawing boundaries for my children and sticking with the enforcement of them.

So, in anticipation of watching my son receive his diploma this weekend, I’m worshiping God from a heart of joy as a young man demonstrated godly wisdom.

Lord, thanks for your Word which is alive and active! I give you the glory for the ability to experience joy as I see my son grow into a man. May your presence continue to guide me as a father in helping him walk in the ways of wisdom.

Proverbs Chapter 26

Sayings and Riddles of the Wise – Daily devotional with Nancy Davies, Team Leader-Children’s and Student’s Ministry