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Encounter Church

The Monthly Encounter

"Walk this Way" by Pastor Willie Berry

May 1, 2020

“Excuse me… I’m sorry, no, you’re on the phone.” “No, I’m good sir. How can I help you?” “Well I was looking for an extension cord cover. Do you have any?” “Yes, they are down aisle five to the left. Wait just a moment and I will take you to them.”

This was a recent exchange I had with a person in a local hardware store. While gathering some other needed items, I decided to pick up something for safety. Not knowing where to go, I sought help. More than willing to assist, the worker essentially said “I’ll help you. Wait just a second. Walk this way”. He indicated he knew the direction I needed to take. He insisted If I would be patient for just a sec, he would lead me to what I desired. Is this not a wonderful example of life and wisdom?

Many times in life we are seeking direction. We can either:

Meander around like the guy that refuses to ask for directions and waste valuable time.

Give up the search and declare defeat because it is “not worth our time”. (Side note: that only make us feel better for a second before the reality of our failure kicks in)

Stop and take the time to ask for directions. This will save time, failure, health,relationships and money.

I will let you in on something I was told years ago. If you don’t know the answer to a multiple-choice question, just choose c. In life we have an attendant that is willing to help up and readily available.

So, wisdom is waiting to help guide us, preserve us and save much time and energy. It is God’s direction to lead us to His desired paths for our life. Although c might be the best choice, the honest person will admit that they have marked a and b a time or two. So, this raises two important questions?

Where is the attendant’s desk where wisdom sits?

Answer: The aisle that leads to the desk starts on the isle that’s marked, “Submit your way to God. Honor (Fear) Him and seek him out. (Prov. 1:7, Job 28:28)

How do I get wisdom to work for me?

Answer: You just simply do what I did with the attendant. Just ask.

“ If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” – James 1:5 NIV

If you will ask God and put Him at the head of your decisions (Prov. 3:4-6), you will begin to hear wisdom guide you down the path to a better life result. That does not mean a perfect life. But it does mean a better life. So today I encourage you, find the aisle to wisdom. They simply listen for her to gently guide. You will hear her comforting voice: “I’ll help you. Wait just a second. Walk this way.”

Reason is making herself heard.

2 On the hilltops near the road

and at the crossroads she stands.

3 At the entrance to the city,

beside the gates, she calls:

4 “I appeal to all of you;

I call to everyone on earth.

5 Are you immature? Learn to be mature.

Are you foolish? Learn to have sense.

Proverbs 8:1-5 GNT

Building a Strong Foundation: By Wanda Revels

May 1, 2020

1 Corinthians 3:11 “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ”.

Meaning a foundation that will last, one that will withstand the storms of life. (read Mt 7:24-27) What type of foundation are you laying for your children?

The foundation that we have laid for ourselves, is the same foundation that our children will build on. The first step in passing our faith on to our children is to possess it ourselves. We all know about family traits, such as eye color, hair color, and even behaviors. “He’s a chip off the old block” or “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”. What about Faith in God? Proverbs 22:6 “Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not turn from it”. This doesn’t mean that they will live a perfect life or that they won’t make bad decisions, but God will make sure that they don’t forget Him.

Our children will follow in our footsteps, and only if we have committed ourselves to God, can we expect them to follow us to Him. Where are you leading your children?

According to one calculation, the church has school age children for about 1% of their time; the school for about 16% and the family for the remaining 83%. Studies prove that parents are by far the single most significant influence on their children. If you don’t grab that chance, and guide your children toward their own faith in God, please know this, that the world WILL take them and lead them far from the truth of God.

Deuteronomy 6:6-7 “these commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up”. THIS will be their solid foundation.

Our children see what we do. Are we faithful to God at home? Will Rogers once said “that we should live in such a way, that we would not be afraid to sell the parrot to the town gossip”.

This is not to say that it is always an easy road. We all have those moments that we regret, but If God be for us, who can be against us (Ro 8:31? He has given us the Word of God to follow. He has given us the Holy Spirit to lead us and guide us (John 16:13). He has given us everything that we need for life and godliness(2 Peter 1:3). His Son, Jesus Christ has given His life’s Blood for us (Hebrews 9:14). He wants us to succeed in living our life for Him.

What foundation are you laying for yourself and your children?

Mother's Day: By Elizabeth Campbell

May 1, 2020

I remember the day that I became a mother, a day that most women remember vividly. I remember how her little face looked so round and sweet like a Cherub. I remember my husband carrying her over to me and her cooing softly to him. I remember the bliss I felt to finally hold her in my arms after almost 9 and a half long months In my womb. I cried tears of joy and admiration at the glory of God's most precious work. I felt both relieved and scared. Relieved to be done with labor but fearful of messing everything up from this point forward.

Deuteronomy 6:6–7 tells us "And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise." One of our most important roles as a mother is teaching our children to walk with Christ in everything they do and the best way for them to learn to do this is for us to show them what an honest relationship with Jesus looks like. Let them see you pray, read your Bible, and sing his praise. Show them your strength in Christ but also let them see your moments of weakness and how Jesus helps you overcome your worse obstacles.

Motherhood isn't easy. It's definitely a daunting task some days. There's so much that goes along with it that we worry if we make the right decisions, worry if we say the right things, worry if we handle each situation properly but on the opposite side of the coin there are so many blessings too. Watching my daughter continue to grow into her own unique person has been amazing. Seeing her learn to walk, play, understand and talk (oh boy, does she talk!) Has been nothing short of amazing. On days when I feel down on myself and criticize my own mothering choices I remind myself that God didn't call me to be a perfect mother, 

only to be her mother and to try my hardest every day to love her fully and raise her up in admiration of Him.

Proverbs 31:28–29: "Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: 'Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.'" 

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