Dear Congregational Family,

Mountain Tops & Valleys:
This month we have had some significant mountain top experiences for our church! Two that come quickly to mind are: The Youth FLY Convention & VBS. Both events were monumental and life changing for many. Lives were changed. New directions were charted. Commitments to God were made. They were also intense, exhausting, and draining.

After events like this, I am reminded of Elijah who had the incredible mountain top experience in which God miraculously sent fire down from heaven and burned up the sacrifice (and altar!) which had been drenched in water. The “god” of Baal was defeated, false prophets put to the sword, and the people of Israel recommitted themselves to the One True God. Elijah was elated! But then he went down from Mount Carmel, and wicked Queen Jezebel threatened to kill him by the end of the day. He had just seen God do miracles, but now he doubted that God could save his life. He ran away into the wilderness. He despaired of his life and wanted to die.

Often after we have had a spiritual “mountain top” experience; Satan, other people, and our old nature, will speak lies to our mind and heart and will seek to cause us to doubt or deny the incredible work that God did in our life and in the lives of others. Just like Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness after His baptism, so also Satan tries to interrupt or derail God’s good work in our life.

As we come down from the mountain tops of FLY and VBS, let us be vigilant to continue to live in the promises of God and to pray for those who had life changing encounters with God! As I shared with the VBS volunteers, the words of the Apostle Paul, “I am convinced that He who began a good work in you, will bring it to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)

The Good News is that not only has God begun a good work, but that He will complete it! This is His promise and our prayer!

Sermon text: This Sunday, we will pause on preaching through Colossians for one Sunday. The sermon title text is: “My Hiding Place” – Psalm 32.

God bless you as we continue,

“Growing Together in our Faith as the Family of God”

Pastor Carlson