This is an exciting weekend as we serve 4 days in a row in Journey to Judea on our church property. The majority of members at Countryside are involved in this ministry, giving many hours of service and labor. Because of the high level of involvement required, there have been some changes made to the upcoming service schedule for this Sunday, December 4th.
Please note the following changes in preparation for worship this coming Sunday:
It’s finally over. Now that November 8th has come and gone, we can turn our attention to what matters most. Because many of you are deeply concerned about our nation and desperately want to see things change, some of you got caught up in all the pre-election fervor and your hope shifted from being in God to being in a candidate.
Don’t get me wrong; elections are important. However, God is always the ultimate decider of who is elected. Referring to the Babylonian ruler, King Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel said “the Most High God rules the kingdom of mankind and sets over it whom he will” (Dan 5:21). Earlier Daniel praised God acknowledging that “he removes kings and sets up kings” (Dan 2:21). In Paul’s day, the ruthless and vile Nero was the emperor ruling most of the world. However, Paul acknowledged that even this man was appointed by God. Paul wrote: “There is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God” (Rom 13:1). Paul even went so far to say in verse 4 that “he is God’s servant for your good…[who] carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.”
While elections and their outcomes are important, what should concern us most is not the kingdoms of this world but the Kingdom of our God. Jesus stated in John 18:36, “My kingdom is not of this world.” This world is in darkness but we have been transferred from the kingdom darkness into the kingdom of God’s Son (Col 1:13). This means that our future is bright and our hope is secure.
God has been merciful and has graciously provided a window for leaders to do what is right. If God was your hope on November 7th then He is still your hope today. As you think about the implications of the election for our nation’s future, let the perspective of Psalm 113:2-6 guide your heart to rejoice in the sovereign reign of your faithful God.
“Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and forevermore! From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the LORD is to be praised! The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens! Who is like the LORD our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down on the heavens and the earth?” (Psalm 113:2-6).
I am excited about the future because the church desperately needs a revival, our nation needs a spiritual awakening and we are living in a climate ideally suited for both. This is a great time to be alive! Jesus is building His church and He has given us a mission to accomplish. With the election behind us, let’s fix our gaze upward and press forward because Jesus is coming and we must make the most of every opportunity to impact our world for Him now. - Dr. Mike Summers
We are excited to announce a new ministry at Countryside. Many of us who have hit the half century mark and beyond are able to look back at all the lessons we have learned and reach out to those who are still learning many of those same lessons.
We are inviting everyone who is 50 and older (and spouses) to an informational fellowship on Friday, September 9th at 6:30 pm. Come out for an evening of fun and fellowship. You will also hear about this new Forerunners Ministry, and how you can become involved. We are asking that you bring your favorite dessert to share with the group.
If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Scott Nicoll.