Thoughts from Our Pastor

When the Wolves Come Around

Toby Mac has a new song on Christian radio. It’s I Just Need U:

Last night put the heavy on me
Woke up and I’m feeling lonely
This world gotta a way of showing me (showing me)
Some days it’ll lift you up
Some days it’ll call your bluff
Man, most of my days I ain’t got enough

When I’m up when I’m down (uh, huh)
When the wolves come around (tell me)
When my feet hit the ground
I just need, I just need You
On my darkest days (uh, huh)
When I’m losing faith (tell me)
No, it ain’t gon’ change
I just need, I just need You

Been there? Sooner or later, all of God’s children face insurmountable odds. Moses had to free Israel from Egypt, and then he had to deal with those same stubborn, rebellious people for 40 years in the wilderness. Gideon had to go into battle against 120,000 warriors with only 300 men. David had been crowned the new King of Israel, but he spent the next 15 years running for his life from the old king while trying to protect Israel from her enemies.

It is inevitable. We will be down, the wolves will come around, and our feet will hit the ground. When it happens, let’s remember what another song writer said about a time like that in his life:

I sought the Lord and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears, Psalm 34:4.

 

TO OUR WARRIORS IN THE SUNDAY SCHOOL, and the People They Teach

A mother was fixing a pot roast with the aid of her 10 year old daughter. “Mom,” the daughter asked, “why do you always cut off the ends of the roast before putting it in the oven? That seems kind of wasteful.”

The mom said, “My mom always did it. I guess so it will cook more evenly.”

The mom called her mom and asked the same question. Her mom replied, “My mom always did it. I guess so the roast would be tender.”

That mom called her mom and asked, “Mom, why did you always cut off the ends of the roast before putting it into the oven? Was it so that it would cook more evenly or so that it would be tender.”

“Land sakes no,” said the mom. “I cut off the ends of the roast so that it would fit into my roasting pan.”

Ever wonder why we do Sunday School the way we do, with the classes grouped by ages? It’s not because we’ve always done it that way. We do it . . .

  • for connection. People connect more easily with people their own age.
  • for application. The teacher can direct the point of the lesson to the developmental needs of her class members.
  • for outreach. We can tell our prospective guests that if they come, we have a class for all the ages of their children.
  • for assimilation. People who join a church will more likely remain in the church if they connect with a small group, and they will more easily connect with a small group of people their own age.

See you Sunday for Sunday School