Summer is just around the corner and we certainly appreciate the good weather. This season makes us feel happy, warm, and perhaps energized to get up and get going. However, for some the season may indicate a desire to get things done but may feel inert, incapable, and incapacitated. Have you ever felt that way? Have you felt that you want to do something but can’t seem to find the power to accomplish it? Have you felt setback by circumstances, hindered by the past and hampered by life? Have you ever met someone who is a chronic complainer, a non-stop whiner, and perennial pessimist? I heard someone once remark, “If I had a penny for every time someone said to me ‘You don’t know my circumstances’ I would be able to pay for my dream trip to Bora Bora.” You’re not alone! Many people feel that life has dealt them a bad hand and may blame themselves or others for their present situation. However, God reminds us that “with men this is impossible, but with Him, all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). God can take your worst and make it better or turn circumstances around so that obstacles become opportunities. I heard a quote that read, “God never gives you a dream that matches your budget; He’s not checking your bank account, He’s checking your faith!” So what do you have to give? What’s holding you back? Stop sitting around – rise up and walk by faith!
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Have you ever offered or shared something to someone in need? Maybe it was money, clothing, food, a drive, study notes, or your time. Was that person surprised? Shocked? Incapable of understanding why you were willing to sacrifice for them? So we may also feel as we try to fathom the concept of our Lord who came down and saved us: “…we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Hebrews 10:10) Everything we have is because of our Lord, and everything we will be is because of His sacrifice for us! Don’t be surprised or shocked! Accept His love with an open and willing heart and share that love He has for us with someone else today!
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If anytime during the past month you flipped through TV channels, scanned the radio, or even took a step outside, no doubt you know what this big day is… the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. It is the talk of the town as we are being bombarded with all the latest news. Chances are then, that you’ve also heard or read that the father of the bride unfortunately couldn’t be there. Imagine what disappointment that would be; most little girls’ dreams are to have the perfect wedding, and certainly, that also includes being walked down the aisle by “daddy”, who, in this case, announced this past week he wouldn’t be in attendance. As Christians, aren’t we blessed to have hope that even though sometimes our earthly father (or others in our life!) may let us down, Our Heavenly Father never will?! For all the successes we have – be it that walk down the aisle, as we graduate from school, or when we tackle a new job – our Father was right there beside us, cheering us on; and for the times when we aren’t shining our brightest – maybe when we lose a loved one, when diagnosed with an illness, or when feeling lost or alone – He’s there never failing to hold us up. Though humans may fail us sometimes, our Creator never will! Deuteronomy 31:6 reminds us, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.” What a promise this is, one that we should cling to and remember, in good times and bad!
Our mothers were chosen for us by our Heavenly Father, for He had a plan for us to be united with her before we were even born; the Psalmist David speaks of being created by God, “knit together in [His] mother’s womb.” (Psalm 139:13) Our relationship with her started early, when mom looked out for the best for us, cheered for us when we succeeded, mended our wounds when we were hurt, and was there when we were in need. The prophet Isaiah goes so much as elevating and contrasting a mother’s love to the Lord’s love when he writes, “As a mother [who] comforts her child, so will I comfort you…” (Isaiah 66:13). Our Scriptures speak of a diverse number of extraordinary mothers in the Bible… think about your mom and compare her to one or more of these powerful ladies – Sarah, the mom who waited; Hagar, the mom who endured; Rebekah, the mom who deceived; Leah and Rachel, the moms who had to share; Jochebed, the mom who had a plan; Hannah: the mom who kept her promise; Elizabeth: the mom who believed in miracles; and Mary: the mom who is blessed among women.* There’s no doubt, from a Biblical perspective, the importance of a mother. Sometimes however, our mother might be absent from our life, for whatever reason, and days like mother’s day we instead think of another special lady in our life… blessed are we that the Bible recognizes this to be the case, so God even gives us the example of Naomi, the mom who shared her faith*, who was just as important as a mom, even if she didn’t bear the progeny (Ruth) herself. The wisest man who ever lived, Solomon, notes that, “[A mother’s] children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.” (Proverbs 31:28) This mother’s day, in addition to whoever we celebrate, call blessed, and praise – be it our own mom or other ladies in our life who are mother-like figures – let’s also say “thank you” to our Heavenly Father, for being in control of our lives at all times and placing us just where we should be, around exactly who we should be. A very happy mother’s day to all the ladies at Bronte!
* taken from www.crosswalk.com
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We warmly welcome you to Bronte! With the recent unpredictable weather pattern, we wonder what season we find ourselves in. Although it is officially spring, we still see the signs of winter as we gaze outside our window. It can leave us feeling confused and frustrated as we struggle to adjust to our surroundings of which we have no control. The Bible describes our spiritual life as going through seasons. If you were to examine your current situation or season in life right now, what would you say? Think about that for a moment. Would you say that you’re in a grinding season, a dry season, a getting married season, a waiting for your godly mate season, a raising small kids or teens season, an empty nesting season, a spiritual warfare season, a tests and trials at nearly every turn season, a growing closer to God season, and the list could go on and on. The Bible tells us in Ecclesiastes 3:1, “For everything there is a season.” It also tells us in Ecclesiastes 3:11, “Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time.” Ultimately God is in control of all of the seasons, whether natural or within life. Trust in Him, for He knows all, from the beginning to end, and He promises to carry us through each and every season we experience.
Did you know that Adventists believe in justification by faith, meaning that we are not saved by our deeds/actions, but instead by our faith in God? In other words, we are not justified by doing good things, but by believing in God, His grace, and His power to save us, forgive us, and help us. We pray that your time today will build your faith and you will leave here feeling blessed!
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We are looking forward to warmly greeting you and wishing you “Happy Sabbath” – a welcome greeting of hope, peace, and blessing; a prayer that the Lord be with you; a reminder to thank God for this holy day meant for praise and rest that was set aside each week. We pray that you will indeed be blessed this day, and will continue to let the love of God fill your hearts and minds this coming week.