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God's Word for the coming week...

Let us give God those things that are “too big for us,” those concerns or issues we have that are overwhelming and not easy for us to understand.  Let us allow God to carry us, quiet us,  and lead us.
Dates To Remember...

Monster Quiz & Dinner-
         Coming to a Fellowship Hall near you!  SOON! 
Remember in Prayer...

  • Please pray for safe travels for Charles and Abby who will be going to Peru, Feb 16-20, to participate in Ann & Adolfo Trujillo's marriage celebration.  In Charles' absence next week, Mark Ciliento will bring the morning sermon.
  • Please pray for Barbara Files, Mary Vongas' aunt in Florida who is struggling with health and faith issues.  She is a faithful Christian and wants to be held up in prayer during this difficult time for her.  
  • Those in the congregation who continue to deal with health issues, members who are struggling with employment issues, and those among us who are suffering.

Letting God Carry The Heavy Stuff

My heart is not proud, O LORD, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me (Psalm 131:1)

Have you ever tried to lift a suitcase that is too heavy?  Have you every tried to engage in an activity for which you were simply not ready?  On a larger scale, have you ever simply been overwhelmed by issues, life events, situations, or matters that were simply impossible to understand?  What usually happens when we try to lift something too heavy for us?  Usually, we get hurt.

The good news is that God is like a porter-he is willing to pick up and carry the bag that is too heavy for us.  In Psalm 131, the Psalmist knows not to try to pick up the heavy suitcase of burdens.  He writes, “I do not concern myself with great matters or things to wonderful for me.”  Deuteronomy 29:29 says it another way, “the secret things belong to God.”  And Old Testament Apocryphal book, the Sirach, or the Wisdom of Ben Sira, puts it yet another way, “Neither seek what is too difficult for you, nor investigate what is beyond your power.” (Sirach 3:21)

The wisdom that comes to us from scripture encourages us not to attempt things that are beyond our abilities-or try to understand things that happen to us for which there are no real “answers.”  To do so-to try to solve “great mysteries of life”-is pride, the Psalmist says.  We will be confronted many times in life with “bags that are too heavy to lift,” matters too complex for us-things for which we cannot find answers.  Here God is our porter:  let God carry the heavy stuff.  This way, we will not hurt ourselves.

There is much in life that we will never understand.  As Deuteronomy says, “the secret things belong to God.”  Many things that happen to us are not meant for our understanding.  It takes humility to accept our limitations.  But in so doing, there is great freedom.  God is there.  He knows and understands all that happens and watches over us with a loving and compassionate heart. 

Let's let God carry the heavy stuff. 

Connecting ... to the church family at Monmouth & the community

Wednesday Prayer Time - 7 to 8 PM
2/16 - Crane
2/23 - Grabowski
3/2 - Vazquez


February Hostess of the Month - Sue Rastelli

Cleaning Families  -  Crane & Berry


Presentation on Haiti
As Many of you know, our sister Nancy Greenleaf recently returned from a trip to Haiti, where she was involved in both education and medical missions.  Please make plans to be here on Sunday, March 6th.  Nancy will share important aspects of her mission trip with us!