I hope you have been enjoying the Samson series the past few weeks. This Sunday we will close out his story with his failure, but we won’t be going out on a low note. The most fascinating part of Samson’s story is that God ultimately redeems him and accomplishes His purposes through Samson. Samson’s story is one that has fascinated me for a long time. He is one of the first characters in the Bible who really stuck with me when I was a child as I learned about him in Children’s church.
But if you’re anything like me, you only learned a part of his story when we were young. You knew he was strong, he had long hair, and that he told Delilah the secret of his strength. What you may not have learned are three chapters of Scripture (Judges 13, 14, 15) that lead up to his downfall.
I’m not going to give away the ending of the series here, but make plans to join us Sunday for Judges 16 to see how God can work in spite of our weaknesses.
By the way, we are planning some great things for the next message series. The series will be called REST AREA. For most of us, life feels like we’re shooting down the interstate at 100 mph. Things are moving so fast we don’t even feel we can stop and take a breath. When I’m driving my family on vacation I take pride in getting to our location as fast as humanly possible. That means the rest area stops are few and far between. After all, if I’m going to set a “personal best” travel record, there’s not going to be time for any resting.
Did you know that God rested?
In the REST AREA series we are going to dig deeper into the purpose and meaning of Rest. And more importantly, we’ll learn why God created us to not only need it, but to TAKE it. Pastor Mark will be kicking off this teaching series on Sunday, October 8th, and you will immediately notice a different feel to this series. Our goal throughout the month will be to welcome the calming presence of the Holy Spirit into the sanctuary. We want the worship service to feel restful.
Do you need rest? Make plans to join us this October so you can be encouraged and not feel guilty about taking it!