DEVOTION: "Zechariah asked the angel, "How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years." Luke 1:18
Have you ever questioned God's ability to do something or wondered where he was because he didn't seem to be present in a particular place or time in your life?
In the verse today Zechariah asks an angel, AN ANGEL, as he is standing in the Most Holy Place in the temple, how he can be sure that God is going to do what He says. Zechariah is unsure because he is old. Sounds familiar doesn't it? Surely Zechariah would've remember the story of God's promise of a son to Abraham. Surely he would remember how Sarai laughed at the thought.
We do the same thing though, don't we? We fail to remember how God has always kept his promises toward His people. His love never fails. Yet, we wonder how long, or when, or where, or how much. As we sit and wait days, weeks, months, or even years for God's favor to finally rest upon us and we don't see it, we wonder where God is. We wonder if he has forgotten about us. Even worse we wonder if we have made God mad in some way that he isn't doing what we think we need or want.
Rest assured that God has not forgotten you! Paul says that "God is not slow in keeping His promises as some understand slowness, but He is just being patient with you. He doesn't want anyone to perish eternally but all to come to a knowledge of the truth!
He kept his promise to Abraham, to Zechariah, to His disciples as he rose from the dead, and to us as He has given us His Holy Spirit! He will come back and take us to be with Him so that we may be where He is! Alleluia!
Let us pray: Lord God, keep us from growing weary as we wait for the full number of those who will believe in you and join you in paradise to come to faith. Help us to hasten your coming by proclaiming your good news to all who need to hear it! Amen.
________________________________________________________________________________________________ YESTERDAY'S QUIZ: What are 1 and 2 Maccabees in the Apocrypha about? It contains the history of the Jewish people in Judea from about 175-132 B.C.
The jr/sr high youth are invited to go fishing on Sunday, October 26!! We will meet at church at 4pm and head over to George and Phyllis Hoelscher's pond. Please bring your own supplies! Let Kelsey know if you are able to go. We also need parents to drive!! Let Kelsey know about that too!
Bring your kids, bring a pot of chili, and your carved pumpkins to our 3rd annual Trunk-or-treat!! THis is a fun and safe environment to have your kids go trick-or-treating and it's fun for the whole family. We will also be having a chili cook off and a pumpkin carving contest! There will be prizes for thw inners. Event starts at 5pm with chili judging and then we will serve al the chili till 6:30. If you plan on being in the chili contest; please calling the church office, or emailing Kelsey at firstname.lastname@example.org. Trunk or treat will go until 8pm.
PATRIOT PACKAGES WILL BE PACKED AT THE WARRENTON ARMORY ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15!!
You may donate small travel size personal hygiene items, gum, comic books, magazines, or cash. A full list of needed items will be available soon. These packages are sent to troops out on the front line and battle fields around the world.
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