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Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. (1 Peter 5:6)

                                                                   

Thoughts from Pastor Dennis Bailey

  

     

  

One evening, after a meal, some children turned to their father and asked if he would tell them a story about a giant.

"Once there was a boy who asked his father to take him to see the great parade that passed through the village. The father remembered the parade from when he was a boy. So the next morning the boy and his father set out together. As they approached the parade, people started to push in from all sides so the father lifted his son and placed him on his shoulders.

Soon the parade began and as it passed, the boy kept telling his father how wonderful it was and how spectacular were the colors and images. The boy, in fact, grew so prideful of what he saw that he mocked those who saw less, saying, 'If only you could see what I see.'

"But," said the father who was looking into the faces of the children, "what the boy did not look at was why he could see." Then, as if he had finished the story their father stopped speaking. "Is that it?" asked his daughter. "We thought you were going to tell us a story about a giant."

"But I did," Father said. "I told you a story about a boy who could have been a giant." "How?" squealed the children.

"A giant," their dad said, "is anyone who remembers we are all sitting on someone else's shoulders."

Thank you all for lifting me on your shoulders. It has been my privilege to have been your pastor these last 8 years. But I could never have done this without your love, compassion, and care. You have often been my strength.

Let’s never forget that we all have to “lean on the everlasting arms” of Jesus. He truly is our only hope for our days to come!

 

May God be with you.

  

        

 

  1. 3 - (2 Corinthians 3:17-18) Mark 4:30-32 “Growing in Jesus”

Jesus talks about what the Kingdom of God is like. That means what it is like to be a Christian where God is the ruler of all of our life. He says it means to “grow up” and to “transform.”

 

June 10 - John 1:10-14 “Coming and Going” Gregg Hoaglund

In the busyness of everyday life, do you sometimes feel like you meet yourself coming and going? Come, relax and get (re)acquainted with God and an old term from First Chronicles 1-9. Go, from worship with renewed energy, understanding, and purpose.

 

June 17 - (Romans 3:22-24) Ephesians 2:8-9; 19 - 1 Corinthians 1:2

` “What We Have Learned Together”

On Pastor Bailey’s last weekend Clay Winterboer and Pastor Dennis will “tag-team” on this message around the theme of what Clay has learned from Dennis and Nancy and what Pastor Dennis has learned from our congregation at Carroll, First.

 

June 24 - Randy Anderson will be leading worship and new pastor, Terry Plocher,

will give a message and testimony.