Hi Five Oakers, The weekend is coming and I want to share a few things with you.
He's thirty years old. He's been languishing in prison for years. It's been 13 years since his brothers sold him into slavery. Two years since he was forgotten by someone with the connections to help him. And in one day he gets called up from the prison to the presence of Pharaoh in the palace. And the first words out of Pharaoh's mouth test whether Joseph will trust God in affluence as much as he trusted him in affliction.
It's hard to trust God when things are going badly. Sometimes it's equally hard to trust him when things are going really well. Some people who trust him in their affliction forget him in their affluence. Are you trusting God in your affluence? That's a question you'll take time to explore this weekend.
Rachel Lu on "The Hand that Rocks the Cradle: Will the Culture War Be Won in the Crib?"
The trends aren’t dramatic, but they are noteworthy nonetheless. Americans are gradually becoming more pro-life. ...Perhaps most remarkable of all, young adults in their twenties and early thirties show surprising sympathy for the pro-life position. This is somewhat unexpected, given that their views are not in general conservative. ...Their ideas about sexual morality are markedly non-traditional. Despite all of that, their attitudes towards abortion are if anything less permissive than those of preceding generations. How do we explain this strange decoupling of views?
One More Thing
One of the emotional high points of the Global Leadership Summit was feature they did on the special needs ministry at Willow. A lot of our own folks don't know about our special needs ministry, The Retreat. One of the mom's with a child in The Retreat recently posted this on Facebook.
"My 5yr old is in The Retreat class. As a part of her bedtime routine, she asks us "What day is it tomorrow?" Every other day of the week, she just accepts our answer and moves to the next part of her routine. But on Saturday nights, when she finds out that tomorrow is Sunday, her face lights up and she jumps up and down saying, "I get to go to church!" ... THANK YOU for that bright moment in our lives every week!"
A big thank you to all of you who serve in that ministry!