Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
In the Redwall series the author, Brian Jacques wrote one of my favorite literary characters, a hare by the name of Basil Stag.
When Basil first arrives he is seen as a fun-loving, easy-going, jokester, with a quick smile and quicker whit. Later though you read that Basil is more than just a jokester, but is actually a lethal warrior. His battle cry was "Give 'em blood and vinegar!".
Now, what does this have to do with James 1? Well, as followers of Christ, living behind enemy lines, we should take the same approach as James & Basil, and be Happy Warriors.
So as trials lay ahead, which they will we need to serve our Lord with smiles on our faces, and the sword of the Spirit in our hands!
Now here's how to fight like a wild jackrabbit!
1. Be in God's word daily! Dads lead your children in Bible study. Tip: Read one chapter of Proverbs and one chapter of Psalms before bed.
2. Attend church and serve faithfully. Don't go it alone (Hebrews 10:24). Never miss a Sunday, and then serve every Sunday. Don't be a pew warmer!
3. Last, but not least PRAY, PRAY, PRAY! Pray for the Timbers staff for wisdom & energy. Pray for Timbers students for teachable hearts & hard work. Pray for Timbers families for protection over marriages.
-9 DAYS TILL THE TIMBERS BLOCK PARTY!
Come join us for food, fun, and fantastic axe throwing. Sept. 9th, 5-7pm @ the 9-Mile church. : 18616 N. Sportsman Paradise LaneI
-12 DAYS TILL TIMBERS LAUNCHES!!
We cannot start this adventure on Sept. 12th, 8:00 am. Also please feel free to hang out with us for the first day. No hiding what we're teaching kids around here, suprise it's Jesus. :) Also if you want to hang out more often we'd love for you to sign up as a volunteer.
-Please make sure to turn in all health forms to us either at the block party or on the first day.
What We Are Diggin On:
-Get in those last few days of summer, and enjoy some outdoor dining at the 291 Brewhouse! Their Chicken Waffle sandwich has to be one of the best things this town has ever produced!
-Need one last summer read? Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls is one of my all-time favorite books and a great family read-aloud. When you combine loose monkeys, bayou moonshiners, and a boy who just wants to earn money for a 22 rifle, you know you have a winner!