There are verses in the Bible I sometimes wish weren’t there.
James 5 contains one of those verses. In James 5:17 we read:
Elijah was a man just like us…
My frustration with a verse such as this is it leaves me without an excuse. If Elijah was a man just like me, then nothing separates the life he lived from the life I live, nothing separates the things he did from the things I can do.
We go to the Bible looking for super heroes. We want special people with special callings to rise up and do special things that no one else can do. But, the Bible does not comply with our search for complacency.
The Word of God does not give us heroes, it gives us examples.
The pages of the Bible are full of men and women, just like us, who took their ordinary lives and allowed God to do something extraordinary through them.
Noah, Abraham, Moses, Deborah, Samson, Ruth, David, Elijah, and even Jesus, in his earthly ministry, were all people just like us who chose to let their faith in God lead them to action. They lived their lives in such a way as to leave those of us who follow without an excuse for mediocrity.
Honestly, my frustration with James 5:17 is not so much what is says as the question it leaves burning in my heart. I am alright with Elijah being a man just like me, but it makes me wonder, am I a man just like Elijah?
Click here to listen to Pastor Eric’s full message on Elijah, “Fire on Mt. Carmel”
Be in prayer for our Mission Team in Guatamala! Check back soon for their itinerary.
On the Radar
Family Fun Night is here! This Wednesday, June 9, at 7 pm, you are invited to join us for an entertaining evening of softball, homemade ice cream, and fellowship at Newman Park. I have heard some amazing reports of Rocky Road, Homemade Vanilla, and even Jalapeño ice creams on the menu.
Softball Team Colors — Youth wear RED and Adults wear Blue!
Parents, be sure to check out the Worldchangers website. We align our Bible curriculum from the nursery all the way up to our youth. Access the Family Connection page on the website to bring your children’s Bible lesson home to the kitchen table.
We also have all the info you need about RAMP, our ministry to youth in Sweetwater High School and Middle School and surrounding campuses, as well, at www.efcyouth.com.
You Heard it at EFC
Been trying to remember one of those awesome songs we sang? Here is our worship list from yesterday, for those of you who just absolutely need a copy for yourself. You can usually find them for purchase on itunes.com.
- “Blessed Be Your Name” by Matt Redmand
- “Saviour King” by Hillsong (New: Live Video Below!)
- “The More I Seek You” Kari Jobe version
- “Where You Go, I’ll Go” by Brian Johnson
Next Sunday, June 13, we continue our Summer preaching series, “Mountains and Valleys.” Through this series, we will discover how to walk with God through both the high and low points of life.