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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?

Podcast

Click here to listen to Pastor Eric’s full message on Elijah, “Fire on Mt. Carmel

Missions Update

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!

Family Connection

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.

  1. “Blessed Be Your Name” by Matt Redmand
  2. “Saviour King” by Hillsong (New: Live Video Below!)
  3. “The More I Seek You” Kari Jobe version
  4. “Where You Go, I’ll Go” by Brian Johnson

Sunday Preview

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.

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Honor and the Smell of SmokeSome things you just can’t hide.  Like standing by a fire, you’re gonna end up smelling like smoke.  Honor is one of those unconcealable qualities of life, because honor doesn’t flow from the lips, it flows from our lives. 

Our Lord Jesus nailed the essential aspect of honor when He said, “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” (Matthew 15:8). 

As we looked at the life of the prophet Elisha yesterday, we were able to discover the protection a life of honor offers and the doors honor is able to open.  Elisha was simply tending to his fields when the Mantle of Elijah was placed upon him, but he did two things well in response to this new anointing.  He burned his escape route and he kept his eyes focused on his instructor.  Elisha fully honored his mentor until it was his time to pick up Elijah’s cloak and step into his own ministry.

Is honor a word that fits into your vocabulary?  Does it fit into your lifestyle? 

What struggles do you have honoring the people and the positions around you? 

It is my hope that, in my life, honor will not be a catchy word I throw around for my own benefit, but that honor will be the established attitude of my heart.  Regardless of what I perceive with my eyes, I desire to treat people with the honor being fashioned in the image of God deserves.

  • Honor is a choice.
  • Honor is given, not earned.
  • Honor is given, not grabbed.
  • Honor remains even after its usefulness.

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power,  for ever and ever!”

Podcast

Follow the link to access Pastor Eric’s Father’s Day message from the life of the prophet Elisha at http://efcsweetwater.com/index.php?nid=11648&s=gl

Links

Check out this great “Happy Father’s Day” kinda wedding video! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMtm1M8Q9tI&feature=related

How about a “Happy Father’s Day Sprite Style.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJBcbnSqGz8

Something to chew on: “Rethinking the Cross” by Peter Lopez

On the Radar

Our youth are spending the week at Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, TX, for an awesome time of worship and the Word.  Please remember to lift them up in prayer as they experience the life changing love of God.

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 find them for purchase on itunes.com.

  1. “Blessed Be Your Name” by Matt Redman — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cyqn2LxKVk
  2. “Your Love Is Everything” by Chris Quilala — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aSjM2kF4pA&feature=PlayList&p=CE575C95FECBEFB4&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=10
  3. “Dance With Me” by Chris Dupre
  4. “Forever And A Day” by Anthony Skinner

Sunday Preview

Next Sunday, we will conclude our series on Old Testament Heroes with a look at the remarkable life of the prophet Jeremiah.

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