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While You're Making Plans this Summer...


Hello, everybody out there!

I'd love to hear where you are as you read this. I know many of you Phoenicians are “escape artists” this time of year. So, if you could just take a second to comment, it would be fun to know where you are. For those who are right here with me in the Valley of the Sun, heat, and burning concrete, let me know that, as well, and we’ll enjoy the fellowship of suffering.

Last week, Daniel Riccio shared a wonderful message on Daniel 3, about the power of hope during the difficult seasons of life that feel like:  Death has climbed in through our windows and has entered our fortresses; it has removed the children from the streets and the young men from the public squares. (Jeremiah 9:2)

Daniel’s message was solid and moving. If you missed it, check out the Livestream or the podcast. Oh, and by the way, Daniel Riccio, like Daniel in the Bible, is not a professional, polished preacher pastor-man. Daniel is a company man. He oversees the sales of semi-conductors. I love it!

This week, as we look at Daniel 4, we will be addressing these types of questions:

  • What is the cause of all the pain in the world?
  • If God is sovereign over all the world, then why…?
  • How can a prideful, bombastic, egomaniacal king become a humble, God-fearing, and considerate leader? 
  • And the most important question anyone could ever ask: 
  • What is God requiring of me right now?

I’ll give you a hint. The answer to this last question can be found in Daniel 4:27 and Micah 6:8.
As a pastor who really does care for you and pray for you, I want to ask that, in the midst of all your summer plans, you would consider participating in one or all of the following events. I believe the events will help us accomplish what Jesus has asked us to do: Put God’s Glory on Display, Build Courageous People, and Engage in Society's Pain.

  1. Harvest America - June 11 
  2. VBS - June 12-16 
  3. Royal Family Kids Camp - (Camp for Foster Kids)

May you and yours be strong in the joy of the Lord every day of this summer!



Ed, I hear you man. Psalm 33:18-19 - Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, On those who hope for His lovingkindness. Just like you said those who fear the Lord are the ones who hope for His lovingkindness when things are good and when they are hard. I pray you can know that God is near you and loves you.

Pastor David - Here where I'm in my life today

The Lord has a two measuring sticks for me.

The Lord is not impressed with my ability or what I can do for Him. Only one thing delights Him - people who fear Him and put their hope in His unfailing love. What does it mean to fear God and place my hope in His love? It means I acknowledge that God is the source of all that I'm. He is the one who gives me the ability to work, plan, and execute. He does not want me to look to my abilities, but to His abilities. Sometimes it is difficult to balance these two. However, I bet if I ask God to show me how to maintain this balance, He will do it.

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