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A New Years Thought

by Pastor Dave Katsma on December 27, 2016
A New Years Thought
It’s been a bit since I’ve updated the blog page. With this week being between Christmas and New Years I thought I would take a bit to reflect on “time”. As creatures of habit, we think in terms of time, blocks of time. Time segmented in minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years and decades. We schedule our lives this way, we mark...
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A Flood of Blessings

by David Katsma on September 21, 2016
“Those who survive the coming destruction will find blessings even in the barren land, for I will give rest to the people of Israel.” Jeremiah 31:2 It know that it isn’t good to take a verse...
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Faith When Society is Falling Apart

by Pastor Dave on July 26, 2016
“See how many enemies I have 
and how viciously they hate me! Protect me! Rescue my life from them! Do not let me be disgraced, for in you I take refuge. May integrity and honesty protect me,...
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TRUST

by PASTOR DAVE on June 22, 2016
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6
 

The other day I was having to do some work around the house and what I happen to be working on was just out of my reach.  I looked around and saw a kitchen chair that I could stand on.  I am not a huge guy, but a weigh in at about 210.  I guess that isn't exactly light either.  But I thought a chair should hold my weight. I sit on one all the time, I should be able to stand on one!  I grabbed the chair, positioned it and got up on top.  Sure enough it held my weight. But I didn't know for sure if I should trust it or not.

That simple illustration seems so true about spiritual life as well.  If trust a chair to stand on, why do I so often loose my trust in God that he will take care of my every need.  The God of the universe says to "trust him with all my heart and not to lean on my own understanding."  Too often I look at a situation with my own understanding, not really understanding the situation as much as I think; I have an understanding of my own solution to the problem or situation.  I lean on my own understanding of what I need to do to fix it, work it or handle it…and I lack trust in the God of the universe who not only knows and understands my situation but has a plan in it. How do I not trust the God who has created all the universe and upholds it with his hand?  How do I not trust the one who loved me so much that he was willing to give his very life for my salvation.  If I trust Christ with my salvation, should I not fully trust him to see me through the difficult and the stress-filled times of my life.
 

The last part of the verse, I guess, is the real challenge for me.  Submit to Him and he will make my paths straight.  Submitting to Jesus with every aspect of my like is the place that I, and so many of us struggle with.  Submitting is letting go of the control, letting go of my own planned scenario, letting go of the way I want it to work out, and letting go of my desires.  That is the walk of a true disciple.  I struggle with that.
 

There are some things in my life right now I have had a different vision of and a different version of what it is today.  I have had my own understanding and because my understanding and my grasp of reality differ, I struggle with it and it causes me to waiver in my faith.  I need to be reminded that I first of all need to submit to Christ every aspect of my life and he will work it out in the end for His glory and for my good.  The path will be straight…straight according to his will for my life. 
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6
 

The other day I was having to do some work around the house and what I happen to be working on was just out of my reach.  I looked around and saw a kitchen chair that I could stand on.  I am not a huge guy, but a weigh in at about 210.  I guess that isn't exactly light either.  But I thought a chair should hold my weight. I sit on one all the time, I should be able to stand on one!  I grabbed the chair, positioned it and got up on top.  Sure enough it held my weight. But I didn't know for sure if I should trust it or not.

That simple illustration seems so true about spiritual life as well.  If trust a chair to stand on, why do I so often loose my trust in God that he will take care of my every need.  The God of the universe says to "trust him with all my heart and not to lean on my own understanding."  Too often I look at a situation with my own understanding, not really understanding the situation as much as I think; I have an understanding of my own solution to the problem or situation.  I lean on my own understanding of what I need to do to fix it, work it or handle it…and I lack trust in the God of the universe who not only knows and understands my situation but has a plan in it. How do I not trust the God who has created all the universe and upholds it with his hand?  How do I not trust the one who loved me so much that he was willing to give his very life for my salvation.  If I trust Christ with my salvation, should I not fully trust him to see me through the difficult and the stress-filled times of my life.
 

The last part of the verse, I guess, is the real challenge for me.  Submit to Him and he will make my paths straight.  Submitting to Jesus with every aspect of my like is the place that I, and so many of us struggle with.  Submitting is letting go of the control, letting go of my own planned scenario, letting go of the way I want it to work out, and letting go of my desires.  That is the walk of a true disciple.  I struggle with that.
 

There are some things in my life right now I have had a different vision of and a different version of what it is today.  I have had my own understanding and because my understanding and my grasp of reality differ, I struggle with it and it causes me to waiver in my faith.  I need to be reminded that I first of all need to submit to Christ every aspect of my life and he will work it out in the end for His glory and for my good.  The path will be straight…straight according to his will for my life. 
 
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