Welcome to Estes Park Baptist Church. Summer is really here and we are so grateful for God’s rich blessings. This week I received a call from a voice in the past, Dusty Hutson. He shared the promotion of his mother as she joined her husband Medford in Glory. Her name was Dorothy; Dorothy played a very important role in my life. It was specifically through Medford and Dorothy’s influence that I became a Christian. Remember, you may be a person of influence in someone’s life.
Jim Denison wrote this week an article that spoke to my heart. It might to yours too. “When our challenges are growing and our prayers seem unanswered, it is easier to question our Father’s providence than to trust his provision. In Psalm 22, David cries to the Lord, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (v. 1). But note his affirmation just two verses later: “Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel” (v. 3).
In Habakkuk 3, the nation is in financial crisis, but see how the prophet responds: “Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation” (vv. 17–18).
In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus “fell with his face to the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will'” (Matthew 26:39, NIV).
It is always too soon to give up on God.
Hyper Nike (Romans 8:37),