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By: Kevin Thomas, Lead Pastor
Ah, summer. Birds chipping in the morning, warm sunshine in the afternoon, quiet conversations in the evenings.
Ahhh! It’s summer. In the midst of all the chirping, sunning and chatting,
my brain races to track the various bunny trails of my life’s endeavors—phone
calls to return, emails to compose, sermons to write, meetings to set-up, events
to prepare, gatherings to attend, conversations to continue, meals to plan, drives
to coordinate, repairs to complete, outdoor projects to start, appointments to
schedule, social opportunities to initiate, interruptions to navigate.
We all want to relax: to take deep breaths, enjoy the people around us, and soak in a deeper sense of God’s peace. Yet it’s quite obvious that we’re really not very good at it. I often find myself reflexively growling at the on-going responsibilities and ever-present interruptions that flare up in my over-booked brain and over-loaded life.
Can’t the world just stop and allow me to catch my breath for a moment?!?
We don’t have the power to stop the world. Instead we have to pull off an even more astonishing miracle: to stop the noisy, frenetic, impatient, panicky world that spins inside of each of us.
This isn’t going to be easy. We’re far more comfortable with over-packed schedules and constant demands. It makes us feel important. It also makes us rather miserable human beings. God didn’t create us to go full-tilt each day. It’s simply not humane. He created us to work diligently, then rest artfully. Even He took a full day off every once in a while. (e.g. take a glance at Genesis 2:1-3)
Over the next four Sundays (June 18 & 25, July 2 & 9) you’re invited to join me as we attempt to “Take it Easy”. This sermon series is designed to teach me (maybe you, too) how to unwind from a stressed out life and discover new pathways to personally and patiently enjoying God’s goodness.
It won’t be easy to “Take it Easy”. Yet, if we’re going to truly enjoy the summer ahead, it’s probably exactly what we need.
By: Deron Vaupel, Ministry Administrator
"...There’s something special about younger dads coming together with ‘seasoned veterans’ to talk about our mistakes, successes, challenges, and hopes (not to mention the interspersed YouTube videos). We’ve learned a lot from each other about different ways to teach our kids and how to incorporate our faith into the day-to-day of parenting..." -Continue Reading
By: Mark Deisinger
"...It’s widely understood that the overwhelming majority of people on social media portray only the positive, happy parts of their lives. This leads to an insidious trick we play on ourselves. Here is the lie we tell ourselves: A lot of people, maybe most people, are happier than me..." -Continue Reading
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By: Samantha Sir
"...When I first came to enCompass, I did not let myself get attached. I have been hurt by the Church in the past and have been a part of several church families, causing me to stay guarded. Through a combination of the authenticity of the sermons, music, and most importantly the people, I have really felt accepted and valued in this family..." -Continue Reading
By: Sarah Arend
"...We need to internalize the truth before the attacks come so that when they do (which they will) we will already be equipped. In times of peace, or even when things seem mundane, it is so easy to get lax. It’s easy to look at past hardships and think, 'Well I’m glad that’s over so I can rest,' or even to think, 'Hey, you know I deserve a break after all this hard work.'..." -Continue Reading