Sometimes inspiration comes from the most unlikely examples. Hi I’m Tom Ellsworth from Sherwood Oaks Christian Church with a minute message.
Of all the six legged critters of the insect kingdom, the dreaded cockroach is one of the most disgusting. Most of us would just as soon never see another one, but it really is quite fascinating. There are thousands of varieties scattered across the globe but each does its part in the decomposition of nature’s garbage. What’s more, they are a source of high protein for insectivores. We’d feel just fine if the cockroach was extinct but we would miss some of the animals dependent upon it for food. Most amazingly, the science of robotics is studying the cockroach for several reasons, including speed and mobility. It can cover 30 feet in a second and losing a limb doesn’t even slow it down. Scientists are using the cockroach as a model in developing a small maneuverable robot that can find people trapped in rubble after earthquakes or other natural disasters. For all of our disgust, God’s design for the cockroach is remarkable.
If God can use the lowly cockroach to clean up his world and serve science as an inspiration, just imagine what he can do through you to change and inspire others!
Sherwood Oaks has had a partnership with Agua Viva Children’s Home in Guatemala since 2003. The partnership has provided opportunity for many from Sherwood Oaks to get to know and sponsor children who live at the home or go to the school. We have also helped with many work projects that have helped AV with necessary enhancements to their property – from building a school for 300 village children, to digging trenches for bio drains to reroute animal waste as fertilizer – to paving the streets of the ‘colonia’ next to the home. Every year high school and university students travel to Agua Viva to experience life outside of the USA for the first time. The children, the staff, the teachers, and especially the cooks at Agua Viva create a positive environment to learn about life outside of our ‘comfort zone’ at home. Many smiles and tears have been shared there – and many hearts touched through serving.
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” RW Emerson
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It's just around the corner ... 2017! This time of year leads most people to ponder what changes - or improvements - they'll make for the new year. Healthier eating. Exercise. More time with family. Better discipline with finances. And the list could go on and on.
What resolution are you considering for 2017? Or better yet, what meaningful change could bring more joy and purpose to your life?
At Sherwood Oaks Christian Church, we want to encourage people to grow in their prayer life all throughout 2017.
The Bible tells us: "Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know" Jeremiah 33:3.
And, "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours" Mark 11:24.
Developing our prayer lives builds our relationship with God in significant ways. In turn, we find such encouragement and more hope for living.
But what does it look like to grow in your prayer life?
Does it mean you have to set aside hours each day? Get up at the crack of dawn? Or have just the right words to say? No way!
We hope to inspire you and give you simple ideas for developing your prayer life in 2017:
1 - Start small by committing a few minutes each day to prayer. It's a beautiful act when we turn to God! Your prayer time could include saying a prayer each morning as you are getting ready (In the shower? As you blow dry your hair?) or as you are commuting to and from work or school.
2 - Set a reminder to build this routine. This could be an alarm on your phone or a note on your bathroom mirror or steering wheel. These reminders will help you build this habit in your life.
3 - Ask a friend or family member to encourage you. Find someone else who wants to grow their prayer life too. You could check in with each other on a regular basis for support and accountability. It might help you to text each other after you pray each day or check in with a weekly phone call to see what is working or what changes to make.
4 - Download and use Sherwood Oaks' monthly prayer guide for suggestions. Each month in 2017, we're offering a prayer guide. It will give all of us a suggestion of something to pray for each day. We hope this will encourage your prayer time, and it will be powerful as we all pray for things together throughout the year.
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5 - Look for additional ways to build your prayer time. In the coming months, you may want to add a few minutes to your prayer time. You might start tracking your prayer requests (and answers!) in a prayer app on your phone or in a journal. You could add some Bible study or memorization to this time as well.
We're kicking of 2017 by looking at how to walk with Jesus in your life every single day. Our stepgoals series is designed to get you moving into a deeper relationship with Him.
Invite your friends and family and join us for this great new series to kick of 2017.