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The Author

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11

I have heard it said that God is the author of our lives. God is in control, He writes the story of our lives as if in a journal. He knows where the story is going and how it ends, it just hasn’t been completely written at this time.

As God writes our stories, sometimes He has them merge with other people’s stories. This merger may be for a long period of time or for a short time. Occasionally our stories merge with others to the point where they are so intertwined that they almost become one in direction and purpose with only a few side stories. This may be a marriage, a best friend, or a family member. Sometimes they go the merger of these stories ends and you go separate ways, ending because of choice or because of circumstances. You can slowly drift apart or the stories can suddenly end. Sometimes there is a fondness of memories as you look back, sometimes there is just hurt or bitterness, sometimes death rips someone out of your life, sometimes sin and selfishness do it for you.

Think about the friends you had in high school, grade school or college. Think about your best friend growing up, or the person in your life right now that you believe will be in your life forever. Did you pledge that they would be a part of your life forever? Are they still now there, where you thought they would be? Will they will be there in 20 years from now?

In many cases the answer is no. The Author of our story continues to move in our lives and write the next chapter, we realize that some relationships are seasonal by His design and plan. Some are a season of years or decades; some are seasons of months or hours. Ultimately, this is not bad, it is just life and the frailty of human relationships in this sinful world.

A seasonal relationship is not a loss, it is a gift from God. Providing you something you need during that season or God doing a good work in you by providing something someone else needs in that moment of time. Just because a relationship ends or changes does not mean that it was not valuable, was unimportant or was not a part of God’s plan for your life for good in your life. Romans 8:28 tells us that God works all things together for good who love him. A relationship ending or changing doesn’t mean God’s plan for good isn’t in progress. It means that something changed it or broke it but God will still be writing your story for good. Nothing more, nothing less.

There is however, one relationship that is not seasonal , one relationship that we can always count on, in our lives as Christians. You have a Father in Heaven who knows you better than you know yourself. God loves you. God cares about your hurts, your suffering, and your despair over lost relationships. Today be encouraged that those lost relationships are not the most

important thing in your life. They served the purpose and time of that season and that God has great plans for you if you let Him be in control. What is most important is that your relationship with God will not end, ever! God promises to never leave you or forsake you. (Joshua 1:5 and Hebrews 13:5)

Yes – God is the author of our stories and our lives. We need to let God be God, let him write the story in our hearts and minds and ensure that we have a priority on the one relationship that is eternal. Thanks be to God for His great plan for our lives.

Pray with me:

Father – I thank You for being the author of my story, for having great plans for my life, for giving me relationships both seasonal and lifelong while we are here on earth. Help me this day to remember no matter the state of my relationships on this earth, that my relationship with You is eternal. You will never leave me or forsake me in this life or the next. I thank You for that promise and I ask You to help me trust in that and in the words of Jeremiah 29:11. Amen.

-Todd Vahlsing

U n c o m m o n   j o u r n e y

FAll reading Schedule

By October 4th, Read:  Esther 1-5 Part 1

Sermon Title:  “Protected With Purpose” by Brenda Slotten

By October 11th, Read:  Esther 6-10 Part 2
Sermon Title:  "God's Providence For His People” by Brenda Slotten

By October 18th, Read:  Ecclesiastes 1-6
Sermon Title: “The Pathway to Wisdom” Part 1 By Pastor John

By October 25th, Read:  Ecclesiastes 7-12
Sermon Title: “The Pathway to Wisdom” part 2 by Pastor John

By November 1st, Read:  The Book of Ruth by Rhea Briscoe

By November 8th, Read:   Isaiah Chapters 1-7 Part 1 by Pastor John

By November 15th, Read:  Isaiah Chapters 8-15 Part 2 by Pastor John

By November 22nd, Read:  Isaiah Chapters 16-22 Part 3 by Bruce Komassa

By November 29th, Read:  Isaiah Chapters 23-33 Part 4 by Pastor John

A Note from pastor John

It’s Time To Regather!!!

Phase One Safe Practices for Essential Rock Church - Opening May 31st:

(All efforts will be made to provide a health safe church but health safety can’t be guaranteed) 

Every Effort Will Be Taken To:

  • Provide a safely sanitized Church
  • Protect children with no Sunday School, just yet
  • Protect babies by offering no nursery, just yet
  • No weekday/weekend ministry groups will meet in this phase at Church. 
  • Masks are welcome and highly encouraged, but not mandated. (Those concerned are encouraged to take in our livestream until they feel safer) 
  • Families are invited to sit together.  If needed, chairs can be separated, also, distant rows can be added for separation. 
  • Rubber gloves are welcome as well
  • We request everyone follow safe separation (distancing) policy recommendations. 
  • No live communion temporarily during phase one.  Please partake at home, or bring your own elements from home and partake during our livestream communion time as an individual or family at church. (Phase two will have individually wrapped/sealed communion elements for people to use). 
  • No passing of baskets for offering.  They will be set out for people to make their tithe and offerings. 
  • No paper bulletins handed out.  You can print your own from home before church, plus preprint your sermon notes to bring. 
  • Those with health concerns, risk factors, or living with those who do, are encouraged to stay home. 
  • Someone feeling sick or with a temperature above normal must stay home
  • Hand sanitizer is placed all around church
  • No hand shakes or hugs
  • Please bring your own Kleenex as we don’t offer shared use for now. 
  • Services will be purposely kept to 60 minutes or less to minimize gathering interaction time. 
  • Church will have a 2 day non-use rest period after Sunday services to allow any active virus to expire on most surfaces before cleaning crew volunteers clean. 
  • We will be omitting snacks and coffee bar until further notice.  Feel free to bring your own coffee/tea!

We ask people to follow CDC recommendations and watch local and state guidelines as well. 

Their is no pressure or judgements made on when you return.  Seek God and be led by the Spirit as you individually, or as a family, decide when to return to live group church services.  Our live-streaming is now a regular ongoing option for all. 

God Bless Us As We Worship Our God!!!

Amen Amen

Pastor John

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You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”

2 Corinthians 9:7


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