This morning Sherry Benner has a final word to share with the church body. She begins with Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please God… By reminding us that God is totally faithful and trustworthy, we can flourish in our faith. Even in the midst of all our “stuff”, God is faithful. Together we are all on a faith journey.
Sherry really focuses in on, “through faith”. Hebrews 11:32-34 …who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle… We would like for God to change our circumstances or rescue us from difficulties. God wants to change us into his strong, powerful-in-battle people. We can be people with “through faith”, the kind of faith that takes us through. He does not deliver us from, but brings us through- to become the warriors He has designed us to be.
We often look for a way around, under, over, just not through the problem. Isaiah 43:2-3 When you pass through the water I will be with you, and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. Sherry encourages us that although sometimes we may feel we will be overwhelmed by the rivers, or burned by the fires, God says He will be with us as we go “through” these things. God will take us through!
Steve Scansen, a regional director with Child Bridge Montana, shares the vision of Child Bridge Montana and an inspiring vision for foster care in eastern Montana. There is so much need for loving homes in the foster care program.
Every child in foster care was taken out of a dangerous or unhealthy home situation. In most situations, the children enter the foster care program without ever knowing that someone loves them. If a person doesn’t believe another person can love them, they will struggle to understand the love God has for them.
Listen as Steve and the Child Bridge Montana team shares why it is so important for Christians to somehow be involved with foster care. Whether you become a foster parent, a respite care provider, someone who can support foster parents, or an example of love for foster kids, the foster care program is a perfect fit for a Christian because you know the love of God – and you can share it with others. The most important thing a foster child needs is for someone to show them love in a tangible way.
Ask God how you can show his love within foster care.
Our Children’s Pastor, Sherry Benner, shares with us about God’s unchanging love in the many seasons of change in our lives. Then Pastor Casey Kluver challenges us to find our way back to the people and the relationships that we love.