In-person worship services will be held as scheduled this Sunday. Please use discretion when determining whether roads are safe for your personal travel.
If you are unable to travel, consider joining worship online HERE at 7:30, 9, 11 or 5pm, on-demand at Resurrection’s YouTube channel, or on TV at KMCI 38 at 8am or 11am.
We are watching the weather and at this time the Car Show is still on as scheduled for the public, open from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. We will keep you updated as conditions change.
10 You will eat, you will be satisfied, and you will bless the LORD your God in the wonderful land that he’s given you.
11 But watch yourself! Don’t forget the LORD your God by not keeping his commands or his case laws or his regulations that I am commanding you right now. 12 When you eat, get full, build nice houses, and settle down, 13 and when your herds and your flocks are growing large, your silver and gold are multiplying, and everything you have is thriving, 14 don’t become arrogant, forgetting the LORD your God:
the one who rescued you from Egypt, from the house of slavery;
15 the one who led you through this vast and terrifying desert of poisonous snakes and scorpions, of cracked ground with no water;
the one who made water flow for you out of a hard rock;
16 the one who fed you manna in the wilderness, which your ancestors had never experienced, in order to humble and test you, but in order to do good to you in the end.
17 Don’t think to yourself, My own strength and abilities have produced all this prosperity for me. 18 Remember the LORD your God! He’s the one who gives you the strength to be prosperous in order to establish the covenant he made with your ancestors—and that’s how things stand right now.
Deuteronomy, set just before Israel entered the Promised Land, warned about how humans tend to view prosperity. We’re tempted to believe that everything we have or achieve came solely from us—our hard work and innate talent. But when Israel forgot that “the LORD your God” (verse 18) is the ultimate source of human talent and energy, spiritual (and then military) failures followed. Not just Israel, but all of us, need to always “remember the LORD your God!”
Creator God, let my giving grow from my inner recognition of your creating and sustaining power in my life. Thank you for life, for strength and for talents. Amen.
Rarely does anyone claim responsibility for a failed endeavor. We don’t go around looking to take credit for another person’s loss. But when it comes to succeeding or winning, we like to associate with the right team. I speak from experience here, people-–I went to Baylor and this week I’ll proudly wear my t-shirts that have sat at the back of my closet in football seasons past.
Even with the church, it is all too easy for us to be fair-weather fans. We stop giving when we don’t like a decision that has been made; we don’t attend worship if we don’t find it entertaining.
On the other hand, when something is going great, when an organization is successful, when positive changes are taking place, we are drawn to be a part of it. And this, I think, is a fine and good thing, but what often happens next is not so fine. We get comfortable, then presumptuous, haughty, prideful, and even take credit for things which were not our doing.
I believe that this is what Deuteronomy 8:10-18 is trying to tell us. When “all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God,” the one who brought you to this place. “Really?” you’re thinking. “We are the church. How could we possibly forget God?” I’m not sure how… but I do know it happens. Sadly, it has happened in thousands (millions?) of churches across the world. People stopped giving God the glory for the great things he had done, they started taking credit for themselves, moved on ahead into the future with a self-reliance that did not need God’s blessing, and eventually, they stopped changing the world for Christ’s sake and either died away or continue as innocuous social organizations.
Oh, good LORD our God, keep us from that fate! As we stand at this point in our church’s history, celebrating 20 years of changing lives, transforming communities, and seeking the renewal of the church, may we rejoice not only in God’s blessing but that we have had the great privilege of being a part of what God is doing in God’s church. And when we start to say to ourselves, “my power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me…” may God bring courageous voices to speak against our erroneous ways and set us on a right path again. Here’s to all that God will continue to do!!