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I Love Riding My Bike

August 22nd, 2013 | Posted by bvosler in Brent - (Comments Off on I Love Riding My Bike)

I love riding my bike.  There is nothing like flying up and down hills, leaning around bends, and watching the trees fly by while on a bike.  I love the feel of blood coursing through my body while I do something that is just pure fun!

But the other day I was caught off guard while riding one of my favorite routes.  Now let me preface this by saying that I ride a very good bike, but it isn’t a road bike; you know, one of those bikes just made for speed.  Well, that is my excuse anyway.  The route I was riding that day is often filled with high-speed bikers who regularly compete.  That is not me.  I was riding up a hill, pushing hard to get to the top, when two bikers coming towards me from the other direction, looked up and called out, “Way to go, girls.”  I was taken aback by their comment.  Yes, I had a helmet and all on, but could they really mistake me for a girl?  Then two women flew past me from behind, riding very sleek road bikes and moving very fast.  I was left feeling even worse!  I reminded myself that they were at least 25 years younger than me and their bikes were made for speed.  But still …

One thing I love more than riding though, is watching the Spirit work with all His energy through me, to accomplish things that I could not do.  For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me. Colossians 1:29 (ESV).  It constantly amazes me, that the Holy Spirit would choose to regenerate someone like me, and then to work through me to do God’s work.  I hope you relish that experience as well.  As we submit ourselves to Him, allowing Him to fully control our will and desires, we have the awesome privilege of seeing Him work in ways we could never have imagined.  As we desire what He desires, and live for His glory alone, we find His Spirit’s energy coursing through our lives.  We thrill with the joy of serving, and marvel and the work of God.  There is no thrill like struggling with all his energy that so powerfully works within us.  Living for Him alone is life’s greatest thrill.

Brent Slater

Senior Pastor

“Are you not of more value than they?”

August 6th, 2013 | Posted by bvosler in Student Ministries - (Comments Off on “Are you not of more value than they?”)

vsco_0I had the opportunity to go Up North this past weekend to the Sleeping Bear Dunes. It was an absolutely incredible experience. Places like northern Michigan are places where I can’t help but think about our Creator. Spending all that time taking in the vast beauty of the lakes and dunes it’s nearly impossible to not stand in awe of Him. It seems as though everything is a reflection of Him and it is so easy to see Him in everything.

At one point during my exploration of the Sleeping Bear Dunes I walked to the very bottom of one of the dunes where I reached the edge of the water of Lake Michigan, which might I add was quite cold. I then turned around looked back up the daunting dune I had just descended. After seeing that sight I did what any smart person would do… avoid the climb as long as possible. So I decided to walk down the shoreline.

The walk was long, not because of the distance but because of all the unbelievable rocks along the shore. It seemed that every step led me to a pile of incredibly beautiful stones. I could have taken 5 steps and looked for hours, just to take 5 more steps with seemingly thousands of more stones. As I looked up and saw miles upon miles of sandy lakeshore I could only imagine how many stones were actually there, each incredibly beautiful and unique.

After a couple of hours I walked back towards the dune to make my ascent. On the seemingly never-ending climb to the top I could not stop thinking about the stones: the miles and miles of stones. God specifically designed and created each one individually, and they were all so beautiful. Then I began thinking of how much more creativity and thought went into creating me. Matthew 6 tells us that God values us more than the birds of the air and the lilies of the field. Ephesians 1:4 states that he chose us before the foundation of the world. That means that he was thinking about you before he created every single one of those stones on the beaches of Lake Michigan. Luke 12:5 tells us that he values us more than he values many sparrows and knows the number of hairs on our heads!

He knows and loves you more than anything else. You were designed perfectly in His image just the way He wants you. He was thinking about you before the foundation and creation of anything else. And on top of all that He sent his son as a propitiation for your sin (1 John 4:10). We truly serve a God who loves us.

Jeremy Einem

Student Ministries