Glad to back with you and glad you are reading. It is hard to believe it, but The Oaks 10 year anniversary is just three weeks away. Please make every effort to attend. Immediately after the service, we will enjoy a covered dish meal. (Make something chocolate!!!) It will be great to have good friends and faithful staff from yesteryear come and be a part of our worship that day.
I also want you to know that Sunday School will be changing on September 9, 2012. We will be totally revamping the program and I could not be more excited about what we have in store for you. We will have two classes, one traditional like you have now, and the other will be a topics based class that will be relevant for our lives today. Both classes will be taught on a month to month basis by different teachers. Our very first 4 week topics class will be called "Media and Morality" taught by Dr. Lucy Green. Keep in mind that you may choose to go to the traditional class or the topics class for a time, and then switch if you so desire. These classes will be open and available to all and there will be no restrictions due to age or gender. Please be in prayer for our church as we continue to work towards improving our programs here at The Oaks.
Now, on with a brief sermon thought. Our passage found in Amos 7:7-9 is held together by a powerful image...a plumb line. A plumb line is simply a heavy weight tied to a string. When held up, the weight will hang perfectly straight every time. Builders use a plumb line to determine if a wall is straight, and hence, able to withstand weight for the rest of the building.
God uses the image of a plumb line to determine if the Israelites are straight. As God measures them according to His standards, they fall woefully short. As a result of their failures and sins, God allows the Assyrian army to come in and destroy the Northern Kingdom of Israel, (the Southern kingdom of Judah would fall to the Babylonians).
What I want you to consider is this...if God held a plumb line against you, would you be straight or would you be crooked? The fact of the matter is that we have all fallen short of what God wants form us and as a result, we are not plumb, and should be torn down. But the good news of the Gospel is that God's word is never judgement, but love. That is why God sent His son Jesus to die on a cross for your sins and for mine. So this week, think about how you live and simply ask yourself, am I plumb? Am I who God wants me to be? If not, it is time for change.
Thanks for reading,