THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IS GOODNESS
GOD is GOOD! That makes July Good! We are now in the middle of the year and on the sixth attribute of the ongoing theme – “Being Faithful to Be Fruitful”. The attribute of fruitfulness for July is “Goodness”. We have already covered Love, Joy, Peace, Patience (someone suggested we needed more time for this one), and Kindness. Hopefully, we are learning more about what it means to be a faithful Christian as this year continues. Also, we are learning how to be more fruitful in our witness for Jesus Christ. The Fruit of the Spirit, mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23, is a good reference to follow as we strive to become more effective fruit-bearing Christians in the world. Jesus also said that “good trees bear good fruit, and bad trees bear bad fruit. By our fruit, they will know us…” (Matthew 7:17-20). We are all hoping that we are showing “good fruit” for the Lord! As a matter of fact, “goodness” is used to describe the kind of fruit, quality of our witness, and the life we are to live on a daily basis. When things are going well, we say we are “living the good life”; someone does kind deeds out of the “goodness of their heart”; and we may hear a warning like, “Don’t do that, for goodness sake!”. An encouraging affirmation might sound something like, “Good job.”, or “Good for you!”, and, who hasn’t heard or used the exclamations, “My Goodness!” or “Goodness Gracious!” when we experience something extraordinary? “Goodness” is a part of our vocabulary, our lives, and evidenced throughout our world. Now that’s a Good thing for Goodness sake!
The Bible also has many references to “Goodness” and “Good”. In Psalm 34:8 we are told to “Taste and see that the Lord is good”. Paul describes his life in II Timothy 4:7 as having “fought the good fight.”. David writes in Psalm 23:6 that “surely goodness and mercy shall follow” him all the days of his life. Of course, most likely, the main references of “Good” in the Bible are where we read that Jesus is the “Good Shepherd” (John 10:11), and where the angels came to bring “Good News of great joy that will be for all the people.” (Luke 2:10). (The word “Gospel” actually means “Good News”) Our main Bible reference this month is found in II Peter 1:5a, “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness”. That is exactly what we are striving to do every day throughout the month of July and all year long. This month, we will also be praying for GOD to reveal His goodness to us in new ways. Psalm 86:17 requests, “GOD, give me a sign of your goodness,”. As we celebrate our freedom this month, let’s be in constant prayer that the Goodness of GOD will be revealed, will prevail in our land, and will fill our hearts and minds all throughout July. When it comes to the ministry of Cross Roads – we must do good and not harm, look for the good in others and not the bad, and make every effort to add to our faith GOD’s goodness. In doing this, we will all continue to “bear much fruit, showing ourselves to be His disciples.” Let’s have a Good Month.
Love (for God) - Love (for others), Pastor John
Out of My Mind . . .
On Father’s Day, Betty Dishman shared a poem that her Father had written many years ago. Her Father is in Heaven now but his influence on Betty’s life still lives through her. She is a shining example of the Joy of the Lord. If you have been around her for at least five minutes, you know what I am talking about. She CANNOT contain it! It spills over wherever she goes and splashes on whoever she talks to. She is so full of joy that sometimes she’s downright out of control!
The following poem was written by her Dad when Betty was just a little girl, and as he was writing it, he would call her in to go over it with him a little each day to listen and to get her opinion. He made Betty feel so special and so valued because he included her. That is the way it should be done! We all want our Father’s approval, don’t we?! Here is the poem he wrote:
A smile costs nothing but gives much. It enriches those who receive, without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. No one is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it, and no one is so poor but that he can be made rich by it. A smile creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in business, and is the countersign of friendship. It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and is nature’s best antidote for trouble. Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away. Some people are too tired to give a smile. Give them one of yours as no one needs a smile as much as he who has none to give.
Wayne Harold Ryan
Just as Betty’s Father had such an impact on the way she lives her life, so should our Heavenly Father have an impact on the way that we should live every day! Take time to smile at everyone we see! Look for an opportunity to help someone everywhere you go. Seek for His guidance as you go about your day to make a difference for Him in the world. It all starts with something as simple as a smile!
From my heart . . . Sharon
From the Children's Department
Konversations with the Kids
Teacher and Child Protection Training
“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it” Proverbs 22:6
Yes! Vacation Bible school is right
around the corner! It will be held
July 16th, 17th, and 18th,
Let us begin with meetings:
June 2nd Saturday 10 AM
June 22nd Friday 5 PM
We will schedule the July meetings before Bible School week at the last meeting in June.
As always meetings will be held in The Happy Jesus Room! Please continue to volunteer, support, & always pray for this year’s success!
Thank you to the church family of Cross Roads United Methodist, for all your love, support, and prayer of the Children Ministry.
In His Service,
With the help of Mary Cox for music and Ginny Kingery the youth had I believe we had another successful Youth Sunday. They are always excited about doing the service that is entrusted to them!
We also went to Corinth United Methodist Church in Muncie on a Sunday afternoon for worship, games, food, and fellowship with about 30 other youths from the Muncie area. Always a good time. Hopefully sometime in the future as our church building expands, we will be able to host the groups!!
The youth have been selling pizza to help raise money for camp. Thank you so much to everyone who purchased a pizza, or made a donation. I believe that it is so important to keep our youth involved with other Christian youth, to help encourage them on a positive path in life. A group from Cross Roads will cook at camp on June 19th. Call the office is you would like to help.
We are excited to welcome a couple of new young men to the youth group. One of them attends Lapel High School and the other one goes to Highland Middle School.
Please keep us all in your prayers as we will be leaving on Father's day for Epworth Forrest for That Thing church camp.
The Youth will attend Joe’s Night Out the
same day they get back from church camp.
Tyler Griffis will have his Graduation Open House at Cross Roads on Saturday, June 2nd from 1-3 pm
Roni Hawkins will have her Graduation Open House at Cross Roads on Saturday, June 16th from 2-4 pm.
Thank you for your continued support!
Diana Ockomon, Youth Director
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