This Weekend at Hope:  
Fire Up! | High Production Christianity! | Galatians 5:22-26  
Hi Hope Ames!
 
Have you ever gone on a cross-country road trip? I love so much about them - the open road, open windows, open air, wind flowing through the car, time to reflect.
 
You know what's not so great about those trips? For me, it's about two hours into the drive when the open road, windows and air kind of lose their luster, and I cannot believe that I've still got 14 hours to go.
 
'I should've bought a plane ticket.'
 
Do you ever feel like that when it comes to your faith? The freedom that God brings into your life is such a rush at first, but then it can start to feel like you're not making very much progress. "I'm still struggling with... (fill in the blank)," I say. 'I'm still dealing with... (fill in the blank),' you think. It can be discouraging!
 
Nonetheless, Paul tells us that the Holy Spirit produces "fruit" in our lives ( Galatians 5). The thing about fruit is that it grows slowly... but it grows surely.
 
You may be two hours into a 16-hour road trip, and you don't feel like anything has changed, but you know you're making progress. In the same way, you might be a ways into this journey with God, and it feels like nothing is happening anymore. In those moments, look at where you started with the Holy Spirit, or look where you were with him (or without him) just two years ago. See how he has grown his fruit in you: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Consider a situation you find yourself in today, and think about how differently you would have handled it before.
 
Our growth in the Holy Spirit isn't instantaneous, but it is inevitable. Take a look at how far you've come with him. You may be surprised!
 
I'm thrilled to preach more about the "Fruit of the Spirit" this Sunday morning at 10:30 in the Ames City Auditorium. See you there!
 
Peace,
 
Danny 

Women's Book Club
Thursday, June 21, 6:30-8:00 pm at The Link  

Women are welcome to join us at any time for fellowship and discussion of the monthly book selection. The June book is "The Hiding Place" by Corrie ten Boom.

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Potluck Picnic
Sunday, June 24, 12:00-3:00 pm  

Join us after worship at the Hickory Shelter at Brookside Park (1325 6th St.) for a potluck! Please bring a main dish, side dish or dessert to share. Tableware and drinks will be provided.
 
4th of July Parade
Wednesday, July 4, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm 

Be a part of Hope's mission to reach out to the world around us and share the everlasting love of Jesus Christ by walking in the Ames 4th of July Parade. Parade walkers need to be in place by 10:00 am.

Candy donations are also needed and may be dropped off at the Auditorium on Sunday mornings or at The Link until July 2. Please, no chocolate - it melts in the heat.
 
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