Life@Eaglebrook ----------- --------------September 20th, 2022


Control.

As we discussed this past Sunday, rather than faith and prayer being aspects of having a trusting relationship with God, they can all-too-easily be reduced into being a system we attempt to work, to gain a degree of control in our broken world. Where we think:

 

If we have enough faith, God will answer.

If we pray the right prayer, God will respond.

If I follow the right rules, God will bless me.

 

This is when we equate having faith with certainty. And so, we try to make ourself believe whatever it is we think we need to believe… because if we truly believe with all of our hearts, this is how we then gain access to the blessings of God. But if we are honest, what we are really after is control

 

Faith is about trust, not control.

 

When we try to use our faith to gain control, we are missing the whole point. Faith is not a formula. Faith is not about working a system. Faith is not about having control. Rather, faith is about trust. Faith is about putting our trust in God because we are not in control

 

If we are in control, there is no need to trust.

 

We often try to gain control because we are afraid. We are afraid of what could happen to us, so we seek after a system we can work to secure the blessing and protection of God. Much of religion is about giving people a sense of control in an uncontrollable world. But, like it or not, we are not in control. However, even within this very chaotic and broken world, God invites us to put our trust in Him. Faith is about a relationship.

 

Moving from religion to relationship.

 

Jesus shows us what it looks like to trust God to the very end. Jesus did not work a religious system to get the outcome He desired. Jesus did not pray the right prayers or conjure up enough faith to control God. Jesus cried out to God and wrestled with God. And then He trusted God.

 

So may we see that faith and prayer is not about gaining control, but that it is actually about  relinquishing control and choosing to put our trust in God. 

 

May we walk in the Image of God this week!

Arnie


 Visible Faith

Ephesians 2:8-9, Hebrews 11:6


Sunday Services - In-Person and Online!

You can now attend our Sunday Morning Worship Service either in-person or online.

We are now Live-Streaming on BOTH:
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Location:
1025 Margaret Street, Woodruff, WI 54568 

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Phone:
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Nursery Care Now Available!
We are now able to provide Nursery Care, as needed. The Sunday Morning Service will be live-streamed down in the Nursery for the volunteers and parents who choose to make use of the Nursery Room.

If you would like to volunteer to help with this ministry, please contact Arnie.
Small Groups - Starting This Fall!!!
Small Group Bible Studies are a wonderful way to connect at a deeper level with one another, as we dig into the Scriptures together, seeking to discover what it means to follow Jesus in our own place and time. Our desire at Eaglebrook Church is that everyone would be a part of a Small Group!

The Small Group Bible Studies that will be starting this Fall include:

  

Women's Bible Study

When: 5:30pm-7:15pm Monday Evenings

Where: Eaglebrook Church

Topic: Twelve Women of the Bible

For More Information: Jani Rowe

 

Mid-Week Small Group Bible Study

START DATE: Wednesday, September 28th

When: 7:00pm-8:30pm (Weekday Evening - Yet To Be Determined)

Where:  Eaglebrook Church (Church Library) 

Topic:  The Parables of Jesus 

For More Information: Arnie Boedecker 

  

If you would like more information about any of our Small Groups, or have any additional questions, you can email Arnie.

For Those Viewing Online -- Facebook Live and YouTube
If you are not comfortable meeting indoors at this time, then please join us ONLINE this coming Sunday at 10:00am on either Facebook or YouTube as we Live-Stream our Sunday Morning Worship Service! 

Sunday Worship
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Next Elder Board Meeting

The next Elder Meeting is scheduled for:


Monday, October 10th at 6:30pm


If you have any issues or concerns that you would like the Elder Board to discuss at the next meeting, please talk to any of the Elders.

Why So Serious?
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Scripture of the Week

Joshua 1:9 (NIV) -- Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

The Apolstle Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:7, that we "Live by faith, not by sight." 


Arnie gave us a wonderful definition on Sunday of what faith is, and what it is not.  


This week, may we truly live... by faith. 


Looking into next Sunday, we are excitied to have Beth Mabry be our speaker before she heads back overseas.   


I look forward to seeing you all if you are in town next Sunday! 


Steve


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