Monday we had 5.5″ of snow in Galena on Monday and about the same at Foxfire Golf Club! Temperatures are forecasted to be in the 50’s & 60’s by Sunday and Monday, but we will have a little more snow today and tomorrow!
Nov 8, 2014
The Importance of Faith
by Rick Warren
“The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” (2 Chronicles 16:9a NLT)
The Bible tells us three things about the importance of faith.
God is looking for faithful people.
God is physically, visibly, actively, taking the initiative to look for faithful people that he can bless. 2 Chronicles 16:9 says, “The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him” (NLT).
This has been one of my life verses, and I’ve learned that if you make yourself usable, God will wear you out. If you get blessable, he will bless your socks off! (That’s why I don’t wear socks.) God is looking for faithful people that he can use.
Faithful people are hard to find.
The Bible says in Proverbs 20:6, “Everyone talks about how faithful he is, but just try to find someone who really is!” (GNT) A lot of people talk the talk, but they don’t really trust God. They trust their credit card instead. They say they believe in God, but they don’t really trust him when it comes to their finances, health, or job.
Psalm 53:2-3 says this: “God looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God. But no, all have turned away; all have become corrupt. No one does good, not a single one!” (NLT)
Faithfulness is the key to blessing and victory.
1 John 5:4-5 says, “For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.”
The Bible says in Proverbs 28:20, “A faithful man will have many blessings” (HCSB). I want your life to have many blessings. But in order for you to have that blessing, you’re going to have to learn faithfulness. God tests your faithfulness in different ways. Will you let him grow you in this area so that you can be a man or woman of faith?
Talk About It
What do you think are some ways that God tests our faithfulness?
Who are the people you look up to because you consider them faithful people — people who are full of faith for the Lord? What attributes do they have in common?
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Good morning everyone! The Players Club Irrigation system, and Mr. & Mrs. Graves lawn were flushed out with air on Monday and the Foxfire Golf Course was completed on Tuesday. Here are some photos of the work below! Thank you Brad & Luis for your help with the field work. Thank you John for the air compressor and Joel Braun for your advice!
Two more months of this weather will be fantastic! Enjoy!
Oct 25, 2014
by Rick Warren
“Yet hope returns when I remember this one thing: The Lord’s unfailing love and mercy still continue, fresh as the morning, as sure as the sunrise. The Lord is all I have, and so in him I put my hope.” (Lamentations 3:21-24 GNT)
Pain is a natural part of life. You can’t escape it. Broken relationships, missed opportunities, and rough seasons of life will always be with us. When they do come, you can either become bitter or hopeful.
The choice is yours.
Jeremiah faced the same choice. When his world came apart after Jerusalem was sacked in 586 B.C., the prophet wrote the book of Lamentations to share his honest frustrations with God. But he didn’t settle in his bitterness and stay there.
In Lamentations 3:21-24, after sharing his bitter feelings, he wrote, “Yet hope returns when I remember this one thing: The Lord’s unfailing love and mercy still continue, fresh as the morning, as sure as the sunrise. The Lord is all I have, and so in him I put my hope” (GNT).
In the midst of a terrible situation, Jeremiah changed his perspective. It’s healthy and good for us to be honest with God about our feelings, but you have to eventually change your perspective. As long as our minds are on our pain, we won’t solve anything.
Instead, like Jeremiah, we need to recognize God’s great love for us. Jeremiah changed his perspective and recognized the enduring mercies of God. No matter what the problem, no matter how much anger you’ve spewed at God, he still loves you. It’s a constant you can depend upon — no matter what.
The longer you focus on what depresses you, the longer your depression will last. Bitterness keeps you caught in your own pain. In Lamentations 3, Jeremiah gives you a simple cure for bitterness: change how you think.
In the midst of a depressing tirade, Jeremiah says, “Yet hope returns …”
How can you have hope even in your darkest days? You remember, “The Lord’s unfailing love and mercy still continue.”
You can count on that! His mercies are as fresh as the morning and as sure as the sunrise. He is all you need. And, no matter what, “in him I put my hope.”
You’ll never know that God is all you need until he’s all you have.
Are you there yet? There’s no better place to be.
Talk About It
What makes hope a choice when we’re going through troubles?
Luis & Jake mowing greens & collars! We were able to mow all 39 greens today, along with the tees, collars, and approaches! Two of the three! Jose mowed greens on Players Club!
We were able to apply some fall nutrients to the greens this past week and as the weather continues to be in the mid sixties for a high grass striping will continue. Thanks for everyone’s help this week.
Leaf Movement & Displacement Continues.
As I was driving out to the back 200 acres this am to check the rain gauge, I noticed the bright colors in the sky! God is good! The other photos below are from the woodworking class we had on Monday, and the Foxfire golf course fairways. Tuesday I had the opportunity to see Jerry’s place at Kyber Run, for our final outdoor meeting, of the season, for the Central Ohio Golf Course Superintendents Association! What a great venue Jerry! Thank you!