YOUR WEEKEND PLANNER:
– Tonight (Thursday). Young Adult Fellowship at Jonathan Weng’s home (7:30 PM). “Biblical Priorities in Your Calling and Purpose” led by Bob Lin.
– Friday: Everglow Youth Fellowship. Laser Tag night in Mountain View @ 7:40pm; leaving church at 7:10pm.
– Saturday: VBS rehearsal (9 AM); Parenting workshop orientation (10 AM) at church
– Sunday: English worship, baptism, and Lord’s Supper (9:30 AM second floor); Fellowship hour Open Forum with session (11 AM); VBS volunteer commissioning (12:00 Noon); VBS set up (1 PM)
July 29, 2010
A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. Some fell on rock, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. 8Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown. – Luke 8:5-8, NIV
Dear Canaan EM sisters and brothers,
Wow! Summer is half over! I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have. I learned a lot. For example, blackberry and lime are excellent smoothie combos. Mini bell peppers are sweetest when grilled. Arugula makes ordinary salads extra-ordinary. Canaan EM folks love food and technology (both the producing and consuming sides). I think we’ll never get tired of them.
But why is this not true of faith and Christian service? Why do so many Christians lose their love for God and passion for Christ over time?
Jesus’ parable of the sower offers a good explanation (Luke 8:5-8). When the seed of the gospel is sown, it falls on different types of soil. The seed that falls along the path don’t even reach the soil. Other seed do not take root because the soil is either too rocky or filled with thorns. Yet, other seed fall on good soil and yield a good crop. The soil represents our souls. The condition of our souls will determine whether the gospel will take root in our lives. If our soul’s soil is rocky, our initial joy at receiving God’s word will only be temporary since the seed never takes root. Jesus said that those with rocky soil “believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away” (v. 13). If a believer’s soul soil is filled with thorns, the seed never matures because the soil is “choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures” (v. 14). If our soul’s soil is rich with nutrients, we will grow spiritually and sustain our passions. Jesus said that “those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop” (v. 15).
So why do so many Christians lose their passion? I believe it’s because Christians do not pay enough attention to tilling and cultivating the soil of their souls. When young Christians become adults and parents, their spiritual growth is often neglected. As a result, there are too many spiritual infants in adult Christian bodies.
But there is a way to remedy this crisis. Come to the Canaan EM Retreat where you’ll learn how to renew, refresh, and reboot your walk with Christ. You’ll discover how to keep your faith vibrant and growing! Don’t leave your “spiritual child behind.”
To preregister for the retreat visit: https://canaanpromise.wordpress.com/retreat-910-12/
Tim Tseng 曾 祥 雨 [email me]
Interim English Pastor