While You're Making Plans This Summer...


I'd love to hear where you are as you read this. I know many of you Phoenicians are “escape artists” this time of year. So, if you could just take a second to comment, it would be fun to know where you are. For those who are right here with me in the Valley of the Sun, heat, and burning concrete, let me know that, as well, and we’ll enjoy the fellowship of suffering.

Last week, Daniel Riccio shared a wonderful message on Daniel 3, about the power of hope during the difficult seasons of life that feel like:  Death has climbed in through our windows and has entered our fortresses; it has removed the children from the streets and the young men from the public squares. (Jeremiah 9:2)

Daniel’s message was solid and moving. If you missed it, check out the Livestream or the podcast.Oh, and by the way, Daniel Riccio, like Daniel in the Bible, is not a professional, polished preacher pastor-man. Daniel is a company man. He oversees the sales of semi-conductors. I love it!

This week, as we look at Daniel 4, we will be addressing these types of questions:

  • What is the cause of all the pain in the world?

  • If God is sovereign over all the world, then why…?

  • How can a prideful, bombastic, egomaniacal king become a humble, God-fearing, and considerate leader? 

  • And the most important question anyone could ever ask: 

  • What is God requiring of me right now?

I’ll give you a hint. The answer to this last question can be found in Daniel 4:27 and Micah 6:8.
As a pastor who really does care for you and pray for you, I want to ask that, in the midst of all your summer plans, you would consider participating in one or all of the following events. I believe the events will help us accomplish what Jesus has asked us to do: Put God’s Glory on Display, Build Courageous People, and Engage in Society's Pain.

  1. Harvest America - June 11 

  2. VBS - June 12-16 

  3. Royal Family Kids Camp - (Camp for Foster Kids)

May you and yours be strong in the joy of the Lord every day of this summer!