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First Christian Church
111 West 19th Street
Vancouver, Washington 98660
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"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

— John 3:16 KJV

Outreach - Cruise the Couve

On July 20th, members of the First Christian Church congregation enjoyed the City of Vancouver's Cruise the Couve cruise by handing out refreshments to the community.

Message to the Congregation

Why Do Things Happen the Way They Do?

That was the question tackled in a review of the Book of Job—an Old Testament account of uncertain date, location and authorship. It’s the story of a wealthy man who loses everything—wealth, children and personal health—all due to an unexpected meeting of the Almighty God and Satan.

Job knows nothing of this heavenly encounter. But like most of us would do, he asks: “Why me?” But, unlike what Satan expects, Job refuses to “curse God and die.”

Three friends arrive, each of whom offers their own opinion as to why this has happened. The first one says it’s because Job has sinned. The second one suggests that Job may be suffering for the sins of his children (perhaps as a bad parent). The third one says that Job actually deserves to be punished more than has happened so far.

We hear these same opinions today when we, or people we know, experience hard times. It’s too easy to say (or to think): Well, he or she deserves what they are getting.

That may be the case in some circumstances. But not always. And certainly not with Job. It takes a fourth person to suggest that it is “the breath of the Almighty” that can bring understanding.

And that’s what happens, God answers Job. The Almighty doesn’t answer Job’s question of: Why Me? Rather, God expands Job’s horizon—asking Job this question: “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?” God’s scope is so much bigger than our own.

Suddenly, Job gets it and repents, telling God “I have declared without understanding things too wonderful for me to know.” God restores Job with new wealth, a new family and added longevity. And God even forgives Job’s pseudo-friends because Job has interceded for them.

What does it all mean? I am reminded of the scripture at Hebrews 11:6 that says God rewards “those who diligently seek Him.” Like Job, we are reminded that God has His purposes, not all of which are readily known to us. It can be ok to press God with our questions, though the answer may not always come on our schedule or as we might expect. It’s God’s choice as to when or how He interviews—but in the end, His mercy trumps all other motives.

Can we live in awe of an awesome God? Be prepared for the unexpected. And even in those hard times, show the courage and the humility to say with Job: “The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

Blessings,
Eric Hovee

Upcoming Events

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Annual 'Thank You' Raffle

August 2019

As a thank you to all of you who support the kids' camp fund each year, CWF will be holding their annual raffle. So find those tickets! And we will keep you posted on when it will be held.

You do not need to be present to win, but it is more fun that way!

Christian Women's Fellowship

We are taking a break for the summer, but will resume our meetings Tuesday, September the 10th @1pm. All women welcome!

All women are welcome to join us for some scripture, discussion and great fellowship!

Meetings are from 1-2pm.

Serving at the Table

July

  • Glenwood: Jeanne & Phil
  • 7: Richard
  • 14: Jeanne
  • 21: Phil
  • 28: Teri

August

  • Glenwood: Richard & Carol
  • 4: Carol
  • 11: Richard
  • 18: Teri
  • 25: Jeanne

Sept.

  • TBD

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