June 6, 2019

Dear Friends,

I spend more time on Twitter than I do on Facebook or Instagram. This is not an endorsement of Twitter or of social media in general. Sometimes, reading through my Twitter feed can leave me smh (Twitter and text speak for “shaking my head”).

But there are usually some great reminders, some thought provoking challenges and some encouragement in the mix.

Maybe you’d like to see a curated sample of what stood out for me this week:

The thing about Twitter (and social media in general) is that you often find yourself sifting through a lot of dross to get to the gold.

That’s not the case with the original Twitter. It wasn’t called Twitter when it was first put together 3000 years ago. It was called The Book of Proverbs.

Here are a few of the Tweets authored by or collected by King Solomon and others:

Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you;
bind them around your neck;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
So you will find favor and good success
in the sight of God and man. (Proverbs 3:3-4)

For the simple are killed by their turning away,
and the complacency of fools destroys them;
but whoever listens to me will dwell secure
and will be at ease, without dread of disaster. (Proverbs 1:32–33)

A man who is kind benefits himself,
but a cruel man hurts himself. (Proverbs 11:17)

Open your mouth for the mute,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
Open your mouth, judge righteously,
defend the rights of the poor and needy. (Proverbs 31:8–9)

A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh,
but envy makes the bones rot. (Proverbs 14:30)

When the righteous increase, the people rejoice,
but when the wicked rule, the people groan. (Proverbs 29:2)

The difference between Proverbs and Twitter? Well, beyond the key difference (one is breathed out from God, the other usually isn’t), there’s this. With Twitter, you have to hunt for the gold. With Proverbs, there is no hunting required.

More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward. (Psalm 19:10–11)

If you missed the start of our Summer Study on Monday night, it’s not too late. You can drop in any Monday evening between now and July 22. We start at 7:00 at the church. This week, we’ll look at Part Two of the book – Theology Proper.

It helps to have a copy of the book we’re using – Everyone’s A Theologian by RC Sproul. But you’ll still benefit from the conversation even if you don’t have a copy of the book or didn’t get a chance to read ahead.

You can order a copy of the book online from Amazon here.

Next week, Kid’s Summer Fest starts. And the guys gather at David’s Burgers for Burgers and Bros. Details are on the RCC Summer Calendar.

And make plans to bring the kids and the whole family for our church wide Pizza at the Pool party on Tuesday night, June 25. We’ll have the Pleasant Valley swimming pool on Arkansas Valley Drive.

If there is any June event that I want to urge you to attend, it’s our upcoming Hymns and Prayers event on Sunday night, June 30 at our new church property. It’s a chance for us to worship together and thank God for His provision of our new church home. We’ll spend time walking from room to room and praying together for each area of the new building to be used to introduce people to Jesus and help them grow in grace. And we’ll talk about how we can work together to make the transition to our new home as smooth as possible.

We’ll also lay out plans for our Dedication Service and Celebration on Sunday, September 8.

I hope you’ll be there.

As we’ve been seeing in our study of 1 John, how we love, how we live and what we believe are the indicators of whether we truly know God. John has a term for those who distort the truth about Jesus and lead people into error. He calls them “Antichrists.” And we’ll explore what John has to say about them this Sunday.

See you in church.

Soli Deo Gloria!
Pastor Bob

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