It turns out that we all need it! While you may never need to make a bare-handed catch of a foul ball, like Evan Longoria, there are plenty of times your peripheral vision comes in useful.
Sometimes I find myself solely focused on and overwhelmed by a big problem. When that happens, I forget that God is always present and at work on my behalf. If I use my "spiritual peripheral vision" I just may see where help is being provided!
This Sunday, February 9th, we'll be concluding our "20/20 Vision" series with a look at a very well-known story from the sixth chapter of Daniel. While it looked as if Daniel's commitment to honoring God as number one in his life was certain to bring his life to an end, God had other plans. I hope you'll be able to join us and be encouraged. God is always with us!
Monday is the first day of our next Covenant Bible Reading Experience using the IMMERSE resource. This time we'll be reading through the poetry books of the Bible (Psalms, Lamentations, Proverbs, Song of Songs, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job). We'll be reading for about 20 minutes a day, five days a week over the course of the next eight weeks. Each Sunday I'll be preaching from one of the passages we've read during the previous week.
The IMMERSE: POETS volume is designed to be read in larger portions. They've removed the chapter and verse breaks so that it's much more like reading a novel (or book of poetry in this case). The goal is to simply immerse ourselves in God's Word and let the Holy Spirit speak to us as He wishes to by bringing certain things to our attention. It's definitely different than an inductive verse-by-verse study of scripture.
Copies of IMMERSE: POETS are available at the church for a suggested donation of $10, but we don't want the cost to keep anyone from participating in our scripture reading experience. Simply pay what you can. If you prefer, you can also purchase a Kindle version from Amazon. And I highly recommend subscribing to the podcast "IMMERSE POETS" to listen to the audio version as you read along or while you're doing other things. There are other resources available (weekly video summaries, daily audio, and more) at immerse.covchurch.org/poets/
And, finally, some small groups are forming to discuss what we're reading and how God's Word is impacting us as we read the books of the poets. I'm inviting any of you to join me at my home on Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm if you do not have a small group of your own.
Thoughts about living as a Jesus follower and life at Community Covenant Church