Work and His Word

Trip Start Jun 09, 2012
Trip End Jun 14, 2012

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Working and His Word


Bright and early one could hear the voice of Dave singing “I
want to wake up in the morning,

where the orange blossoms grow. Where the sun comes a peeping
into where I’m a sleep’n and the songbirds sing hello. I love the fresh air and
the sunshine, it’s good for us you know. So I’ll make my home in Florida, where
the orange blossoms grow.” He was ready to get to work while others were ready
to roll over in bed.


We woke up and ate our hearts out of pancakes, eggs, and
sausage. In circle time, Christ led us to 1 Corinthians 15:17, “And if Christ
has not been raised, your faith is futile.” Without Jesus we would be nothing,
our worth is found in Him alone. The reason we are here is to build up in our
faith.  If we are at The Rock for any
other reason, it's a waste of time! We let that lead us through the morning of
dry walling, cleaning, constructing, and much more. Even though it rained, we
found that jobs rained like cats and dogs inside too.


After a lunch of baked potatoes and salad, we were ready to
work on our relationship with God and others as we gathered in circle time. More
of God and less of us was our focus for the afternoon.  We conversed about our worth in view of
others. We also spoke of how we could share our deepest, darkest secrets only
with those closest to us. A prophesy was fulfilled when Olin shared his life’s
story. When he was four years old, his father shot his mother and himself,
leaving his grandmother to care for Olin and his sister. While struggling with
loss, he gained something greater: Jesus Christ and a family of believers. We
saw him no different, in fact “more human.” The spirit moved many to tears and
allowed us to see stories of our own life. It was important for the adult
advisors to hear that when one shares his or her story, to listen to the whole
thing. The situation the student is stuck in may seem impossible, but with God
all things are possible. Don’t say, “Stop. I can’t handle to hear anymore.”
Listen to the whole story and allow God to work through it all, ups and downs. 2
Peter 2:22 reads “Of them the proverbs are true: ‘A dog returns to its vomit,’
and, ‘A Sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud.’” While we
may share and confess sin, we will go back to it in the end. God grants us
assured forgiveness, no matter what.


We went to St. John in Granit City for dinner and devotion. About
50 people gathered for food and fellowship. The question we chewed on was: “Does
God allow the devil into heaven? Why or why not?” Many answers were explored
and found in scripture. Some looked to the book of Job. Other answers ranged
from relying on God for provision in difficult times and showing God’s
strength. Without the bad we would not be able to see the good. We encourage other
to also look into this question and let God lead them to answers.


We thank you for your prayers and support, as they are being
answered. We are blessed to be a blessing here and now at the Rock.   
The St. Louis Crew

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Lois Schaefer on

Thank you, Elizabeth & Brandon, for co-producing yesterday's blog entry - great job! So, was Noah's wife's name 'Mrs. Noah'? Hey, 3rd yr for a Fla team to St Louis. The Granite City Circle prays for their Florida Family. The reunion last eve was second only to (& a preview of) the great Banquet Feast in Heaven ... We LOVE our Granite City Circle family, too!!!

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