Dear Watermark Church family,
“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8
King Nebuchadnezzar was an extremely powerful, wealthy man and ruled his vast kingdom with a rod of iron. He was ruthless and arrogant. God humbled him and took him from his palace and sent him to the pasture. For seven years he lived out in the fields eating grass while his hair grew long, and his fingernails became like claws. He went insane and lost everything.
Then a beautiful transformation occurred. The arrogant king turned to God in humility and sincere sorrow for his pride. God graciously restored his sanity and his kingdom. Read the account in Nebuchadnezzar’s own words: “Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and glorify and honor the King of heaven. All his acts are just and true, and he is able to humble the proud” (Daniel 4:37 NLT).
Humility is the key to life—to a wise life. It is also your choice: “Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time” (1 Peter 5:6).
Many of us have been “humbled” by hard times and difficult circumstances and have still remained arrogant. “Being humbled” is not the same as humility. The former is what happens to us. The latter is what we choose to do with God. Humility is an act of our will, a choice to rely on God and not ourselves. James and Peter describe the results of pride and humility this way: “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6, 1 Peter 5:5).
Which will you choose to be—proud or humble? Do you want to be opposed by God or to receive His grace? The humble person will honor God like King Nebuchadnezzar.
- (from a Faithwalkers journal entry written by Stephen Scott Nelson)
If you are interested in reading a paper copy of this month’s Faithwalkers Journal published by Great Commission Churches, please click here to download the printable version.
The next Watermark Church Renovation Fund Team Meeting will be held this Sunday, May 20 after the Sunday morning service. We will be raising funds through a variety of events and projects to upgrade the church sanctuary, and we need your help! If you have fundraising ideas or projects in mind or would like to simply brainstorm with others, please come to the meeting or contact Karen Werling for more information.
Parenting Forum – Sunday, May 20 at 6:30 PM For parents of pre-teens and teens, join Pastor Larry and other parents as we tackle topics related to the parent resource, “How your teenager is wired.”
Please pray for Diane Crowder, who is experiencing symptoms related to a weakened heart.
Please pray for Anna Gabbard’s father Eugene, who is also having health issues.
Youth Group Schedule –
Sunday, May 20 at 6:30 - Youth Group, Parent’s Forum
Sunday, June 3 - Youth Group End of Year Cookout – Time TBD
Vacation Bible School has been changed to the week of June 25-29. Many children’s lives are influenced for eternity during this special VBS week at Watermark Church. Let Tim and Patti Kellis know if you are available to help that week.
Sunday School: Women’s Bible Study Group – Claudia Shrive is leading an encouraging women’s adult Sunday School Class each week at 9:30AM at the church facility. Join the ladies for fellowship and great discussion on various in-depth topics from God’s Word.
The Prophecy and World Events class is offered at 9:30 AM Sundays, taught by Pastor Ron.
Life Group: The Gibson’s and Settimos’ Life Group bible study is now meeting every other Friday, and is discussing the book, “Forgotten God,” which is a great introduction to the person and work of the Holy Spirit in our world, church and personal lives. Contact Paul or Nathan for more info.
Life Group: The Wednesday night life group led by Pastor Larry meets on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM at the Kinkopf’s (6624 Forest Hill Ln., Hamilton, 45011.) We are studying the book of 1 Peter. Contact Larry if you would like to be a part of this Life Group. Our next group Bible Study will be tonight, May 16. Everyone is welcome.
We have now added a Grade 4-6 Children’s Sunday School class at 9:30am on Sundays. Classes are currently being offered as follows:
9:30 AM Pre-school - grade 3 Patti Kellis
9:30 AM Grades 4-6 Tim Kellis
Together walking humbly with our God,