The Path of Wisdom

July 18, 2018
The Path of Wisdom
Uncommon Sense: Wisdom from Proverbs
July 15, 2018
 
A few weeks ago my family and I went for a hike to see the McDowell Creek Falls down near Sweet Home.  It’s a short hike through beautifully timbered forest that crossed McDowell Creek several times.  It’s incredibly picturesque and the weather was perfect.  Still, it was not without its challenges. The short hike was also on fairly steep terrain.  At one junction in the trail we could either turn left toward the creek on a flat trail or turn right and head up several flights of stairs.  We paused for a few moments looking at the stairs, then at the flat trail, then back at the stairs that continued upward as far you could see, and then back at the flat trail again.  We knew from the map in the parking lot that this was a loop, but that was really all we knew.  We weren’t sure if the flat trail to the left would eventually lead to steeper terrain and more stairs. We also didn’t know if the stairs we could see on the path to our right would continue on forever or would come to an end just around the corner.  You might be able to guess which path we chose.  Faced with the unknown, we decided to take the flat path to our left based on the few yards we could see in both directions.  We chose the easy route…and it paid off.  We spent the next 30 minutes climbing a more gently sloped path with only a few sets of stairs in some sections.  We hiked next to the inviting view and sounds of the clear water rushing down McDowell Creek.  
     
I’d like to say that my many years of hiking and hunting had given me the trail wisdom necessary to make this left turn.  I’d like to say that my mountaineering and navigating skills led me to intuitively know the right path to take, and the pleasant hike that followed was a sure thing from the moment the junction came into view.  I’d like to say that, but the truth is, we were fortunate.  While we are experienced hikers and have sufficient navigational skills, we didn’t have a compass or the knowledge of the terrain to assist us in our decision.  See, we lacked the knowledge and understanding of the terrain to make a wise decision, and only by being fortunate did we experience the blessings of the easier path. 
 
Life is filled with these junctions where two different paths present themselves and you have limited knowledge about which path to take.  The difference is that, in life, the consequences for taking the wrong path are usually more difficult and painful.  The Proverbs present Wisdom as a path of life that leads to many blessings and benefits.  The Path of Wisdom is a life of embracing God’s understanding and knowledge.  The promise of the Proverbs is that by walking the Path of Wisdom you can navigate life’s junctions and decisions with confidence and assurance. 

Two weeks ago Pastor Chris started our series in Proverbs by looking at how Proverbs characterizes and defines Wisdom.  This week, we continue our study by looking at the Path of Wisdom to discover the source of Wisdom and what Wisdom does in our life. 

- Kap Otten

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God’s Shalom: A Future with Hope

July 11, 2018
God's Shalom: A Future with Hope
July 8, 2018
 
To My Beloved Church,
I can’t begin to express my gratitude for the gift it has been to serve as a pastor on staff at Dayspring for the past six years. I cherish the love and faithfulness you have shown serving as our church family for all this time.
This weekend we will be spending our time in a passage that may be familiar to many of you, but one that I believe when understood in its context can serve as a great encouragement for the people of God today. Jeremiah 29:10-14 reminds us that even in seasons of transition or hardship the Lord is faithful to restore, gather, and draw His people back to Him. In this passage we see a beautiful promise. Not one of quick fixes or of personal prosperity, but a promise for wholeness and hope in God’s future for His people. We believe in a faithful and loving God; a God who has a purpose for our lives, for our families, and for our church. This week as we dive deeper into God’s Word to experience God’s restoration and hope for us as a community. We can’t wait to witness what the Lord has prepared for us.
 
In Loving Kindness,
Nathan
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Wisdom Is…

July 4, 2018
Wisdom Is…
Uncommon Sense: Wisdom from Proverbs
July 1, 2018

We’ve jumped into a new month (Hello July!) and a new sermon series – Uncommon Sense: Wisdom from Proverbs.
 
There’s no escaping it. The flow is constant and unending…the nonstop stream of information in our culture and around the world. But how do we know which information is good and which isn’t?
 
Over the next couple of months, we’ll be taking a look at the wisdom we find in the Book of Proverbs. Written mostly by King Solomon, the wisest king to ever rule on the earth, the Book of Proverbs is like a treasure chest full of riches just waiting to be discovered, understood, and applied to our lives. The pages of Proverbs are filled with truths that enable us to live the kind of lives that God created us to live - lives that reflect His glory. If you're in Keizer, we invite you to join us Sundays at either 9 am or 10:45 am over the coming weeks as we begin our search to discover the wealth of wisdom waiting for us in the Book of Proverbs.

 -Pastor Chris

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Worship

June 30, 2018
Worship
To the Core: Values that Drive Us
June 24, 2018

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been taking a closer look at the core values of our church. This week, we’re wrapping up this series by looking at our value for worship. When you think about worship, what comes to mind? I’ll bet you think of music. Am I right? It makes total sense. After all, we are told multiple times in the Book of Psalms to sing to the Lord! But though worship includes singing, it is much more than just singing! In the final message of our series, To The Core, we discover what it really means to live a life of worship and why it is so important to us!

-Pastor Chris

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The Leadership of a Godly Dad

June 19, 2018

The Leadership of a Godly Dad 
June 17, 2018

This Sunday is Father’s Day. For many of us this day often brings up memories of our own dads as we think of what to write in our Father’s Day card. This is easier for some because they have a loving and healthy relationship with their dad. For others this tradition is entirely absent because their dad was, and perhaps still is, entirely absent. And for many, this day brings back painful memories of abuse or neglect.  Regardless of which of these reflect your own experience, God, our heavenly Father, has created all fathers for a significant and special role in the lives of their children.  Whether your own father embodied God’s purpose for his fatherhood or not, God has entrusted all fathers with the significant work of leading their families to know and love Jesus. Fatherhood is an incredible gift and responsibility that has limitless opportunities for blessing our children as we lead them toward Christ. This weekend we will explore the leadership of a godly Dad as God designed fatherhood to be.  

In His Grace,

Kap Otten

"God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8

 

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Reaching the Lost

June 10, 2018

Reaching the Lost
To the Core: Values that Drive Us
June 10, 2018

Reach: to stretch or extend so as to touch or meet; to establish communication with; to succeed in making contact with, influencing.

These are just a few of the definitions of the word reach you’ll find on dictionary.com. All of us are reaching for something. We reach because we have a desire. We reach for a cup of coffee or the hand of someone we love; we set a goal and push ourselves until we reach it. What are you reaching for? We are in week 6 of our 7-week series, To the Core. We’ve been taking a look at the values that define who we are as a church and unpacking what it means to intentionally live out those values. This week we're focusing on our value for reaching out to those who don’t know Jesus. We know it’s important. Jesus told us to do it! But it can be challenging, even difficult. And though we may want to, sometimes we just don’t know how. In this message we look at what it means to live out this value in simple, but significant ways that God can use to change the lives and eternities of those around us.

-Pastor Chris

 

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Xlentz

June 5, 2018

Xlentz
To the Core: Values that Drive Us
June 3, 2018

Seems there’s a ratings system for everything these days. Whether it’s 4 out of 5 stars for something on Amazon, a restaurant on Yelp, or a movie on IMDb, we’re all about evaluating and ranking products, places, and services. But what does it really mean to be excellent? My scale is probably different from yours. So how do we know what excellence really is? This Sunday, we’re taking a look at the value of Excellence. We are in the middle of our series To The Core, and we’re digging deep as we explore the values that define who we are at Dayspring. 

-Pastor Chris

 

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Serving Others

May 29, 2018

Serving Others
To the Core: Values that Drive Us
May 27, 2018

This year has flown by so fast that Memorial Day weekend is already here.  Memorial Day tends to mark the coming of summer activity and provides the first summer camping trip for many.  Memorial Day is a day set aside to remember those who have given their lives in service to our country. I recently read about the tradition of wearing red poppy flowers on Memorial Day. This tradition began shortly after WWI.  The seed of the red poppy flower is scattered by the wind and then lays dormant until something disturbs the ground.  When the ground is disturbed, the red poppy seed germinates and grows into a large deep red flower. In the war-torn battle fields of France and Belgium, the first sign of new life to bloom after the war was the red poppy flowers. Because of the heavy fighting in these fields, the red poppy seeds germinated at a higher rate than normal. In the fields where terrible loss of life had occurred, now bloomed a blanket of vibrant red flowers.  In this beautiful display of new life in these war-torn fields, the red poppy became a symbol of both the fallen soldiers and new life.                      

As I read about and imagined these fields, it occurred to me that God had designed the red poppy in such a way that it would produce this heart warming and inspiring picture for us.  While it might seem like a small comfort in comparison to the loss of life, I am certain God intended this flower and event as an encouragement and comfort to all who lost loved ones in those fields. Imagine it: In a place where God had scattered the seeds of this beautiful flower, the most destructive war up to that point in human history unfolded. This caused the germination of these beautiful flowers to begin and eventually bloom as a reminder that God can produce new life from destruction. It’s like He planned it, letting the red poppy seed lay dormant until it was time to remind us of His goodness.                                                      

God has been working on our behalf in small and big ways since before the beginning of time. In fact, in Mark 10:45 Jesus explained His mission was to die for us so that we would have new life. Speaking of Himself, Jesus said, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” During His ministry on earth, Jesus served many people through healing, feeding, comforting, and teaching them as He lived a life of sacrificial service.                                                 

This weekend we are continuing our sermon series on the core values we share at Dayspring.  It seems incredibly fitting to me to be teaching on the value of Serving Others on a weekend when we remember those who served and gave all in their service.

Jesus Serves!                                                          

-Kap Otten, Elder

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Grace Full

May 22, 2018

Grace Full
To the Core: Values that Drive Us
May 19 & 20, 2018

It’s a word we hear a lot around church, but do we really know what it means? What is grace? This week, we’re returning to our sermon series, To The Core. We’re taking a deeper look at the values that define who we are as a church. This week, we will unpack what it means to live out the value of grace. At Dayspring, we want every person to experience being loved and cared for in such a way that they feel accepted, know they are valued, and have a sense of belonging. So, what does that look like and how do we do it? In today's message we study God’s Word and deepen our understanding of what it means to live a life fully devoted to Christ.

-Pastor Chris

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The Legacy of a Godly Mom

May 13, 2018

The Legacy of a Godly Mom
Mother’s Day
May 12 & 13, 2018

Happy Mother’s Day weekend! We’re celebrating by taking a look at the qualities of a godly mother, through the lives of four moms in the Bible. God’s desire is that we would catch glimpses of His character, His heart, His deep love for us through the example of godly mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and mentors.

In this message we celebrate the gifts God gives us through the blessing of the godly women He has put in our lives.

-Pastor Chris

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