December 1, 2023

Dear Church Family,

I finished up the book of Proverbs in my quiet times this week. Chapter 30 had so many great lessons on wisdom, but verses seven through nine really made me stop as I read them:

Proverbs 30:7-9 (ESV)
Two things I ask of you;
deny them not to me before I die:
8    Remove far from me falsehood and lying;
give me neither poverty nor riches;
feed me with the food that is needful for me,
9    lest I be full and deny you
and say, “Who is the Lord?”
or lest I be poor and steal
and profane the name of my God.

We’re warned against the excess of both extreme riches and extreme poverty. Not many would choose extreme poverty, so it isn’t much of a temptation for many. But riches are a harder temptation to avoid. The world constantly preaches that more is better, and we often fall victim to its allure. We end up forgetting God and thinking we can find happiness apart from Him. In the end, we’re never satisfied and always want more. I love the explanation later in the Proverb:

Proverbs 30:15-16 (ESV)
The leech has two daughters:
Give and Give.
Three things are never satisfied;
four never say, “Enough”:
16    Sheol, the barren womb,
the land never satisfied with water,
and the fire that never says, “Enough.”

Just like a leech that always wants more, greed produces a heart that is never satisfied. It’s important that we learn contentment and the value of not having too much or too little. How content are you in what you already have? During this season when we remember God’s incredible gift of His Son, let’s remember this truth:

Acts 20:35 (ESV)
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”

What’s Happening at Gospel Life:

Men’s Ministry Vision Building Event: Guys, we would love your input as we seek God’s guidance on how He wants the men’s ministry to take shape. Join us tomorrow from 8-10 am at The Greens Clubhouse as we develop a men’s ministry vision statement.  Doughnuts and coffee will be provided. Please contact Pastor Dave or Michael Gerdes with any questions for more information.

Youth Group: Join us for youth group this Sunday, December 3rd from 5-7 pm at the Bronleewes’ house. We’ll have dinner, games, worship, and start a new Bible study for Christmas.

Ladies Christmas Party: Our Gospel Life Ladies Christmas Party will be on December 9th from 10 am – 1 pm at Tina Martin’s home in Nampa.  Please sign up by December 6th. You can stop by the Welcome Table on Sunday or contact Debbie Mueller or Angie Point for more information.

New Women’s Life Group: Tina Martin is starting a new Bible study through the Book of Acts called “Being a Witness for Christ.” It will be an eight week study meeting on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 at her house in Nampa. The first meeting will be January 10th and you need to pre-register by December 15th.

Upcoming Dates: Youth Group Party (Dec. 17th)

Bible Challenge for the Year: Our challenge this year is to grow deeper in God’s Word. We will have a special celebration dinner for anyone who reads through the whole Bible. The point is to grow in your relationship with God, so whether you read through the whole Bible or just a portion, seek to know Him more!

Life Groups: If you would like to grow in your relationship with the Lord and other believers, please consider joining a Life Group. We have groups for men, women, and youth. You can check them out here:

Request Prayer: It’s important for us to be praying for each other as a church! If you ever need prayer, we would love to come alongside you. You can always turn in a prayer request on Sundays using the Connection Card, but you can also submit a prayer request online at any time:

This Coming Sunday:
Light for a Land of Deep Darkness – This Sunday we will start our advent series, “Jesus, the Light of the World.” This week we’ll be in Isaiah 9:1-7 and examine the darkness of the world and its need for the light of Jesus.

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