The Deacons hosted the Widow/Widowers of the church for the 2018 Christmas Dinner last night. 

See below for some photos of our fun evening!

When one door closes, another opens

The reason you will not find it in the Bible, is because it is a direct quote from Alexander Graham Bell, yet many Christians have found it to be profoundly true. I once changed jobs in anticipation of a new challenge and advancement. After about nine months on the new job I discovered that the President of the new company was less than honest, and I resigned without any prospect of another job. Several months after that, an opening came up at another company that was better, and definitely unexpected. The Lord’s provision was much better than mine. Several years after I left, it was disclosed that he defrauded his employees and investors out of over $200,000,000.

Exodus 3: 9 and now the cry of the Israelites has reached me and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.

Moses was very successful and content with his life, even looking to retirement and a life of relative ease. We see that God closed that door and gave Moses an incredible opportunity to serve Him and lead God’s people out of Egypt. History continues to show us that when we are in God’s perfect will, His plan for us far exceeds anything that we can imagine.

1 Samuel 16:11 Samuel said to Jesse, Are all your sons here? And he said, there remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep. And Samuel said to Jesse, Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here. 12 He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The Lord said, Rise and anoint him; for this is the one. 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward.

King David as a youth, no doubt dreamed of the day he would own his own farm with many servants and perhaps living a life of luxury in contrast to his duties as a shepherd. A “door” he could barely wait to enter, yet the Lord had other plans for him. As one door shut, another greater door opened. He became the King and champion of God’s people. As we are willing to listen and obey God; His will for us is always in our best interest.

Acts 16: 6 Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia… 9     During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, come over to Macedonia and help us. 10 After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.

How excited Paul must have been for an opportunity to preach the word in Asia, and then the disappointment when the Lord closed that door. Yet another door opened that would result in greater blessings and salvation for the people of Macedonia. The next time you feel that a “door” closed,  remember that God may have a greater plan designed just for you. It may require trust, obedience and open spiritual ears. Of course that is the attitude we should always have.

Tom Bidwick

Widow/Widower & Deacon Christmas Dinner 2018

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