Calvary FMC Newsletter

Published 1/8/19

Hello Calvary FMC Family!

We have just recently finished a series of messages on the birth of Jesus. Thank you, Father, for the great gift of your son! The prophet Micah had prophesied more than 700 years earlier that the birth of our Savior would take place in the small town of Bethlehem. As we begin a new series I thought it would be interesting to look at another story which took place in this same small town of Bethlehem. It is a story very much connected to the story of Jesus’ birth for it recounts how one of Jesus’ ancient ancestors, Boaz, came to be united in marriage to a Moabitess named Ruth.

As we examine the book of Ruth for several weeks, we will find that the book is filled with a number of important choices. For example, Elimelech chose to move his family to Moab because of a severe famine. Ruth chose to remain faithful to her mother-in-law and go back with her to Bethlehem rather than return to her own family. In doing so, most would assume that she was abandoning her hope of being remarried. Moreover, Ruth not only chose to remain faithful to her mother-in-law, but also chose to abandon her gods for the God of Israel.

As the story proceeds, Ruth will choose to glean in the field of Boaz through the prevenient guiding hand of God. She will choose the older Boaz in favor of the younger men of the town. Boaz, in turn, will choose a Moabitess for his wife when the past history of hatred between Moab and Israel would have led him to do otherwise.

As we look at all these choices together, I hope that we will begin to see how difficult it sometimes is to make the best choice. Indeed, sometimes human understanding would dictate that many of the choices made in the book appear to be quite foolish. They will instead turn out to be the best path. Other choices, like Elimelech’s choice to take his family into Moab, at first look like a disaster, but God is able to redeem this family’s story even from the very brink of annihilation.

Thus, I hope that we will learn to look through God’s eyes as we make our path in this world, to not just see through material eyes, but to see through a more spiritual lens. Moreover, I believe that we will see that even when we seem to have made a poor choice, God is able to bring good out of it and return us to the right path.

So come join us for this walk through the book of Ruth. This woman who abandoned hope for a husband in order to be faithful to her mother-in-law will still find love in a quite unexpected place. What could be more perfect as we move closer to Valentine’s Day!

Yes, come and join us for our study of Ruth as well as many other exciting events at CFMC.

  • Adult Sunday school each Sunday @ 9:00 in the Living Room followed by fellowship time @ 10:00
  • Sunday worship @ 10:30
  • Study & Prayer–Wednesday nights @ 6:30
    • If you haven’t joined us in the past, or if you haven’t been with us in a while, I encourage you to join us! Wednesday’s are always a great time of inter-generational discipleship. Right now we are in the midst of a study on prayer.
  • Community Potluck–3rd Sunday of each month, following the service.
  • Serving Meals at the Hope Center the 2nd Wednesday of each month @ 5:00

Blessing on your week,

Pastor Brian