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DEVOTIONS HIGH MILEAGE Faith by REV. KINSLER every


mericans have a love affair with the automobile. Living in Savannah Lakes many of our neighbors moved here from Michigan and are rightfully proud of their affiliation with Ford, Chrysler, or GM. The vehicles they helped create have been a driving force behind the prosperity we enjoy as a nation. I recently had a special moment in my love affair with my automobile. Over the past several weeks I watched in eager anticipation as my odometer clicked off miles. When it reached 299,999 miles I could hardly wait for that instant when it would show 300,000 miles. I was ready with my cell phone and


Lutheran Church By The Lake Highway 378 & Twelve Oaks Drive


Welcome to


Sunday Morning - 8:15 & 10:15am Sunday School Adults - 9:15am


Youth Fellowship Wednesday - 4:15pm


Pastor Jim Kinsler 864-391-3000 lcbtl@wctel.net


“Building relationships with God and neighbors”


recorded it. Of course I had to post it on Facebook. Reading the posts from the Faithbook (better known as the Bible) God tells us the life of faith is a high mileage journey. The Old Testament books of Exodus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy describe the rough road Moses had to travel in leading the children of Israel out of slavery in Egypt into the promised land. The scriptural account doesn’t tell us how many miles they had to travel, but it does tell us it took forty years. Multiply a couple 100,000 times the experience of parents with a SUV full of kids saying, “Are we there yet?,” and we can begin to understand how Moses must felt. It is not an accident that the phrase, “a stiff necked people,” is used to describe this migratory mass of humanity. Later on in the Old Testament the Israelites are driven out of the promised land. First it was the northern tribes of Israel in 722 BC that traveled the tragic trail of tears as they were taken into exile by the Assyrian kings Shalmaneser and Sargon. Later the Babylonians during the rule of Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BC destroyed the temple in Jerusalem and carried the remaining tribes of the southern kingdom of Judah into exile. These journeys of the Jews teach us that God is not only present on the pleasant path, but God is also with us in the times of testing and trial.


Sun 11 am


The Rev. Robert Sayer, pastor 3:30 - 4:30


St. Paul is one of the high mileage saints of the New Testament. It is estimated he traveled well over 12,000 miles during his three missionary journeys recorded in the book of Acts. He endured ship wrecks, imprisonment, and beatings as he traveled the superhighways of his day, the Roman roads and the Mediterranean Sea. He traveled not for pleasure, but with a divine purpose. He wrote to the church in Romans 1:11-12, “I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong - that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each others faith.”


Maybe we should add a letter to the odometer in our vehicles and call it a Godometer. Rather than just counting the miles we travel we could be reminded that God is with us where ever we go and whatever we are doing.•


SCHEDULE OF SERVICES Sunday


9:45 am Sunday School 10:45 am Morning Worship Kids Church


6:00 pm Evening Worship Royal Rangers, Mpact Girls*


Wednesday


6:30 pm Kids Community Outreach Kids Choir, Youth Service*


7:00 pm Adult Bible Study 8:00 pm Sanctuary Choir Practice*


Co-Pastors Lanis J. Lewis & Terry K. Bonds *Contact church office for summer schedule


328 May Avenue w P.O. Box 457 w Lincolnton, Ga. 30817 w (706) 359-7237 www.firstaglincolnton.org w office@firstaglincolnton.org


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