Hello Bridge Faithful!
Below you will find the July 9 sermon, The Weight of Sin. Jesus encourages us neither to think we can do it all alone, nor that we can do nothing. Instead he recommends that we “yoke” ourselves to Him, bind ourselves closely to Him, and together with Him to do more than we ever thought imaginable! He tells us that His yoke is easy and His burden light. This is welcome news for those of us who believe that the weight of the world is always upon our shoulders! The truth is that Jesus came to give us rest, peace, and a life free from worry and anxiety–if we would but allow Him to carry our load with us. Are you experiencing that peace? Sadly, too many–believers and unbelievers alike–are collapsing under the weight. Find liberation in Christ Jesus! Life is too short for the bitterness, angst, and emotional poverty that results in putting out hopes in the hands of the world.
A big “thank you” for this past Sunday off. We had a great time at Sea Cliff Beach, in Aptos, and at the Boardwalk, in Santa Cruz! Our final day was spent deep sea (100ft) fishing. Together, myself, Mark, Luke, and Jill’s brother, dad, and friend, pulled in over 60 Rock Cod. Unfortunately, Luke’s stomach didn’t do so well but he said he had a good time anyway (and we caught his share of fish too!). I think we’ve officially added the fishing trip to the Santa Cruz agenda!
Finally, I’ve received a portion of Peter’s sharing about the great things going on in his ministry to the Philippines, and I’m looking forward to putting it up on the web. Stay tuned for that!