I was reading in Genesis the other day and I got to the story of Noah late in Chapter 6 and started thinking what it would be like to have this God-task to complete when everyone around you thinks you’re crazy. That would be SO hard, I think. Everyone looks at you funny, no one really talking to you, people actually a bit afraid of you. And then it struck me…as difficult as it was for Noah, how much more difficult it would be to be married to Noah. After all, God hadn’t spoken to you, only your husband.
Noah’s story begins with, “Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living on earth at the time…” (Genesis 6:9b, NLT) Think about the implications of that. So as his wife, you’d have to be used to Noah “acting” differently from everyone else, including you…right? After all, the Bible doesn’t say, “Noah was one of only two righteous persons on earth at the time,” does it?
But still, it had to be tough to live with such a person of vision. The first mention of Noah’s wife is in Genesis 7:7, “He went on board the boat to escape the flood—he and his wife and his sons and their wives.” (NLT) We see her name listed as Naamah earlier in Genesis 4:22 as a sister, and the Jewish Midrash confirms her name, but there is not much written about her. Yet, she had to be SO loving and loyal and supportive in order for Noah to carry out the nearly impossible multi-year work God assigned him. I rather think she is the real reason the ark happened. I can’t imagine Noah building the ark and feeding himself and dealing with the daily doubt and insults and second-guessing without Naamah’s loving and care and compassionate ear for her husband.
I appreciate that behind every successful person is another person or persons who helped make the success happen. It’s certainly true in my life as a pastor and I hope it’s true in my wife’s life as well. Making personal sacrifices for the sake of another seems to have become passé in the daily news. According to the pundits, only fools give of themselves to their own detriment to benefit others. And yet, it’s how, I think, anything good happens in our world. Those behind-the-scenes people just don’t make the headlines. I wish they would though, because then we’d hear a lot less about anger and outrage and prejudice and all the other things Satan revels in watching us display.
God has probably placed someone in your life who needs your unqualified support, no matter what the rest of the world says about them. The world thought pretty poorly of Jesus, and yet He gave His life for the very same people who hated Him. If you follow Him, look for a way to be a Naamah in someone else’s life. I’m thinking the payoff could very well be eternal…for you both.
Pastor Rusty <><
MORE GOOD NEWS AND UPDATES:
1. Through Old Bethel’s College Connect Ministry, our prayer is that students attending school, both locally and away from home, are encouraged and prayed for as they are making crucial life decisions. We pray they stay connected to Jesus while they are away and we pray for all the major life decisions they are discerning. There are several ways for YOU to be involved in this ministry, including but not limited to a) Being an intentional prayer partner to one specific student; b) Being part of a team who sends monthly cards/letters. You only need send ONE letter to ONE student ONE time during the school year; c) Adopting a specific student for his/her birthday; and/or d)Being part of teams who assemble final exam care packages. If you are interested in being a part of this vital connectional ministry in any way, please contact College Connect Coordinator Lynda Preston at email@example.com.
2. The Preschool is hiring a few part time teachers and substitute teachers. If you or someone you know are interested in this position please contact the preschool director Shannon Schwoebel, firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Old Bethel is currently seeking someone for the position of Choral Accompanist for the 9:30 traditional worship service. It is our prayer that we can fill this vacancy before August 25 when the new choir season begins. Please share the job posting on the church Facebook page. For more information, contact SPRC Chair Joe Pellman or Myrna Galbraith, Director of Traditional Worship.
4. Old Bethel & Partners Food Pantry is incredibly blessed to partner with Meijer on East Washington street for their Simply Give Campaign. This campaign runs from now until October 2nd. Visit their store and purchase a $10 Simply Give card and Meijer will donate an additional $10. However, if you make your donation at their store on Saturday August 14 or Saturday August 28th for the Double Match days, Meijer will turn your $10 donation into $30. You can also pick up these cards in the lobby of the church. Thank you for continued support of the Old Bethel and Partners Food pantry!
5. The Old Bethel Travelers are back on the road! Join us October 6 for a bus trip to Derby Dinner Playhouse in Clarksville, Indiana where we’ll see The Mousetrap, an Agatha Christie mystery. The cost is $70 and checks must be made to OBUMC and either left in the Old Bethel Travelers mailbox in the church reception office or mailed to Brenda Maley, 1640 Park Chase Place, Indianapolis, IN 46229. Seats are limited and checks must be in by August 8. You may contact Brenda at 317-894-1178 with any questions.
6. School Supply Drive: Through August, we are collecting school supplies for our community partners at Pleasant Run Elementary School. We are only collecting the following items: kids scissors, pencils, pens, erasers, pencil sharpeners, washable markers, glue sticks, 24-count crayons, rulers, and pencil boxes/pouches. You may place your donations in the special marked collection tub in the lobby.
7. Summer Fare is August 26, 27 and 28. Volunteer sign up continues through August 8 at church on Sundays or you may contact Janet or Mike Tucker. Janet Tucker 317-989-4562 or email@example.com. Sign up early to get your choice of jobs.
8. We are hosting a fun, free, family event for everyone to take part in! This event, Back to School Bash, will take place on Saturday September 11, 11am-1pm. The purpose is to highlight area nonprofits, businesses and youth serving organizations in hopes of providing resources to all who attend. Participating vendors are invited to set up a table, bring informational handouts and be ready to share ways to get involved! The entry “fee” is a school supply to distribute to all the event guests. We are also highlighting many ministries from our church and inviting our neighbors to take part! In addition to the booths we will have free lunch and our bounce house and playground will be ready for play! We would love for you to join us in the fun! To volunteer, contact Community Life Minister Arin Schellenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
9. Looking to get out of the house for a little bit? We still have openings for volunteer receptionist for Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon shifts. You can work each week or every other week. OR you might like to be a sub and serve when others are on vacation. Building traffic is slowly increasing and having receptionists to answer the phone is a GREAT help to our administrative staff! Contact Administrative Assistant Lynda Preston at email@example.com or 317-359-9651, extension 131.
10.This Sunday’s message notes are below.
August 8: My Life: Legacy
The greatest use of my life is to _____________ it in something that _____________ it.
The only thing that’s going to matter is what __________ says about ________.
“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!” Matthew 25:21 (NIV)
This life is a ___________ and a ___________.
“For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve,
and to give his life a ransom for many.”
Mark 10:45 (NRSV)
Two ways to create a legacy like Jesus teaches…
1. Live a life of ________________.
In Christ Jesus, God made us to do good works, which God planned in advance for us to live our lives doing. Ephesians 2:10b (NCV)
Give yourselves completely to God – every part of you… because you want to be tools in the hands of God, to be used for his good purposes. Roman 6:13 (LB)
“My life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus – the work of telling others the Good News about God’s wonderful kindness and love.” Acts 20:24 (NLT)
Only those who give away their lives for my sake and for the sake of the Good News will ever know what it means to really live. Mark 8:35 (LB)
2. Live a life of ___________________.
“Give freely and spontaneously. Don't have a stingy heart. The way you handle matters like this triggers God, your God's, blessing in everything you do, all your work and ventures.” Deuteronomy 15:10 (Mes)
You can give without ____________, but you cannot ________ without giving.
This is about living generously with my __________ ________—words, actions, resources.
I give to _______ a blessing, not to __________ a blessing.
Key statements that triggers God’s blessing in my life:
a) Giving is an _______________, not an ______________.
Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 2 Corinthians 9:6 (NLT)
b) Never ever give or volunteer out of ______________ or ____________.
You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” 2 Corinthians 9:7 (NLT)
c) Decide to live with an ______________ of _______________.
“This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God's people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-12 (NIV)
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