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Pastor Tony's Weekly Email

September 14th, 2022

 

Special announcement: TONIGHT: Dan Salas is in town and will be with us for Family Night. Come join us for a taco bar and a brief update from Dan and his work in Latin America.

Good Morning Vineyard Family,

In teaching the Bible I often mention that it is written in ancient Hebrew and Greek. Not only are the languages different but the culture and understanding of the Jewish audience were much different than our modern western worldview. To understand the Bible we have to understand the words in the same context as the original Jewish audience to whom it was written.

Here is an example of this difference in worldviews. The word we translate as "future" in the Bible, particularly in the Old Testament, is a unique word that is the opposite of what we think of as the future.

According to Strong's Hebrew Dictionary, "future" is the Hebrew: קֶדֶם, "qedem". It is used in 82 verses in the Old Testament. It can mean aforetime, before, side, eternal, forward, old, or past.

When we think of the future we think of looking forward to events that have not happened yet. We "face the future", the unknown.

But the Biblical view of the future is to look backward to the past. This blew my mind as I studied this word "qedem". 

I shall remember the deeds of the LORD; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old. PSALM 77:11

The Jewish worldview or way of thinking is that we cannot see the future because it is unknown. We should look back to the past as a predictor of future events. In others words we back into the future blindly but anticipate what will happen based on God's faithfulness in the past.

As I meditated on this idea I started to realize what an incredible way this was to move through life. I can either try to anticipate and probably fearfully speculate, on the future or I can remember God's goodness and know that He is ordering my steps into the future.

Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, 'My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure'. Isaiah 46:10

We must choose our worldview. We will either try guessing the future with our limited perspective or trust God's faithfulness throughout our past and live with hope, the joyful anticipation of good. I choose faith in God's faithfulness and His unchanging character as I travel through life. I know God has my future planned and is guiding me every day.

You have enclosed me behind and before And laid Your hand upon me. Psalm 139:5

Let's stop worrying about the future by focusing on God's goodness and care for us throughout our past.

Updates...

This past weekend was so fulfilling for me. Watching Jeremiah and Mandy Clark lead our marriage retreat and then Scott Himes bringing a timely message for parents made me so proud of the team we have. To have had the opportunity to see God use younger people you have invested in is meaningful. To also see young people and adults draw closer to Jesus through water baptism was another win.

Tonight is Family Night. Join us tonight anytime from 5:45 - 6:45 p.m. for a free dinner for the whole family. This week, it's a taco bar. Afterward, we will split into groups of kids, youth, and adults. Adults will meet in the auditorium for the Alpha video course. Tonight's topic is: "How and Why Should I share my faith with others". We end around 7:45 p.m.

This Friday, September 16th Parents Night Out. Becca and Sam are hosting another Parent's Night Out so this means free childcare and dinner for your children and a night out for you, mom and dad. The best part is it's free and runs from 6:00 - 9:00 pm at the church.

This Saturday, September 17th is a Work Day at the church. Come anytime between 9:00 am and noon. We'll be cleaning out our garage, removing some bushes, and working on a few interior projects, like touch-up paint and cleaning some surfaces.

This Sunday, September 18th, I'll be launching a new series called, "What Would Jesus Undo?" We'll take a look at some things that provoked Jesus' anger and how to avoid them.

Our fall Nights of Worship we are now calling Encounter. Our next "Encounter" evening will be Sunday, October 9th.

Men's Retreat, October 14-15th, at Ransburg Scout Ranch on Lake Monroe. You can get more information and register here.

Women's Bonfire Night, Friday, October 21st, 6 pm.

Have you checked out our Worship Playlist on Spotify featuring the songs we do on Sundays? You can listen to it here.

For our Prayer Line, call 317-222-5510 ext. 8.

Mail-in offerings: Vineyard Life Church, 612 N. High School Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46214. If you need prepaid postage offering envelopes, contact the church office.

Here is a link to the YouVersion application where you can follow along with scripture texts and speaker notes each week.

Visit our website at vlindy.com for more updates and information. 

I look forward to worshipping together tonight and this Sunday.

In Christ's love,
Tony & Lori and the leadership team of VLC