Starnberg Wait

Wait for God

Dear Friends,

Many of us went to sleep last night or woke up this morning to the horrific news of another terror attack. This time in Nice, our hearts and prayers are with the people there—for those who have lost their loved ones, those injured, and for the people of Nice and France.

This Sunday’s sermon will be Wait for God, and the Scriptures we’ll be considering are 1 Samuel 16:1; 10-13.

If ever there was some tough advice to swallow, it is: “Wait for God.” But it’s hard for us to wait. We’re used to a fast-paced, high-tech world, and we don’t tolerate anything that slows us down. It’s just not in our blood anymore.

But that’s not God’s way. He doesn’t mind waiting, and he doesn’t mind our waiting either. In fact, he goes out of his way sometimes just to put us in situations where we can do nothing but wait. If anything matures our faith, it’s this—waiting for the Lord to act when no other power can help. Pick up any Christian biography and we’ll notice that the experience of the growing believer is punctuated with frequent and sometimes extended periods of waiting. Waiting for what? Waiting for God to step in and do what we can’t. It’s in the waiting and hoping, waiting and praying, waiting and expecting, that our faith stretches or takes quantum leaps upward.

Have you ever wondered why so often in history God waits until the last minute to step in and help his people? Because it’s in that last second, in the fifty-ninth minute of the eleventh hour, that he gets his best work done. That’s where we stretch and grow. If God answered our prayers the very moment we first prayed, we wouldn’t grow a single millimeter. No, it’s the waiting that keeps us dependent on him as we experience his total trustworthiness.

Looking forward to celebrating the life of our church with founding family Mark and Sally Thorogood in worship with us on Sunday. Sharon Page is collecting reservations for Sunday lunch following worship. If you’d like to join us at Forst Kasten, starting at 12.30 hrs or so, please let Sharon know. Thanks.

In Christ’s love,
Pastor John

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John Snyder

John Snyder is an international pastor, conference speaker, and author of “Resenting God: Escape the Downward Spiral of Blame” from Abingdon Press. He is also the author of “Your 100 Day Prayer” from Thomas Nelson Publishers, a transformational 100-day guided prayer journey, and “Reincarnation vs. Resurrection” from Moody Press. John has been featured on Focus on the Family, Moody Radio, Fox News, Faith Radio Network, Cru, American Family Radio Network, In the Market with Janet Parshall, The Bottom Line with Roger Marsh, Miracle Channel, Bill Martinez Live, and many more. As an ordained Presbyterian pastor, John has served congregations in the United States and planted churches in California and Switzerland. He is the advisor and lead author for theology and culture blog Theology Mix (theologymix.com), which hosts 80+ authors and podcasters, and visitors from 175 countries. He currently hosts The Walk Podcast on Theology Mix. The Walk is about our faith walk, the way we live out our faith in our daily life. Pastor Snyder brings some of his conversations of faith from all aspects with writers, pastors, friends, musicians, entrepreneurs, and others.

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