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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Once Upon a Hawaiian Sea Turtle | Angela Kincade

Once upon a 
HAWAIIAN SEA TURTLE��

by: ANGELA KINCADE 

As we snorkeled off the coast of Maui in an area known as "Turtle Town," we had the wonderful opportunity to swim with sea turtles. We were so close in proximity that we had to swim back as to not touch them. They swam with elegant grace and peaceful beauty.

Much to our surprise, we ran across a baby sea turtle. He swam right to us. He greatly resembled the little sea turtle in "Finding Nemo," known as "Squirt." While admiring his petite frame, it became evident that he was missing a front fi. But this spunky sea turtle swam on, never missing a beat. This little sea turtle focused on what he could do, not what he couldn't do. It's all a matter of perspective.  





Our perspective is made right when we spend time reading God's Word. When we remember to fix our eyes on Christ, our seemingly large difficulties shrink in light of who He is and what He has done.

Sea Turtles dive to the shallow ocean floor and swim in underwater sea tunnels and caves in the reef, but every 20 minutes or so they must come up for air. If not, much like us, they will lose their strength and drown.

In thinking of the Christian life, it reminded me of prayer. We can swim through this life in our own strength, but to truly live we must come up for some air. When we swim in our own strength, we often find ourselves exhausted and at a loss as to which way to go. We find ourselves swimming in circles or uncertain as to which tunnel to take.

Prayer is our lifeline. It is the fresh air that we breathe. Prayer is where our faith is strengthened, where our perspective is made right, where we become more Christ-like and where battles are won. When we humbly surrender to God's Word, His will and His ways, we can peacefully glide through the deep waters of life resting confidently in His strength and not our own. In His strength, the vast sea doesn't seem so big.

While on the catamaran, the deep waves tossed the boat to and fro as we rode the waves and splashed. A few on the boat immediately felt seasick. But for most of us, it was not until about 5-6 hours later that the effects of our adventure were made known. It swept in like an ocean wave, this feeling of swaying and rocking despite standing on solid ground at the hotel. Much like prayer, some answers come quickly, while others come at a later time.  But one thing is as certain as the tide, the answers come after we pray.

Maybe you have been cruising through life and you haven't really been praying. Maybe after a few prayers you gave up. Maybe the answer wasn't what you hoped for. Maybe you just got distracted. But just like me standing on the side of the Catamaran with snorkel gear and flippers on peering into the deep waters, sometimes you just have to have the courage to dive in. Just start praying. It is when you dive deep in prayer that you begin the see the unexpected blessings and answers that are around every corner and your faith discovers the deep and hidden treasures. Faith and prayer go hand in hand.

Luke 18:1 says, "And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart."

That little, one-finned sea turtle could have easily lost heart, but he just kept on swimming with joy. As Dory, another fish from "Finding Nemo," would say, "Just keep swimming; just keep swimming." As followers of Jesus, we should, "Just keep praying; just keep praying!" The answer could be swimming your way, just like that little sea turtle. 

As great and fascinating as it was to swim with sea turtles, so far greater is the opportunity to openly read God's Word and fellowship with our loving Heavenly Father in prayer. Dive into God's Word, dive deep into believing prayer and wait expectantly. Then praise Him for the answers.

"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose," Romans 8:28.

And sometimes, we have to wait patiently on God, because we may not quite be ready for the answers!  We may have some (spiritual) growing up to do, like that baby sea turtle!  I'm blessed to have crossed paths with the Hawaiian sea turtles, and I'm thankful for the lessons God taught me from my adventure with them. AK

Angela Kincade. Read "Courage To Pray" in the July 2015 newsletter.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

HELP, please!


VBS
Our big teacher training for VBS is Sunday, April 19, 4 p.m., in the Ridgecrest Room. We still have a few open spots for volunteers that we must fill before children "journey off the map" in June. Will you please help?

: preschool teachers
: first and second grade teachers
: third and fourth grade teachers
: preschool craft helpers
: more


Register at ridgecrestbaptist.org/vbs or call Bev Jestes for more information at 417.885.5213.


Friends of the Library -- Load In
We are loading in the Friends of the Library on Sunday at Remington's at 2 p.m, and we would love to see Ridgecrest turn out big for our community. There is work for all! Unloading trucks, sorting books, breaking down boxes, etc. Will you please help?

: contact Joy at joysteele@gmail.com
: lots of volunteers, lots of ages, lots of books

Thank you, Ridgecrest!

Senior Recognition Sunday 2015 -- DO THIS


Senior Recognition Sunday is May 17, 2015. We will have a short presentation of our graduates during each of our morning worship services. We will also include a feature in our May newsletter.

Worship times:
End of 9 a.m. service in the Worship Center.
Beginning of TEN31 (10:30 a.m. service) in the FC.
End of 10:30 a.m. service in the Worship Center.

If possible, wear your cap and gown during the service on May 17. Meet Emilee Garrison in the FC Foyer at 9:30 a.m.

INFORMATION RELATED TO THE MAY NEWSLETTER

If you are a graduating senior or if you have graduated since last May, we want to celebrate with you. To be included in the video and newsletter, you will need to be photographed at Ridgecrest DURING THE WEEK OF APRIL 20. Email jjohnson@ridgecrestbaptist.org to make an appointment.

Monday, April 20, 3-4:45 p.m.
Tuesday, April 21, 4-4:45 p.m.
Wednesday, April 22, 3-6:15 p.m.
Thursday, April 23, 3-4:45 p.m.
Friday, April 24, 3-4:45 p.m.
Monday, April 27, 3-4:45 p.m.

If you need additional options, email Julie Johnson at jjohnson@ridgecrestbaptist.org. Final day is Monday, April 27.

Senior Recognition Sunday is for all graduating seniors of high school, college, university, technical school, etc. If you were not able to have your picture taken for the newsletter, or if you were not able to be part of the video, you may still participate on May 17.

If you have questions, contact 
Emilee at emilee@ridgecrestbaptist.org or Julie at jjohnson@ridgecrestbaptist.org.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Serve Our Community -- Matthew West + Colton Dixon


We are so excited about "The Live Forever" tour with Matthew West and special guest Colton Dixon AT REMINGTON'S on April 2.

We need a few additional volunteers to help with the concert. Volunteers receive a free ticket to the show.

Help, please?

8:45 a.m. Load In -- Closed toed shoes, 18 or over, Pushing cases9 a.m. -- Security-backstage
3 p.m. -- Security-dressing rooms

10 a.m. -- Merchandise load in and set up
5 p.m. -- Merchandise Sellers-16 or over

After the Concert -- Load Out-Closed Toed shoes, 18 or over, tear down and pushing cases

Contact Joy Steele at joysteele@gmail.com for more information and to serve.

Thank you!