What Monsters Do You Fight?

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My friend, Jon the Revelaytor, just released a powerful song that reminds me that I have the ability to fight in the midst of fear.

To be honest, the struggle is real.  Whether somebody is messing with your head, or you have decided a wrong direction due to your own human programming, there seems to be a WAR INSIDE, lying beneath.

It is like you are FIGHTING MONSTERS that only you can see. Sometimes they are the reality of life, and other times, the scars of life seem to become those monsters hiding behind the door, late at night, when you least expect them.

This WAR can get the best of us and lead to extreme consequences.  

  • When we have been wronged, we jump to ANGER to lash out and solve a problem
  • When we see an injustice, protests turn to riots and buildings are burned down
  • When we feel restricted and anxious, we rebell and try to break free of whatever restrictions we are living under

Think about the WAR inside YOU.  How have you seen, living in your very own skin, the extreme reactions and consequences of your actions?

Sometimes the actions we take make us feel like the MONSTER. We feel like something else is controlling our thoughts and actions and can’t find a way out. Paul relates to this struggle inside us in Romans Chapter 7.

“What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise.”

Romans 7:15 MSG

The TRUTH is that we have power in JESUS NAME to find freedom and push back in the fight. The struggles in our daily lives do not have to keep us captive to fear.

Paul goes on to say

“I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question?

The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.”

Romans 7:24-25

Jesus Christ brings FREEDOM and CONFIDENCE to win the fight. In fact, he is the source of power that gives us the strength to pick up our heads and move forward.

WHAT MONSTERS ARE YOU FIGHTING TODAY?

LOOK TO JESUS FOR THE POWER TO PUSH BACK

Was Jonah Really Swallowed By A Big Fish?

‘Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish, saying, “I called out to the Lord , out of my distress, and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice. For you cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas, and the flood surrounded me; all your waves and your billows passed over me. Then I said, ‘I am driven away from your sight; yet I shall again look upon your holy temple.’ The waters closed in over me to take my life; the deep surrounded me; weeds were wrapped about my head at the roots of the mountains. I went down to the land whose bars closed upon me forever; yet you brought up my life from the pit, O Lord my God. When my life was fainting away, I remembered the Lord , and my prayer came to you, into your holy temple. Those who pay regard to vain idols forsake their hope of steadfast love. But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. Salvation belongs to the Lord !” And the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah out upon the dry land.’ Jonah 2:1-10

https://my.bible.com/bible/59/JON.2.1-10

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Middle School this Wednesday, June 17

Join us in the Student Pavilion this week.

Our Goal is to provide a safe environment where students can fellowship with one another and hear a brief message geared for them. 

Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm 

Location: Student Pavilion

Let us know you are coming by signing up through EVENTBRITE at the link below:

(We have not graduated up yet. If you just finished 8th grade, you are still in 8th grade for now.)

MSM   www.oakwoodnb.com/msmconnect – Student Pavilion

HSM    www.oakwoodnb.com/hsmconnect – Student Worship Center

OakwoodMS YouTube Channel

Whether you like the idea of gathering with a mask and at a distance, or you simply feel like your home is the best place of safety, we get that this stage can be a little “up in the air.”

As you figure out your new normal, I wanted to make you aware of our OakwoodMS YouTube Channel. We have recently uploaded Devos, Online Worship Moments, Zoom Recordings, and the Oakwood Students Videos for the enjoyment of your Middle Schooler.

Here is a B Throwback Jamz Playlist to either laugh at or enjoy with Pastor B.
Just Click the Upper Right Corner for the full list.

WE ARE BACK this WEDNESDAY

We are back in action THIS WEDNESDAY.

Keep in mind our Oakwood Safety Guidelines

  1. Social Distancing – We will work to keep 6 feet apart during our gathering.
  2. Contact – We ask to refrain from hugging and hand shaking
  3. Hand Sanitizer – We will have stations available in our areas.
  4. Mask – Please bring your own mask as we gather (we will have a limited amount on hand)
  5. Health – Please stay home if you feel sick

What to Expect:

  • No Food – Sorry, but right now, we are taking baby steps for safety and will not be serving Pizza.
  • No Basketball or Gaga Ball (outside activities)
  • Garage Doors will be open for Air Flow
  • We encourage wearing a mask – it’s the new fashion rage! Show us your mask magic!
  • We will encourage social distance practices, along with Oakwood Church Service Guidelines.

Oakwood Middle School Gatherings On Campus

Hey Middle School Parents!

As the beginnings of Sunday Services are rolling out, we are also giving Middle School students a time to gather on Wednesday Nights during this new normal.

Wedneday, June 3 will be our first gathering.

Our Goal is to provide a safe environment where students can fellowship with one another and hear a brief message geared for them. 

Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm 

Location: Student Pavilion

Let us know you are coming by signing up through EVENTBRITE at the link below:

EVENTBRITE MIDDLE SCHOOL SIGN UP

What to Expect:

  • No Food – Sorry, but right now, we are taking baby steps for safety and will not be serving Pizza.
  • No Basketball or Gaga Ball
  • Garage Doors will be open for Air Flow
  • We encourage wearing a mask – it’s the new fashion rage!
  • We will encourage social distance practices, along with Oakwood Church Service Guidelines.

God Bless You and Your Family,

Brandon Best

Middle School Pastor