by Steve Wagers

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A FOCUSED Church Member (3 of 4)
Series: The Handbook for Church Members
Pastor Steve N .Wagers
Matthew 6:33
August 1, 2010

1. Rest in the Father’s Care!
A. Worry is Foolish
B. Worry is Faithless
2. Respond to the Father’s Command!
A. The Constant Priority to Establish
B. The Complete Provision to Enjoy
3. Rely on the Father’s Control!
A. A Simplified Life!
B. A Satisfied Life!

(1 Timothy 3:15)
"…That thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth."

The great golfer Arnold Palmer recalled the final hole of the 1961 Masters tournament. He told of how he had a one–stroke lead and had just hit a very satisfying tee shot. He felt he was in pretty good shape. As he approached his ball, he saw an old friend standing at the edge of the gallery. He motioned Palmer over, stuck out his hand and said, "Congratulations."

Palmer took his hand and shook it, but as soon as he did, he knew he had lost my focus. On his next two shots, he hit the ball into a sand trap, and then put it over the edge of the green. He missed a putt and lost the Masters. Palmer said, "You don’t forget a mistake like that; you just learn from it and become determined that you will never let anything distract you. I haven’t in the 30 years since."

I once read of a farmer that told his wife he was going to plow. He got off to an early start since he had to oil the tractor. However, since he didn't have enough oil, he made a trip to the hardware store to buy more.

On the way to the store, he noticed the pigs hadn't been fed, so he went to the corn crib where he found some sacks of feed. The sacks reminded him that the potatoes were sprouting. On his way to the potato shed, he passed the woodpile and remembered that his wife had asked him to bring wood up to the house.

As he neared the house, he noticed a side of the house he needed to paint. He went back to the h ...

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