Option Two- Week of May 28th

Beekeeping or taking care of bees is easier to understand than the term apiculture. This is like being called a follower of Jesus Christ instead of a Christian. Like a hive full of bees needs a beekeeper, the church is totally dependent on Jesus for our life, unity and direction. If not, how can we truly say we are His if we isolate ourselves from His care? It is important that we make every effort to stay connected to Him through all the seasons of life. In turn, we will produce and accomplish all that He has enabled us to do that ultimately benefits others and not just ourselves. Please review the following scripture passages. The hope is these encourage you to continue development in your personal relationship with the Keeper of your heart and soul, Jesus Christ, and challenge you to prayerfully consider offering the skills, abilities or talents He’s given you to help benefit others in the church and local community.

25That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?

Matthew 6:25-26 (NLT)

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)

I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.

Jeremiah 1:5 (NLT)

14 So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. 15 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. 16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

Hebrews 4:14-16 (NLT)

15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, 16 for through Him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see – such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. 17 He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.

Colossians 1:15-17 (NLT)

19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

Matthew 28:19-20 (NLT)

1 I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. 3 You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. 5 Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. 8 When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.

John 15:1-3,5+8 (NLT)

...For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”

Hebrews 13:5b (NLT)

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