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Quest Church Weekly Devotional/   Newsletter 
August 8, 2019

Pastor's Devotional...
August 8, 2019

Our current sermon series is “Unshakeable Faith” and bitterness (at abuses or over a setback) definitely can put a few cracks into our wellbeing. Turns out research is now showing those cracks lead to poor health, psychological and relational problems, as well as spiritual instability.
Research by people like German psychiatrist Michael Linden (Posttraumatic Embitterment Disorder) and professor/researcher Carsten Wrosch (Embitterment, Societal, Psychological and Clinical Perspectives) reinforces the Biblical injunction of Hebrews 12:15 to guard against the troubling, corrupting impact from any “poisonous root of bitterness”.
So how does such research jibe with the Biblical answer to the peril of bitterness? Let’s start with bitterness directed at a person, someone who has abused you to some degree great or small. (Next week we’ll look at the antidote for bitterness rooted in a disappointing life development like loss of job, marriage, health, an opportunity or dream.)
The obvious answer for bitterness at a person is forgiveness. The famous Mayo Clinic encourages the following when forgiveness is difficult to achieve:
                “Forgiveness can be challenging, especially if the person who’s hurt you doesn’t admit wrong. If you find yourself stuck:
  • Practice empathy. Try seeing the situation from the other person’s point of view.
  • Ask yourself why he or she would behave in such a way. Perhaps you would have reacted similarly if you faced the same situation.
  • Reflect on times you’ve hurt others and on those who’ve forgiven you.
  • Write in a journal, pray or use guided meditation- or talk with a person you’ve found to be wise and compassionate, such as a spiritual leader, a mental health provider, or an impartial loved one or friend.
  • Be aware that forgiveness is a process, and even small hurts may need to be revisited and forgiven over and over again.”
Here we see strong parallels to eternal truths that we need forgiveness ourselves and we must forgive others to be forgiven (“forgive us our debts as we…”) Jesus’ parable about the servant forgiven a large debt by the king who, in turn, would not forgive a lesser debt to himself drives this point home. (Matthew 18:23)
Prayer: Lord, thank you for guidelines on how to forgive but, more importantly, the persistent love You’ve shown me that empowers me to forgive the unforgivable. In Your Name, Amen.

Prayers for Healing

Larry Sipek
Carolyn Harris
James Miles
Surajdaye (Ann Beharry-Lalla)
Cari Dee
Chesta Hembrooke
Cliff Murphy
Vanessa Robinson
Laura Starich's father Jim Whipple
Daniel Ramsaywack Sr.
Paul Osborne (Angie’s husband)
Our prayers are with...
  • Norma Munroe and  family on the birth of her mother, Linnette into eternal life.
  • Ervin Bracy and family on the birth of his sister, Queen, into eternal life.
  • Heeraman Ramnath and family on the birth of Heeraman's uncle into eternal life.
 Save the date for our annual ‘’Project Smile’ event to benefit the students at Palmetto Elementary School with toothbrushes and toothpaste. Our goal this year is 500 of each.
Please bring items the weekend of August 17 & 18.  For more information contact Daniel Ramsaywack  Jr. for more information
The Thursday Night Women’s Fellowship will meet at Bone Fish Grill on August 8th in Winter Garden at 6:30pm. RSVP to: Tammy McChesney 321.948.4448, Kathy Fry 386.631.3819 or, Lyn Lawrence 407.473.1534

Stop by the Quest Kids check-in station this weekend to get more information on events and volunteer opportunities or visit the Quest Kids Facebook page by clicking the link below!
Journey Youth meets every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Encourage your middle through high schooler to come and experience fellowship, fun, and growing in the word! Click the Facebook link below for more information and a snapshot of what goes on at Journey Youth!
Click the link below to see the new youth website!

Service Opportunities

Are you a "hostess with the most-ess"? Then Quest Hospitality Team is the perfect fit for you! You can serve once, twice or however often you are available. Duties include setting up/cleaning up coffee, hot water urns, trays with treats stocking the condiment tray.
Contact Michelle or Marge Johnstone if available!
Here are a few jokes to help the Back to School Blues!

How do cows count?
With a cowculator.

What is more amazing than a talking dog?
A spelling bee.

Who keeps the best time?
A watchdog.

What are dino bandages for?

Why are fish so smart?
Because they swim in schools.

Why do you measure a snake in inches?
Because they have no feet.

What is a snakes favorite subject in school?

Send your funnies to 

"A cheerful heart is good medicine..." Proverbs 17:22
Hurricane season is from June 1st through November 30th and living in Florida means being prepared for anything! Click on the link from the NOAA organization to find information on how to prepare for these storms.
August Calendar

Did you know...
Giving online is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions and view your complete online giving history from anywhere you have access to the internet. Simply follow these easy steps:
1. Visit the church website at
2. Click on the “Donation” button under the website banner.
3. Click on the profile button
4. Follow the onscreen instructions to create an online profile and to schedule your recurring contributions.
Scan this QR CODE                                                         

with the QR Code app from the App store and be taken directly to  our giving site, Vanco.
 If you have any questions, please call the church office .

**Another giving option is to contact your financial institution and inquire about setting up "Bill Pay" or "EFT" which comes straight from your financial institution to the church at NO COST to you or Quest Church.
Where do you fit? What are your strengths? What are your gifts? If you are having trouble answering any of these questions, take this online Spiritual Gifts Assessment test
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