Helping Others (Mark 2:1-12)
Poet John Donne writes: No man is an island, Entire of itself. The point of John Donne's poem is that every person's life touches the lives of others. We need each other. We need to help one another. The Bible is clear about this. Jesus is clear about this.
In the second part of the Great Command, Jesus said, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself" (Matthew 22:39). We are made for relationships. We are created to have a relationship with God and with one another.
Join us this Sunday (06-26-16) in either our 8:15 or 11:00 a.m. service as we look at the 8th miracle performed by Jesus. This story however, is not so much about the miracle as it is about getting our needs met with the help of others. Our text is found in Mark 2:1-12 and the title is "Helping Others."
God & Country Celebration (July 2nd 5-9:30 p.m.)
Our 4th of July Event this year will be held on Saturday, July 2nd. (The change to Saturday was to avoid a conflict with Madisonville Christian Concert). Activities will begin at 5 p.m. and the evening meal will be served from 6-7. Our free concessions will include free snow cones, popcorn, and cheese and Nachos. We will shut down our concessions during the meal time from 6-7 p.m. and close all concessions at 8:45 p.m.
We will be giving away (4) $15 gift cards and (1) $25 gift card, but you must register at one of the registration tables to be eligible for the drawing.
There will be gospel music throughout, games for kids and youth, and as always a great fireworks display to cap things off at 9 p.m. Everything is free, but if you are interested in making our fireworks display even greater, we will accept monetary donations for the fireworks. If you would like to make a contribution, feel free to call the church at 270-249-3623. All donations go directly to the purchase of the fireworks.
Mark your calendar for this event and arrive early to get a good spot to watch the fireworks. Our parking lot always fills up fast, but we do have additional parking in newest part of our cemetery (farthest away from the church), and the field next to the cemetery that we recently purchased. If you are in good health and don't mind the walk, we ask that you park there in order to leave space in our parking lot for those unable to walk great distances. Don't forget to bring a chair.
A Miracle for Dad (Text: Mark 5:21-24, 35-43)
A Mother-in-Law's Miracle (Mark 1:29-34)
Mother-in-laws have often been the blunt of jokes. The title mother-in-law often conjures up the idea of Endora, Darren Steven's mother-in-law in the old TV series Bewitched. She was a constant pain in Darren's side.
But this is not the kind of image we see of mother-in-laws in the Bible where they are mentioned twice. In the Old Testament we have Naomi, the mother-in-law of Ruth. She treated Ruth like she was her own daughter. The other time can be found in our text. We don't have a name for her, but we know that she was the apostle Peter's mother-in-law and we know she had a servant's heart. We also know that when Peter and Jesus arrived at the house, she was sick with a high fever, but as soon as Jesus heals her, she gets up and serves Jesus and his disciples with a meal.
Join us this Sunday (06-05-16) in either our 8:15 or 11:00 a.m. service at Concord.
The Unseen War (Text Mark 1:21-28)
Why do we have wars? There are many theories on what causes wars. While each war may have unique aspects about it, all wars come about as the result of what the Bible calls sin. Our refusal to submit totally to God's will, brings about our desire to become a self imposed God on others and war is the means to bring it about or prevent it from happening.
Join us this Sunday (05-29-16) in either our 8:15 or 11:00 a.m. services. In the text for our message we get a glimpse of the unseen war that is behind all wars.
Our text is found in Mark 1:21-28.
What's Your Life Events?
Yesterday afternoon around 3:30 p.m., we picked up my son, Evan, at his school at Grace Baptist and then headed to Henderson for my daughter's guitar lesson. We then hurried back to Evans' school
for their basketball homecoming night, but when we neared the school we saw a mass of police and emergency vehicles. We later learned from the pastor of Grace church that he was the first on the
scene and the young man in the car didn't make it. The principal of the school said that it happened just a few minutes after we left with Evan.
If we'd been a few minutes later the young man may have been forced to slow down because of our vehicle or he could have slammed into the back of it (we were told he was traveling at a high rate of speed). Life is so fragile, so short, and so unpredictable. We don't know how much time we have, so we'd better not waste it.
When I learned the name of the young man, I went to his Facebook page. I'm not his friend and don't know him, but I couldn't help but note that under the heading "Life Events" all that was listed was "born." A good question to ask, is when we die, what life events will be listed, not on Facebook, but on God's book, and the memory books of everyone who knows us. I leave you with three questions to think about: What good will we do and what impact will we make while we are here, and what kind of legacy will we leave behind when we are gone?
Helping Us Help Others
Our church packs 250 shoeboxes filled with various items for children for Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child each year. Shipping alone costs us $1,750. HOW CAN YOU HELP?
We have joined the Kroger Community Rewards Program where they will donate a portion of all sales with Kroger Plus cards linked to our church. What's so great is that you can help without any cost to you. Just simply log on, link your card, and each time you swipe your card, you are helping us help others. The instructions are as follows:
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