"The children of God" (Colossians 1:24-29)
This past Sunday (01-18-14) we continued our series on disciple making.
Growth may be difficult at times, but it's necessary. It's necessary for our children and for God's children. The Bible is very clear about the fact that new believers in Christ have a lot of growing up to do. And they need help doing it.
Our text was Colossians 1:24-29. In it the apostle Paul stresses the need for young Christians to grow, to become mature Christians.
We had a great day this past Sunday (01-04-14). We celebrated paying off our land loan. Just a year ago, we took out a loan of $15,000 to purchase 10 acres adjacent to our church property. At the end of 2014 we were able to pay it off. We give thanks to all who help with this accomplishment, especially God who made it all possible.
"The Great Work" (John 14:10-14)
Sunday (01-04-14) we began a series of messages that will employ the four chairs in the pulpit area as prompts to help us better grasp the truths that we will be sharing over the next several weeks.
The subject matter is something God has laid heavily on my heart. Last Sunday's message was titled "The Great Work" and the text was from John 14:10-14.
You can down a written or audio version of this message by clicking on the highligted text.
As I pulled up the begonias and periwinkles that are blackened, ugly, and dead following last night's freeze, it dawned on me how experiences and plants are so similar. If we don't remove the old, we won't have room for the new.
Winter freezes and Spring thaws come every year, and whether like it, or refuse to accept it, life goes on. We either move with it or miss out on it. God has given us blessings to be a blessing, not to have a sit-in and refuse to move on. Every day is the day the Lord hath made, but will we rejoice and be glad in it. We won't if we are stuck in the past. We won't if we are hanging on to a past joy that blessed us or a past pain the almost destroyed us.
Let us rejoice as we remember the joys of the past, but let us look forward to the joys of the future. Let us learn from the mistakes of the past, but let us live with our focus on the Lord of the past, present, and future. His grace is fresh every day. His blessings are new every day. All we have to do is look for them, but to do so we need to choose to let go of the past.
What Really Matters!
As adults, we worry about the terrorists among us, our children when they start driving, our health when it starts declining, the bills that keep coming, and the moral decline of our country. In school we worried about failing a test, a subject, or a grade.
But the thing that few, if any, have ever lost sleep over is what if we succeed? Yes, the most tragic thing in life is that many people do succeed, but they succeed in what doesn't really matter in the whole scheme of things, while missing out on the meat of what life is all about. Success and life are very short and in the end meaningless. Eternity, however, is longer than we can grasp, and it is the eternal things, not the temporal ones, that give meaning and purpose to our lives.
Jesus said in Matthew 6:33, "But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."
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:
Log on to krogercommunityrewards.com
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Enter 29474 and click search
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The Shoebox Ministry is going NUTS!!! That's right, the boxes are all packed and ready to go except for the shipping cost. Samaratin's Purse asks for a $7 donation per box to help with the cost of shipping as well as the literature that is prepared in the language for the area each box is going to. This literature explains salvation and leads into the classes that are offered to each child so that they may come to know the Lord. We are still a little short of the $1750 that we need for our 250 boxes.
We are selling Pecan Halves, Pecan Pieces, and English Walnut Halves & Pieces to help with the shipping cost. The nuts come in 12 oz. bags and sell for $8.00 per bag. They are New Crop nuts, so they haven't laid around in a warehouse for months getting stale! We will be taking orders through November 10th and place the order on the 11th. The order should arrive in time for Thanksgiving baking!
If you would like to order some, you may call the church office (270-249-3623) to place an order.
We give thanks to God who has added the following New Members to our church family.
We are currently selling cookbooks to benefit one of the many ministries of Samaritan's Purse called Operation Christmas Child. Each year we fill shoeboxes that are sent all over the country as well as over seas as an evangelizing tool to go where we cannot physically go. The proceeds from the sell of these cookbooks will help defray the cost of shipping these boxes. Check out the cookbook tab for more information.