“LIVING AND SHARING THE GOSPEL”
June 11, 2017
“INTO YOUR COURTS”
“I NEED YOU MORE”
“IN HIS TIME”
Prayers of Intercession
SERMON: Bill Hybels
“HE IS ABLE”
Worship God in Spirit and Truth
Grow in His Grace and Knowledge
Share the Love and Hope we have in Christ.
Check Your Garbage
by Max Lucado
Life has a way of unloading its rubbish on our doorstep! Your husband works too much. Your wife gripes too much. Your kids whine too much. The result? Trash! Load after load of bitterness, anxiety, deceit, and distrust. It all piles up. Now, mark it down. Today’s anger is tomorrow’s abuse. Today’s lust is tomorrow’s adultery. Today’s guilt is tomorrow’s fear. Today’s thoughts are tomorrow’s actions. So, deal with the trash!
Could that be why Paul says, “Love. . .keeps no record of wrongs?” (1 Corinthians 13:5 NIV). Let trash pile up and people are going to smell it. Are we victims of the emotional bacteria of the season? Or do we have a choice?
Paul says we have an option. “We capture every thought and make it give up and obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). We have a choice. You might want to check your garbage. From A Love Worth Giving
Our Creator would never have made such lovely days and have given us the deep hearts to enjoy them, above and beyond all thoughts, unless we were meant to be immortal. —Nathaniel Hawthorne
He Cared for Them
by Tammy Tkach
Most of us have been reading the Bible for a long time, years and years in fact. It’s comforting to read familiar verses, to wrap up in them as if they were a warm blanket. At the same time, our familiarity can cause us to miss things. Reading with fresh eyes and a new perspective from the Holy Spirit can help us see more or maybe just remember what we forgot.
As I read through the book of Acts again, I came across chapter 13, verse 18, which is a verse I’m sure many of us have read and perhaps glossed over: “for about forty years he endured their conduct in the wilderness” (NIV). The New Living Translation says God “put up with them” and others say he endured or suffered.
This is how always I remembered reading it – and hearing about it – that God put up with the whining, complaining Israelites, as if they were a burden to him. But then I read the cross-referenced verse in Deuteronomy 1:31 (NIV): “There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.” The New Living Translation says God cared for them.
A light bulb went on. Of course he cared for them – they had food, water and shoes that never wore out. Even though I knew God didn’t let them starve, it never dawned on me how closely and intimately he was involved in their lives. It was encouraging to read about God carrying his people as a father carries his son. Now that’s something I don’t remember reading!
Sometimes we can feel as though God only puts up with us or gets tired of us and our constant problems. Our prayers seem repetitive and our sins recurring. Even though we sometimes gripe and act like ungrateful Israelites, God always cares for us, no matter how much whining we do, although I’m sure he’d rather we say thank you than complain.
Christians, both in ministry and out (although all Christians are called to be in ministry of some sort) can get tired and burned out. We can begin to see our brothers and sisters as insufferable Israelites, giving rise to the temptation to put up with them or suffer through their “annoying” problems. To put up with something means to tolerate what you don’t like or accept something that is bad. But God doesn’t see us that way.
All of us are God’s children, deserving of respectful, compassionate and loving care. With God’s love flowing through us, we can love our neighbors rather than merely put up with them. If necessary, we will even be able to carry someone if he or she falters along the way.
Remember God not only cared for his people in the desert but carried them in his loving arms. He continues to carry us, loving and caring for us even when we complain and forget to be thankful.
With love and prayers,
“I believe that the Bible is to be understood and received in the plain and obvious meaning of its passages; for I cannot persuade myself that a book intended for the instruction and conversion of the whole world should cover its true meaning in any such mystery and doubt that none but critics and philosophers can discover it.”
Daniel Webster, American politician and noted orator, 1782-1852
“All Scripture is God-breathed
and He doesn’t waste His breath.”
†† Pastor’s Corner ††
Pastor David Perry & Jonnie
What a gloriously wonderful week it has been! I was able to finally get all my garden and flowers in – after extensive rains delayed planting. Now the hot, drier weather is upon us. Summer is almost officially here. Now I am enjoying all the hard work watching the garden grow and flowers bloom.
So what special plans do you have for this summer? I mean when you look back on this summer, when the snow begins to fall, what will you have done or accomplished? Maybe renewing an old acquaintance with a friend, relative, schoolmate, etc.? Maybe a short or long trip somewhere you have always wanted to go? It might be learning to do something you’ve always wanted to do. How about doing something you have not done in years due to having an overly busy life? Fishing? Watching a sunset? Going to the zoo? Getting alone with your God more often? Reading a good book? Reading the GOOD BOOK? Take some time and think about your life and ask God to help you “Number your days” – to help you see how you can possibly “get out of a rut” that your life may be in – and to see and do some new exciting things. Opportunities are all around you.
Jesus desires to be there for us each day – in the good times and in times of trouble and trial.
“For the one who builds his life on Christ, Jesus becomes the theme of life. He becomes the One we long for, the One we think of, the One we strive to please, the One who gives motivation and impetus to living. Jesus sets me free to trust Him, even if I don’t have all the answers about life, or about what happens to me. When I remain true to Him, He fills my life and my heart with a melodious theme that permeates through my entire day, even if the circumstances are not what I would have chosen for myself. Building my life upon the Rock which is Christ gives me a solid, sure foundation, a foundation which is at one and the same time the theme of my life.” –by Rocky Henriques
We remember also that our lives are to be lived out in the power of the Spirit, as a grateful & loving response to what Jesus has done, is doing and will do through us. Pastor David
Pray for the Persecuted Church – Pray for Revival in the Church
Pray for our Nation & Pres. Trump
LOCAL PRAYER REQUESTS
Mary Coffey, Jerry Hudson, Helen Pavy – healing, strength & encouragement
Anita – niece of Barb Hudson – proper medical treatment & healing
Steve Davison (Chuck Davison’s Brother) – Now in Hospice and could be just a matter of time.
Nancy Ray (New Hope) Ongoing back pain and problems
Janis Beck – That proper treatment can be received for her injured left wrist
Deb Spangler – The fractured back disc has not healed with a back brace.
Tom Conklin – (GC Indy) His bladder cancer has returned. They will treat it aggressively with chemo and radiation. Prayers please.
June Perry – Been hospitalized since Monday due to bleeding…seems to have ended and will be monitored for another day or so before going home.
Peggy Perry – (Pastor David’s sister) Awaiting results of biopsy
Lucy (Anita Franz’s sister) has upcoming surgery on her left eye
Patricia Robinson (GC Indy) Healing of brain tumor that is getting larger
Joseph & Georgette Franklin, Our Haiti Church & School– Prayers for safety & blessing & provision.
GCI International Churches & Mission Leaders – Blessings, protection & provision as they share the Life & Love of Jesus, and train up new leaders and pastors. Prayers that they can share the gospel despite opposition.
Joe & Tammy Tkach – Protection, safety, wisdom & encouragement
Our Persecuted Christian Brothers and Sisters Around The World
For Divine Appointments To Touch Others With Jesus’ Life & Love