“LIVING AND SHARING THE GOSPEL”
June 18, 2017
“I Stand In Awe”
“Lead Me To The Rock”
Prayers of Intercession
SERMON: Bill Hybels
On this Father’s Day of 2017
we not only Honor our physical fathers, but Our Father Who Is In Heaven – but yet very near to each of us. He showers us with His Life & Love.
Worship God in Spirit and Truth
Grow in His Grace and Knowledge
Share the Love and Hope we have in Christ.
The Value of Fathers — President Reagan
On Father’s Day, 1988, Ronald Reagan said: “Children, vulnerable and dependent, desperately need security, and it has ever been a duty and a joy of fatherhood to offer it. Being a father requires strength…and more than a little courage…to persevere, to fight discouragement, and to keep working for the family.”
Reagan continued: “With God’s grace, fathers find the patience to teach, the fortitude to provide, the compassion to comfort, and the mercy to forgive. All of this is to say that they find the strength to love their wives and children selflessly.” President Reagan ended: “Let us…express our thanks and affection to our fathers, whether we can do so in person or in prayer.” (From the American Minute by William Federer)
We Have A Great FATHER IN HEAVEN
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus:2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
Posted on Facebook Thursday June 15, 2017
Where did all of this political hatred come from? One party hating the other so badly. No compromising. No cooperation. No camaraderie. Some are saying the shooting of GOP House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was caused by “political rhetorical terrorism.”
Think about it. Plays and music videos said to be depicting the assassination of the president, a comedian holding up the decapitated likeness of the head of the president. Relentless, hate-filled rhetoric. Leftist progressives in the Democratic party just won’t let go of losing the election.
They are going after President Donald J. Trump tooth and nail. They’re not just being obstructionists, they want to destroy this president. Politicians in that category won’t support one thing that the president suggests, even if it is for the good of the country. Forget what’s best for America, it’s just about them winning at any cost. Only God can heal this country. My prayer is that God will bring healing into the hearts of our leaders and that we could be one nation under God—united.
“The gospel of Jesus Christ prescribes the wisest rules for just conduct in every situation of life. Happy they who are enabled to obey them in all situations!”
Benjamin Rush, Signer of the Declaration of Independence
Our prayers are to mean something to us
if they are to mean anything to God.
— Maltbie Babcockfrom CQDaily for June 8, 2017
By GCI President Joseph Tkach
Western Union telegram, circa 1941.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Over the years, I have been given many enjoyable and unique Father’s Day gifts—special breakfasts, Belgian beer, beard trimmers and always one of Tammy’s homemade craft cards. I confess though, that what has brought me the greatest joy were the times my children gave me a big hug and told me they love me (I get misty-eyed just thinking about it!).
We humans are the most sociable species on earth—we want to love and be loved. But what accounts for love? Science, in accordance with its nature, looks for strictly physical explanations. A current explanation is that love evolved as a vehicle related to the human drive to reproduce. But if that is the case, why then do parents continue to love their children after they are born? Science points to reward processing systems in the brain (pictured below) that, through biochemical reactions, fire the pleasure centers of the brain. The pleasurable feelings that result are then interpreted as “love.” Conversely, the painful feelings we experience when love is lost are the result of events that lead to the firing of the brain’s pain centers. No wonder we hold fast to the objects of love and seek to avoid the loss of love through rejection, divorce, death, etc.
The brain’s reward processing system.
The physical reactions in the brain related to our feelings of love are real. But is the physiology of love all there is to it? The answer is no. By God’s design, humans are physical-spiritual beings—the union of body and spirit.  Though science generally does a good job dealing with the physical (with more being learned all the time), it does not (and with its tools, cannot) enter the realm of the spirit where understanding comes not through observation or experimentation, but by revelation that comes through the words and acts of Jesus, the ministry and personal agency of the Spirit, and Holy Scripture.
In Scripture, God has revealed to us that, as humans, we are created in God’s image. As discussed last week, Scripture also tells us that God (who is one in Being and three in Person) is love. Thus the love we experience as humans is not merely a biochemical phenomenon—it is a reflection, through the Spirit, of God’s own spiritual-relational nature. It is God who gives us the ability to give and to receive love.
When I think about my beloved family members—my grandfathers, my dad, my father-in-law, my wife and children—I experience very pleasurable feelings! I’m Aware that these feelings involve the firing of the pleasure centers within certain regions of my brain—that is what is happening physically, and I’m thankful to God, my Creator, for that! But what produces those reactions in my brain is not the need to reproduce, but the spiritually-grounded desire for good and right relationships. For that desire (and ability) I also thank my Creator, who designed us for relationship—ones that, in amazing ways, can reflect, if only dimly, God’s own kind of love for us.
I know that some of you reading this have not had a good relationship with your human father. I also know that the painful feelings of those bad relationships sometimes get projected onto God our Father. If that’s the case for you, I’ve got good news: those bad perceptions can be overcome by extending forgiveness to the human father who failed to be the kind of dad God designed him to be. Rather than remaining trapped in the past, please remember that God is in the business of healing and changing individual people and even whole families.
Here’s good news for those of you who are fathers: no matter what kind of dad you have been, God wants to make you a better one. He is a perfect Father who is faithful and can help us all become better versions of ourselves, as he works to transform us into the person he created us to be. Indeed, he who began a good work in you, will bring it to completion! (see Phil. 1:6).
Just as I relish my children hugging me and telling me they love me, I know God relishes when we trust and receive his love as we hug him back in response. But it doesn’t stop there—we can be conduits of God’s love to others. When we extend love to one of God’s children, they might sense they are being hugged by God himself. Our heavenly Father is perfect love and has moved heaven and earth to have a loving relationship with all his children—those he is bringing to share in the glory of his own Son!
Happy Father’s Day to you all, Joseph Tkach
Note: the images used in this letter are from Wikimedia Commons, public domain. Copyright © 2017 Grace Communion International
†† Pastor’s Corner ††
Pastor David Perry & Jonnie
This past week Jonnie and I were at a local Walmart picking up a few items. As we approached the check-out area, we passed by a display of Father’s Day cards. I immediately thought, I need to get a card for dad before all the good ones are gone. Then, before I took another step towards the display, I was overcome with a feeling of sadness and also a few tears…because I realized I couldn’t give dad a card anymore. It will be two years, August 3, since my father passed away.
Reflections: Later that night, it occurred to me that I could give my dad a card – and I could write my thoughts and feelings in it and read it to him. So hopefully, this coming weekend or another day soon, I will be able to go to his grave site in Illinois and read my card to him, and talk to him as I do each time I visit his grave. It is hard to do, but I must talk to my dad, as it reminds me that one day I’ll be able to talk to him face-to-face.
I also began to think more deeply about my talks with my Heavenly Father who loves me. I read the following scriptures to remind me of my Daddy, Papa, my Father.
Matt 7:11 – If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
Romans 8:15 – For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons & daughters, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” Crying is a form of talking and expression.
Galatians 4:6 And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”
There is no question that God loves me and that I’m INCLUDED in His life and love, but my goal is to deepen our relationship and delve into the most intimate conversations because my Daddy, Papa, Father is certainly desirous and willing to go there with me. Isn’t that great!!
Happy Father’s Day dad, I love you, miss you and look forward to seeing you again. Happy Father’s Day my Heavenly Father, I love you and look forward to seeing you one day. Your son ~ 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
In Memory of Steve Davison (Laf – Chuck Davison’s Brother) – Steve passed away on Thursday morning. Prayers of comfort for Chuck and Steve’s family
Nancy Ray (Hope) Ongoing back pain and problems
Janis Beck – Will be having a tendon transplant for her left hand
Deb Spangler – Prayers for her as she deals with a fractured back disc that is not healing.
Marilyn Shrader (Hope area) Her kidneys are failing
Jim Mills – (Marilyn Shrader’s son-in-law) lost sight in one eye & losing it in other eye
Tom Conklin – (GC Indy) His bladder cancer has returned. They will treat it aggressively with chemo and radiation. Prayers please.
June Perry – Is scheduled to move to short term rehab for strengthening
Lucy (Anita Franz’s sister) On July 5, has surgery on her left eye
Patricia Robinson (GC Indy) Healing of brain tumor that is getting larger
Richard Cravens (friend of Jim & Donna Dunbar) Cancer
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