July 9, 2017

Bulletins

Terre Haute

Grace Communion

LIVING AND SHARING THE GOSPEL

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Welcome 

July 9, 2017

“Praise To The Lord The Almighty”

Opening Prayer 

“On Bended Knee”

“We Fall Down”

Prayers of Intercession 

  Worship Offering

 SERMON: Don Auxier

‘Help! I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Myself Back Up’

Closing Song

“He Is Able”

 

MISSION STATEMENT

Worship God in Spirit and Truth

Grow in His Grace and Knowledge

Share the Love and Hope we have in Christ.

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God knows you by name ~ and has your best interest at heart.  He will be with you and will carry you when you can’t find the strength to stand on your own.  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him.  ~  Rom. 15:13    DaySpring Devotions – www.dayspring.com

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   “Your life, just like your relationship with the Lord will be exactly what you choose it to be. We ALL have to face the problems that life throws our way. That is simply part of living in this sin-filled and fallen world. There are always problems, things that don’t go the way we expect or like.

   The key is do you allow the problems of life to choke off your joy? Do you allow the trials you face to steal your peace. Do you allow the challenges of life to rob you of the abundance Christ promised you?” – Pastor Bill Keller

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When We Oppose Ourselves

Haven’t we all met people who do crazy, self-destructive things? Such people don’t need enemies—they are their own worst enemy! They go through life tripping themselves up and inflicting catastrophe after catastrophe on themselves.

How do we help people like that? They can try a pastor’s patience and it’s tempting to think we must “do something about them.” Perhaps we need to be reminded of Paul’s instructions to Timothy: “The servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; and that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will” (2 Timothy 2:24-26 KJV).

Note the emphasis here. Paul does not say, “Tell these people to get their act together and start living properly. Or else!” Rather, he tells Timothy to be patient, tolerant and humble, reminding him that even though such people may be their own worst enemy, they are not God’s enemy. They may be unable to acknowledge their problem and so become easy prey for the devil. They may reject and resist advice, but that does not give a pastor the right to abandon them. We may not be able to open up their minds to see their problems, but God can.

Gently relating to such people is an important part of being a pastor. We are reminded that we are shepherds of God’s flock, not “lords over God’s heritage” (1 Peter 5:3 KJV). If we remember this as we serve those who “oppose themselves,” we will become more aware of God’s unrelenting and unconditional love for all of humankind, including ourselves. If we are brutally honest, we must admit we too have our moments of self-opposition.

One of the most awesome dynamics in our lives comes when we recognize and acknowledge that, in Christ, God says “YES” to the question of our reconciliation with him and our eternal salvation. Then when we see what God is doing with us in Christ and say, “yes” and “thanks be to God,” he says “YES” right back to us—for eternity.

Trouble is, having accepted God’s big “YES,” we often respond with our little “no’s.” Paul lamented this reality in Romans chapter seven. Though wanting to respond to God’s “YES” by living a life worthy of our calling, the more we try, the more we become conscious of our failures.

Paul gives voice to this struggle: “I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing” (vv. 18b-19 NIV).

Even seasoned, mature Christians oppose themselves at times and so Paul continues the lament: ”Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work in me. What a wretched man I am!” (vv. 21-24a).

Sounds hopeless, doesn’t it? But that is not where Paul ends—he had learned that God never gives up on us: “Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (vv. 24b-25).

When people oppose themselves, they think and behave as if they can cut themselves off from Christ. They are not living in communion with God even though their life, breath and movement is dependent on him (Acts 17:28). God is the sustainer of every life and no one lives outside of his relationship with them, whether they know of or acknowledge that relationship. God loves sinners. That is why he sent Jesus to save and redeem us. He will never give up on us and he never stops loving us.

The wonderfully reassuring dynamic of our relationship with and to God is that when we say “no” to his reconciling and saving “YES” to us in Christ, he won’t take our “no” for an answer. We cannot change the fact that God loves us and has, in Christ, reconciled himself to us. No matter how angry, disbelieving and denying we may be toward God, it does not change the reality that God is our Creator, Sustainer and Redeemer. God is faithful even when we oppose ourselves.

Your brother in Christ,  Joseph Tkach

                                        (article reprinted from July 2013 bulletin)

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Peer Fear” — WJD! for 07/09/2017

At that time Herod, the ruler {of Galilee}, heard the things people said about Jesus. So Herod said to his servants, “This man (Jesus) is really John the Baptizer. He must have risen from death. That is why he is able to do these miracles.” Before this time, Herod had arrested John. Herod had tied John with chains and put him into prison. Herod arrested John because of Herodias. Herodias was the wife of Philip, Herod’s brother. Herod arrested John because John told Herod: “It is not right for you to have Herodias.” Herod wanted to kill John, but he was afraid of the people. The people believed that John was a prophet. — Matthew 14:1-5 (ERV)

Key Thought:

We sometimes talk about peer pressure and its power over teenagers. But if we look at ourselves, I think we’ll find that adults are at least as vulnerable to peer pressure as teenagers. Just look at how we fall into line with fashion clothing, cologne, cars, neighborhoods, political opinions, morals, and hairstyles. Even our leaders seem to check which way the wind is blowing and gather the latest poll data before they will announce their opinions on any given subject. Herod reveals his fear and weakness. He is afraid John is risen. He is afraid of John because he told the truth. He is afraid of John because of his adulterous relationship with his brother’s wife and John’s willingness to speak the truth—this was also an incestuous relationship according to the Jewish law. He is afraid to kill John because of the people’s fascination with John. Herod is not a statesman ruler; he’s a fearing reactor to political winds. We, too, forfeit our right to be called people of integrity when we cave in to the pressure of those around us and abdicate our values, principles, and beliefs to avoid scrutiny. No matter what accomplishments we may achieve, they are worthless because they are never enough since we fear losing recognition for them, losing the support of others, and losing the notoriety of our achievement.

Today’s Prayer:

Holy God and Divine Father, forgive me for the times that I have backed down from my convictions because of peer pressure. Give me the Spirit of power and boldness to not only stand for you when it is easy, but also when it is difficult. Help me be a person of proven integrity and faithfulness. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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Father to the Fatherless

Sing praises to God and to his name! Sing loud praises to him who rides the clouds. His name is the Lord — rejoice in his presence! Father to the fatherless, defender of widows — this is God, whose dwelling is holy. God places the lonely in families; he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy. But he makes the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land. — Psalm 68:4-6

 

†† Pastor’s Corner ††

Pastor David Perry & Jonnie

Please allow me to share a couple great quotes for you to ponder this week as live out your life in Christ. Pastor David

“What we need very badly these days is a company of Christians who are prepared to trust God as completely now as they know they must do at the last day. For each of us the time is coming when we shall have nothing but God.

Health and wealth and friends and hiding places will be swept away, and we shall have only God. To the man of pseudo faith that is a terrifying thought, but to real faith it is one of the most comforting thoughts the heart can entertain.” – A. W. Tozer

Recently, our GCI Regional Pastor, Rick Shallenberger, posted the following quote on Facebook: One of the first steps in loving others first is seeing them as they truly are – God’s beloved child.

  Several GCI pastors added insightful remarks:

Jeff Chandler “…Which makes them family – our brothers and sisters. We love family unconditionally – we do anything for them, wouldn’t we?”.ne

Glen Weber  “Especially when they don’t yet know they are God’s beloved child – and therefore are not acting like such a child. That is when we get to show them what a beloved child acts like.”

Richard John Frankel “The world knows Him as God, Creator, Judge…We as His children know Him as “Our Father”. We have a special, personal relationship as we are born from above (John 3) into His family. In Christ we Christians share a common brotherhood/sisterhood (Gal. 3:28; Col. 3:11) We were introduced to the Father and accepted by Him through Christ (Luke 11:2)

 Go ahead and reread these again.  It is my hope that all of us can “show others what a beloved child acts like.”           You are loved ~ Pastor David 

 

Prayer Requests

Stormy Seas

Stormy Waters

Prayers for our Country and Pres. Trump

Prayers for revival in God’s Church

Local Prayer Requests

Mary Coffey, Jerry Hudson, Helen Pavy – healing, strength & encouragement

Anita niece of Barb Hudson – proper medical treatment & healing

Lucy (Laf. – Anita Franz’s sister) Had eye surgery July 5, but won’t know how successful it was until about July 15 when the bandage comes off.

Janis Beck –Recovery & healing from tendon transplant surgery on left hand

Jeff & Janis Beck – Prayers for traveling safety

Doug Whitlock – He is home recovery from surgery and hospital stay

Carl Franz – eye test this week showed a slight improvement in right eye

Leroy JoilesGCI pastor in Jamaica – He is home from the hospital to recover from a stroke. He has about 65% use of right hand and 50% use of right leg. Prayers for full recovery. He thanks all for their prayers

Nancy Ray (Hope) Ongoing back pain and problems

Deb Spangler – Prayers that seeing a specialist will help her with back pain

Stephanie Snyder (wife of GCI pastor Jeff Snyder) Various health problems that are affecting vision in one eye and overall health

Patricia Robinson (GC Indy) Healing of brain tumor that is getting larger

GC Indy – Prayers for Pastor Josh & Heather as they lead GC Indy – for insight & opportunities to share the life and love of Jesus in the Irvington area

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

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