August 27, 2017

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Terre Haute

Grace Communion

LIVING AND SHARING THE GOSPEL

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Welcome 

August 27, 2017 

MISSION STATEMENT

Worship God in Spirit and Truth

Grow in His Grace and Knowledge

Share the Love and Hope we have in Christ.

Love The Lord  ~ Live His Life

Share Him With Others

…so as to help them enter into or

deepen a relationship with their God!

God’s Doing What’s Best for Us

by Max Lucado

God is at work in each of us whether we know it or not, whether we want it or not. Lamentations 3:33 says, “He takes no pleasure in making life hard, in throwing roadblocks in the way.” He doesn’t delight in our sufferings, but He delights in our development. It’s what Paul pointed out in Philippians 1:6, “God began doing a good work in you, and I am sure He will continue it until it is finished when Jesus Christ comes again.”

Don’t see your struggle as an interruption to life but as preparation for life. No one said the road would be easy or painless. But God will use this mess for something good. This trouble you are in isn’t punishment; it’s training, the normal experience of children. God is doing what’s best for us, training us to live God’s holy best!  From  “You’ll Get Through This” by Max Lucado

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PRAYER

by GCI pastor Jeff Chandler

Prayer is being in-tune with God who lives within us through the Spirit – rather than a petition to ask Him to show up and Do.

For several years I have NOT been giving God a To-Do list, but rather use prayer to get in tune with what He is ALREADY doing. I join Jesus in His concern for the person that is in need. I don’t have to tell Him about it. He already knows it and is intimately involved with the situation.

He is not waiting on you and me to ask Him to do things – He is active in EVERYONE’s lives and is ALREADY Doing.

When I am in step with the Spirit, I see what He is doing much better. Plus, I always know that what He is doing always looks like love. So, I look for signs of Love, or act on actions of love where He leads my heart, and participate in that.

I am so happy that I can just join God rather than to ask Him to show up.

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Kingdom wine

Joseph and Tammy Tkach

Have you noticed how Jesus makes a party even better? John 2:1-10 tells of the time Jesus saved a wedding party from embarrassment by turning water into the highest quality wine. I’d love to have a taste, agreeing with Martin Luther that “beer is made by men,” but “wine by God.”

Though Scripture doesn’t say which grape Jesus had in mind when turning water into wine at the wedding in Cana of Galilee, perhaps it was the one that comes from the Vitis vinifera vine, which is the source of most of the grapes used to make wine in our day. That vine produces grapes that have thicker skins, larger seeds and typically are sweeter than the table grapes we’re familiar with.

Vitis vinerva grapes (source – 99roots.com)

I find it interesting that Jesus’ first public miracle (John 2:11a) was essentially private—accomplished without the knowledge of its main beneficiaries, the wedding party. Nevertheless it was of great importance in that it provided evidence to Jesus’ disciples (John 2:11b) that Jesus truly was the incarnate Son of God sent to save the world. Perhaps that’s why one theologian quipped that “wine is like the incarnation—both divine and human.”

“The Marriage at Cana”
(via Wikimedia Commons)

Though Jesus’ miracle saved the wedding party in Cana from a major social faux pas, it did not address human suffering in the way his many healings and exorcisms did. Nevertheless, turning water into wine strikes me as a good first miracle for Jesus, not because wine is the most healthful and hygienic of beverages (as claimed by Louis Pasteur), but because by turning water into wine, Jesus demonstrated his power over nature. He didn’t just change the water’s flavor, he changed its molecular structure! By doing so he showed both the power and goodness of God.

That the setting for Jesus’ first public miracle was a wedding seems to me to carry great meaning. Perhaps that’s because I’m thinking a lot about my daughter’s upcoming wedding, but most of all it’s because Scripture tells us that those who receive Jesus in faith (the church as one body) enjoy an intimate, eternal relationship with Jesus as his “bride” (Eph. 5:25-27; Rev. 19:7-9). In Scripture, wedding celebrations often serve as metaphors of the messianic age and the fullness of the kingdom. Jesus desires that we not only anticipate that fullness, but that we pursue it. He makes this point in several of his kingdom parables, including this one:

The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it. (Matt. 13:45-46)

In this parable Jesus shows that the kingdom (and particularly the king of the kingdom) is the most valuable thing we’ll ever possess. The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia states that parables are “almost always formulated to reveal and illustrate the kingdom of God” (vol. 3, p. 656). In Parables of the Kingdom, C.H. Dodd adds that a parable is “a metaphor or simile drawn from nature or common life, arresting the hearer by its vividness or strangeness, and leaving the mind in sufficient doubt about its precise application to tease it into active thought” (p. 16). Though not parables per se, many of Jesus’ miracles were kingdom-focused. In turning water into wine, he made a point similar to the one he was making in some of his kingdom parables, likening entrance into the kingdom to attending a great banquet.

In John 2:11 we’re told that the miracle of turning water into wine was a “sign” by which Jesus “revealed his glory.” But in what way? In healing people, Jesus revealed his authority to forgive sin. In cursing the fig tree, he showed that judgment was coming upon the temple. In healing on the Sabbath, Jesus revealed his authority over the Sabbath. In raising people from the dead, he revealed that he is the resurrection and the life. By feeding thousands, he revealed that he is the bread of life. And by miraculously providing abundant blessings for a wedding banquet in Cana, Jesus seems to have been revealing that he is the one who provides the abundant kingdom blessings of God that contribute to joy and life, both now and in the fullness of the kingdom. The miracle at Cana thus fills out for us a little more of Jesus’ true purpose and character. When I contemplate that miracle, I can’t help but consider how Jesus is transforming us into something far more glorious than what we would be apart from his miraculous work in our lives.

Jesus’ miracle at Cana often comes to mind when I’m enjoying a glass of fine wine. By saying that, I’m not advocating the abuse of alcohol in any way. As Paul would say, “God forbid!” The Bible frequently warns against such abuse (Gal. 5:21) and Jesus forbids drunkenness (Luke 21:34). That being said, reading of Jesus’ miracle at Cana helps me live and work in a way that points toward the coming fullness of the kingdom of God when Jesus will have removed all the residue of sin and we will sit down with him at the greatest family reunion banquet of all time. Perhaps Jesus will provide some of that wine from Cana! It will surely “gladden” our hearts (Ps. 104:14-15). Raising my glass in a toast to the kingdom, Joseph Tkach

 

†† Pastor’s Corner ††

Pastor David Perry & Jonnie

Last Monday was a day that I’m sure we will remember for a long time.  The total – almost – eclipse of the sun.  I have seen so many spectacular photographs of the eclipse – from the total darkness, to the partial eclipse in others, to the diamond ring effect as the eclipse began receding.  Wow – “the heavens declare God’s glory” (Ps.19:1).

Millions of people, armed with special glasses, strained to get a view of the eclipse as it progressed over their area.  People drove hundreds of miles, spent hundreds and thousands of dollars on travel and motels, to be in the right place at the right time to witness the heavenly display of the eclipse. On Monday, as I stood with hundreds of hospital workers, outside a hospital in Champaign, Illinois, there was many “aahs, oohs and wows” as they viewed the 95% blocked sun.  I mentioned to several that even 5% of the sun was awesome as the light didn’t darken much. However, some people were unable to see this awesome event due to work, clouds, in a hospital bed or timing.

This experience of watching the eclipse with these people, got me contemplating an event so much greater than the total eclipse of the sun.  I wondered if anyone else thought about this?  Scripture tells us that the Son of Man, Jesus Christ, will come back to this earth with great shinning brilliance and the sound of a trumpet.  Additionally, the Bible says that “all eyes will see him” (Rev. 1:7). No one will miss this heavenly occurrence. We will not see the SON eclipsed, but all will see 100% coverage by the SON.  How great is that.  No special glasses needed.

The creator of the heavens and earth, returning to this earth, to rescue the righteous, to do away with all evil, and to bring peace, joy, and true meaning to life.  NO ONE will miss seeing His coming.  This will be an event that touches the lives of all humanity and all creation. Nothing will ever be the same.  Everything will become the way God intended it to be “in the beginning”. The brilliance of the beginning of Eternity!!

Truth is, we now see Him if we are looking.  Though we now see through a glass darkly, we do see (I Cor. 13:12). The eyes of Faith give us eternal vision. Keep looking to Jesus!!

You are loved and appreciated ~ Pastor David

 

Prayer Requests

Stormy Seas

Stormy Waters

Prayers for our Country and Pres. Trump

Prayers for God’s Church World Wide

Local Prayer Requests

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

Anita niece of Barb Hudson – proper medical treatment & healing      

George McFarland healing from surgery

Don Glover friend of Auxier’s – prayers for continued healing to avoid surgery.

GCI International ConferencePraiseThe conference was a wonderful blessing for people from all over the world. Everyone enjoyed the presence of God and shared the love of brothers and sisters.

Peggy Perry – (Pastor David’s Sister) will have hysterectomy for Stage 2 uterine cancer this Monday morning, August 14. 

Jim DunbarHe had a little mishap at the state fair Monday. He broke a bone in his left wrist and is sporting a cast now. Prayers that all heals up 

Chuck Davison For his job and pain in his knees

Al Talison (GCIndy) Has been suffering with gout in his knee for about 4 – 5 days and it has not gotten better.  So far medication has not helped.  He is   not able to work, and has trouble sleeping due to pain.  

Jeanne Braatz (Heather McDonald’s mother who lives in Wisc) Had several eye procedures this week to relieve eye pressure. Prayers that this surgery has worked, for the eye pressure to stay very low

Cameron (17 year old grandson of Connie Whitlock) Prayers for healing                  

Janis Beck –For complete healing and therapy to regain full use of hand

Nancy Ray (Hope) Ongoing back pain and problems

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

GC Indy – 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.

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

Updates From Living Hope Fellowship

New Prayer Requests

Carolyn Scott (daughter of Dennis & Regina Scott of GCIndy)   Recovery from surgery on her previously broken arm tomorrow to take care of an infection

Max Whitlock(GCI Laf) Nosebleeds

Connie Whitlock (GCI Laf) Leg pain

Gloria Beck (Jeff Beck’s mom GCI Laf) Recovery from surgery

Peggy Perry – (Pastor David’s Sister) Came home from hospital on Thursday afternoon.  Infection is under control.  She is feeling better.

Jim  & Donna Dunbar(GCI Laf) Jim: Healing of broken wrist on left hand – Donna: recovery from a fall

Patricia Robinson (GC Indy)  Her brain tumor has decreased in size

Larry Parks (high school classmate of Pastor David) Prayers for successful brain surgery on Monday, in Chicago, to remove an AVM.

Dave Sennett (high school classmate of Pastor David) Hospitalized in Illinois with lung infection and colitis.

Al Talison (GCIndy) Recovery from gout in knee

Jeanne Braatz (Heather McDonald’s mother – lives in Wisc) Recovery from eye surgery

Janis Beck(GCI Laf) For healing and therapy to regain full use of hand

Stephanie Snyder (wife of GCI pastor Jeff Snyder)  Various health problems that are affecting her overall health

GC Indy – 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

For Our Country and Government

Joseph & Georgette Franklin, Our Haiti Church & School– Prayers for safety & blessing & provision.

Joe & Tammy Tkach – Protection, safety, wisdom & encouragement

Our Persecuted Christian Brothers and Sisters Around The World

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