September 17, 2017

Bulletins

Terre Haute

Grace Communion

LIVING AND SHARING THE GOSPEL

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Welcome 

September 17, 2017 

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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We think God’s love rises and

falls with our performance.

It doesn’t! – Max Lucado

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We trust Jesus because he is always with us and for us. Whether stumbling through the routine of daily challenges, or facing unexpected crises that feel like flying through the air doing quadruple somersaults, we know that Jesus is there to catch us—every time. ~ Joseph Tkach

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Your Name on God’s Hand

by Max Lucado   From “When God Whispers Your Name”

     When I see a flock of sheep I see exactly that, a flock. A rabble of wool. I don’t see a sheep. I see sheep. All alike. None different. But not so with the Shepherd.To him every sheep is different. Every face has a story.  John 10:3 says, “The sheep listen to the voice of the shepherd. He calls his own sheep by name.”

     When we see a crowd, we see exactly that, a crowd. We see people, not persons. A herd of humans. But not so with the Shepherd. To him every face is different. Every face is a story. The Shepherd knows you. He knows your name. And he will never forget it.

     God said in Isaiah 49:16, “I have written your name on my hand.”

     Quite a thought isn’t it? Your name on God’s lips. My… could it be?

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Love The Lord  ~ Live His Life

Share Him With Others

…so as to help them enter into or

deepen a relationship with their God!

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Atonement: face-to-face with God

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those recovering from hurricane Harvey and now from hurricane Irma.

Let’s turn now to a topic that needs to be addressed from time to time. It involves two aberrant teachings that advocate esoteric religious practices for Christians. Both come with the promise that those who adopt the advocated practice will gain favor with God. The first is known as the “sacred names” doctrine, and the second teaches that Christians must observe the holy days God gave Israel through Moses.

The sacred names doctrine

Though the Bible does not teach that the Hebrew language (or any language, for that matter) is sacred, the sacred names doctrine asserts that God must be addressed using the Hebrew name Yahweh and Jesus must be addressed using the Hebrew name Yahshua. The falsity of this assertion is seen by noting that by inspiring the New Testament to be written in Greek, God has clearly shown that the Hebrew language is not required to hear an authoritative and life-giving word from him. Understanding this to be true, the Jews translated the Old Testament into Greek, producing what is known as the Septuagint. Many of the quotations of the Old Testament in the New Testament are from the Septuagint.

Human languages, being created things, are not sacred, nor are they magical—they have no special power in and of themselves. Human languages do not operate as mediators controlling access to God or his blessings. Treating created things as if they had such powers is idolatry. While Scripture is God’s inspired Word, its words (in any language) have no power apart from the action of the living God by his Spirit. Though the language used in writing Scripture is God’s gift, it is not one that should control (in either a legal or a magical way) our relationship to God.

Israel’s holy days

Most of us are familiar with the annual cycle of festivals set out for Israel by God in the Law of Moses (see the chart below). As a focus of this worship, Israel was required to perform various ceremonial duties—kill a lamb and put its blood on the doorposts at Passover,

remove leaven from their property for the week of Unleavened Bread, blow shofars to announce the arrival of the New Year on Trumpets, fast on Atonement, and live in temporary dwellings throughout Tabernacles.

Some well-meaning Christians try to observe Israel’s holy days to varying degrees, thinking that God is more pleased with the Christians who do so. These folks seem unable to grasp the biblical teaching that the purpose of the worship practices given to Israel was to point them to Jesus and his atoning ministry—a ministry that has already been accomplished, and thus fulfilled. It is Jesus’ shed blood that secures our forgiveness—not killing and eating a ritual lamb. It is Jesus who cleanses us from sin, not deleavening our homes. It is Jesus who trumpets our salvation, not the blowing of shofars. Because Jesus is our eternal dwelling place, there is no need to dwell in temporary booths. Now that Jesus has come and completed his work of salvation, observance of these holy days can actually point people away from Jesus to their own works.

As an example, consider the observance of the Day of Atonement (known to the Jews as Yom Kippur). It begins this year at sundown on Friday, Sept. 29. This day of fasting was considered the most holy of all of Israel’s festivals, and so was a principal focus of Israel’s annual worship cycle. Unfortunately, some Christians think God commands them to observe this day so that they might receive God’s forgiveness and so be cleansed from sin. In doing so, they overlook the New Testament’s teaching that we in no way contribute to our salvation, nor do we maintain it through works of the Law of Moses (including observing Israel’s holy days).

Believing that we must fast on Yom Kippur in order to be atoned for, negates the all-sufficient atonement that Jesus already has provided for the sins of the world. To observe the Day of Atonement as if it were required for Christians would be to say that Jesus’ completed, atoning work is somehow not enough—that we must somehow atone for ourselves. But note what is said to the contrary in the book of Hebrews:

For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. (Heb. 9:24-26)

God gave Yom Kippur to Israel as a map pointing them forward towards the relationship that God, through Christ, would have with all humanity. By fasting, Israel acted out the reality of our need for the never-ending eternal life that is ours in and through Christ who, alone, is our atonement. If one discontinues eating for a lengthy time, death results. Fasting thus symbolizes passing from life to death. The symbolism then comes full-circle when eating (picturing the return to life) commences at the close of the Day of Atonement. Those who have fasted for 24 hours know how good food tastes after a fast!

The high priest before the Mercy Seat in the Most Holy Place on the Day of Atonement. (public domain via Wikimedia Commons)

In ancient Israel, Yom Kippur was the only day of the year when the High Priest was permitted to enter the Holy of Holies (sometimes called the Most Holy Place)—the inner chamber of the Temple pictured above. Because of this, Jewish Midrash (commentaries on Scripture) associate Yom Kippur with the ancient Jewish idiom, face-to-face. Not surprisingly, the apostle Paul, who knew these commentaries well, spoke this way of our relationship with God through Christ:

For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. (1 Cor. 13: 12)

Jews view Yom Kippur as the day on which people are closest to God. The Jewish website www.chabad.org says, “[it is] the day on which we are the closest to G-d and to the quintessence of our own souls.” Leviticus 16:30 says, “On this day atonement will be made for you, to cleanse you. Then, before the Lord, you will be clean from all your sins.” These are precisely what are ours through Jesus’ atoning work on our behalf. Through Jesus’ life, death, resurrection and continuing high priestly ministry in heaven, we are cleansed from sin and reconciled to God. Not Paul’s comment:

All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them…. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Cor. 5:18-19, 21)

In Jesus, through his once-for-all atonement, we have come face-to-face with the Living God. We trust in him to be God’s presence to us and with us. He is our great High Priest and God’s own atonement, who mediates to us our fellowship and communion with the living God.

Celebrating that Jesus’ work is both abundant and more than adequate for us all,

Joseph Tkach   President of Grace Communion International

 

†† Pastor’s Corner ††

Pastor David Perry & Jonnie

    As part of the Body of Jesus Christ, we must always remember “We are part of something much bigger than us!” Our prayers should always be that the Lord will show us what He wants us to do – as part of His glorious Church – and then give us the desire and passion to join Him in His ongoing ministry of sharing His life and love with all people.

     I’m sure all of us were been touched deeply as we were reminded in pictures and video of the events of Sept. 11, 2001; and the death and destruction of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

    Down through history, millions have died in peace and in war. Mostly, they have all been forgotten by mankind. Mostly, they didn’t know about Jesus and His life of love given for them. As a Christ follower, I take great comfort in knowing that God, as Father, Son and Spirit, has NOT FORGOTTEN them. There is coming a day when they all will again be given life and an opportunity to KNOW JESUS their Savior. Loved ones will be united back in relationship with each other and with their God

     Jesus loved & loves All the 2999 who died in the tragic events of 9-11, as well as all those who died and suffered greatly in the recent hurricanes, fires, earthquakes, wars, etc.

    We are encouraged by what the Holy Word says in  1 Timothy 2:4: God wants ALL people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. I John 2:2 reveals that Jesus is the atoning sacrifice for our sins and for the sins of the entire world. (see article in this bulletin on Atonement) How great it is that the Lord has given us insight into His Heart – full of great mercy, love and grace for us and for all mankind.  

     God is and always will be faithful to us, in his mercy and love and in his plan to send his Son to be the Redeemer, Reconciler and Savior of all people, everywhere and in all times. In Jesus, God has given us the perfect brother to work alongside:

    “Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters” (Hebrews 2:11).

    We trust Jesus because he is always with us and for us.

                                Trust and love on Jesus!

     You are loved and deeply appreciated   ~ Pastor David

 

Prayer Requests

Stormy Seas

Stormy Waters

Prayers for our Country and Pres. Trump

Prayers for the Body of Christ World Wide

Local Prayer Requests

Jake Auxier – Melbourne, FL – Prayers for protection from Hurricane Irma.

JW Holmes-(friend of Vicki Auxier) has leukemia Dr’s say two years to live.

Mary Coffey, Jerry Hudson, prayers for healing, strength & encouragement

Anita – (niece of Barb Hudson) – very serious illness needs treatment & healing      

Gloria Beck (Jeff Beck’s sister) Recovery from surgery 

Peggy Perry – (Pastor David’s Sister) She is feeling better.  Has Dr. Apptmt on Sept 8 to determine what course of follow-up treatment might be needed

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

Hurricane Harvey and Irma Victims

Jacob G – (friend of Jeff Beck) Swelling on brain

James Salerno – Narcolepsy

Perry Harold (college friend of Pastor David) Has small brain tumor – prayers that it is benign.

Jeff Harms (Pastor David’s cousins’ husband) Cancer and can’t take chemo

Max Whitlock(GCI Laf) Nosebleeds

Connie Whitlock (GCI Laf) Knee pain

Peggy Perry – (Pastor David’s Sister) She will have follow up chemo beginning in a couple weeks…As of now 6 sessions.  Thanks for prayers.

Jim Dunbar(GCI Laf) The cast on his arm/wrist comes off Monday

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

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

From Living Hope Fellowship September 17, 2017

Hurricane Harvey and Irma Victims

Shredron Family (from Mulberry) Jacquelene, the mother, was killed in an auto accident leaving 6 children.  Prayers for the family

Carl Franz – Bronchitis

Barb Donovan (aunt of James Salerno)  Cancer

Jacob G – (friend of Jeff Beck) Brain cancer

James Salerno Narcolepsy

Richard Frankel (GCI pastor in Chicago and Kenosha, WI.)  Suffered a minor stroke last week…expected to make full recovery.

Perry Harold  (college friend of Pastor David) Has small brain tumor – prayers that it is benign.

Jeff Harms (Pastor David’s cousins’ husband) Cancer

Connie Whitlock (GCI Laf) Knee pain

Peggy Perry – (Pastor David’s Sister) She will have followup chemo beginning in a couple weeks…As of now 6 sessions.  Thanks for prayers.

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

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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