“LIVING AND SHARING THE GOSPEL”
February 11, 2018
“Into Your Court We Come”
“I’m Forever Grateful”
“I’d Rather Have Jesus”
Prayers of Intercession
SERMON – Don Auxier
Eyewitness To Jesus’ Glory
“Mighty Is Our God“
Worship God in Spirit and Truth
Grow in His Grace and Knowledge
Share the Love and Hope we have in Christ.
Valentine’s Day and Love by Sharla Guenther
Valentine’s Day is a special day of the year. There are parties, chocolates, cards, and candy with “Be Mine” written on them. Other than all that where does Valentine’s Day come from?
There are several stories about a priest named Valentine who performed secret marriages when an emperor ordered that no young men should be married because they would be better soldiers in the war.
Another story is about a man named Valentine who fell in love with a girl while he was in jail. Just before he died he wrote her a love letter and signed it, “From your Valentine”.
I don’t know if these stories are true or not, I guess it doesn’t really matter. I think the important part is: that we know what love is and know where it came from.
The Bible tells us that love is from God and that God is love. The neat thing about God’s love is that it’s not a feeling to him, he can’t fall out of love with us. He loves us even when we’re not loveable and when we’re grumpy or doing bad things. He loves all of us no matter what.
The tricky part is loving others like God loves us. God’s love is much different than the mushy kissy stuff that you see on TV or all around you. It’s not bad to be mushy with your family but sometimes its harder to show other people how you love them. We can’t just go around kissing everyone to show them our love!
There is a special kind of love we can have for others, it’s called agape love. This doesn’t have to be mushy love, just see people as God would see them. Pretend for a day that you have special glasses on and that everyone you see you love just because God loves them, like the way you love a mom or dad, brother or sister.
*I’m sure you’ll run into somebody you don’t think deserves your love or you just don’t want to love at all, but God loves them and if we love God we are supposed to love them too.
Who exactly are we supposed to love?
*Love God *Love yourself *Love your family
*Love your friends *Love your neighbors *Love your enemies
What are some ways that we can love God? It’s not as hard as you think. How do you show others you love them? We talk to them, try to get to know them better, listen to them, and sometimes we do things for them. We can do all these things for God. We might not be able to touch Him but we can pray to God, read the Bible and learn about him, obey Him and do the things he asks us to do.
We are also supposed to love ourselves. This doesn’t mean that we should think we’re better than everybody else. We get this from a Bible verse that says do for others as you would want them to do for you. This means we should take care of ourselves. Things like looking before we cross the street, eating our vegetables, and getting a good sleep at night are ways we can do that. Remember that if you’re a Christian the Spirit of God lives inside us and he wants us to treat ourselves with respect.
Loving our family is hopefully pretty easy. Even though we get mad at our parents sometimes because they don’t let us do something, we still love them. Just remember that you are part of a family and nothing will ever change that. You should always be able to depend on each other and they’ll be the ones to tell you the truth before anyone else.
*Loving our friends should be easy because we pick the people we want to be friends with. The thing is, sometimes when we disagree with our friends we think we don’t have to be their friend anymore, but God’s love would ask us to forgive them and try to work things out.
Do you know who your neighbors are? Neighbors aren’t just the people who live next to you but are everyone you might run into. I don’t want to encourage you to run up to strangers but think about helping others with love. By helping an elderly lady who needs help with her groceries, returning a wallet found on the street, or even praying for people on the news that are in trouble are just a few ways to love a neighbor.
I hope you don’t have any enemies but there will always be someone that you don’t get along with or believes the opposite of what you believe. There are many, many people that don’t believe in God and that purposely do things that hurt him and God still loves them. Loving people that bully us or our friends seems impossible, but it’s not with God’s help. By asking for God’s help we will be able to love our enemies easier when we just can’t do it on our own.
Learning to love like God takes a long time and takes God’s help. It’s easier to love than to hate, so have lots of fun learning to love God and everyone around you!
Daily Heartlight for 01/14/2018
Written by Max Lucado
Hear the words of King David:
I can never escape from your Spirit!
I can never get away from your presence!
If I go up to heaven, you are there;
if I go down to the grave, you are there.
If I ride the wings of the morning,
if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
even there your hand will guide me,
and your strength will support me. ( Psalm 139:7-10 NLT)
When God entered time and became a man, he who was boundless became bound. Imprisoned in flesh. Restricted by weary-prone muscles and eyelids. For more than three decades, his once limitless reach would be limited to the stretch of an arm, his speed checked to the pace of human feet.
I wonder, was he ever tempted to reclaim his boundlessness? In the middle of a long trip, did he ever consider transporting himself to the next city? When the rain chilled his bones, was he tempted to change the weather? When the heat-parched his lips, did he give thought to popping over to the Caribbean for some refreshment?
If ever he entertained such thoughts, he never gave in to them. Not once. Stop and think about this. Not once did Christ use his supernatural powers for personal comfort. With one word, he could’ve transformed the hard earth into a soft bed; but he didn’t. With a wave of his hand, he could’ve boomeranged the spit of his accusers back into their faces; but he didn’t. With an arch of his brow, he could’ve paralyzed the hand of the soldier as he braided the crown of thorns; but he didn’t.
Remarkable. But is this the most remarkable part of the coming? Many would argue not. Many, perhaps most, would point beyond the surrender of timelessness and boundlessness to the surrender of sinlessness. It’s easy to see why.
Isn’t this the message of the crown of thorns?
An unnamed soldier took branches — mature enough to bear thorns, nimble enough to bend — and wove them into a crown of mockery, a crown of thorns.
Throughout scripture, thorns symbolize, not sin, but the consequence of sin. Remember Eden? After Adam and Eve sinned, God cursed the land:
So I will put a curse on the ground… The ground will produce thorns and weeds for you, and you will eat the plants of the field ( Genesis 3:17-18).
Brambles on the earth are the product of sin in the heart.
Rebellion results in thorns:
Evil people’s lives are like paths covered with thorns and traps” ( Proverbs 22:5).
Jesus even compared the lives of evil people to a thorn bush. In speaking of false prophets, he said:
You will know these people by what they do. Grapes don’t come from thorn bushes, and figs don’t come from thorny weeds ( Matthew 7:16).
The fruit of sin is thorns — spiny, prickly, cutting thorns. I emphasize the “point” of the thorns to suggest a point you may have never considered: if the fruit of sin is thorns, isn’t the thorny crown on Christ’s brow a picture of the fruit of our sin that pierced his heart?
What is the fruit of sin? Step into the briar patch of humanity and feel a few thistles. Shame. Fear. Disgrace. Discouragement. Anxiety. Haven’t our hearts been caught in these brambles?
The heart of Jesus, however, had not. He had never been cut by the thorns of sin. What you and I face daily, he never knew. Anxiety? He never worried! Guilt? He was never guilty! Fear? He never left the presence of God! Jesus never knew the fruits of sin… until he became sin for us ( 2 Corinthians 5:21).
And when he did, all the emotions of sin tumbled in on him like shadows in a forest. He felt anxious, guilty, and alone. Can’t you hear the emotion in his prayer?
My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? ( Matthew 27:46).
These are not the words of a saint. This is the cry of a sinner.
And this prayer is one of the most remarkable parts of his coming. But I can think of something even greater. Want to know the coolest thing about the coming?
Not that he kept his cool while the dozen best friends he ever had felt the heat and got out of the kitchen. Or, that he gave no command to the angels who begged, “Just give the nod, Lord. One word and these demons will be deviled eggs.”
Not that he refused to defend himself when blamed for every sin of every slut and sailor since Adam. Or, that he stood silently as a million guilty verdicts echoed in the tribunal of heaven and the giver of light was left in the chill of a sinner’s night.
Not even that after three days in a dark hole he stepped into the Easter sunrise with a smile and a swagger and a question for the lowly Lucifer — “Is that your best punch?”
That was cool, incredibly cool.
But want to know the coolest thing about the One who gave up the crown of heaven for a crown of thorns? He did it for you. Just for you!
†† Pastor’s Corner ††
Pastor David Perry & Jonnie
Our God loves us and all people so much that He uses many different ways to give people a glimpse of His life and love for them. Here is an example of our Triune God loving one of His daughters. I hope it helps you praise the Lord even more.
Woman Who Nearly Died in Cairo Bombing Saw Visions of Jesus
Veronica Neffinger-Editor, ChristianHeadlines.com 2.6.18
A woman who was injured and left disfigured from a church bombing in Cairo, Egypt in Dec. 2016 has not given in to discouragement and despair, and instead has said that Jesus sustained her and even appeared to her in visions.
The Christian Post reports on Samiha Tawfiq Awad’s incredible story. Awad and her husband, Qalini, were attending St. Peter’s Church on the morning of Dec. 11 when the attack occurred. Awad was very near the explosion and was badly injured. Qalini rushed her to the hospital where she fought for her life and was very near death. She was so disfigured from the bombing that she was barely recognizable.Despite this horrific trial, Awad says Jesus allowed her to pull through. He even gave her the grace to forgive the perpetrators.”I remember that I saw Jesus on the ceiling when I was lying on the ground after the explosion,” she recalls.
“I would have been willing to die for Jesus,” she continued, “but the fact that He kept me alive so miraculously tells me that He wants me to live.”
Qalini echoed his wife’s faith: “The doctors might’ve given up on Samiha, but God had another plan!”
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. What a Great God we have! You are dearly loved and deeply appreciated ~ Pastor David
Prayers for our Country and Pres. Trump
Prayers for the Body of Christ World Wide
Our Persecuted Christian Brothers & Sisters Around The World
Local Prayer Requests
JW Holmes-(friend of Vicki Auxier) has leukemia Dr’s say two years to live.
Mary Coffey, prayers for healing, strength & encouragement.
Anita – (Barb’s niece) – PRAISE she is doing better.
Other Prayer Requests
Jerry Hudson Family – Prayers of comfort and encouragement are requested for Barbara Hudson (member of GCI Terre Haute) and her family – as they continue on with life after the passing of her husband/their father.
Doug Whitlock – Prayers for recovery from and answers to his health issues. Prayers for his wife Connie and her family.
Janis Beck – Recovery from reaction to flu shot
Al Talison (GCI Indy) Full recovery from cataract surgeries on both eyes
Peggy Perry She begins 5 ½ weeks of radiation February 19. She thanks all her family for your prayers.
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