“LIVING AND SHARING THE GOSPEL”
March 18, 2018
“Exalt The Lord Our God”
“Draw Me Close To You”
“I Love The Lord”
Prayers of Intercession
SERMON – Pastor David Perry
“Traveling with Jesus, before Palm Sunday”
“I’m Forever Grateful”
Worship God in Spirit and Truth
Grow in His Grace and Knowledge
Share the Love and Hope we have in Christ.
Grace Communion International – We are an international Christian fellowship, on mission with the Father, Son and Spirit, living and sharing the gospel in ways that birth all kinds of churches, for all kinds of people, in all kinds of places. As an international Christian fellowship, we have about 50,000 members formed into 900 churches spread across 100 countries.
by Max Lucado
UpWords with Max Lucado (Crosswalk@crosswalkmail.com)
In Matthew 6, Jesus prayed: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
A prayer that begins. . . May I not view you as a distant father, but as one who has come to earth and understands the challenges and temptations of my life. Be near me today, whisper reminders that you’re close.
My friends need you today as they make difficult decisions in their workplace and in their families. Show them you are closer than even their earthly fathers.
Thank you for hearing me and listening to my pleas. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray this, amen.
Here’s my challenge for you! Every day for four weeks, pray four minutes; and get ready to connect with God like never before!
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from DaySpring Devotions
Confessing The Truths Your Heart Believes
For the LORD is good. ~ Psalm 100:5
I Believe He is always good.
He is good in easy times and hard times,
in quiet times and busy times,
in smooth times and rugged times.
He is good in stormy days and calm days,
on smooth waters and rough seas,
on high mountains and in deep valleys.
I believe God is good to me
and He will never do anything bad. -by Roy Lessin
Trusting God Through Disappointment
From WisdomHunters.com ~ March 13, 2018
by Shana Schutte
I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living. Psalm 27:13
This morning I opened an old journal from April 2009. My eyes fell on an entry I made a little over five years before I married for the first time at 46, and a few years before I became acquainted with my husband.
During this season in my early forties, it hit me hard that my dreams of having a family were not going to come to pass—at least the way I hoped—and I was heartbroken.
“I woke this morning, curled into a small ball on my left side, stared through the blinds into the blue sky and poured my heart out to God.
I’m lonely, Lord. I stopped wondering a long time ago if You had punished me for my past relational choices. I stopped asking questions about the past. And then I decided to trust you with what I don’t understand. I received Your love and let it be okay.
But it still hurts.
Whereas before I counted years, now I’ve started counting months until my next birthday.
I’m already a third of the way to 42. The dream of marrying is making a slow death in my heart, and what frightens me is that I don’t have the emotional energy to want anymore.
I look at others like my friend Jenn, who met the love of her life when she was young and had a family. I’m too old now. She has a family. She is loved. I always wanted to be loved, and to have a little girl and a husband. Being alone really hurts sometimes.
I’m crying now. My heart aches. But I will trust in You, Lord. Please help me to trust You.”
I don’t share this with you to be a bummer. I am sharing it as a reminder that our emotions aren’t good indicators of how our stories will be written. We never know how God will intervene in our darkest times to bring us great joy in a way we hadn’t anticipated.
Imagine how the disciples felt in their darkest hour after Jesus’ crucifixion. Their Lord had died and with Him, their dreams. What a sense of loss they must have felt!
But our emotions don’t tell the story of how God will bring redemption into our lives. They don’t tell how the light of His love will shine brightly once more and warm our broken hearts. They can’t foresee the future or predict God’s surprises.
That is why in our darkest times we must choose to trust the Lord and His heart, even when all seems lost.
I could have never known that just five years after I wrote this that I would marry the love of my life. And I would have never known that nine years later I would become a grandmother to a beautiful baby boy.
Trust Him even though your feelings may be telling you that all is lost. He knows what He is doing—and you are greatly loved.
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3).
Prayer: Lord, I praise you that you are at work in my life even when it seems you aren’t. Help me to trust you through times of sadness and heartache. Amen.
Application: Share about how the Lord has brought you through times of heartache with someone today.
Related Readings: Psalm 56:13; Psalm 31:19; John 14:27
Traveling With Jesus
Before Palm Sunday
John 11 & Mark 8-9
†† Pastor’s Corner ††
Pastor David Perry & Jonnie
Jeff Chandler, GCI pastor in Arkansas, recently posted this Facebook quote from his friend Don Keathley: “RELIGION TEACHES US that the Father loves us so much, that He sent the Son to save us from eternal torture at the hand of the Father who is unconditional love, but is full of wrath for anyone not meeting the conditions of His unconditional love…”
What is your first thought after reading this? Jeff posted this so we would consider what many think happens to those who have never accepted Jesus in this life. The age old question regarding the Love & the Wrath of God. That’s the ironic paradox: How can God be love and wrathful at the same time….or is He? While it is a big theological subject and debate, let me give you some things to consider.
GCI President Joseph Tkach wrote: “Have you ever heard the phrase: The Wrath of God? It’s the kind of saying that sends shivers down your spine and conjures up imagery from Dante’s Inferno. But when you really think about it, what does “the wrath of God” actually mean? How can God be fully love and also pour out wrath? It’s a question that has baffled many scholars for thousands of years.
In the Bible, the Apostle John tells us that God is love. “God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him” (1 John 4:16b). Since the essence of God’s being is love, it’s inherently contradictory to view his divine anger as an equal and separate attribute. And there is no place in Scripture that speaks in the same way, declaring that God is wrath. Rather, God’s anger is an aspect of his love. His anger arises when the object of his love is being harmed in some way. In fact, if God were not opposed to what is destructive to us and our relationship with him, God would not really be loving.”
J. Michael Feazell wrote: “Since the blood of Christ covers all sin, and he atoned for the whole world (1 John 2:1-2), then predestination, or election, in the sense of being chosen by God to be his people, applies to everyone through Christ (Ephesians 1:9-10). It is received and enjoyed only by those who accept it in faith, but it applies to everyone.
Some people are called to faith in Christ and experience his redemption before others do (verse 12). Those called to faith early are a living testament to the grace God has poured out on the world, a grace that will come fully into view at the appearing of Christ (Titus 2:11-14).
It is all done according to the foreknowledge of the God of grace who has been working out in Christ his gracious plan for humanity from the beginning (Matthew 25:34). When it comes to assurance of salvation, we trust in God who justifies the ungodly, which we are. We are saved by grace alone, not by our works, so our assurance rests in the sure word of the God of free grace.
Here is what, by the testimony of Jesus Christ, we know to be certain: God loves us, and we do not have to fear that we won’t be saved. He saves us in spite of our sins because he is faithful and full of grace. The only people who will not enjoy his salvation are those who do not want it.” You are loved – 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
Eric Wilson – son of Vicki Auxier prayers for safety on his 2 week trip in Egypt.
JW Holmes-(friend of Vicki) has leukemia Dr’s say two years to live.
Mary Coffey, prayers for healing, strength & encouragement.
AnIta – (niece of Barb Hudson) – continue prayers for complete healing
Annette (Chuck Davison’s daughter) Home from the hospital, is on meds to reduce blood clots
John Nelson (GCI Indy) Has had recurrence of chest cold and coughing
Lucy (Anita Franz’s sister) Still dealing with heart issues
Pastor’s Wives Conference Sunday late afternoon, Jonnie Perry, Sharon Washington & Marilyn Talison will be driving back from Lexington, KY. after attending a GCI conference for the wives of pastors. Prayers for safe travels.
Doug Whitlock – Is doing some better – continue prayers for his health
Peggy Perry This past week she began radiation treatments-it is going well
Kalengule Kaoma (lives in Lusaka, Zambia, Africa) Prayers as he has been appointed GCI Mission Developer/Coordinator for all of Africa
Linda Persky (wife of Bradley Persky) Undergoing chemo – pancreatic cancer
Deben Sam (GCI affiliate in Nepal) He desperately needs to find a new home for he, his wife and 15 foster children…and a new church meeting location.
Joseph & Georgette Franklin, Our Haiti Church & School– Prayers for safety & blessing & provision.
Joe & Tammy Tkach & Greg & Susan Williams Protection, safety, wisdom & encouragement
Our Persecuted Christian Brothers and Sisters Around The World
For Divine Appointments To Touch Others With Jesus’ Life & Love