“LIVING AND SHARING THE GOSPEL”
April 22, 2018
– Call To Worship –
“Into Your Courts”
“All Heav’n Declares”
“I Need You More”
Prayers of Intercession
SERMON – Pastor David Perry
‘Living In the Radical Reality of The Resurrection’
“He Who Began A Good Work In You”
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.
Jumping to Conclusions
by Tammy Tkach
Whether we realize it or not, many of us base our opinion of others on a description of their behavior or actions, becoming judge, jury and executioner in one fell swoop. This happens all the time in the media. We are given a minimum of information about someone, usually slanted at best. We then make a judgment on not just the person’s actions, but the person as a whole. We think we know his or her background, character and motivations, when in reality we know nothing about the person. People are being tried, found guilty and sentenced on television and in cyberspace at the speed of Facebook and Twitter.
This is nothing new. It’s human nature to jump to conclusions, though we don’t want others to judge us unfairly. We want a second, third or hundredth chance to be heard and given the benefit of the doubt. We want our childhoods, personalities and all other mitigating circumstances taken into consideration in hopes of not being condemned.
Many do the same to God and have for thousands of years. They base their opinion of him on one or two events, a false expectation or superstition, without taking the time to find out what is real and what is a false perception.
God has been judged, misjudged, condemned and dismissed more than any human being ever has, except for his Son. Jesus experienced judgment because of his appearance, the way he ate and drank, his behavior and attitude toward the Sabbath, his statements about his Father, himself, the Law, heaven, hell and probably just about everything else he said and did.
It’s important to realize two things in life: God is God and we are not; and we don’t know as much as we think we do. Just because we may have some experience with God or have read the Bible, or even attended a Bible college doesn’t mean we understand who he really is or what makes him tick. When we read the Bible and come to the table with God, we bring lots of baggage with us. We bring prejudices, hurts, misunderstandings, attitudes and preconceived notions we’ve collected through life.
Many people, especially Christians, desire to know God for who he really is and to know him on a deeper level than a casual acquaintance. How do we do this?
How can we get past our tendency to misperceive, anthropomorphize and judge him while trying to see him through the deep fog of human nature and sin?
It’s not easy and it’s only partly possible. We’ll have to wait until we meet God in person before the fog is blown away and replaced by the shining light of his glorious face. Until then, we search the scriptures for his revelation of himself, especially in Jesus. We pray and trust the Holy Spirit to lead us into truth. We ask to be freed of our wrong notions and superstitions, for open minds, receptive to his guidance and teaching. We ask for help to trust that in all things, he is love and nothing can separate us from the love he has for us in Christ.
We can know him better in this life – he wants us to – as we learn to trust him to help us grow in grace and knowledge of him (2 Peter 1:2).
“Who Can Argue with These Qualities?” — God’s Holy Fire for 04/21/2018
For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God, and others will approve of you, too. — Romans 14:17-18 NLT
Who can argue with goodness, peace, and joy? These three virtues are not obtained just by human effort. Yes, a passion to possess these godly qualities is necessary, but the source of these qualities is the Holy Spirit alive in us. Goodness, peace, and joy have their source in God’s nature and are made real in us through the work of the Holy Spirit.
As we invite the Holy Spirit to reign over our inner being, our character is transformed to be more and more like Jesus (2 Corinthians 3:17-18).
So let’s yearn for the Holy Spirit to transform us to be ever more like Christ and trust that the Spirit’s influence will be displayed in our lives through goodness, peace, and joy.
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†† Pastor’s Corner ††
Pastor David Perry & Jonnie
The last couple weeks, on the days the sun was shining and there were no snow flurries, I stood outside listening to the robins sing their spring song, enjoyed the daffodils in yellow and white bloom, loved the awesome fragrance of the hyacinths – there was peace and joy in nature.
Even this sunny Friday morning, I felt the early morning warmth of the rising sun, viewed the greening of the yard grass, and again enjoyed the song of the robins rejoicing at the beginning of another day. There was peace and joy and beauty.
The way it should be – the way God created it to be and remain.
Then I came in and watched the news – absence of peace, very little love, extreme violence, more shootings, protests, car wrecks, etc. I think I’m going back outside for a while – which I did. Peace returned to my soul as the rays of the rising sun graced my face – and the joyful sounds of the birds at peace.
Life in this society causes people to lose their joy, have increased worry about all of life’s issues, deal with increased stress of life and human relationships. People just need to go back outside and listen to the birds and watch the flowers.
I picked up my Bible, turned to Matthew 6, and read the encouraging words of Jesus. I began in verse 25 that had the heading “Do Not Worry”:
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?
These are gospel words – good news for our souls – that we need to focus on more often in this stressful, evil world.
Rejoicing That Jesus Is Alive & Loves Us – 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-(Vicki’s friend) leukemia – hospitalized with blood clots.
Mary Coffey, prayers for healing, strength & encouragement.
AnIta – (niece of Barb Hudson) – continue prayers for complete healing
Doug Whitlock – (Laf) In quite a bit of pain
Janis Beck – (Laf) Blood pressure issues
Annette Salerno (Chuck Davison’s daughter) Recovery from accident
Oscar Brown (GCI Indy) Will be having more tests….headaches and other medical issues
John Nelson (GCI Indy) Has had recurrence of health issues
Lucy (Anita Franz’s sister) She is doing somewhat better.
Peggy Perry Finished radiation and will know by next week whether she gets a job at the hospital in the oncology department
Bob Workman (Pastor David’s neighbor) Recovery from knee replacement
Kalengule Kaoma (lives in Lusaka, Zambia, Africa) Prayers for wisdom & protection as he oversees Africa as GCI Mission Developer/Coordinator.
Linda Persky (wife of Bradley Persky) Undergoing chemo – pancreatic cancer
Deben Sam (GCI affiliate in Nepal) Prayers that they can remodel their current building, raising it above flood waters. (See update in this bulletin)
Joseph & Georgette Franklin, Our Haiti Church & School– Prayers for safety & blessing & provision.
Joe & Tammy Tkach & Greg & Susan Williams Protection, safety, wisdom & encouragement
For Divine Appointments To Touch Others With Jesus’ Life & Love