“LIVING AND SHARING THE GOSPEL”
April 8, 2018
– Call To Worship –
“Praise To The Lord The Almighty”
“Because We Believe”
“At The Name Of Jesus”
Prayers of Intercession
SERMON – Don Auxier
‘A Fantastic Tale
or Too Good To Be True’
“Each Step I Take”
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.
Nepal Mission Donations
NEED: Funds needed to help Deben Sam – our GCI affiliate in Nepal. We have helped in the past, and we have currently been praying for the situation there.
My dear friends, Rod & Ruth Matthews – mission developers for GCI in that area – were just in Nepal – and I inquired about mission needs in Nepal. Here’s what Ruth Matthews wrote me:
“Hi David…. The school shares the building that the church meets in – near Nepal’s capital of Katmandu. Due to new elevated road construction next to the church, Deben tried to find another building…but nothing was available. So all the funds raised at this time (originally to aid in the move) will go to Himalayan Bible School to help with the flood mitigation project of the building, which is also used for church, before the rainy season starts here. The recently paved road has no drainage provisions, and has gone in at 18+ inches above their property level—which will cause the building to become swimming pool during the wet season. All funds will be added to the same purpose as it will surely cost more than the $1000 to do the work needed. Many thanks in advance for asking if you and your 3 churches could help. The need is great.”
THANKS – THANKS – THANKS
Our 3 congregations in Hope, Terre Haute & Lafayette have lovingly donated $2500.
Deben Sam and the group in Katmandu will be blessed by your blessing them.….and the Gospel will continue to go forth in Nepal.
Way to go CHURCH!!! Pastor David
A tax assessor came one day to a poor Christian to determine the amount of taxes he would have to pay.
The following conversation took place:
“What property do you possess?” asked the assessor.
“I am a very wealthy man,” replied the Christian.
“List your possessions, please,” the assessor instructed.
The Christian said:
First, I have everlasting life, John 3:16
Second, I have a mansion in heaven, John 14:2
Third, I have peace that passes all understanding, Phil. 4:7
Fourth, I have joy unspeakable, 1 Peter 1:8
Fifth, I have divine love which never fails, 1 Corinthians 13:8
Sixth, I have a faithful wife, Proverbs 31:10
Seventh, I have healthy, happy obedient children, Ex. 20:12
Eighth, I have true, loyal friends, Proverbs 18:24
Ninth, I have songs in the night, Psalms 42:8
Tenth, I have a crown of life, James 1:12″
The tax assessor closed his book, and said, “Truly you are a very rich man, but your property is not subject to taxation.”
I pray that all of us will have this kind of tax free “wealth.”
A daily devotion
From your friends at RayStedman.org
Read: Philippians 4:8-9
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things. Phil 3:8
Consider what is a common failure in many of our lives, but that we seldom recognize. It’s the problem of a pessimistic outlook, of negative imagination. How often do you find your whole attitude is set in a wrong direction by your imagining what could or would or might happen in a situation, so that when you actually come to it you are so frustrated and flustered by what you have been thinking that you are unable to handle the problem. I know this is the subject on which many books on the power of positive thinking are written. There is a place for positive thinking, but only after you have first discovered a positive life, the life of Christ.
I remember a story about a man who had a flat tire on the way home, and found he had no jack in his car. He set out to borrow one in the wee small hours of the night, and he began to worry about the reaction he might get when he requested his neighbor for a jack and had to waken him and get him out of bed in the middle of the night. He began to think about how that neighbor would feel, how angry and resentful he would be, and how he wouldn’t want to get up and give him the jack, that he probably couldn’t find it in the garage anyway and he’d have to dig around and maybe get a flashlight and go to an awful lot of trouble. The longer he thought about it the madder he got. Finally he arrived at the neighbor’s house, went up and thundered on the door and when the man showed up he said,
“Well, you can keep your lousy jack if that’s the way you feel about it.”
That unfortunately illustrates a problem that too frequently occurs in our lives. It’s because we give no heed to the apostle’s exhortation, “whatever is true.” That’s the first reality. Things as they are, not as they might be or could be. “Whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise. Think about these things.” This is a deliberate choice of the will to refuse to think about the negative, but to think about the positive in any situation, or about any person. Then the God of peace will be with you. If you set your mind to that, the God who dwells within will express himself in terms of peace rather than strife and confusion.
Christianity was meant for life. I am impressed by the fact that when our Lord Jesus came he didn’t talk to people about religion. He talked to them about life. About their work in the kitchen or shop, about how they lived and thought and acted, about what they said to their children, to each other, and how they got along with their neighbors. He didn’t come and talk to them about theological problems, about existential relations and interpersonal demands and epistemological confusion. He came to talk to them about the way they were living, and to show them what life is. He showed them that the secret is a person who dwells within, whose life may be manifested in terms of our personalities, and that everything is designed to drive us back to that.
Father, teach me that faith-filled optimism is not rooted in my own strength but in the knowledge that you are in control and you are adequate to meet any need or challenge that I face.
†† Pastor’s Corner ††
Pastor David Perry & Jonnie
We are so blessed to know God – as our loving Father, as our Savior and friend Jesus, and as the Holy Spirit who gives us power and understanding to live the Christian life. But even more astounding, as we have been discovering over the last year, is the even greater love God has for us and all humanity. We have a God who wishes to Lavish upon us ALL that HE IS and ALL that HE HAS. Knowing that helps us love our God more, and gives us a desire to draw nearer to Him in a deeper daily relationship.
But the Christian life is hard to live, even with our Lord’s help. AMEN?!? (do I hear an AMEN from you?)
Evangelist Bill Keller recently wrote: “The biggest trap we all fall into is taking a day in our life for granted. We get so used to waking up in the morning, day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year, that we simply take today for granted expecting that there will be a tomorrow. The reality is tomorrow is NOT a guarantee.”
I would like to rephrase what he wrote above. “The biggest trap we fall into as a Christ Follower – is to take our Life in Christ Jesus for granted. What does it mean to be a fully devoted follower of Jesus every day? Every day is a new opportunity to really Love & Enjoy The Lord; to allow the Lord to help us Live His life; and to seek and not miss the wonderful opportunity that our Lord Gives us to Share Jesus – His Life and His love- with and for others. As Christians we take for granted that Jesus saved us to allow us to enjoy “for ourselves” this wonderful Life in Him.”
Bill Keller went on to write: “Don’t treat it as simply another day. The fact is each day is unique unto itself. This day can be as special as you want to make it. I know that many of you are going through some difficult times in your life, have many pressing issues that you are dealing with, fighting tremendous battles. DON’T LET THE DAY-TO-DAY TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF LIFE KEEP YOU FROM MAKING TODAY SPECIAL! Never forget, our purpose in this life is to serve and glorify God with our lives. We can never get so busy with our lives, so focused on what we want to do, that we forget to fulfill our purpose by serving the Lord and bringing glory to His name through our lives each day.” Great thoughts for each of us to contemplate.
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
Pastor Dave – rapid heart beat episode
JW Holmes-(friend of Vicki) suffering from leukemia.
Mary Coffey, prayers for healing, strength & encouragement.
AnIta – (niece of Barb Hudson) – continue prayers for complete healing
Mark Spangler –Recovery from back issues
John Nelson (GCI Indy) Has had recurrence of health issues
Lucy (Anita Franz’s sister) Is still dealing with Stage 4 kidney disease
Peggy Perry Update: She will be seeking other employment as her full time job was eliminated due to bankruptcy sale.
Kalengule Kaoma (lives in Lusaka, Zambia, Africa) Prayers 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