“LIVING AND SHARING THE GOSPEL”
May 19, 2019
– Call To Worship –
“Into Your Courts”
“Under The Shadow”
“The Battle Belongs To The Lord”
Prayers of Intercession
Sermon: Pastor David Perry
”God Fights For Me”
Worship God in Spirit and Truth
Grow in His Grace and Knowledge
Share the Love and Hope we have in Jesus
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.
The call to live simply and with contentment is not easy. I am not there, but I’m trying.
by Tom Norvell (10/28/2018)
But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs (1 Timothy 6:6-10).
This one line stands out to me: “But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.”
That line jumps off the page because I wonder: Will we? Will we be content with just food and clothing?
Every time I pull my car into our two-car garage, I see boxes lining the walls. They are filled with clothes we are not wearing, sporting equipment we are not using, and decorations that are only decorating the boxes into which they’ve been stuffed.
When I drive through neighborhoods, I see cars sitting in driveways because they’ve filled their garages with exercise equipment and building materials they can’t cram into their houses.
When I drive down city streets, I see housing development after housing development, in part, because we are not satisfied with our current living situation.
When I go to the grocery store, I usually leave with more than I need and can’t remember the last time I didn’t stand in line to check out (even with the self-check-out lanes).
The ads that show up on my social media pages and repeatedly appear on TV to incessantly challenge my notion of contentment.
Don’t take this to mean I have anything against using your garage as a workshop or workout room. I have no problems with community growth, buying groceries to feed our families, or companies promoting their products. My concern, however, is the difficulty we have in experiencing the great gain of godliness in contentment.
Contentment is a great challenge for all who live in the land of plenty. We like that “plenty,” okay! More, however, is better. Enough is seldom enough.
It’s only natural, isn’t it?
It’s the American way, right?
It’s the way of the modern world, correct?
Not according to Jesus and his followers.
The call to live simply and with contentment is not easy. I am not there, but I’m trying. I’ve been attempting to live simply for many years. I have made some progress. I have fewer boxes in my garage. I have less stuff in my attic. I’m trying to be content with my iPhone 7. I still drive a 2007 Toyota Highlander with almost 250,000 miles on it. I’m trying to live simply and with contentment, but I’m not where I want to be.
You may share a similar battle. Don’t give up. Live simply. Be content with what you have. Trust the Lord to show you the “great gain.”
June Perry – due to weak heart: Time is growing shorter for her.
Mark Spangler – Prayers for healing, strengthening and protection from any other type of illness.
Lucy (Anita Franz’s sister – Laf) Continued health issues
Barbra Hudson Dealing with some pain from pulmonary fibrosis and a hiatal hernia.
Lois Beckem (Indy) Continued prayers for overall health.
Ena – Kidney failure
GCI INDY (from Marilyn Talison) – a permanent church home
Joseph & Georgette Franklin, Our Haiti Church & School – Prayers for joy, safety & blessing & provision. The school year is to begin late Sept.
Joe & Tammy Tkach & Greg & Susan Williams – Protection, safety, wisdom & encouragement
Divine Appointments To Touch Others With Jesus’ Life & Love
Prayers for the Body of Christ World Wide
Prayers for our Persecuted Christian Brothers & Sisters.Prayers for Divine Appointments to touch others with Jesus’ life & love