Life Notes

“Hold Fast to the Word of Life!” – Phil. 2:16
It is easy to get the first part of that command of Paul. He says to hold on with a grip that is unbreakable. It is the second part that is more challenging to understand. Hold on to what and for what reason? What is meant by the word of life? The Greek term for word is “logos” and is used to refer both to Christ and Scripture. John begins his Gospel of John speaking of Christ, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1. So Paul says to us at Word of Life to hold fast to Christ and the Scriptures which give life.

Several sentences prior to the command to hold fast, Paul tells the Philippians and us to “…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling…?” Okay Paul, what do you mean by that? It sounds like you are talking about our grip, our holding power, so to speak, to the Word. How do we get that grip, that grip that doesn’t ever let go? How can we do it alone?

Question of the week: Who was Epaphroditus, who Paul speaks so caringly about in the Letter to the Philippians?

Answer: Epaphroditus was a fellow Christian missionary of St. Paul’s and is mentioned only in Philippians 2:25 and 4:18. Epaphroditus was the delegate of the Christian community at Philippi who was sent with their gift to Paul during his first imprisonment at Rome. Paul, in 2:25, calls him “my brother and fellow-worker and fellow-soldier.”

Life Notes

“Complete My Joy by Being … of One Mind!” – Phil. 2:2
What does it mean to be of one mind? Certainly it has to do with focus. What about clarity of purpose or meaning? If you are of one mind, there is agreement and a base to work from. Do you think the following quote defines being of one mind? “I always say togetherness is greater than frustration. If we can just do it together and hang together and support each other … That sounds a little corny, but it is really a big part of these guys’ success.” Tim Miles, coach of the Nebraska men’s basketball team, made that statement after a win over Michigan state.

Is that what Paul meant when he wrote, “complete my joy by being of the same mind?” Yes, that and more. The boldness of Paul is shocking in his claim of how we become of one mind.

Question of the week: In Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he writes that he is sending to them Timothy, who is his son in the gospel, to care for them. Where did Timothy meet Paul?

Answer: Timothy was a native of Lystra in Lycaonia where Paul ministered on his first missionary journey. We are also told of Timothy’s mother Eunice, as was his grandmother Lois, both Jewesses who became followers of Christ. Timothy joined Paul and Silas on Paul’s second missionary journey at Lystra.

Update on our LifeCenter
The Planning Team met with Rick Geiler, our architect on Feb. 3rd to finalize the bid plans, which now have been distributed to be returned by late February. A recommendation, based on the outcome of the bids, will be presented to the congregation on March 16th for a vote on whether or not to begin the building process.

We pray and trust that God will lead us as we go, serving Him. Our LifeCenter for Christ and Community Campaign Co-Leaders are R.O. Ouellette and Jason and Lynette Windhorst, Mike McHargue and Tom Hoegemeyer. Contact me, Pastor Larry at 402-641-3692 or larkitoetting@yahoo.org for information on our prayer team and the vision we have in serving Him.

Word of Life Auction
We are very excited to tell you that the date of auction for our LifeCenter is April 6 at 1:30 p.m. in Seward at the 4-H Building. More information to come.

Life Notes

Advancing the Gospel!
My name is Paul, although I am also known by my Hebrew name, Saul. I am a Hebrew of the tribe of Benjamin, a Pharisee and a disciple of Gamaliel and a Roman citizen. I hated those that followed the Way, and I hunted them down. Little did I know that my hatred would bring me to Jesus, who called me as I was in pursuit of those who followed Him. Travelling on the way to Damascus I was struck down, blinded by a flash of light and called out by Jesus, the name that is above all names.

Now I write to you my brothers and sisters, fellow partners in the Gospel. Look what is happening even as I am now in chains, imprisoned. The Gospel is being advanced and all the Imperial Guard knows about our Lord and our cause. Most of the partners that are here have become bold in speaking the Word. Hear His call and may the boldness He gives let you use the opportunities of life to advance the Good News. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

Question of the week: Paul referenced the Imperial Guard in Phil. 1:13. Who was Paul referring to?

Answer: The Imperial guard was the unit or division of select Roman soldiers that guarded and were under the direction of the Roman Emperor.

Word of Life Auction
We are very excited to tell you that the date of auction for our LifeCenter is April 6 at 1:30 p.m. in Seward at the 4-H Building. More information to come.

Update on our LifeCenter
The Planning Team met with Rick Geiler, our architect, on Feb. 3. The bid plans now will be distributed to be returned by late February. A meeting was held Jan. 24 with Cattle Bank in Seward to discuss final loan details. A test well was drilled in January on our property and an adequate supply of excellent quality water was found. Construction will start as weather permits in March or April. Projected completion of the LifeCenter is Thanksgiving 2014.

We pray and trust that God will lead us as we go, serving Him. Our LifeCenter for Christ and Community Campaign Co-Leaders are R.O. Ouellette and Jason and Lynette Windhorst, Mike McHargue and Tom Hoegemeyer. Contact me, Pastor Larry at 402-641-3692 or larkitoetting@yahoo.org for information on our prayer team and the vision we have in serving Him.