Life Notes

“We Might Have Hope!” – Romans 15:4
A golf pro recently was interviewed after he had a marvelous day that had put him in the lead of the tournament. His play had been one of his better days and he was asked, “How do you explain the success you had today?” Part of his explanation was, “All day, I had the peace that is without understanding.” Did he know he was paraphrasing Paul in Philippians 4:7? “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Whether the golf pro knew it or not, he was acknowledging the peace that we are given in the hope that is found in the love of our Savior. Paul writes in Romans, “… that through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” Hope that indeed gives us peace in all we do, all the challenges we meet, each and every day. (Jesus said) “I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33.

Do you know the answer? Paul writes to the church in Rome that he has wanted to visit them for years and now is planning to do so on his way to another destination to continue his mission work. What country is he planning to visit?

Answer: Paul writes. “I hope to see you in passing as I go to__________.” Romans 15:24

Update on our LifeCenter
Progress, lots of progress. The structure is up, the floor is completely poured and materials are arriving. The Word of Life Work Team, taking on projects, will begin work starting in September. A church picnic is planned for the building site on Sept. 7 at noon. Our new address is 200 Fletcher Avenue.

Life Notes

“We Are the Lord’s!” – Romans 14:8
Make no mistake, Paul was an encourager. He encouraged with the central truth that we belong together, surrounded with the love of our God. We have been delivered, brought home and nurtured daily as we live our lives. We are no longer wanderers without identity. Our identity compels us, directs us, motivates us and moves us as covenant people. We never ever give up. If circumstances confuse us, sin entangles us, popular opinions of society cause us to pause, to feel like outcast, we are rescued by the love and truth of our Savior.

What lies ahead? How do we live as God wants us to live? Why is the connection with fellow believers critical? Why is prayer, confession and study of the Word an absolute of life together in His presence?

Question of the week: What is a covenant? Why are followers of Jesus correctly called “covenant people?”

Answer: A covenant is an agreement, a promise, a bond. In Hebrews 9:15, we read that God, through Jesus brought us a new covenant, an identity and a promise of a new life.

Sunday School Roundup

We are rounding up to Jesus!
WHEN: September 7, 2014
TIME: 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.
Don’t be late or you will miss the fun!
We will have a Bible story, puppets, songs, crafts, games & prizes, and snack will be provided.
Classes for: age 4, 5 and Kindergarten, 1st through 3rd grade
Youth are invited to attend and help out

Life Notes

“Love Makes the World Go Round. Really?” – Romans 12:9-21
Our present series called, “When in Rome, Do,” is based on Paul’s letter to the Romans. In this missionary letter, written to a church that he had never visited, Paul offers a view of a changed world because of God’s love. Then, in Romans 12:9-10a, Paul instructs them and us to, “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”

Can we trust Paul? Does Paul know what he is talking about when he says to love one another? What distinguishes Paul from any self-help guru with the latest words of wisdom? Paul readily admits that what he knows is truth is viewed as foolishness by the world! 1 Cor. 4:10. But Paul also writes, “Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” 1 Cor. 1:20b. Yes, love does make the world go round, when we understand the source of that love.

Question of the week: Where was Paul when he wrote his letter to the Romans?

Answer: When Paul wrote his letter to the Romans he probably was serving the believers in Corinth.

Sunday School Roundup
We are rounding up to Jesus!
WHEN: September 7, 2014
TIME: 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.
Don’t be late or you will miss the fun!
We will have a Bible story, puppets, songs, crafts, games & prizes, and snack will be provided.
Classes for: age 4, 5 and Kindergarten, 1st through 3rd grade
Youth are invited to attend and help out.

Update on our LifeCenter
Progress, lots of progress. The structure is up and as of this week the floor is completely poured. Our new address is 200 Fletcher Avenue.

Iron Man Steak Night @ Messiah

Iron Man Steak Night is Saturday, Aug. 23, at 6 p.m. at Messiah. Tickets are on sale at Messiah for $15. Christian Comedian, Brad Stine will be sharing his wit and wisdom that evening and why, as Men of Faith, we need to step up and become “Courageous Men of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 16:13 says “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” Stine travels the country speaking regularly at men’s ministry events carrying a humorous, but passionate message, mixing hilarious antidotes to everyday life coupled with a message for men and their need to sell-out for Jesus. Brad is also co-staring, along side James Remar, Dean Stockwell, Bruce Davidson and Fred Thompson, in a new movie, “Persecuted,” released this summer. Persecuted is an exciting political thriller. A must see for all Christians! To see a preview, go to www.persecutedmovie.com.

 

 

 

Life Notes

“The Highways and the Hedges!” – Romans 11:33-12:8
The Appalachian folk song, has the lines, “If He calls me I will answer, I’ll be somewhere workin’ for my Lord.” Paul writes to the Romans, use your gifts. Why would Paul tell the Romans and us to recognize our gifts and use them? The answer: we are called out and yes as God leads, we will answer.

In the parable that Jesus told the Pharisees and His disciples, the host had difficulties getting his invited guests to his banquet. So he told his Banquet Planner (servant) to go out to the city and invite the poor, the blind and the lame. When there still was room he said go out to the highways and the hedges and invite those you find so the banquet table will be full.

Paul’s instructions are clear. We have a God that loves us. God wants all to sit at the banquet table and know His truth, love and grace. We are to live a life that uses the gifts He has given us inviting those who are curious to the banquet.

Question of the week: Christ tell a parable in Luke 14 that reads, “And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.'” The reference to highways is understood, but what is meant by “hedges?”

Answer: A hedge was grown for protection around a field or vineyard. It was commonly made of thorns, which were planted thick, and which kept the cattle out of the vineyard. The plant used for this purpose at the time Jesus told this parable could have been the prickly pear, a species of cactus, which grows several feet high, grows very thick and has very sharp thorns.

Iron Man Steak Night at Messiah
Iron Man Steak Night is Saturday, Aug. 23, at 6 p.m. at Messiah. Tickets are on sale at Messiah for $15. Christian Comedian, Brad Stine will be sharing his wit and wisdom that evening and why, as Men of Faith, we need to step up and become “Courageous Men of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 16:13 says “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” Stine travels the country speaking regularly at men’s ministry events carrying a humorous, but passionate message, mixing hilarious antidotes to everyday life coupled with a message for men and their need to sell-out for Jesus. Brad is also co-staring, along side James Remar, Dean Stockwell, Bruce Davidson and Fred Thompson, in a new movie, “Persecuted,” released this summer. Persecuted is an exciting political thriller. A must see for all Christians! To see a preview, go to www.persecutedmovie.com.

Sunday School Schedule Change
Word of Life Sunday School will not be held during August. Each LifeGroup will decide whether or not to meet also during August.

Life Notes

“Is God Unjust?” – Romans 9:14
Our present series is called, “When in Rome, Do!” The series is based on Paul’s letter to the Romans. In this missionary letter, written to a church that he had never visited, Paul offers a vision of God at work in the world. Paul may not know the Roman Christians, but he knows their God and the way God works in the world.

Paul writes a personal letter to the Romans and us, knowing that the God who changed his life will change our lives. God’s word changes us. In our text today, Paul asks a simple but yet fundamental question, “Is God Unjust?”

Update on our LifeCenter
Wow! The steel shipment for the structure of the LifeCenter arrived, and much of it is now erected. Target date for the shell of the building to be completed and our work to begin is the end of August. Our new address is 200 Fletcher Avenue.