Life Notes

“Wait for His Son!” – 1 Thessalonians 1:10
The believers prior to the birth of Christ anticipated, yearned for the coming of the Messiah. They waited for the Christ Child who was to come. And He came with the proclamation of angels and adoration of shepherds and wise men from the east.

We celebrate His birth, His coming, this Advent season and, yes, we wait for the Christ who is and was and will come. As Christ lived, died and rose, and is with us, now we anticipate our coming. Our coming? Yes, our coming to His feet as we see Him appear in His majesty.

Letters that Paul wrote to the young church in Thessalonica encourage us with the assurance that Christ will come. Knowing this, we pray for each other, celebrate each other’s victories and gain strength as we wait, knowing He will greet us in His glory. Praise God. And all the people said Amen!

Question of the week: Paul and Silas left Philippi on Paul’s Second Missionary Journey and went to Thessalonica. Where did he go to share the message of the death and resurrection of Christ in the Thessalonica?

Answer: Paul would always begin his sharing of the gospel message in the Jewish synagogue if there was one in the city he was visiting. Paul spoke at the synagogue in Thessalonica for three Sabbaths until some Jews became jealous and created trouble.

LifeCenter Update – On Schedule
We are on schedule to be able to move into our new facility, early next year, perhaps in January. Framing and other inspections are completed, and insulation and siding has been installed by our work team. Furnaces have been turned on and the building activity is now all inside the LifeCenter. Dry wall installation is almost completed and painting has begun. Flooring materials have been selected by our color team and installing carpet and tile is next. We are now able to “lock up” the building in the evening with windows and temporary doors installed. Our new address is 200 Fletcher Avenue.

Christmas Parade
A parade at this time of the year? Yes, a Lighted Christmas Parade in Seward on November 29 at 5:30 p.m. Remember the winter parade that escaped Lincoln? It is in Seward now, and for the fourth year, Word of Life will have a float. Word of Life’s float celebrates the birth of Jesus and is a project by our Youth and Children’s programs. The parade theme this year is “There Is No Place Like Home.” How fitting for us who know that the little babe born in Bethlehem is the gift that brings us the home above all homes, our Heavenly Home.

Life Notes

“Game On and a Blessed Thanksgiving!”
Did you know that Christ was once asked to settle a family dispute? The gospel of Luke tells us about a man that came to Jesus and requested, “…tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” Luke 12:13. Do you remember how Jesus answered him? With a question is the right answer. The Rabbi didn’t choose to settle the dispute but proceeded to demonstrate a truth that not only spoke to the soul of this man but speaks to all and especially to us this coming Thanksgiving week.

What should we be thankful for? Jesus answered this man with a parable with a central message that “life does not consist in the abundance of your possessions.” Then what does it consist of? Thanksgiving is a time of reflection, of friendship, family and giving thanks to God. What was the brother missing as he asked Jesus to correct what he saw as an injustice? What understanding do we need to be thankful in a manner that leads to a “Game On” outlook?

Question: In Luke 12:13, we are told that a man approached Jesus and said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” What perceived injustice might have this brother been referring to?

Answer: In the Jewish tradition, the firstborn was guaranteed a double portion of the family inheritance. Quite possibly, the brother who was addressing Jesus was not the firstborn and wanted an equal share of the inheritance.

Christmas Parade
A parade at this time of the year? Yes, a Lighted Christmas Parade in Seward on November 29 at 5:30 p.m. Remember the winter parade that escaped Lincoln? It is in Seward now, and for the fourth year, Word of Life will have a float. Word of Life’s float celebrates the birth of Jesus and is a project by our Youth and Children’s programs. The parade theme this year is “There Is No Place Like Home.” How fitting for us who know that the little babe born in Bethlehem is the gift that brings us the home above all homes, our Heavenly Home.

Update on our LifeCenter – 200 Fletcher Ave.
The furnaces have been turned on and the building activity is now all inside the LifeCenter. Dry wall installation is close to being completed and painting will begin soon. Flooring materials have been selected by our color team and installing carpet and tile is next. Thanks again to our work team, our architect Rick Geiler, Luke Renken and Lucas Mohrman for keeping everything coordinated and moving along.

Samaritan Purse- Operation Christmas Child
The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Life Notes

Press On
As partners in the Gospel, how are we to live? In the letter to Philippians, Paul charges us, to live as lights in this world. How are we to be lights, holding fast to the word of life? Philippians 2:16. Easier said than done, Paul, we say.

Paul offers a solution, a formula to live by. These are the words: Give credit to God, forget what is behind and press on to the goal. Solid advice for all endeavors. Press on and do not give up is advice to live by but Paul does not leave it there. The goal must be defined and the goal is the “upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14. What is this upward call?

Question of the week: Paul and Silas were imprisoned in Philippi. The city magistrates were very afraid after Paul accused them of punishing Roman citizens without a trial?. Why in particular was this a problem for the city administrators of Philippi?

Answer: Philippi had the distinction and privilege of being a Roman Colony. Therefore Roman law was strictly followed. The magistrates had broken the law.

Update on our LifeCenter – 200 Fletcher Ave.
The furnaces have been turned on and the building activity is now all inside the LifeCenter. Dry wall installation is close to being completed and painting will begin soon. Flooring materials have been selected by our color team and installing carpet and tile is next. Thanks again to our work team, our architect Rick Geiler, Luke Renken and Lucas Mohrman for keeping everything coordinated and moving along.

Samaritan Purse- Operation Christmas Child
The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Life Notes

“Dream On!” – Acts 2:17
Are people from a Muslim background accepting Jesus as their Savior? The answer is “yes” and doing so in the face and danger of being ostracized and persecuted. A striking finding is the powerful role that dreams and visions are playing in drawing people from a Muslim background to Jesus.

Over one-fourth of those Christians from a Muslim background surveyed state that dreams and visions were key in drawing them to Christ and sustaining them through difficult times. Just as God used an angel to instruct Phillip to go to the Gaza road, He reveals Himself to Muslims through dreams and visions. Through visions and dreams God is preparing a multitude of Muslims to respond to His good news.

Nabeel Qureshi, a former Muslim who now works with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, said during his college years, three dreams helped to push him toward Jesus. Still, his Christian friends played a crucial role in his conversion. Qureshi has this advice for us. “Love the Lord Jesus with everything you have, and love your Muslim friend as yourself. Not as an acquaintance, not as an evangelism project, but as yourself. Let them see your love for God and what He has done for you.

So we, like Phillip, have a gift to share and a vision to guide us. Who will God lead to you?

Question of the week: After Stephen was executed by stoning, Phillip left Jerusalem and went to Samaria where “he proclaimed to them the Christ.” Acts 8:5. Who had previously evangelized to the Samaritans?

Answer: Does the “Woman of Samaria at the Well” sound familiar? Yes, it was Jesus himself that had spent time in Samaria “and many believed in Him.” Acts 4:39.

Salute to Veterans Day
All Veterans are invited to join us at Malcolm Public School on Tuesday, November 11, from 8:30-9:00 a.m. for a special Veterans Day Program. This will include a short presentation by our students, as well as refreshments and social time for the veterans. How can you participate? Call the school at 402-796-2151 ext. 521 and let us know you will attend! (Share this invite with other Veterans too!). Please let us know your name, military branch, and years of service.
From all Malcolm Administration, Staff, and Students

Prayer Request for Stopping the Devastation of the Ebola Virus
Tim and Beth are missionaries in Guinea presently in the states on leave. They ask that we join them in the following prayer.

“In the name of Jesus, we are praying that this virus will be halted in its tracks. Pray that the truth about this illness will spread in these places, pray for the quick and honest dispersal of aid, and pray for able personnel to help with this crisis. Pray that many people will come to know Jesus as a result of God’s hand.”

Update on our LifeCenter- 200 Fletcher
Siding is close to being completed on our church building. Framing and other inspections are completed and insulation has been installed by our work team. Dry wall installation is close to being completed. Flooring materials have been selected by our color team. We are now able to “lock up” the building in the evening with windows and temporary doors installed.

Life Notes

“Seeds of the Martyrs” – Acts 7:59-60
As followers of Christ, we know that a martyr is someone willing to die rather than deny Christ. The word “martyr,” which comes from the Greek word “mártys,” meaning witness, says it all. What does it take to be willing to be a martyr, a witness for Christ? Tertullian, the 2nd-century Church Father wrote that “the blood of martyrs is the seed of the Church,” implying that the martyrs’ willing sacrifice of their lives leads to the conversion of others.

Presently, thousands of Christians are being killed for their faith and millions are being persecuted. The red Arabic letter “n” is sprayed on Christian homes in Mosul, Iraq by Islamic State fighters. The letter “n” stands for nasara, meaning Nazarene, to indicate Christians. Homes and ancient Christian churches are being vandalized. In Syria and elsewhere, Christians are told to accept Allah as their god or leave.

The question is “Why the persecution?” and “What can we do?” What is the lesson or lessons to learn? Sunday, on the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, as well as the day we celebrate All Saints Day, we look to the Scripture for answers. The answers are found in the life of Saint Stephen, the first Christian martyr, who died saying in a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.”

Question of the week: When do we first learn about Stephen in the Scriptures?

Answer: Stephen was one of the seven men who were selected as “deacons” to assist the disciples by initially handling the behind the scenes daily activities such as food distribution.

Salute to Veterans Day
All Veterans are invited to join us at Malcolm Public School on Tuesday, November 11, from 8:30-9:00 a.m. for a special Veterans Day Program. This will include a short presentation by our students, as well as refreshments and social time for the veterans. How can you participate? Call the school at 402-796-2151 ext. 521 and let us know you will attend! (Share this invite with other Veterans too!). Please let us know your name, military branch, and years of service.
From all Malcolm Administration, Staff, and Students

Prayer Request for Stopping the Devastation of the Ebola Virus
Tim and Beth are missionaries in Guinea presently in the states on leave. They ask that we join them in the following prayer.

“In the name of Jesus, we are praying that this virus will be halted in its tracks. Pray that the truth about this illness will spread in these places, pray for the quick and honest dispersal of aid, and pray for able personnel to help with this crisis. Pray that many people will come to know Jesus as a result of God’s hand.”

LifeCenter Update-200 Fletcher Ave.
Siding is going on this weekend. Framing and other inspections are completed and insulation has been installed by our work team. Dry wall installation is over half completed. Flooring materials have been selected by our color team. We are now able to “lock up” the building in the evening with windows and temporary doors installed. Our new address is 200 Fletcher Avenue.