Life Notes

Creator, Protector, Director- Psalm 121

 

 

Imagine this, you are on a trip. Think about a trip that you have made that for some reason was very difficult. Now add, throw in to your thought process the journey your ancestors made to this great melting pot nation of ours. What an experience that must have been.  As you process the danger and difficulties of these trips now ask, who do I turn to? Psalm 121 asks it this way, “From where does my help come?”

 

Some trips are more difficult than others and the trip that the psalmist prepares us for is our life. We look to the hills to see what is ahead as best as we can. Destination, challenges and surprises are ahead. What will happen to me? Where am I going to receive help are our questions.

 

The psalmist answers the question. God is the Creator of all, the Creator of heaven and earth. God’s power is unmatched and He is our protector, deliverer, director and guide as we journey. Trust in the God of all to overcome the uncertainty, the unknown, the fears we have. The Lord will direct and guide us though the valleys and hills of life to the destination called home.

 

Question of the week: From time to time we hear about the exile period of Israel. What happened to Israel during this time?

 

Answer: The Babylonian captivity or exile refers to the time period in Israel’s history (607-586 B.C.) when Jews were taken captive by King Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon. It is an important period of biblical history because both the captivity/exile and the return and restoration of the Jewish nation were fulfillments of Old Testament prophecies.

 

 

                                         Calendar

 

 March 1–   Sunday School and LifeGroups                 9:15 am

Creator, Protector, Director- Psalm 121   10:30 am

March 8–   Sunday School and LifeGroups                  9:15 am

Enter into His Presence- Psalm 95:1-9     10:30 am

March 15–   Sunday School and LifeGroups                9:15 am

My Refuge and Strength- Psalm 142       10:30 am

March 22–   Sunday School and LifeGroups                9:15 am

My Soul Waits- Psalm 130                        10:30 am

Life Notes

 Ash Wednesday  Service February 18, 2015 7:00 pm                           

 

 

                   “The Spirit of the Lord God is Upon Me!”

 

                                 

                                      

 “Remember: you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Those are the words that are said as the ashes of the palm branches are placed on our forehead Wednesday evening. But there is more. Dust is not our destiny. Our destiny is that the Spirit of the Lord is upon us. David writes, “Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.” Psalm 51:12 Lent is a time for an awareness and a reception of restoration. Isaiah writes about the Savior that was to come, live with us and heal.  Heal with His words, with His actions and with His life. Isaiah wrote, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news…” Christ read the prophecy of Isaiah that He was to come, to heal, to bind wounds, to comfort and to proclaim salvation and freedom for all. After reading, Christ rolled up the ancient scroll and said, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled …” Luke 4:21 Today the ashes are place on our head and the Spirit of the Lord is upon us and by his grace we are healed.

 

 Question: What actions of David led to his writing Psalm 51?

 

Answer: The answer is found in Psalm 51:1 which reads, “To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.” The entire details of David’s sin is given in Second Samuel 11.

 

                                      Calendar             

 

Feb. 18-     Ash Wednesday- The Spirit of the Lord     7:00 pm

Feb. 22–    Sunday School and LifeGroups                  9:15 am

Blessed are the Forgiven, Psalm 32         10:30 am

March 1–   Sunday School and LifeGroups                  9:15 am

Creator, Protector, Director, Psalm 121    10:30 am

                                   

 LifeCenter Opening on Hold- Need Fire Marshall Approval


The LifeCenter is ready for an inspection from the Fire Marshall. There is a backlog of inspections and Rick Geiler, our architect, is working on getting the inspection scheduled. The State Fire Marshall Office did okay storing our 275 chairs in the LifeCenter which arrived last week. Soon our address will be 200 Fletcher Avenue.

 

Ash Wednesday Service This Week

 

We begin the Lenten season this week on Wednesday Feb. 18, at 7:00 p.m. Because of the delay in the opening of the LifeCenter we will not be able to hold additional Wednesday evening Lenten Services this year. We will have a Good Friday Service on April 3rd.

 

Dedication of the LifeCenter to be Rescheduled

 

The dedication date for the LifeCenter will be reset after we are given approval by the State Fire Marshal to occupy the building.

Life Notes

Life Notes:

 

                                                      Question: What is Life?

 

The question, “What is life,” brings other questions such as: Who gives us life? When does life begin? Does life have meaning?

 

How do you answer those questions? If life is a fortunate accident then who decides right or wrong or for that matter who decides when life begins? If the unborn child is a life how can we not protect that life? Yet on an average day, the lives of 3000 unborn children are ended purposely in United States. How can that be? Obviously the rules affecting life and death of the unborn are being decided by those who misguidedly believe they have the power to define life.

 

The Old Testament Prophet Isaiah had the answer to who is in control. Spirit led Isaiah brought that answer alive by writing, “But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:8 God our Creator is the potter and God has given us life and told us to cherish and protect it.

 

 

Question of the week: What is the process of making pottery actually called?

Answer: In the case of making pottery on the wheel it is called “pottery wheel throwing”. However, many people refer to it as “making pottery” or “throwing pottery” or simply “throwing”.

 

 

 

                            

 

                                Calendar   

 

 Feb. 13–    Family Night                                                      6:00 pm

                   Chocolate & Friends- Sweet Fellowship

 

Feb. 15–    Sunday School and LifeGroups                  9:15 am

                  Question: What is Life?                                10:30 am

 

 

Feb. 18–     Ash Wednesday– The Spirit of the Lord     7:00 pm

 

Feb. 22–      Sunday School and LifeGroups                  9:15 am

                    Question: What is Righteous Anger?       10:30 am

 

March 15Sunday School and LifeGroups                  9:15 am

                     Dedication of Life Center                           10:30 am

 

 

                       

            LifeCenter Opening on Hold- Need Fire Marshall Approval


The LifeCenter is ready for an inspection from the Fire Marshall. There is a backlog of inspections and Rick Geiler, our architect, is working on getting the inspection scheduled. The State Fire Marshall Office did okay storing our 275 chairs in the LifeCenter which arrived this week. Soon our address will be 200 Fletcher Avenue.

 

                       Teams at Word of Life

 

Ruth Walla is our Altar Prep Team leader. The team prepares the communion elements and the Altar for Communion on the second and fourth Sunday mornings and clean up afterwards. If you are interested in serving in this special way please contact Ruth Walla. (402-580-1764)

 

Phil Dani is the Property Team Leader. (Trustees) Please contact Phil (402-525-7790) to be part of the team.