April 2017

 

 

April 24, 2017

Dear Church

As a believer, salvation is the reason we can smile in the morning and rest in the evening.  Christ is a change in destiny, an awakening of hope, an overcoming of death and a source of eternal salvation for all who obey him. The bible says ‘He that has the Son has life and whoever does not have the Son does not have life’ (1 John 5:12) As spring and summer approaches we tend to think more of our body, like tan, weight, looks etc. I guess we tend to see more of our body during these times. There is nothing wrong in nurturing our physical life on earth but there is a life that has the potential of infinite love, infinite joy and infinite wisdom.  This life that dwells in you can take all of your sufferings and perils and turn them around so that out of them comes not just a wounded soldier but a conqueror. The bible says we are “more than conquerors” which means the son turns the tribulations into something victorious. Never underestimate  life that the Son produces in us! Nothing is impossible to Him!

National Day of prayer, Thursday May 4, 6:00 pm on the Green. Head out for prayer for approximately 1  hour praying for each house on each road. At 7:00 pm we will gather on the green for a time of corporate prayer. 

  • His Little Feet, May 31st, 2017
  • Navajo Mission meeting next Sunday after Church
  • Visit our website www.middletownspringscommunitychurch.org 
  • Tom Gynan reminds me about the  Milky Way Farm fundraiser at Ira  on May 6th

What is it that is competing your allegiance to Christ? You may have both hands on the plow, but what is it you keep looking back at?                                                                                                                      – Not A Fan

Be Encouraged

Mathews

 

 

 

April 17, 2017

Dear Church,

Just before Jesus went to the cross he prepared his followers by saying ‘ you will grieve, but your grieve will turn to Joy’. He compares it with the pain of a women giving birth. When her baby is born she forgets the anguish and rejoices in her child. Jesus promise of Joy did not mitigate the reality of  suffering of his disciples. When he went to the cross his followers were scattered in fear and sorrow. The resurrection was a game changer; their grieve turned to joy, they become bold and fearless. Hebrews 12:2 says “Because of the Joy awaiting him Jesus endured the cross disregarding its shame”. Sorrow comes to us in every turn of life, some come and go and some tend to last for a longer time. Yet for a believer our lives are anchored in the promise of Jesus ‘Your grief will turn to Joy‘ (John 16:20). We cannot run away from suffering by disengaging it, but we can endure suffering as our Lord did, as his disciples  did by standing on Jesus’ promise that all our griefs will turn to joy. Yes, the joy he promises and the peace he assures us in our suffering  overshadows all our pain.

·         Men’s group tonight at 6:30 pm . Women’s group Tuesday at 9:30 am

·         Thank you for stepping up and providing meals for Stasny’s and Simpson’s this week. Barbara is now scheduling next week and would like to get 4 or 5 more meals. You can email her at kremodel@vermontel.net or call at 235-1330.

 

·         Winsome’s service is this Saturday at 11 with a luncheon to follow at Saint Anne’s. Looking for salads or deserts. Email or call Barbara to let her know as she is the contact person from our church.

 

·         His little Feet International Children’s Choir along with curry dinner on the Green, Wednesday May 31st, 2017

 

·         OCC Collection items are soap and wash cloths

 

 

When once you have seen Jesus, you can never be the same.

~  Oswald Chambers

 

Be Encouraged

 

Mathews

 

 

 

 

April 10, 2017

Dear Church

 

John 19:1 is a verse we could read casually ‘”Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged/scourged”. What does this mean? Jesus was bound in a stooping position to a low column and beaten with rods or flogged with whips, the thongs of which were weighted with lead, and studded with sharp- pointed pieces of bone, so laceration followed each stroke. It tore Jesus back into strips, few people remain conscious throughout the ordeal; some died; and many went raving mad. Much more severe was his spiritual trauma.

Most of us are familiar with the song composed by African American slaves in 1899 titled ‘Were you there’?


Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
O sometimes it causes me to tremble! tremble! tremble!
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they pierced him in the side?
O sometimes it causes me to tremble! tremble! tremble!
Were you there when they pierced him in the side?

Our freedom came with a price. The price was the blood of God’s son, the physical and emotional trauma he went through in his identification as the sacrificial lamb. Let us not take salvation lightly. Paul reminds the Philippians to work out their salvation with fear and trembling. This text is often used to instill fear into people that they may lose their salvation. That is not what this verse means, the Greek word ‘fear’ in this context is translated as ‘reverence’ or ‘respect’. Work out means to be ‘continually dedicated’ to the cause of salvation, treating it as holy and priceless. This week lets refresh and dedicate our body, mind and soul towards Jesus Christ and place him on the thrown of our lives.

This week’s important Worships!

·         GOOD FRIDAY WORSHIP this Friday 7 p.m – This will be a worship reflecting on the last week of Jesus on this earth bringing out the salvation story through songs, readings and other presentations. This will be a communion worship.

·         EASTER SUNRISE WORSHIP, April 16th @ 7:30 am on the Green. (Grilled fish!! John 21) Followed by breakfast in the fellowship hall (bring food!) and our Easter worship in the sanctuary at 10 AM

Please note that both these worships will be a great time to invite people, especially those who don’t know the Lord.
John 20:16 ‘Jesus said to her, “Mary”.
Be Encouraged

Mathews

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 3, 2017

Dear Church,
In 2 Corinthians 12, Paul talks about his experience in being ‘caught up in paradise’, a vision of heaven. A few verses later he says ‘to keep me from becoming conceited because of this surpassing great revelation there was given for me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan, to torment me’. A heaven followed by a thorn. How authentic is this to a Christian’s life. God gave you amazing assurance of His presence and literally you walked in that realm of glory and then, all of a sudden you are confronted with mountains of obstacles. Loved ones get sick, court battles intensify, your finances and health dwindles, persecution hits you… What happened? You cry out, Lord remove these. Jesus, after his baptism, saw heavens open and the Spirit descend upon him as a dove and the reassuring cry from heaven, ‘this is my Son in whom I am well pleased’. Immediately after this he was in the wilderness being tempted by the devil. After Moses greatest spiritual highs, where he saw God’s glory followed by his most severe testing. Elijah conquered the false prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel with fire falling from heaven, followed by a scene of him whimpering under a juniper tree, praying that he would die. Why does God do this? In all these cases we see that God wants us to be usable. God does not want us to be spiritually presumptuous but broken so that His power can be visible in our weakness. As he told Paul, ‘my power is perfect in your weakness’. He is telling you and me this morning that our struggle is His ‘stage’  where his power is manifest. Where the whole world witnesses what God can do through a wretches like you and me.  Praise God we are broken!!

·         Good Friday Special worship, Friday April 14th @ 7pm

·         Easter Sunday April 16th, Sunrise Worship on the Green @ 7:30 am. Followed by potluck Breakfast in the fellowship hall. Easter Sunday worship @ 10 am

·         Next Sunday is Palm Sunday.

·         Men’s group tonight at 6:30 pm

 

‘ When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished”. With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit’ –  John 19:30 

 

Be Encouraged

Mathews