August 2017

 

 

August 28, 2017

Dear Church,

In Mark 9 Jesus reveals to his disciples about his forthcoming death and resurrection, his most important mission in coming to earth. Immediately after this in vs. 33- 34 we see the disciples arguing about who was the greatest; forgetting the profound, they bicker over the mundane. This happens in the body of believers also. This shows how inward focus they were, they really didn’t want to dilute the exclusivity of their group by allowing others to be part of this Jesus kingdom. They detested anyone who was “not one of us” and also in the process ignored the aim and purpose of the gospel to seek and save the lost. Jesus rebuts this narrow-mindedness by opening his arms, (vs. 36) by taking a child in his arms and hugging him. Jesus point is in welcoming any low- status individual (children were considered second- class ) the kingdom is allowed to flourish. And whoever does this is welcoming God Himself. A life lesson learned.

 

·         Congratulations to the three Stasny’s (Noah, Evelyn and Oliver) and the two Severy’s (Philip Jr. &  Abigail)  for responding to the Lord’s command of Baptism! Heaven is rejoicing.

·         We had a great time at Lake St Catherine; thank you Wright’s and all other volunteers for organizing this picnic!

·         Curry Dinner this Thursday @ 6:00 pm. Invite people (this time more spicy)

·         Adult Sunday School starts next Sunday

·         Men’s group also resumes September, 1st and 3rd Monday

·         OCC collection items- Boys toys

 

Each One reach one- our mission

Be Encouraged

Mathews

 

 

 

August 21, 2017

Dear Church,

If Christianity is true it must have relevancy to every significant aspect of the universe and human experience. It must not only provide us materials for a great theology but have relevancy to all experiences. So in short, Christianity fails if it does not have application to life here on earth. Unless Jesus has an effect in the moral, spiritual and mental state of us through the power of the Holy Spirit, then we really do not know Jesus or we have blocked him from entering those areas. Jesus says abide in me, and I in you (John 15:4) This is not an invitation for an occasional walk in the park; it is an actual dwelling with God. Not an avocation but an eternity long vocation, where he molds every aspect of our experience. Do we really know what it means to belong? Have we surrendered our moral, spiritual and mental state to him. If not probably today is our day.
 Church picnic  next Sunday (August 27th) following Church at Lake St. Catherine. Entry Free, get your coupon from church. Bring Lawn chairs, tents etc. More info contact Jeff and Amy Wright.
Men’s group & Sunday Schools will resume September
Next Curry Dinner- Thursday August 31st

 

If you abide in my word then you are indeed my disciples (John 8:31)
Be Encouraged

Mathews 

 

 

 

 

August 14, 2017

Dear Church,

I have often heard the phrase ‘ light at the end of the tunnel’. For a child of God that is a bit misleading. For a believer living in a ‘not so perfect world’  entails walks through  tunnels of darkness yet we are guided by the light within. The light of Christ gives us enough light to quench the darkness around us. Jesus says in John 8 “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”. We are lighted for life, darkness should ‘never ‘ be our defining reality. Remember the light is not at the end of the tunnel, it is an ever present help in our lives . Are you willing to engage Him?

 

Be encouraged

Mathews

 

 

 

August 7, 2017

Dear Church,

In Luke 8 we see a sinful women anoint Jesus feet while he was eating at  Simon the Pharisee’s house. She was overwhelmed with emotion and anointed Jesus with perfume and tears and wiped them with her long hair. Jesus says something really touching ‘Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven – for she loved much. Jesus is  hinting a relationship between our love for him and his forgiveness. Only those who realize the depth of their sin can appreciate the love behind the act of forgiveness. Jesus has saved All those who believe in him whether they were once extremely wicked or conventionally ‘good’. Like this woman, are we willing to appreciate the wideness of God’s mercy in contrast to the wickedness of our sins? Are we grateful for his forgiveness?

 

·         TODAY IS VBS (7-10)- Come and check-out what a fun time we are having

·         Those who missed the Navajo presentation yesterday, it’s on our Website www.middletownspringscommunitychurch.org

·         OCC collection items: toys for boys

·         Free Indeed next Sunday, August 13th

Be Encouraged

 Mathews