January 2017

January 30, 2017

Dear Church

Romans 8:28 says ‘ALL things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose’. It does not say some things but ALL things.  Joseph was taken by his evil brothers and  thrown  into the cistern. Yet Joseph decided to view God as sovereign and responsible for his life. Remember what Joseph told his brothers, ‘you intended to harm me, but God intended it for good'(Genesis 50:20). The cardinal truth remains when God thinks of his children he thinks of what can be used towards our good, towards His plan for us to strengthen and sustain us in Him. This is true even if you are thrown into a pit or you yourself crawl into one. There is nothing in a believers life that happens haphazardly. God has already thought, considered, weighed and checked it. His promise remains ‘to bestow  a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. Isaiah 61:3

Wedding Invitation

‘Dear church, please forgive me,I had meant to send this out last week! I know there’s been a lot of confusion over when is, where is, and who is invited to Linda’s and my wedding. We will have a very simple ceremony, Saturday, February 4 at 3 o’ clock in the sanctuary of our church followed by a very simple reception in the fellowship hall to  which all are welcome. Please came join us in our happiness!’ 

With love, Jeff and Linda.

Please check our bulletin for activities that are ongoing or starting new or check our website  http://middletownspringscommunitychurch.org/

Stan does a good job to keep it relevant.

‘but we rejoice in our suffering,knowing that suffering produces patience’ (Rom 5:3)

Be encouraged

Mathews

 

 

 

January 23, 2017

Dear Church

Yesterday in Sunday School, we saw how the Jewish believers reacted to Peter’s Gentile outreach. They criticized him for ‘going to the house of uncircumcised men and eating with them'(Acts 11:3) Rather than delight in the fact that the Gentiles also received Salvation, they criticized! But then Peter began to explain everything ‘precisely’ as it happened (Acts 11:4). They first reacted with stunned silence, but then they started praising God. Look at the progression, from criticism to silence to praise. We are all guided by prejudices, some can cleverly disguise it, that is the only difference. But who are we, we are the crucified in  Christ, it is no longer I who live but Christ that lives in me. (Galatians 2:20)Jewish Christians in Jerusalem were contrite enough to be guided and corrected by God. It is a glorious thing when God’s people will allow their prejudices and traditions to be overcome by God’s Word and God’s work. Church are you ready to walk the road filled with  prejudice to lead people to Christ?

* How Blessed we are with all our new members!

* So many groups starting February Ladies Bible study(Barbara Severy), Teen Bible study (Chris Booth), Small groups (Ellen McKeen), Youth Group (Emma Lamberton)

* Announcing dates for Navajo Mission 2017 – July 10-15 (VBS, Construction and More, Contact Person- Rita Hansen) 

* Also Happy Birthday Courtney Stansney along with all other birthdays this week, Lilly Dickerson, Tony Alberico and Ashlynn Carr!

Check out our website www.middletownspringscommunitychurch.org 

For if righteousness comes through the Law, Christ died for nothing.(Gal 2:21)

Be Encouraged

Mathews

 

 

January 16, 2017

Dear Church

The twist of irony for us is that giving up our lives gives us the life we so desperately wanted all along. This is why the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing but for those who are being saved it is the power of God (1 Cor 1:18). Now the reality is, getting up each morning and dying to myself and allowing the Spirit to lead me in everything sounds like torment, but the awesome side effects of my dying to self is that I discover true life. Meaning, in all challenges of life we are already victorious through Christ who abides in us (more that conquerors, Romans 8:37). That is a kind of ‘ reckless’ trust but that is what our Savior has invited us to do. Die to self. Have we surrendered every bit of our lives or are we still holding on, not willing to let go?

 

 Men’s group tonight at 6:30-8:30

 Ladies Bible study starting February 7, 9:30 am. Contact Barbara Severy for more info.

 Coming Sunday Sanctity of life Sunday, special offering for first step pregnancy center.

 Small groups starting February, wait for announcements

 Teen Sunday school starting  February, wait for announcement 

 

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Be Encouraged

Mathews

 

 

 

 

January 9, 2017

Dear Church,

Ephesians 5:2  ‘ walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God ”. What does it mean to walk in the way of love? It simply means to love others just as Christ loved us. Have you seen children imitate their parents? Likewise we should be imitators of Christ’s sacrificial love- a love that goes beyond affection to self-sacrificing service and unconditional in nature. Again not  based on our feeling but a choice anchored in Christ love. Paul says live it daily or walk in it. A decision made every day to love others sacrificially is one of the major ingredients of Christian living.  If our lives are devoid of this love, we are only a ‘clanging cymbal’.(1 Cor 13:1) Paul continues in this chapter and mentions that love is more important than all the spiritual gifts exercised in the church body. Let’s read 1 Corinthians 13 till we get this.

·         We have started a 9 part sermon series on the fruit of the Spirit. This series explores what practical godliness and being Holy looks like. Be prepared for challenge and radical introspection.

·         Ladies Fellowship gathering at Barbara Severy’s home, Tuesday at 9:15 am

·         Orphan care meeting after church, next Sunday

·         Soup Sunday is on! Great soups and wonderful fellowship, stay back and enjoy !

 

‘For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him’ 2 Chronicles 16:9

Be Encouraged

 

Mathews

 

 

 

January 2, 2017

Dear Church

Hebrews 12 mentions that we are surrounded by a “great cloud of witness” referring to all those names mentioned in Hebrews 11. We are not the first to go through the struggles we go through as believers, others have been there and won, and their witness stirs us to run and win. These were not perfect people who were immune to suffering. They were flawed, betrayed and wounded in all ways as we are, yet they choose to live above the programming of this world. Their witness reiterates the fact  that we are not called despite our hurts and suffering; we are hated and suffer because we are called. And one day God will make our pains redemptive in our lives. As we begin 2017, let us fix our eyes on  Jesus in all our ways with the full assurance that our salvation is guaranteed by the blood of Christ. Let us follow the example of the saints who lived before us and run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

Men’s Discipleship Group – tonight at 6:30 pm

Ladies Bible study at Barbara Severy’s house, Tuesdays 9:30 am

Soup Sunday has started

Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study- am. in fellowship hall.

 

2017, make a resolution to plug-in with one of our Church ongoing events/missions/outreaches. These are lifeblood of any church.

‘Our own Emmaus road experience is hearing Jesus’ words, inviting him in, welcoming his power to change us, and then seeing him as we have not before’                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           -ReChurch

Be Encouraged

Mathews