July 2017

 

 

 

July 31, 201

7Dear Church

David  says in Psalm 139 “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting”. This is a remarkable prayer where David is asking God to seek out sin in his heart and even in his anxious thoughts. Any thoughts in our mind that are evil derails our intimacy with God. This is an investigative surgery for sin, done not by you and me, but by God. Some sins are obvious, some subtle buried deep in our hearts and mind.  God the Holy Spirit detects and removes sin! Let this be our prayer this morning. Search my heart and my thoughts God, and reveal my sin so that I may ‘continue in the way everlasting’.

·         Our Church VBS August 7-10. Please invite anyone with kids ages 5-12 to attend. CHURCH KIDS PLEASE REGISTER THIS WEEK! Contact Jennelle Carr email to jennscarr3@gmail.com  or text or call 802-779-7200

·          If any of the ladies didn’t get a chance yesterday after church to peruse Ellen’s wardrobe and take what you want, it will remain set up in the fellowship hall this week. If you don’t have a key, contact Barbara Severy to arrange a time to open the church.

·         Sunday School resumes August

 

Be Encouraged?

 

Mathews

 

 

 

July 24, 2017

Dear Church,

 

One of our fervent prayer requests should be for God to enlarge our vision that we might see things as God does, as they truly are. In Mark 8 we see the painful failure of Peter when his master addresses him as ‘Satan’ he was chided for his ‘having in mind the things of men’. Then a few days later Peter, who so spectacularly failed, is invited to witness the unveiling of Jesus’ identity during the transfiguration. Showing Jesus as divine!!. Peter who had a ‘down’ in his life is chosen to experience a  spectacular ‘high’ that only a few had a glimpse of. We should not allow our failures to prevent us from seeking more of God who wants to reveal more of himself. This morning let’s ask God to enlarge our vision.

1.     Curry Dinner Fellowship @ the Green (or Inside) 6:pm. July 27th, Thursday. Invite friends and strangers

2.     VBS August 9-10, lets invite all kids we know. Shoot an email to jennscarr3@gmail.com  or text or call 802-779-7200

3.     Keep our Honduras Mission team in Prayer 

“If anyone is ashamed of me and my word….the son of man (referring to Jesus) will be ashamed of him/her when he comes in his father’s glory with the holy angels” Mark 8:38 

Be Encouraged

Mathews

 

 

 

 

July 17, 2017

Dear Church,

Jesus tells us the parable of a women who had ten coins and loses one. During Jesus’ time women received ten silver coins as their wedding gift. These coins were of high sentimental and emotional significance besides their monetary value. So to lose one would be extremely distressing(like loosing a wedding ring)  and when found there is rejoicing. Jesus says ‘In the same way there is rejoicing in the presence of angels when one sinner repents’. There was much rejoicing in heaven when nine Navajo children came to faith and were baptized. If there is so much rejoicing in heaven shouldn’t we also rejoice? Like the women in this parable, is there a concise effort in our lives to pursue the lost, diligently seeking them, and rejoicing when they come to the Savior? Have a wonderful day keeping a diligent eye for the lost. 

Mission Honduras leaving this week. Please keep them in prayer

Vacation Bible School August 7-10 invite kids

Curry Dinner July 27th – invite people

OCC – items now are school supplies

 

Be Encouraged

Mathews

 

 

 

 

July 19, 2017

Dear Church,

Repentance is a turning. Metanoeo` meaning a change of mind, a change of direction, a transformed mind leading to transformed behavior. From now on I face God-ward and Christ- ward. 2 kings 5:13 talks about Naaman driving his chariot away angered by the prophets orders. Then Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” Then Naaman accepted the servants request and goes to river  and washes seven times in the muddy Jordan and when he came up the seventh time his ‘flesh was like that of a little child’.

This is an irrevocable declaration that when we believe He is able to do all He promised. It is a  belief that He is able to forgive me of all of my sins and to see me through.  That makes me a Christian, a child of God, a member of the household of God’s saints. This is the powerful truth that 18 of us  are trying to witness to the Navajo nation. Satan has established his fortress here in the Navajo land but here as weak as we are, we march forward because in Jesus we are more than conquers. 

Pray for our Navajo Mission Team

Pray for our August VBS

Be Encouraged

Mathews

 

 

July 3, 2017

Dear Church

Jesus said, “By this ALL people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another”. The world will know if we are Jesus followers or not by the way we who are believers act towards one another. A lack of love is a clear indication that we are not serious about our devotion to Christ. 1 Corinthians 13, commonly known as the “love chapter” which we normally read in weddings, was originally written to express how church members relate to one another. Just look into some of the relational principles of 1 Corinthians 13: 4-5 “Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not conceited, does not act improperly, is not selfish, is not provoked, and does not keep a record of wrong”. The sum and substance of these two verses alone are sufficient to cause a revival in most of the churches, think about that.

 

*18 member Navajo mission leaves for New Mexico this week. Keep this team in prayers.

*August VBS  lookout for more information

*There will be no men’s group or Sunday school for the month of July

please visit our website at www.middletownspringscommunitychurch.org

 

Above all, put on love (Col. 3:14)

 

Be encouraged

Mathews