October 2017

 

 

October 16, 2017

Dear Church, 

Jesus taught in Mark 8:34 that whoever wants to be his disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow him. Yet it is quite ironic that the one man(the rich ruler) in Mark’s Gospel who really really wanted to follow Jesus, who fell at his feet pleading for eternal life, whom Jesus declared loved, is the one who sadly rejects Jesus. So what does this say? I says that our desire alone can’t save us. We can ask the right questions with the right intentions to the right person- but salvation happens when we surrender completely. When we abandon the things that gives us an impression of being in control and give him the control. 

 

Be Encouraged

Mathews

 

 

 

October 9, 2017

Dear Church,

Jesus taught us to pray ‘give us this day our daily bread’. This was not just a prayer for bread but a proclamation of our dependence upon God, an invitation to come to Him in a spirit of humility. Bread in the bible has been a powerful symbol of God’s Grace (free and abounding). When the Israelites complained in the wilderness God “rained bread from heaven”(Ex. 16:4). It says the next day when the dew lifted, on the ground was this “small round substance, as fine as frost….It was like white coriander seed, and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey” (Vs. 14, 31). What a fine description of scrumptious delight! Jesus says in John 6:35 that He is the bread of life meaning He is the essential for life, not the physical bread that perishes but the divine bread that gives and sustains life, available to all who seek him. The desire is that none should perish. He is our daily bread, the one who satisfies all our need in Him. 

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First Step Pregnancy- silent Auction and Dinner- Oct 27th

Chain Breaking Series continues next week- Galatians a declaration of Freedom (Galatians 3:1-9)

Did you receive the Spirit by works of law or by hearing with faith? Galatians 3:2 

Each One Reach One

Be Encouraged

Mathews

 

 

 

 

October 2, 2017

Dear Church,

There is cost involved in our commitment to follow Jesus. What are the costs? We may lose social status, be ridiculed in public,sometimes give up our career, time and money, be separated from family, and even put to death for Jesus name. In Matthew 14:28-30 Jesus talks about a builder who inaccurately estimated the cost of building a tower, the building is not finished because the builder miscalculated the cost of the building. That is a big mistake. Do not miscalculate the costs of followership. Are we in this Christian journey for a trouble free life, without any personal cost? That never happens, there is cost involved. Our salvation is free! But our sanctification comes with a price tag, giving our lives to Jesus in its entirety. 

 

For if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose- Apostle Paul

Each One reach One

Be Encouraged

Mathews