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Sunday Morning Worship:
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Sunday Morning Class:
11:00 am

Sunday Evening Worship:
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Medford, OR  97501

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Home Bulletins February 19, 2014

February 19, 2014





I drive my kids to school. They used to attend different locations. One school was about three miles to the west. The other one was one quarter of a mile to the east. Many mornings my daughter was a little slower in getting ready and had a five minutes later start. So I’d drive my son to school first and then swing back by the house to get her. When we first started this routine, she thought it was so cool and funny to go stand at the end of our driveway when I drove back home. As soon as my car came into sight, she’d jump and wave and smile that polar cap melting smile of hers and start waving her thumb. I would pull up and say, “need a lift?” She thought it was so funny for me to pick her up this way! She was so excited. Many mornings we laughed all the way to her school.   I can picture the last day doing that like it was this morning. As I drove up, there she was at the end of the driveway, all toothless smiles and waves and hitching thumbs. When I rolled the window down and asked if she “needed a lift,” she threw her little head back and cracked up. Then with full eagerness, she jumped in and kissed me. I can’t think of a better way to start a day!!



What struck me about all of that was the fervor and energy she always put into this silly routine. She acted it out each day as if it was the first time! She never lost any passion for it. It didn’t become old hat. She didn’t find it boring or the least bit goofy. There was no apathy. In her mind, she was a beautiful hitchhiker being picked up by her daddy! (I imagine though that I looked a little more like a Prince and my yellow Aveo looked more like a horse drawn golden carriage. :) She still loves it! And because of that, I do too! It is truly beautiful when you think about it.



Why don’t we act this same way in our relationship with our savior? Do you remember when it all began? Do you remember your salvation? Do you remember the feeling after being baptized? I do! I was SO excited! I smiled, sang, danced and was full of joy! There was nothing less than 100%.



So what happened? Why is it that now, oftentimes we are dull, passionless, and generally apathetic when we approach the Lord? I have a theory. Want to hear it? Here it is: LIFE HAPPENED. Many things cause us to lose fervor: sickness, death, financial pressures, jobs, relationships, etc. At times it is not easy to feel that excited anymore.



But the truth is this: We should still be as excited today as we were in the beginning! In all truth, maybe even more excited! NOTHING has changed! Jesus still died for our sins, He still loves us in spite of ourselves, and He still meets us every morning, right where we are with our thumbs up, waiting for Him ... never failing to show up!



I think of the verse in Revelation 2:4 that says, “But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.” Jesus was reminding the church in Ephesus that they may still have the right motions, but they had lost the right emotions! He was calling them back to the days when their love for Jesus was an all-consuming passion!



May we all be reminded of the same thing today. May we all learn to fall in love with Jesus again!



While many authors have marveled at the uniqueness of Earth and its fitness for human habitation, some think that we just happened to win the jackpot. Others claim that we have simply adapted to an accidental environment. They worship at the altar of chance.



As you know by now, these writings propose that the Earth was prepared for us through astonishing designs. This issue is a continuation of that insistence. Our last writing held up plant leaves, and their storage of solar energy, as an example of how man’s vital need for energy has been satisfied. Much more needs to be said.



Geology has given us evidence of times in the Earth’s history when vegetation has been much more lush than it is today. Giant petrified tree trunks can be found in now desert areas. The imprint of fern leaves can been seen in coal. Warm and wet tropical periods in the past seem to have once been the norm in areas where more moderate climates prevail today.



Dense vegetation thrives in tropical climates. We can see samples of this in the few remaining rain forests. It now appears that many of these special areas are being taken over by man for other purposes. Many voices lament their impending loss.



The abundance of fossil fuel buried in the Earth today also verifies the existence of once-heavy vegetation that allows us to now be awash in fossil energy fuels. In the United States, where we were once very dependent on foreign oil, we now boast less dependence due to new recovery methods. The supply has always been there. The technology is now in hand to exploit this great Gift from God. Our children may bear the brunt of our eagerness to use this gift.



Many a school child has wondered why the dinosaurs are now gone. Why were they so big, and why do we only see smaller versions of them today? And why are they not still with us? An explanation for their size is that they had a lot to eat. That works for us too. Although many theories have been offered for their extinction, it seems likely that they would starve to death today.



Life science people now think they are in arm’s reach of recovering enough pieces of DNA from some of these extinct giants to nurture successor offspring through cloning and surrogate carriage in the bodies of their smaller relatives today. Objectors say we should not because we could not afford to duplicate the environment they would need.



However, our interest here is that past abundant vegetation has been handed down to us as a fuel supply that we are treating as inexhaustible. Even the fatty bodies of dinosaurs were likely a part of the fossil mix. Exxon once aired a comic advertisement that pictured a dinosaur stepping into the gas tank of a car.



All of this should cause us to bow in reverence as we come to recognize the hand of our provident Creator, who prepared Earth for needy inhabitants.


--James Gibbs




2014 Church Directory  --  The proof copy of the directory is posted in the hallway by the East Room. This Sunday, February 23, will be the last Sunday to review or correct your listing.   If your name is not listed and you would like to be included in our directory, please add your information on the sheet posted for new names. Also, if you would like to be added to or removed from the Prayer Chain, please check that listing also.


*Directory Photos – Sandra Cummings will be taking photos again this year. If your photo was not in our 2013 directory or if you would like to update your photo please call Sandra to schedule an appointment by this Sunday, February 23. We will be updating the entire photo directory, so contact Sandra ASAP and please keep your appointment time. Photos will be taken after Sunday morning services.



Our Mexico Dinner and Auction fund raiser to support the Spring Break Mexico Mission Project will be held Saturday, February 22, at 5:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room.   If you would like to donate items for the auction, please bring your donations to the Fireside Room on Friday & Saturday, February 21 & 22, from 10:00 a.m. - noon and from 2:00-5:00 p.m. It is very helpful if we receive your donations before the dinner starts. Receipts and description forms will be available.

Volunteers are needed: helpers for food prep, set-up and decorating tasks on Friday & Saturday; also servers and clean-up help at the dinner on Saturday. Please call Valda Newton to sign up or if you have any questions. Our mission trip is scheduled for March 22-30. Trip registration forms are available in the office.



Vacation Bible School  -- We will have our first VBS meeting this Sunday, February 23, at 3:00 p.m. in the Fireside Room. Everyone who would like to help in any capacity at VBS is encouraged to attend. Our VBS is scheduled this year for the week of July 21. Our theme this year is “Kingdom Rock.” More details to come or you may contact Denise Beeks for more information.



Camp Yamhill Men’s Retreat  -- The Camp Yamhill Men’s Retreat will be March 7-8. It begins at 8:00 a.m. on Friday and ends at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. The cost is $60.00 and an additional $25.00 if you arrive on Thursday evening. Dan Beeks is planning on going up on Thursday afternoon, if you would like to ride along please let him know. West Main will be sponsoring this event next year, so lets support it well this year.




Prayer Requests . . . For Shirley Barlow and Grace Haefner as they recover from surgery...For Lisa Allen and Dave Reavis as they undergo cancer treatments...For our schools – that the teachers and school system can resolve their issues and that the children will be okay...Frank & Janet Eagleton, cousins of Doris Sutherlin, were involved in a very serious auto accident in Montana. Janet has been released from the hospital. Frank is improving, but is still in the hospital. Please pray for complete healing...Praise - Cooper Albright just finished his tests in New York and is cancer free! He is doing well and is in first grade now...For the father of Debi Robbins, Jim Hinkle, who is very ill and refusing treatment...For Shepherd Thomas who broke his arm last week - please pray for healing and that he won’t need surgery...For safe travels for Alex Cummings and the other soldiers as they return home from training on the 21st...For David Mayes to be a good influence on his friends...For our President and all of our military men, women and families.




Calendar of Events

Feb 22: Mexico Dinner/Auction; FSR; 5:30 p.m.

Feb 23: VBS Meeting; FSR; 3:00 p.m.

Mar 7-8: Camp Yamhill Men’s Retreat