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Medford, OR  97501

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Home Bulletins April 16, 2014

April 16, 2014

 

 

OH, WHAT LOVE HAS DONE!

 

 

One of my favorite bands has always been U2. They are one of the most popular rock groups in the world, despite openly singing about faith in Jesus. Their spiritual depth in their music and lyrics has always moved me. This week, as I have reflected on Jesus, the passion week, and Easter, one of their lesser known songs has truly spoken to me. I wanted to share one small section of it that has moved me.

 

 

“The rule has been disproved, THE STONE IT HAS BEEN MOVED. The grave is now a groove, all debts are removed .... Oh, can’t you see what love has done? Oh, can’t you see what love has done? Oh, can’t you see what love has done? What it’s done to me? “Window in the Skies” - U2

 

 

The song is a beautiful “Resurrection Ballad.” It extols the wonders of “what love has done” from God’s raising of Christ from the dead, to the many ways God’s love raises us to new life today! Jesus’ resurrection from the dead has opened forever a “window in the skies” through which streams of love and reconciliation flow!

 

 

The first verse stakes the claim that freedom and peace have come because death itself has been undone and now true life flows among us again.  “THE RULE HAS BEEN DISPROVED!” I love this line. Death is not the final word anymore, it is not the last chapter of human life. “THE STONE IT HAS BEEN MOVED” and forgiveness and new life are given to us all! God’s resurrection love does something wild ... it creates strange partners with its enemy-loving, hate-destroying, relationship-renewing ways. The power of this love is that it gets us out of “our heads” and into God’s “heart.” And from there our attention is captured to share the love that we have found – “Oh, can’t you see what love has done, what it’s done for me!” And this is all due to the powerful reality that “Love left a window in the skies.” Jesus’ resurrection opened the world to God’s love in a way that it can never be shut out again. Indeed, this love, God’s death-defeating resurrection love, will bring us to the promised land.

 

 

God loves you so much. He was willing to die for you. But death cannot hold back our God! This kind of love cannot be contained or captured. It’s this kind of love that enables us to live life each day as we make our way to the kingdom of God. Have a most blessed Easter!

 

– Pannell

 

 

 

TWO INSEPARABLES

 


Like a husband and wife, some things are meant to stay together. Such a duo is found in John 1:17 where the message of Jesus is pictured in contrast with the harsh law of Moses. There, two inseparables are spelled out that make Christianity unique. “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”

Grace and truth seem at first to be opposites. In fact, the truths about human behavior that Jesus brought took law to a higher level. In what is known as the “Sermon on the Mount,” Jesus went to the roots of murder by identifying animosity as the real culprit. Underlying murder, he said, was the foundational sin of anger with another. This “truth,” along with many others Jesus brought, raised the bar for those who would aspire to be Christians. See Matthew 5, where several higher hurdles are pictured in Jesus’ teaching.

 

 

Grace, the twin of truth, makes following Jesus possible. He came to save sinners, and exemplified this by spending time with them. This was incomprehensible to law-minded Jews. See Luke 15:1-2. How grace and truth can be taught simultaneously is still difficult for many to grasp.

 

 

In the inseparable coupling of grace and truth, we come to know the meaning of the “gospel of Christ” that is used in the New Testament to describe the message of early preachers. It means “good news.” It is, it is!

 

 

Grace is such good news that some decouple it from truth, and make it everything. Apostle Paul heads us off when we begin to think that way. See Romans 6:1-4. Grace is not meant to be a stand-alone. It is not meant to be a license to sin. When we rise from the waters of baptism, Paul writes, we are to take on a new life.

 

 

On the other hand, many want to cling to the law and preach a graceless gospel - which is no gospel at all. Paul also addresses this divergence in the beginning of his first letter to Timothy. There he bluntly describes those kinds of teachers as not knowing what they are talking about. They have missed the heart of the message of Christ.

 

 

However, grace is very good news that can cover sin beyond baptism. Apostle John pictures the Christian life as “walking in the light,” with an ongoing appeal to grace for forgiveness of sin. See I John 1:5-10. That passage should bring tears of joy and resolve to an errant Christian.

 

 

The dual message of truth and grace that is echoed today is powerful when the gospel is shared by one man with another. In a world of many beaconing voices, its authenticity makes Christianity stand out among all other messages. It has captured my mind and heart, and given me purpose and strength in my waning years, despite my failures.

 

– James Gibbs

 

 

College Boxes  -- The end of another school year for college kids is fast approaching, which means finals will be here before they know it! We are getting ready to send the final round of boxes to them for this year. The boxes are set up on a table in the courtyard. Please bring snacks and goodies or the things that they like to church by this Sunday, April 20. The cost of shipping is about $16.00 a box, so you can help in that way also. Please contact Denise Beeks if you need more information.

 

 

Learn to Sew Teddy Bears  -- Liz Dunlap will be teaching a class on how to make teddy bears next Tuesday, April 22, at 11:30 a.m. in the Fireside Room. Please contact Liz or Dorothy Trimmer if you would like to join us!

 

 

The Daddy-Daughter-Dinner-Dance is scheduled for April 26 for all young ladies ages 5-18 years old and their favorite adult gentleman. Contact Marcie Dixon for more info.

****Marcie is needing help to decorate the Fireside Room and courtyard on April 26 from 9:00 a.m.- noon. Please contact Marcie if you can help.

 

 

Guest Speaker -- On Sunday evening, April 27, at 6:00 p.m., Travis Denn, son of Larry and Wydie Denn, will speak to us about his mission trip to Africa this past February. Please plan to come and hear about his experiences in Africa.

 

 

Campers Looking for Support  -- On Saturday, May 3, there is an opportunity for you to work hard and earn some GOOD money towards your camp fees. Please contact Brian Pannell ASAP for details.


 

Coffee Servers  -- Coffee servers are needed for May, June, and July. If you can help, please sign up on the notice posted by the stairs in the East Hallway. All help is greatly appreciated!

 

 

SOUTHERN OREGON CHRISTIAN CAMP -- It is not too early to start thinking about Camp 2014. We will be at a new location this year in the Roseburg/Winston area. It is called Kellogg Springs Camp, and it is beautiful! Also, our camp time will come a week earlier than usual – June 29 - July 5, so mark your calendar now and start saving your registration dollars now. The cost has gone up this year to $210.00 per camper, but if you start setting some money aside each week or month it is manageable. We are looking forward to having you there!

***Our camp fund-raising dinner will be on May 10 at 6:00 p.m. in the Fireside Room. Please be thinking of how you can help. Please contact Brian or Jessie Pannell to volunteer.

 

 

Vacation Bible School -- VBS is only three months and one week away. We are planning on VBS for the week of July 21-25. Our grade levels will be for kids who have finished Kindergarten through finished 6th grade. We will have a table in the courtyard on Sunday so you can begin to figure out how you can help. Last year we had over 87 children and it took over 150 people helping to make it a success. This year we are planning for over 100 kids and we will need more help to make it the best VBS ever! Our theme this year is: Kingdom Rock - Where Kids Stand Strong for the Lord.

We will need more teachers, food items, help with set up and clean up, carnival booth help and prizes, help with the gift each child will receive and much more. There are a lot of ways that you can help. If you need more info, please contact Denise Beeks.

 

 

 

Prayer Requests .... For Severta Shipley who is in room 3317 West at RRMC and is improving - please pray for her continued recovery...For Brandon Livingston as he recovers from surgery on his broken jaw and for his mother, Kelly, as they must travel to Portland for doctor visits...Prayers for comfort for Chaley Johnson and Ron Higgins as Ron’s mother (Chaley’s grandmother) passed away last week...For the sister of Sally Zielke, Mary, whose husband passed away suddenly last Sunday - also prayers for Sally as she travels home this week...For the family of the young teenager (a South Medford High School student) who took his life last week - please pray for his family and friends and pray that we can all be there for each other in love and support...Doris Sutherlin’s brother, Terry, has been diagnosed with cancer. He is to have surgery in June. Please keep him in your prayers...For the camp in San Felipe - they are expecting 150 campers this week. Pray for safety and many blessings for the workers and campers...It was good to see Betty Lake here with us this past Sunday after her recent hospitalization...For David Mayes to be more Christlike and a good influence on his friends...For our President and all of our military men, women and families.


 

 

Help Needed -- Daniel Walker and family are moving to Memphis, TN. He will need help loading his U-Haul truck this Saturday. If you can help, please contact Zana for more info.

 


 

Calendar of Events

April 26: Daddy-Daughter-Dinner-Dance

April 27: Evening Service Guest Speaker, Travis Denn

May 10: Camp Fund-Raising Dinner; 6:00 p.m.; FSR

June 29-July 5:  CAMP

July 21-25: VBS


 

 
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