Service Times

Sunday Morning Class:
9:00 am

Sunday Morning Worship:
10:15 am

Sunday Evening Worship:
6:00 pm

Building Address

1701 West Main St

Medford, OR  97501

Phone Number

541 772 9640

Updated Website is available at

www. churchwestmain.org

Home Bulletins June 18, 2014

June 18, 2014

 

 

THE LOVE OF GOD

AND

THE LOVE OF NATURE

 

 

“For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened” (Romans 1:20-21).

 

 

Can we know God separate and apart from the Bible? The previous words of the Apostle Paul from the letter to the Romans would seem to imply that we can. Yet, exactly who, how, and by what means are “they…without excuse” for not worshiping God? Paul appears to be describing the early history of humanity’s fall from worshiping God to worshiping idols and nature: “[They] exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles” (1:23).

 

 

The shift from God to idolatry is a conscious choice as Paul says, “They are without excuse;” “they knew God;” “God is plain to them;” “[God’s nature] is clearly perceived;” and “they exchanged the truth about God for a lie” (1:20, 21, 23). Now the question I like to ask is, “Does Paul’s depictions of people exchanging knowledge of God for idols apply to everyone in every time period or just to the early history of humanity?” In other words, does every single human being born go through this process of knowingly rejecting God for false gods? Are we all “without excuse” for not worshiping the One True God as revealed in the Bible?

 

 

Beyond a doubt, we must declare with Paul, “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!” (Romans 11:33). How God works in the hearts and minds of every single individual on the planet in every time period in human history is surely “above our pay grade,” so we need to be cautious in what we claim on behalf of God’s dealings with all of humanity.

 

 

Paul in Romans does indicate that there is an exponential darkening of the mind of humanity in history when he says, “they became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened;” “God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts;” “they became fools;” “they have become filled with every kind of wickedness;” and “they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them” (1:18-32). Society shortly after the Fall in the Garden of Eden does not take long to be darkened and lost to the presence and power of God. Children born into human society shortly after the Fall and after the flood are bereft of the knowledge and presence of God (See, Genesis 6:5-6; 11:4-7).

 

 

Paul teaches in Romans that only in the Gospel “is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: ‘The righteous will live by faith’” (1:16-17). The power and presence of God revealed in the Gospel is why Paul was “so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are at Rome” (1:15).

 

 

While nature is a powerful testimony to the Glory of God for those who believe in the God of Revelation today, nature without the written Revelation of God is void and meaningless. As C.S. Lewis once wrote, “We must . . . leave the hills and woods and go back to our studies, to church, to our Bibles, to our knees. Otherwise the love of nature is beginning to turn into a nature religion” (The Four Loves). Today, we must love the Word of God in order to love the God of Nature.

 

– Terry

 

 

 

SUMMER OF LOVE

Wedding Shower 2

 

 

This Sunday night, we, as a church celebrate our second wedding shower of the season. This week we celebrate the marriage of Mike Premer and Alisha Kelton. (Please note this one starts a little later than normal at 7:00 p.m.). Bring the couple a gift and some words of wisdom.   The happy couple is registered at Bed, Bath, and Beyond and at Macy’s if you need gift ideas.

 

We are asking everyone to bring their own, most creative cupcakes!

 

These showers are NOT private events. They are part of our summer theme celebrating love, and as such we wish for ALL OF YOU to be there! In a culture where marriage means less and less, we need to celebrate Godly marriage whenever we can!

 

Come out for a night of fun, and fellowship as we encourage, love and support this beautiful young couple in their new beginning.

 

We will see you all there.   -- Pannell

 

 

KIA and Service Projects

Calendar

Wednesday Evenings

6:30-7:30 p.m.

 

June 25: Neighborhood BBQ at Lewis Park at 6:30 p.m. We will be serving the neighborhood, eating and playing in the park and having a fun evening. All the food will be provided.   Please come join us - everyone is invited!!!!

July 2: KIA Singing - time and place to be announced. See Denise Beeks for info.

July 6: Please come join us for Friendship Day and our Italian Potluck after morning services on July 6. We will once again be serving Italian Ice for a dessert. Please invite your friends and neighbors to join us and bring lots of your favorite Italian dishes to share.

July 9: Family Scavenger Hunt; 6:30 p.m.

 

 

Vacation Bible School . . .


*We will have a VBS Planning Meeting this Sunday, June 22, at 3:00 p.m. in the East Room. All teachers and people interested in helping with VBS are encouraged to attend. Please see Denise Beeks if you need more information.

 

*Our VBS theme this year is: Kingdom Rock - Where Kids Stand Strong for the Lord, and is for kids who have finished Kindergarten through 6th grade. If you need more info or would like to volunteer to help, please contact Denise Beeks.

 


Sunday Evening Ladies Class will begin this Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m. at the building.   We will be studying Soul Keeping, Caring for the Most Important Part of You. If you would like to order a book, please contact Jessie Pannell or Toni Parker.

 

 

 

Prayer Requests . . . . For Lorena Dickison who had brain surgery - please pray for her full recovery...For the farmers in Colorado who suffered losses in a severe hailstorm this past week...For Gaby Dimas who has Hepatitis C and will have twelve weeks of treatments in Fresno...For Rosa Gomez as she continues cancer treatment under hospice care in Los Angeles...For Wade Bryant who had surgery last Friday on both of his arms - pray for his speedy recovery...For the father of Diane Liles, Virgil Kivett, who slipped and broke his ankle and for her brother-in-law, Stan Smith, who needed seven stitches in his face - please pray for their quick healing...For our President and all of our military men, women and families.

 

 

 

Graduation Open House  -- Buddy and Melanie Rennels invite you to an Open House as they honor their son, Blain Rennels, on his graduation from Oregon State University. Open house will be Sunday, July 6th, from 2:00-4:00 p.m., at Buddy & Melanie's home.

 

 

Nursery Help Needed  --   We need help with our Sunday Morning Nursery during services. If you can help with a Sunday, please contact Diane Liles to volunteer.

 

 

Coffee Servers are needed for next Sunday, June 29, and for the month of July. If you can help, please sign up on the list posted by the stairs. All help is greatly appreciated. Thank You.



 

Calendar of Events

June 25: Lewis Park BBQ - 6:30 p.m.

June 29-July 5: CAMP

July 6: Friendship Sunday; Italian Potluck after Morning Services

           Open House for Blain Rennels; 2:00-4:00 p.m.

July 9: Family Scavenger Hunt; 6:30 p.m.

July 19: Jasmine Frunk and Thadd Flock Wedding in Estacada, OR;

              RSVP by June 27 to September

July 21-25: VBS



 

 

 

 
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