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Home Bulletins March 11, 2015

March 11, 2015

 

 

WALKING IN THE FULLNESS OF THE

HOLY SPIRIT  (PART TWO)

 

 

I am sorry it took so long to get back to this thread . . . we have finally come out of the “Great Plague of 2015.” :)

 

 

When we last finished we were considering the place of the Holy Spirit in our ministries. Where is He in our works? How do we make sure our church is plugged into His power in EVERYTHING we do?

 

 

Have you ever asked yourself how important the Holy Spirit is to your personal faith and walk with Jesus? How important is THIS PRESENCE to you?

 

 

I have always been baffled by John 16:7, where it says, “But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the comforter won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you.” Have you ever truly tried to digest this statement? It is mind boggling to me! Jesus is actually saying that it is BETTER FOR HIM TO LEAVE.

 

 

Where, in any situation would this make sense to us? I’ve never been in need of God’s leading or healing and thought, “Man, you know what would make this better? If Jesus would just leave...” :) My mind tends to think that nothing could be better than having Jesus in the flesh walking with me. But Jesus clearly says the opposite here ... “It’s way better for you if I leave.”

 

 

Why is this? It is because the presence of the Holy Spirit is THAT important! Do we really believe this? I think it is time we start wrapping our heads around this. Our ministries MUST have the Holy Spirit in them. Do we ever place that at the top of our importance lists? A ministry effort without the Holy Spirit is simply just a work of man. A ministry without the Holy Spirit will NEVER produce fruit.

 

 

WITHOUT AN ACTIVE THEOLOGY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT BEHIND OUR MINISTRY EFFORTS, WE ARE ONLY TEACHING BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION!

 

 

We should never be in this business. We should be in the business of redemption! God changes us from the inside out, and when we have HIM living inside of us, we want to change. We repent and turn our ways and walk towards a life filled with righteousness and redemption.

 

 

How do we do this together as a church family? I hope we can wrestle with this together. Next time we will look at two simple questions to help us start wrapping our minds around this concept. Until then, may the peace of God be with you.

 

– Pannell

 

 

 

 

TOO MODERN TO SEE THE GOSPEL

 

 

“It’s about time,” is a frequent expression. Another expression says, “Timing is everything.” We are often told to “be on time.” More negatively, we might say, “Time has passed us by,” or “We are out of time.”

 

 

This coming Sunday we will be looking at the relation of the aspects of time to the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Consider for instance Paul’s words in Ephesians: “And [God] made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment – to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ” (Ephesians 1:9-10).

 

 

If “timing is everything,” then what are we to make of the timing of Christ’s coming to earth? How did time reach its “fulfillment” with the coming of Christ? I imagine if you asked most people what time period in history represents the fulfillment of time, you would be hard-pressed to find someone who would say, “The first century is when time reached its fulfillment!”

 

 

What difference would the coming of Christ make if he came in the 21st century rather than the 1st century? Over the years I have heard various Bible studies make reference to the Roman Empire’s extensive creation of roads in antiquity. Truly, the Roman Empire enabled the gospel message to travel to virtually the entire civilized world through a network of roads unparalleled up to that time in history. However, if the speed and extent of the gospel spreading is the key to the fullness of time, then perhaps should God have waited until the invention of cell phones and the world-wide-web?

 

 

When we consider the advances to date in science and technology, many I assume would consider our time to be fuller than the 1st century! World historians generally mark the modern era (what some refer to as modernity) as the beginning of the fullness of time. The modern era is typically thought of as beginning in the 16th century. The modern era is particularly marked by empirical investigation guided by science as the source of knowledge over the pre-modern era of faith and religion being the source of knowledge. The modern era can be seen as a step away from superstition and belief in gods to an understanding of physical reality and its physical causes and effects. We know much more about our world today than anyone living in the 1st century could have imagined.   People who have walked on the moon would seem to be living in a fuller time than people who did not even enjoy light bulbs!

 

 

But how does God see time? Is history to be measured in physical explanations for our physical universe? Is time simply to be measured in technological advances? Paul declares that “all things in heaven and on earth” are brought together in unity “under one head, even Christ.” There is no greater accomplishment than unity in this universe. Not just unity on earth (seen) but unity in heaven (unseen). There is more to life than light bulbs and walking on the moon. God has accomplished the purposes of the Gospel for heaven and earth. The coming of Christ is ushering in a new age of the fullness of time! Whatever the gospel is, it is achieving a purpose far beyond our imaginations. The question is, “Are we too modern to see it?”

– Terry

 

 

 

 

Vacation Bible School is scheduled for July 13-17 this year. We will have our next planning meeting on Sunday, March 15,at 2:00 p.m. in the Fireside Room. Our theme this year is “Hometown Nazareth - Where Jesus Was a Kid.” If you would like to help in any way,please plan to come to the meeting. If you need more information, please contact Denise Beeks.

 

 

Prime Timers: Wear Your Green ! ! !  We will have our next Potluck Luncheon on Thursday, March 19, at noon in the Fireside Room. Please bring your favorite dishes to share.

 

 

Dinners for Eight  --   Yes - it’s true - Dinners for Eight is happening in the second half of April!!!! The dinners in April will be hosted by several of our deacons.

 

We need you to sign up with Don or Zana Walker by April 6, either at church, or by phone, e-mail or text message (no Facebook please) if you are interested in participating in Dinners for Eight. We will organize the names into groups of eight people. The host provides one dish and each person or couple brings a complementary dish to share.

 

This is open to all adults, singles, couples and older teens. Children participating are at the discretion of the host.   Please come join us as we share a good meal and the great conversation that goes with it.

 

 

Daddy-Daughter-Dinner-Dance ... will be held on April 18 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. in the Fireside Room. Space is limited to forty girls and their dates - registration will open this Sunday, March 15. The cost is $24.00 per couple and tickets will go on sale in mid-March. If you think that you will be coming - please register with Marcie Dixon. You may call her, e-mail her, or see her this Sunday. Payment will be due by April 5 and is non-refundable.

Girls - wear your fancy clothes as this will be a special evening of dancing, party games, dinner and dessert. All girls ages 5-18 years old are invited to attend. This year’s theme is loosely based on Breakfast at Tiffany’s.   Each young lady will get a special charm and a special handmade photo folder with a 5x7 photo of herself with her date.

 

You may contact Marcie you have more questions or would like to register.

 

 

Youth Update . . . If you think you may be going on the Arizona Mission trip this summer, please let Pannell know ASAP, so he can begin some of the fund raising efforts.


 
Disaster Relief Fund Meeting . . . West Main has given to the Disaster Relief Fund many times over the past twenty years when various natural disasters have occurred. Recently, they responded to the town of Weed with a truckload of supplies within a week after the fire this last summer. They just finished sending a second truckload filled with appliances for the families who are rebuilding their homes which were lost in the fire. They have also sent relief supplies to the Portland area after some of the floods in years past. The meeting will be presented by Dale Linge and will be held in the Fireside Room on Wednesday, March 18, at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

 

 

 

 

Prayer Requests . . . For Evelyn Bates who recently had a TIA and was briefly in the hospital - she is home now and doing well - thank you for your prayers...For the niece of Don and Zana Walker, Michelle, who has stage 3 breast cancer - prayers for healing and clarity as she makes decisions this week...Reed Barlow is home from the hospital and is doing well...For Rick Dauphin as he recovers from having pacemaker replacement surgery this week...For Bob Trimmer who is having hip pain - please pray that it can be taken care of and that he can walk without pain...Prayers for Lee and Lilli Stapp as Lee transitions her father into assisted living facilities...Prayers for our members who will be traveling...For David Mayes to be more giving and forgiving and for his friends, Cora, whose nephew passed away and for Brandi’s move to go smoothly.   For our President and all of our military men, women and families.

 

 

 

Thank You Note . . . Thank you so much for all ofyour love, concern, prayers, and the beautiful flowers while I was recently in the hospital. I am doing better now and hope to be at church on Sunday. I love you all.

                                                       Reed Barlow

 

 

Saying Good-Bye  -- Colleen Godfrey will be moving away on March 15.  We want to wish Colleen all of God’s blessings in her new home.

 

 

Free Table - Velma Hahn has a solid oak coffee table that she would like to give away. It measures 54 inches by 24 inches. If you would like it, please give her a call.

 

 

Calendar of Events

March 15: VBS Meeting; FSR; 2:00 p.m.

March 19: Prime Timers Luncheon; FSR; Noon

March 21-29: Mexico Mission Trip

April 18: Daddy/Daughter Dinner Dance


 

 

 
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