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Medford, OR  97501

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Home Bulletins April 1, 2015

April 1, 2015

 

 

WALKING IN THE FULLNESS OF THE

HOLY SPIRIT (PART 4)

 

 

 

Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38)

 

 

I grew up in the Church of Christ. So, yeah, I have heard this verse. I can quote it. Most of you probably can. But I wonder if I sometimes miss a word in there that changes EVERYTHING.

 

 

The word? GIFT. I wonder if we forget this word often, because I am not convinced we realize what an ENORMOUS gift this is! If so, I think our appreciation would often be much more apparent!

 

 

I have received some really great gifts in my life. I remember one Christmas in the 1980s getting a full He-Man and Castle Greyskull set. Pretty epic! I remember getting my first car given to me! I remember LOTS of great gifts. And I appreciated them SO much, but has any of us ever received a gift bigger than GOD LIVING IN US?!?!?!?

 

 

He gave himself away, freely. What a God! The Holy Spirit is available because of God’s generous efforts. I think we tend to forget that it has nothing to do with us! None of our efforts made this gift available! We are swimming in the generosity of God!

 

 

And He gives this gift for His glory! HE gives it so a lost world can see how great He really is! The Holy


 

 

Spirit has no interest in helping us achieve our manmade agendas. The Holy Spirit is all about the glory of God!

 

 

The Holy Spirit is after our HEARTS. In his book, “A Man After His Own Heart,” Charles Siebert shares a scientific yet poetic depiction of a heart transplant he observed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. Not long after, Siebert attended an annual banquet for transplant recipients and he was deeply moved by their profound appreciation for life. They spoke in reverent tones about the second chance at life they had been given. They humbly acknowledged their responsibility to honor the donor. And many of them talked about new desires that accompanied their new hearts. It is fascinating, but the medical world is seeing recipients of heart transplants wake up with new and unexplained cravings and habits. They are LITERALLY desiring the same things the donor did!

 

 

This is what Jesus was after when he went away, so that we could get this gift! He wanted to transform us at the very heart level! It is about God getting to “see His heart beat in others.” And when we take this on, we now have new habits, desires and cravings! God then can sit back and smile down thinking, “look, now they are like Jesus…they have His heart.”

 

 

Whose heart do you let lead your life? Is it your own, or is it the heart of Christ? I pray all of us can have the heart transplant we need to walk in the fullness of the Holy Spirit.

 

– Pannell

 

 

 

RESURRECTION MATTERS

 

 

Resurrection matters. To be precise, the resurrection of Jesus Christ matters the most. Without the resurrection of Jesus nothing else in this world does matter. As the Apostle Paul says, For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied” (1 Cor 15:16-19).

 

 

Why would Paul say that if there is no afterlife, then the present life we live is futile? If there is no resurrection from the dead, then does that mean all the good we have done in our lives was not good? What about the love we have for our families? What about the love of our friendships? Does the absence of resurrection from the dead nullify all the good and love we have experienced in this present life? Is it not the case that if you feed someone who is hungry, then they would consider such an act good regardless of whether or not there is a resurrection from the dead? In other words, a hungry man may not rise from the dead tomorrow, but his stomach can be filled today, and to the hungry that is a good thing.

 

 

The book of Ecclesiastes can help shed some light on the need for resurrection and the value it provides to this present life. The preacher of Ecclesiastes declares, “For what happens to the children of man and what happens to the beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts, for all is vanity. All go to one place. All are from the dust, and to dust all return. Who knows whether the spirit of man goes upward and the spirit of the beast goes down into the earth? So I saw that there is nothing better than that a man should rejoice in his work, for that is his lot. Who can bring him to see what will be after him?” (Ecclesiastes 3:19-22).

 

 

As to the question of whether or not the good we do today has value, Ecclesiastes tells us to “rejoice in [our] work.” We can have joy, blessing, and goodness in this present life. However, the issue of the good we may experience in this life ultimately comes back to the issue of purpose and meaning. What is the purpose of all I do and experience in this life if everything and everyone ultimately turns to dust? What did the good I enjoy in life ultimately mean if such good ultimately turns to dust? What is the point of it all? Are we living our lives for the sole purpose of becoming dust in the wind?

 

 

Jesus’ resurrection from the dead redeems us from the dust and gives purpose and meaning to what we experience in this life. The resurrection of Jesus and his coming to redeem our present life is “training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works” (Titus 2:12-14). As redeemed children of God in Jesus Christ, we know that the good works we do and enjoy in this present age are a participation in the eternal kingdom of God that is coming into this world. In the book of Revelation, John speaks of how we “will bring into [the kingdom of God] the glory and the honor of the nations” (Revelation 21:26). The good we do and enjoy today will follow us into eternity. In other words, we are building an eternal good with an eternal purpose and meaning. Yes, resurrection matters.

                                                        

– Terry

 

 

 

It’s Coming!!!! - 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.

 

 

 

Prime Timers Luncheon  -- Prime Timers - you are invited to a luncheon at Twin Creeks on Thursday, April 16, at noon. Lunch will be provided. Please R.S.V.P. to the church office by April 9, so we can let them know how many people are coming. Thank You.

 

 

 

Daddy-Daughter-Dinner-Dance will be held on April 18 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. in the Fireside Room.   The cost is $24.00 per couple. 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 this Sunday, April 5, and is non-refundable.


 

Family Camp-Out  --Please come join us at Joseph Stewart State Park for a family camp-out on August 21-23.You need to make your camp reservations ASAP to reserve your campsite. Please make your reservation for Loop C. If you can’t get Loop C; please make it for Loop A. Campsite reservations are $22.00 per night. We will worship at the lake on Sunday, August 23. More details to come. If you need more info, please contact Stephen Liles.

 

 

 

Medicine Bottles for Malawi  -- Paige Dixon is collecting empty medicine bottles to send to Malawi as part of her Girl Scout Bronze Award for community projects. She and her fellow girl scouts are trying to collect three hundred medicine bottles by the end of May. Tear off as much of the label as you can and she will do the rest. Please give your bottles to Paige. Thank you for your help.

 

 

 

Nursery Help Needed -- Diane Liles is in need of nursery help on the following dates: June 28, July 5, July 26, August 9, and October 18. If you can fill one or more these dates, please call or text Diane.

 

 

 

 Electric Stainless Griddle and Skillet  -- If you loaned these items for the Mexico Mission trip, please contact Valda Newton so that she can return them to you. Thank You.


 

 

  

Prayer Requests . . . Marie Anthony is having difficulty waking up after surgery and is in ICU as of now...For the family of Dean Yates, who passed away last Saturday, March 28. He was living in the Portland area – no service is planned...Nino & Gaby Dimas’ granddaughter, Lynnet, may have cysts growing on her only functioning kidney – tests are planned...Patsy Brophyasks prayers for her friend, Melody,who suffered a seizure in Utah while on her way to Colorado. Brain lesions were discovered in the frontal lobe of her brain – prayers for her recovery...John Ivey – prayers for his safe travel and return while he delivers disaster relief in Fiji and Vanuatu...Diane Liles – praise and thanksgiving – her thyroid biopsy came back benign...Leilla Sparks is in Avamere Health Rehab and would love visits and cards. She is doing better. Also, for her son, Lee, who has some serious health problems...Bob Trimmer still has intense back pain – please pray that it will be relieved soon. Also, prayers for Dorothy as she takes care of him...For David Mayes that he can be more giving and Christlike and for his friends, Cora,to be a good influence; Tanya, good health for her baby; Brandi - prayers for her spiritual growth...For our President and all of our military men, women and families.

 

 

 

Congratulations to Blain and Kelsey Rennels on the birth of their son, Brayden Alan, on March 28, 2015. Brayden weighed in at seven pounds and eight ounces and was twenty inches long. Proud grandparents are Bud and Melanie Rennels and great-grandparents Mel and Mary Hamilton and Glenda Rennels.

 



Calendar of Events

April 6: Last Day to Sign Up for Dinners for Eight

 

April 16: Prime Timers Lunch at Twin Creeks

April 18: Daddy/Daughter Dinner Dance

 

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Greeters for April:   Charlie and Michele Michael;

                                Mark & Kristy Moreno

Nursery Helpers: Parker Family

Coffee Servers: Don and Alice Sweet

 

Attendance for March:

1st Sunday     213

2nd Sunday    218

3rd Sunday     262

4th Sunday     206

5th Sunday     336

 

 

 

 
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