Devotion – November 29, 2015 – A Holy People

2peter3_10-11The day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives.
—2 Peter 3:10-11

Holiness isn’t something we talk about much in our culture outside the church.  It can be easy to forget what it is and that we are called to be a holy people.  Holiness means to be set apart for God.  When items in the Old Testament were to be considered holy, they were set apart from the common, everyday items, they were kept clean and purified, and they were used only in the worship of God. [Read more…]

Devotion – November 23, 2015 – The Righteousness of God

2corinthians5_21God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
—2 Corinthians 5:21

Wait, did I read that right?  I am the righteousness of God?  How can this be.  I know that I am sinful.  I can be unloving and unforgiving.  How can I be called the righteousness of God? [Read more…]

Devotion – November 22, 2015 – May We Be Happy and Joyful

psalm68_3May the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful.
—Psalm 68:3

Joy and happiness can be elusive.  Life has its ups and downs and when we are down we can become rather unhappy.  However, it doesn’t have to be so.  I’m reminded of Philippians 3:13b-14

But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

When we focus on our problems, we take our eyes off of Christ and “prize for which God has called [us] heavenward in Christ Jesus”. [Read more…]

Devotion – November 20, 2015 – Even When We Suffer, God Is Faithful

2timothy1_12I am suffering … Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.
—2 Timothy 1:12

Paul suffered a lot.  He was stoned, ship wrecked, imprisoned for years, his friends turned against him, and he had what he referred to as a “thorn in the flesh” which God would not remove.  With all this suffering, many people would either curse God or figure they had done something wrong to anger God.  Many would be ashamed of their situation (how would you feel being imprisoned and having your friends abandon you?).  Yet, Paul knows that his suffering is for Christ so he has nothing to be ashamed of.  He also knows the promise we have in Jesus of eternal life with Him and knows that, though others have abandoned him, God has not.  God is faithful! [Read more…]

Devotion – November 18, 2015 – Sacrificing Our Freedom

romans15_1We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.
—Romans 15:1

Adam and Stephanie had been dating since the beginning of Fall.  Every week Adam invited some friends over to watch the football game, but Stephanie noticed something odd about this.  Most weeks Adam would pick up some beer on Saturday to share with his friends during the game, but the two times when Adam’s friend Steve came over for the game, Adam just served soda. [Read more…]

Devotion – November 14, 2015 – The Fragrance of Knowing Christ

2corinthians2_14Thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.
—2 Corinthians 2:14

One of the things I love about mowing the lawn is the smell of a freshly cut lawn.  You can always tell when grass has just been cut.  One of the things my wife doesn’t love is when I cook fish.  That smell of fish always sticks around a lot longer than the meal.  Have you ever thought of what the smell of your life is? [Read more…]

Homeless Christmas Party

homeless christmasWednesday, December 16 at 6pm.

Our annual Homeless Christmas Party will be December 16th.
The bus will leave the church at 6:00 p.m.

For the Homeless Christmas Gifts we will need…
a backpack, filled with all or some of the following new items: Soap and washcloth (placed in a sealed baggie). Toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, socks, underwear, razors, feminine hygiene products, individual laundry detergent packs (pods, gel packs), sports drink, snacks, and Christmas candy (placed in a sealed baggie) Maybe crayons and a coloring book for the little ones. Please return these items to the church by December 12th.

We will have a SORT THE GIFTS PARTY to make sure we are ready! on Wednesday December 16th from 4-6 in the narthex. Thank you for your help!

Devotion – November 12, 2015 – God is Beyond Our Understanding

job37_5-6God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding.
—Job 37:5

We often like to tell God how it is.  We explain our problems and then tell Him what He needs to do to fix those problems.  We tell Him how He should bless us.  Sometimes we even question the wisdom, fairness, or even goodness of the things He does.  Job did just that.  After God allowed Job to lose everything he had, even his health, Job questioned why God would do such a thing since Job had been faithful.  God’s answer…

Who are you to question Me?  Where were you when I formed the mountains and told the water you can go this far and no further. Have you commanded the mornings? Can you make it rain?

Sometimes we forget, God does great things beyond our understanding.  They may or may not be what we want, but they are what God knows is good and wise.  God created all things, sustains all things, sees all things, knows what will happen, and His goodness and justice are beyond our comprehension. So, let us humble ourselves before God and trust that even when He acts in ways we wouldn’t have chosen, that those ways (His ways) are always good, wise, and grounded in love.

Heavenly Father,

You are the great and mighty one.  You created all and hold all things together.  I know that if You were to question me, I could not stand.  Please forgive me for the times I thought I knew better than You and help me to trust that all you do is good, wise, and loving, even when things don’t go they way I want.

Advent by Candlelight

Sunday, December 6th at 6:30 pm

angelsAdvent by Candlelight is a special evening for ladies and young ladies (1st grade and older) to become renewed and refreshed before the Christmas rush begins. This is an opportunity to relax and refocus on the season of Advent in a candlelit atmosphere.

Guests will enjoy a pot-luck meal and dessert. The program includes uplifting scripture reading, music and reflections focused on the Advent Season. This years event will be held on Sunday, December 6th at 6:30 pm.

Please RSVP by contacting Leanne Ferguson, Terri Ryan, or Melissa Steinbrueck or by using the form below.

 

Devotion – November 6, 2015 – Ask, Seek, Knock

luke11_10 (1)For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
—Luke 11:10

Have you ever had a friend who you would do anything for?  You might tell them, “If you ever need anything, let me know.”  We say this in the church quit a bit.  When we hear someone is sick, we send them a message asking them if they need anything from the store.  When someone has lost a loved one, we tell them that if they ever need someone to talk with, we’re here.  Jesus is saying that to you here.  If you need anything, let Me know.  If you need help, just ask.  If you seek Me, you will find Me. [Read more…]

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