Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering 2017



This Sunday begins our annual emphasis on international missions. You will hear from Jacob Franklin, our own missionary to East Asia, as he describes ways that God is at work around the world. Your gifts to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering help:
  • Young moms in Japan see through the example of IMB families how Jesus can change their home and life. 
  • Earthquake victims in Nepal experience the love of Christ through volunteers who hike for days to get to their village. 
  • Muslims in Russia who are moving into major cities and are open to learning about a personal relationship with Jesus. 
  • Refugees from North Africa hear the gospel and find real life for the first time. 
Come this Sunday and discover ways your can be involved in what God is doing around the world.

Learn more about international missions at www.imb.org/lmco

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Why Give Thanks?

Our mothers pounded it into our heads: always say "please" and "thank you." Does it really matter? Certainly, our world could use some manners. Civility is harder and harder to find.

But is thankfulness just about being polite? This week, we will dig into the prophet Zechariah's description of the importance of thankfulness (Zechariah 7:11-14). It's not just for the third Thursday of November.

See you Sunday!

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

How It Works



Some 450 years before the first helicopter would take flight, Leonardo da Vinci was already designing how it might work. His "aerial screw" probably would not have worked had he actually built it - the weight necessary for such a machine would have been far too great for it's "wings" to have lifted it off the ground. Still, Leonardo had the right idea for how the concept would work.

Allowing our faith to work through our actions is a vital concept every believer needs to know, as the prophet Zechariah describes in this week's passage, Zechariah 7:8-10. Join us this week as we discover specific ways we can live out what we know in Christ.

See you Sunday!

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

No Limit

When I was in seminary, I lived in the dormitory, but they did not have a cafeteria. We also were not allowed to have refrigerators or hotplates in our rooms. This limited our in-house food options to cereal with instant dry milk.

For an actual meal, we learned which nights different restaurants had all-you-can-eat options at a discount. Tuesday night was pizza at Mr. Gatti's. Thursdays was all-you-can-eat hot rolls at a local family diner. If nothing else was available, there was always Pancho's, a wonderful Mexican chain restaurant that provided flags at each table. If you ran out of food, simple run your table's flag up its little pole and another chimichanga would instantly appear, followed by an endless supply of sopapillas. It wasn't exactly health food, but at least the well never ran dry.

This week, we will unpack a passage of scripture which describes an offer with no limit. Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved (Romans 10:13).

You won't find a better offer than that.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Recipe for Success

I like a good recipe, which is to say, I like a simple recipe. When the box says "remove packaging and heat in oven" that's my kind of recipe. Assuming I can determine the difference between the packaging and the actual meal, ten minutes and 350 degrees later, I have dinner.

The Bible gives straightforward instructions on how to transform your life. Join us this week as we look at the next step provided in Romans 10:9-10.

See you Sunday!

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Know the Rules

According to the rule book of Major League Baseball:

Runners advance one base if a pitched ball "lodges in the umpire's or catcher's mask or paraphernalia." Rule 5.09(g)

If there are two strikes on the batter, and a runner steals home, and the pitch hits the runner in the strike zone, the batter is out. The run does not score if there are two outs; if there are less than two outs, it does. Rule 6.05(n)

Pitchers are allowed to switch their throwing arm in the middle of an at-bat, but only if they have injured the other one. If one does, they do not get an opportunity to warm up with the other arm. Rule 8.01(f)

(from http://m.mlb.com/cutfour/2017/01/30/214771568/null)

Those are all significant rules, especially if a pitch gets stuck in the catcher's mask after hitting a runner stealing home because a lefty threw with his right arm.

Join us this week as we learn the most important rule of all in life:

Nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)

See you Sunday!

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Mirror Image

Mirrors have been around for awhile. The earliest mirror was probably the neighborhood pond dating back to prehistoric days. Eventually water gave way to polished stones, which moved aside for polished metals, which finally gave way to glass and finally glass coated with metal.

Apparently, we have been trying to fix our hair for a long time.

Paul took a look at his life and did not like what he saw. The more he learned about God's law, the more he realized how far he had departed from God's law.

This week we will look at Romans 7:24-25, where Paul describes how in the midst of his self reflection, Paul also discovered the answer - Jesus changes who we are.

See you Sunday!

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