READ THE BIBLE WITH US THIS YEAR
 
For the week of  March 4-10,  2024
 
                           Old Testament Reading                    New Testament Reading                                  
 
Mon.                                   Numbers 32-33                                                             Mark 10:1-31
                                    
Tues.                                  Numbers 34-36                                                            Mark 10:32-52
 
Wed.                                     Deuteronomy 1-2                                                        Mark 11:1-19
 
Thur.                                    Deuteronmy 3-4                                                           Mark 11:20-33
                                     
Fri.                                          Deuteronomy 5-7                                                        Mark  12:1-27
 
Sat.                                        Deuteronomy 8-10                                                     Mark  12:28-44
 
Sun.                                       Deuteronomy 11-13                                                     Mark  13:1-13
 
 MEMORY VERSES:   Deuteronomy 6:6-9
 
These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children.
 
Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
 
Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
 
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER
God wants us to talk about Him and show visible signs of His presence in our lives so the next generation can come to know Him by watching our example.
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LENTEN FOCUS
 
THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP                  E. Theodore Bachmann
 
If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. John 15:18 (NIV)
How hard is it to be a true follower of our Lord! So easy to pretend the way, to mimic the motions, to echo the words.
 
So hard to be fully committed to him who is the way, the truth, and the life. But if, by his help, we succeed and truly follow, what then? Rewards and popularity here and now? Hardly. The “world” is allergic to the goodness of Christ.
 
How long has it been since you felt rejected by others because you intend to be true to Jesus Christ? Maybe you know well the hot scorn or the cold contempt with which people try to hurt those whom they cannot manage.
 
At work or play, within the family or all alone each of us must sooner or later learn what it costs to confess and live up to the name we bear by Christ’s love.”Penintently, patiently, even thankfully….in suffering the church discovers the freedom it has only in Christ.” Cut off scattered, persecuted, He nevertheless unites us; He never leaves us.
 
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Something to Think About
 
WHAT IS EVANGELISM                   Dr. John Perkins

To evangelize is to spread the Good News that Jesus died for our sins and was raised from the dead according to the Scriptures, and that as the reigning Lord He now offers the forgiveness of sins and the liberating gift of the Spirit to all who repent and believe.
 
Our Christian presence in the world is indispensable to evangelism, and so is that kind of dialogue whose purpose is to listen sensitively in order to understand. But evangelism itself is the proclamation of the historical, Biblical Christ as Savior and Lord, with a view to persuading people to come to Him personally and so be reconciled to God.
 
In issuing the Gospel invitation we have no liberty to conceal the cost of discipleship. Jesus still calls all who would follow Him to deny themselves, take up their cross, and identify themselves with His new community.Evangelism is not fast talk aimed at gaining “converts”; it is a ministry of word and deed that leads people to the place where they can activate their faith in the person of Jesus.
 
Asking people to enter a relationship with God is a serious thing, and we should not ask them to take it any less seriously than committing to another person for life in marriage.
 
Ultimately, we do not do evangelism. In the final sense, it is God who enters into the life of a human being and by the Holy Spirit draws that person into a love relationship with himself. God has chosen to use us as instruments in this process.
 
The results of evangelism include obedience to Christ, incorporation into His Church and responsible service in the world.
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

REACHING OUT  TO  OTHERS

From the Pastor’s heart;
 
Don’t forget to use this time to reach out to others. Spend some time each day calling members on the telephone and offering to pray with them.
 
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Pastors Requests
Remember II Chronicles 7:14. “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sins and heal their land.”
 
While we wait on God’s healing grace, let us fast and pray for His visitation. Pray for God to intervene and bring an end to this virus that we are facing. Pray for God to calm our spirits and help us to trust Him.
 
Pray for the lost to be saved. Pray for the unrighteous to turn to God. Pray for God to be glorified in the crisis we are going through. Pray in faith; pray with the confidence that God will hear and answer our prayers.