Trust God in the Wilderness

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Learning for Life: 9:30 am
Worship Service: 11:00 am

Bulletin: February 18, 2018

Newsletter: February 2018

Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 6:1-19; Psalm 91, Matthew 4:1-11

Songs:

Rev. Joel Russell-MacLean

Most people can think of time when they felt lost and alone. It is common in those times to doubt God and oneself.

The Spirit of God led Jesus into wilderness. Jesus had just been baptized, he had just heard God say, “You are my beloved son, I am so pleased with you.” For any of us, that would have been a high point in life. What would it have been like to move from that incredible experience into the wilderness?

Alone and vulnerable, Jesus confronted doubt and temptation. He came through that period of suffering in the wilderness and then began his ministry.

When are going through times of doubting and temptation, we can look to Jesus who trusted God. If Jesus went through this, there is no shame or guilt when it happens to us. In fact, the Spirit may be accomplishing something in us and in the world when we are able to trust in the midst of the hardest times.

Restored

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Learning for Life9:30 am
Worship Service: 11:00 am

Bulletin: February 11, 2018

Newsletter: February 2018

Scriptures: 1 John 3:1-11Psalms 126:5-7; Luke 18:31-43Matthew 24:23-31

Songs:

Sam Breakey

A Mix of Good and Evil

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Learning for Life9:30 am
Worship Service: 11:00 am

Bulletin: February 4, 2018

Newsletter : February 2018

Scriptures: Colossians 3:12-17Psalms 98:8-10Matthew 13:24-30

Songs:

Rev. Joel Russell-MacLean

 

Till The Storm Passes Over

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Learning for Life9:30 am
Worship Service: 11:00 am

Bulletin: January 28, 2018

Newsletter: January 2018

Scriptures: Psalm 102:15-18; Romans 13:8-10; Mark 4:35-41;  Colossians  3:12-17Psalms 98:8-10Matthew 13:24-30

Songs:

Rev. John Nelson

Overcome Evil With Good

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Learning for Life9:30 am
Worship Service: 11:00 am

Bulletin: January 21, 2018

Newsletter: January 2018

Scriptures: Romans 12:16-21Matthew 8:1-13Psalms 107:8-9

Songs:

Rev. Joel Russell-MacLean

In 1987 film “The Untouchables”, agent Eliot Ness is out to stop the prohibition era gang leader Al Capone. He befriends and begins to trust Malone, a local police officer. In one scene, Malone gives Ness this memorable advice about “the Chicago way:”

“You want to get Capone? Here’s how you get him: he pulls a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue.”

Instead of overcoming evil with more evil, Paul the apostle gave the church in Rome this advice:

“If your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink. Bless those who persecute you, bless and do not curse.”

Jesus came to reveal God’s Way. Friend or foe, it you turned to Jesus, you would find forgiveness, healing, acceptance, a new family, and inward transformation.

Jesus healed people of their infirmities. Sometimes it was their body that needed healing from disease or paralysis. But all of us need healing from the effects and the power of sin. We need to be cured of pride, or anger, or revenge.

That’s the Jesus way: not being overcome by evil, but overcoming evil with good.

 

 
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