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Newsletter 04/22/2018

 
 
 

 

WEEKLY REFLECTIONS
 
Say Nothing?

In looking at the ministry of Jesus, I have always found it interesting that He often told people not speak about the miracles He performed. Mark 1:43-44 says, after Jesus healed the leper, “He sternly warned him, and sent him away at once, saying “See that you say nothing to anyone. But go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, as a testimony to them”” (MEV). Jesus sternly told the leper not to tell anyone anything. It is crazy how Jesus did things. What to us would seem like the coolest thing about Jesus’s life on earth (His miracles), He underscored.  Why would Jesus do this? Would this not prove to people who He really was? The answer to the second question is…maybe. It also could become a distraction from His greater message. As it did when He fed the 5,000 with just a loaf of bread and a couple of fish. John 6:26-27, “truly, truly I say to you, you seek Me not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. Do not work for the food which perishes, but for that food whish endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For God the Father has set His seal on Him.” The people continued following Jesus after the miracle of the fish and bread because they saw a free meal ticket, not because they believed He was the savior. The miracles often distract us from His true purpose and teaching.

Before I go any further, I know what you’re thinking. Obviously word still got out on occasions about His miracles. Otherwise how else would we know about the miracles? And you would be correct. I actually chose to reference the time in Mark because it reveals even more to us about why Jesus didn’t want people to talk about it. Mark 1:45, “instead he (the leper) went out and began to proclaim it widely and to spread the news around, so that Jesus could no more openly enter the city, but was out in remote places. And they came to Him from every quarter.” Once the cat was out of the bag about what Jesus could do, it wasn’t safe for Him to go into the town. Jesus wanted to be able to spread the message of His real purpose for coming to earth and that was to die on the cross.

So many people become Christians and think the world is going to magically get better. Or we blame God when miracles don’t save us or a loved one. We become so focused on what Jesus can do for us in our temporary situation that we forget what He did for our longer term salvation. When it came to the miracles He did, Jesus told people to say nothing.  But, when it came to salvation He said to tell the world.  Mark 16:15-17 “He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved. But he who does not believe will be condemned.” It has never been about the little things He can do. So we need not focus on them, but realize He has given us the greatest opportunity through His death and resurrection.
 
Bro. Aaron LaBarge

 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

ANNIE ARMSTRONG EASTER OFFERING
The Annie Armstrong Easter Offering provides funding for missions all across North America. The goal this year is $2000.
 
OCC ITEMS OF THE MONTH
April – small stuffed animals/dolls
 
PRAYERLINK/NEWSLETTER
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FAMILY NIGHT MEAL MAY 9, 6:00PM
On Wednesday, May 9, the monthly Family Night Meal will be at 6pm. It will be a potluck meal and the church will provide the meat and drinks. Please sign up on the sheet outside the office with the number of people attending and what side dish or dessert you are bringing.
 
LORD’S SUPPER SUNDAY, APRIL 29
 
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY
Do you ever grapple with the sheer volume of the Bible and how it all fits together?  You are not alone!  Beverly Rowland and I are so excited to co-lead Seamless, by Angie Smith.  Whether this is your first time tackling the Bible as a whole or if you’ve been through the Word several times, there is something for all of us to gain in this study.  Starting at The Beginning and traveling right through the New Testament Letters, Angie utilizes key word studies, maps, and memory tools to help guide us to a more meaningful experience with scripture and its overarching and recurring themes.  We continue our 7-session weekly journey WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, and we will start promptly at 6:30 PM.  Can’t wait to see you there!  ~ Christine Wooten 
 
Please sign up by church office door so we can ensure enough books will be available.  Participant books are $13 each and can be paid on arrival. If cost is an issue, don’t let it stand in the way of joining us.  See Beverly or Christine for more info.
 
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ATTENDANCE

Sunday School 89
Morning Worship 110
Evening Worship 30
Kid’s Time 26
Youth Group 7
Total PM Worship 63 

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MINISTRY

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WEEKLY EVENTS

Sunday, April 22
9:00am – Morning Service
After Svc – Sunday School
4:15pm – Team Kids
5:30pm – Youth Group
6:30pm – Evening Service
 
Tuesday, April 24
7:00am – Men’s Prayer
9:30am – Women’s Prayer
 
Wednesday, April 25
6:30pm – Adult Bible Study
6:30pm – Women’s Bible Study
 
Thursday, April 26
1:00pm – Jail Ministry