Odds & Ends: August 2017
All Church Picnic
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Games at 2:30 p.m.
Dinner at 4:00 p.m.
Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and all the fixings will be provided
Sign-up sheet coming soon to the church notice board
Location: Spindler Park in Eastpointe
(Located on Stephens Road, west of I-94)
Rain or Shine
Fun for the whole family!
To tell the truth
To prepare for a sermon on honesty, a pastor asked church members to read Joshua 25. The next week, he asked, “How many of you read it?” Half the hands in the church went up.
“Great,” the pastor said. “You’re the ones I want to talk to…because Joshua has only 24 chapters.”
—From The Tale of the Tardy Oxcart, Charles Swindoll
A 90-10 split
When the weather prediction is for a 10 percent chance of rain, do we sigh and grumble and stay indoors? Or do we go ahead and picnic, golf or hike because the chance of bad weather is so low?
When doctors say our child has a 90 percent chance of full recovery from a deadly illness, don’t we rejoice at the great prognosis? We quickly decide we can live with the slight chance of some impairment.
When a really tough exam comes back with a 90 percent grade, aren’t we glad to have done well?
When a politician runs for office, 90 percent of the vote would be considered an overwhelming mandate.
Why then, when God gives us 100 percent of our material blessings, are we so horrified at the thought of giving him 10 percent back?
Missions Update: July 2017
Dave & Susan Michels
913 High Street
Marquette, MI 49855
We had another busy year ministering to the college students of Michigan's UP. We are active at Michigan Tech, Northern Michigan and Finlandia Universities. Our focus is to create a Caring Community Passionate about Connecting People to Jesus Christ. We develop students into student leaders who help lead each ministry.
Pastor Cosand: July 2017
CIVIL OBEDIENCE (and disobedience)
meditation on Romans 13:1
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities.
For there is no authority except from God,
and those that exist have been instituted by God.
In many passages of the New Testament, Christians are called on to be advertisements, if you will, for Christ. In a manner of speaking, we are to be walking, talking, living advertisements for Christianity, inviting others, by the way we live, to be Christians. In Titus 2:10, Paul says that we adorn the doctrine of God by our good works. We make it look good, attractive, inviting. In Romans 13, Paul draws out, in very practical terms, some of the implications of Christianity. In the first seven verses of Romans 13, Paul writes about the obligation Christians have to be subservient to and obedient to their government. The principle would apply to all legitimate authorities … parents, husbands, policemen, teachers, judges, church leaders … but the specific focus of these verses is on government.
Christians in the first century might have reasoned that the Roman government was idolatrous through and through and therefore a Christian is under no obligation to obey its laws. Christians in 21st century America might reason in the same manner. Our country is covered with a great, and increasing, spiritual darkness, from Washington D.C. to Minot, North Dakota, and therefore some might say that we are at liberty to dismiss the laws of such a spiritually bankrupt system.
Joe Teisan: July 2017
WHY DO THE PROPHETS OF ISRAEL STAND ALONE, ARE UNIQUE, AND WITHOUT PARALLEL IN WORLD HISTORY?
Unknown Hebrew prophets proclaiming the Lord’s will, direct and ordain the rise and fall of kings and empires. Not only have they foredetermined the course of history, but the power of their prophecies are still being felt today. These messengers of the Lord declare that the Holy, Sovereign and Unchangeable God, is the Master Planner and Controller of all human events, and of all Creation. The prophets are so Messiah-centered that Jesus has already fulfilled over 300 prophecies and 400 more are waiting to be fulfilled upon His return. “To Him give all the prophets witness, that through His name whoever believes in Him shall receive remission of sins” (Acts 10:43).
Without official appointment, and totally independent, God’s spokesmen boldly appeared uninvited in king’s palaces and warned, advised, denounced, or instructed monarch and people, alike, voicing the Lord’s decrees. We learn courage watching Nathan, bravely standing before David; Elijah, going face to face with King Ahab, and Ahijah condemning King Solomon (2 Sam. 12:1-5, 1 Kings 17:1, 18:17-19, 1 Kings 11:31-33).
Odds & Ends: July 2017
One or the other
Either we trust in God, and in that case we neither trust in ourselves, nor in our fellow-men, nor in circumstances, nor in anything besides; or we do trust in one or more of these, and in that case do not trust in God.
After being a team for six years, minimally sighted Graham Waspe and his guide dog Edward suffered the loss of Edward’s vision. Very soon, Graham received a new guide dog, Opal, but he didn’t give Edward away. Instead, Opal now leads them both — and they all share strong bonds of love.