Weekly Update: March 7, 2017

You hear much today about how polarized and divided our society. One side believes “What I know is the truth” versus the other side which believes “what I know is the truth”. And they go back and forth and back and forth. Who wins in this scenario? The one who yells the loudest or the one who has the most friends?

What would be God’s word for us on this? As Christians we believe even more strongly that we have a corner on the truth – after all we have God on our side. Or is it really suppose to be that we are on God’s side? And what is his side?

Who are we without God and the truth he has opened our eyes to and the revelation he has given us of Him? When we have revelation of what is right and true is that not to and for God’s glory?

I Corinthians 4:7 describes and admonishes, “For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?” Without Christ we are fools. So why do we in arrogance judge the foolishness of others and stand in condemnation of them with an attitude of superiority and disgust? Is this not boasting in something we have that they don’t? And are we not boasting in something we have no right to take credit for . . . the truth, ways, and revelation of God?

To teach the truth is one thing, to condemn those who have not been blessed to know the truth like you have is another. And isn’t the most powerful teacher the example we give and the actions we demonstrate? Humility, not pride is the action God calls us to. Gratitude that you have been blessed to know the truth, not resentment that others don’t. Compassion for those who still walk in darkness and having the priority of seeking to communicate in a way which would lead them to life everlasting should be far more important to us then letting them know just how wrong they are and how right you are. And with social media so readily available we at the same time won’t hesitate to defame them in the name of righteousness . . . we can be quite dangerous in our boasting for sure.

I too have been blind but now I see, little by little ever so slowly – not by my doing but by the awesome grace and mercy of a patient heavenly Father. This is the truth which should bring us to our knees and it is in that position, on our knees, where we will properly handle the truth and the love God calls us to show to others. Praise you God for your patience with us as we slowly learn – help us to be patient with others as they learn and so that they will want to learn.

Can you believe it!?!?
It’s time for a time change already!
This weekend be sure to SPRING ahead
one hour so you won’t miss church
on Sunday morning!

May this word encourage you as it did Pastor Jason:

As I was getting ready for the day today I started to sense God’s voice speaking to me.. as I STARTED to write down the words that I heard in my heart they just kept coming: “My voice is with you in every storm, in every wilderness, and every field of rest. My words have not lost power from when I walked this sod until now… my power is REAL. It has not faded.. Time has not worn it out. I have not forgotten how to heal, how to speak life, how to make things new, and how to restore. There is nothing I have done that I cannot do again. My miracles are not potions that are spent or used up. I am ever-able and always willing.”

We are just inches away from reaching our goal!!! Thank you so much to all those who have so far donated $5284 towards the purchase of furniture for the basement! We only have 11 more chairs to purchase totaling $452 at $43 a piece. It will be great to be able to pay cash for our order and not have to dip into our yearly budget. The order will be made very soon!                                          Progress
in the basement is coming along!

This is week 2 of our study and it is not too late to participate. Our time begins with a SOUP SUPPER. A video will be viewed each week with discussion time following. If you have to miss a week be sure to check with Pastor Jeff to see how you can view the video you missed.             Nursery, children’s classes and youth group will continue as usual.

SATURDAY, MARCH 18 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Please RSVP
We highly recommend you read the book before attending. They are for sale at the book table for $10. The videos we watch at the seminar will be complimentary to the book but will not repeat some of the foundational things the book offers.

Laura will be with us this Sunday. She grew up on an Iowa farm and made her first trip to Romania in 2006 with her church. Her dad had a farming business in Ukraine and in visiting there with him she got connected with an orphanage. Through her service to that orphanage she heard the call to missions. After working there several years she went to school to learn Russian. Laura continues to do ministry through International Messengers and most recently has also teamed up with Stoneworks International. Her ministry has taken her to Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, and Estonia. She is seeking continued financial support from Praise Community Church. In the past the church has also supplied blankets for the orphans she was serving.
Teens, Parents, and Those Who Work With Teens
Josh McDowell delivers frank and intimate answers to 43 top questions students ask about sex, love and relationships. Josh believes no question is off limits and that knowledge, not ignorance, is the key to youthful purity and
a fulfilling marriage and family.

Pastors Jeff & Jani along with their teens invite you to join them for this two part event on Sunday, March 26 and April 2 at 6:00 p.m. We will watch DVD’s of Josh McDowell speaking with a group of teens and address 43 questions. This will educate as well as give parents and teens opportunity to have discussion
on their own together.

If you plan to attend, please reply to this email with your R.S.V.P. This will be held in the Praise Cafe. We can also give you a copy of the list of topics that will be discussed. Feel free to invite other families outside the church who
may also be interested.

Women of Praise’s “Saturday Oasis”
will be on April 1 from 9-10:15 am.

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