Sunday, December 9, 2007

Sunday December 9th

No Services Today Due To Weather!
Stay home, stay safe, stay warm!
We will see you all next Sunday,
Lord willing!
God Bless

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Weekly Schedule 12/2

Tuesday December 4th- Dig Into the Sermon Group 6:30pm in the Pastor's Study.

Wednesday December 5th- Kid's Club! 5:30-7:00pm

Thursday December 6th- Friends Women Christmas Brunch 9:30am at Mildred Dick's house.

Sunday December 9th- Sunday School 9:30 am
Fellowship Time 10:30;
Morning Worship 10:45;
Iglesia Amigos Evangelicos 3:00pm

This week's sermon: Christ's Earthly Advent

Advent: a coming into view of something that has been anticipated.
We are entering the season of Advent on the Church calendar, a time of celebrating the anticipation of Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ on Earth.

John 1.

When Jesus came to Earth, born as a baby, he was not coming into existence. He was coming into view in a new way, revealing to us the face of God. Christ has been alive and active since before the creation of the world. Ephesians, Philippians, Hebrews, 1 Peter, and Revelation all speak of Christ, God's chosen plan for redemption from before the creation of the world.

Adventure comes from the future participle of Advent- what has to happen, the definite future events that are on the horizon.
When Christ came as a baby, the cross was in view. He came so that God and man could be reconciled. And as Isaiah foretold, and the New testament writers confirm, Christ's mission on Earth was to bear the sins of the world. All the sins of every person who ever lived from Adam to the last person who will ever live were placed on Christ. He is the atoning sacrifice. And this was not a last minute solution, Revelation 13:8 says he was slain from the creation of the world.

God had a plan, Christ had a plan, to deal with man's sin before it ever took place. His earthly advent was made so that he could have a personal advent in each of our lives. That personal advent begins the adventure of a lifetime. His coming so changes our lives that nothing will ever be the same.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Weekly Schedule 11/25

Tuesday November 27th- Friends Women Fellowship meeting at the parsonage at 9:30 am.
NO Dig Into the Sermon Group! Go see the parade!

Wednesday November 28th- Kid's Club! 5:30-7:00pm

Sunday December 2nd- Sunday School 9:30 am
Fellowship Time10:30;
Morning Worship 10:45;
Area Christmas Dinner at Hesper Friends, 5:30 pm
We will carpool and leave our church at 3:30 pm.
Bring a dessert to share!

This week's sermon: Worship

Romans 12.
We have covered Thanksgiving and Praise, and many would say that in doing so, we have covered all the necessary aspects of worship. But worship is more than just recognizing who God is and what He has done on our behalf. Worship requires a change. Worship begins with an attitude change.

Humility is the beginning of worship. When we recognize who God is, when we see Him at work, we get a clear picture of who we are in relation to Him. He is so much greater than we are, and yet He loves us. In view of that, our appropriate response is to recognize Him as Lord. That is why Paul tells us our spiritual act of worship is presenting our lives as a living sacrifice. When our hearts are humble before God, it is the attitude of worship.

From humility comes a desire to serve our Lord. Paul moves on to talk briefly about spiritual gifts and our responsibility to use them in proportion to our faith. If we recognize Jesus as Lord and God, we will offer ourselves in service to Him. When we serve God, it is an act of worship.

Along with humility and service, comes a new view of love. Paul tells us when we serve our brothers and sisters in Christ, when we mourn with those who mourn; rejoice with those who rejoice; surround those in our fellowship who are struggling it is an act of worship.

The greatest change that God can bring about in our hearts is that we can bless those who curse us, and feed and clothe our enemies. When we lay down our self-lordship and allow God to work in us, He will bring about such an attitude of humility that we will care more about serving Him, and loving others in His name, than we will care about being right and winning. When we trust God to get the victory, we can be obedient to His commands and trust Him to act. When we bless our enemies, it is an act of worship.

This week's sermon: Walking in Thanksgiving

Psalm 107.
This psalm begins with a command for the redeemed of the Lord to "Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, His love endures forever." The psalmist gives us four examples of people who were in dire circumstances for different reasons. Some were simply lost. Some were rebellious and fell into bondage. Some lost their minds because of their pursuit of their own pleasure. Some found themselves in danger because of natural disasters. All of these people, when they had no other help, cried to the Lord. And He Heard Them! He answered their cry for help!

At the end of the psalm, we are given a brief picture of God disciplining those who are rebellious, while still caring for those who are poor and downtrodden. Remember that the previous stories told of those who had trials because of their own rebellion and bad choices, and when they called, God answered them as well as those who came on hard times through no fault of their own. God may bring about hard times in our lives in order to get our attention. He may allow us to suffer the natural consequences of our actions. But when we call to Him, He forgives and will answer our cry for help.

Closing the psalm, the psalmist tells us to consider the way that God's love works out in our lives. He says those who are in good standing with God will rejoice to see Him at work. And those who are not in good standing with God will shut their mouths. We, then, have a choice. We can be wise and ponder God's acts on our behalf, which leads to rejoicing. Or we can choose to set aside thoughts of God at work, and find ourselves with nothing to say.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Weekly Schedule 11/11

Tuesday November 12th- Elder's Meeting 6:30 pm.

Wednesday November 13th- Kid's Club! 5:30-7:00pm
Game Night for all ages 7:00pm

Saturday November 17th-Frazier/Macias Wedding 2:00pm.

Sunday November 18th- Sunday School 9:30 am
Fellowship Time10:30;
Morning Worship 10:45;
Thanksgiving Dinner at Noon;
Iglesia Amigos Evangelicos 3:00 pm;

This week's sermon: Living a Life of Praise

Psalm 145.
This is David's Psalm of Praise. It is the only psalm with that name, and it is the ultimate example of giving praise to our God. Praise is different from thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is gratitude for what God has done that affects us personally. When we praise God, we recognize who He is in His unchanging nature. We recognize His great works as demonstrations of His attributes. We recognize His greatness, goodness, righteousness, faithfulness, and love. We recognize His position as the great King over all things, for all time.

Three segments of people are important when it comes to praise: God, God's people, and God's person. God is the object of our praise. We respond to who He is with our praise. God's people, the congregation of the saints, is responsible to pass on the knowledge of His greatness from generation to generation; to proclaim His mighty deeds; to celebrate together His goodness; to make known the glorious splendor of His majesty. God's person, the individual, is responsible to meditate--keep always in mind--on His wonderful works; proclaim His great deeds; commit to give praise to God at all times, for all time.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Weekly Shcedule 11/4

Tuesday November 6th-Dig Into the Sermon 6:30 pm in Pastor's Study.

Wednesday November 7th- Kid's Club! 5:30-7:00pm

Saturday November 10th- Iglesia Amigos Special services 2:00pm.
Frazier/Macias Wedding Rehearsal 6:00pm.

Sunday November 11th- Sunday School 9:30 am
Fellowship Time10:30;
Morning Worship 10:45;
Iglesia Amigos Evangelicos 3:00 pm;

This week's sermon: Stepping Out in Faith--Following His Mission

Our God is a Missionary God.
When we think of "Missionaries," we think of people who go to other countries to share the Gospel message. But a Missionary is more than that. When we think about a person we would call a "visionary" we think of one who has a specific vision of the future, and takes steps to make that vision a reality. When we think of a person as a "missionary," we need to see them as one who has a specific mission, and takes steps to carry it out. God is a Missionary God. It is His Mission to bring people into right relationship with Himself. God is constantly reaching out to and seeking a relationship with mankind.

He was a Missionary God in the Old Testament.
Gen 3:8,15. Acts 17:27.

When God created the earth, and placed mankind in the Garden, He fellowshipped with man. God walked with Adam and Eve in the Garden so often, that when they had sinned they recognized that He was coming when they heard His footsteps. Even when God was pronouncing the curse, He gave a hint as to His plan for redeeming mankind and bringing them back into relationship with Himself. All through the Old Testament, God reaches down to man. He comes to Abram, Isaac, Moses, and the prophets. And in establishing the Tabernacle and Temple sacrificial system, He opened the door for mankind to seek Him.

He was a Missionary God in the New Testament.
Luke 19:10. Mark 2:17. John 8:1-11.

God reached out to mankind in an unprecedented way when He took on flesh and came to live on the earth. Throughout the life, ministry, and teaching of Jesus we see God at work, reaching out to those who were far away and bringing them near. Jesus said that He came to seek and save the lost; that He had come for the sick, not the healthy. When He was preaching and teaching and healing, Jesus accepted, forgave, and offered hope to those who were out of touch with God. At the end of His time on earth, Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice in taking on the sin of the world and paying the penalty for all sin, for all time. He raised from the dead to conquer death and offer everyone who would believe the hope of eternal life.

He calls us to join Him in His Mission to reach the lost.
Matthew 28:18-20. Acts 1:8. 2Corinthians 5:18-20.

When He ascended, Jesus gave His followers the instruction to go and make disciples as they were going. He told them they were to be His witnesses starting where they lived and moving out to the world. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:18-20, that we are God's ambassadors calling people to reconciliation in their relationship with God. We have a mission, and God wants us to become Missionaries by taking steps to fulfill the Mission He has given us. The Mission to seek the lost, make disciples, and be a testifier to His Love, Grace, and Mercy in Christ Jesus.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Weekly Schedule 10/28

Tuesday October 30rd-Dig Into the Sermon 6:30 pm in the Pastor's Study.

Wednesday October 31st-Trunkloads of Treats!
6:30-7:00pm in the Parking Lot
NO Kid's Club!

Friday November 2nd-Missionary Presentation by John and Sangi Vanlal
Carry in dinner at 6:00pm, Presentation at 7:00pm

Sunday November 4th- Sunday School 9:30 am
Fellowship Time10:30;
Morning Worship 10:45;
Iglesia Amigos Evangelicos 3:00 pm;

Monday, October 22, 2007

Weekly Schedule 10/21

Tuesday October 23rd-Friends Women Fellowship 9:30 am
Special Presentation by Donnetta Carpenter.

Dig Into the Sermon 6:30 pm in the Pastor's Study.

Wednesday October 24th-
Kid's Club! 5:30-7:00pm
Food, Singing, Bible Stories, and Fun!

Sunday October 28th- Sunday School 9:30 am
Fellowship Time10:30;
Morning Worship 10:45;
Iglesia Amigos Evangelicos 3:00 pm;

Area Rally at Gardner:

3:30 p.m. Executive Committee

4:30 p.m. Men, Women, and Youth meet separately

5:15 p.m. Supper is served (Potluck)

6:15 p.m. Brief Business session

6:30 p.m. Darin Kearns presents on Salt Shaker Nepal

7:30 p.m. Closing

This week's sermon: Stepping out in Faith- Giving

Matthew 6:3-4, 19-21, 31-33.
Jesus teaches us to trust God with our finances. What we have comes from God, and we need to use it for his glory. Our giving should not be done in order to build our reputation, or to check off an obligation, but to provide for the needs of others. In doing this, we build treasure in Heaven and are released from the trap of materialism. We can give in obedience to God's direction, because we are confident that he will continue to provide for our needs.

Acts 4:32-35.
This is one of the only passages of scripture dealing with local church giving. There are no percentages or set amounts for giving, only the example of the early believers who gave what they had to fill the needs of the body. The financial obligations of the local church belong to the members of that church. Early in the history of our own church, the members literally divided the budget between themselves so that all obligations were met.

2Corinthians chapters 8 & 9.
Paul writes to the Corinthians about their commitment to give an offering towards meeting the needs of the believers in Jerusalem, who were in severe financial hardship. Here we find scriptures often used to govern local church giving, when in fact they are referring to missionary giving and giving to relieve poverty. Paul says this giving ought to be a priority in our weekly giving, from what we have to meet the needs of others.

They aim of these principles on giving is to offer freedom, not burdens, for believers. We are set free to step out in faith in the area of our giving, both to the local church and beyond. We have this freedom because instead of following rules set forth by man, we give according to what God has laid on our hearts. Maybe that is a 10% tithe, maybe 20%, maybe 50% or more. But only as God guides each individual. Perhaps your giving is where it needs to be, maybe God is challenging you to give either to our church, or to missions through faith promise. Whatever your conviction, know you can step out in obedience and trust the results to God.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Weekly Schedule 10/14

Tuesday October 16th-Dig Into the Sermon 6:30 pm in the Pastor's Study.
Wednesday October 17th-
Kid's Club! 5:30-7:00pm
Food, Singing, Bible Stories, and Fun!

Sunday October 21st- Sunday School 9:30 am
Fellowship Time10:30;
Morning Worship 10:45;
Iglesia Amigos Evangelicos 3:00 pm;

This week's sermon: Stepping out in Faith in our Relationships

Mark 12:28-31. Deuteronomy 5:6-21.
Our relationships with other people are important. That is true whether they are our friends, family, acquaintances, strangers, even our enemies. Jesus says in Mark 12:28-31 that everything that God requires of us can be summed up in two commands: Love God, Love each other. And this is nothing new! If we take a look at the 10 commandments, they divide nicely between the fourth and fifth command on that line. The first four deal with our relationship with God, the last six cover our relationships with other people.

1John 1:7; 2:7-11. Matthew 5:44-48.

John tells us in 1John 1:7 that fellowship is a direct result of walking with God. Conversely in the next chapter, he says when we live in hatred, bitterness, and discord with our brothers we are walking in darkness, spiritually blind and separated from God. Jesus tells us that our relationship with God is not shown genuine unless we learn to love, not only our brother, but our enemy as well.

1Peter 3:1-2, 7.

Our relationship with God directly affects our relationships with other people. The love of God working in us can so affect our relationships with others that they can come to know Christ without our having to say a word. In 1Peter 3:1-2, Peter tells us that there have been some men won over to Christ simply because of the change they witnessed in the lives of their wives. And our relationships with other people directly affect our relationship with God. When we are in disharmony with others, it causes a break in our fellowship with God. In 1Peter 3:7, Peter warns husbands that they ought to live with their wives with understanding and respect so that nothing interferes with their prayers. The way we interact with others is important.

1Peter 2:23.

The means of staying in harmony with others and learning to love even our enemies is putting our trust in God. 1Peter 2:23 says that when Jesus was facing betrayal, false accusations, and torture, he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. That is how he was able to bear the suffering. That is how he was able to say on the cross, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do." When we are faced with injustice, we want to defend ourselves, justify ourselves, stand up for our "rights." God calls us instead to put our trust in him to work out the situation for our good. When we step out in faith and obedience in our relationships with others, we can trust that the God who judges justly can handle the consequences of our obedience.

Sunday October 14th, Relationship Building

The sermon was on relationships, and we had blessing after blessing celebrating those we love, and fellowshipping together!

Blessing Barb's Socks OFF!

Being Goofy!

Riding on Hay!Eating Good Food, and Praying for a delay of the rain!

Women's Retreat Pictures

The 9 Brave Souls who went to Women's Retreat in Joplin, MO.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Weekly Schedule 10/7

Tuesday October 9th-Elders Meeting 6:30 pm.
Wednesday October 10th-
Kid's Club! 5:30-8:00pm
We will be going to the fair grounds to the Fire Fighter's presentation.
Please sign permission slips for transportation.

Sunday October 14th- Sunday School 9:30 am
Fellowship Time10:30;
Morning Worship 10:45;
Business Meeting Following Service;
Iglesia Amigos Evangelicos 3:00 pm;
Fall Gathering and Hayrack Rides at Miller's Farm 5:30 pm

This week's sermon: Stepping out in Faith-The Lordship of Christ

Matthew 14:22-33.
Peter went out walking on the water to Jesus because he had Faith in Jesus as Lord. He said, "Lord if it is you, tell me to come to you on the water." Jesus called him, and Peter stepped out of the boat and began walking on the water toward Jesus.

Habakkuk 42:4; Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38.
"The righteous will live by faith."
Four time in scripture it repeats this phrase in contrast to corrupt living, striving to earn our salvation through the law, trying to walk in our own strength, and giving in to fear and persecution. In each of these areas--lifestyle, salvation, perseverance--it is easy to become distracted by our surroundings and lose our focus. When our eyes are fixed on Jesus as Lord, we are walking by faith. When we choose to trust ourselves rather than His leading, we walk according to the flesh.

Galatians 2:20; 1 Peter 3:15.
Paul said in Galatians that the life he lived in the body, he lived by faith in the son of God who gave his life for him. If we believe Christ gave up Heaven and came to live and die for us; if we believe that he rose from the grave to give us life in him, there is nothing that is safer than trusting him. Peter writes in 1Peter 3:15 that we ought to set apart Jesus as Lord in our hearts in order to gain victory over fear. Sometimes we, like Peter give way to fear, and the Lord is waiting to scoop us out of the water with a warm embrace and a reminder that our faith still needs to grow.

1 John 1:6; 2:4.
Part of trusting Jesus as Lord is being obedient to his call on our hearts and lives. We have to listen for his voice, and we have to follow through with whatever he is directing us to do. It may be an outward visible action--like Peter getting out of the boat. It may also be something just between God and ourselves--like an attitude change. Whatever the nature of the command, we need to obey. His word to us will always be in line with his commands in scripture, and they will always move us toward Christ-likeness in ourselves and wholeness in our relationships, family, and fellowship. Only you can choose to trust him as Lord of your life, only you can choose to follow his commands and watch him grow your faith as he proves himself faithful. Trust him to handle the consequences of your obedience.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Celebrating our Children!

For our Celebrate Kids Sunday, Jacob and Issac led our Praise time.

Charlotte, our CE Elder, introduced each child.

She interviewed them, asking about their schools, interests, and hobbies.

Even the little ones got a chance to share what was on their minds!

We also presented our newest little ones to the Lord.
Kaytlynn and Arabella were received with love as the congregation committed to give support and encouragement to both parents and children.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Weekly Schedule 9/23

Tuesday September 25th- Friends Women Fellowship 9:30 am, Dottie Ludwig hosting.
Dig Into the Sermon Group 6:30 pm in the Pastor's Study.

Wednesday September 26th- Lunch Devotional Group canceled permanently.
NO Kid's Club this week!

Friday through Sunday- Women's Retreat in Joplin. Pastor will be out of town.

Sunday September 30th- Sunday School 9:30 am
Fellowship Time10:30;
Morning Worship 10:45;
Iglesia Amigos Evangelicos
3:00 pm

This week's sermon: Let the Children Come

Matthew 18:1-6.
Jesus tells us that the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven is the person who will humble themselves like a little child in regard to their faith. Not child-ish, but child-like faith is required for us to have the best possible relationship with God. This means coming to God with our needs, and allowing him to fulfill them in His way and His time. This means being humble enough to say "I can't do this on my own." It means having a tender heart towards God and receiving his teaching, correction, and discipline.

Jesus also says whoever welcomes a little child in His name, welcomes Him. We need to welcome little children into our lives. We need to recognize their value and help to meet their needs, both spiritual and physical.

Matthew 19:13-14.
Jesus tells us to let the children come to Him and not hinder them. Not all of us are called to children's ministry, but all of us are called to minister God's love and grace to the children in our lives. We are to live the abundant life in front of them so that when the time is right, God can draw them to himself and give them that same life in Christ.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Weekly Schedule 9/16

Tuesday September 18th- No Dig Into the Sermon Group.

Wednesday September 19th-No Lunch Devotional Group
Kid's Club!
5:30-7:00 pm. Light supper, Bible story, Craft, Games, Singing, and FUN!

September 23rd- Sunday School 9:30 am
New Sunday School Studies!
Fellowship Time10:30;
Morning Worship 10:45;
Iglesia Amigos Evangelicos
3:00 pm

This week's sermon: Celebrating Marriage

Marriage is not just a social institution. It is a gift from God to us to illustrate our covenant relationship with Him, through Christ.

Ephesians 5:31-32(RSV).
"'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one.' This is a great mystery, and I take it to mean Christ and the church"
In this passage of scripture addressing husbands and wives, Paul takes a detour to give us a beautiful picture of the relationship of Christ with the Church.

Ephesians 5:25-32.
In this section, Paul says Christ gave himself up for the church. At the last supper, he declared his intent to lay down his life to form a new covenant relationship with all who would accept it. He offered the bread and wine saying, "this is my body," "this is my blood," and told his followers that this was the beginning of a new covenant. Covenant is an interesting concept that we often mistake for "contract" today. Covenants with God offer a much stronger bond in which He commits to uphold that bond regardless of a person's ability to uphold their part of the relationship. Our marriage relationships ought to reflect this same commitment level--for better or worse, richer or poorer, in sickness and health, until death separates. This kind of commitment on our part is only possible because we have this covenant relationship with God.
Christ not only gave himself up for the church, he did this to cleanse the church and make her radiant. He is working in each of our lives to prepare us for the day when we will be united with him in perfect unity. On that day, Revelation 19:8 that on that day the bride of Christ will be given fine linen to wear representing the righteousness of the saints--which comes from Christ.

Revelation 19:9.
"Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the lamb."
If we have accepted the covenant relationship with Christ, we are part of the church. We have been invited to the wedding feast, not as guests, but as the very bride of Christ.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Weekly Schedule 9/9

Tuesday September 11th- Elders Meeting 6:30 pm.

Wednesday September 12th-Lunch Devotional Group 12:15-12:45
Kid's Club!
5:30-7:00 pm. Light supper, Bible story, Craft, Games, Singing, and FUN!

7:00pm Fun for the whole family!

September 15th- Cookbook recipe sorting party 10:00 am.

September 16th- Sunday School 9:30 am
New Sunday School Studies!
Fellowship Time10:30;
Morning Worship 10:45;
Iglesia Amigos Evangelicos
3:00 pm

This week's sermon: Celebrating our Parents and Grandparents

Exodus 20:12.
Honor your parents and grandparents.
In the Old Testament, the term "Fathers" applied to any person who lived before you in your family. When we think about honoring our parents, we need to apply that same honor to our grandparents. This command is repeated at least five times in scripture, both in the Old Testament and the New. If it was important enough for all those reminders, we need to pay attention and apply it to our lives. And there is a bonus blessing attached to this command, "that you may live a long life and prosper in the land that God is giving to you." Our lives are more satisfying and full when we honor our elders.

Proverbs 1:8.
Listen to their teachings.
The book of Proverbs gives us instructions that aid in developing wisdom and living a prudent life. The first instruction is that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, the second is to listen to our parents' teaching. We can and should benefit from the experience of our parents and grandparents. It is the second step on the road to a wise and prudent life.

1Timothy 5:4.
By honoring our parents and grandparents we honor God.
Paul instructs that we ought to put our faith into practice by taking care of our parents and grandparents. He also warns that those who neglect their families are worse than unbelievers. We better understand that instruction and warning when we realize that there is a direct link in our relationships with parents and our relationship with God. God presents himself to us most often in the role of parent, mostly as our father, but sometimes as a mother figure as well. God has given us parent-child relationships to help us understand our relationship with himself. If we cannot honor our earthly parents, we will find it difficult to honor God.

Let us honor our parents and grandparents, because it is commanded, because it carries a blessing, and most importantly because in honoring them, we honor God who is our perfect heavenly father.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Weekly Schedule 9/2

Tuesday September 4th- Dig Into the Sermon group 6:30 pm.

Wednesday September 5th-Lunch Devotional Group 12:15-12:45
Kid's Club!
5:30-7:00 pm. Light supper, Bible story, Craft, Games, Singing, and FUN!

Sunday September 9th- Sunday School 9:30 am
New Sunday School Studies Begin!
Fellowship Time10:30;
Morning Worship 10:45;
Iglesia Amigos Evangelicos
3:00 pm

This week's sermon: Communion & Community

John 17:20-26.
Jesus prayed for his disciples and for all those who would believe in Him because of their message (that's Us). In his prayer, Jesus connects oneness with God--communion-- and oneness with each other--community-- with a living witness to the world that Jesus came from God and that God loves us.

John 17:21, 23, 26. Ephesians 3:17-19. Galatians 5:22-25.
Communion with God produces a natural witness to the world.

Jesus prayed that we would be one with God through Him, so that the world would see and believe that what Jesus taught was true--that God sent Him. When we are one with God and walk in communion with Him, our lives are transformed in such a way that others can witness God at work in us. By coming into an understanding that God loves us with the same love He has for His Son Jesus, and allowing God's Spirit to do the work of reconstructing our lives, there is a natural (no straining or fretting involved) witness to the world that Jesus is truly the Son of God.

John 17:22-23. Philippians 2:1-4. Colossians 3:16-17.
Communion with God produces Community among believers.
Jesus prayed that we would be one with God through Him, so that we might be one with each other--community. When we are one with God, and begin to understand His love for us, we also see His love for those around us. God's Spirit at work within us produces a love for one another that mirrors His love for us. Out of that love, grows a bond of unity and community that is rare in the world.

John 17:23. John 13:34-35. John 15:12-14.
Community among believers produces a natural witness to the world.
Jesus prayed that we would be one with each other so that the world would know that God sent Him, and that God loves us with the same love He has for Jesus. Our bond of love for one another shows the world that we are followers of Christ. Interesting that Jesus did not say that the world would know because we made banners, or t-shirts, or preached on the street, but because we love one another!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Weekly Schedule 8/26

Tuesday August 28th- Dig Into the Sermon group 6:30 pm.

Wednesday August 29th- Friends Women Fellowship 9:30 am
Lunch Devotional Group 12:15-12:45

Sunday September 2nd- Sunday School9:30 am; Fellowship Time10:30;
Morning Worship 10:45;
Iglesia Amigos Evangelicos
3:00 pm

This week's sermon: Discipleship or Sin Management?

Ephesians 2:1-10.
We all started out dead in our sins. It should come as no surprise that those without Christ in their lives act like non-Christians. It should be our concern to introduce them to Christ so that he can change their hearts and live His life through them.

A discipleship focus in our hearts and minds emphasizes a relationship with Christ that He uses to bring us into alignment with Himself. This is contrary to the religion of sin management that is busy categorizing sin and coming up with ways to keep the sins we like, while balancing out those same sins with good works. Sin management leaves us slaves to sin, consumed by trying to find our own solutions. Discipleship frees us to follow the person of Jesus, confident that we can trust him with our own lives, as well as the lives of those around us.

Matthew 23:13.
Jesus told the religious people of his time, "woe to you teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven in men's faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor do you let those enter who are trying to." Are we barring the doors of heaven to those who desperately need a savior?

Matthew 9:12.
Jesus said, "it is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick." Are we expecting people to shape up before they come to Christ? They are unable to "fix" their lives, just like we are unable to "fix" ours. We must direct people to Jesus to receive from Him eternal life not just for after they die, but starting now.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Weekly Schedule 8/19

Tuesday August 21st- Elder's Meeting 6:30 pm.
No Dig Into the Sermon group.

Wednesday August 22nd- Lunch Devotional Group 12:15-12:45

Sunday August26th- Sunday School9:30 am; Fellowship Time10:30;
Morning Worship 10:45;
Iglesia Amigos Evangelicos
3:00 pm

This week's sermon: Life or Death

Romans 3:21-26.
We have been saved by faith, but we must also live by faith! On our own, we are unable to bring our lives into alignment with God's perfect standard. We need Him to do the construction work on our lives so that we line up with His level.

Galatians 2:20-21.

We cannot live a life that glorifies God, Christ must live His life through us. We have to stop trying to do it on our own, we have to let our will for our lives die. We have to let go, so that Christ can begin to give us real life, life in Him.

2Corinthians 5:21.
God, in Christ has made an opportunity for us to not only have righteousness, but to become the very righteousness of God. We cannot hold that in our hand, or possess it. It has to invade us and take over. We are to be transformed into God's perfect righteousness.

Deuteronomy 30:15.

So, we are left with a choice. We can choose to continue living in our own strength, pursuing our own goals, trying desparately to produce our own righteousness. That path leads only to death and destruction--Isaiah 64:6 tells us our righteousness is as filthy rags. Or we can choose to surrender and let Christ begin to work out God's righteousness in us. That choice leads to life-- true life, life abundant, life eternal, life in Christ.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

The Month of July

Here is the month in Pictures:
Little Kids BVBS

The Youth Boys Pointing at a Wild Animal

The Youth Girls Pointing at a Wild Animal

A Cutie Wishing Everyone a Happy 4th of July!

We are thankful for the month of July,
and pray that August is a blessed month for each one!

Weekly Sermon 7/29- Congregational Worship

This Sunday we had congregation-led worship. Several shared how they had seen God at work in the last week, or even that morning--how God was speaking to them. We had some special music and scripture reading. We prayed over a couple who are feeling led to go as missionaries to a largely unreached people group. God was at work in our midst.

So, what is the sermon? Simply this--Our God is living and active, he is working in our lives today just as he did in days of old. We can be confident that if we listen, he will speak to us by his Holy Spirit guiding us into his truth.

Proverbs 3:5-6.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your path.

Weekly Schedules 7/29 & 8/5

Tuesday July 31st- Dig Into the Sermon 6:30 pm in Pastor's Study

Wednesday August 1st- No Lunch Group

Thursday August 2nd- Pastor's Vacation begins. Emergency contacts Barb and Marjie
(Pastor back from vacation after August 13th.)

Sunday August 5th- Sunday School9:30 am; Fellowship Time10:30; Morning Worship 10:45;
3:00 pm Iglesia Amigos Evangelicos

Tuesday August 7th- No Dig Into the Sermon Group

Wednesday August 8th- No Lunch Group

Sunday August 12th-Sunday School9:30 am; Fellowship Time10:30; Morning Worship 10:45;
3:00 pm Iglesia Amigos Evangelicos

Sunday, July 22, 2007

This week's sermon 7/22: Stewardship of our experiences

Hebrews 11.
The people in the Bible are normal, everyday ordinary people. Their lives had ups and downs. They made good choices some days and bad choices others. Their lives were not perfect. Their stories are in the Bible because they lived their lives through eyes of faith. Their lives are testimonies of God at work.

Hebrews 12:1-3.
When we read about people in the Bible, their stories should direct our focus to God and more specifically Jesus who started our faith and will complete the work he started in each of us. If we will live our lives managing whatever comes by walking in faith, our lives can be testimonies for others; pointing to God at work in us today.

Weekly Schedule 7/22

Tuesday July 24th- Friends Women 9:30 am; Dig Into the Sermon 6:30 pm in Pastor's Study

Wednesday July 25th- No Lunch Group

Thursday July 26th- Friends Ministry Conference in Wichita,
Pastor available by Cell

Friday July 27th- Friends Ministry Conference in Wichita,
Pastor available by Cell

Saturday July 28th- Friends Ministry Conference in Wichita,
Pastor available by Cell

Sunday July 29th- Sunday School9:30 am; Fellowship Time10:30; Morning Worship 10:45;
3:00 pm Iglesia Amigos Evangelicos

Bilingual Vacation Bible School

We had 16 children participate in Vacation Bible School this year!
It was a fun and busy two days covering four stories about how God is seeking after the lost and we can be his helpers. Be sure to check out the pictures below!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Youth Event July 6-7

We hosted an area Friends Church youth event the weekend after July 4th. We gathered at the church and set off on a digital picture scavenger hunt pitting the girls against the boys.**
Racing back to the church, we decided it was a tie. Then out to the country for a hot-dog roast, swimming, horse-back riding, game playing, staying-up-til-2:00am good time! (Pastor went home at 9:00pm and went to bed!) Early breakfast finished off the event and goodbyes were said by 8:30am.
What a fun time, we hope to do it again next year!
**Check out some of the scavenger hunt pics below!

Youth Event- Girl Scavenger Hunt Pictures

Here are the Girls with a Historical Marker...

Here are the Girls dramatically Sitting on a Park Bench...

Here are the Girls Standing in Water...

Here are the Girls REALLY Standing in Water...

Here are the Girls with an Antique Vehicle...

Here are the Girls with an Emergency Vehicle and Emergency Response Person...

Here are the Girls Helping!

Youth Event-Boy Scavenger Hunt Pictures

Here are the Boys on Playground Gymn...

Here are the Boys Sitting on a park bench...

Here are the Boys Helping...

Here are the Boys with an Antique Vehicle...

Here are the Boys with an Emergency Vehicle...

Here are the Boys Standing in Water...

Here are the Boys with a Statue!

Monday, July 16, 2007

This week's sermon: Stewardship of our treasure

1Chronicles 29:10-14.
Everything we have came from God. It is all his. We can only give back to him what he has already given to us.

Luke 12:32-34.
God is providing for us and wants to give us the kingdom—that frees us to give to others knowing that he will continue to provide for us.

Luke 12:13-21.
The rich fool spared no expense building bigger barns so that he could hoard his possessions. Jesus tells us that a person is not the sum of their possessions.
This is good no matter what your status: for the wealthy it means that life has more purpose than just keeping and maintaining THINGS; for the poor it means that life without material possessions can be just as meaningful, fulfilling, and significant as life with possessions.

Luke 21:1-6.
The widow only had two coins, but she gave it all and for that reason God honored her with a place in scripture. It is not what we have that matters, it is what we do with what we have.

It is not a sin to plan ahead, but to be consumed by our financial planning is idolatry.
Jesus tells us we can’t serve both God and money. Either we will use our possessions to serve God, or we’ll try to use God to get more possessions. It comes down to a question of trust. Do we trust God to do what he says he will do, or not? If we trust him, we will have no problem being obedient when he calls us to give.

Weekly Schedule 7/15

Tuesday July 17th-Dig Into the Sermon 6:30 pm in Pastor's Study

Wednesday July 18th-Lunch Bible Study 12:15 in the Birchwood Room

Friday July 20th-Bilingual Vacation Bible School 10:00am-3:00pm; Ages 3-12

Saturday July 21st-Bilingual Vacation Bible School 10:00am-3:00pm; Ages 3-12

Sunday July 22nd-Sunday School 9:30; Morning Worship 10:45;
Iglesia Amigos Evangelicos 3:00pm

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

This week's sermon: Stewardship of our talents

John 15:1-17
Jesus says he is the vine, we are the branches. In order for us to have a lasting impact on our world, He says we need to remain in him and allow his words to remain in us. Jesus says he chose us to bear fruit that will last.
Romans 12:6 and 1Corinthians 12:11
Paul says we all have little pieces of God's grace that he has given to us in the form of spiritual gifts and abilities. Paul tells us we need to use those gifts.
1Peter 4:11
Peter tells us we must use our gifts and serve in the strength God gives us.

Weekly Schedule

Tuesday July 10th-Elder's Meeting 6:30 pm

Wednesday July 11th-Lunch Bible Study 12:15 in the Birchwood Room

Thursday July 12th-Set up for Friends Women Sale 10:00 am

Friday July 13th-Friends Women Sale noon to 6:00pm

Saturday July 14th-Friends Women Sale 7:00 am to noon; clean up until 3:00 pm

Sunday July 15th-Sunday School 9:30; Morning Worship 10:45;
Iglesia Amigos Evangelicos 3:00pm

What we believe

Emporia Friends Church is part of

Evangelical Friends Church-Mid America.

Evangelical Friends believe the apostolic doctrines in the New Testament are the essentials of Christian faith.

While Friends do not stress a formal written creed, they do state the primary principles of their faith in order to make their doctrinal position clear. Not wishing to be dogmatic, they record certain beliefs which are held as basic to their faith.

The Evangelical Friends Statement of Faith may be summarized as follows:

· The Bible is the inspired rule of faith and subject to the Holy Spirit's interpretation. The Bible is the written authority and standard for Truth. The Bible is our means for seeing God at work through history. Genuine guidance from God is in accord with the Holy Scriptures.

· God is sovereign. There is one sovereign God, the Maker and Preserver of all things; He alone is worthy of worship. God exists as a unity of three equal and distinct, yet inseparable, persons: the Father, the Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

· Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is God's revelation of Himself to the world. He was divine and yet human; conceived by God's Spirit and born of a virgin. Through the blood He shed dying on the cross Jesus Christ became the atonement for sin, providing direct access to God.

· The Holy Spirit brings people to experience salvation. The Holy Spirit convicts people of their sin, gives life to believers, and sanctifies the child of God. The Holy Spirit works in individual lives as well as in corporate groups of the Church, enabling ministry in various forms.

· People are sinful, but redeemable. They were created in the image of God, but because they disobeyed God, they suffered the penalty of spiritual death. People are not able to work off this debt, they need a savior.

· Salvation. Those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior are born again into His kingdom by His Spirit. Salvation does not depend on outward ceremonies or symbols. Everyone who believes stands equal before God and may approach Him directly.

· Sanctification is both an act in which one's heart is cleansed and a process in which the life is transformed into Christ-likeness.

· Inner communion and the baptism with the Holy Spirit are spiritual realities beyond outward symbols.

· The Church is the visible expression of Christ. By His Spirit, Christ is present whenever two or three meet together for worship in his name. The Church is not a building, but people united in fellowship to worship and serve God, and minister to their fellow man.

· Christian liberty is to be granted in all areas not essential to one's final salvation. There are differences of faith and practice among God's children, but we anticipate a time of greater unity in the faith. Until that time there must be unity in essentials but liberty in non-essentials, with love in all things.

· The Lord's Return. At His second coming, Jesus Christ will return in power as King of kings to consummate His rule over all by the final triumph over Satan. The dead shall be resurrected and all shall be judged by God; some to eternal life, others to everlasting punishment.