Church Office Closed on July 4th
Please feel free to come watch the fireworks from the porch of the church in the evening.
|The Church on the Hill||Thursday, 31 July 2014 - 23:43|
In 1976, the year we arrived in Brazil for the first time, Dad suggested that we take up stamp collecting. I had never even paused to look at a stamp until that moment, but I was instantly fascinated.
If you were alive in 1976 and were to think about that year for a moment, you might remember that the U.S. Post Office introduced three wonderful, commemorative stamps called the Spirit of ’76, celebrating our Bicentennial as a nation. These three stamps as a set are my favorites in my collection. They were attached to each other in order to depict a painting of three brave instrumentalists marching in front a regiment as they battled during the revolutionary war.
As July 4th rolls around, we again think of the decisions and sacrifices that were made by our forefathers. These men and women sought freedom. They fought to free us from the shackles of England. The Fourth of July was a great day in history when the Declaration of Independence was signed and a new nation had its beginning.
There is a greater day than the Fourth of July. It is a day sought not by our forefathers, but rather sought by God the Father. He sacrificed His own Son to free us from the shackles of sin and death and hell. This greater day we celebrate is Easter. It is the day Jesus arose victoriously from the grave. And we celebrate – not once a year – but every 1st day of the week.
I hope this week you will remember to thank God for our Dependence Day and freedom. Thank God for our dependence on His mercy, love, and forgiveness. Thank Him for our freedom provided through His Son Jesus in salvation.
Tonight after the concert, we will have a reception in honor of our own missionaries, Scott and Anita Hill, as they get ready to move to Iowa.
Please come and share your love and enjoy some snacks provided by the Hostess Committee.
1 Timothy 2:1-2 says,
First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, in order that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.
Those words have been music to my ears countless times throughout my life. Whether there has been a conflict in church that has weighed heavily on my spirit, or health issues with a family member, or any other burden, the knowledge that a Christian brother or sister is praying for me has been such an encouragement to my soul. Many of you, over the years, have put your arms around me, or visited me, or sent me cards giving me your support and prayers. I can never thank you enough or tell you how much it has meant to me. I love you all! If you really want to help your ministers, then please continue to lift us up in prayer. We desperately need them.
By the way, do not forget to pray for our leaders in government. Whether or not we voted for them, we are still commanded to pray for them. The song says,
Somebody’s prayin’ I can feel it. Somebody’s prayin’ for me. Mighty hands are guiding me to protect me from what I can see. Lord, I believe. Lord, I believe. Somebody’s prayin’ for me.
In His service,
Our college and high school students are in St. Louis this week serving the cause of Christ. Please continue to pray for them this next week as they impact lives with the Gospel. Pray for traveling mercies and that hearts will be reached. They return Saturday.
Our students leave in 2 weeks for St. Louis. Please pray for them as they travel and touch lives with the Gospel.
Thank you church for recognizing that VBS is one of the best ways God can use our church to make a difference in the lives of children. Thank you for committing your time, money and especially prayers on behalf of VBS.
Thank you especially to Tina Price and all the people who made VBS such a wonderful success. Thank you teachers for pouring your hearts into Children, for planting seeds of the Gospel, and for equipping boys and girls – I mean: young men and women to be agents for the Kingdom of God. Wow!
This year our focus has been on building for eternity:
but now it is summer time. It is vacation time. Yet, the work of God’s kingdom does not take a break. Keep your eyes and heart open. Even in a restaurant on the beach, in a museum in New York, or overlooking the Great Tetons in Wyoming, we are still going to encounter lost people. Take time while you hike or fish to share Biblical truths with your kids. Let people around you know the hope you have in Christ and that you are a citizen of new Kingdom through faith in Jesus. Make a summer impact for eternity.
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth (Col. 3:1-2).