Important Service Announcement
In the event that Knox County Schools close on Wednesday for snow, we will not have Wednesday night supper.
|The Church on the Hill||Friday, 7 March 2014 - 4:43|
This week, I was privileged to spend lots of time with family. I know most of you enjoy having family in for a visit. It is lots of work getting ready, but the time of fellowship is worth it. Why? Because it is our family. We invest time and energy with our families. We develop and improve on our family relationships. Those relationships change as time goes on. Our children who need us for everything grow to be adults. Our parents who provided for us when we were little begin to depend more and more on us in later years.
And when we get together, we like to take family portraits. What I would like for you to do – in your mind – is to remove the typical backdrop from your family portrait. Then picture eternity as the backdrop for your family portrait. I want you to think about your family and what eternity looks like for each family member.
You invest lots of time and money on these pursuits – perhaps money you do not even have. But what about eternity? Are the members of your family spiritually healthy; are they saved for all eternity; are they joyfully invested in the Kingdom of Christ?
For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost? (Luke 9:25)
That’s okay. Hard is okay. But it is not impossible. They may not want to be saved. They may not want to grow spiritually. They may not want to be invested in serving Christ, but that should not keep you from sharing Jesus with them.
What are you doing that has lasting eternal value?
These two programs teach our children to be on mission for Christ. Plan to bring your children, your grandchildren, and your neighbor’s children on Sunday nights, so that we can help them become Great Commission children for the glory of God.
Hello Young At Heart crowd! Valentine’s Day is coming, and we want to invite you to our annual Valentine’s Banquet. It will be an evening of lots of laughs, great fun, wonderful food, excellent fellowship, and maybe some romance. The banquet is…
You may arrive earlier if you like, but dinner will not be served until 6 p.m., in order to allow everyone an opportunity to arrive. Our Student Ministry and their parents will be serving the meal. Throughout the evening, the students will be asking you for a definition of “love.” So be thinking about how you define “love.” (They will take serious or silly definitions.)
Note: Please sign-up at the iCare Table. Bring your spouse or a friend and come, planning to have a wonderful evening.
This year’s Winter Jam is Friday, February 14 at Thompson-Boling Arena. It will feature artists like the Newsboys, Lecrae, Tenth Avenue North, Thousand Foot Krutch, Newsboys, and more.
Our Youth Ministry is taking our youth. Any youth who want to go along with chaperones, please see Bro. Keith. They will leave at 5 p.m. from the church. The cost is $10 per person.
You may not be a youth and still want to attend Winter Jam. If so, parking is free at Thomson-Boling Arena. Note: The doors open at 6 p.m., and the concert begins at 7 p.m. Attendants will collect your $10 at the door.
I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and continual grief in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh (Romans 9:1-3).
Paul used as strong a language as he could to explain the intense reality of his sorrow for his countrymen – the Jews. He was grieved and burdened for them – not because they were under the rule of Rome and not because somehow he could see their future – their poor treatment, persecution, and near genocide. No, Paul was burdened because they continued to reject Christ.
Paul was so burdened that he wished he could be cursed for them, if that would help. But remember that’s what happened to Jesus. He became a curse at Calvary for our sin.
O that we would be burdened as Paul was for the lostness of people. O that we would be consumed with grief over our lost neighbor or classmate or co-worker or family member. O that we would grieve – not over the violence of our nation or the decisions being made in Washington – but over the lostness in our country and in our world.
We work and study and play as though there is no wrath to come. Some so-called Christians think of salvation as fire insurance, so they can go out and sin with impunity. But most of us get our fire insurance and then forget that others still need to be warned about the reality of the fire. They still need to be told about our loving Father who provides mercy and forgiveness to those who call on His name.
Ask Him to show you the lostness around you. Ask Him to burden your heart for people. Then stop and pray again tomorrow and the day after and the day after that. Do not be surprised if, eventually, God causes you to begin to weep for the souls of the men, women and children around you.
For whom do you experience great sorrow and continual grief?
Children in Action will once again be collecting Christmas cards to be recycled into placemats for Mobile Meal clients. Cards can be dropped off in the CIA room or given to Lisa B. We will collect the cards through January. Thanks!