Think on these things...
"Don't think of the things you 'didn't' get after
praying. Think of the countless blessings God gave
you without even asking."
I cannot help but wonder sometimes how God is able
to keep up with it all. I struggle to remember the
things I am supposed to get done each day, I struggle
to remember phone calls I am supposed to return, I
even struggle at times remembering names of people
I just met! However, our God knows everything we
could possibly need and provides it even when we
don't remember to ask for it... Or worse, when we
simply forget to thank Him for it.
"For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and
His ears are open to their prayer." (1 Peter 3:12a)
The one who created the universe and everything in
it has His ear attuned to your prayers and is willing
to listen to each and every word you utter. He even
has the Holy Spirit to interpret those moments when
you cannot even fashion the things you feel into
words. (Romans 8:26-27) What a mighty God we
truly serve... May we all re-dedicate ourselves today
to a time of thanksgiving to our Creator.
One final thought: What if you woke up today with
ONLY what you thanked God for yesterday?
1 John 4:7-21
- Scott

... there is comfort and challenge in the final verses of the gospel of Matthew. While Jesus does comfort us with the thought that He will be with us to the ends of the age, He also challenges us to go out and teach others about Him, baptizing them in His name, the Father's name, and also the name of the Holy Spirit. If you mark in your Bibles, I want you to write out beside that passage in Matthew 28, "The fulfillment of Daniel 7:13-14" as a reminder of God's faithfulness. Daniel 7:13-14 reads, "13 “I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. 14 And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed." Again, we see comfort and a challenge - comfort in the knowledge that if we are a part of His kingdom we shall not be destroyed or suffer eternal punishment, but a challenge in knowing that there will come a day when all shall answer before the Ancient of Days. What are we doing to prepare ourselves and those around us for that day? I pray that you all have a good week full of opportunities to reach out to our community and the communities where you work and live with the good news of Jesus Christ.

In Him,

Selling Out
There was a song several years ago that had
this line in it: “When you come close to selling
out, consider.” The Christian life is not always
one of happiness. We face many difficulties in
our effort to be faithful to God.
One can look at the life of Joseph to see
that a godly life will at times put us in trying
circumstances. But through all of Joseph’s trials
(family members against him, slavery, false
charges by Potiphar’s wife, being imprisoned) he
always seemed to stay focused on what was the
most important thing in life—obedience to God.
As Christians facing the evil and temptations
of this world, we can be presumed to look for an
easy way out. It is during these times we need to
reconsider and remember God’s help is always
present; we are not alone (Revelation 2:10), and a
reward awaits the faithful that nothing on this
earth can match (Psalm 16:11).
- Lance Cordle

"O Lord, be gracious to us; we wait for you. Be our arm every morning, our salvation in the time of trouble. At the tumultuous noise peoples flee; when you lift yourself up, nations are scattered, and your spoil is gathered as the caterpillar gathers; as locusts leap, it is leapt upon. The Lord is exalted, for He dwells on high; He will fill Zion with justice and righteousness, and He will be the stability of your times, abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is Zion's treasure." - Isaiah 33:2-6

My challenge for your today is to examine how you see God's strength and sheer presence. In this particular passage (which is just one of many), Isaiah indicates that things will happen just at the very movement of God and that if He so desires, He could make one noise and scatter the nations. The reason this is such an encouragement to me is because this the being that has determined that I am worthy to be called His child. He has adopted me and sanctified me through the blood of His Son and now when I feel that the world, or people, or circumstances are closing in around me, I can know beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is a loving God who refuses to let me be overtaken. This is encouragement personified, it is intended to make you aware of who you serve, and ultimately give you the abundant life and hope promised by Jesus Himself.

I hope this is helpful to you today and I am praying for you this week.

- Scott

I am so happy to share with you the new arrangements
for our Teams. You know that ONE Teams from last
time will not be exactly the same in purpose, or in
members. We have intentionally swapped things up to
encourage more exchange between folks that normally
do not associate with one another. With the new
construction list being found in today’s bulletin, you
should be able to find your family name. If you do not
find your family name, then you are either a child under
20 years old assigned with your family, or you have not
communicated to us your intentions to be part of our
We want everybody that is worshipping here with us to
be a part of these VINEs. If your name appears on the
list, then we are assuming that you will participate in
the functions and works of the VINEs. If your name
appears, and it should not be there, then please let us
know. We want everybody in the VINEs to be a
working, fruitful part of these works that will glorify
our Father and the kingdom of his Son.
We have been praying about this transition from ONE
Teams to VINEs and we are certain that God is going
to supply us with strength to carry out the works for
which we are supposed to be zealous!
We simply do not want to miss anyone that wants to
participate in these VINEs.
We are asking you to being praying for these men that
will lead. And may God bless our hands!
- Alex