I know. It is not Monday. It is Wednesday. While my schedule has hindered the “Memo” writing this week, it is not totally at fault. It is good that you receive this as close to FRIDAY as possible.
Friday is a pivotal day in the life of our church and our country. It is always pivotal when we pray and when we praise. We will be doing BOTH this Friday.
In prayer, we will pray concerning self-government, family government, church government, and civil government. Guides will be provided when you arrive that will aid you in either private prayer or in corporate prayer- your choice. Also up to you is WHEN you come and how long you stay.
Designated prayer times are:
6:00 AM, 9:00 AM, NOON, 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM. You can also come at any time during the day that fits your schedule.
Please use the NORTH entrance and parking (facing Antioch Rd.) as the prayer event will take place in rooms 401 and 402.
THEN, at 7:00 PM, Stephen and the worship band will lead us in 45-55 minutes of singing that will enable us to lift our voices toward heaven and align us more closely with the Father and one another. FOLLOWING will be some “fall-like” refreshments to encourage us to hang out for a while. Also your choice.
I hope you will use the FREEDOM you have to choose to be a part of this important day on Friday in any way possible.
Grace and peace,
"I Pledge Allegiance: Dollars and Sense" Mark 12:17
Sometimes it is hard to get “dollars” and “sense” together. Money does have a power all its own. Jesus called it Mammon. (Matthew 6:24) There is a reason “economic” issues loom so large. “God, Government, and Me” are all very relevant to this one!
THINKING IT THROUGH
Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security deserve neither and lose both.
Sharing is voluntary, not compulsive. If you are being compelled to share, you’re getting mugged.
A worker’s appetite works for him, for his hunger urges him on.
Economics is the study of mankind in the ordinary business of life.
WORKING IT OUT
1. What conclusions can you draw about your own spiritual health when you look at your attitudes and actions regarding financial matters?
2. When you consider what you can control, what next step, even a small one, will you take as a result of what you heard this week?
"I Pledge Allegiance: Equality and Justice" Mark 12:17
The title sounds pretty heavy, even heady. Equality and justice are important “values,” but we can get pretty confused about how they affect us and how they inform our relationships with others. And how about the government’s role in them? Happy hunting - and thinking!
LOOKING IT UP
1. How does Genesis 1:26-27, 5:1-2, 9:6; Proverbs 14:31; James 3:9-10, inform our view of ourselves and others?
2. Jesus tells two stories in Matthew 20:1-16 and 25:14-30. How do they or do they not inform the subject of equality and freedom?
3. Review 2 Corinthians 5:10; Galatians 6:4-7; 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12; 2 Thessalonians 3:10; 1 Timothy 6:7-10, 17-19 regarding individual accountability and responsibility.
Posted on Wed, October 31, 2012
by Tom Oyler