A humble reminder

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. ~ Ephesians 4:2

A few years ago, Dallas Cowboys football player, Alfred Morris (now an Arizona Cardinal), made headlines for the kind of car he drove. Many professional athletes have the financial means to purchase just about any kind of vehicle they want. So what kind of expensive and luxurious vehicle did Alfred Morris drive? He drove a 1991 Mazda that he bought back in college from his pastor for $2. His vehicle made headlines because it didn’t seem fitting for an athlete with a million-dollar paycheck.

The opening verse of Ephesians chapter 4 has us thinking about what is fitting for people who have something far more valuable than a million-dollar paycheck. The chapter begins, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received (4:1). In case there is uncertainty about what this “calling” is, the previous chapters of the book of Ephesians share the amazing details of God’s gracious work to save and give a new life of faith. This new life of faith, full of hope and the riches of [God’s] glorious inheritance (1:18), is the calling we have received through Christ.

So how should God’s people live worthy lives of that calling? In his Word, God explains, Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love (Ephesians 4:2) One of the reasons Alfred Morris chooses to drive an old car is because he says it serves as a reminder to stay humble.

God gives us a reminder to stay humble too. But God gives us so much more than a reminder! He gave his Son Jesus who was completely humble, gentle, patient, and loving for us and with us. Our Savior Jesus shows us not only what a life worthy of our calling looks like, but he lived, died, and rose again for us, and he now empowers us to live our lives to his glory!

Lord Jesus, thank you for the humility, gentleness, patience, and love you have shown to me. Fill my heart with these same virtues that I might show and live in these ways toward others too. Amen

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What’s on your calendar?

Sundays

9:00 a.m.  Bible Study & Sunday School

10:00 a.m.  Worship Service

February

  • 14th: Valentine’s Day
  • 23rd: Transfiguration Sunday
  • 26th: Ash Wednesday Service at 6:30 p.m., meal at 6:00

March

  • 4th: Lenten service at 6:30 p.m., meal at 6:00
  • 11th: Lenten service at 6:30 p.m., meal at 6:00
  • 18th: Lenten service at 6:30 p.m., meal at 6:00
  • 25th: Lenten service at 6:30 p.m., meal at 6:00

April

  • 1st: Lenten service at 6:30 p.m., meal at 6:00
  • 5th: Palm Sunday Service at 10:30 a.m.
  • 9th: Maundy Thursday Service at 6:30 p.m.
  • 10th: Good Friday Service 6:30 p.m.
  • 12th: Easter Sunday
    • 6:00 a.m. Easter Dawn Service
    • 8:45-9:30 a.m. Easter breakfast
    • 10:00 a.m. Easter Festival Worship Service
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Sunday School at Living Hope

Your children are always welcome in our Sunday School! We start at 9:00 on Sunday mornings. Adult and teen Bible study groups also meet during that time. Those children too young for a Sunday School class may sit with a parent during Bible Study. This is a chance for everyone to learn and grow in God’s Word.  Visitors are welcome!  Our Worship Service begins at 10:00 a.m.

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Hope Sisters 2020

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In February, we will begin our 4th year of Hope Sisters at Living Hope!

Each woman deciding to participate will receive the name of another participant. She will be your “secret sister” for the year. We encourage you to pray faithfully for your Hope Sister, and secretly give small tokens of friendship. In December, you will reveal your identity to your Hope Sister.

Forms will be available at church. Please turn them in by February 2.

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Spread the News!

Declare [the LORD’s] glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. ~ Psalm 96:3

When you see something amazing, you just have to share it: the grandeur of a waterfall or canyon, an astounding play or accomplishment in an athletic contest, an inspiring performance on a stage, or anything else that strikes you as rare and remarkable. You want someone to know what you saw and to share in your excitement and amazement.

The Bible is filled with awe-inspiring scenes and stories, and they are all true! God speaks, and a beautiful world unfolds before him out of nothing. God intervenes, and kingdoms rise and fall according to his plan. God acts, miracles happen, and life is never the same again.

Heaven opens, and the Son of God is born of a woman.

Shepherds come from near, wise men come from far, and they return home to tell others about the things they have heard and seen, declaring God’s glory among the nations.

Because people like them shared the good news with you, you know and trust Jesus, the Savior who came to live in your place, to die your death, and to rise again for you.

As you hear and read what the Bible says, you see more of the grandeur of God’s plan to save you, and of the heaven that is waiting for you. Through His Word, you witness the awesome way that God won the victory over sin and death for you. The Holy Spirit works through that Word to change your life forever!

Thank God for those who have shared Jesus with you. Then go, spread the news! Tell those near and far about the marvelous deeds God has done for you and for them. Invite them to attend church with you. Share a devotion on social media. Talk to a friend about what you’ve heard, seen, and read. What God has done is too amazing to keep to yourself!

Amazing God, your deeds are marvelous and amazing. Move me to declare your praises wherever I go. Amen.

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The Chosen One

Isaiah 42:1-9

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At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

“Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations.

He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets.
A bruised reed he will not break,
and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.
In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;
he will not falter or be discouraged
till he establishes justice on earth.
In his teaching the islands will put their hope.”

This is what God the Lord says—
the Creator of the heavens, who stretches them out,
who spreads out the earth with all that springs from it,
who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it:

“I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.

“I am the Lord; that is my name!
I will not yield my glory to another
or my praise to idols.
See, the former things have taken place,
and new things I declare;
before they spring into being
I announce them to you.”

Isaiah 42:1-9

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Congregational Meeting & Potluck

Sunday, January 19th after the Worship Service

This is a congregational meeting. It will be held during a potluck following our 10:00 Worship Service.  All of our members and their families are invited — guests too!  These meetings are an opportunity to learn more about Living Hope and how we work together to serve the Lord Jesus Christ.

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