Quarterly Meeting & Potluck ~ Jan. 22nd

cookiesSunday, Jan. 22nd, 12:00 – 1:30

date has been changed due to inclimate weather on the 15th

This is a working lunch. We try to keep these gatherings to 90 minutes. All of our members and their families are invited.  Find out what’s going on at Living Hope!

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What’s on your calendar?

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Jan 22:  Quarterly Meeting & Potluck at noon

Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day

March 3-4: Men’s Retreat

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Judged by my own words

[Jesus said] Then another servant came and said, ‘Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth. I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow.   His master replied, ‘I will judge you by your own words, you wicked servant!‘” ~ Luke 19:20-22a  (The Parable of the Ten Minas)

speakOne of the most terrifying thoughts I could ever imagine is what the master says to his wicked servant: “I will judge you by your own words.” Although the statement is a small part of the parable, it conveys an important lesson. Jesus is going to return in glory to judge everyone on the basis of their faith which is evident by their works, including the words they speak.

It is easy to overlook my words. Rarely do I pay close attention to them until someone tells me I am wrong, or that I have hurt them. When the Lord says, “I will judge you by your own words,” I need to understand what he means.

Many people believe they will be able to plead their case before the Lord. At times, so do I. I may claim to be a good person. I may be able to recite countless good works. I may even promote all my good intentions. While this may sound acceptable to my ears, what happens when the Lord responds, “I will judge you by your own words?”

To all the good I’ve tried to accomplish, the Lord will say, “Didn’t I require you to be perfect?” Then and there, I would be judged by my own words to be unacceptable and undeserving of the perfect bliss of heaven. Since I would be judged in this way, I need to look past my words and works, and look alone to Jesus. He lived the perfect life required of me. He died the perfect death demanded from me. He provided the perfect confidence of heaven needed by me. Therefore, I can claim all that Jesus offers.

When I confess, “I trust in Jesus as my Savior,” God will judge me by my own words. Those words will never leave me hopeless, nor put me to shame. They will fill me with joy, because the Lord will receive me—perfect and completely acceptable to him because of Jesus, my Savior.

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Recent sermons available online

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Winter evening Bible Study

Quick Journey Through the Bible

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A midweek Bible study for the months of January & February

Tuesdays, starting January 10th, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

This is an enriching study with excellent materials.
We will watch 30 minutes of video in each of the 8 sessions.
Email Pastor Jeske with questions.

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My chosen one

“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.

baptismHe 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:

Wise men giving gifts to the new born king Matthew 2:11

“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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Epiphany ~ Worship the Messiah

I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth ~ Isaiah 49:6b

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Matthew chapter 2  tells about the coming of the Magi (wise men).  After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?  We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”  The Magi saw Jesus’ star rise in the east and came to the capital city, Jerusalem, where they expected to find the newborn king of the Jews, but more than that, they planned to worship this unique king. 

When asked, the priests told King Herod that the Messiah (Savior) was to be born in Bethlehem. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’”  So Herod sent the Magi to Bethlehem. He told them that he, too, wanted to worship this new king, Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him”, but secretly he planned to kill the baby Jesus.

Matthew says that the Magi went to Bethlehem, led by the star, to the house where Mary and Joseph resided with Jesus. After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.  When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.  On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.  And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route. 

When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. But, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”   So Joseph got up, took Jesus and Mary during the night and fled to Egypt, where they stayed until the death of Herod.

The coming of the Magi meant that people who were not Jews learned of Jesus’ birth and came to worship him. That is why Epiphany (which means to reveal)  is called the Christmas of the Gentiles (or non-Jews). Epiphany is a special time to remember that Jesus was born to save all people of every nation!

Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. ~ Isaiah 60:3

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New Year’s Day worship at 10:30

 New Year’s Day we will gather together to begin a new year.  

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Join us at 10:30 for worship, praise, and good news!

By day the Lord directs his love,
at night his song is with me—a prayer to the God of my life.
~
Psalm 42:8

(no services will be held on New Year’s Eve)

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Unchanging hope for an ever-changing world

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. ~Hebrews 13:8

jan17As one year ends and another begins, columnists and commentators look back at the previous year. What changed? What stayed the same? Whose passing did we mourn? Whose new arrival did we celebrate?

At the same time, we make predictions about the coming year. What will the new year hold? What will change? What will stay the same?

As fun and exciting as it may be to reminisce about the past and dream about the future, it can also be a little sad and scary. Things will likely never be what they used to be. Loved ones who have passed away don’t come back. Jobs that are lost seldom reappear quickly. Even when broken dreams and broken relationships are repaired, they rarely return to their former glory. Many times our experiences in an ever-changing world are difficult.

Yet we sometimes look at our lives and see a need for change. Many of us make New Year’s resolutions: “I’m going to exercise more and eat less.” “I’m going to save more and spend less.” “I’m going to love more and hate less.” But too often, our good intentions disappear, and only poor excuses remain.

No matter what (or who) changes from one year to the next, there is one who never changes—Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He always exists, from before time, throughout the course of time, and at the end of time for eternity. Jesus loved you before you were born. He loves you today, and he will always love you.

Jesus loved you so much that he wanted you to experience his unchanging love forever. So he came into the world to live up to God’s perfect demands in your place. He took the punishment for your imperfection and gave you the reward for his perfection. That reward is an eternity far away from this world’s sorrows and disappointments—the unchanging peace and joy of a place called heaven.

Jesus—the same yesterday, today, and forever—promises to be with us, to love us, to care for us, and to give perfect peace with God to all who trust in him. Only Jesus offers unchanging hope to an ever-changing world.

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Our New Year’s Day Service will be held Sunday, Jan. 1 at 10:30 a.m.

No service will be held on New Year’s Eve

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