What’s on your calendar?

Sundays

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

10:00 a.m.  Worship Service

February

  • 23rd: Transfiguration Sunday
  • 23rd: Progressive Dinner, begins at 4:30, sign up at church
  • 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
  • 7th: Game Night at 4:30 ~ games, food, fun, and fellowship!
  • 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
  • 4th: Game Night at 4:30 ~ games, food, fun, and fellowship!
  • 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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Jesus lived a perfect life for you

Jesus went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. ~ Luke 4:16

“As was his custom.” It’s pretty easy to read past those words, isn’t it? But the reality is, there’s a world of good news in those words. Remember, Jesus came to this earth because you and I needed a Savior. We’re sinful human beings who deserved to be sent to hell. So, Jesus came to this earth and he died on the cross, paying for our sins.

But that’s only half the story.

Why so? Because God’s standard for going to heaven isn’t merely that our sins be taken away. Also, God requires that we be positively perfect! Completely holy! And you and I must say, “UGGH! I’m in trouble!”

Ah, but no! You’re not in trouble at all! For you have a Savior who not only died for you, but who also lived for you! He lived perfectly, in every sense of the term! He perfectly loved God; he perfectly loved his neighbors. He was perfectly kind, just, fair, loving. In the Bible verse for our devotion today, we’re reminded that he worshiped God perfectly: “as was his custom.”

And here’s the really good news! You get credit for what Jesus did! Yes, you get the credit not only for Jesus’ death, but also for his life–the way that Jesus perfectly loved God. God has credited that to your account, so that now God considers you to have loved him perfectly, too. Jesus loved his neighbors perfectly: God now considers you to have loved your neighbors perfectly, too. Jesus worshiped perfectly: God considers you to have worshiped perfectly, too, for you have been credited with that perfect life of Jesus!

So there’s a world of good news in that phrase “as was his custom”. It’s a reminder that in the eyes of God, you are perfect and holy because of Jesus. What a phrase! What a truth!

Lord God, remind me of my status: that you’ve credited Jesus’ perfect life to me. Help me follow the example of Jesus in all that I do. In His name I pray. Amen.

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Love others

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

If you don’t really love the other person, it doesn’t matter that you go all out for Valentine’s Day. You can find the sweetest thing to say and you can be very impressive with the presents that you give and the outing that you plan, but it doesn’t mean anything without love.

You can appear very spiritual and be genuinely good at understanding and speaking spiritual truths, but without love for people, you are missing the point.

God demonstrates his love for us in this, that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. He took the punishment for our sins and grants us forgiveness through faith in him. That love inspires us both to love him and to love others.

Without the genuine love of God in our lives, we can try all that we want to impress people with our speech or our intelligence or our faith, but we will be missing the point. God gives us all of his gifts so that we can show his love to one another.

God is love. He is patient and kind; he keeps no record of wrongs. He does not delight in evil, but rejoices in the truth. He always protects and always perseveres. God never fails.

When we fail in our attempts to love one another, God calls us to repentance. He comes to us in his perfect love and forgives all of our sins. Because of his love, we are not resounding gongs or clanging cymbals. Our words of love have power, and we gain everything in Christ.

Lord, lead me to love as you have loved me. Amen.

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Progressive Dinner

Sunday, February 23rd beginning at 4:30

Progress from place to place!

First appetizers, then dinner, and then desserts!

(Sign up sheet and directions at church by the coffee pot.)

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Game Night

Fun for everyone! Bring food and games!

Join us for Game Night on the first Saturday of every month at 4:30 p.m.

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Good works are God's works

It is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. ~ Philippians 2:13

“I’m doing it, daddy!” the little girl said excitedly.

What a sight! A four-year-old behind the wheel of an over-sized truck. Her little hands not fully grasping the steering wheel. Her feet dangling inches from the floor board. Her neck craned upward, chin thrust out, eyebrows raised as high as they would go. Still, she could barely see over the dash board. But she was doing it.

“Daddy, I’m driving!”

Or so she thought. She was proud of her efforts behind the wheel, but dad was in control. His eyes were watching for any obstacles in the vacant parking lot. His foot was hovering over the brake ready to stop the vehicle in an instant. His hands were firmly grasping the steering wheel below hers. His voice was instructing her when and how far to turn the wheel.

Spiritually, we are more hindered than a four-year-old. From the moment our life begins, we are dead in sin and separated from God. Without faith in Christ, we cannot do anything that pleases God. But the Holy Spirit works through the good news about Jesus. He connects us through baptism to Him who died for our sins and was raised again. He gives us faith, and life in Christ, so we can live like Christ.

The funny thing is, it looks like we are doing the work. When others see us humbly helping others without expecting anything in return, when they see us work without grumbling, talk without complaining, or when they see us leading good lives, it is really God at work in us. The loving Father empowers us. The living Christ motivates us. The enlightening Spirit guides us.

The little girl steered the over-sized truck because she was connected to power—her father. When we stay connected to Jesus through reading the Bible, attending church services, and participating in the Lord’s supper, God’s power is at work in us, giving us the desire to act in accordance with his good purpose. We will offer our lives and lips in thanks, because God is working in us and through us to bring the good new of his salvation to all people.

Heavenly Father, give me the desire and the willingness to fulfill your good purpose. Amen

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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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