Posted by: Pauline | July 26, 2015

Scriptures for Sunday August 2

Psalm 3

It’s hard enough to deal with opposition from one’s enemies. But David was fleeing from his own son, Absalom, who had led a revolt and taken the city of Jerusalem and had himself proclaimed king.

Many of those who had once followed David had concluded that God had abandoned him, and mocked him. But David was still confident in God, at peace enough to sleep well even knowing he would soon face a large army in battle.

Galatians 1:11-24

In Paul’s day, most Jewish teachers had no authority to teach new interpretations of Scripture but rather passed on the accepted interpretations they had themselves learned from others. Their credentials as teachers would thus be important to establish.

Paul’s opponents, who were leading the Galatian Christians astray, apparently had impressive credentials. But Paul makes it clear that his authority depends not on any of the apostles in Jerusalem or other human teachers, but that he teaches what he has received directly from God.

Posted by: Pauline | July 26, 2015

Upcoming events: week of July 27

This Week

Tuesday, July 28

No Bible Study

Wednesday, July 29

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Sunday, August 2

9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service with guest speaker Larry Fletcher

Looking Ahead

No Tuesday morning Bible Study until August 4

Posted by: Pauline | July 21, 2015

Scriptures for Sunday July 26

2 Samuel 11:1-15

David had been experiencing great military victories. When he was commanding his army, no doubt he planned carefully and prepared for any surprise attacks by the enemy. But at home in his palace (while the army was out fighting without him), he apparently gave no thought being prepared for dealing with temptation, and one sin led to another and pulled him further into moral failure.

Psalm 14

Unlike the word “fool” in English, which suggests an intellectual shortcoming, in Hebrew the word indicates moral shortcomings. Until recent centuries, atheism – saying “there is no God” as the fool does in this psalm – was also understood to be primarily a moral defect rather than an intellectual conclusion regarding the evidence (or lack of evidence) for the existence of God.

This psalm does not only condemn atheists, however, but all people. David was a man of God, but he was undeniably also a sinner, as shown most forcefully by his adultery with Bathsheba and killing of her husband.

Ephesians 3:14-21

Paul also was very aware of his great moral failings in the past, how he had persecuted the church of God. He is very much aware of God’s great grace to him, not only to forgive him but to give him a ministry to spread the Gospel to others. So knowing what God could do in his own life, he has faith to pray for God to work just as powerfully in the lives of others.

Posted by: Pauline | July 19, 2015

Upcoming events: week of July 20

This Week

Tuesday, July 21

No Bible Study

Wednesday, July 22

1:30 p.m. JOURNEY
4:30 – 6 p.m. Clothes Depot
6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Thursday, July 23

No JOURNEY Stitchers

Sunday, July 26

9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service

Looking Ahead

No Tuesday morning Bible Study until August 4

Posted by: Pauline | July 15, 2015

Scriptures for Sunday July 19

2 Samuel 7:1-14a

David no doubt thought that a grand building would be more honoring to God than a tent as a place of worship. But apparently he hadn’t stopped to think about whether that was what God wanted or had commanded.

God tells David that his son will build a temple – but even then He doesn’t say that it is something He wants David’s son to do. It is more like God goes along with the idea, as He went along with the people’s demand for a (human) king back in Saul’s time.

The “house” that really matters is the one God will build, a line of kings that will one day culminate in the King of kings.

Psalm 89:20-37

Just reading the verses in the portion of the psalm for this Sunday, one might see it as just a poetic version of God’s covenant with David related in 2 Samuel 7. But reading the whole psalm, one finds the psalmist struggling to understand, if God is faithful to His promises to David, why He would allow such a terrible military defeat of the nation of Israel.

Ephesians 2:11-22

For many of us, it is difficult to imagine how radical Paul’s words would have sounded to people accustomed to the strict division between Jew and Gentile. Likewise, in our society where great effort is taken to execute criminals in a humane manner, it is hard for us to get a sense of how inhabitants of the Roman empire felt about crucifixions.

Yet Paul tells us that this instrument of torture became an instrument of peace, and that it removed both the hostility between God and humans, and between Jews and those they had considered unworthy of God’s blessing.

Posted by: Pauline | July 13, 2015

Upcoming events: week of July 13

This Week

Sunday, July 12

6 – 8:30 p.m. Vacation Bible School

Monday July 13

6 – 8:30 p.m. Vacation Bible School

Tuesday, July 14

NO Bible Study
6 – 8:30 p.m. Vacation Bible School

Wednesday, July 15

6 – 8:30 p.m. Vacation Bible School
NO Bible Study

Thursday, July 16

VBS Swim Party

Saturday, July 18

Walking tacos, ice cream floats and bake sale for Chief Wapello Days

Sunday, July 19

9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service

Looking Ahead

No Tuesday morning Bible Study until August 4

July 22

JOURNEY

Posted by: Pauline | July 10, 2015

Scriptures for Sunday July 12

2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19

The ark of God, often referred to as the ark of the covenant, was the visible sign of God’s presence and protection. It had been lost in battle decades earlier, then returned to Israelite territory but left in the city of Kiriath-jearim until the time of King David. David brought the ark to Jerusalem amid much rejoicing, and David himself expressed his joy by dancing before the Lord.

Psalm 24

It may not be obvious to us from the text of this psalm how it relates to the story in 2 Samuel, but tradition tells us that King David composed this psalm for the occasion of bringing the ark to Jerusalem.

The first half of the psalm would have been sung as they brought the ark up the hill toward the city. It asks – and answers – the question “Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?” The second half of the psalm would have been sung as they reached the gates of the city. Here the question asked – and answered – is “Who is this King of glory?”

Ephesians 1:3-14

This passage is so crammed with great theological truths that it is easy to either get bogged down trying to follow Paul’s line of thought, or else to skim the surface and miss the richness of his teaching. One repeated phrase is “to the praise of his glory,” and Paul points out many aspects of God’s grace and blessing on us that lead us to praise Him and glorify Him.

Posted by: Pauline | July 5, 2015

Upcoming events: week of July 6

This Week

Tuesday, July 7

NO Bible Study

Wednesday, July 8

4:30 – 6 p.m. Clothes Depot
6:30 p.m.Bible Study

Thursday, July 9

9 a.m. – Noon JOURNEY Stitchers

Sunday, July 12

9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service
11:45 a.m. Worship Committee meeting
6 – 8:30 p.m. VBS

Looking Ahead

July 12-15

Vacation Bible School

July 16

VBS Swim Party

Posted by: Pauline | June 28, 2015

Scriptures for Sunday July 5

2 Corinthians 12:2-10

No one likes being weak, either weak physically or lacking influence or resources to accomplish our goals. Like Paul, we often pray for the source of the weakness to be removed so that we will be strong. But as with Paul, God may leave us in weakness so that we learn to rely on His strength, and so that it may be obvious to others where the strength comes from.

Mark 6:1-13

The people of Nazareth seem to have been looking for better credentials that Jesus had – at least as far as they could tell. They weren’t willing to be overly impressed by him.

The people of the towns Jesus’ disciples went to may not have been all that impressed by them, either. Carrying no money with them, they had to depend on people’s hospitality.

Jesus could have put on some kind of impressive show for the people of his hometown, and he could have sent his disciples out in a manner that would impress people. But it was to be God’s power that would be seen, not the abilities or possessions of those who preached in His name.

Posted by: Pauline | June 28, 2015

Upcoming events: week of June 29

This Week

Tuesday, June 30

10:15 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, July 1

4:30 p.m. Mission Committee
6:30 p.m.Bible Study
7 p.m. meeting on Ways to Increase Attendance at Church

Saturday, July 4

Clothes Depot closed for the holiday

Sunday, July 5

9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service including Communion for all ages

Looking Ahead

July 12-15

Vacation Bible School

July 16

VBS Swim Party

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