Archives for February 2015

On Pilgrimage

(this week from Nancy Land)

A few of our friends have chosen the “nomadic” lifestyle—at least for a while. They enjoy visiting scenic spots around the country in their RV homes, doing some volunteer work, and being able to choose the most appropriate “parking spot,” depending on the seasons. We have also visited people who have lived their entire lives in tents. Everything they own is packed up and moved several times a year out of necessity, in order to find suitable pasture for their flocks of sheep and goats.

Personally, I like the feeling of being settled in one place, although I have moved more times than I can count in my lifetime—to all four corners of the U.S.A. and three foreign countries as well. It’s just nice living in a neighborhood where we feel “at home” and where stores, roads and people are familiar.

But God’s Word does have something to say about feeling or being too comfortably settled. In Hebrews 13: 14 we find these words: “For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.” We also find Paul writing to Timothy: “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.” (I Timothy 6:6-8)

A friend has written a book whose sub-title reads: “moving ahead with Christ when we’d rather settle down in the world.” Jesus challenged people to leave their comfort zones, and today He is still asking His followers to do just that—whether it’s down the street, into an urban slum, or across the ocean.

Prayer: “Thank you, Heavenly Father, for being with us on the journey of life. And thank you for sending your own Son, who had to leave all the comforts of heaven, to rescue us and make it possible for those of us who accept His gift of salvation to live forever in that “city that is to come.”

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God’s Messengers

by Brian Lindman

LINK to PowerPoint HERE

Do You See What I See?

by Rev. Matt Joldersma
SERMON TITLE:  Do You See What I See?
SCRIPTURE:  (NIV): Jonah 3:10-4:1-11, Matthew 9:9-14

A Kindgom Torn in Two

by Brian Lindman

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Faith at Work: How Should I Love

by Pastor Paul Helton