Joshua 4:6-7  “…when your children ask in time to come, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ Then you shall answer them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. And these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever.

Leaving a legacy involves far more than passing down money to your children or leaving a good family name.  For those things will surely pass away and forever be forgotten.

A lasting legacy, one that continues for eternity, is set in stone. Written on our hearts, and the hearts of our loved ones, belief in Jesus Christ as the Son of the Living God and Savior of the world is the legacy that lasts.

I think we can all ask ourselves the questions, Are they the things of earth which we know will pass away – or are they the everlasting things of heaven? Just as the Israelites were instructed to carry stones from the middle of the Jordan, and set them up as a memorial of God’s faithfulness, we too can gather “stones” that represent our legacy.

 I truly wish when our children were small we would have together written a mission statement?  Having written it out – it needs to be recorded – for posterity – copies made and given to each child – and nothing wrong with it being framed and hung in the family living room.  That Mission Statement would include these thoughts.

·      The Church is the Hope of the World and we will support it faithfully with our attendance – with our money – and with our lips.

·      After the church – what are the things that are important to us?  What do we want to be known for?  How can we live daily for God’s faithfulness? 

·      Speak often how God is working in your life.

One day, when your grandchildren or great grandchildren come to you and ask, “What does faith mean to you?” Then, you can answer, without hesitation, and tell them about all the beautiful and miraculous things God has done, is doing, and will do in the life of your family.

General Fund                                    $1149.00

Blessing Box                                      $      1.00  

Discovery – all the monies you put in the YELLOW DUCK – will be used to purchase food for the Blessing Box.

Romans 5:8  But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. 

This Sunday evening Feb 11, will be our next Prayer Gathering.  Hopefully, everyone can spare 10-15 minutes on Sunday afternoon to meet with other Christians praying for such topics as these – the lost – the addicted – the sick – the youth – all marriages.

            Everyone Christian can pray.  Every Christian needs prayer.  Please for the glory of God – for the expanse of His Kingdom let’s meet together this Sunday evening. 

Our Celebration topic this week centers on Conversation.  Thinking of all the conversations Jesus had in the New Testament – we would not struggle to find one.  We are living in very interesting times…..most would agree they enjoy conversation – but looking at some facts – the conversation most enjoy is devoid of voice – and eye contact – they would rather text…email….than share face/face…..

            The average teen sends 3,339 texts per month – broken down- teen girls send 4,050, whereas teen boys send 2,539….Experts in this area of conversation conclude most would rather text than talk…..

            I have been watching 2 short video’s on YouTube this week – if you have time – I’d like you to watch….

1)    10 ways to have a better conversation Celeste Headlee

2)   Connected but alone?  Sherry Turkle

The conversation we will explore is Jesus walking with the 2 Disciples on the way to Emmaus – Luke 24:13-33…if you were not in group –please familiarize yourself with this passage in advance of our celebration services. 

·      Leon – the husband of Mrs. Jerry is taking chemo for his multi-myeloma – has some good days mixed with bad – I talked to him Wednesday evening and had prayer — he was so appreciative…

·      Unspoken requests — a couple of our people this week have requested prayer for a family member….God knows who they are so I’d really appreciate it if you would pray for the unspoken requests

·      Aaron Tompkins in Michigan asks for prayer regarding family issues

·      PTL….glad to report Mindy’s girls,  April, Solomon, Karen, and Jim are on the mind from the flu.

·      Spiritual and numerical growth of our D-Groups

·      2 Chronicles 7:14  Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.

·      Those who are using the Blessing Box will seek the TRUE Bread of Life.

·      As Emily at KOMU puts the story together for publication – let’s pray God will use the story a) for His glory and b) bring a few to check Discovery out – seeing there are church who are not all about “getting”…some are like Jesus and want to “give.”   Amen!!!

 Gen 12:1-3  The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”

            Just because the above words are spoken regarding Abraham – please think how they could in a small way apply to you….first begin by asking yourself this question….”Why am I still on this earth? 

            Someone has well said – I will never be more cleansed from sin or holy than the moment I come up from the waters of Baptism (Acts 2:38)….Why don’t Jesus just take me straight from the baptismal waters to Heaven’s glory????

            To answer our initial question – I fell it falls into 2 camps….

A) Yes, as a baptized believer we are destined to go there….As we look at the lives of Paul, Peter, John the Baptist – we seem to see that Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people  — God allows us to go through heartache – pain – temptation teaching us to depend on God more – but equally important to witness to others that the Christian life is full of struggles, but we have ONE who understands, and will help….

B)  So why can’t we go there straight away once we have become a Christian?  Maybe there is still something for me to do or become on earth. Let’s together have a look at what we are here for…

·      How Attractive Is the JESUS in you to Others?  Your unsaved family – work colleagues – neighbor?  Is your witness making JESUS so attractive they feel compelled to find out more for themselves?

·      How Excited are You to tell the Story of JESUS?  Do they see how Wise He is, how Great He is, how Indescribable He is? 

·      As friends/family follow Jesus to faith – they will soon say as the Queen of Sheba said of Solomon – the half has not been told!! 2 Chron. 9:6

The Scripture for D-Groups and Celebration Services next week will be as follows….

            Psalm 33:12-22 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance. 13 The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men. 14 From the place of His dwelling He looks on all the inhabitants of the earth;
15 He fashions their hearts individually; he considers all their works.  16 No king is saved by the multitude of an army; a mighty man is not delivered by great strength.  17 A horse is a vain hope for safety; neither shall it deliver any by its great strength.  18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy, 19 To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.  20 Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.  21 For our heart shall rejoice in Him, because we have trusted in His holy name.  22 Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, just as we hope in You.