And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” And he said, “Go, and say to this people:
“‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand;
keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’
Make the heart of this people dull,
and their ears heavy,
and blind their eyes;
lest they see with their eyes,
and hear with their ears,
and understand with their hearts,
and turn and be healed.” Isa 6:8-10
“Here I am! Send me.” These words are among the most popular of Old Testament texts. Often, they are taught in a motivational light in an attempt to inspire people to step up and serve. Sadly, what is frequently left out is the mission that Isaiah was volunteering for. But God doesn’t try to hide our mission and message from us before we’re sent; he’s straightforward. Isaiah was going to be an unpopular preacher with an unpopular message. Essentially, God instructed Isaiah:
“Tell your countrymen,
Listen, but the words will go in one ear and out the other.
Look, but you’ll never realize what you’re looking at, never get it.
Your hearts are going to be hard, your ears shut, and your eyes blind.”
The commentator Matthew Henry wrote of this passage, “there are many who hear the sound of God’s word, but do not feel the power of it.” There are a few hard lessons to be learned here. For starters, God’s word doesn’t only soften us, it also hardens us. Those to whom Isaiah was called to speak God’s words to were going to be willfully obstinate and therefore hard toward the truth. What do you think his conversion rate was? By our standards today would we hold Isaiah up as a picture of ministerial success? Or would we cast him aside as unloving? What this encounter with God should teach us, is that first and foremost our success should be judged by obedience, and not by immediate results. Obedience to God will most certainly produce fruit, but we may not always be able to see it right away.
Let your life be defined by obedience rather than expedience.
I’m sorry to report that our V.B.S. which we were going to partner with 3 other church has been cancelled. For most of us – we remember the joy – the challenges – and the fun our summer VBS provided for us – and it was one thing we all looked forward to. But the conversation that went around among the 3 churches is that there was not enough interest to proceed. It was to start tonight and conclude on Saturday…..It is disappointing – but that is the thick/thin of it.
Having finished the exciting series on the book of Philippians – we are ready for another sermon series…….what we will examine over the next 5 weeks is what it mean to be Christian. In fact the title of the series is Being Christian……Topics we will cover over that time are……….
· Lord’s Supper – Eucharist
This series would be a wonderful series for newcomers and non-church people to hear. Please consider those within your circle of influence that have no church or are not Christians and invite them to worship with us during the next 5 weeks.
For those who do NOT attend D-Groups – know that these are the topics discussed in great detail – and if you have questions – or issues with any of them — what a wonderful time for you to become involved in a group so you could voice concerns – as well as get the Biblical answer to your concern.
Rocky and Noah Philippe are in transit to Colorado where Noah will enroll in a community college. We pray for travel mercy as well as a great orientation to college life for Noah……….So good to see Deiter back on stage play with the praise team this weekend……….KiKi Marshall and Maddie Duff went to Warrensburg Monday night with their respective marching bands — to witness the drum line………..It was great to have Chris and Rita’s daughter and family worship with us Sunday. Bro Joe Smith is minister of the Christian Church in Gainesville, Fla……….equally great was to have Annie’s youngest brother and wife with us from Norman, OK…………..Our campus has great curb appeal thanks to the efforts of Bros….Jerry and Kevin……thanks men for the TLC you give our property………….Can you believe someone stole our Tiger Security Sign which was posted just along our entrance? Just called the company and will pick up another sign today and post it tonight………..The Solomon Yoder family change our church sign weekly –but last week they were gone – and our church sign was changed by Kaylie Faddis and Lilly Drage. Thanks girls…………..
Did you know we now have 4 stick-in-the-ground signs to promote our weekend Celebration Services? The past month – I have gone out on Friday/Saturday morning and placed on sign on the Round-A-Bout on Vandiver – and 2 on the north Round-A-Bout east of the church. The 4th sign I’ve put at Woodley – and at times across from the church so the east-bound traffic would see it….My point here is to GIVE THIS PRIVILEGE AWAY. Surely there is someone who would love to do this – receive a little ownership in the church – provide a great service and help me. I put them up at the beginning of the weekend – and take them down after Sunday service. If you would be so-inclined please email or text me – or talk to me at church this weekend. Thanks.
Sad to see the close of the Philippians study……we closed the book by talking about how Paul praised the church for their continued financial support for him – while others church failed in this discipline – the Philippians were the only ones who helped him. Would our giving to Christ increase if Jesus took up the offering and as he handed us the plate – we saw those hands with huge nail scars in them….and he said to us – I did it all for you?
There is no more accurate gauge of your spiritual life than your giving to the Lord’s work. Do I give under pressure —– do I give under guilt — are you hit or miss with your giving – do I look forward to the opportunity to express my gratitude for what Jesus means and has done for me by dropping my offering in the basket. It was Jesus who taught us in Matt 6:21 – where your treasure is – there your heart will be also. If you want your heart to be with the Lord – put your money in the Lord’s work.
· God’s hand of blessing on our new series – Being Christian
· Patrick Fleenor – with the Marines in San Diego
· Spiritual Warfare prayer of Eph 6:12 —- God will free the northeast from Satan’s grip and there will be a revival of Spiritual thirst and hunger
· As the summer wears down – several will desire to join a D-Group for the new year
· Karen Tompkins – safety, driving back from Arizona
· Summer slump will not ever fall from our lips
· Each will invite someone to Discovery to share in the Word – the Fellowship and the Communion of Jesus Christ
· Jackie’s sister as she rehabs – her name is Margie
· Bob and Bonnie Winberg as they wind down their summer in Alaska
1 Corinthians 11:23-32
23 For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread 24 and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you.[a] Do this to remember me.”25 In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this to remember me as often as you drink it.” 26 For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.
27 So anyone who eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily is guilty of sinning against[b] the body and blood of the Lord. 28 That is why you should examine yourself before eating the bread and drinking the cup. 29 For if you eat the bread or drink the cup without honoring the body of Christ,[c] you are eating and drinking God’s judgment upon yourself. 30 That is why many of you are weak and sick and some have even died.
31 But if we would examine ourselves, we would not be judged by God in this way. 32 Yet when we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned along with the world.
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