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It seems that today’s Christians are more known by what they are against than for. And although there are plenty of things God has called us to turn our backs to, I strongly believe it is time to show the world WHO we are and WHAT we are…..

Love (1 John 4:8)

Jesus said Jn 13:35 you love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.  In reality, I don’t believe that anyone can truly call themselves a Bible-believing Christian and not showcase the act of love. No matter the circumstance, offering a helping hand of love is what sets us apart from the rest of the world. God loves us, even when we don’t reflect the same image in return. We owe it to others to offer them this same reality.

2. Grace (Ephesians 4:32)

The Grace of God has covered a multitude of sins, and the sacrifice made on the cross has paid the penalty for them. We are surely blessed.  We are underserving of His grace yet He continues to extend it to us.  As Christians we should be known for the grace and forgiveness that we show others. It may not always be deserved, but neither was

3. Purity (Philippians 4:8)

When Christians discuss the word “purity,” one must understand that we are implying more than just the topic of sex–what about:  relationships — speech, actions and motives as well.

4. Patience (Galatians 5:22)

In today’s fast-paced world, patience is key. And while the rest of the world may like quick-fixes, the Word of God has called us to be patient amidst all things.

5. Sacrifice (John 3:16)

I am without words to explain God’s heart in giving Christ for me at Calvary…I only know that sacrifice should characterize my life in service – in giving – and in loving. 

6. Selflessness (Philippians 2:4)

The idea of selflessness says, “Whatever you need, I’m here to give it to you.” Selflessness is an attribute that puts others before yourself, and God before everyone else.

7. Commitment (Matthew 5:37)

When we as Christians say we will do something, we should make sure we follow through with the act. In the ways of Christ, we must show the world we can be trusted, and that our word will not be broken.

8. Respect (1 Peter 2:17)

We must be known as a community of respectful people, who even among disagreement can show love and grace. 

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What a Lord’s Day our Savior gave us last Sunday!!!!   Most of our tables were stolen 3 years ago – but a couple families donated theirs – and Blue Ridge let us borrow 5.  Thanks to Chris for the use of his truck to carry them back/forth……..There were 10 who met last Friday night and set the auditorium up for the dinner….did you see the cooperation after the meal of folding up the tables – running the sweeper – hooking up the chairs in rows – and in a short time the room was ready for worship this Saturday evening…..I have told several this week that – what Jesus did for Discovery last week, you could not put a $ figure on it.  Thanks to Jerry and Shirley for going after the chicken and sides from Gerbes on Broadway.  Bro Doug is to be thanked for putting that slide show together which we viewed during the meal……Oh, yes – Thanks to Discovery for picking up the tab……………..Ross – Max – and Scott – preacher at Forum met for breakfast Tuesday and discussed the sharing of ministry for a couple hours….Everyone was on board.  What I took away from the meeting were these thoughts…..1) synergism 2) Unity of the churches 3) the hands-on reality caring about other brothers and sisters in the work which they are involved.   Forum being the “mother church” will take the lead on this – and via E-News you will be made aware as various ministries become available……………At the dinner Sunday – Madison Duff showed me a picture of the trophy that stood about 4 foot high….her marching band won 4, 1st places out of 5 Saturday at Edwardsville, Ill…..congrats to Rock Bridge band…………Solomon and April Yoder are in Chicago this weekend — Kirstin has finished her naval boot camp there – and we are very proud of her commitment and accomplishment…………..

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The October 1st Friday night prayer gathering is a week away….please clear your calendar so you will be able to join our hearts and prayers on October 2 – @ 7:00 PM.  I truly believe God is moving in northeast Columbia in relation to our prayers going up to Him.  How sad it is – yet it is reality that the prayer meeting will always be the smallest meeting of the church —- but small in physical numbers say nothing of how large the spiritual accomplishment will be in heaven.  Jesus only had 12 but they turned the world upside down (Acts 17:6)……Our goal is to turn northeast Columbia right-side up.   Love to have you join us for a portion or all of the prayer-time a week from tomorrow….

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The D-Group ministry is ready to kick-off…….hope everyone appreciated the 30 second videos that played in our services the past weeks.  Members who shared their testimony on the video’s were:   Kristin Steelman – Connie Edwards – Shelby & Courtney Baker – and Tom Detore. 

                  Discovery is not your typical church in that the “main event” is the weekend service.  The 6 D-Groups are the MAIN EVENT at Discovery.  You ask?  “What is so special at the D-Group that might go unheeded or unheard at the weekend event? 

·       Intimate fellowship – which quickly develops into deep friendship

·       Discipleship – at group, intense discussion on Scripture is intention, whereas on Sunday – Scripture is shared, but cannot come close to building Scripture in respective lives.

·       Prayer – each group can spend as much time as desired on prayer.

·       Salvation – knowing each other & their needs – sharing the gospel, teaching the plan of Salvation is designed to occur at Group – not at the weekend Celebration Service.

This weekend there will be a tri-fold board sitting on the south credenza, with the locations/times/ and leaders names for each group, and the names of group member’s who currently attend.  There are also spaces for you to sign up once you determine which group you choose.

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·       Our young people……protection @ school….positive witness to classmates… strong against temptation….develop great friendships

·       Rita Fleenor had a reaction to the bandage after her knee surgery last week – she had to get medical help and is taking strong antibiotics but hopes to be in services this weekend

·       Patrick Fleenor – with the Marine Corp in San Diego

·        Those who were once among us but have lost their first love – Rev. 2:4  “But I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first!

·       Pray for a strong community of believers in Northeast Columbia……Eph 6:12  For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

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October 2nd and 3rd Discovery launches our new children’s ministry “Discovery Explorers”. This aspect of ministry at Discovery will be for ages birth thru 5th grade. In addition to our exciting new adventure we will hold a Children’s Dedication (birth through pre school ages) during our weekend celebration of worship, Sunday October 18. Several families are participating. If you would like your child to be dedicated at this service or if you are interested in serving in this ministry, please call Jackie Drage at 425 499-0857

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While we have tried in the past to initiate our own student ministry, success has varied…this however does not diminish our need or desire to provide ministry for our students in Junior high and High school. With that in mind, as well as, a desire to see a greater synergy between congregations, we will join with Blue Ridge Christian Church for Wednesday night youth services under the leadership of youth pastor Brent Messimer. Services begin at their facility at 7pm and end around 8:15-8:30. It’s a great time of fellowship, worship and discipleship!!! They have much to offer us and we will in turn be partnering with them by serving as ministry helpers there. They have extended the most loving and open-hearted welcome to any who wish to take part. If you have any questions or need transportation you can still call or text Doug 660.353.0393 or email: planetdrage@yahoo.com.

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Gen 16:1-6  Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had not been able to bear children for him. But she had an Egyptian servant named Hagar. So Sarai said to Abram, “The Lord has prevented me from having children. Go and sleep with my servant. Perhaps I can have children through her.” And Abram agreed with Sarai’s proposal. So Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar the Egyptian servant and gave her to Abram as a wife. (This happened ten years after Abram had settled in the land of Canaan.)  So Abram had sexual relations with Hagar, and she became pregnant. But when Hagar knew she was pregnant, she began to treat her mistress, Sarai, with contempt. Then Sarai said to Abram, “This is all your fault! I put my servant into your arms, but now that she’s pregnant she treats me with contempt. The Lord will show who’s wrong—you or me!”  Abram replied, “Look, she is your servant, so deal with her as you see fit.” Then Sarai treated Hagar so harshly that she finally ran away.

Gen 16: 13-16   Thereafter, Hagar used another name to refer to the Lord, who had spoken to her. She said, “You are the God who sees me.”[a] She also said, “Have I truly seen the One who sees me?” 14 So that well was named Beer-lahai-roi (which means “well of the Living One who sees me”). It can still be found between Kadesh and Bered.  15 So Hagar gave Abram a son, and Abram named him Ishmael. 16 Abram was eighty-six years old when Ishmael was born.

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