As the NFL playoffs begin this weekend, Tom Brady looms over his sport once again. His New England Patriots have the league’s best record and are favored to win their fifth Super Bowl trophy. Brady is considered by many to be the best quarterback ever to play the game.

 But that’s not why he’s making headlines today.

 Calvin Riley was a twenty-year-old junior college pitcher who was beloved by his family, teammates, and community. Last August 6, he was shot in the back and killed while playing Pokemon Go in a San Francisco park. The murder is still unsolved but is presumed to have been a random act or gang initiation. His memorial service was attended by more than a thousand mourners.  Calvin grew up in Boston and loved Tom Brady. His family then moved to San Mateo, California, where he enrolled in Serra High School, which was Brady’s alma mater. Not long after his funeral, a letter came to his parents’ home. It was a two-page handwritten letter from Brady. He heard about Calvin’s death and wanted to help. “It’s just surreal,”  It tells you what kind of human being he is.” Brady’s sympathy made the news because it was surprising that a world-class athlete would take time to send someone he didn’t know a personal note.

 Here’s the question: Who would be surprised by your compassion today?

Jesus constantly shocked his culture with his inclusive love. He called a hated tax-collector to be an apostle. He touched lepers and forgave notorious sinners. His personal mission was clear: “I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance” (Luke 5:32). Now he wants us to do the same. Who in your community would be least likely to receive your personal outreach?

 Here’s an insight that may help. According to the recent book, If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Happy?, smart people often suffer from a comparative worldview. They measure their intelligence or success by the intelligence or success of others. But there’s always someone else to impress. And what pleases one person may displease another. Rather than measuring success by what other people think, you should focus on “doing something that you find meaningful, that you can kind of get lost in on a daily basis.”

Paradoxically, studies show that focusing on meaning rather than results actually produces better results. We become better at what we do if we do what gives us significance.

·      This is the final week of our Christmas break – no D-Groups this week

·      Saturday – 5:00 PM Celebration Service

·      Sunday – 10:00 AM Celebration Service

·      Sunday 5:00 PM – Core Team meets at Hy-Vee on Conley Road

·      Monday-Saturday – D-Groups begin meeting again

·      Sunday – January 15 – 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Sunday Evening Prayer Gathering

            This outreach began in our Monday night D-Group —- several times we have taken a meal to the HOMELESS VETS at Welcome Home – we have given all residents a Bible – and we continue to collect food items to deliver to them.

             They reside on south Rangeline Street in Columbia – I made a drop off yesterday (Wednesday) and found there are 13 living there now.  In the foyer at Discovery – there is a large box sitting on a table between the restrooms for your donation.  This week we want to collect non-perishable breakfast items…

Cereal   —-  Oatmeal  — Pancake mix  —  Syrup (Maple)   — Cream of Wheat

             Thanks for partnering with us as we bless those who help protect us in the military.

Church offering  for 12/31/16 and 1/1/17

 General Fund                $2065.00 (Given dated in 2016

General Fund                $  984.00  (Dated in 2017)


Church offering for 12/25/16

 General Fund                $6451.00

Missions – PET            $       5.45 

Even though it was a week late – the Jennings’ household rejoiced with great joy – as all the family was together in Columbia for the 1st time in over a year…..Morgan read the Christmas story from Luke to us….I wanted to share a moment with the 3 families gathered on how proud I was of their faith – their raising the family in the church – and that Jesus is the only person who matters in our lives….had a great start – but got choked up – shed 1,000 painless tears of joy – letting the family know – it wasn’t luck that everyone is actively growing in Christ – serving Him daily – and growing in grace and knowledge….as the kids departed – they all personally let me know what this Christmas meant to them….church – you couldn’t buy this with Trumps money but Jesus gives it free – to all who obey Him – grow in His grace and seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness…………Annie and I trust each of you had a Christmas with a million memories as you celebrated the Advent of Jesus Christ with your family…………….Solomon Yoder told us at Wednesday’s D-Group that his daughter Kirstin will be deployed tomorrow (Friday) – headed to South Korea – ending up eventually in Australia…May she go with the prayers of her church family……………My phone just made a funny noise — checked it out and it said – today is Doug Drage’s birthday….everyone send him a happy birthday greeting – happy birthday Bro Doug….so glad you are on our team…love your spirit – appreciate your talent and cherish  your friendship………..Kent told us yesterday that Jenn’s parents are driving in today from Tulsa….in light of the snow – let’s say a prayer for their travel safety…………

·      Prayers said at our Tuesday afternoon prayer session are in the process of being answered

·      2nd job for Doug and Jackie

·      Great start to the New Year for a) Discovery, and b) our 7 D-Groups

·      The Gospel is softening hearts in our neighborhood & many are becoming spiritually hungry and spiritually thirsty

·      The Marshall Family will be traveling to Ohio on January 17 to check in with the doctors regarding Kiki’s health….May the church family pray vigorously regarding this request

·      Hugh Hodler (Leslie’s father) – very ill due to cancer – praying for an open window for him to share and hear the gospel

·      Every one of us to be a Spiritual Light set on a hill giving the light of Jesus Christ to a spiritually darkened world

       1 Pet 3:1-7 


In the same way, you wives must accept the authority of your husbands. Then, even if some refuse to obey the Good News, your godly lives will speak to them without any words. They will be won over by observing your pure and reverent lives.

Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. This is how the holy women of old made themselves beautiful. They put their trust in God and accepted the authority of their husbands. For instance, Sarah obeyed her husband, Abraham, and called him her master. You are her daughters when you do what is right without fear of what your husbands might do.



In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered.