Matthew 28:16-20  16 Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted 18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,[a] baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

I think it’s fairly evident that the society we live in is very self-centered, and this same characteristic can be present in a church. Whenever a local body of believers develops an inward focus, its fruitfulness in ministry begins to decrease, and each member’s Christian walk is hindered.

Many believers want their church to be cozy and comfortable. They come to listen to a nice sermon, fellowship with friends, and have their needs met. But God never intended for the gathering of His people to be like a country club; He calls us to join an army that will bring the gospel into enemy territory.

An effective church–one that poses a real threat to the Enemy–is a body of discipled people who have been taught the truth of Scripture, trained for service, and helped to mature spiritually. But all this is accomplished for the purpose of going out into the world, not for becoming a self-contained sanctuary of Christian comfort.

The urgency of the Lord’s command and the desperate condition of humanity should motivate us to leave the safety of our Christian fellowships and deliver the message of salvation through Jesus. To avoid this responsibility is to miss the Father’s plan for your life and the opportunity to help build His kingdom.

None of us want to waste time or energy on trivial things and thereby miss the exciting fulfillment of God’s will. He has called us, not to a life of comfortable tradition, but to an adventure of obedience. Answer His call–you’ll help fill His kingdom with people from every tribe and nation.

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Good news ladies – the pot-luck club is beginning again.  It will kick-off this coming Monday evening at the home of Eileen Kossak at 6:00 PM.  All ladies are welcome to attend for an evening of fun – food – and fellowship….below you will find direction and phone number to Eileen’s residence:

Take South Providence to Old Plank Road. Turn Right onto Old Plank Road, and then Turn Left onto South Bethel Church Road. Continue on South Bethel Church Road until Poplar Hill Drive, then turn left. Go to 132 East Poplar Hill Drive. Call 397-4861 for more info.

Great news for Kaylee Faddis who is a member of the Oakland 8th Grade Middle School Band. The band gave a wonderful performance at the Worlds of Fun Music Festival on May 5th. The band received a 1 (superior) rating as well and 2nd place in their division. Kaylee plays flute and will continue playing music next year at Battle High School.

Literally, our hats go off (as in the pic) to our High School graduates this year…

                       Kiki Marshall will graduate from Hickman High in Columbia, this Friday night.  Her future plans are to attend the University of Missouri….we congratulate Kiki and pray God’s will for her as she continues her educational pursuits. 

             Caleb Yoder will graduate from Harrisburg High in Harrisburg this coming Sunday afternoon.  Caleb is undecided what the next step in his life is – so he is taking a year off and working with his father in the carpentry trade.  Let’s pray for Caleb as he seeks God’s will for the next step in his life.

·      Please lift up (our daughter and son-n-law) Heather and Janiel – they are in Haiti – and will make a brief visit back to Texas – then on June 4 – leave for Haiti the entire summer with their entire family.

·      Good to see Joy Weir with us Sunday – continue to pray for her full recovery

·      Stacy (Kendall)….stage 4 cancer – last Monday I had a good visit along with prayer, with her and Ron Kendall –

·      Kiki received great news in Overland Park last week…..in a few weeks they will return and have a procedure which will put her in the hospital 3 days and 2 nights.  The Dr. has performed this procedure with great success many times.  PTL

·      Peg Schroder is feeling much better – has been dealing with sciatica issues

This Sunday evening, May 21 – from 5PM – 7:00PM will be our monthly prayer-gathering.  Please understand – these 2 hours are set apart for a “Drop-in” prayer time…some stay 5 minutes – others 30 – but nowhere is it expected that you remain for the entire 2 hours — (though some do)…..

             In light of the spiritual climate of our culture – and the tremendous need for peace, hope, safety, and love – one would hope that every Christian would want to be with other Christians praying for these blessings.  You are invited to participate with us this Sunday evening as we intercede for the Church – for Columbia – the Nation – for Marriages – for the ill – the unemployed – and the lost….

Shelby and Courtney are the proud parents of Melanie Grace Baker – who came into our world yesterday (Wednesday) around 11:41 AM….Discovery rejoices with you both – as well as your families — it will be our privilege to love, hold, teach verbally and by example the ways of Jesus Christ to her…….Our prayers have been  heard as both mommy and baby are fine…..

Jesus said – we are living in perilous times – Scripture indicates these would be times when we call good evil and evil good – who put darkness for light and light for darkness – who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter…..You can read this in Isaiah 5. Whether or not we are on the doorstep of the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ – one thing we do know is this – righteousness seems to be in a freefall – while sin seems to be increasing.

            I realize Discovery can do very little in changing the Spiritual Climate of Columbia – but we can do something in Northeast Columbia.  Our message at our Celebration Services this weekend will examine the last day of Christ’s life on earth before He ascended into heaven.  What was on His mind?  What was his last request?  We agree that the last thing a person says is vital – it is to be remembered – fulfilled if at all possible…..Discovery – I encourage you to be with us – as we discuss Christ’s heart on the last day of his sojourn on earth…..(Please read Acts 1:6-12 in preparation for our study)…..

Phil 2:1-11 Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.  Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God,[a]he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges[b]; he took the humble position of a slave[c]and was born as a human being.  When he appeared in human form,[d]8 he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.