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4 Commitments Every Church Member Must Make

Zechariah 4….. Then the angel who had been talking with me returned and woke me, as though I had been asleep. “What do you see now?” he asked. I answered, “I see a solid gold lampstand with a bowl of oil on top of it. Around the bowl are seven lamps, each having seven spouts with wicks. And I see two olive trees, one on each side of the bowl.” Then I asked the angel, “What are these, my lord? What do they mean?”  “Don’t you know?” the angel asked.

“No, my lord,” I replied. Then he said to me, “This is what the Lord says to Zerubbabel: It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. Nothing, not even a mighty mountain, will stand in Zerubbabel’s way; it will become a level plain before him! And when Zerubbabel sets the final stone of the Temple in place, the people will shout: ‘May God bless it! May God bless it!’[a]”  Then another message came to me from the Lord: “Zerubbabel is the one who laid the foundation of this Temple, and he will complete it. Then you will know that the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has sent me. 10 Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.” (The seven lamps[b] represent the eyes of the Lord that search all around the world.)

11 Then I asked the angel, “What are these two olive trees on each side of the lampstand, 12 and what are the two olive branches that pour out golden oil through two gold tubes?”

13 “Don’t you know?” he asked. “No, my lord,” I replied. 14 Then he said to me, “They represent the two anointed ones[c] who stand in the court of the Lord of all the earth.”

•    A healthy church is nothing more or nothing less than healthy church members.

•    The New Testament is clear that believers are to be a part of a local church.

•    When someone is struggling with change in the church, the first thing you do is treat them pastorally.

•    The reality for many churches is “change or die.”

•    No matter the size of the church, whether big or small, we all serve a big God.

•    “Building the House of God” means having a witness that reaches those who don’t yet know Christ.

•    As a church gets busier, the two things that get neglected most are prayer and evangelism.

 The four commitments church members must make are:

I will wake up to reality.

I will seek God, not my preferences.

I will believe God can overcome all obstacles.

I will build the house of God.

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After service Sunday – I was joking with a couple girls – ages 12 and 10.  They had been outside – laughing – and enjoying all the events of the morning.  Joy and hope were written over each girls face.  As we finished our visit – one said something as she ran outside – I did not catch what she said.  A lady standing by asked “did you  hear what she said?”  I said “no I didn’t.”  She preceded to tell me that the smaller girl said – “I’m full of JESUS.”  Upon hearing that I ran out the door into the parking lot and said – “Bailey, what did  you say as we finished, our discussion.”  She said “I am full of JESUS.”  Astonished, I repeated it saying “Bailey, did you really say that.”  She confirmed….10 years old – then she said “I want to be an evangelist.”

            This little girl was in the pond when Ross baptized her aunt on September 18 – Tammy Fisher….WOW — Discovery, we will do everything in our power to see Bailey’s dreams become a realty.

             I shared this story at our Tuesday afternoon prayer time – and Doug’s prayer was all over this….as it moved him – may it also move us that we can learn so much from a 10 year old girl…I AM FULL OF JESUS…..How different every would be if we all not only said it but believed it – and the put it into practice…..Thanks’ Bailey…..

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Last weekend 81 bands from all over the United States converged on St. Louis for the Battle of the Bands….Kiki Marshall plays the flute in the Hickman band – and they placed midway in the pack.  That is a great accomplishment considered bands are from every state – and the competition was fierce…..Way to go Hickman in general – and Kiki in particular……….Tuesday and Wednesday, we were privileged to have Annie’s youngest brother – Uncle Bill in our home.  He drove in from Norman, Oklahoma to help celebrate Annie’s Big Birthday Wednesday……………Last Saturday, we celebrated the life of John Tompkins.  John was the father of Aaron and Erica.  Using the Word of God we brought truth, hope, comfort, and encouragement to the family and friends……………..Recently, Bro Tom Detore ran the marathon in Peoria, ILL…………….Today (Thursday) Kay Baker will be traveling to Scotts Bluff, Nebraska to visit her sister and other relation that she has not seen in over a decade.  Pray for safety and a great visit………………Little assignment before the message on the weekend….What do you know about the passage in Joshua 10:12-14 – for 24 hours the sun stood still…figurative – poetic – actual….here’s what I want all to take away — personally, what is MY Sun Stand Still Prayer?

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Offering for Oct 2 – 9 – 16

 General Fund              $6215.00

Mission – Panama      $      2.75

 

Offering for Oct 23 

  General Fund             $1856.00

Mission – Panama      $    24.40

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            This Friday evening (Oct 28) – the church is invited to a Fall Bon-Fire at the home of Vern and Carla Johnson – 3980 North Wyatt Lane.  TIME is anytime after 5:00 PM. Vern and Carla will provide Hotdogs/Brauts/Buns….please bring a chair – a drink and a side.

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·      Jerry and Mary Noble both have respective prayer concerns. Please left this wonderful couple up to the Lord — praying for wisdom and healing

·      Please lift up Jackie — last Sunday evening they removed the feeding tube from her sister Margie.   May we lift up the entire family as they pass through the valley of the shadow of death.

·      Marcy Henderson is struggling with COPD

·      Glad to report that Jenn Faddis is much better after battling pneumonia for over a week. 

·      Our Students – praying for safety – strong witness – positive example and serious about their academics

·      Please remember the prayer session (Nov 6) – as we pray for our country – thinking of such scriptures as 2 Chron 7:14 – if my people which are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face then will I hear from heaven and heal their land…. Psa 33:12 – Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord

·       I’d like you to lift up our son-n-law – Janeil….he has been in Haiti twice since the Hurricane Matthew devastated the country.  He flew in Monday as his company – Mission of Hope delivers 5.6 Million in aid supplies to Haiti – tarps – medical supplies – 12 million meals – and hygiene kits.

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            Knowing it better to give than to receive –Discovery wants to bless a few children through the Operation Christmas Child….Several weeks ago, Connie announced this outreach and the item to place in the box were listed on the table with the Yellow Duck…Please consider how your efforts could be such a blessing to  child who has nothing.

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Also we want to bless those in Columbia through the sock ministry…again the items to put in the new pair of socks is also listed on the table with the yellow duck….

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Joshua 20 is what the D-Groups will study next week and will be our text in the weekend Celebration Services

             The Lord said to Joshua, “Now tell the Israelites to designate the cities of refuge, as I instructed Moses. Anyone who kills another person accidentally and unintentionally can run to one of these cities; they will be places of refuge from relatives seeking revenge for the person who was killed. “Upon reaching one of these cities, the one who caused the death will appear before the elders at the city gate and present his case. They must allow him to enter the city and give him a place to live among them. If the relatives of the victim come to avenge the killing, the leaders must not release the slayer to them, for he killed the other person unintentionally and without previous hostility. But the slayer must stay in that city and be tried by the local assembly, which will render a judgment. And he must continue to live in that city until the death of the high priest who was in office at the time of the accident. After that, he is free to return to his own home in the town from which he fled.”

The following cities were designated as cities of refuge: Kedesh of Galilee, in the hill country of Naphtali; Shechem, in the hill country of Ephraim; and Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron), in the hill country of Judah. On the east side of the Jordan River, across from Jericho, the following cities were designated: Bezer, in the wilderness plain of the tribe of Reuben; Ramoth in Gilead, in the territory of the tribe of Gad; and Golan in Bashan, in the land of the tribe of Manasseh. These cities were set apart for all the Israelites as well as the foreigners living among them. Anyone who accidentally killed another person could take refuge in one of these cities. In this way, they could escape being killed in revenge prior to standing trial before the local assembly.

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