You can catch the flu, but you’re better off if you don’t. You can catch fish at the Lake, and as the Dallas Cowboys remind their fans each week: you can’t catch everything. However, there are some things you can catch. Arthur Brooks wrote an article regarding “Moral Elevation.” Defined as an emotional state that leads individuals to act virtuously when exposed to the virtue of others. A group watched an episode of Oprah where the guests expressed gratitude for their mentors. They reported feeling uplifted, more optimistic about humanity & warm in the chest. This internal warmness results in a desire to externally extend warm acts of love to others. While Oprah produced a type of warmness in the chest, Jesus was known for producing a type of HEARTBURN as well. In Luke 24, after an encounter with 2 travelers on the road to Emmaus, Jesus shared a meal with them, blessed them and encouraged them. After that, He left. The travelers said, “weren’t our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?” They experienced a morally elevating act to say the least. These heart-burned travelers left the safety of their home in the middle of the night, so they could encourage others distraught at the supposed death of JESUS. Some might say they Paid It Forward, much like if the person in front of you paid for your Starbucks. They did more than Pay It Forward, they shared a morally elevating message about the ONE who paid it all.
Jesus said in John 15 that every branch in Him will bear much fruit (v5). When you are in Him you are aware of the incomprehensible love that you have been shown Eph 3:17, demonstrated through the cross of Christ (Rom 5:8). This love changes you 2 Cor 5:17. Lao Tuz says being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. This love gives you the strength to produce fruit. Fruit like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Gal 5:22-23). A branch never eats its own fruit; it s always for others. When we bear much fruit, the Father is glorified and the world is better for it (2 Cor 9:13). When Moses saw the BURNING BUSH he would soon lead people from slavery to a the Promised Land. When Zacchaeus the tax collector met the Light of the World, he gave half of his possessions to the poor (Lk 19:8). As a follower of Jesus, you have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places (Eph 1:3). How will you pass it on today? Let’s be sure what we pass on is worth catching?
Easter is one month from today. (March 5)….this week Liz Meyers stepped up and asked if her family could decorate our church for Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Resurrection Day? Below you can see a list of items she wants to use in the decoration. If you would like to help provide any of these items please contact her….cell phone or text 573-289-2897 – or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
My initial list included:
6 large palm branches (preferable made from plastic so we can reuse them next year)
4 Easter Lilies (live plants)
8 Hyacinths (live plants–any color is fine)
This weekend we will Spring Forward – lose an hour sleep – but gain an hour of daylight. The little image says it all….
The sermons for the weekends of March 7/8 and 14/15 – will center on the 10 Commandments. This weekend we will look at the 1st 4 commandments – and the following weekend we will look pick up the final 6 commandments. Why are they called The 10 Commandments – the word commandment is not mentioned in Ex 20:1-17? Is Sunday the Christians Sabbath? Is the Christian commanded to keep the Sabbath Holy? Can we go to heaven is we keep the 10 Commandments? Which commandment trips you up? Which commandment is easiest for you to keep? Which commandment is NOT repeated in the New Testament. Hope everyone is planning on sharing in this 2-part series and plan to invite a guest?
This empty plate is a reminder to all of us that because last week’s snowstorm – we canceled church…….Even though our services were canceled – the bills were not canceled. Please consider this as you attend this weekend basking in the warmth of 50 degrees. Our Savior said it is better to give than receive – and that He loves a “cheerful giver.” Let’s make Jesus exceeding cheerful!!!!!
· Andrea Turner – (our good friend from Forum – dealing with Leukemia) just read her blog- they are trying more experimental drugs – she continues to be fatigued and joint and bone pain – they have had a lot of disappointments lately – · Connie Edward’s requests we pray for a co-workers husband who had a stroke mid week – Greg DeLine · We might say a prayer for the millions affected by the current winter storm from New Mexico to New Jersey. Heather/Janeil drove upteen hours last night getting from Indy to Lexington….14 ½ inches of snow (But they are safe)…. PTL – Kay Baker is rejoicing in the fact the “infusion” she received last Friday has allowed her to be more pain free and more mobile each day · The weather has played havoc with our D-Groups meeting consistently. Please lift them up to God in prayer that personal interest will NOT lag because of meeting infrequently. · Pray for God’s will to be done on the global stage – this world is in a mess. The answer is not in the UN or the White House – but in the CHURCH HOUSE….may we be about our Father’s Business…..(2 Pet 3:9) – God is not willing that any should perish but all should come to repentance.
Discovery is so blessed – Eileen Detore of our fellowship will lead us in the Seder Meal. The exact time is yet to be determined – but I would hope every one of us will clear our calendar so we may participate in this very beautiful meal. It is full of teaching – and showing how prophecy was fulfilled in Jesus. The Seder is a ritual performed by a community or by multiple generations of a family, and often by Christian Churches – retelling of the story of the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. This story is in the Book of Exodus in the Hebrew Bible. The Seder itself is based on the Biblical verse commanding Jews to retell the story of the Exodus from Egypt: Exodus 13:8 “You shall tell your child on that day, saying, ‘It is because of what the LORD did for me when I came out of Egypt.'” Traditionally, families and friends gather in the evening to read the text of the Haggadah. The Haggadah contains the narrative of the Israelite exodus from Egypt, special blessings and rituals, commentaries from the Talmud, and special Passover songs. Seder customs include telling the story, discussing the story, drinking four cups of wine, eating matza, partaking of symbolic foods placed on the Passover Seder Plate, and reclining in celebration of freedom.
Exodus 20: 12 “Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you. 13 “You must not murder. 14 “You must not commit adultery. 15 “You must not steal. 16 “You must not testify falsely against your neighbor. 17 “You must not covet your neighbor’s house. You must not covet your neighbor’s wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbor.” 18 When the people heard the thunder and the loud blast of the ram’s horn, and when they saw the flashes of lightning and the smoke billowing from the mountain, they stood at a distance, trembling with fear. 19 And they said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen. But don’t let God speak directly to us, or we will die!” 20 “Don’t be afraid,” Moses answered them, “for God has come in this way to test you, and so that your fear of him will keep you from sinning! 21 As the people stood in the distance, Moses approached the dark cloud where God was.