For those of us who use social media on a regular basis we are constantly asked to pray for situations in the lives of people we know and some we only incidentally know. Our typical responses are something like “Praying” or “Praying now.” I know one guy who immediately posts a brief prayer in response to the request. I know others who simply click the “Like” button indicating they will pray. At least I think that’s what they mean. Continue reading
Dear Teen & Parents,
The Javellanas are planning a movie night at the building Saturday, October 25th from 5 to 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 1 – we will be babysitting for the Teacher Appreciation Dinner at the church building from 5 -8 p.m. Pizza will be served.
Sunday, November 2, Teen devotional at Caitlyn Taylor’s house after evening services
Wednesday, November 5, Singing at the Sunrise Assisted Living Center
Saturday, November 8, Leesha and Caitlyn are planning a night of ice skating for the teens. More details to follow.
November 14-16, 4 of our teens (Janelle, Kenlie, Lydia and Ethan) are in the production of the Sound of Music – come out and support them. $9 for students/seniors. Tickets can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com or at the door. The performances will be at the Broomfield Auditorium at 3 Community Park Road in Broomfield.
Love, Vivek and Stephen
Too Busy…Read Hebrews 9:27, “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.
Too Many Hypocrites…Read Revelation 3:4, “You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy.”
Too Tired…Read Matthew 11:28, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.”
Too Far…Read Romans 8:38-39, “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Someone Hurt my Feelings…Read Matthew 7:12, “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”
Clothing Not Good Enough…Read James 2:1-5, “My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,” have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?”
Church Not Popular…Read 7:13-14 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
Had Company…Read Luke 8:39, “Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has done for you.” And he went his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.”
Weather Too Bad…Read Romans 8:35, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”
Don’t Want To…Read Hebrews 4:1 & Luke 13:3, “Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it.” “I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”
— Copied, Author Unknown
About two years ago I joined an organization as a part of a hobby I enjoy on a regular basis. This national organization asked if I would like to receive updates, news, and information related to my area of interest. I thought, “Sure. Why not? At least I’ll be getting emails I’m interested in.” So, I clicked “Yes.” Little did I know at that time, but I was about to be bombarded by emails from that organization. More than that, I was inundated with email from every affiliate organization of this primary organization.
They have hundreds, literally, hundreds of affiliates. My email box received 12-20 emails every day with updates, news, and information from the primary organization and their affiliates every day. So, I went to the primary organizations website and I unsubscribed from all updates, news, and information. I thought this would stop the flood. I was wrong. I had to unsubscribe from every one of their affiliates as well. Every day. For weeks this went on. Even now one or two of these emails per week traumatizes me. I have considered changing my email address, relocating across the country, and living under an alias just to get away from them!
About twice per year I sit down and spend an hour going through email and unsubscribing. One thing I’ve noticed about these organizations “unsubscribe” options on their emails and websites is that you have to carefully pay attention to the questions they ask. Just clicking “Unsubscribe” will get you out of some email lists, but not all of them. In fact, sometimes, if you’re not careful, you’ll end up getting even more! They reroute you to a webpage and ask you a dozen questions and if you don’t click all the right options you’ll often stay on the list and in some cases receive even more unwanted emails. Oh what a tangled web they weave.
The spiritual insight I’m driving toward is this: Sin is a tangled web woven to capture and keep us. At some point in the past we subscribed to sin. Maybe it was a particular sin; maybe just sin in general. It doesn’t matter. Satan doesn’t need to entangle us in a particular sin because any old sin will do. We wanted to receive updates, news, and information. We were interested. But when we received a new life in Christ we also received a new Lord and a new Lord gave us His Spirit and His Spirit wants us to unsubscribe from sin. Not just a particular sin. We are to unsubscribe from all sin. Period. No exceptions.
It does us good to sit down periodically and consider the junk sin we are still subscribed to in our lives. Sure, we’ve unsubscribed (perhaps) from the major stuff. But the Devil is sneaky and deceives us into thinking some sin is still okay as long as it’s incidental and occasional. As long as my sin is passive then it’s easy to just let it keep passively showing up in my life. Satan doesn’t care which sin we are still subscribed to as long as we are keeping our subscription.
When you were baptized into Christ and raised up with Him from the dead (spiritual death), you were made alive with Him, forgiven, and Jesus canceled the debt of sin that was against you. (Read Colossians 2:11-14) In short, when you were given new life in Christ your debt to sin was “unsubscribed.” The language is powerful in Colossians. Jesus didn’t just whip out His Visa card and pay our debt. The text says that Jesus nailed our debt to the cross. To be clear, that means Jesus was nailed to the cross and He took our sin away by taking it upon Himself to take it away from us.
Perhaps today is a good day to consider the sin in your life and unsubscribe. Make a list. Confess it. And let God unsubscribe you today. His unsubscribe option isn’t hard to find and it works 100% of the time. ~ Sam
Have you ever been given the run-around? You know, you’re trying to get a straight answer on something and you just keep getting brushed off or sent on a wild goose chase. (I don’t even know what a wild goose chase is . . . do they have domestic goose chases?) It seems like more and more often I find myself calling an organization to get information and I get a message system that offers every answer except for the one I’m searching for and then they ask me to leave a message and they’ll get back to me . . . and then they don’t. It’s frustrating. Continue reading