Newsletter-The Help Of Friends

The Help Of Friends
One day Jesus was teaching the people. The Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there too. They had come from every town in Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. The Lord (God) was giving Jesus the power to heal people. There was a man that was paralyzed (crippled). Some men carried him on a mat. The men tried to bring him and put him down before Jesus. But there were so many people that the men could not find a way to Jesus. So the men went up on the roof and lowered the crippled man down through a hole in the ceiling. They lowered the mat {into the room} so that the crippled man was lying before Jesus. Jesus saw that these men believed. Jesus said to the sick man, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”
Sometimes Jesus sees the faith of the person who needs to be healed and blesses them based upon their faith. Sometimes faith is not mentioned and doesn’t appear to be an issue in his healing ministry.
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Newsletter-A Bloody Nile

It has been said that San Diego, and Southern California as a whole, is essentially a desert with an ocean next to it.  Take away the ocean and San Diego would have about as much to offer as any other desert town.  There would be no ocean breeze to make the climate ideal throughout the year – temperatures would be in the 90s but with no beach within thirty minutes.  There would be no cause for the Navy to be here, for Sea World to be here, or for vacationers and conventioneers to come.  Remove the ocean from San Diego and all of a sudden housing would be affordable.  San Diego would simply be one more dot on the map to someplace else.  Take away the ocean and the life of San Diego would dry up in a heart-beat.  San Diego is not built next to the ocean, but on the ocean.
Just as San Diego is a desert with an ocean next to it, so Egypt is a desert with a river running through it – the Nile.  Remove the Nile from Egypt and all of Egypt is a barren wasteland.  The Nile was the foundation of Egyptian civilization.  Their agriculture and economy depended upon the Nile.  It was not just a source of water and fish, but also of good soil.  The Nile is the longest river in the world (4,145 miles from its remotest headstream in Burundi, Africa).
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Newsletter- Flavoring the World, and Dispersing Darkness

Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.
“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
What are you doing with your life? It is a question I think we all ask ourselves at various points in our life. It is the question behind children’s dreams and stories about what they will do and be when they get big. Young people wrestle with this question as they plan their future, choose schools, pick careers, make a new home for themselves. Those of us who are older sometimes look back on the past and wonder what we have done with our life. The difficulties, challenges, and losses of life often bring us face to face with this question. It is really a question about meaning, significance, purpose. In that question God is drawing us to himself. It is a question with which we will always struggle until we begin to seek meaning, significance, and purpose on God’s terms and for the love of others.
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Newsletter-Stop Making Excuses

Stop Making Excuses

Raise your hand if you find yourself making excuses when asked to do something HARD and scary! Surely, I’m not the only one! When I am asked to do something scary, I really want to say “no, I can’t do that!” But something stops me before I reply, He says to think and pray about it before making such a rash decision. I am reminded of Moses telling God he has this stutter… as if God didn’t already know that! Take a look at the whole passage of Exodus 6. You will see these amazing WOW GOD promises from God… but Moses would miss out on them if he didn’t follow through and obey God. All I can think of is, what promises would I miss out on if I say “NO, I can’t do that!”
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Newsletter-Who Is This Lord?

Pharaoh asked Moses, “Who is the LORD?” It was a brilliant question! And although Pharaoh didn’t realize it at that moment, this was the most important thing he would ever ask in his lifetime. It is highly probable that Pharaoh already knew of Israel’s God, which turns his statement from a sincere question into an arrogant rejection of God’s power and authority to make a demand of Egypt’s human king.
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Newsletter-When You Have Lost Your Cutting Edge

Elisha had charge over a group of young prophets, and they came and told him the place they were meeting was too small and that they needed to build a larger one. As they were building, an ax head that one of the prophets had borrowed fell into the Jordan River. Elisha threw a wooden stick into the river in the exact spot where the ax head had sunk, and by the power of God, the heavy iron floated to the surface. Elisha made the young student personally take the ax head out of the water.
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Newsletter-False Humility

False Humility

Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” – Exodus 3:11
One of the lessons God had been teaching Moses for a long time is the lesson of humility. It came in an especially clear way when Moses tried to rescue Israel on his own and got himself chased out of Egypt (see Exodus 2:11-15). It also came through forty years of tending sheep in Midian-a life far different from the one Moses probably envisioned for himself when he was living in the house of Pharaoh!
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“The Lord saw how bad the sins of everyone on earth had become. They only thought about evil things. The Lord was very sad that he had made human beings on the earth. His heart was filled with pain.” Genesis 6:5-6 NIV
It could be easy to think that we are living in that same evil today. I am sure that the anger and violence in our world does hurt God’s heart, but in Genesis 6, God is actually talking about a time long, long ago. A time where people turned against one another and everyone had turned their back on God. Everyone except one man.
“Here is the story of Noah’s family line. Noah was a godly man. He was without blame among the people of his time. He walked faithfully with God. Noah had three sons. Their names were Shem, Ham and Japheth. The earth was very sinful in God’s eyes. It was full of people who did mean and harmful things. God saw how sinful the earth had become. All its people were living very sinful lives. So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to everyone. They have filled the earth with their harmful acts. I am certainly going to destroy them and the earth. So make yourself an ark out of cypress wood. Make rooms in it. Cover it with tar inside and out.” Genesis 6:9-14 NIV

Financial Peace University


Starting Sunday, February 12th at 6:00 p.m. Dennis Horst will be teaching The Financial Peace University Class. There will be a sign up sheet at the information desk. If you have any questions please see Dennis.

Newsletter-Messy Love

Messy Love
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Most of us can remember a time as children when our parents told us to clean up before dinner. We may have been having company over or simply too dirty from playing to sit at a clean table! But this idea that we need to be presentable gets engrained in us as we grow up, and continues to sink its roots deeper within us. Some high schoolers spend hours in the morning picking out the perfect outfits, applying make-up and straightening hair, or making sure their hats are tilted just like Justin Bieber’s.
We work so hard to present ourselves with a certain image, and it often becomes an obsession. Unfortunately, this doesn’t end in high school or even college. In fact, as we age it frequently gets worse. We move into buying homes, cars and jet skis that we can’t afford simply to impress our neighbors and ourselves.
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