POTLUCK TODAY: please stay and enjoy a good meal and a time of fellowship together.
TIMBERS TODAY: Unless they close Timbers again for flu problems, we will worship with them at 2:30 P.M. We’ll announce during worship whether or not they are open.
SENIORS BRUNCH TUESDAY at 11:00 A.M. at Golden Corral in Mishawka. Everyone is welcome to come and eat and visit with Christians from the area.
GLYNN AND ANN LANGSTON will be here next Sunday for our evening service. We support their blind ministry and if you have not met a blind evangelist who speaks five languages you do not know what you have missed. Plan on being here.
LADIES' GET-TOGETHER at SAINT JOSEPH on FEBRUARY 13. A social meal with the Saint Joseph sisters is planned for the February 13 at 6:30 P.M. at Chili's, 1275 Hilltop Rd., in Saint Joseph. Please see Tracey if you can go. They need a count.
SPECIAL DAY on MAY 26. We need 20 workers to be here on the May 26 for a community food give away. Save the date. We need you.
JULY 11 & 18 — FUN FAIR AND AREA SINGING HERE.
INTRODUCTION — The Bible uniquely elevates women.
A. Not just Mary or ElizabethI. ANNA — Luke 2:36-38
B. Some lesser names can teach us a lot.
A. Widow to the age of 84 — never left the Temple.II. THE WIDOW'S “MITE” — Mark 12:41-42; Luke 21:1-4
B. Was a teacher (verse 36)
C. The role of widows and widowers in the church.
A. Why do you think she did this?III. THE WOMAN WHO HAD BLED FOR 12 YEARS
B. Description of giving in today’s world.
1. Most of us give out of what we can spareC. The widow gave out of love — 2 Corinthians 9:6-7.
2. If you think, “How much do I have to give?” — don't.
A. The lesson is not the miracle — Mark 5:24-34.IV. THE WOMAN WITH THE ALABASTER VASE.
Verse 34 — “Daughter.”B. Who has the strongest faith in your family?
A. John 12:1-8; Matthew 26:7-13; Mark 14:3-9V. IN CHRISTIANITY WOMEN HAVE BEEN LEADERS
1. Mary, sister of Martha — Luke 10:38-42B. Men led by Judas are griping.
2. Both women are serving.
A. Financially supported Christ — Luke 8:1-3.VI. CHRISTIANITY IS A FRIEND TO WOMEN
B. Followed Christ from Galilee to the very end.
1. Matthew 7:61; 28:1-10; Mark 16:1-10; John 19:25C. Women were of primary importance in all things.
2. First to witness resurrection — John 20:1, 11-18.
1. The Samaritan woman — John 4:4-42
2. Lois and Eunice — 2 Timothy 1:5
A. Enormous contrast to Judaism, Islam, Buddhism
B. Atheism denigrates women as sex objects.
1. Survival of the fittest — animal world is model.C. Thank God for our women!
2. “Fittest” is defined as strongest.
THE BACK PAGE
Before we talk about the biblical implications of the Superbowl, let me invite you to our house tonight to watch it. After our Bible study of Luke you are invited to go to my house where the game is being recorded so we can watch the commercials and pregame stuff and then watch the game itself. Pizza, popcorn, and soft drinks will be provided plus potluck leftovers. Come to Bible class at 6:30 P.M. and we will caravan after class.
Having said that, let me ask you to consider what message the Superbowl sends to the world. Did you ever add up how much money is directly and indirectly involved in the Superbowl? Add the salaries of the players, the cost of security, the physical construction of the stadium improvements made just for the Superbowl, the cost of television, the travel expenses involved, the cost of commercials, etc. Those who have done this tell us that the cost of the Superbowl is in the billions of dollars.
I have an African friend who has been working with the drilling of fresh water wells in Africa and is involved in finding relief for the starving families in those nations. He tells me all he can think of as he sees what is involved in the Superbowl is the fact that if the money spent on the Superbowl was redirected to providing relief in Africa all of the suffering could be stopped. Similar comments have been made about the entertainment industry and the money made by movie stars and entertainment celebrities. How can we justify an entertainment figure making $50 million in a year while a policeman or teacher is making $50 thousand?
The answer to that question is that we cannot. We watch presidential candidates aspiring to run for office and whether they can get on the ballot or not depends upon how much money they can raise, and again we are talking in the millions of dollars. Our society has drifted so far from God that the only time we are brought to a remembrance of how fragile and tentative life can be is when something like the recent tragedy of Kobe Bryant jolts us to the fact that millions of dollars does not matter when you die.
Abraham Lincoln said in 1838, “If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author.” Columnist Georgie Ann Geyer has written, “I have come to the conclusion that it is impossible to have a moral community or nation without faith in God, because without it everything comes down to ‘me’ and ‘me’ alone is meaningless.” The French historian Alexis de Tocqueville wrote, “America is great because America is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” That was written 170 years ago. Could it be said about America today? Would this passage not apply today? “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
— John Clayton
Our sign by the street!
Sign saying from www.sayingsforchurchsigns.com, slightly modified.
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