As we venture into this Christmas Season we are no doubt aware of the brokenness of the world that surrounds us. We see the bitterness and hostility that exists between neighbors, communities and the nation. We see broken relationships and unforgiving hearts. The phrase comes to mind, “As goes the family, so goes a nation.” The people of Israel were in a situation longing for hope. This can be seen in Luke 2:25-32.
“And there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the...
“If we pause to think, we’ll have cause to thank!” When I heard this quote it really hit me that I get so busy, even with ministry, that I overlook that which I should be thankful for. That neglect lead to overlooking those I am thankful towards. Paul reminds us that we should always live a life of thanksgiving. In 1 Thessalonians 5:18 it says, “…in everything give thanks; for this God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
I am thankful for those who volunteer to take up responsibilities around the church which enable the church to function; those who teach Sundays and throughout the week, ministering to children, youth and adults; those who serve in the nursery so others can be ministered to; those who pick weeds and do the yard work (mowing); those who pick...
Here we go once again. School is back in session and we are going to be back in session for the “Digging Deeper” Bible Study. We will be starting back up Monday, September 9th at 6pm. “Digging Deeper” is a weekly Bible study held on Monday’s 6pm-8pm. We approach this study of the Bible as if one were in a college or seminary class.
We will be doing a quick overview of Genesis 1-11 in our first session in case you were not able to be a part of last semester’s study. The following week we will pick up with Genesis 12. We want to help those who want to know the Bible and are committed to go deeper.
Paul admonished Timothy to allow the wisdom that came from his knowledge of the Bible to give direction in his life. Paul says it this way in 2 Tim 3:14-...
This summer has been a busy summer, and there is still more to come!
I want to thank everyone who helped out with Vacation Bible School. Between children to adults we had excellent attendance. Or VBS offering was for the Henry County Rescue Mission and over $200 was raised. There were a couple of students who made decisions for Christ during the week. Keep them in prayer as they are being disciple.
Please keep our other endeavors for outreach to the Clinton community as Praise Camp will be going on August 6th-9th. Pray for Jeff, Amanda, and the Youth who are leading Praise Camp that they will have the energy, strength, and patience to disciple the children attending.
Keep Seeds of Faith in prayer as they are in the process of moving items and setting up for class...
This time of year some are planting gardens. This is all being done with anticipation that there will be some sort of outcome. We plant flower bulbs with the desire to see the flowers they produce in their time. We plant crops with the expectation there will be a harvest in proper time.
As Christians we are to be involved in an endeavor much the same as planting a garden. We are supposed to be busy sowing spiritual seeds by sharing Christ with those the Lord has placed in our lives. Some of them have hearts that just need a little prompting to seek Christ. Others have some rocks that need to be removed to make way for the seed of God’s truth to take root. Others have so many cares and concerns that distract them from experiencing the goodness of God’s presence. Regard...
A New Year many times means a new start. Have you ever had a problem with your computer where it locks up on you and you have no other choice to “reboot” it? Though it is frustrating that you have lost all the work you have invested before your computer ceased, it is good to know you can start over.
As we come into the New Year you may be looking for a new start in one way shape or form. I have found an opportunity to start anew when it comes to a relationship with a family member. Much of the difficulties this other family member and I have experienced have accumulated over the years and we both agreed that we needed to start over. The ministry of reconciliation is difficult but God wants us to work towards reconciliation. A new start may mean a new life.
BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL," which translated means, "GOD WITH US."
Matt 1:23 (NASB)
We celebrate the most amazing truth that mankind could ever wish for, God with us. Those who have come to know Christ as Savior and Lord understand Him to be God almighty becoming human. This is called “The Incarnation.” God promised in Isaiah 7:14 that He was going to this and Matthew 1:23 is the fulfillment of this passage.
God’s desire was always to have man in His presence. He created mankind to be in His presence, but Adam’s sin caused a separation that only God could fix. He said He was going to that in Genesis 3:15. Later when God met with the people of Israel He expressed that He didn’t want to dwell on...
Harvest Fest is coming Wednesday, Oct. 31st, from 6:00-8:00 pm. This is one NEB’s largest outreaches to children and their families. We have many opportunities to volunteer. We are looking for groups of four+ (maybe a family, Sunday School class etc.) to take one booth to help setup and assist with the booth on the night of Harvest Fest. There will be a sign-up sheet in the Flex room. If you have any questions, contact Amanda Sargent. We will also need contributions of candy. Thanks for your help!