“This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:12-13 (NASB)
This Sunday morning all children, 2 yr olds -12th grade, will meet in the big classroom in the main building due to teachers out of town. Collin & Tasha will be overseeing the class titled Have You Seen Jesus Today?
Sunday is our monthly Singing/Fellowship night. We will meet in the family center at 6:00p for singing and devo, immediately following we will share a meal together. Please bring potluck dishes and desserts.
John 15:13 (NASB)
“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends…”
Memorial Day, a time when we remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for what they believed was more important, the freedom of others. Jesus talked about the greatest love one could have for others. He said it was to lay down ones own life:
12 “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.
13 “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.
14 “You are My friends if you do what I command you.
15 “No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.
16 “You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.
17 “This I command you, that you love one another (John 15:12–17 NASB).
As we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, it bears upon us to do all that we can to sustain and share its blessings with those we call friend. More importantly, this Lord’s Day we give memorial to Him who came not to be served, but to serve and give His own life as the total ransom for many (Mark 10:45). It is our God-given capacity to give our lives up for the good of others (Rom 5:5,8). It is by God’s grace through the sacrifice of Christ Jesus that we are able to call one another “friend” in Him, and we do honor His memory when we keep His command to “love one another” (John 15:13,17).
Sunday at 5:00 in the large classroom off the south foyer come join the sewing fun, bring your project to work on and share with everyone. All are invited to come crochet, knit, sew, or work on other projects.
The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks (Luke 6:45).
Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4). The truth is we get to choose what we love. We can love this world and the things in it (1Jn 2:15-17); these things all pass away, they are temporary. We can choose to love the things of the Lord, His word, His mercy, His grace, His Spirit, His love, and His Son; these are eternal. We will in the end have chosen life or death. The end of the world and all the things in it is destruction. The end of those who have chosen to love this world and the sin in it will be eternal punishment, and those who have chosen to love Christ and be found in Him will find life (Matt 25:46; Rom 6:23). The Devil is shrewdly deceptive and sin is powerful (Eph 6:10-12). However, we have armor against both of these, even, a full armor in Christ Jesus (Eph 6:13-18).
David, the king, taught his son the protocol for accomplishing God’s fruitful purpose in our lives:
My son, pay attention to what I say;
listen closely to my words.
21 Do not let them out of your sight,
keep them within your heart;
22 for they are life to those who find them
and health to a man’s whole body.
23 Above all else, guard your heart,
for it is the wellspring of life (Prov 4:20-23 NIV).
Jesus, Himself, taught about the importance of the heart in bearing fruit for God, when He spoke about good trees with good fruit and bad trees with bad fruit: The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks (Luke 6:45). Our fruit comes from the heart. This is why it is so important for us to study, pray, and worship, because it helps to guard our hearts in Christ Jesus (Php 4:4-7).
3rd Sunday, May 21 , 2017
Sermon: Jay Don Poindexter
Song Leader: Joel Owens
Wednesday, May 14, 2017
Devo: Shelton Boyd
Song Leader: Zach Owens