Recent crises brought on by the earthquake in Haiti, Hurricane Ida, flooding through the midsouth, and the military pullout of Afghanistan have been foremost in our prayers. You may have a good idea of what relief efforts look like for natural disasters. But if you are like most, you don't have as good an idea on what relief efforts for a man-made disaster such as what is taking place in Afghanistan look like. For this reason, I am linking to an e-mail I received from the International Mission Board and North American Board concerning Send Relief. You will find out what efforts are underway and how you can help. Attached to this e-mail is a page entitled "10 Ways to Pray for Afghan Refugees."
Incidentally, our Rheubin South Missouri Missions Offering (MMO) begins promotion tomorrow, and a portion of every dollar given goes to support disaster relief efforts both in Missouri and elsewhere in the US. Our goal for this offering set by our Mission Vision Team is $1500.
THE LORD'S DAY is TOMORROW!
I'm looking forward to being with you on the Lord's Day tomorrow as we start a new series simply entitled "The Church." Over the next several weeks, we will be looking at the subject of the church under the following headings:
1. What is the Nature of the Church of Jesus Christ?
2. What are the Attributes and Marks of the Church?
3. What Does the Bible Say About Leadership in the Church?
4. What Does the Bible Say About the Membership in the Church?
5. What Does the Bible Say About the Ordinances of the Church?
6. What Does the Bible Say About Discipline in the Church?
7. What is the Warfare of the Church?
We'll be singing "O Church, Arise" (Keith & Kristyn Getty; Stuart Townend) across the weeks of this series, so take a few moments to listen to it if you aren't familiar with it.
We will gather for Sunday School/Bible Study for All Ages at 9:30 am, followed by corporate worship at 10:40 am in the Sanctuary. Here are the Scriptures we will be reading in the morning service. Please spend a few moments reading and meditating on them. Click on any of the links to read a printable version of all the selected Scriptures.
Fighter Verses: 2 Corinthians 9:6-7
Call to Worship: Psalm 146
Old Testament: Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23
New Testament: James 2:1-10. (11-13), 14-17
Prayer of Confession: Psalm 86: 1-7
Assurance of Pardon: Psalm 86: 12-13
Sermon Text: Matthew 16:13-20; 18:15-20
Benediction: Numbers 6:24-26
ICYMI: Last Sunday’s Message Saved By Faith Luke 7:36-50
Please visit our YouTube Channel to see the edited service video.
READ THROUGH THE BIBLE schedule is attached. We are on Week 36. (That's right, we are 2/3 of the way through 2021).
BONUS: Fear is an emotion which may be legitimate or illegitimate, good or bad, depending on the context. Fear is something we all experience, and some more than others. Looking to the Scriptures and wise counsel from Puritans like John Flavel and Richard Baxter, later churchmen like Charles Spurgeon and J.C. Ryle, and contemporary counselors like Ed Welch and David Powlison, the Just Thinking Podcast team Darrel Harrison and Virgil Walker do a deep dive into the subject "Why Are You Afraid?" Don't be daunted by the nearly 3-hour length. It is worth it. I listened to it in big chunks beginning Monday and finishing up Friday. I heartily recommend their podcast in general and this episode in particular. You will be encouraged and likely challenged in your thinking.
See you in church!
Grace and peace,
Pastor Greg Dixon