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Reading of the Week / April 23, 2017
Saturday, 22 April 2017

                                       
These things are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.                     

                                                                                                John 20:31 (NRSV)
                                       
 

 
Record of our Financial Faithfullness / April 23, 2017
Saturday, 22 April 2017


2017 Church Budget:                                                                  $142,700.00
          
Tithes/Offerings Needed per Week                                                   2,744.23
Total tithes/offerings received  Apr.16                                             8,993.00

Total needed to meet budget through Apr.16                                 43,907.59
Total tithes/offerings received through Apr. 16                              40,467.00

Bring to the storehouse a full tenth of what you earn so there will be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD All-Powerful. “I will open the windows of heaven for you and pour out all the blessings you need.”   Malachi 3:10 (NCV

 
Prayer Requests / Week of April 23, 2017
Saturday, 22 April 2017

LIFTING UP OUR CHURCH FAMILY IN PRAYER

Ongoing prayers:

Frank & Ruby Miller,  
Jeri Bryan,
JoAnne Wells,
Helen Black (also Joan and John),
Rebecca Garza,
Ridge Riley,
Scooter Kirby,  
Janie Landon,
Caroline Flint,
Phillip Dabbs,
Linda Kimbro,
Judy and Jack Lunn,
Sara Davies,
Earl Brown and family,
Kayla and Lisa Lee,
Weston Mallard,
Bess White,
John & Joan’s granddaughter Nicole,
Don Logner’s mother, grandmother Mary Oakley, cousin Brittany and uncle Greg Riley,
Bill & Jessie Ray,
Shirley Graham,
Jimmy Griffin,
Cody McDade,  
Bobby Efland,
Donnie Rountree,
Frances Griffin,
Stephanie Mulligan and baby Isaac,
Randy Tate,
Geof Gledhill’s sister Denise,
Abby Schreiber,
Prayerfully consider your gifts and financial support of our church’s ministry and mission for God.

Homebound or in nursing homes:  

Naomi Wilson at Carolina Point in Durham

 

 
GUIDE TO PRAYER & STUDY / Week of April 23-29, 2017
Saturday, 22 April 2017

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Monday, April 24:  Read John 20:24-31.

When the other disciples said Jesus was alive, Thomas didn’t believe them. Thomas’ doubts and fears melted away in the loving presence of the living Jesus. Though Jesus challenged Thomas’ skeptical spirit, he welcomed his renewed faith. The phrase “doubting Thomas” is familiar, but it’s not the whole story. After he worked through his doubt, Thomas’ “my Lord and my God” is the firmest confession of faith in John’s gospel. How have you found that it’s better to honestly face your doubts than to ignore them? How can dealing with doubt lead you to stronger faith? Like Thomas, we have access to eyewitness evidence that Jesus is alive. Like him, we ultimately need to see with our hearts more than with our eyes. How are you responding each day to the call to believe in Jesus and find life in him?  

Tuesday, April 25:  Read John 21:15-17.

Peter denied Jesus three times. Now Jesus gave Peter the chance to affirm his love three times, perhaps as a way to move beyond that sad time forever. It’s hard for English translations to show this, but Peter used a less sweeping word for love than Jesus did. But Jesus accepted Peter’s love, and focused on the future rather than the past. Peter said he loved Jesus. Of course, he had done that, loudly, just hours before denying Jesus. Jesus’ reply was an assignment: “Feed my sheep.” What does it tell you about Jesus that he trusted Peter with this vital work even after Peter’s denial? How had “hitting bottom” equipped Peter to be a better “shepherd”?   

Wednesday, April 26:  Read Acts 2:32-39.

When Peter preached this sermon at Pentecost it had been 40 days since he had denied knowing Jesus. Now, this same man, in the same city, boldly declared his faith and led 3000 to accept Jesus in one day! What changed Peter from a cowering denier to a courageous proclaimer of Jesus? How do verses 32 and 36 reveal the source of Peter’s boldness? How does knowing that God has raised Jesus from the dead change your approach to your day-to-day life? The question “What should we do?” is not limited to people 2000 years ago in Jerusalem. In fact, Peter said the promise was for them and their children “and all who are far off” – which includes all of us. How do Peter’s words in verses 38-39 speak to you at whatever stage of your spiritual journey you find yourself?

Thursday, April 27:  Read Acts 4:24-31.

Peter kept on preaching and performing signs in Jesus’ name. Now the very same people who condemned Jesus brought Peter and John in, threatened them, ordered them to stop preaching. But Peter was a wholly different man. Jesus’ resurrection and grace replaced Peter’s fear with an earth-shaking boldness. In what ways can you experience the power Peter and John drew on? What did it mean to the disciples, under these circumstances, that God is the Creator and sustainer of life (verse 24)? What things did Jesus’ followers ask for? What do you learn from this prayer that can deepen your conversation with God and your reliance on divine power?  

Friday, April 28:  Read 1 Peter 1:3-9.

Peter had learned the hard way how vital it is to bring all our anxieties to God in trusting prayer. He had seen the risen Lord. He knew now that all earthly struggles are only for a while, and that God’s restoration is an eternal reality. What steps did Peter go through to learn to cast all his anxiety on God? What does it mean for you to cast all your anxiety on God? In what ways have you learned to trust that God cares for you? In what parts of life, if any, is it still hard for you to trust that? Take those concerns to God in prayer.  

Saturday, April 29:

Reflect on your week’s readings, and join us for Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. Worship is our human response to the goodness, mercy and love of God. It is also a moment in which God speaks to us, renews us, forgives us and reminds us of who we are, and Whose we are.


 
Reading of the Week / April 16, 2017
Friday, 14 April 2017

                                       
Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the LORD.                                       

                          Psalm 118:19 (NRSV)
                                       
 

 
Record of our Financial Faithfullness / April 16, 2017
Friday, 14 April 2017


2017 Church Budget:                                                                    $142,700.00
          
Tithes/Offerings Needed per Week                                                     2,744.23
Total tithes/offerings received  Apr.9                                                 1,917.00

Total needed to meet budget through Apr.9                                     41,163.36
Total tithes/offerings received through Apr. 9                                  31,474.00

Bring to the storehouse a full tenth of what you earn so there will be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD All-Powerful. “I will open the windows of heaven for you and pour out all the blessings you need.”   Malachi 3:10 (NCV)