Archive for November, 2008

Luke 17:11-19 Turning Back to Say Thanks 11/23/08 Thanksgiving Sunday

Luke 17:11-19 NRSV


11 On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, 13 they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14 When he saw them, he said to them, “[you] Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean. 15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. 16 He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. 17 Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? 18 Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.”


 465 ways to say thank you.

Gracious! Spanish
Arigato, Japan
Danke schön, German
Merci beaucoup, French
Gratcis, Italian
Wa'-do, Cherokee
Spa-si-bo, Russian
Shu-kur, Iraq
Ko-map-sum-nida, Korean
Ngiy-a-bonga, Zulu/Siswasi
Obrigado, Portuguese
Tack, Swedish

Thank you Jesus, Thank you Jesus, Thank you Jesus, My Savior, God
 For you brought me, Yes you brought me, you brought me a mighty long way.

 What did I learn in school about Thanksgiving?

            Pilgrims wore uncomfortable shoes and how many would you can spell using the letters in Thanksgiving and how many more if you use Happy Thanksgiving.


What did I learn at the family dinner table?

            How much good food can I stuff myself with in one day and how many football can we watch before we eat again?


What do we learn about being thankful when we come to Christ, as we gather as the body today, for church.



            465 languages and dialects … to say what?


Jesus says to the one who comes back to give thanks:

You don’t need anyone to validate or declare you are whole.

            You Already Know where to find you Joy.



Your faithfulness in gratefulness, has made you well

            Not the Eddy Haskell kind of thank you…

            The thank you that anticipates its own reward.


            An exercise in genuine GRATEFULNESS

                        Being Glad, Happy, Approving, at Peace

                        AND expressing it to those who provide.


Your appreciation has revealed your faith.

            Jesus highlights the one/tenth who turn in faithfulness

                        Thank you Jesus


Your turning back has set you free.

            There is a powerful personal commitment in turning back toward Jesus… we are turning our back on the empty words, the popular opinion of approval/acceptance of others.

Thank you for loving me know matter what.

            No matter how far.         No matter how long.

            No matter who says.      No matter who knows.


Thanksgiving is not a holiday, it is a Christian activity.

            It is the appropriate response to knowing

            The work and witness of Jesus Christ in your life.


Once you turn to Jesus, there is no need to go any other way        

I have decided to follow Jesus

No turning back, No turning back.

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“Emptied to Be Filled”

Philippians 2:1-13                   September 28, 2008                “Emptied to Be Filled”



1 If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, 2 make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. 5 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, 7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, 8 he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death– even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 12 Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.






Encouragers, Sharing in the Spirit, Compassion and Sympathy

            Hallmark of those in Chirst:

How do you do it?

            Have the same mind as Christ

            Be in full accord and one mind,

            Look not at your interest, but the interest of others first.


Here is the mind of Christ:

            God wants to be so close that he became a person

            And moved in with us.

            Taking on the weakness, temptations, fears, and dangers

            We face, and shows us, THROGH HIS OBEDIENCE



So that everyone would know, see, and have a way of SALVATION


Just as God is in Christ Jesus – So God is works in you.


Work out your own salvation: Accept, Follow, Trust: for yourself

            With fear and trembling: respect and awe


Have the mind of Christ and all is fulfilled…


Empty your mind: do not think of John McCain/ Barak Obama

Empty your mind: do NOT think of money, debt, stock markets

Empty you mind: do not worry, dread,

Empty your mind: Empty your thoughts: Be an open Vessel


See yourself as an    EMPTY

empty pot, an opened jar, a brand new box, reformatted hard drive

a new house with no furniture or furnishings, a fresh new sponge


What will you drink up?         What will you receive?

What will you believe?           Who will you trust?

Who will you fear?                 What will motive you?

What will satisfy you?            What will tempt you?

Who will test you?                  What will free you for Christ?

What will weight you down? Who will you let into your heart?



Encouragement, Sharing Spirit, Compassion and Sympathy

Show the best, Live in Spirit, Care from the Heart, See from all sides


EMPTY YOUR SELF of yourself,

and FILL yourself with Christ.

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The Grumbled 092108

Matthew 20:1-16       September 21, 2008      The Grumbled


1 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.  20:2 After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard.  20:3 When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace; 20:4 and he said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went. 20:5 When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock, he did the same.  20:6 And about five o’clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, ‘Why are you standing here idle all day?’ 20:7 They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard.’ 20:8 When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.’ 20:9 When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage. 20:10 Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage. 20:11 And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, 20:12 saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ 20:13 But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage?  20:14 Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you.  20:15 Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?  20:16 So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”


Unfair Economics

Grumbling at God’s Rules


Who will work at the start of the day?

Who will work after lunch?

Who fill in the gap of the last hour?


All receive what they are promised:

All are paid generously


Q: Why not all wait until the last hour?


Why are they unhappy that they all got paid? The all got work?


Are you an all day worker?

A half time worker

A hustle at the last minute worker?


A. The Kingdom of Heaven is a place of work, like a vineyard of grapes.

          Adam/Eve, care for garden

B. Kingdom of Heaven is a place where God’s is done through the people of God.

C. Kingdom of Heaven and the work of the church are the same work…

D. The Vineyard is Fannin County+

E. The work is God’s through us


F: Will you work or grumble?


The TASK is to make disciples.

          Our wages are knowing

          The kingdom NOW

To give witness in word/deed to Christ present in our lives.

          Are we too busy or too afraid?

Stop Complaining and Get to Work

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Fish, Hush Pupplies, Mustard and A Pearl for a Picnic

Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52       Fish, Hush puppies, Mustard and a Pearl


13:31 He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; 32 it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” 


33 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.”


13:44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.  45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls;  46 on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.  47


“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind;  48 when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad.  49 So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous  50 and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  51 “Have you understood all this?” They answered, “Yes.”  52 And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”




The Kingdom of Heaven is like.. SAYINGS


What is heaven like??

            Clouds and Pearly Gates?

            A Garden Paradise, Tropical? With/Without talking snakes?

            A square city of light that hold 144,000?


It is like the smallest of things that become the greatest of things

It is like yeast that is infectious of the whole lot of dough

It is like a treasure hidden and worth any price

It is like a net full of fish, divided good and the bad, thrown out.


What is heaven like?

            Is it a treasure that is hidden until we die

            A mystery for only those who believe


Heaven is a promised relationship with God.

            It is not about size.

                        But it grows large enough to be home for many.

            It is offered to all,

                        Just at the whole batch of dough becomes leaven

                        When yeast is introduced..

                                    It is not just for a chosen…

The chosen, were chosen to show the way, not protect the way.


            It is the greatest value,

                        even for those who have not yet fully found it.

            It is a being caught-up into the work of God

                        And being judged, good and bad.


Kingdom of heaven is like

            A master of a house who brings out his treasures…

                        Both OLD and NEW.


            It is a relationship with God that Grows…

                        It has a beginning and it grows from there.


            Remember when you first came to know Christ,

                        Or first heard of Christ?.. and knowing about become

                                    A knowing, WITHIN

                                                And within grows into

                                                Our time of feeling WITHOUT


What is Heaven? It is more than a garden, more than a place…

            It is our relationship with God, who we were, ARE, and

                        Who we are becoming in Christ.


When we all get to heaven… it’s going to be crowded?

When we all get to heaven, there will be a sorting of Good and Bad.

            Be Good, in the Goodness of Christ, and grow forth..more

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Give Me A Drink 033208

John 4:5-42

4:5 So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph.

4:6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon.

4:7 A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.”

4:8 (His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.)

4:9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.)

4:10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”

4:11 The woman said to him, “Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water?

4:12 Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?”

4:13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again,

4:14 but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.”

4:15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.”

4:16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come back.”

4:17 The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’;

4:18 for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true!”

4:19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I see that you are a prophet.

4:20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.”

4:21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.

4:22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.

4:23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him.

4:24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

4:25 The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us.”

4:26 Jesus said to her, “I am he, the one who is speaking to you.”

4:27 Just then his disciples came. They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you want?” or, “Why are you speaking with her?”

4:28 Then the woman left her water jar and went back to the city. She said to the people,

4:29 “Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?”

4:30 They left the city and were on their way to him.

4:31 Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, “Rabbi, eat something.”

4:32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.”

4:33 So the disciples said to one another, “Surely no one has brought him something to eat?”

4:34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to complete his work.

4:35 Do you not say, ‘Four months more, then comes the harvest’? But I tell you, look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting.

4:36 The reaper is already receiving wages and is gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together.

4:37 For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’

4:38 I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”

4:39 Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I have ever done.”

4:40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days.

4:41 And many more believed because of his word.

4:42 They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Savior of the world.”


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What did Nick Tell? 021308

John 3:1-17           February 13, 2008          “What did Nick tell to whom”

3:1 Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews.  2 He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.”  3 Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.”  4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?”  5 Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.  6 What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.   Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’  8 The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”  9 Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?”  10 Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?  11 “Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony.  12 If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things?  13 No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.  14 And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,  15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.  16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.  17 “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Jolly Rabbi Nicodemus, lean your ear this way, don’t you tell a single soul, what I’m going to say. Jesus said, if you want to go to heaven, you must be born again.


Give me the body


Did he talk to his wife

Did his talk with his Pharisee buddies

Did he tell no one, for fear

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Don’t Sweat the Journey

Matthew 4:1-11


1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  2 He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished.  3 The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.”  4 But he answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”  5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.'”  7 Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'” 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor;  9 and he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 10 Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! for it is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.'”  11 Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.


Travel Narrative: Disciples Journey


Lead up, BY THE SPIRIT,  (take a co-pilot)


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Exodus 24:12-18 24:12 The LORD said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain, and wait there; and I will give you the tablets of stone, with the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instruction.” 24:13 So Moses set out with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up into the mountain of God. 24:14 To the elders he had said, “Wait here for us, until we come to you again; for Aaron and Hur are with you; whoever has a dispute may go to them.” 24:15 Then Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. 24:16 The glory of the LORD settled on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days; on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the cloud.

 24:17 Now the appearance of the glory of the LORD was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel.

24:18 Moses entered the cloud, and went up on the mountain. Moses was on the mountain for forty days and forty nights.


Psalm 2   2:1 Why do the nations conspire, and the peoples plot in vain? 2:2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and his anointed, saying,

2:3 “Let us burst their bonds asunder, and cast their cords from us.” 2:4 He who sits in the heavens laughs; the LORD has them in derision. 2:5 Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, 2:6 “I have set my king on Zion, my holy hill.” 2:7 I will tell of the decree of the LORD: He said to me, “You are my son; today I have begotten you. 2:8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. 2:9 You shall break them with a rod of iron, and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” 2:10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth.  2:11 Serve the LORD with fear, with trembling kiss his feet, or he will be angry, and you will perish in the way; for his wrath is quickly kindled. Happy are all who take refuge in him.


Psalm 99    99:1 The LORD is king; let the peoples tremble! He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake! 99:2 The LORD is great in Zion; he is exalted over all the peoples. 99:3 Let them praise your great and awesome name. Holy is he! 99:4 Mighty King, lover of justice, you have established equity; you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob. 99:5 Extol the LORD our God; worship at his footstool. Holy is he! 99:6 Moses and Aaron were among his priests, Samuel also was among those who called on his name. They cried to the LORD, and he answered them. 99:7 He spoke to them in the pillar of cloud; they kept his decrees, and the statutes that he gave them. 99:8 O LORD our God, you answered them; you were a forgiving God to them, but an avenger of their wrongdoings.

99:9 Extol the LORD our God, and worship at his holy mountain; for the LORD our God is holy.


2 Peter 1:16-21 1:16 For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty. 1:17 For he received honor and glory from God the Father when that voice was conveyed to him by the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, my Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” 1:18 We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven, while we were with him on the holy mountain. 1:19 So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed. You will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 1:20 First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, 1:21 because no prophecy ever came by human will, but men and women moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.


Matthew 17:1-9    17:1 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. 17:2 And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. 17:3 Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. 17:4 Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 17:5 While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!” 17:6 When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. 17:7 But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.” 17:8 And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone. 17:9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

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The Business of Making Disciples

January 27, 2008         The Business of Making Disciples


12 Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee.  13 He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14 so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: 15 “Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali, on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles  16 the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.”  17 From that time Jesus began to proclaim, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”  18 As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea for they were fishermen.  19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.”  20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him.  21 As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them.  22 Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.  23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.


McDonalds’ is in the business of selling food fast and cheaply, at a profit.

Wal-Mart is in the business of selling many good as cheaply, at a profit.

Wall Street is in the business of selling high and buying low, at a profit.

The church is a business, it’s business is calling, teachings, and sending: DISCIPLES


What is our business, (Blue Ridge UMC?) 

A place to make friends?                                A building to maintain?

A place to eat and fellowship?                       A place to learn knowledge?


Christ’s business remains the same…

            Calling for repentance,

            Repentance is the attitude that prepares us for grace

            Grace is the opportunity to change, start over,

even though we have sinned.

            A persons’ response to grace begins the journey of discipleship.

            Disciples follow Jesus’ invitation.

                        Jesus invitation, teaching, healing, and direct call.

            To follow Christ’s teach, grow in faith, and in love of one another.

            Sometime we fail and are called to repent.

And the circle continues


What does is its goal, our profit is measured

in how we are making disciples

            We can be busy with much, but have no…

            My grandmother’s church had 48 members in 1950

            38 in 1970       28 in 1980       18 in 1990      8 in 2000

            And now it has four active members.

Is it making disciples? Should it be closed?


How do we, as the hands and feet, the active witness of Jesus:

            Make Disciples…

First, we have to claim the assurance that we, are disciples,

It is not just a historical term:

Second, we must claim the call Christ has on our own life.

Third, we share what we know, tell what we believe, love as Christ has love us.  WE CALL OTHERS to JOIN US.

Criticism from some

Fourth, we are not perfect in this journey, so we continue to extend grace to one another.

Fifth, we model repentance with one another.. and encourage one another closer to Christ.


The Church is not the building, not the steeple, is God’s people…

Who are not only following Christ for themselves, but

Those who are

            Following the example of making disciples share the word

                        Share the work of grace.. that all would love & follow

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C010607 “Chosen for All”


Isaiah 42:1-9

42:1 Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. 42:2 He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; 

42:3 a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice.  42:4 He will not grow faint or be crushed until he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his teaching.  42:5 Thus says God, the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it:  42:6 I am the LORD, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations,  42:7 to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.  42:8 I am the LORD, that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to idols.  42:9 See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth, I tell you of them.


Psalm 29

1 Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory of his name; worship the LORD in holy splendor.

3 The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD, over mighty waters.

4 The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.

5 The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon.

6 He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox.

7 The voice of the LORD flashes forth flames of fire.

8 The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

9 The voice of the LORD causes the oaks to whirl, and strips the forest bare; and in his temple all say, “Glory!”

10 The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as king forever.

11 May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace!


Acts 10:34-43

10:34 Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality,   10:35 but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 10:36 You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ–he is Lord of all. 10:37 That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced:  10:38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.  10:39 We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree;  10:40 but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear,    10:41 not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.  10:42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead.  10:43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”


Matthew 3:13-17

3:13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. 3:14 John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”  3:15 But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented.  3:16 And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him.  3:17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”

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