Bulletin Message

“Childish” and Childlike”, although often used synonymously, are subtly different.

Childish refers to characteristics of a child that are not endearing, not pleasing, and not desirable. Characteristics like selfishness, temper tantrums, and whining. Spoiled brats, regardless of age, are childish.

Childlike refers to characteristics of a child that are endearing, pleasing, and desirable. Characteristics like innocence, honesty, and trusting. Children of God, regardless of age, are childlike (Matt 19:13-14).

Life is meaningful when you serve the Lord and others.

Life is miserable when you serve Self.

As mentioned last week, the Lord is doing amazing things in Egypt in these days leading up to the fulfillment of Isaiah 19.

This week, please pray fervently for:

1. An earth-shaking anointing of the Holy Spirit (Acts 4:24-31) upon us sharing at and those attending the 3 conferences this week: 1) the Youth, 2) training the brethren on how to share the Gospel with Muslims, and 3) evangelism – preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ to whosoever will come.

2. An abundant harvest of souls!

The Lord is doing amazing things in Egypt in these days leading up to the fulfillment of Isaiah 19.

This week, please pray fervently for:

1. An earth-shaking anointing of the Holy Spirit (Acts 4:24-31) upon us sharing at and those attending the conference for Pastors/Leaders and their wives.

2. The orthodox Church in this land would find the Word of God and be revived (2 Chron 34).

3. God's hand of protection upon His people.

This old man was not feeling quite right, kinda "puffy", the other day so I went to the doctor's office to get tested; they sent me to the Archaeology Department.

You see, my "not right-ness" is an ancient problem affecting all of us. Our Maker is none too pleased about this "infection" we've contracted (Ezk 28:12-17, Prov 6:16-17a, Ps 101:5b). Our Healer will even give us a thorn in the flesh (2 Cor 12:7-10) as treatment for this malady. He will lead us to the foot of the Cross (Phil 2:5-8) and to a "mirror" (Is 64:6) for healing of our shared plague.

Whether in an appliance, an automobile, or a person, dependability is greatly valued. If we can count on something/someone, we value it/them. If we cannot, we do not.

The Lord Jesus Christ is the very ultimate in dependability (Deut 31:6-8; Heb 13:5, 8 with Mal 3:6; Jer 32:17, 27; 1 Thes 5:23-24; Phil 1:6; 1 John 5:11-13).

Our sin erodes our dependability in our relationship with the Lord, but His indwelling Spirit (Rom 8:9; 1 Peter 1:11) reinforces "our" dependability. Truly, the Lord is our Invaluable Helper!!

Thinking is more difficult than falling off a log. Clear thinking is a skill that must be continually cultivated with much effort. Inhibitors to clear thinking include poor concentration, lack of focus due to distractions, emotions (e.g. fear, stress, anxiety), tiredness, ill health, poor memory, lies and deceptions, false assumptions, and poor listening skills.

What drives you to accomplish something?

What moves you to get that promotion at work?
What is the reason for you to get fit?
What gives you the desire to travel the world?
Why do you do the things that you do?

2 Corinthians 5:14-15 tells us, "For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again."

Whether we are loading the dishwasher, driving or parking a car, or any other mundane activity in daily living on earth, we all think our way is the best way to do those things. But is that true? Are there not many different ways to do just about everything?

Reality: that which is real (not imaginary or illusionary or fictitious), facts (truth known by observation), that which exists independently of ideas concerning it.

Faith: confidence, belief, trust, the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.

Have your eyes ever lied to you? Has your mind ever played tricks on you? Has your confidence in someone or something ever failed you? Has God ever lied to you or played tricks on you or failed you?

Are Reality and Faith contradictory or complimentary? What is the ultimate Reality? Says who?

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