2" dir="ltr"> MacArthur Blvd. Christian Church: March 2013

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Good News


If God loved the world so much, why did He send His beloved Son, Jesus into an obscure setting? His  parents who lived in the village of Nazareth? Why not place Him in a more prestigious family where He could stand out and help effect change in the Jewish leadership?

I’ve heard these questions asked more times than I can count. I’ve even contemplated the ‘whys’. I’ve concluded that God is God and He has His reasons. They are not for me to know. What I do know is that God’s timing is perfect.

God’s wisdom was to send Jesus when He did to impact a specific generation of people. God, in the form of Jesus came to show us Himself in a way we could respond to; a man. A simple and authentic Person. Not simple in the way that many of us consider simple to be a negative thing, but simple in that we could relate to a man, not an unknown entity we couldn’t see. This Man walked among us. He did life with us. He spoke words that only came from His Father. He performed miracles that only the Father gave Him authority to do. Jesus was not a puppet, but He was so in-tuned with His Father that He spoke and did what His Father desired. He knew God’s heart for all mankind and desired all to know His Father the way He did.

Jesus showed by example how we should act; caring for the less fortunate, the downtrodden, and compassion for women and children. However, He also showed His displeasure towards the legalistic Jewish leaders and those who profitted from the tyranny of their Roman oppressors.

Yet Jesus spoke on behalf of them as He hung dying on the cross. At any moment He could have called upon the armies of heaven and all would have vanished, lost forever in their sin, but Jesus came to fulfill God’s plan. A plan for Him to die a sinner’s death, to be buried but to rise from death and to become our advocate before the throne of God.

Emmanuel (God with us) is one of Jesus’ names. He came in the form of a man who came to show us God’s love in tangible ways so we could accept God’s love and be reconciled to Him.

Now that is Good News!

Blessings,
Anna


What’s happening this week?

Saturday, March 30th                  Free Dinner and Movie Night                  6 PM
This is for the general public and our church body. Bring a friend or neighbor. You’ll be ‘hoppy’ you did.


Sunday, March 31st                    Easter Breakfast will be served at 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM. There will be no Sunday school classes this morning. Worship service will begin at 10:45 AM
                                                Bring your friends and family.


Monday, April 1st                       Kitchen Cleanup Day starts at 10 AM.  Come and help clean both kitchens and inventory the contents. Bring a sack lunch. This is NO April Fools.



Thursday, March 21, 2013

Spring: In the Blink of an Eye

Spring has officially arrived! Even though our area doesn’t acquire large amounts of snow and ice, it still is bleak, dark and rainy during the months of December, January, February and March. The first flowers, crocus and daffodils, break through the ground announcing the coming season. Their vibrant colors pop against the stark background of bare trees and shrubs. However there is one tree which shares this brief time with the aforementioned flowers. It’s a flowering plum tree whose delicate pink buds seemingly appear out of the blue. One day the tree is bare; the next it’s blooming and within a week the flowers are fluttering to the ground, windswept and heavy from a rainstorm.

Our lives are like that. We are here for a short duration (relative to God’s time). We bloom, vibrant with life, and then just as quickly, we are gone. Will we be fruitful with the time allotted to us?

One Person came into the world, quietly and without much fanfare. He lived a fairly inconspicuous life for all but three of His years, but the impact He made is still felt today! Of course none of us could do what He came to do. None of us is the Son of God. God’s purpose was different for His Son than it is for us. Christ came to show us the love of God in the flesh. But He also came to take the sin of each of our lives onto Himself and be sacrificed!

God might ask us to give up things, sacrifice our time and energies but He’s never asked us to die for mankind. Some have died as witnesses of what Jesus did for us but not one of them died for our sins.  Only Jesus. He fulfilled God’s purpose of dying for our sins and then being resurrected, assuring us that we, too, can have eternal life.

God desires to have a relationship with each of us but that can only be accomplished when we accept what Jesus did for each of us. It’s God’s gift to us. Have you accepted that gift? If not, why not? Even if we live to be one hundred, it’s a blink of God’s eye.

Blessings,
Anna
   


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Line Item vs Life Style


I was reading an article about several missionaries this week. The following quote caught my eye and I thought it bore repeating.
Adrian said. “Missions is not something the Church does – as one line item of the budget – it is what the Church is: a proclaiming witness to the world.”
I pondered that statement. I am the team leader for our outreach group in this body of believers. I searched my heart to try and figure out if we sometimes looked at the mission of the Church as just a line item in the budget. After much consideration, I believe we strive to be a church (group of people) who believe our mission is to be witnesses to the world, proclaiming Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, who was sent by God to redeem all people.
We each have unique gifts given to us. Some will never leave their neighborhood but will share the gospel amongst their neighbors, while others will travel to other countries to share their time, gifts and abilities to help those in need. Others of us will work within agencies both Christian and secular to share our lives with others. Many of us will serve within the church building to provide activities that encourages both our members and their friends and neighbors.
We continue to search for ways to interact with the neighborhood where our building stands, searching for ways to help meet some of their tangible needs in the name of Jesus Christ.
No, it is not a line item in our budget. It is a life style.
Is it a life style for you?
Blessings,
Anna