2" dir="ltr"> MacArthur Blvd. Christian Church: January 2015

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Waiting to be Completed

“Don’t run from tests and hardships, brothers and sisters. As difficult as they are, you will ultimately find joy in them; if you embrace them, your faith will blossom under pressure and teach you true patience as you endure. And true patience brought on by endurance will equip you to complete the long journey and cross the finish line—mature, complete, and wanting nothing.” 
~James 1:2-3.  The Voice

These words are hard to read and even harder to embrace. None of us desire to have hardships in our lives. But, as we well know, hardships do come our way.
I’ve noticed several of my younger friends express their pain and upsetness over situations in their lives. They just want to be happy and have everything go their way. All the time.
‘If I just had a perfect husband, a perfect family, a perfect home, all the money I needed, the education and job of my dreams,’ the list goes on and on. And somehow we think somebody else got all that but we were gypped. I used to think that way. However, as I’ve grown older and, hopefully, wiser, I’ve learned that none of us have perfect lives with everything we could ever want and/ or achieve. We live in a fallen world. Nothing and nobody is perfect. We ALL will have troubles.
However, this verse gives us sound advice: ‘if we embrace our tests and hardship’, notice the word ‘if’? What will happen? ‘Our faith will blossom under pressure and we will develop patience.” What awaits us at the end of the line? Maturity, completeness and we will want for nothing.
Now that is worth waiting for!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Church Under Construction: Renovating for the Future

The title of this article sounds like we are refurbishing our building (which we are) but our pastor is taking us through a 12 week series of messages concerning who we are as a people. What do we believe and why? How will this help us move forward in the coming days and years?

This church was established as a Restoration Movement church. What does this mean? Who were the men who started the Restoration Movement in the 1800's? Why was there a need to 'simplify church'? These and many other things will be explained and shared.

Last week we learned that Jesus has completed the task of securing the ground for building a life of peace and joy based on our faith and hope.

This coming week we will 'find a secure place' with the theme of: I now know what I need to build my dream life.

Starting February 1st a new Sunday school class will begin which will go deeper into who the men who wanted to 'restore' protestant churches and how the movement began and continues to this day.
"Not the only Christians, but Christians only," is a major theme of this movement.

We meet at 9:30 AM for Sunday school and worship at 10:45 AM every Sunday morning. We hope you'll come and join us. You are welcome to join us anytime!