Web Bulletin 1-13-19

Announcements & Events – January 13, 2019

Wholly His Ladies’ Bible classes meet on two more Fridays, January 18thFebruary 1st from 5 – 6 p.m. downstairs.  See Melinda with questions.

Youth Devo:  Plan to attend the Youth Devo on Saturday, January 18th at 7 p.m. at the Forkner’s home.  Boys bring snacks and girls bring drinks.

Men’s Leaders Meeting was changed from the last Friday to the last Saturday of the month, January 26th from 10 a.m. – Noon.  Contact Charli Y. with any questions.

FPU:  Financial Peace University classes start on Monday, February 4th at 7:00 p.m. until approximately 8:45 p.m.  It runs for only 9 weeks, but it can change your life forever!  Invite a friend.  Sign up in the lobby or contact Jason to join at (956) 342-6919.


Listening for the Voice of God

On my phone I’ve noticed that if I’m listening to music at a high volume a warning message will tell me, “The sound may not be good for your ears.”  The popularity of music players has resulted in concerns about hearing loss. In fact, the design of the music players and their earphones has been the target of complaints and lawsuits. It’s a fact that too much hearing can result in our inability to hear.

We live in a world filled with various noises — some are extremely loud, while others are designed to sell, plead, seduce, and deceive. Amid these harsh sounds, it’s easy to miss the one Voice that matters the most. 

Elijah had listened to Jezebel’s threats and the voice of his own fear, so he fled to a cave to hide. In the cave he was confronted with the overwhelming noise of wind, an earthquake, and fire (1 Kings 19:11-12).  Then the cave grew silent and the voice of the “Lord, the only sound that really mattered — broke through as “a still small voice.”

If we are to truly “hear” God speaking to us through His Word, we need to absent ourselves from the “noise” (distractions) of the world. Only when we retire to a place of quietness (Matt 14:23, learn to be quiet ourselves (Psalm 46:10), and meditate on God’s word (Psalm 1:1-2), can we truly understand what it means to commune with the God who cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). 

Today in our “quiet time” and “quiet place,” let us make a sincere effort to “listen” for the voice of God as we read and study His inspired Word, without any distractions from worldly noise.

Open Their Eyes, Lord

The Jews were a pretty devout people, right?  God’s chosen?  And what about Saul?  He “lived as a Pharisee according to the strictest sect,” Paul says in Acts 26:5 and following, as he makes his impassioned plea to King Agrippa, detailing his zealous acts on God’s behalf.  He was so enraged at the early Christians that he pursued them to death.  But Jesus stopped him dead in his tracks on his way to Damascus and showed him a better way.

Paul’s conversion is a miraculous feat in and of itself because we know that his friends wouldn’t dare disagree with him, the Christians were terrified to go near him, and Paul had education, wealth, and the Law on his side – who could reach him with the truth but Jesus?

Continuing, Jesus said he was rescuing Paul from the Jew & Gentiles and sending him to open their eyes and turn them – other faithful Jews & even kindhearted Gentiles - from the ‘dominion of Satan’ to God to receive forgiveness and have an inheritance in Him.  Yes, Paul was sincere in his ways, but wrong.  So, Jesus taught & sent Paul – saving him; Paul sent Timothy, etc., and ultimately… you are being sent.

Lots of devout folks do good deeds who are not following the pattern of salvation and are still under the veil of Satan.  If you know the truth, then make every effort to share it with them.  Some will listen; many will resist.  Pray to be sent students thirsting for truth and avoid those of 2 Tim. 3:2-7 and 2 Ths. 2:8-12, as instructed.  Finally, pray that the Lord will open their eyes, literally their hearts, to His Word.

Web Bulletin 1-6-19

Announcements & Events – January 6, 2019

 The Life and Teachings of Christ class begins on Tuesday, January 8th from 7-8:15 p.m. here at the building.  Contact the Zimmerman’s with any questions or for your booklet.

L2L Meeting:  Be here on Saturday, January 12th at 6 p.m. for an L2L Meeting.  Please bring $3 for pizza.  Contact the Forkners with any questions.

Youth Devo:  Plan to attend the Youth Devo on Saturday, January 18th at 7 p.m. at the Forkner’s home.  Boys bring snacks and girls bring drinks. 

Ladies Bible Study at Grant and Lori’s gym will be on Friday, January 11th at 10 a.m.

The Ladies Breakfast and Bible Study will be on Saturday, January 12th from 8-10 a.m. at Gordon’s Family Restaurant in Harrisburg.  Sister Green will be teaching.

Benevolence Training:  Adam Oldham will present the first “Practical Learning Community” (PLC) Training on Sunday, January 13th at 4:00 p.m. at the Carlisle church.  It will cover how to connect with people to set goals and measure the results.  To learn how to be a more responsible steward with your blessings, consider attending.  Call (717) 249-3267 with any questions.

Two Witnesses to Your Salvation

The apostle Paul made an astounding affirmation when he said, “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God” (Rom. 8:16). How can I know that I am saved?  Paul’s words said it all—the Holy Spirit bears witness with my spirit.

There’s a Biblical concept that should be remembered in all matters, especially regarding salvation. There must be two witnesses. The law of Moses was very clear.  No individual could be put to death on the basis of a single witness (Deut. 17:6). The same was true of other violations of that law (Deut. 19:15).  The same truth is taught in the New Testament by Jesus (Matt. 18:16), Paul (2 Cor. 13:1, 1 Tim. 5:19), and the Hebrews author (Heb. 10:28).  “Two or three must be gathered” when trying to reconcile one who refuses to repent (Matt. 18:20).  Witnesses help establish proof & even common sense demands that.

Who are the witnesses that speak so that I can know I am a child of God?  The Spirit of God and my spirit.  It does not say that the Spirit bears witness to my Spirit, but that He bears witness with my spirit in Romans 8:16.  God isn’t speaking to my spirit, no, rather both the Spirit bears witness and my spirit bears the same witness.

The Spirit says that for me to be saved, I must believe (Heb. 11:6). My spirit says that I have believed. The Spirit says that I must repent, change my heart, and life (Acts 17:30). My spirit says that I have repented. The Spirit says that I must verbally confess my faith in Jesus (Rom. 10:9). My spirit says I have done this. The Spirit says I must be baptized to have my sins washed away (Acts 22:16) according to the Word. My spirit says I have done this.  Then I can know that I am a child of God (1 Jn 5:13)!  Have you done what the Spirit says you must do to be saved?  Did your spirit agree?  Remember it takes two witnesses!                                                                  ~ Abbreviated article by D. Jenkins

Visitor Cards – There are new clipboards with Visitor Cards – one in each pew – to share with our esteemed guests.  Why do we ask guests to complete a card?

First, we want you to know that we are very protective of the information that you give us.  We will never share, misuse it, or harass you in any way.

Second, we are deeply appreciative and humbled that you are visiting with us and that you are choosing to share information with us.

Third, we will be able to personally thank you for your visit, inform you of future events that might interest you, or how we might be of help to you by way of Bible studies or other information.

You truly are an honored guest, and we want you to know that we are glad you came!  Thank you for filling one out and helping us to grow, serve, and show His love!

The Point of No Return

Perhaps some of us our familiar with this phrase.  Sometimes it’s the thought many

people have when they get married.  There is no turning back.  It’s also the mind set new Christians should have when they obey the Gospel. 

In the parables of the prodigal (or lost) son in Luke 15:11-32 and the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31, we see a great contrast and a sobering lesson. While he was living here upon the earth, the prodigal had the opportunity to return to his father, whereas when the rich man died and departed this earthly realm, he no longer had the opportunity to return. 

While we are residents of this earthly realm, we have opportunity after opportunity to repent and return to our Father, doing His will (Luke 13:3, 5, Acts 17:30-31, Matt 7:21).  However, once we leave this earthly realm (Phil 1:23; 2 Tim 4:6), that opportunity will no longer exist

The door of opportunity to be obedient to our Lord, is now open to all of those who are willing to “open the door” (Rev 3:20).  However, once the door of opportunity is shut, no one can again open it.  

Therefore, in order for us to not end up in a place of punishment as the rich man found himself in, we need to willingly follow the admonition Paul gave to Timothy, when he instructed him to: “Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you” (1 Tim 4:16)

It is interesting to note that the reply of Abraham to the rich man regarding his brothers, still holds true today.  If folks will not heed the inspired teachings of Moses, the prophets, and the apostles, they wouldn’t “be persuaded though one rise from the dead” (Luke 16:31).