September 30, 2014

Local Church News

I Know Who Holds Tomorrow

Many things about tomorrow
I don’t seem to understand,
But I know Who holds tomorrow,
And I know Who holds my hand

“I Know Who Holds Tomorrow”

by Ira F. Stanphill


 

On top of my microwave sits a decorative card holder, containing little cards with Bible verses and inspirational thoughts. The verse I have on display is Psalm 139:16, which reads “Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before of them came to be.”

 

With so much heartache and uncertainty in the world today, what a comfort to know that our God sees the end from the beginning, and will hold our hand through it all.

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Leading The Lost

Sermon by Pastor Temple on August 30, 2014.

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Bulletin 8-30-2014

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Come Away

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 KJV)


Last summer, a co-worker and I took alternating Fridays off, a practice which we resumed this year after Memorial Day. My co-worker, embracing the idea to savor summer, goes to the lake…while I spend the day catching up on the chores I neglected during the week. As you might imagine, this doesn’t exactly lead to an enjoyable day off. I return to work the following Monday not the least bit refreshed, and quite a bit self-peeved for having wasted yet another eight hours of earned leave.

So this past Thursday I left work early, packed up my car, and drove 2.5 hours to a bed & breakfast outside Park Rapids MN. I spent the next three days exploring the area (a.k.a. getting lost), browsing kitschy tourist shops, and my favorite—lounging on the deck outside my room to absorb nature. It was glorious!

At first glance, it would seem I accomplished nothing this past weekend. Indeed, I failed to progress with a piece of writing I’d recently begun, and barely finished reading the first chapter of a book that’s been occupying space on a bookshelf for a couple years. During the quiet times, however, I found myself contemplating the works of God, talking with Him, and listening for His voice. Through being still, I gained a renewed appreciation for time spent with Jesus, and a longing for a closer walk with Him. So often I let the cares of life consume me, and keep me from taking comfort in a relationship with the One who gave me that life, and wants so much more for it than I can imagine.

It’s not realistic for a person to leave town and hide away every weekend. Even someone without a spouse or children has obligations which require time and attention. But Jesus asks us to “come away” to be with Him, and promises rest for those who are worn down from the daily grind of living.  And a moment with Jesus is worth more than an eternity without.

The promise of rest in Jesus—the very thought brings a sigh of relief to my heart.

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Exploring One of the Great Questions of Our Time

Sermon by Troy Erickson on August 16th, 2014.

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Winning Ways (Part 2)

Sermon by Pastor Temple on August 2nd 2014.

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Bulletin 8-2-2014

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Winning Ways (part 1)

Sermon by Pastor Temple on July 26, 2014.

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When the Waves Wash Over

Sermon by Pastor Temple on July 19, 2014.

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Online Giving

The Adventist Giving is now up and running. You can send your tithes and offerings through the online service. The link is available on the right hand side of the webpage.

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