Archive for April, 2011

Miscellanous

Posted: April 27, 2011 in news

Gang,

Here are just a few reminders of info…as well as a few updates.

Reminders

Men’s Group will meet Thursday @ 6:00 @ Panera.  We will cover chapter 8 and the discipline of prayer.

Women’s Group will begin their study, “No Other Gods–Confronting our Modern Day Idols” Monday, May 2nd @ 8:00 pm.  Keep Meredith on your prayer list.  Monday night was cancelled b/c she has a kidney stone.  I know some of you can feel her pain….Sherry Ford?  Steve Stricker?

Continue to pray for Jen Pinkel’s father who was diagnosed with a bad form of lung cancer.

Updates

Kristy Ewasko says that her niece received a good report.  She has lost a lot of weight and could not keep any food down.  Her weight dropped from the 90th percentile to the 20th percentile.  But today they found out it appears to be releated to a protein allergy and she is being placed on a special formula.  They are rejoicing that at this time it is not something more serious.

We will get back to our Walk through the Bible, but Sunday we will have a special guest(s) with us.  Many of us were at MATC recently.  If you are not familiar with MATC, it is a ministry focused on discipleship.  And I confess, I have not done a good job in this area.  I had plans to be gone that weekend, but God changed them and I was at MATC.  Discipleship has been heavy on my heart for some time now.  After that weekend, God led Kendall Magana to give me a call about speaking to our Lifegroup.  He currently works for Campus Outreach and is heavily involved in discipleship on the campus of Murray State University.  So we will have a brief lesson on discipleship–what is it, is it really that important, why don’t we do it, etc?  Then Kendall will speak about what he is doing @ Murray State, which will give us a very practical picture of what discipleship is.  He may also have someone with him that he is discipling.  My eyes have been opened lately, and hopefully Sunday will help us all to see the importance and need to be involved in discipling others. 

See you Sunday

mg

Urgent Prayer Request

Posted: April 24, 2011 in Ministry

Gang,

See the below message from Ryan Bandermann.

Can you please send this out to our class and post on the blog to start a prayer chain?  Whitney talked to Jen Pinkel a couple days ago and Jen just found out her dad has been diagnosed with lung cancer.  The doctors have told them it is a very bad type (not sure what stage).  He is having surgery sometime the beginning of this next week to remove a portion of his lung and chemo and radiation will follow.  They are obviously struggling with this as any of us would.  She and the kids left Thursday for Ohio to be with her family.  Please keep the family and her father in your prayers.
 
The Pinkel’s are a young couple with two small children who live in Cape and attend Lynwood.  Let’s encourage them by praying for them.
 
Paul says in Philippians 4:6, “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
 
mg

Picture of the Week

Posted: April 21, 2011 in Class Fun

Do you think this picture is real?  Is Drew just as good on the computer with photo editing as he is at picking NCAA tournament games?  If there wasn’t a bad storm last night, he might have us wondering…but he would like to introduce everyone to the tree that ate his fence last night…about 44 inches across the base!  That is some serious lumber!

Anyone have any fence building skills?  Can anyone top this picture for next week?

mg

Sunday Rewind

Posted: April 21, 2011 in thoughts

Gang,

Check out http://www.lynwoodbc.org/media for Mark’s sermon this past Sunday.  It is from Luke 23:32-43 looking at the cross and the criminal.  Remember that Mark talked about the condition of the criminals—-destined for hell b/c of their sin…which is the same for us apart from the grace and mercy of Christ on the Cross.  Can you relate to the one criminal who spoke of fearing God and confessed the sin in his life and sinless life of Christ?  Do you remember that Mark mentioned that one of the criminals spoke to Jesus, saying “Jesus, remember me when you come into Your kingdom.”  The point here is that  there are two kinds of people–those who talk about Jesus (many), and those who talk to Jesus (few)–we need to be talking to/with Jesus.  Mark mentions how this one particular criminal also had amazing faith b/c he was trusting in a king that while on the cross, did not look much like a king—this criminal was committed.  Are you committed?

In class, we studied Matthew 27:57-28:15.  We saw how God used Joseph of Aramithea, the two Marys, the Chief Priests and Pharisees, and the soldiers–all to accomplish His will.  We talked about how it was God who was at work to allow Christ to be in the grave before the Sabbath began that Friday.  God was working in Jesus dying so quickly and in using Joseph of Aramithea to provide a close burial.  God was working on Saturday by using the Chief Priests and Pharisees to go to Pilate to get the tomb sealed and guarded–giving no reason to believe that someone “took the body.”  God was working on Sunday by using the two Marys to provide eyewitness testimony of the empty tomb.  We also looked at the “lie that proves the resurrection” in seeing that the soldiers were bribed with silver, given a cover up, and told they would be protected for efforts to cover up the story of the empty tomb. 

Think about how God worked in so many people and in so many ways in this passage…how did He work in your life in different people and circumstances to lead you to salvation.  How has He worked more recently to lead you where you are today in your Christian walk?

Have a great week!

mg

Gang,

Sunday we will study Matthew 27:57-28:15 looking at the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.

We will look at Isaiah 53:9 and Matthew 12:40 as two prophecies that speak to the burial of Christ.

We will look specifically at the timing of Christ’s death during the day, and the prophecies about what would and would not happen to him on the cross.

Also, we will look at the two Marys involved in this passage.  What do you think is the significance of them being included in this passage?

We will look at the role of the chief priests and Pharisees and see how they were used to strengthen the awesomeness of the resurrection.

We will look at the emotions of the two Marys and the role of the angel in this passage.

Finally, we will look at the lie that proves the resurrection….do you see it?

As you study this passage, ask yourself what the resurrection proves?  We will answer that and discuss it Sunday.

Now for the “stuff”……

Someone has said the music on Sunday is going to be “tight”…you might want to be there.

Although I have not been in the service the past 2 Sundays, I know Mark has been preaching on giving and is asking folks to bring an offering above what you usually give this Sunday.  Pray about it…or as Nike would say, “Just do it”.

Lord’s Supper Sunday morning…are you prepared?

I believe kiddos are to be at the church at 8:30 on Sunday…palm branches or something???

MATC Friday…church workday Saturday…Journey to the Cross Saturday night.  U tired yet?

mg

Men’s Group

Posted: April 14, 2011 in Men Stuff

Men,

We are meeting tomorrow at 6:00 am for Men’s Group.  Look at chapter 7–Discipline of Devotion for in the morning.  We will discuss meditation, confession, and adoration. 

Here are some challenging questions from the “Food for Thought” section at the end of the chapter:

How much time do you generally spend in conversation with God?  Why should you meditate on the Lord and His Word and will?  What does devotion have to do with confession, and vice versa?  In what ways do you identify with Isaiah’s confession in Isaiah 6:5?  Do you find it difficult to make time to meditate, to confess, to worship, to consciously surrender to God?

See ya’ll in the morning.

mg

Women’s Bible Study

Posted: April 12, 2011 in Women Stuff

Ladies,

Merdith Ogburn will be leading a bible study in her home starting Monday April 25.

When – Monday Nights from 8-9pm

Where – Meredith Ogburn’s house at 3610 Old Hopper Road in Cape

What – No Other Gods by Kelly Minter

Length – 8 weeks

Meredith says this about the study, “There is homework involved but not as much as say a BSF type but probably 15 minutes per lesson and there are 5 lessons per week.  Seriously, I think this bible study is going to be good and I am looking forward to working through it with yall.  It might have some tough moments but girls we are gonna look more like Christ when this is done.  Can I get an AMEN?  How bout a whoo hoo?”

Bring your $$$ next week ($12.95) and Meredith will hand out books.

If you have questions, you can call or text Meredith at 450-4775.

This should be good with our OT reading and seeing how the Israelites were routinely drawn away from God.

Thanks Meredith.

mg