From the Word 

“The sower sows the Word.”  Mark 4:14 

  What does the Bible say about our upcoming Fall Festival?  Nothing.  The Bible does not talk about having games for kids to play.  It does not say anything about magic shows, or walking through the woods getting candy.  It does not address what crafts we should have, nor what kind of food we should serve.
  The Bible does speak of harvest.  It refers to the harvesting of crops that God supplies from the earth.  It also refers to the harvest of people through the proclamation of the Gospel. 
  As we approach our community event, our thoughts are not so much of harvest, but of sowing.  What we plan to do, in our Harvest Festival, is sow the seed of the Gospel.  There will be many small ways in which we share Jesus with those who attend.  We will also seek to establish relationships with the families who come, in the hope that we will have more opportunities to share Christ with them.  The first few times we share Christ with people, the seed of the Gospel may not find good soil in them.  But we don’t give up.  We try again and again because they are worth it.  We have the good news that makes people alive forever in God’s kingdom.  We get to bring the message of forgiveness and grace into the lives of people who need that message to live.  We will use the Fall Festival to share Jesus with those who come.  We will look for ways to follow up by sharing Him again.  We will persist in love for those who hear, that the Spirit may grant them faith in the promises we hold so dear.  It seems a simple thing, to spend time providing families with a fun day that includes sharing Christ.  It is through such small things that most people come to faith.  So October 23 from 4-7, at a time of harvest, we will sow seeds.

 

From the Word 

“Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”  Colossians 3:16 

  Studies are done every now and then on the subject of how best to reach out to others about faith.  Study after study has shown that the most effective means of reaching others with the Gospel is simply to invite them to come and hear God’s Word.  The assumption is that we invite them to worship.  But do you know people who would respond better to some form of teaching before they join us in worship?  Those people certainly exist, and may be the people you are thinking of inviting.
  We are going to be offering many Bible Study options in the coming months.  Some will be options for Sunday morning, others at other times.  Some will be targeted studies for a certain period of weeks, others will be more ongoing.  We would also be open to suggestions for the future, things that you think would help you, or that you would like to invite others to come to. 
  There is no greater source of strength, grace, and assurance than God’s Word.  It only has that effect if we access it.  We are asking every member to consider this a time of re-commitment to worship and the study of God’s Word.  As we access God’s grace, we grow in that grace in our relationship with God and with each other.  The blessing of worship and Sunday School is wondrous.  As we offer options, we pray that they will be a blessing to the whole family.  It may be that one parent goes to one Sunday morning study and the other to another.  That’s fine.  It may be that you benefit from the other options that will come up from time to time.  But we need to think, not only of the benefit to us and our families, but whether we know someone else who would benefit from them as well.  If a visitor would benefit first from being in a Bible Study we have, we look forward to meeting them there.  Our goal is to share our faith with others.  If that is best begun with Bible Study, praise God!

 

From the Word 

“By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household.  By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes from faith.”  Hebrews 11:7

  How can the earth be as young as the Bible indicates if the fossils are millions of years old?  This is a question designed to disprove our faith.  The answer is the Flood.  July 14, 21, 28 and August 4, 11 at 7pm, we will show a 5-part video series on Geology and the Flood.  It delves into what the flood might have been like, and what effect it would have on such things as fossilization.  Our present secular humanist scientific community makes vast assumptions in order to arrive at their conclusions.  This series will deal with those assumptions, and how the same evidence they use can be used as a case for the Genesis Flood.
  One of the things not really discussed in this series is the volume of ancient lore that has two accounts in common; a creation account, and the account of a catastrophic world-wide flood.  Why is all this ancient lore ignored by modern secular science?  It does not agree with their world view.  There is considerable evidence that a terrible flood occurred in ancient times.  Such an event would alter modern theories of the age of the earth, leaving evolution as the vastly unlikely theory it is.
  We invite everyone to be part of this series.  This is a means of equipping ourselves for part of the apologetics we have been discussing.  How can we best carry on discussions with others about Biblical teaching?  Part of the answer is to equip ourselves with the information with which to answer some of the claims of modern theory.  We look forward to seeing you.

 

From the Word 

“By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household.  By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes from faith.”  Hebrews 11:7
  How can the earth be as young as the Bible indicates if the fossils are millions of years old?  This is a question designed to disprove our faith.  The answer is the Flood.  July 14, 21, 28 and August 4, 11 at 7pm, we will show a 5-part video series on Geology and the Flood.  It delves into what the flood might have been like, and what effect it would have on such things as fossilization.  Our present secular humanist scientific community makes vast assumptions in order to arrive at their conclusions.  This series will deal with those assumptions, and how the same evidence they use can be used as a case for the Genesis Flood.
  One of the things not really discussed in this series is the volume of ancient lore that has two accounts in common; a creation account, and the account of a catastrophic world-wide flood.  Why is all this ancient lore ignored by modern secular science?  It does not agree with their world view.  There is considerable evidence that a terrible flood occurred in ancient times.  Such an event would alter modern theories of the age of the earth, leaving evolution as the vastly unlikely theory it is.
  We invite everyone to be part of this series.  This is a means of equipping ourselves for part of the apologetics we have been discussing.  How can we best carry on discussions with others about Biblical teaching?  Part of the answer is to equip ourselves with the information with which to answer some of the claims of modern theory.  We look forward to seeing you.

 

 

From the Word 

“I am the living bread that came down from heaven.  If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever.  And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.”  John 6:51 

  We were eating lunch one Sunday after church.  Near the end, Sherry loudly announced, “we have strawberries.”  My granddaughter’s head shot up and her eyes went wide.  I asked her, “What did grandma say?”  She whispered, “strawberries.”  She wasn’t nearly so loud, no doubt to make sure there was enough.
  June 12 is our Strawberry Festival at St. Paul’s.  It is a day when we feed people strawberries, shortcake, and ice cream.  It is also a time to get to know them, and to invite them to hear about the Bread of Life who has come from heaven to give us eternal life.  You can speak as loud as you wish.
  The next day we will have a picnic to kick off VBS.  I will have a brief teaser for VBS for the kids.  Otherwise, it will be a day of enjoying each other’s company in anticipation of a week of sharing the Gospel with kids and adults. 
  Both of these events are designed so that we can bring people into contact with God’s people and God’s grace.  As we eat, we can share the one who called Himself the Bread of Life.  Our first, and primary task for this event is to invite people to one or both of these.  Our goal, here at St. Paul’s, is to bring people in contact with God’s grace and let God grant the increase.  Please consider who you will invite to these two meals, and to VBS, then follow through and invite them.  Our prayer is that God will grant His grace to us and others, as is expressed in the prayer we sing,

Feed Thy children, God most holy; comfort sinners poor and lowly.
O Thou Bread of Life from heaven, bless the food Thou here hast given!
As these gifts the body nourish, may our souls in graces flourish
Till with saints in heav’nly splendor at Thy feet due thanks we render.  Amen.