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Sabbath School 9:30 A.M.
Worship Service 10:40 A.M.
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Weekly Events at Church
Last Day Events - Shawn Korgan
Sabbath 4:30 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.
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Monday (2nd and 4th) - 9:00 A.M.
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Bible Stories in Scripture
Monday - 6:15 - 7:30 P.M.
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Women's Bible Study Group
Wednesday - 10:00 A.M.
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Wednesday - 6:30 P.M.
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United Prayer Meeting
Thursday 6:30 - 7:30 P.M.
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Mark: Good News - How do you train the human heart to believe in what cannot be seen, especially when you are holding the "broken pieces" of your only solution in your hand...
When things took a very difficult turn in my life many years ago, I wrote a poem. It was entitled "The Vase," and it started by saying that "the vase" of my life had fallen and that now the pieces of my life were lying on the floor. It was a very touching poem. As I wrote it, I found my strength in the Lord, like David used to find in his Psalms of Lament. I finished it with a statement of faith: I would trust the Artisan of my life to put the vase back together and to make the vase stronger than before it had fallen to the floor. I needed to believe that there was a second reality, one that I couldn't see. I needed a different kind of sight-the eyes of faith.
Many years have passed since then, and I stand amazed at God's ability to cause "all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28). Do you need to see beyond what you see now? Do you need more insight? A heavenly perspective? With clearer sight?...
It is ONLY when you accept the reality of Jesus' suffering and sacrifice in YOUR place that you start seeing CLEARLY, and the joy of your salvation becomes a REALITY.
Talbot, Mark: Good News! p. 36, 42.
Cutting Out the Bad - I was given some yummy garden vegetables the other day. The problem was that these veggies had survived through a couple of hailstorms. They were pitted with marks and bruises. I began to prepare them to freeze and process. I shredded away the outside skin. As I did this I really began to see the rotten spots. Shredding wasn't going to be enough. I had to get a knife out of my drawer and really cut some of the spots deep so that only the good part of the veggie was left.
As I was doing this I began to think about how Jesus works in our lives. Figuratively speaking I think that we've all weathered some hailstorms in our lives that have left us with marks, and bruises and rotten spots. God doesn't want these marks to remain because He knows that if we leave them they'll spread throughout ourselves. Instead, God brings things into our lives that work to cut out those nasty bits. He refines us and changes us. This can come in many forms: through our devotions, through our prayers, through our circumstances, through others, through our family, and from surrendering to Him.
Psalm 66: 10-12 says, "For You have tried us, O God; You have refined us as silver is refined. You brought us into the net; You laid an oppressive burden upon our loins. You made men ride over our heads; We went through fire and through water, Yet You brought us out into a place of abundance." Yes, we will be tried and tested but refined and brought to a place of abundance. Isn't that amazing. God can work through anything in our lives to make us more like Him. Praise God that, if we allow Him to, He cuts out those unseemly spots, the ones that are undesirable and leaves only the delicious fruit.
Take A Break - How long has it been since you have taken a break, done something different, something outside of the normalcy of everyday life? Having just experienced going on a camping trip with my family, I can tell you that taking a break makes a difference.
God knew immediately after creating us that we would need a break, we would need rest. So, He instilled the Sabbath as part of creation, which tells us that we don’t just need a vacation now and then we need a break every week and that was before the fall. How much more of a necessity would that be for us now? One out of every seven days you and I need to rest. We need to step away from the daily stresses of life and reconnect with God, with family, and even with nature itself. Things stop functioning properly within our minds and bodies when we don’t follow God’s plan.
It wasn’t just the weekly Sabbath either, God also gave His people Holy days as well. Some were several days long. God knew we needed times of respite to separate ourselves from the business of our taxing lives. We need a change of pace to see God for who He truly is. That’s why we must remember the Sabbath day, so that we can remember the Lord of the Sabbath.
Are you remembering to take a break? This would include the Sabbath as well as every now and then just getting away to spend time with God and with loved ones. Take a break, God knows you need it!
In But a Moment - The past few days I’ve been contemplating how fast things can change in our lives. With the passing of my cousin’s three-year-old daughter, as a result of her slipping into their hot tub, it has been yet another reminder of this truth. To imagine that earlier that day, maybe even moments before, they were loving on her and not even considering that she could be gone from their loving embraces within a few moments is very sobering.
I’ve had many things happen in my life that have made me realize how quickly life can be snuffed out or how suddenly life can change from happiness and being care free to tragedy, and a constant challenge just to survive. Being human, I unfortunately need reminders of this. These reminders are never easy, but yet they always remind me that I need to live in the moment and always be thankful for all of the blessings God is continually pouring out around me. They’re always calling me back to the fact that I need to take advantage of every opportunity that I’m allowed to spend time with my loved ones and reveal my love to them.
I want to thank all of you who were praying for Izzy while she was struggling to survive as well as all of your continued prayers for the Renner family as they mourn her tragic loss. I learned today that Izzy’s passing has opened the door to save four other lives through the donation of her organs.
I want to reaffirm that I choose to trust God in the midst of horrible tragedies such as this, and I pray that you too will choose to trust Him in the midst of whatever trials and struggles you might be facing or that might come your way in the future. Praise be to God despite all of these things, Amen!
God of Creation - Jason and I just got back from a vacation without our children. On our trip we celebrated our 21st anniversary. This "vacation without kids thing" is very new to us. Two years after getting married we welcomed Abby into our life so we haven't had much time to ourselves. It was a great experience but also kind of hard. I was pretty sentimental a lot of days. There were so many things they would have loved to have seen and I thought of them constantly. We visited 9 national parks/monuments, eight were in Utah and one was in Colorado. That's usually what our vacations consist of. We love national parks. We've been to almost 60. It doesn't get any better than being out in God's creation. It just does something for our soul. We visited Colorado Monument, Capitol Reef, Grand Escalante, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Natural Bridges, Cedar Breaks, Canyonlands, and Arches. We slept in a tent and ate out of a cooler. We took some amazing hikes and saw incredible things and came back refreshed. The entire time we could only give glory to God. We're so looking forward to the day when we can take a hike in the new world but until then we'll continue to look for the Creator in His creation.
More on Cowardice - Last week we touched on how Revelation 21:8 tells us that cowards will not be in the new earth or the new heaven, and beyond that it mentions that they’ll “have their part in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Why is God so against cowardice?
1 John 4: 17, 18 says, “Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment… There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment…” God hates cowardice because the root of cowardice is fear and fear causes torment. God does not want us to be tormented within our emotions and spirit. He wants us to experience true freedom by living in His love. He wants us to “have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)
If fear is controlling us it turns us into cowards. The Word of God continually counsels us to have self-control. In fact, 2 Peter 1:5 and 6 tells us that as we grow in our knowledge of God we will gain self-control. In other words, if I grow in my knowledge of God I will fall more in love with Him and as a result will grow in self-control, therefore I will be able to overcome my fears or cowardice. In the end God hates cowardice because it separates us from Him.
Courageous - For my devotions this morning I spent time in the last two chapters of Revelation. They are such wonderful and hope building chapters about the new heaven and the new earth. However, something that jumped out at me this morning was one word which is found in verse 8 of chapter 21. This verse is revealing the different behaviors of those who will not be in this new paradise. The specific behavior that jumped out at me is “cowardly”.
Those who are cowards will not be in the kingdom made new. Those who are not willing to fight through or face their fears and as it says in the previous verse be over comers. So, what are some things that would make us a coward in the eyes of God. Well, I could list off all kinds of things here but that would kind of defeat the purpose. You see, all of us have our own fears that bind us. If I were to write a list down those would be the things your mind would probably focus on. However, I think it might be better for us to just stop a second and pray that the Holy Spirit would reveal to us, individually, what each of our specific weakness or weaknesses are.
As you pray, think of some Bible promises that speak about courage and claim them on your behalf as you face the things of the future. If there aren’t any specific promises that come to mind do a quick search and find some promises that you can apply to your prayer life as you face different fearful and terrifying things in life. God surely wants to fulfill His promises in each of our lives.
Revelation of Whom? Lee Venden at the Adventure Church - August 16-24 - 6:30 p.m. every night except Saturday night.
September 18, 2019 6:30 PM
Canceled Wednesday, July 17
September 21, 2019 11:00 AM
September 22, 2019 9:00 AM
The Hispanic Women of Weld County is sponsoring a 5k to raise money for Rachelle to help her rebuild after her battle with cancer. Please come and show your love and support.
September 23, 2019 6:15 PM
Come learn more of the wonderful stories in the Bible that tell of the LOVE of God!
September 28, 2019 11:00 AM
October 4, 2019 6:30 PM
Come and enjoy fellowship in music - sing, play and instrument, or just enjoy.
October 27, 2019 2:00 PM
The fall season is fast approaching, and the annual Adventist Christian School Fall Festival will be here before you know it. This year, we will be hosting an Arts and Crafts Booth for the festival. Items that you would like to donate will be sold at the Fall Fest, and proceeds will go to support the school. We would love to accept items such as handmade bookmarks, home- made foods, handcrafted beauty items, crochet, knit, quilted, or felted items such as blankets, or afghans, hand crafted Christmas/Thanksgiving/Fall decorations and ornaments, household decor, or candles. The possibilities are endless. Etsy and Pinterest are always great places for ideas. In keeping with school policies, we cannot accept jewelry to sell. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer your time and or creative energy to this fantastic event.