PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
February 8, 2018
The magazine Discipleship Journal asked its readers to rank the areas of greatest spiritual challenge to them. The results came back in this order: (the top 5 were) 1. Materialism; 2. Pride; 3. Self-centeredness; 4. Laziness; 5. (Tie) Anger/Bitterness and Sexual lust. The respondents also noted that temptations were more difficult when they had neglected their time with God (81%) and when they were physically tired (57%).” An acronym shared with me by a friend was HALT, which stands for Hungry; Angry; Lonely; Tired. When we are feeling hungry, angry, lonely, or tired, we are more prone to give in to temptation.
The truth is that temptation is everywhere – especially in our culture today – with television, Internet, and other media. What is your temptation? How do you handle temptations? Do you struggle? Is it possible to successfully resist temptation? Jesus would say, YES!
So, how did Jesus resist temptation, even the temptation He experienced in the wilderness? I’ll quote directly here from Russ Moore in his 2011 book, Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ because I can’t improve on his words. “Jesus refused to exchange the end-time exaltation by the Father for a right-now exaltation of a snake. Jesus, the beloved Son, knew the supreme duty of every single person on the planet is to worship God. And He knew that everyone who humbles himself before the Lord will be exalted, so He chose to live a life of suffering obedience to the Father instead of sinful submission to Satan. And in the end, all authority in heaven and earth were given to Him.” Jesus chose to trust God’s Word! May we also resist temptations to gratify our desires with the things of this world and instead trust God’s Word!
Kate Collins Middle School
In our new ministry to Kate Collins Middle School, we need those of you who would be interested in helping with tutoring/mentoring middle school students after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:10pm to 4:00pm. This is an excellent way to make a difference in a young person's life! Please call Pastor Glen if you are interested!!
THIS SUNDAY- We will meet upstairs in the main sanctuary of the Church of the Brethren since the W.A.R.M. Shelter ministry is using the fellowship hall. We will meet at 9:30am for our worship service, followed by Sunday School at 10:45am. Nursery will be provided as usual in our room on the Chapel floor. This Sunday we will also have the sacrament of the Lord's Supper. You are encouraged to read 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 in preparation. Pastor Glen will continue the sermon series, on Hosea, the story of God’s amazing love! His sermon this Sunday is: “The Prosecutor,” based on Hosea 4:1-19.
New Member Class - We are excited to announce that the next New Members’ Class will be on two consecutive Sundays (February 18th and 25th) immediately after worship, during the Sunday school hour (10:45 – 11:30 a.m.). This class is an opportunity to explore the benefits and expectations of membership in Hope Community Church. Please contact Pastor Glen or Kelly King to register for the class or if you have any questions. We look forward to your participation!!
Parenting Young Children Through Gospel Principles – A new Bible study, using David Tripp’s book, will meet every other Sunday at 2pm at the home of John & Sarah Todd Severs. Childcare will be provided. The study begins on Sunday, February 18th. Please contact Tiffany Severs or Kelly King to sign up and a receive study materials.
Winter Feast – PLEASE MAKE SURE TO RSVP FOR THIS FUN EVENT! The Outreach Team is planning a spaghetti dinner at the church on Saturday, Feb 24 at 5pm. Dinner and dessert are provided and a free will offering will be taken to benefit students and staff at Kate Collins Middle School. There will be childcare with activities and pizza available in our Sunday School rooms for the evening. Mark your calendars now and plan to bring friends! RSVP for dinner and childcare to Kelly King at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (540) 221-1141.
ComfortCare Baby Bottle Campaign – Please return your bottles to the box by the door at church or to Ron & Pat Layne’s home, as soon as possible.
BAJA Mission Trip - Dan Woodworth would like to invite anyone interested or those who have questions to attend planning meetings for the trip. The mission trip will be July 8-14. Dates of meetings are as follows:
Sun Feb 11 - Massanutten Presbyterian at 3pm
Wed Mar 7 - Olivet Presbyterian at 7pm
Wed Apr 4 - Olivet Presbyterian at 7pm
Thurs May 17 - Massanutten Presbyterian at 7pm
Wed Jun 13 - Olivet Presbyterian at 7pm
Thurs July 5 - Massanutten Presbyterian at 7pm
Pancake Dinner - Candi Brown would like to invite anyone interested to attend the free (donations accepted) pancake breakfast on Sat, Feb 10 from 8am-10am at Calvary United Methodist Church in Stuarts Draft. She'd like to see if we might be interested in this type of outreach in our area.
PRAYER CONCERNS & PRAISE REPORTS
“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” - Colossians 4:2
Beth Laughlin - Please keep Beth in your prayers as she has recently been hospitalized.
Wink Brown- Pray for Wink as she has gallbladder surgery tomorrow, Friday, Feb 8.
George Wilson – Please pray for George who has recently been hospitalized at UVA.
Shirley Wright-Please keep Shirley and the Wright family in your prayers after the loss of her husband, Massie recently.
Kathy & Arnie Doyle – Praise for a successful outcome for Arnie's hand surgery done on Monday 1/22. And also praise, for a good report for Kathy in her appointment with her cardiologist this past Monday.
Joan Hughes- Please keep Joan in prayer for quick healing from shingles.
Paul Childers– Please keep Paul in your prayers. Thankfully, his hip surgery has been scheduled for February 21.
Rose Parler – Rose would like prayer for her autoimmune disease to be in remission or in control so she can have a needed surgery on her hip. Please also pray for finances now that it is a new year with deductibles to be met.
Dixie McClenahan - Please pray for Dixie regarding some lower left leg pain. She has had an MRI and will meet with the podiatrist the end of the month.
Candi Brown's father – Pray for healing in an upcoming eye surgery.
Neil & Gina (Lowell Gross’ brother & sister-in-law) - Pray for eternal comfort (salvation) and for comfort for Gina, in the recent loss of her father.
Linda Ritchie - Please keep Linda and her family in your prayers for the recent loss of her mother, Elizabeth "Libby" Wingfield.
Dillard Laughlin (brother of Beth Laughlin)-Praising God for relief of pain in his back following a cortisone shot. Please pray for a favorable employment opportunity and encouragement for his spirit.
Jason & Marcella Bennett (son and daughter in-law of John & Judy Bennett) - Please cover them in prayer regarding health concerns.
Don Acker (brother of Debby Ray) – As Debby shared Sunday, praise God that Don’s first white blood cell since the transplant has shown up! He has since had major progress and Debby is thankful for our continued prayers.
Walter Sass (Marge’s son)– Pray for Walter with various personal challenges.
Jay & Dede Hamilton – Jay is much more engaged and able to communicate more successfully with the recent adjustment made to his hearing aids. They have decided to move forward with the plans for Jay to have a cochlear implant but to postpone the surgery until March 16. This will give time to determine Jay's quality of life with the hearing aids.
PEOPLE WHO ARE UNCHURCHED in our community; there are people all around us who need the Lord! Pray that we will truly be salt and light in Waynesboro and beyond!
HOPE COMMUNITY CHURCH – Please pray for God’s guidance as we discern the possible next location for our church family.
Students at Kate Collins – Pray for our upcoming meal fundraiser on 2/24 to help meet the needs of the students.
US Military - Please pray for protection for our soldiers and our country, as well as discernment for our country's leaders.
Ruth Graham – Please continue to pray for persecuted Christians around the world. Pray also for Ruth in working to raise awareness in the Valley of our persecuted sisters and brothers.
The Rev. Dr. Andrew Brunson – EPC teaching elder Andrew Brunson continues to be imprisoned in Turkey. Ruth Graham shared an update from his wife, urging everyone to continue to pray fervently for his release in the midst of this difficult time!
Other Prayer Requests:
Parker Staples (son of Cindy Roberts’ friend) – Pray for Parker, a 7-year-old diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, and his parents, as Parker receives medical care at UVA. Additional prayers for fundraising efforts going on to support the family.
John (Friend of Bill Flournoy) – Pray for John who had his leg amputated recently. Pray for strength in the midst of this huge transition.
Jay Dee Clark- Pray for strength and wellness from a stubborn case of pneumonia.
Corrie Green (friend of Kelly King) – Please pray for Corrie who was diagnosed with breast cancer recently. She is in the midst of several months worth of chemo and radiation treatments. Pray also for strength and encouragement for her 8 year old daughter, Marlo and husband, Chris.
Dan Conyers (friend of Blake & Marty Porter) – Please continue to keep Dan in your prayers. He has been moved to a nursing rehabilitation facility.
Joan Bundy-She sends her thanks for our prayers as she has undergone radiation treatments for breast cancer. Dan Woodworth reported that she is improving in her recovery.
If you would like to add someone to the prayer list or would like to update a prayer concern, please contact Beth Laughlin at 943-0971 or Wink Brown at 540-241-5531.