PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
March 14, 2018
What is permanent? Max Lucado jokes about going to the beauty parlor and getting a “perm” – a permanent. So why does it have to be redone every three to six months? Shouldn’t the permanent be re-named “temporary”? Some people believe that their salvation is only “temporary.” But the Bible teaches that salvation is indeed permanent – otherwise Jesus words in John 10:28 would be no more than a smokescreen. Jesus said, “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” Eternal life is something God gives – it is not earned or deserved.
We live in a culture where nothing is permanent. Everything we believe to be permanent is really just temporary – at least in this world. Many of us have heard about people in our own area who have lost jobs; who have had changes in health, who have lost loved ones – and the list goes on and on. And it is easy to see how people could apply worldly wisdom to spiritual situations. It is hard to believe God’s love for us could be eternal.
We read in John 3:16, “Whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” This phrase does not sit well in our era of self-sufficiency. Believe in yourself – try harder, work longer – self-reliance is our goal. But our good works (our hard work) will not earn us eternal life – only Jesus Christ can do that. The Apostle Paul tells the Romans in Romans 4:5, “To the one who does not work, but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited to him as righteousness.” God takes responsibility for his children. For those who hear the voice of Jesus and follow him, the reward is that the intimacy of his care and protection will NEVER end.
When Jesus says, “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish” (v. 28), he means very bluntly that there are two eternal destinies. The one is eternal life, which comes to those who hear his voice and follow him. The other is eternal punishment, which comes to those who refuse his voice and go their own way. Jesus said in Matthew 25:31–32, 46, “When the Son of Man comes in his glory . . . he will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats . . . And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
As we reflect on what God has done for us through His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, may we be full of gratitude that what He gives us is PERMANENT!!
ComfortCare Women's Health
Our community is coming together once again to gather support and increase awareness so that ComfortCare can serve the community for another year!
By participating in The Stride for Life, you give women education, equip them with resources, and empower them to make healthy life decisions. The funds raised during this event provide life-saving services to families in our area through pregnancy testing, pregnancy confirmation through ultrasound, medical consultation, peer counseling on pregnancy options, sexual risk avoidance education, parenting enrichment skills, and healing and hope through our post-abortion Bible study. ComfortCare Women’s Health does not perform or refer for abortion, ever. All ComfortCare services are provided FREE to each patient regardless of race, religion, income, or health insurance status.
Show your support by sponsoring a loved one today! Or better yet, grab yourown sneakers to get on board with us to stride in person or in spirit! Let's rally together for the babies, mothers, and fathers of this great community!
You can sign up to join our Hope Community Church team here: http://www.supportcc.org/stride-augusta/
THIS SUNDAY- Pastor Glen will continue the sermon series, on Hosea, the story of God’s amazing love! His sermon this Sunday is: “A Joyless Life,” based on Hosea 9:1-17. Please read the text before worship.
Congregational Announcement - Beginning on April 8th we will take a break from our study of Hosea to explore the ways in which the Spirit of God leads us. We will be spending time in concerted prayer as a congregation leading up to Pentecost, and Pastor Glen will be preaching on this topic. We will be focusing specifically about our next steps as a congregation and the potential purchase of property to build a ministry site. Please keep these matters in prayer, even as we look forward to coming coram Deo, before the face of God!!
Children's Ministry Change - We now have an elementary class during the Sunday morning sermon in addition to our current nursery. This provides for meaningful discipleship and special lessons for our elementary children during this time. If you are willing to teach this class once a month, please contact Kelly King at email@example.com.
Adult Sunday School Class - This Sunday, we will continue our study of the minor prophet, Zephaniah, completing chapter 1 and beginning chapter 2. We meet in the chapel on the Sunday School floor, after the worship service at 10:45am. Join us!
Women's Ministry - A new Bible study called Breathing Room by Sandra Stanley will begin on April 3rd, meeting every Tuesday from 6-8pm in the Fellowship Hall where we have our Sunday service. Books are $12. Please contact Marty Porter at firstname.lastname@example.org or (540) 471-2619 with questions or to sign up!
Easter Egg Hunt - The outreach team is planning an Easter egg hunt at the home of Cindy and Larry Roberts on Saturday, March 31 at 11am. There will be lunch, music, games, and an Easter egg hunt so invite friends and family! The congregation is asked to help by bringing empty eggs and small treats in bulk (wrapped candy, goldfish, tiny bubble jars, etc) to the church by Sunday, March 25. We will then fill eggs so that we can separate them for different age groups.
EASTER SUNDAY - In addition to our special services with several area churches, during Holy Week, we will still have our regular morning worship service on Easter Sunday at 9:30am at Hope Community Church. There will be no Sunday School classes on that day.
HOLY WEEK 2018
This year we will be joining with four other churches in our community to celebrate Holy Week – Shiloh Baptist Church; Union Baptist Church; Living Word Worship Center; and Pleasant View United Methodist Church. We encourage you to attend as many services as possible.
Tuesday, March 27th (7:00 p.m. Prayer Service; and 7:30 p.m. Worship Service) – Hope Community Church, host; Rev. Mark McCoy, preaching
Wednesday, March 28th (7:00 p.m. Prayer Service; and 7:30 p.m. Worship Service) – Shiloh Baptist Church, host; Rev. Otis Spellman, preaching
Thursday, March 29th (7:00 p.m. Prayer Service; and 7:30 p.m. Worship Service) – Union Baptist Church, host; Rev. Warne Dawkins, preaching
Friday, March 30th (7:00 p.m. Prayer Service; and 7:30 p.m. Worship Service) – Living Word Worship Center, host at Shiloh (as their building is not ready); Rev. Eric Strother, preaching
Sunday, April 1st (6:00 a.m. – Sunrise Service, followed by breakfast) – Pleasant View United Methodist Church, host; Rev. Glen Holman, preaching
PRAYER CONCERNS & PRAISE REPORTS
“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” - Colossians 4:2
Wink Brown- Prayers for ongoing healing and strength in preparation for stomach surgery March 20.
George Wilson – George is now recovering at Moore Rehabilitation Center at the Woodland in Farmville, Va. Please keep him in your prayers. Cards and Notes are appreciated: 2003 Cobb Street, Farmville, VA 23901
Paul Childers– Please keep Paul in your prayers. His hemoglobin numbers are moving in a positive direction and he is scheduled to have blood drawn again April 2. Hopefully his hip surgery will be able to be scheduled at that point!
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 - Praise God for answered prayers!
Beverly Sayre (Cindy Roberts' mother) - Please keep Beverly in your prayers as she is dealing with some health concerns and awaiting a cardiologist appointment in April.
Jeff Goldberg Family (Tiffany Sever's uncle) - Please keep Jeff's wife Teri and children, Megan and Aaron in your prayers after Jeff's passing recently.
Pammie (Melissa Bare's sister) - Please pray for a successful surgery and recovery for Pammie, and pray especially for her blood clotting condition.
Jay & Dede Hamilton – Jay will have cochlear implant surgery on March 16th. Please pray for a successful surgery and recovery for better hearing, no memory loss from anesthesia, and peace for him and the family.
Family of Ken Wilson (Oscar Graham's former father-in-law)- Please keep this family in your prayers after Ken's passing recently.
Ruth Graham - Please keep Ruth and her family in your prayers after the loss of her father, Rev. Dr. Billy Graham, on Wednesday, February 21.
Don Acker (brother of Debby Ray) – Please continue to pray for Don as he is home recovering from transplant surgery. Debby reports that he is doing well and our prayers are felt and much appreciated.
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.
Jason & Marcella Bennett (son and daughter in-law of John & Judy Bennett) - Please cover them in prayer regarding health concerns.
Walter Sass (Marge’s son)– Praise God that he is doing well. Marge thanks us for the prayers and knows that they have certainly been fruitful.
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.
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 – Christians in Turkey request continued prayer for pastor Andrew Brunson following an official indictment demanding life imprisonment. On March 13th, Andrew was charged with being a member of the terrorist group blamed for a coup attempt against the Turkish government. Questioning has been very distressing for Andrew, who denies all allegations. Andrew's case will proceed to trial if the court accepts the indictment.
Please pray that:
a. the Lord will strengthen Andrew, and that he and his family will know God's peace and presence
b. the Turkish court will uphold justice and throw out the wholly unfounded allegations of Andrew's involvement in a terrorist group
c. the Lord will give Andrew's Turkish lawyer wisdom to effectively counter the accusations
d. Andrew will be released soon and that those responsible for his imprisonment will repent of their actions
Other Prayer Requests:
Glenna Cash – Please keep Glenna in your prayers.
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 has reached the half way mark of her chemo treatments and is doing well. Pray also for continued 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.