Sunday, January 15, 2017

Correct Change

A perfectly unblemished blue sky greeted us this morning. At the beginning of the service Chuck welcomed us and shared this week's announcements.

Wednesday is Adventure Club. Dinner and youth activities for all
Membership classes coming soon.
This Friday come explore your inner artistic qualities... Painting, crafting, potluck. Contact Paula Saxin or Darlene Vanderscheuren. Painting classes and more.
Next Sunday, Pastoral Candidate Q&A during Sunday school as well as Saturday from 1 - 2:30. There will be a variety of pies served and shared Saturday.
Please join us next Sunday the 22nd if you are a member. We will need a quorum to vote.

Chuck then read a passage from the Psalms and the worship team then led us in a time of worship. The offering was as the son I Need They Every Hour was performed.

We spent time in prayer for some heartbreaking needs and praise for answered prayers.

Correct Change

Pastor Terry greeted us and encouraged us to be here next weekend to get to know him and his family better. He also encouraged us to keep reading the Psalms every day this month as we work through God's Word.

The sermon today is Correct Change. But he began with a word problem and illustration of a quick change scam.

The real aim here is to help us think the way God thinks.

To be a good police officer you have to be able to think they way criminals think, so you stay one step ahead of them. The real point being to actually pay attention to how we think, and not just live unthinkingly as we go through life.

The message today would be from Ephesians 2:1-6

Terry then drew a pair of images that looked like doughnuts. He then illustrated how this hole in the middle is filled with deadness. Then he drew arrows to illustrate the pressures that push on us from outside. Our aim is to meet the expectations and conform to what is expected of them.

And then there are others who don't do so well at pleasing everyone and conforming the their expectations.

In the New Testament, the one group is best represented by the pharisees. The other doughnut illustrates the tax collectors, Samaritans and other outcasts...

In our modern time the same issues are going on.

One problem with parenting occurs when we make out goal to get our children to be good conformists, all the while neglecting the important thing going on in the heart, on the inside.

People who perform well

In Ezekiel 36, the prophet paints a picture of the future.

25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. 28 Then you will live in the land I gave your ancestors; you will be my people, and I will be your God.

People who live to perform get their strokes by trying to make everybody happy. But there's pressure from trying to please everybody.

On the outcast group there are all kinds of failings and issues people have, but where does one begin in the process of change? The real starting point is to get people to listen to the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 41  "Heal me because I have sinned against you..." It goes on to express the pressures David is under, not only from his enemies but from a close friend.

At the end of the day, I want to honor my Lord with my life. And the only way this will happen is through internal changes.

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