MAY 11, 2021
Discussion is underway about our worship schedule. Let us know what your suggestions are.
Schedule of teachers for the month...
Harry Bryant, May 12, The Message, Romans 10, (May 9 lesson in your SS book)
Kathy Gillis, May 19, Live the Message, Colossians 3, (May 16 lesson in your SS book)
Del Slone, May 26, Share the Message, Acts 17, (May 23 lesson in your SS book)
Art Compere, April 2, Trust God to Work, Matthew 13, (May 30 lesson in your SS book)
Pupil books may be picked up at the door of the sanctuary on Wednesday.
I really appreciate these 8 teachers that rotate teaching responsibilities on Wednesdays every 9 weeks. Harry Bryant, Kathy Gillis, Del Slone, Art Compere, Reba Bradshaw, Pat Dendy, Marcia Harrigill, Nell Rose Johnson. God bless you all for your faithfulness to your Lord and Savior. I take a turn, making 9.
Celebrator's Conference in Pigeon Forge in October will feature Vice-President Mike Pence. I encourage you to make reservation asap.
Less Like Me, by Zach Williams, is a great popular Christian song that has become one of Nell Rose's and my favorites on KLove. The words are so convicting. See what you think about the song.
Oh, I have days I lose the fight, Try my best but just don't get it right.
Well I talk a talk that I don't walk, And miss the moments right before my eyes.
Somebody with a hurt that I could have helped; Somebody with a hand that I could have held;
When I just can't see beyond myself; Oh, help me be
A little more like mercy, a little more like grace,
A little more like kindness, goodness, love and faith,
A little more like patience, a little more like peace,
A little more like Jesus, a little less like me.
I shared with my Prayer Meeting group from Matthew 26:30 (and following verses) on Monday morning what one commentator wrote about the walk of Jesus and His disciples from the Upper Room to Gethsemane that last night Jesus spent on earth.
During the Passover thousands of Jews came to the Temple to offer their sacrificial lambs to God. The blood of the lambs was poured out on the Altar by the priests. (Thirty years after the time of Jesus, a census was taken and the number of lambs killed at that time was 256,000!) There was a channel from the Altar to the brook Kidron and through that channel the blood of the Passover lambs was drained away. When all that blood passed into the brook, it naturally turned the water red.
The brook may have still been red when Jesus and His disciples passed over it. The commentator suggested that the thoughts of Jesus may have turned to the horror of His own death as the sacrificial Lamb of God. Perhaps the reality of the cross set in at that time.
John 17 is the wonderful longest prayer of Jesus we have. John 18 tells of the betrayal of Judas. In our Bible study in the gospel of John, I found it a bit unusual that John, in writing his gospel account, did not include the agony of Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, when the disciples fell asleep. Peter, James and John were the three that Jesus took a little farther into the garden to watch and pray. John knew the occasion well, maybe too well.
So the other three gospel writers fill in the gap for us. Luke 22:44 tells us that a short time later in Gethsemane, Jesus was in such agony as he prayed that he sweat as it were drops of blood. (That is a medical condition called hematidrosis, when such stress causes the capillaries in the sweat glands to burst and mingle blood and water.) Jesus said in Matthew 26:38 that as he prayed, he was in great agony - almost unto death.
In spite of such anguish, He still made a decision about you and me in the garden. He set His mind to suffer for us, even though He knew it would cost Him His life. Now Jesus asks us to make a decision about Him. A genuine decision for Jesus will cost you your life, too... a life of selfless love and service to Him. What will you do?
Now go back a read again the chorus of Less Like Me.