SOLID AS A ROCK – Acts 22:32

A man I know, went one Sunday to worship at a church inside a very exclusive housing development. As he drove through, he thought, “My entire net worth is not enough to buy a vacant lot in this place.” He found what they called the Chapel, which was in fact a splendid sanctuary. He sat down, looked around, and thought, “I am the only person in this building who is not a multi-millionaire.” He felt so out of place, he felt so small. Then, the service started, his thoughts were directed to more spiritual things, and to his surprise, they sang one of the majestic hymns as he sung along. His thoughts hung on that last phrase, “like the woman at the well I was seeking for things that could not satisfy.” He thought, these people have more things than I will ever have. These people have better things than I will ever have, and they know things cannot satisfy. That’s why they are sitting here on a Sunday morning. They know that no matter how rich you are you must have a faith that is SOLID AS A ROCK: that’s why we can sing: My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness I dare not trust the sweetest frame But wholly lean on Jesus name. On Christ the solid rock I stand All other ground is sinking sand. A solid foundation is key to living a solid life for Christ so let’s all strive for one that’s SOLID AS A ROCK!!!
Take some time to look over a few verses:
Matthew 16:13-18
Matthew 7:24-29
John 4:1-26
Luke 4:46-49

What are you building on?

Put Christ first and you will have a faith as SOLID AS A ROCK!!! “For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 3:11 ESV

I can’t wait to see you!

Jason Freed

GET A GRIP!!! (1 TIMOTHY 6:12)

We all know the classic and challenging game called, “Tug of War”. Two teams are selected of equal number and each team grabs on to a rope. As each player gets ready for the start of this test of strength, they grip tightly on to the rope. The starter then reaches out and grabs the center of the rope to give a count down. Now, each team member starts to anchor themselves. The countdown starts: 3,2,1….GO!!! Both teams pull in opposite directions. As they pull and pull, some will start to lose their grip. Then, as the rope starts to slip, the pain causes them to let go making the others work harder. As the team sees they are gaining ground, they work harder and harder. With each opponent losing their grip, they see success is on the way. Then suddenly, it’s over, the victory is won!

We are a team, and we are in a tug of war with the world. Each one of us has a purpose on the Lord’s team, and each one of us is being pulled. It is so important that we get a grip, a tight grip! Remember, we pull not for our selves but for one another, we pull as a team. When we lose our grip, when we let that rope slip, and when we feel the pain, it is natural to just let go. But, when we do that we put a greater load on our team. As we get a grip and pull together, we will be victorious. Just like in the game tug of war, we encourage our team. HOLD ON, HOLD TIGHT, PULL HARD AND DON’T LET GO!!!

Paul wrote to Timothy that he was in a fight, that he was in a war. Paul wrote to encourage him to not lose his grip. “But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteous, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” 1 Timothy 6:11-12 NASB

I’m glad we are a team and we are pulling together. Don’t give up, don’t let go, GET A GRIP and let’s win this!

I can’t wait to see you

— Jason Freed

SISTER GAZELLE

On the African grasslands live an amazing array of wildlife.  They have thundering elephants and towering giraffes.  We have all seen TV shows featuring ferocious leopards and lions.  There are wildebeest by the millions, along with the bad-natured cape buffalo and rhinoceros.  One of the most beautiful creatures, however, is the gazelle.  Although she is neither strong nor savage, running at 60mph with great 30-foot bounds, there is no more graceful animal on earth.

Acts 9:36-42 tells of a lovely sister in Christ, named after this marvelous creature.  Footnotes explain how “Tabitha” in Aramaic and “Dorcas” in Greek both mean “Gazelle”.  Amazingly, her quiet and gentle spirit reflected the nature of her namesake.  She was known for her sweetness and kindness toward others, especially widows.  Little wonder there was grief and mourning, in Joppa, when she passed.  They called for Peter and, again, it is little surprise God used the great Apostle to give her life again.  After all, the church has always needed members like this in every age.

The same holds true, today!  We are grateful for the loving service of several in our congregation, who make it their ministry to encourage the widows and aged in our midst.  May the Lord reward those who go out to The Plaza, week after week, to hold worship.  A group of our ladies meets regularly to go around singing a song, saying a prayer and leaving a small gift of kindness with the many who find themselves homebound.  Others, as individuals, make visits, call on the telephone and send cards.  The truth is, only God knows how much of this goes on at Parkway Drive.  And the promise of scripture is that He will reward!

If you are not already involved in this worthwhile ministry, add it to your list of things to do every week.  The early church, Acts 6, was characterized by their help to the poor, elderly and widowed.  James 1:27 teaches, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep one’s self from being polluted by the world.”  We don’t encourage a lot of animals in our church building, but we would just love to have the place full of gazelles!

— Monty Huffman

Freedom: Galatians 5:13

Freedom is a gift most of us have always had, and often we take it for granted. We just celebrated our Independence and it didn’t come free. We set apart the date to remember how far we have come. John Adams wrote the declaration as guide for the rest of the existence of our great nation.
“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”
As we, the people of the United States of America participate in this annual celebration of our Independence from Great Britten, let us remember the purpose. The purpose isn’t simply fun and games, BBQ, family and fireworks, but all of those things are benefits of the freedom we are blessed with.
The most important freedom we can possess is the freedom we have in Christ.  “Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, Whose hope is in the LORD his God, Who made heaven and earth, The sea, and all that is in them; Who keeps truth forever, Who executes justice for the oppressed, Who gives food to the hungry. The LORD gives freedom to the prisoners.” Psalms 146:5-7 NKJV
We too were once in the prison of sin. Thank God for the freedom he offers us! Let’s be grateful for this blessing. Let’s constantly praise the One who has set us free let us live in a state of gratitude and service to the One who delivered us. “But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.”
Romans 6:22 NKJV God is so good. Thank You Father for FREEDOM!!! Galatians 5:1

I can’t wait to see you

Jason Freed