A Family Newsletter

A family Newsletter ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Prayer Father, We seek your presence that we may be made aware of power beyond ourselves. Forgive us when we forget that your ability is always available to us as we struggle in our daily walk with thee. We seek your presence, Father, because we need a strong shield against temptation, we are tempted daily by the devices of the world. Keep us we pray from compromising your truths or engaging in activity’s that are displeasing to you. We need your presence that we may find the ability and desire to be taught what is Godlike and right. We need your presence so that we might understand what is holy and sacred and eternal. Father, we need your presence so that we might have a love for your word with all its power and insight and guidance. We need your presence so that we may be examples of Godlikeness as we walk in the community, and as we show loyalty to your kingdom, and serve you in all humility among our fellow human beings, and as we show care for your creation. We pray this prayer in the name of Jesus, Amen. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
JESUS IS RISEN LIKE HE SAID, HAPPY EASTER ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Congratulations Carl & Sue On your Wedding Anniversary ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS Let me see what this Newsletter says, hum!, Perfect Sunday School attendance For March 2017 whose names are written, let me see: Jeremy, Zoey, and Justin Does it pay to be faithful? Let’s read what David wrote about people who are faithful to the Lord: 1) The Lord preserves the faithful (Psalm 31:23). 2) A faithful man or woman will abound with blessings (Pro.28:20). 3) Jesus said those who have been faithful over a few things, He will make ruler over many things (Matt.25:21). 4) The Lord said His eyes shall be on the faithful (Psalm 101:6).
APRIL BIRTHDAYS, Adriana, Cameran Glenn Wisher, Andrew, Marjorie Kummer. If you would like to add a name to our Birthday list phone (845) 344-1982 Or email the pastor at denniscarolee@frontier.net
Victory over Trials <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< In the March Newsletter, we left off with James telling Christians to count It all joy when they fall into various trials (James 1:2-4). Why did James tell Christians to be joyful when facing trials? In the book of Matthew Jesus reminds believers that only those who endure to the end will be saved (Mat.10:22). So, we are to bear hardship, pain, and difficulties without losing heart or abandoning our faith in God. Jesus also said men ought to always pray and not lose heart (Lk.18:1). >>>>>>>>>>> In the book of Romans, the apostle Paul said, we also glory in tribulations, and then Paul tells us why he is joyful in afflictions. The apostle Paul says tribulations produces perseverance; and perseverance, character, and character hope (Rom.5:3-4). The more we suffer, the more we should pray, and the more we pray, the more we should trust in God. Peter said to rejoice when grieved by various trials that the genuineness of your faith, being more precious than gold that perishes, though fire tests it, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ (1-Pet.1:6-7). In the book of Acts, Paul and Silas gives us An excellent example of having joy in the midst of trials, While Silas and Paul were preaching the Gospel of Christ, the authorities’ had them beaten with a rod, and then they were thrown into the common prison. Now listen, if anyone had a reason to blame God for their misfortune, it was Paul and Silas, why could these two men accuse God of wrongdoing? They could blame God because they were preaching God’s word to His followers, and because of the Gospel, the authorities treated them unfairly (Acts 16:9-24). But, rather than blame God for their trouble, While still in prison, at midnight, they were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listing to them, while they praised God in the midst of adversity. Who does that, who honors the Lord in the midst of pain and suffering that may have been caused by God? >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The jailer could not understand the behavior of these two Godly men. He was totally perplexed, and especially when the Lord had shaken the prison with a powerful earthquake thus, opening all the prison doors and every prisoner's chains loosed, yet every man remained in prison even though they had an opportunity to escape (Acts 16:25-28). The prison administrator was so impressed with the actions of Paul and Silas that he asked them a question saying, “what must I do to be saved?” And that very hour the prison-guard with all his household was baptized, and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household. And when it was day, the magistrate sent the officers, saying let Paul and Silos go free (Acts 16:29-35). Now the authorities had thrown Paul and Silos in prison for harm, but God sent them there for good (Gen.45:4-8). What was the good, a man and his whole household had been saved. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The message: >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Instead of blaming God every time we face adversity, misfortune, hardship, and suffering, Let us learn to pray to the Lord, and ask Him, to reveal the good that will come from our misfortune. After all, is it not part of the Christian walk to save soul’s, no matter the cost. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
The Christian walk <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Sometimes when someone hurts us or says things we do not like we tend to forget that we are Christians and seek revenge by lashing out at them with our tongue. Jesus speaks about the heart of men and woman saying: out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornication, thefts, false witness, and blasphemies. Theses are the things which defile people, said Jesus (Matt.15:15-20). James, the brother of Jesus also had something to say about man’s wickedness saying, the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body. No man can tame the tongue said James; It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it, we bless our God, and with it, we curse men, whom God made in His image. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My friends, these things ought not to be so (James 3:1-18). >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The condition of man’s heart was affecting the believers walk with the Lord, so, the apostle Paul writes a letter to young Timothy whom he loves like a son (1-Tim.1:2,18), (2-Tim.1:2). Paul was tutoring Timothy for the work of the ministry, so Paul writes in his Letter telling Timothy to remind the followers of Christ that if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he or she will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. Paul also said we are to flee youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart (2-Tim.2:21-22). Paul also writes telling Timothy to tell God’s people to avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Paul writes to Timothy. And remember Paul says, a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you. With all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you (2-Tim.2:23-24). Paul is moved by God to write another letter, this letter he addresses’ to the church in the Phrygian city of Colossae. Paul writes to the faithful brethren at Colossians reminding them to put off the things that hinder their walk with the Lord. Paul said to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>As Christians and believers in Christ, we are to put on the new man and walk in love. Therefore as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do (Col.3:12-15). Breaking old habits and creating new ones is no easy task for anyone, even Christians, but Paul said we could do it if we remember to take every thought captive (2-Cor.10:5). Therefore, we are to be aware of the words that spill out of our mouth, replacing any words that are not fitting for a Christian to speak. Paul says our speech should be seasoned with salt, in other words, we should speak words that inform, educate, instruct, improve, teach, and encourage God’s people.

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