Thoughts: Paul is warning the Corinthians against grave sins: idolatry, fornication, tempting Christ, - and murmuring?
Murmuring sounds so quiet – so innocent – so soothing. We think of murmuring brooks and breezes and alliterative lines of poetry. Why is murmuring listed with serious sins?
Apparently murmuring used to mean something far more sinister. In Exodus, the Israelites murmured against the Lord. In the gospel of John, the Jews murmured against Jesus because he claimed he was the bread that had come from heaven. In Jude, murmurers are bluntly called complainers.
Discussion: What emotion causes you to murmur?
Activity: This week, practice murmuring appreciation.
Remember in prayer this week Connie Gill, Vivian Hansard, Fred Laws and Jerry Michaux.
This Sunday is Camp Sunday. Wear camping clothes and we’ll sing some camp songs and have fun. We’ll have a special guest here to talk about her camping experiences.
Also, Pickleball on Sunday afternoon. Check out the signup genius, or check the pickle table during coffee time for open court times!!
This is the last Sunday to buy your tickets to the Youth Mission Dinner Auction. Please support this FUNdraising event!!
Thoughts: Remember a place where you used to live – a place where you were loved and respected?
Philippi was such a place for Paul. It was the first place where he preached. Because Philippi prided itself on its Roman heritage, the people were very receptive to Paul, who was a Roman citizen and very highly educated.
So it is not surprising that the Philippi church was Paul’s favorite. He remembered fondly the loyal and generous people in this church. Twice in Philippians 4:1, he calls them “dearly beloved.”
Paul always hoped to return to Philippi, but that proved impossible.
Discussion: Of the places you have lived, what is your favorite? Why?
Activity: Through some small act of kindness, encourage one member of our church family think of Troy First as a favorite place.
Remember in prayer this week Fred Laws, Connie Gill, Vivian Hansard, Eunice Kraase, June Lamm, and Martha Meyer.
This Thursday, 2/18, at 7:00pm, Connections, a fellowship group, will be exploring “Cultivating a Grateful Heart.” Please join us for an evening of gratefulness.
Sign up for Pickleball on line using Sign Up Genius at this link:
OR wait until Sunday during coffee fellowship to check for open times for February 21.
Thoughts: A minister’s wife bought a very expensive dress. When her husband saw the price, he was horrified.
“You know we can’t afford that dress!” he raved. “Why on earth did you buy it?”
“Well,” she explained. “I tried it on, and I looked so good in it, I just couldn’t resist.’
But her husband raged on. “You should have said, ‘Get thee behind me Satan’.”
“Oh, I did,” she assured him. ‘But he said, ‘It looks great from back here, too’.”
The minister’s wife yielded to temptation. Most of us do, when we want something very much. The old hymn instructs us:
“Yield not to temptation. Make friends of God’s children.
Speak oft with thy lord. Help those who are weak,
Abide in Him always Forgetting in nothing
And feed on His word. His blessing to seek.”
Note the active verbs: speak, abide, feed, make, help. The concluding admonition may be negative, but it is vital: never forget God’s blessings.
Discussion: Remember a special blessing. Was it unexpected? Disguised?
Activity: Try to be a blessing in the life of a person who needs you.
Remember in prayer this week the family of Jim Kuszmaul and Barbara Strozynski on the death of their granddaughter and niece, Sarah Defenderfer, recently. Remember also Betty Dietz, Vivian Hansard, and Fred Laws.
Please join us tomorrow night at 7:30pm for our Ash Wednesday service. We will receive ashes and Communion.
Sunday is Blanket Sunday. $5 buys a blanket to be used in all sorts of emergencies world-wide. Pin your bills on the blanket that will be in the gathering area.
Jesus: I appreciate you men meeting me here.
Elisha: So how are things going?
Jesus: Well, some people are skeptical that I am sent from God.
Moses: Tell me about it! When I was leading the Israelites out of Egypt, they were always doubting me.
Jesus: Yes, I’ve read abut –
Moses: Always complaining! They actually wanted to go back to Egypt!
Jesus: That must have been –
Moses: Didn’t seem to remember they’d been slaves in Egypt. Idiots!
Jesus: What were some of your hardest times, Elisha?
Elisha: There were these kids who made fun of my bald head.
Jesus: Children can be –
Elisha: But a couple of bears took care of them – 42 of ‘em!
Moses: (gesturing toward Peter, James and John): See you brought some of your men with you.
Jesus: Yes, these are –
Elisha: Can’t always trust your men, you know. Gehazi got to be a real problem.
Discussion: Why did God want Jesus to meet with Moses and Elisha?
Activity: Choose a person in the Bible whom you would like to meet and learn more about him or her.
Remember in prayer this week Judy Conley, Jim Kuszmaul’s granddaughter and Barbara Strozynki’s niece, Sarah, Connie Gill, Vivian Hansard, Fred Laws, Norma Price, Sally Schaper and Chuck Tincknell.
This Sunday is All-Scout Sunday. All Scouts who want to participate should notify Scott Williston and be at church by 9:00am. Scouts will greet, have a Flag Ceremony during worship and bring goodies for coffee hour.
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