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Friday, April 22, 2016

Scripture for Sunday (4/24/16)

Jim Barker will be having outpatient gallbladder surgery Wednesday morning (4/27/16) at 8:45 in Fredericksburg.

Scripture for Sunday
Acts 18:1-11 (ESV)  
After this Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. [2] And he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. And he went to see them, [3] and because he was of the same trade he stayed with them and worked, for they were tentmakers by trade. [4] And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and tried to persuade Jews and Greeks. 
[5] When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul was occupied with the word, testifying to the Jews that the Christ was Jesus. [6] And when they opposed and reviled him, he shook out his garments and said to them, "Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent. From now on I will go to the Gentiles." [7] And he left there and went to the house of a man named Titius Justus, a worshiper of God. His house was next door to the synagogue. [8] Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord, together with his entire household. And many of the Corinthians hearing Paul believed and were baptized. [9] And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, "Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, [10] for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people." [11] And he stayed a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them. 

Acts 18:18-23 (ESV)  
After this, Paul stayed many days longer and then took leave of the brothers and set sail for Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila. At Cenchreae he had cut his hair, for he was under a vow. [19] And they came to Ephesus, and he left them there, but he himself went into the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews. [20] When they asked him to stay for a longer period, he declined. [21] But on taking leave of them he said, "I will return to you if God wills," and he set sail from Ephesus. 
[22] When he had landed at Caesarea, he went up and greeted the church, and then went down to Antioch. [23] After spending some time there, he departed and went from one place to the next through the region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

April 2016 Newsletter

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Have a great day!
Carmen

Scripture for Sunday (4/17/16)

Scripture for Sunday        
Acts 8:26-40
Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." This is a desert place. [27] And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship [28] and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah.  [29] And the Spirit said to Philip, "Go over and join this chariot." [30] So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, "Do you understand what you are reading?" [31] And he said, "How can I, unless someone guides me?" And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. [32] Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this: "Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter and like a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he opens not his mouth. [33] In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away from the earth." [34] And the eunuch said to Philip, "About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?" [35] Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. [36] And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, "See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?" [38] And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. [39] And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. [40] But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he preached the gospel to all the towns until he came to Caesarea. 

Questions for Reflection
1. What reading material do you find difficult to understand?
2. What was the eunuch’s problem? (8:28-34)
3. What did the Holy Spirit tell Philip to do? (8:29)
4. How did Philip present the good news about Jesus? (8:35)
5. What did the eunuch do after he believed in Jesus? (8:36-38)
6. How does God use us to take the message of Christ to others?
7. What passages of Scripture are difficult for you to understand?
8. What fears prevent us from telling others about Christ?

Friday, April 1, 2016

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (4/3/16)

Men's breakfast tomorrow morning at Kelly Kothmann's. Breakfast will be served at 8 but come early for fellowship and coffee.

Scripture        
Acts 1:1-12  
In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, 2 until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 3 To them he presented himself alive after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. 4 And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, "you heard from me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with1 the Holy Spirit not many days from now." 6 So when they had come together, they asked him, "Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?" 7 He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." 9 And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven." 12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey away. 

Questions for Reflection
1. After His resurrection, how did Jesus spend His time with the apostles? (1:3-5)
2. What specific commands did Jesus give the apostles? (1:4)
3. What gift did Jesus promise to the apostles? (1:4-5)
4. What did the apostles misunderstand? (1:6)
5. What is the importance of Jesus’ final promise and command to you?
6. When is a time you wanted to move on from a location, job, or difficult relationship but were held back by God’s leading?
7. How do we know when the Holy Spirit is at work in our lives?
8. What specific means (abilities, opportunities, relationships) has God given you to carry out the task of being His witness?

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Announcements, Scripture & Questions for Sunday (3/20/16)

Announcements:

  • Services for Max Fischer will be Monday 21 at 2 PM in Kimble Funeral Home chapel with burial at 11 AM Tuesday in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.
  • Youth Group on Sunday, March 20 at 5:30.  Dinner will be provided. 
  • The youth will be stuffing the Easter Eggs tonight. Please bring your plastic eggs and candy to the Fellowship Hall by 5:30. 
  • Maundy Thursday Communion Service - Thursday March 24, 6 PM
  • Good Friday Service - March 25, 6 PM
  • We will have our annual Easter Egg Hunt during the Sunday School hour Easter Sunday.
  • Presbyterian Women Mission Conference will be April 1st – 3rd at MO Ranch. Emily will be going for the day Saturday the 2nd.
Scripture
Mark 14:1-11 (ESV)  
It was now two days before the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to arrest him by stealth and kill him, [2] for they said, "Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar from the people." [3] And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head. [4] There were some who said to themselves indignantly, "Why was the ointment wasted like that? [5] For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor." And they scolded her. [6] But Jesus said, "Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. [7] For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me. [8] She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial. [9] And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her." [10] Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them. [11] And when they heard it, they were glad and promised to give him money. And he sought an opportunity to betray him.

Questions for Reflection
1. When have you ever been criticized for doing something good?
2. What do you think motivates parents to sacrifice for their children?
3. What amazing thing did a woman do while Jesus was visiting Bethany? Where? (14:3)
4. What reaction did the woman’s actions get? Why? (14:4-5)
5. What caused some people with Jesus to become indignant? (14:4-5)
6. What does this incident tell us about some people’s understanding of who Jesus was and why He had come? (14:4-6)
7. Whom did Jesus rebuke? Why? (14:6)
8. How did Jesus evaluate the behavior of the woman who poured out the perfume? (14:6)
9. What can we learn about values from the woman in this story?
10. How can we demonstrate our devotion to Christ?

Thursday, March 3, 2016

March 2016 Newsletter

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Carmen

Scripture for Sunday (3/7/16)

  • Saturday 8:00 AM Men's breakfast.
Scripture for Sunday
Mark 12:38-44 (ESV)  
And in his teaching he said, "Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes and like greetings in the marketplaces [39] and have the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts,  [40] who devour widows' houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation." [41] And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums.  [42] And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny.  [43] And he called his disciples to him and said to them, "Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box.  [44] For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on."

Questions for Reflection
1. In what ways are outward appearances misleading?
2. What does it mean to be poor?
3. What did the “poor widow” give to the treasury? (12:42)
4. Why did Jesus call His disciples when He saw the widow put in her offering? (12:43)
5. How did Jesus compare the actions of the wealthy people to the actions of the poor woman? (12:43-44)
6. Why do you think Jesus purposely sat near the temple treasury?
7. What central principle did Jesus focus on in this story?
8. What else does God want from us besides our material wealth?
9. What attitude should we have about giving of ourselves to the Lord?