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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Scripture for Sunday (2/14/16)

Announcements:
  • The first Lenten Luncheon is today in the First Baptist gym at noon.
  • Beginning today, Wednesday February 10th at 5:30 I will be teaching a Lenten Bible study on the healing ministry of Jesus. Please come join us. The class will last for 4 weeks finishing Wednesday March 2nd.
  • February 14th we will begin a Confirmation class for the youth of our church. We will meet in the green room Sundays beginning at 5:00 and we will meet each Sunday through March 14. Confirmation and a baptism will be on Palm Sunday. 
  • Sunday February 14th at 6 PM we will be having an Italian themed covered dish dinner and will host mission co-workers Charles and Melissa Johnson of San Antonio. They will give a presentation on their upcoming trip to Africa.
Scripture for Sunday
Mark 10:17-31 (ESV)  
And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" [18] And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. [19] You know the commandments: 'Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.' " [20] And he said to him, "Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth." [21] And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, "You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." [22] Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. 
[23] And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!" [24] And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, "Children, how difficult it is to enter the kingdom of God! [25] It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God." [26] And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, "Then who can be saved?" [27] Jesus looked at them and said, "With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God." [28] Peter began to say to him, "See, we have left everything and followed you." [29] Jesus said, "Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, [30] who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. [31] But many who are first will be last, and the last first."

Questions for Reflection
1. Why do you think most people want to be rich?
2. What did the man want Jesus to explain to him? (10:17)
3. Why did Jesus say to the man, “No one is good, except God alone”? (10:18)
4. How did Jesus explain the way to inherit eternal life? (10:19-21)
5. Why could the man not obey Christ’s instructions? (10:22)
6. Why do you think Jesus demanded such a tall order from this man?
7. What can you learn about Jesus from His actions in this story?
8. What can we learn through the negative example of the rich young man in this episode?
9. What makes it difficult for anyone, rich or poor, to enter the kingdom of God?

Friday, February 5, 2016

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (2/7/16)

Scripture
Mark 8:27-38 (ESV)  
And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that I am?" [28] And they told him, "John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets." [29] And he asked them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered him, "You are the Christ." [30] And he strictly charged them to tell no one about him. [31] And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. [32] And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. [33] But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, "Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man." [34] And he called to him the crowd with his disciples and said to them, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. [35] For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. [36] For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? [37] For what can a man give in return for his life? [38] For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels."

Questions for Reflection
1. What did Jesus ask His disciples? (8:27)
2. What did people theorize about Jesus? (8:27-28)
3. How did the disciples respond to Jesus’ question? (8:28)
4. How had people connected Jesus with Elijah, John the Baptist, and other prophets? (8:28)
5. What was Peter’s declaration of faith? (8:29)
6. Who do you say Jesus is?
7. How do your beliefs go against the flow of the majority in our world?
8. Why is it important for a Christian not to hide his or her faith in Christ?

Announcements

  • Men's breakfast tomorrow morning at 8:00 AM, coffee will be ready by 7 AM if you would like to come early and visit.
  • Elder training will be tomorrow 9 to 4 at the McMillan's river place.
  • SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY will be February 7th.  Please bring canned soup for our local food bank.
  • Jim and Laurie will be in Abilene Sunday afternoon through Tuesday for her grandmother's funeral. We will NOT have youth group this Sunday or the after school program on Tuesday.
  • Beginning Wednesday, February 10th at 5:30 PM, Jim will be teaching a Lenten Bible Study on the healing ministry of Jesus. Please come join us. The class will last for 4 weeks finishing Wednesday March 2nd.
  • The Lenten Luncheons begin on Wednesday, February 10th at noon at the First Baptist Church multi-purpose building.  We are to help with desserts this week.  Please talk to Linda Johnston if you would like to help.  
  • Sunday, February 14th we will begin a Confirmation Class for the youth of our church. We will meet in the green room on Sundays beginning at 5:00 PM.  We will meet each Sunday through March 14. Confirmation and a baptism will be on Palm Sunday. 
  • Sunday, February 14th at 6 PM we will be having an Italian themed covered dish dinner and will host mission co-workers Charles and Melissa Johnson of San Antonio. They will give a presentation on their upcoming trip to Africa.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

February 2016 Newsletter

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February 2016 Newsletter

Have a great day!
Carmen

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (1/31/16)

Scripture
Mark 6:1-13 (ESV)  
He went away from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him.  [2] And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, "Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands? [3] Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?" And they took offense at him. [4] And Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household." [5] And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. [6] And he marveled because of their unbelief.
And he went about among the villages teaching.[7] And he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. [8] He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their belts— [9] but to wear sandals and not put on two tunics. [10] And he said to them, "Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you depart from there. [11] And if any place will not receive you and they will not listen to you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them." [12] So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent. [13] And they cast out many demons and anointed with oil many who were sick and healed them. 

Questions for Reflection

  1. What does the cliche “Familiarity breeds contempt” mean?
  2. Why did the people of Nazareth react negatively to Jesus’ visit? (6:2-3)
  3. Why did the people of Nazareth talk among themselves about Jesus’ family background? (6:3)
  4. What did Jesus say to the people who scoffed at Him? (6:4)
  5. What did Jesus do in Nazareth? (6:5)
  6. What prevented Jesus from doing more than a few miracles in Nazareth? (6:5-6)
  7. What can we do to prevent ourselves from having the same lack of faith that the people in Nazareth had?
  8. In what ways do you think we prevent Jesus from working miraculously in our own lives?

Announcements!!


  • Funeral services for Dorliska Rolston, (Hazel Mansfield's sister), will be tomorrow (1/29/16) at 2:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Rock Springs. Rev. Lewis Allen will be officiating.
  • Youth Group Sunday Evening (1/31/16) we will be going to Roosevelt for worship. Please meet at the church at 5:30.  We will return by 7.  Eat before you come, no dinner will be provided.
  • Souper Bowl Sunday will be February 7th.  Please bring canned soup for our local food bank.
  • Sunday, February 14th at 6 pm we will be having an Italian-themed Covered Dish Dinner and will host mission co-workers Charles and Melissa Johnson of San Antonio. They will give a presentation on their upcoming trip to Africa.


Friday, January 22, 2016

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (1/24/16)

Presbyterian Youth Fellowship will meet Sunday, 5:30 to 7 PM. Dinner will be provided.
Kids for Christ will resume meeting Tuesday January 26th 3:30 to 5 PM.

Scripture 
Mark 5:21-43 (ESV)  
And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea.  [22] Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet [23] and implored him earnestly, saying, "My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live."  [24] And he went with him.
And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him.  [25] And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years,  [26] and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse.  [27] She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment.  [28] For she said, "If I touch even his garments, I will be made well."  [29] And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.  [30] And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, "Who touched my garments?"  [31] And his disciples said to him, "You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, 'Who touched me?' "  [32] And he looked around to see who had done it.  [33] But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth.  [34] And he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease." 
[35] While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler's house some who said, "Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?"  [36] But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, "Do not fear, only believe."  [37] And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James.  [38] They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly.  [39] And when he had entered, he said to them, "Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping."  [40] And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside and took the child's father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was.  [41] Taking her by the hand he said to her, "Talitha cumi," which means, "Little girl, I say to you, arise."  [42] And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement.  [43] And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat. 

Questions for Reflection

  1. When has the Lord ever healed you or someone you knew?
  2. What connection is there between a person’s faith and whether God heals him or her of a sickness?
  3. How does Jesus’ treatment of the sick woman and Jairus offer comfort to us today?
  4. Why do you think the bleeding woman was afraid to admit she was the one who had touched Jesus?
  5. When have you ever felt afraid of God, like the woman who touched Jesus?
  6. In what way is it good for a person to be afraid of God?
  7. In what way do we need to feel that God is approachable?
  8. In what situations do you need God’s help?