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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Flood victims | Donations needed

Myra Condarco, one of the Junction ISD Cafeteria team members, and Aaron Crowder lost everything as the Johnson Fork Creek swept through their home. Their furniture and belongings are all gone. They are currently in need of clothes.

Myra
L Tops
M-L scrub bottoms
14 petite jeans
7.5 shoe

Aaron
36x32 jeans
XL shirts
10.5 shoe

Red Cross and our amazing Ministerial Alliance will also be available to assist this family and other families in need. Myra is very thankful her son Chance (JHS Sophomore) is living in town and was safe. 

Donations can be taken to any school office.  Praying for all the affected families during this time.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Guest Pastor Kibobi to preach on Sunday (10/14/18)

Pastor Jeremiah Kibobi Will be preaching at First Presbyterian Church Sunday, October 14th. Lunch at 12:30 PM following church in the fellowship hall. He is the country director in Kenya for Watch and Pray. He also has a ministry called Vision of Glory

They are hoping to establish a Bible College for training people called to serve the Lord.  They also hope to be able to get sponsors to support more children in their Vision's Children Education Support. The aim is to be supporting 600 children every day. By supporting these less fortunate children we are building the church of Christ and raising the leaders of tomorrow. Please come and join us Sunday, October 14th for a picnic lunch of chicken and sausage. If you would like, please bring a side dish to share. And you will have an opportunity to hear about the ministry of Pastor Kibobi.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Scripture for Sunday (10/7/18)

Pastor Jeremiah Kibobi will be preaching at First Presbyterian Church on Sunday, October 14th. Picnic lunch at 12:30 PM following church. He is the country director in Kenya for Watch and Pray. He also has a ministry called Vision of Glory.

They are hoping to establish a Bible College for training people called to serve the Lord.  They also hope to be able to get sponsors to support more children in their visions children education support. The aim is to be supporting 600 children everyday. By supporting these less fortunate children we are building the church of Christ and raising the leaders of tomorrow. Please come and join us Sunday, October 14th for a picnic lunch of chicken and sausage. If you would like, please bring a side dish to share. And you will have an opportunity to hear about the ministry of Pastor Kibobi.

Scripture
James 5:7-20 (ESV)
7  Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains.
8  You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.
9  Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door.
10  As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.
11  Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.
12  But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.
13  Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.
14  Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
15  And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
16  Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
17  Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth.
18  Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.
19  My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back,
20  let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

Monday, October 8, 2018

South Llano River Flooding

As many of you know there was a large rise on the river last night and there were some people swept away from the South Llano RV Park. Your local first responders as well as many from agencies around the state responded to help with search and rescue. We are trying to feed the first responders. Tonight (10/8), locals organized by First Baptist Church will be feeding them out at TX Tech where they will be staying. Tomorrow (10/9) morning at 7:30 we will be feeding them breakfast at our church. I have enough cooks but if you would like to come and help serve please come about 7 AM. Lacey Lee is organizing lunch tomorrow which will be served at First Baptist. Dinner tomorrow night is being handled by College Street Church of Christ. As of right now we are not aware of any other needs in the community but as we are informed we will pass them along. Please keep in prayer those who are yet to be found.

First Presbyterian Church
Jim and Laurie Barker

Friday, September 28, 2018

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (9/30/18)

Scripture for Sunday
Mark 11:27-33 (ESV) 
27  And they came again to Jerusalem. And as he was walking in the temple, the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came to him,
28  and they said to him, “By what authority are you doing these things, or who gave you this authority to do them?”
29  Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question; answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.
30  Was the baptism of John from heaven or from man? Answer me.”
31  And they discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’
32  But shall we say, ‘From man’?”—they were afraid of the people, for they all held that John really was a prophet.
33  So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

Questions for Reflection
1.    What are some examples of authority?
2.    In what ways should a Christian’s values differ from those of "the experts"?
3.    How did the religious leaders challenge Jesus’ authority? (11:28)
4.    What do Jesus’ actions tell you about His attitude toward the religious leaders of His day? (11:28-33)
5.    How did Jesus answer the challenge put to Him? (11:29-33)
6.    What were the priorities of the chief priests, teachers of the law, and elders who confronted Jesus?
7.    In what ways do human authorities challenge God’s authority?
8.    How can we ensure that we follow God’s authority rather than the "authorities" who challenge His Word?
9.    When have you ever questioned God’s authority in your life?

Friday, September 14, 2018

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (9/16/18)

Scripture for Sunday
ESV  James 3:1-12  
1 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.  2 For we all stumble in many ways, and if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.  3 If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well.  4 Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.  5 So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!  6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.  7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind,  8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.  9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God.  10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.  11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water?  12 Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.

Questions for Reflection
1.    If you could hear a tape recording of everything you said last week, what would you want to edit out?
2.    How do you react when you hear someone cursing and using abusive language?
3.    How can a person be hurt by the words of others?
4.    What can you learn about a person by listening to him or her speak?
5.    If a person were never at fault in what he or she said, what would that show about the person? (3:2)
6.    What is significant about the way we talk? (3:2)
7.    What is so difficult about taming the tongue? (3:7-8)
8.    How is our speech influenced by others around us?
9.    What practical advice would you give someone who wanted to control his or her tongue better?
10. What weaknesses in our lives does our speech often expose?

Friday, September 7, 2018

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (9/9/18)

Sunday School Kick-Off breakfast this Sunday 9:45 AM.  Please bring a breakfast dish to share. 

Scripture for Sunday
James 2:1-17 (ESV) 
My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory.  [2] For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in,  [3] and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, "You sit here in a good place," while you say to the poor man, "You stand over there," or, "Sit down at my feet,"  [4] have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?  [5] Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him?  [6] But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court?  [7] Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called?
[8] If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," you are doing well.  [9] But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.  [10] For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.  [11] For he who said, "Do not commit adultery," also said, "Do not murder." If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.  [12] So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty.  [13] For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
[14] What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?  [15] If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food,  [16] and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and filled," without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?  [17] So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

Questions for Reflection
1.    For what reasons might a person think he or she is more important than another person?
2.    Where do you see prejudice being practiced?
3.    What practical example did James use to illustrate how favoritism was practiced in the church? (2:1-4)
4.    What does the church do to the poor person when it shows favoritism toward the rich? (2:6)
5.    Why should we be merciful? (2:13)
6.    How have you shown favoritism or prejudice toward other people?
7.    How do we use physical appearance, job status, and athletic ability to show favoritism toward people?
8.    In what practical ways can we show genuine love to people of different races, cultures, and economic standing?
9.    Why is favoritism or prejudice often overlooked as a sin?