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We've been waiting for you! It's true, because we believe that every person who comes into the circle of this special fellowship was sent by God Himself. It's not by accident that we have the joy of meeting you. So, above all else we want to express Christ's love to you with genuine, heartfelt warmth.

We're eager to know you, and we're excited to share with you the marvelous ways God is working in our church. It won't take you long to discover that this is truly a family, rich in relationships that matter the most. Growing together, we worship, we serve, we laugh, we cry, we learn, and we reach out to you as well. Our doors are open. Our hearts are open, too.

If you've been thinking, praying, searching, and hoping for a place to belong, we say again Welcome!

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2 Peter 1:3 (KJV)

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
In all 3 of the following aspects of life, God has given us His Word

Old Testament-Genesis 1:1, Psalm 119     New Testament-John 1:1

Life-physical-
Genesis 2:7
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils, the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
Jeremiah 1:5  
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
Psalm 139:14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
Jeremiah 29:11  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Galatians 1:15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace.

Scriptures like these give us an assurance that God’s love and direction began even before conception. What a gift to know that God has been involved in our lives from the very start! His love for us is encompassed in His desire for our highest good. He is truly Jehovah-Jireh, the Lord-Who-Provides.

Psalm 103:1-5
Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Bless the 
Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.

Matthew 6:31-34 31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Life spiritual-
John 3:3-6
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

John 7:38-39
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water
(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)


John 14:15-17
15 
If ye love me, keep my commandments.
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

John 16:7,13
Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

John 20:21-22
21 
Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

Life eternal-
John 3:16
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

John 6:47-51
47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
48 I am that bread of life.
49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.
50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.
51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.




Bulletin Notes

   

How Much Is Jesus Worth? John Piper

 

To You Who Believe, Christ Is Precious (1 Peter 2:4-7)

 

     Christ is not just the milk we desire; he is the precious and chosen cornerstone that we come to and build our lives on individually and as a church. Some reject the stone and stumble over it into eternal doom, but as verse 7 says, "To you who believe, he is precious." Notice what happens when we connect verses 4 and 7. In verse 4, Christ is chosen and precious in the sight of God. In verse 7, he is, therefore, precious to us who believe. Believers are chips off the Old Block as it were. We choose what our Father chooses. We feel to be precious what our Father feels to be precious. Therefore, we see again how saving faith is not just agreeing that certain facts are true. Saving faith signifies a new nature. And the evidence of this new nature is that it desires Christ, it cherishes him as precious.

     When Peter says, "To you who believe he is precious," he is showing what distinguishes believers from unbelievers. He is not saying that there are a few really spiritual believers who desire Christ and feel his preciousness. He is saying that if you are a believer, if you are saved, for you Christ is precious. If you do not feel his preciousness, if you do not desire him like a baby desires milk, examine the roots of your faith and see if they are sucking up life from the precious blood of Christ and the promises of God, or if they are simply curled around the dry rocks of habit, tradition, custom, form, peer pressure. Is Christ an allurement to your affections, or just duty to be performed? Are you moved by desire for him, or by the expectations of family and church? "To you who believe, he is precious."

     How precious? How much is Jesus worth? Where does he come in your scale of desires? Jesus told a parable one time that describes how precious it really is to inherit the kingdom of heaven. And since he himself is the king of that kingdom and the one who makes it valuable, the parable applies to him too. He said, "The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field which a man found and covered up; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field." Notice well: the man does not sell all that he has begrudgingly; he does it joyfully. The reason is because he sees how precious the treasure is. He knows that, whatever he pays for that field, it's a steal. Jesus is worth so much more than anything else in all the world, that every loss endured to have more of him can be endured with joy.

Lord You are more precious than silver
Lord You are more costly than gold
Lord You are more beautiful than diamonds

                                  A Thankful Heart

 

Of all people, Christians should be leading the way in being a grateful community. “Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story” (Psalm 107:2).
Let us be thankful to God in our recognition of His work in our lives. The following is a really good place to begin.

God's Continued Unconditional Love for Us
     The debate continues as to how much we should love ourselves, but the eternal truth is that God accepts us, loves us, every day, that He will never stop loving and caring for us. You cannot buy or earn God's love. Rejecting or refusing it does not make it less real. He loves the most unlovely. He looks into our hearts in a way that no one else does and loves us in spite of what He sees. He knows our motives, hears our complaints, and observes what we do when no one else is watching, but His love is undiminished. “His love endures forever” (Psalm 118). Be thankful that God loves us. Be thankful that He “demonstrates his love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Never lose sight that our efforts or opinions are not enough to save us; only the mercy of God can do that. We love Him, not because we are noble beings and motivated by good thoughts, but because
He first loved us (1 John 4:19) and has given us eternal life in His Son.