What happened at our last meeting?
Pastor Rick again led us in a time of reflection on the importance of THANKFULNESS in our lives. Thankfulness is to be directed toward God. We are created to exist for God. We do not exist for our own pleasures. How do we develop a thankful heart? Reflect on what God has done in the past. Practically, how can we cultivate thankfulness?
1. Thank God verbally upon arising in the morning.
2. Listen to worshipful music.
3. Read Scriptures to stir up memories of God's GOODNESS and
faithfulness in our lives.
"IF THANKFULNESS HAPPENS, IT'S BECAUSE WE CHOOSE TO BE THANKFUL."
Scriptures shared: Rom.1:21, II Tim.3:1-5, I Thess.5:18, Phil.4:6, Rom. 8
Along with several families from the Mainstream Fellowship group, we all gathered around the piano to sing, raising our voices in thankfulness for God's faithful provisions in our lives.
O the deep, deep love of Jesus, vast, unmeasured, boundless, free!
Rolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over me!
Underneath me, all around me, is the current of Thy love
Leading onward, leading homeward to Thy glorious rest above!
O the deep, deep love of Jesus, spread His praise from shore to shore!
How He loveth, ever loveth, changeth never, nevermore!
How He watches o’er His loved ones, died to call them all His own;
How for them He intercedeth, watcheth o’er them from the throne!
O the deep, deep love of Jesus, love of every love the best!
’Tis an ocean full of blessing, ’tis a haven giving rest!
O the deep, deep love of Jesus, ’tis a heaven of heavens to me;
And it lifts me up to glory, for it lifts me up to Thee!
Christmas Gifts for Caregivers
"Help someone who is always helping others--give a little cheer when the holidays are near!"
a word from our Pastor...God's Gift of Christmas
The Truth of the Nativity - Grace to You with John MacArthur
Luke 2:7 sets the scene: "[Mary] gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn."
"That verse is explicitly concerned with a lonely birth. There were no midwives, no assistance to Mary at all. The Bible doesn't even mention that Joseph was present. Perhaps he was, but if he was typical of first-time fathers, he would have been of little help to Mary. She was basically on her own.
Mary brought forth the child; she wrapped Him in swaddling cloths; and she laid Him in a manger. Where usually a midwife would clean the baby and wrap Him, there was no one. Mary did it herself. And where usually there would have been a cradle or basket for the baby, there was none. Mary had to put Him in an animal's feeding trough.
When Christ entered the world, He came to a place that had some of the smelliest, filthiest, and most uncomfortable conditions. But that is part of the wonder of divine grace, isn't it? When the Son of God came down from heaven, He came all the way down. He did not hang on to His equality with God; rather, He set it aside for a time and completely humbled Himself "(Philippians 2:5-8)
Adapted from God's Gift of Christmas, © 2006 by John MacArthur. All rights reserved.
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We will NOT meeting in December because of....
May you have a blessed season as we celebrate our Savior's birth!
Giving Attention to Prayer
"Lord, I pray today for the people who care for men and women with Alzheimer’s disease. You know how hard their work is, how scant their resources, and how heavy their burdens. Perhaps tending to the needs of a stranger, perhaps caring tirelessly for a loved one they have known for years, their hearts are, at times, filled with sorrow and at other times delighted by the glimmers of who once was but is no more. Indeed, the person they care for is slipping away, unable to be what they once were or act as they once did, and this makes the life of the caregiver that much more difficult.
Please, Lord, be close by when these caregivers need your comfort and strength. Fill their hearts with your goodness and solace, and their souls with love. Help them to find ways to rest and take care of themselves. And let them be heartened each day, lifted each day, and loved each day as they love the person who is no longer as they once were, but who is nonetheless your child, worthy of dignity and respect.
I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen"
***PLEASE FEEL FREE TO USE THE SUPPORT MINISTRY ROSTER TO PRAY FOR SPECIFIC LOVED ONES AND THEIR CARE GIVERS. Barbara Annan has copies that she has available at ea. meeting.
Joy in the Journey
Extending God's Goodness to Others...
"Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble."
1 Peter 3:8
We should learn to look at the blemishes and faults of others--only through the eyes of love, with sympathy, patience, and compassion.
We do not know the secret history of the lives of others around us.
We do not know what piercing sorrows have produced the scars we see in people's lives.
We do not know the pains and trials which make life hard, to many with whom we are tempted to be impatient.
If we knew all the secret burdens and the heart-wounds which many keep hidden beneath their smiling faces--we would be patient and gentle with all people.
"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience."
“My memory is nearly gone, but I remember two things: That I am a great sinner, and that Christ is a great Savior!” –John Newton
Now that’s the cry of a man after God’s own heart! John Newton (writer of Amazing Grace) knew that God looked at his heart, as He will look at ours.