A WORD FROM THE EDITOR
I wrote a poem for Child Abuse Awareness month. As you all may be aware, I mentioned wanting to do a piece every week, but I decided that I just didn’t know enough on the subject to do so. Therefore I only wrote the one poem, but I plan to read up more on child abuse. I want to bring attention to a very serious issue but I also want to be well-informed and treat it delicately, yet properly.
I strongly suggest you all do the same. Please, get informed on what to look for and what to do about it. I hope this piece will encourage more people to take action instead of waiting for someone else to do it.
Happenings with the church and abroad
There’s nothing new going on as of yet.
The fundraiser to build the bathroom is currently on hold, but donations are still appreciated. We need $6000 to begin construction; $4000 has been collected so far.
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Sunday sermons, Wednesday messages
Sunday, April 23, 2017, “Let Your Yes Be Yes (Proverbs 23:7)
“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.” (Prov. 23:7 KJV)
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017, “(Study on Galatians 5:1”
MEMORY VERSE: “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” (Gal. 5:1 KJV)
Each of us has had to be freed from something. There’s no one who can say that they never needed God to deliver them from a certain thing, so we’ve all been made free in Christ. We choose, however, whether or not to stay imprisoned. “The freedom of God is being able to stand up and admit where you’ve fallen…” It doesn’t matter what people have to say about your past when it’s your past. That’s who you used to be, what you used to do; it’s not who you are or what you do anymore. “Once you’re free don’t go back to it.”
Freedom isn’t just being able to stand without shame, but also being transparent. If we have erred against a brother or sister publicly, then we ought to right the wrong publicly as well. We must also recognize that being free means that when we say we’ve forgiven someone we don’t go digging stuff back up. “If you say you forgave them then move on.” Jesus said we are to forgive someone seven times seventy, 490 times, a day. If you find yourself in a position where you’re having to forgive someone 490 times in a day, it may be time to relocate. “If the person decides not to free themselves, you have to decide to [free yourself.] It may require a little distance… You don’t want to be entangled in bondage.” Some may argue that’s not very godly to walk away, but sometimes you reach a point where you simply have to give people over to the Lord and allow Him to handle it.
Paul criticized the church in this passage for putting so much weight into appearances, but looking the part and knowing all the songs doesn’t mean you’re not entangled in chains, “There is no greater feeling than to know that you’re free… You already have in you what you need to succeed…” All you have to do is trust Jesus to come through. Spending time worrying about things outside of our control keeps us bound. We have to stop fretting and losing sleep over stuff that only God can fix. Let Him fix it and walk in the freedom He’s given you. It’s why Jesus gave His life for you.
THE ART GALLERY
Using artistry to empower the Kingdom
BITS OF INSPIRATION
This artist’s work is absolutely breath-taking and I couldn’t wait to feature it this week:
Dominican painter Kamalky Laureano used acrylics to do this stunning portrait of a woman’s face. His paintings look so real and you can see the effort he put into every tiny detail. His paintings almost look like photographs. If you look closely, there are slight nuances in his work that gives it away, but I find them to be quite charming! I promise you’ll fall in love with all his masterpieces.
Events, announcements for the month of April
Dates will occasionally be added to the calendar
- April 7: Brother Philip’s Birthday
- April 16: Easter Sunday
- April 23: “The Remedy,” Poetry Nights, 5PM
- April 28: Mother Sadberry’s Birthday