MESSAGE. Do you ever feel that your sins make you a leper? That you are out of place among your Christian friends? You feel in yourself that you are shut out from the fellowship of your church. You cannot pray their prayer nor sing their hymns. You do not experience their joys. This is actually the fearful part of the leprosy of sin— “for all have have sinned”; we have accepted the sores and the exclusion as part of our normal life. In Mark 1 we read as Jesus performed another miracle. A leper became clean. He could not change his condition. There were no doctors or healers to help him overcome his illness. Christ meets the leper. Christ touches the leper. He becomes clean. The leprosy of sin is a wide-spread plague in this world. Satan wants to keep us in his leprosarium, but if we run to Jesus we will hear His powerful words: “Be cleansed!”
My Sabbath morning message will be taken from Mark 1:40-45.
OAKS. The first day of school went well. I heard that there were no tears. Even our new kindergartners felt safe and happy while away from their moms and dads. 🙂 Tomorrow we will have a prayer of dedication for the school staff and teachers during both services.
CONNECT. Last week we voted Melody Higgs into our church family. Jason’s membership transfer is in the bulletin for this week. We are thrilled to welcome Jason, Melody, and Annie into our church. Here is a short statement sent to our office by Melody:
“S’MORE Camp (Single Moms’ & Kids Retreat) is taking place August 26-28. It is a FREE family weekend for single moms and their kids. It will take place at Cohutta Springs and it’s a great time to receive emotional, physical, and spiritual support. Each family is given a basket of snacks, and the kids are elated to find a “special gift” with their name on it in their cabin. Activities include family-style worship, Bible stories, games, crafts, and music. Moms enjoy a seminar just for them and creating a decoration for their home!
Please call the Conference office at 800-567-1844 ext.342 if you’re interested in attending.”
CELEBRATE. The Bryan, Daniel and Darin Bissell families cordially invite you to attend the 50th Anniversary Celebration of our parents, David and Jeanette Bissell. WHEN: Sunday, August 21 at 1 PM. WHERE: Ooltewah Adventist Church Fellowship Hall, 9209 Amos Rd. POTLUCK AND PROGRAM: Please bring a dish or two and celebrate with us! Cake and refreshments will be provided. Questions, well wishes, and RSVP can be sent to Bryan@truth-is-life.org or you can call him at 319-826-2608. For further info see https://www.facebook.com/events/484606911730654/ No personal gifts please. Donations to OAKS WORTHY STUDENT FUND gladly accepted.
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Then say, “Save us, O God of our salvation,
And gather us and deliver us from the nations,
To give thanks to Your holy name,
And glory in Your praise.”
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
From everlasting even to everlasting. (1 Chronicles 16:34-36)