MESSAGE. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 Even if others haven’t forgiven us, even if we haven’t forgiven ourselves, even if we are still living with the consequences of what we’ve done, God’s forgiveness is thorough. Jesus Christ and His death on the cross paid the whole price for our sin. Because of Him, we can be as completely clean on the inside as we are on the outside.
Tomorrow morning I am starting a new sermon series “Power in the Blood”. Part 1. “The Cleansing Blood”.
“When Christ knelt in agony upon the cold ground of the garden of Gethsemane, the great drops of blood fell down from His face to the ground. Four thousand years before, when Cain slew his brother, the earth had first felt the touch of human blood, which fell as a withering curse, blighting the fruitfulness of the land. Many times since has the bosom of the earth not only been spotted with the blood of man, but rivers of blood have deluged the ground as armed hosts of human beings, led on by Satan, have slaughtered one another. Every drop of this blood has added to the curse. But how different the effect of the blood of the blessed Saviour! In it was healing, cleansing power.” (CIS 1644)
MINISTRY. Men’s Ministry update shared by Edymar Penagos: “First, THANK YOU to all who were able to come out early on Sunday to help prepare breakfast and set up the tables. The food was amazing and ready to eat at 8:30am on the dot. There were so many guys in the kitchen and in the fellowship hall that I lost track of who all was there but you know who you are J I also think that having the Adventurer leaders working alongside us as they prepared breakfast for the kids made it even more fun. Food and jokes were flying everywhere!
The meeting made my heart sing. Looking out and seeing 40+ guys completely tuned in to each of the speakers as they presented shows that God is working on each of your hearts. We have been blessed with the Spirit of God at Ooltewah. It is now our responsibility to be good stewards of His blessing and step up!
As I mentioned in the meeting, you can’t give what you do not have. I encourage you to start your mornings in the word and plug into the source of love. If you seek Him, you WILL be moved by the Spirit. This is the ONLY way to truly change your life.”
Last Sabbath both worship services were held in the Fellowship Hall, but even there the deacons had to look for extra chairs. It is always a high Sabbath when our Pathfinders take the worship service into their hands. Thank you, Cory and your team, for your dedication and your commitment to this important ministry. Thank you, pastor Matt, for your excellent Sabbath morning message. Here is what Cory Goss shared on the Facebook page: “Yesterday was Pathfinder Sabbath and I cannot think of another time when I have been more proud of this group of young men and women. It was amazing to watch each person worshiping God with their gifts. Thank you to all for a top notch Pathfinder Sabbath. Your Awesome and we love you. Mr. Cory”
PRAYERS. Sondra Chilson’s grand-daughter is in surgery this morning (brain tumor being removed). Praying…
Maria Easter has just now been taken by ambulance to Memorial hospital. Praying …
Roger Wolfe is about to start radiation treatment. Praying …
David Bissell has started a 4-week treatment course. It was great to see David in church last Sabbath. He’ll be gone for the next four weeks. Praying…
Lupina Haney’s uncle passed this week. Lupina will be on the road for the next few days. Praying…
Julia Easter is gradually recovering after her surgery. Praying … and praising God.
Howard Kennedy is feeling stronger… Praying and praising God.
Bill Brown is doing much better after several surgeries. Praying and praising God.
Pastor Matthew and his wife are closing on their house in Ooltewah today! Exciting! Praying everything goes well.
See you tomorrow morning.