The Sabbath Blessing

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MESSAGE.

The Sabbath is not a burden, but a day filled with blessings. It is a day to be spent with God. A day in which our spirit worships, our mind soars and our body rests.

This Sabbath morning I’ll continue my sermon series on the meaning of worship. We’ll see a spiritual connection between the Sabbath day (Saturday) and worshiping God as our Creator and Savior.

MINISTRY. 

Our church is actively engaged in Hope for Ooltewah Prayer Marathon. Almost two hundred people agreed to be on the prayer schedule. This week we’ve been praying about a Clean Heart. Starting Sunday, September 15, we’ll be praying about A Healthy Heart. Our key verse is found in James 5:15 “And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well.”

I invite every church member to participate in the Prayer Conference scheduled at our church on September 21 from 5 pm to 7 pm. Our speakers will be Dr. Hartman, Dr. Tryon, pastor Mark Piotrowski – GCC Prayer Ministry Director, and pastor Na’a – SALT director. This will be a unique learning opportunity. I pray this event will also unite us as a community in our spiritual ministry to those whom the Lord sends us to serve.

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Here is the Men’s Ministry update from Edymar Penagos: “Another breakfast on the book and man was on point. The food was amazing and as usual, we had way too much fun in the kitchen. See attached pictures. Thank you to all the guys who showed up to help set up and cook, you know who you are.
A special thank you to our community service director, Lucas Patterson, for the presentation on the importance of service. One verse that came to mind during the presentation was James 2:24 NIV,  “You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.”
Brothers, James made it very clear we are to serve others. May I be so bold as to say that as Christians our purpose and our purpose alone is to serve? Service can take many forms but at its core, it means to love others. I encourage you to spend some time reading the following verses (James 2:14-26) and ask yourself, am I loving my neighbor as myself? Am I demonstrating my faith and love for God by serving others?
If you are looking for ways to give back to the community and demonstrate your love in action, please do not hesitate to reach out to either Lucas Patterson (423-582-1678) or myself, 813-541-2184.”

 


Tomorrow night, September 14, Dr. Edwin Reynolds will present the Vespers program where him and his wife Connie will share a report on their summer trip to China. They will be showing pictures and telling stories of God’s providence and His leading of the work in China. Sounds absolutely exciting! The program starts at 6 p.m.

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PRAYERS. I invite our church family to remember in our prayers the elderly of our church; this week especially Howard Kennedy.

 

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