From Death to Life

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Greetings,

Christ had to die to set me free from the condemnation of sin. He chose this path because of His great love for His children. His resurrection became the guarantee of my victory over the darkness of sin and death. Stop hanging on to your own ways of victory. Our weapons will fail. Our recipes for happiness will prove to be wrong. Jesus is standing at the opening of His grave and offering us the joy of a new life. Give up your pride. Die to your selfish ambitions. Experience the joy of your own resurrection by the power of the same Spirit that brought Jesus back to life. “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.” (Romans 8:11)

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Last night we had the second session of the Reversing Diabetes seminar. Here is an update from Sylvia Hyde: “The program went really well with the content.  People who wanted to just see what it was about decided to come back and buy the materials!  We’re still trying to figure out how many came because some walked in and didn’t sign in and then decided to get materials and come. We had about 65-70 people including the volunteers.  31 participants as I can tell at this point.  The lentil soup was delicious and the people really seemed to enjoy it.” 

I wish I had some photos to share from the seminar. I will definitely try to take some pictures next week.

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Lupina Haney has been supporting the ladies from the Season of Change Ministry in many wonderful ways since they stopped their in-person monthly gatherings. This is the latest update from Lupina: “Tinker Fairies Cottage in Ooltewah created 150 cards for Season of Change. This is our Spring mail out for the widows since we have suspended our in person gatherings.” How thoughtful and sweet! Thank you, Lupina. 

I invite you to pray for OAKS. The enrollment this year is so high that the school board will meet for a special planning session next week. I am glad that our school leadership team is united in the vision of serving to the needs of the kids in our community. Let God’s will be done.

The Building committee will meet on April 6 to review the modified version of the church expansion plans and budgets. The committee’s recommendation will be taken to the Special meeting of the Church Board on April 12. This meeting will be dedicated to just one item: church expansion plans review and recommendations. I invite all church members to attend this meeting at 7 PM. We will have a discussion and time for prayer before the final recommendation is voted for the church business meeting later this month.

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Read an encouraging message shared by Edymar Penagos, the Men’s Ministry leader:

“There were over 65 men who showed up to the Rock-Solid men’s retreat last weekend. The storms did not keep them from seeking fellowship with God and each other. I personally left reinvigorated, focused, and empowered to serve God with all of my being. 
 
Men, God has won the war! Praise Him! But there are still battles to be fought. “For our struggle is not about flesh and blood but against the rules, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” Ephesians 6:12. These battles are about salvation. He is not asking us to take lives, He is asking us to lay down our own lives for others. His justice is about saving lives, not destroying them. That is why God sent His only son to die for sins He did not commit. We must follow His example and do the same for others. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. But rather in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others” Philippians 2:3-4. “
 

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Tomorrow is the Samaritan Center volunteer Sabbath night. I seek your help and support. Unfortunately both of your pastors will not be able to come tomorrow night. We need additional volunteers to step in and take our spots. Thank you in advance. For the last several months we have been having a steady group of those who are willing to help. Please plan to come at 8:30 PM. 

Singspiration with Ron Maloch will take place this Sabbath in the Sanctuary at 7 PM. The Fellowship Hall is reserved by the Southern Adventist University students who attend our church. Their parents are coming to spend this weekend here in Ooltewah. The students are planning to have the afternoon and the evening program together with their parents.

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More info and helpful resources are available on our church website: http://www.ooltewahchurch.org

See you tomorrow! Praise God for the Living Savior!

pastor Peter

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