Newsletter | February 17, 2021

Sunday School Material

The spring Sunday School material is outside of Nikki’s office. Please stop by and pick some up. If you need some dropped off, please contact the church office.


Don’t forget to check out Brother David’s Mid-Week Devotion on the book of Psalms. They are uploaded each Wednesday on the sermon page.

Special Music Guest

On Sunday, February 28, we will be blessed to have John and Joy Ham share with us in Special Music.

Giving as of February 17, 2021

Budget for 2021 . . . . . . . .  $320,880.00
Tithes Needed to Date . . . . . $43,195.39
Received to Date . . . . . . . . .  $30,363.74
Needed for weekly budget . . . $6,170.77
Tithes Received this week . . .  $1,553.00

From Our Music and Family Minister

I have some friends who become “hangry” if they have not eaten in a while. If you are unfamiliar with the term, it is when someone becomes irritable or moody due to being hungry.  I would not tell them at the time, but usually, they are a bit dramatic.

But can you remember a time where you have genuinely been hungry? Most of us are fortunate enough always to have food; it may not be what we want, but we have access to some form of sustenance. 

No matter how deep our desire for physical food is, our desire for spiritual food should be more significant. Just as our body needs food to grow and be productive, our spiritual life needs food to grow spiritually. So many times, we try to fit Bible study and prayer into a short daily or weekly task. But growing through prayer and study should be done daily. It should be so ingrained in our lives that we miss it when we don’t have it.

11 "Behold, the days are coming," declares the Lord GOD,
"when I will send a famine on the land—
not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water,
but of hearing the words of the LORD.
12 They shall wander from sea to sea,
and from north to east;
they shall run to and fro, to seek the word of the LORD,
but they shall not find it.

Amos 8:11-12

The Lord revealed to the prophet Amos that as a result of the Israelites turning away from Him and seeking out false gods, they would go into exile. During this time, there would be no Word from God. In its absence, they would realize that their most prized possession was – the Word of the Lord; but they would be unable to find it. Unfortunately, people who continually reject the Word of God could find themselves unable to find it.  We are so blessed with so many resources to learn and study God’s Word that we take it for granted.

As a youth, I was fortunate to be able to go on a couple of mission trips.  While in Romania, I heard stories of congregations being dispersed with fire hoses. I met a pastor who only had one page of the Bible that he smuggled in and preached from for over a year. In Mexico, we would show up to a village to do a service, and all work would stop.  Everyone would come to the building they had set up as a church, and they would stay as long as we were there. They didn’t complain about the service’s length, the temperature in the room, what song was sung, or if the pastor had a good delivery.  They were hungry for God’s Word because they had been without.

I am the first one to admit that I get too complacent in my relationship with Christ. But I challenge you to have a continuing hunger for growing your relationship with Christ.  Some experts state that your body could survive without food for over a month, but you would be weak, sick, and your body would start shutting down.  The same thing happens when we starve ourselves from the Word of God. We become spiritually weak, sick, and unable to fight off spiritual attacks.