Newsletter | April 14, 2021

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Thank you to everyone who donated toothbrushes and supplies last month. As we continue to try to stock up our supplies for OCC, we will be collecting hairbrushes and washcloths for April. A box will be located in the front of the sanctuary and outside Nikki’s 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.

Giving as of April 14, 2021

Budget for 2021 . . . . . . . .  $320,880.00
Tithes Needed to Date . . . . . $92,561.58
Received to Date . . . . . . . . .  $67,089.79
Needed for weekly budget . . . $6,170.77
Tithes Received this week . . .  $4,551.09

Annie Armstrong

CHURCH GOAL: $ 1500.00
GIVEN SO FAR: $ 1150.00

From our Family and Music Minster

As some of us get older, we tend to become more forgetful.  Fortunately, this has not happened to me because I have always been forgetful. 

I have never been able to read a list of items and turn around and repeat them without looking; however, I can remember some of the most detailed information of things that I have physically done, or I have seen. 

After my parents passed away, we opened the safe at my Mom’s old store.  For some reason, I remembered where I had hidden a copy of the combination 25 years earlier; luckily, it was still there.

This Wednesday, we are starting “The Stand.”  The first night, we are looking at the importance of God’s Word and how we should study it, teach it, and make sure our kids see that it is crucial in our lives.  During the study, we will look at King Josiah.  King Josiah was only eight years old when he was anointed king of Judah. Josiah’s grandfather, King Manasseh, was known for supporting idol worship and other pagan practices during his 55-year reign over Judah.  King Amon, Josiah’s father, had continued Manasseh’s evil practices during his brief two-year reign. 

King Josiah came into a situation that viewed idol worship and ignoring God’s commands as being socially acceptable and commonplace.  Josiah could have easily gone with the flow and changed nothing, but the young king chose to act.  At age sixteen, he began to seek God, and at age twenty, he began religious changes.  King Josiah had the temple repaired. While the repairs were taking place, a copy of God’s law was found.

Because previous kings had tried to destroy God’s law, this King Josiah was unfamiliar with the laws and tore his garments when he realized all of the ways the people had turned from God.  Due to King Josiah’s leadership, God’s judgment on Israel would come, but not during Josiah’s lifetime.

One of the changes King Josiah made was the reinstatement of important festivals such as the Passover.  In just 400 years, God’s people had turned so far from Him that they no longer remembered their deliverance from Egypt.  As we look at Exodus, God gave a specific reason why they should celebrate the Passover:

And when you come to the land that the LORD will give you, as he has promised, you shall keep this service. 26 And when your children say to you, 'What do you mean by this service?' 27 you shall say, It is the sacrifice of the LORD'S Passover, for he passed over the houses of the people of Israel in Egypt, when he struck the Egyptians but spared our houses.'" And the people bowed their heads and worshiped.  Exodus 12:25-27

We see in this passage that they were to observe Passover so they would remember and so their children would know.  I find it interesting in this passage that the children would learn by watching what their parents do.  

The Passover was a reminder of the nation’s identity as the people of God. It reminded them that God had set them apart, taken them out of slavery, saved them, and brought them into a new land.

As parents or adult figures, what kind of legacy are you leaving the children that look up to you?   Will they remember you as a baseball fan, a good cook, a person with a fantastic talent; or will they remember your love for God?  Does your life reflect God enough to the people around you that they see it above everything else?