DEVOTION: Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, which is in you, who you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:18-20
Advent is a season of repentance. If there is one sin that plagues the church and its members it is sexual immorality. It is rampant in the church. We accept it. We shrug it. We keep it hush hush. We say that it's a personal thing and ones own business. It is destroying families and it is destroying our society.
If you are dealing with any kind of sexual sin, it is time to repent. Repentance means turning around and turning toward Christ for forgiveness. It means turning your desires away from all those evil things and turning your desire toward loving and caring for your husband or wife. It means getting rid of all the avenues toward temptation whatever they may be. It means when you see temptation you run away from it as fast as you can.
Repentance means that you stop doing the evil junk that is destroying your relationships, you leave the guilt of it in the past, and you focus on a future free from what you've done and looking forward to what Christ has done for you.
Repentance is not just saying your sorry only to go right back to it without even blinking an eye. It isn't just saying that you are sorry that you offended someone or hurt someone's feelings. It means that you are truly sorry for what you've done, thought or said, because it went against God's will and you deserve hell for it.
If you are dealing with sexual immorality there is help. I, as your pastor, am here to hear your confession to guide you in repentance and to give you God's grace. There is help for addiction and I can guide you in the right direction for that as well and get you the help you need. The main thing is DON'T STAY IN YOUR SIN! REPENT AND TRUST IN CHRIST'S FORGIVENESS!
Prayer: Lord help me to repent from my sins, whatever they might be, and turn to you for forgiveness. Keep temptation from me and when I leave myself open to it, give me the feet to run away from it as fast as I can. Amen.
____________________________________________________________________________________________________ YESTERDAY'S QUIZ: Who said the words in the verses in last Tuesday's devotion? Jesus
Thurs- Alzheimer's support group 1pm; Karate 5pm; Praise Band 6pm Sat- TFG leaves at noon; Worship 5pm Sun- worship 8:30; Bible Study and Sunday school 9:45; Choir rehearsal 9:45; worship 11 __________________________________________________________________________________________________ WORSHIP WORKERS FOR THIS WEEK Acolytes- Wed- John Pezold; 8:30- Patrick Schaumerg 11- Dawn Sherman Altar guild- Set up- Terry McKenzie Clean up- Sandy Robine Greeters- 8:30- Paul and Cindy Klover; 11- ?????? Communion Assistants- Wed- Steve Robine; Sat- Jim Rahn; 8:30- Randy Sweet 11- Charlie Figura Lay Readers- Sat- Jim Rahn, 8:30- Randy Sweet, 11- Lynn Figura Ushers- Wed- Figura family; Sun- Don Hance, Rich Boeger, Don Weigle, Don Tate Projectors- Sat-- Pam; Sun 8:30- Kailyn Blechle 11-- Bella Linstruth Pianists/organists Wed-Melissa Pedersen; Sat- Molly Hendershot; Sun- Melissa Pedersen 11am- Doug Walters ____________________________________________________________________________________________________
THANK YOU TO THE 30 OR SO FOLKS WHO HELPED DECORATE CHURCH YESTERDAY!!
We had the biggest crowd ever! It is great to see and to know that so many people care about the church and like to spend time in fellowship with the church community!
ADVENT DINNERS AND WORSHIP BEGINS THIS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3!!
Supper at 5:30
Your elder will be calling you to direct you as to when to bring food! Please come to all of the dinners though! Yu can't beat fried chicken and tons of great sides every Wednesday night! A small free will donation is appreciated to offset the cost of the chicken. Please also make sure you bring your dishes home after supper! And please be aware that they will not be washed.
Worship at 6:30
Our worship theme is COME, LORD JESUS! Focusing on the Lord's Prayer and the Common table prayer, we will talk about what it means that we want Jesus to come into the world, into our hearts, and into eternity!!
POINSETTIAS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE FOR CHRISTMAS EVE AND DAY!!
The sign up sheet is on the counter in the narthex or you can call Marilyn to order yours. You can take yours home with you after Christmas Day!! Please sign up by December 14. Cost is $13.50 each. Many purchase them in honor or in memory of a loved one.
A VOLUNTEER IS NEEDED TO BE A DELEGATE TO THE MISSOURI DISTRICT CONVENTION IN SPRINGFIELD, MO JUNE 14-16
All voting members (men or women) are eligible. In order for our congregation to have a complete voice we need to have complete representation! Please call me or reply to this email if you would like to serve your church in this way!!
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