DEVOTION: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 English Standard Version (ESV)
Flee Sexual Immorality
12 "All things are lawful for me," but not all things are helpful. "All things are lawful for me," but I will not be dominated by anything.13 "Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food"—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never!16 Or do you not know that he who is joined[a] to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, "The two will become one flesh." 17 But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.18 Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin[b] a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
Does this passage make you feel guilty? It certainly does to me. I have been guilty of sexual immorality. I have been guilty of treating my body as if it was my own instead of the Lord's. This weekend at worship we are going to look at who "owns" us. We have a culture that is very self gratifying, very instant gratification, and very much immoral because of it. We are part of that culture. Maybe it's time that we repent of these sins and remember our ownership. It is God who owns us!
And this is a very good thing! God is not a tyrant. He is not a terrible taskmaster as if we were his beaten down and punished slaves. He is a wonderful, benevolent, all caring, all loving, all saving, all forgiving master. Yes! He is your master, a master that is love! And He lives in you! Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who lives in you! Isn't that awe inspiring? The same God who is your master is the God who loves you and lives in you!
Prayer: Lord, thank you for buying us back and owning us! Help us to live on this earth like it and to stop being so stinking rebellious. Help us to love because you loved us first. Amen.
Wed- Outreach 5; Stephen Ministry 6; Security meeting 7
Thurs- karate 6:15
Sat- Stephen Ministry training 8am; worship 5pm
Sun- worship 8:30 and 11; Sunday school and adult Bible class 9:45; Elders Noon
Acolyte- 8:30- Addie Hoelscher; 11- Loren Howard
Ushers- Sat- Marv Hendershot; Sun- Don Turnure, Don Nolte, Brent Davis, Larry Schulze
Altar- Set up- Marilyn Foster; Clean Up- Sandy Robine
Communion assistant- Sat- Randy Fischer; 8:30- Don Turnure, 11- Al Benton
Greeters- 8:30- Lew and Dianne Feldkamp; 11- Joan Sexton
Projectionists- Sat- Kathy Fischer; 8:30- Terry McKenzie; 11- Cameron Faerber
Lay Readers- Sat- Sandra Perricone; 8:30- ????? (Lois Boeger will be out of town) 11- Cierra Figura
Organist- Sat and Sun- Pat Golden
YESTERDAY'S QUIZ Who was the Abimelech that Abraham encountered? Abimelech, king of Gerar, wanted Sarah and Abraham said that she was his sister because he feared for his life
TODAY'S QUIZ: Who was Laban?
ADULT BIBLE STUDY TASK FORCE FORMING
I am in need of one or two more people who are interested in forming a "curriculum" for our adult Bible studies for this year. Please reply to this email if you are interested! We need more Bible studies and more people involved in them.
INSTALLATION OF CONGREGATIONAL OFFICERS AND BOARD MEMBERS IS THIS SUNDAY!!
Since we had the "ice storm" this past weekend that kept a bunch of people home, we will do the installation this coming weekend. Please make plans to be there if you are on a board or are one of our officers!!
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LITTLE LAMBS IS STILL SELLING CANDY BARS AND COULD USE YOUR HELP!
If you'd like to help sell a box or two of candy bars as a fundraiser for Little Lambs preschool. Let Terry or one of the preschool ladies know. They'll hook you up right quick!
SUNDAY SCHOOL MEMORY VERSE IS: Where is he who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw his star in the east and have come to worship him. Matt. 2:2
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For PAT JAEGER who is recovering from carpel tunnel surgery today.
For PAUL TOEDEBUSCH as he continues to recover from a sprained his ankle and broke a bone in his leg.
For LEO BADER as he recovers from hip replacement surgery.
For GEORGE HOELSCHER, BUCK HAMPTON, DENISE HOOKER (Betty Tameler's daughter) as they continue to deal with cancer.
PRAYERS FOR OUR MILITARY PERSONNEL:
For COLTON FIGURA deployed to Turkey, SAM HARGROVE deployed in Kuwait and DAN DREYER deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan, that the Lord would keep them safe from harm during their service and bring them home safely.
For DAVID TATE stationed in Japan, and ALEX WALTERS, stationed in Tennessee. That God would bless their service to our country and keep them safe as they all await possible deployment.
For CALEB FIGURA AND VINCE MASTERS who are both serving our country in the National Guard and take time out of their lives, jobs, and families to go on duty several times a year.
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