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We Have a Hope! 3/11/15

 It is Wednesday and the sun is shining and is supposed to ALL DAY LONG!  Make your plans to be with us here tonight – dinner starts at 5:00, the Membership Class is set for 6:00, and all other regular activities are set to go!  YESSSSSSSSSSSSS!

A couple of notes of condolences.

The funeral service for Stan & Cyndi Cogdill’s grandson K’dyn Brewer will be this Friday, March 13th at Midway Family Church, 64 Yakima Rd Dexter NM @ 10 am.  The family has asked that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in memory of K’dyn.  Please be in prayer for Stan and Cyndi, and for K’dyn’s parents Roper and Chandra.

Greg Stewart’s mom passed away yesterday morning.  She has been on hospice care for the last few weeks and the family knew this was coming, but they need our prayers and love.  They will have a graveside service in Hobbs NM at some point.  Please be in prayer for Greg, Charlotta and their family.

Melva Jaycox, who has attended our church in the past and is a resident out in Rancho Ruidoso, passed away on Tuesday evening.  We will be having a memorial service for her on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. here at the church.  We will also provide a meal for the family and Shelly is putting that together; if you could help with that would you please call her here at the office today?  Thank you.

When a loved one dies it is hard at any time.  In no way can I answer the questions of “Why?” and in no way can anyone explain the loss and/or the reasons that we grieve like we do.  We grieve the loss of a child and in some cases we mourn not only for the loss but for the life not yet lived and for what might have been.  We grieve the loss of someone who has lived a long life in some cases because of the memories and the loss of companionship and relationship that we will miss.  There is never a “right” time or a time that we are really ready to lose someone that we love, so where do we turn and what can we say and how do we deal with it personally and with those that we love when loss comes?

First, most of the time our presence is the best “answer” that we can give.  We don’t have the answers, and so many times we feel like we have to “say something” when in reality our expressions of love for the family, for the one who has died and for the individuals we are comforting are enough.   And, just “being there” is such a comfort that can’t be denied.

There are times when we want to take the hurt away and the reality is that there isn’t anything at all that we can do to do that.  It is never good to try and “explain” God.  It doesn’t help and many times it is hurtful to say things like “God needed them more than you did” or “You’ll get over this.”  The fact is, God didn’t need them more than we did and that makes God out to be harsh and unloving.  People’s grieving will diminish over time, but everyone grieves differently; there is no specific time-table for grieving and to tell someone they’ll “get over it” is somehow minimizing their grief.  Don’t be afraid to let people grieve.  Don’t rush someone through grief.  Don’t deny grief and please don’t tell someone that it is time they “move on.”  Everyone grieves on their own timetable and the best thing that we can do is to love them in the middle of their grief and let them be who they are.

Finally, the best thing that all of us can do, more for ourselves than for others is to realize that God is still God and that He will be a comfort.  This isn’t an excuse to throw scripture in someone’s face, but it is a reminder to us that God’s Word is a Word for us.  AGAIN, this is NOT an excuse or a license to just quote scripture to someone, but it is a word for us and MAYBE one we can comfort others with.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.  When I was woven together in the depths of the earth your eyes saw my unformed body.  All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.  How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!  How vast is the sum of them!”  Psalm 139:13-17  (Emphasis added)

“But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.  For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.  For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. . . .  ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory.’  ‘Where, O death, is your victory?  Where, O death, is your sting?’  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God!  He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  1 Corinthians 15:20-22, 54-57  (Emphasis added)

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which goes beyond all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:6-7  (Emphasis added)

“Do not let your hearts be troubled.  Trust in God; trust also in me.  In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you.  I am going there to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”  John 14:1-3

“Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope.  We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.”  1 Thessalonians 4:13-14

God is here with us.  He will NEVER leave us.  We are NOT alone in our grief.  Remember, when Jesus went to the tomb of one of his closest friends, Lazarus, even knowing that in a few moments He would raise him from the dead, scripture records for us that “Jesus wept.”  I believe that He wept for Mary and Martha, Lazarus’s sisters, who were mourning.  I believe He weeps with us as well.  He knows the resurrection is coming, but He loves us so much that when we hurt, He hurts with us.  God is here and He will NEVER leave us.

We have a HOPE!  It is Christ!

Rick

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Upcoming Activities

Today, Wednesday March 11 – Join us for our regular Wednesday evening activities tonight at 5:00 for dinner and activities following.  For those interested in the Membership Class it begins at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday March 14 – We will have our work day here at the church beginning at 9:00 a.m. this Saturday.  Thank you to everyone who can come out and help!

Sunday March 15 – We will have our regular schedule with our 8:45 a.m. service in the gym and our 10:30 in the Sanctuary as well as the 4:00 p.m. Hispanic service.  We will also have a Memorial Service for Melva Jaycox here at 2:00 p.m.



“The Message of the Cross” 1 Corinthians 1:17-2:2

“The Message of the Cross” 1 Corinthians 1:17-2:2

Four questions:

Where is the wise person?

Where is the teacher?

Where is the philosopher?

Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?



Serving 3/4/15

Good Morning,

Being people of the Cross has dominated my thoughts and study this week.  Each Sunday as we move toward Passover and Resurrection Day we are looking at what the Bible has to say to us about being people of the Cross and I just want to remind you that if you can’t be here on Sunday mornings you can always listen to a podcast of the sermon at our website, www.anguschurch.org.  The sermon is posted each week, typically on or before Monday.

I am reading the passages in the New Testament where Jesus and/or the writers talk about what the Cross is all about.  This Sunday we are going to be looking at Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 1 and 2, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”  As I have started to study this, the question keeps coming into my mind, “What is the message of the Cross?”  I think Jesus answered that question over and over, again and again when He was here and in the lessons, messages and things that He shared with His apostles.

For example, in John 13 we have the account of Jesus sharing the Passover meal with His apostles and washing their feet.  He says to them, “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am.  Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.  I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.  I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.  Now that you know these things you will be blessed if you do them” (John 13:13-17).  I believe that this is “the message of the Cross;” serving.  Have you ever really looked at those verses?  I know you’ve read them, I know that I’ve preached on them, but look again at what Jesus said there.  Let me give you a hint, a little clue, look at the 16th verse; “no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.”

“If I, your Lord and Teacher . . .”  He set the example for us and if He has done this, this MUST be a vitally important thing for us to grasp.  In fact it is so very important that Jesus actually said this four different times.  You’ll find it in Matthew 10:24 when Jesus sent the twelve to go and share concerning the Kingdom of Heaven.  You’ll find it in Luke 6:40 when He’s talking about not judging, not condemning, about giving and about being an example.  Of course we see it here when He has washed their feet and then once again in John’s gospel account, 15:20 where He talks to them about the world hating Him and of course hating us, about being persecuted and about obedience to His teaching.

Christ’s example to us is a selfless example.  He gave Himself on behalf of the world.  He tells us that we should do that as well.

I think there needs to be a lot more foot washing going on . . . maybe literally and most certainly in the sense of serving.  I believe it should be a theme of ours, at Angus Church, in Capitan, Corona, Carrizozo, Hondo, Ruidoso, Ruidoso Downs and beyond . . .  Where is He asking you to serve?  What is it that He wants to use you for to serve Him while you are serving others?  “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40).

I am yours for serving,

Rick

Upcoming Activities

Today, Wednesday March 4 – Join us for our regular Wednesday evening activities tonight at 5:00 for dinner and activities following, weather permitting.

Saturday March 7 – We will be having a memorial service for Bill Hodges on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock here at the church.  Please be in prayer for Linda and the family.

Sunday March 8 – We will have ONE COMBINED WORSHIP SERVICE this Sunday.  This is Daylight Savings Time weekend and on Saturday March 7 you will be moving your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed.  We will have our combined worship service at 10:30 a.m. in the gym and immediately following the service our teens will be providing a wonderful lunch that we will encourage everyone to stay and be part of.

Wednesday March 11 – We will have a membership class for anyone interested in knowing more about Angus Church.  There’ll be more information to come but put this on your calendar, watch and listen for the info and maybe even plan on joining with us!

Saturday March 14 – We have rescheduled our workday here in the gym for Saturday March 14.  If you can help we would appreciate so much you coming and joining us on this day as we work to expand the upper part of the gym.  We’ll begin at 9:00 a.m. that morning and if you need more information talk with Donnie Glover or Rick Hall.