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WOW – Armor of God

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Tue, 01/24/2017 - 17:17

Armor of God

It’s always such a joy when you start a new WOW session and have the morning rather planned and then Chickie and Fay show up in full out Armor gear!  And we wouldn’t want it any differently.  What a great way to introduce one of our studies by Priscilla Shirer, Armor of God.  (Ephesians 6:10-18)  Thanks ladies

You were here, now you are lost.

There are some Room Changes for next week!

Armor of God – you’re moving to the Multi Purpose Room
Transformation – head over to A1

All other groups meet where you gathered last week!

 

If you missed last week, then come early and grab your book study!

All remaining books will be sold at $20 each after Worship!

If you would like to bring a snack to share one week that would be great!

See you on Wednesday!

9:25am– Arrive and Checkin
9:35am – Worship in the Chapel
9:50 – 10:00am – Coffee in the lobby
All remaining books will be available for sale!
10:05 – 11:00am – Small Group Study
11:15am – Please make sure your children are picked up from Childcare

Blessings,
Your WOW Leadership Team

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Threshold Jr: Jan 25 – Adrenaline Adventures Snow Tubing **6:15 – 9:25pm $17 **

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 21:06
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THIS WEEK (Grade 6-8)

Adrenaline Adventures Snow Tubing (Dress Warm)
** 6:15 – 9:25 p.m. Cost: $17 **

2 Parent-signed forms needed:
churchoftherock.ca/thresholdjr-forms
Includes tow lift pass & snow tubes (Optional helmet rental $2)
Meet & pickup @ Church of the Rock (1397 Buffalo Pl.)

Wednesday Jan. 25, 2017
6:15 p.m. – 9:25 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: $17
(There is a Cafe that offers food/drink for purchase)


NEXT WEEK

Beach(Ball) Volleyball

Beach volleyball in winter?  Who’s the best volleyball player with a GIANT beach ball?
Plus we conclude our series called OVER TIME

Wednesday Feb. 1, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
(There is a Cafe that offers food/drink for purchase)

MEET OUR SPONSOR CHILD!

Each week we collect an offering
for our sponsor child Simon
& for other missions projects

 

MONTHLY CALENDAR

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Church of the Rock 1397 Buffalo Place Winnipeg, MB R3T 1L6 Phone: (204)261-0070 or 1-877-700-ROCK (7625) Email: tim@churchoftherock.ca (Tim Hamm)

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In Your Opinion, Was Buckie Treated Properly?

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 11:00

When Kathleen taught preschool she started each new group of children with a little exercise. Addressing one of them, she would say, “Betty, please pick up this piece of paper.” When Betty complied, Kathleen would lead the children in a round of applause saying in a musical voice, “Oh, Betty obeyed me!”

Soon afterwards she might say, “George, would you mind closing the door?” George would respond and the class would be led in another round of applause. This is how she taught the meaning of the word obedience.

One day she said with mild excitement, “Okay, everybody please stand up.” Four-year-old Buckie refused. She asked him three times to be sure he understood his own response. Each time, his response was, “No, I won’t.”

Recognizing this as a challenge, Kathleen picked him and his chair up together and moved them gently to the nearby wall. She explained, “Everyone in my class must obey me. If you can’t obey me then you can’t share in what the rest of the class is doing.”

Buckie’s face clouded. Even for a four-year-old isolation from the group can be unpleasant.

Needless to say Buckie soon relented and joined the class. He never balked at Kathleen’s instructions after that day. Children are pliable and learn quickly what does and doesn’t work.

Resistance to authority is an inborn trait and must be addressed, brought to consciousness, and appropriately restrained in the early years of life. Teaching a child to obey is actually the child’s first step toward freedom.

A significant number today might see Buckie’s treatment as controversial. “A little child should be allowed to assert himself,” some may say. Or “leave him alone and he will figure it out for himself.” Or even, “Humor him a bit.”

Christian parents, however, should see their children with Christian realism. Early in life every human being is prone to resist authority and we all must learn, as Buckie was learning, to obey the requests of parents and teachers and eventually managers, bosses and civic officers.

We take our tips on these things from the Scriptures. Paul writes, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord for this is right” (Ephesians 6:1). Parents are to be the teachers, insisting on obedience.

Recall that, to raise the child, Jesus, God chose devout parents, who as pious Jews followed the requirements of the law toward him (Luke 2:39). “And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him” (Luke 2:40). From such parenting, we are told that, “Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men” (Luke 2:52).

A recent rash of teenagers physical attacks on teachers in the classroom and vulgar hate songs against law officers in the streets should alert us that children left to grow up however they please makes for incivility and even violence as a way of life.

Picking a child up, chair and all, and isolating him for a brief moment is not a bad way to tell him in the earliest years that legitimate authority must be obeyed. The four-year-old learns early what is true throughout life: that we all face boundaries and comply with rules and we must be taught the art early.



Photo credit: Mith Huang (via flickr.com)


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Alternator Repair

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 00:00

Google is so great.  Some time ago I had to do some repairs on a faulty alternator on my vehicle.  After a couple of keystrokes on my laptop I had step by step instructions on how to remove the alternator, pictures were included and even a video walking through the steps, how easy was that!  The video took about 6 minutes of time, though when watching the video it was obvious that there were some time cuts.  A 6 minute video, mechanics handbooks estimated less than an hour of time, how hard could the task be?  Well it took longer than an hour, in fact it took several removals, partial disassembly of the alternator reassembly, checking it out, and then just as many installations.  In the end a broken commutator brush and faulty ground wire on the engine was the problem, $2.50 worth of parts.

We often say or think, “Just give me the steps that I need and I’ll be on my way.”  Isn’t it interesting that the Bible does not give a list of steps, for how to walk with God.

I often thought that it would be nice if the Bible gave simple guidelines on how to become a Christian, three steps for hearing the voice of God, seven principles for overcoming challenges.  In the church we often give such steps and principles to people, yet always there is an understanding that some form of connection with God is necessary and simple steps cannot bring that about.  Gregory of Nyssa said that “Concepts produce idols, only wonder grasps anything”.  If God were to give us a set of steps then these concepts could end up being the things which we focus upon, they could in themselves become idols unto us. Doing the steps would become more important than the end result which the steps point toward.  That is why the scriptures do not give such lists or steps.  Instead we have historical accounts of people who met with God, people who failed to meet with God, the prayers offered, the frustrations lived, the rebellion of the heart, and lives that were changed.

It is in applying the teaching of Jesus and the work of Jesus Christ to our lives, then as we examine the variety of biblical lives and observe their struggles, we see aspects of our lives in some of these people.  Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit we learn from the positive and negative examples of others in the scripture and from that we gain the results that God has for us.

Out of our relationship with Jesus Christ and our obedience to His prompting – life comes.

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Parenting Teens Online Class: Lines of Communication

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 18:25

Dear Parents,

Do you remember the story in Luke 1 when the angel appeared to the priest, Zechariah, to tell him that he and his elderly wife, Elizabeth, would have a son and name him John? Zechariah doubtfully questioned the angel, and swift consequences followed. His ability to speak was taken from him until the day of his son’s birth. Why is that important? Zechariah’s ability to communicate clearly with people was removed and they had no clear idea what had happened. Is that happening today?

Here is another way to ask this question. Do you know what ROFL, 831, 9, BWL mean? If not, then our teen’s style of communication and our style is very different. These are considered texting shorthand. And this is why our teens must know how important real communication is. For those of us who are a little uninformed when it comes to texting shorthand, the following is a list of the definitions of the above shorthand:
ROFL – rolling on floor laughing
831 – I love you
9 – parent watching
BWL – bursting with laughter

Nothing is more frustrating than trying to have a conversation with your teen when they won’t even make eye contact because they are glued to the screen of their phone or tablet. Or are we the culprit? Do we immerse ourselves in the digital world to the point that our teens can’t get OUR attention?

We are going to be talking about opening those lines of communication with our teen this month. And we can either make technology work for us or against us. How about we WTO (win this one)! Made that one up all by myself.

Here’s a quick video filled with more encouragement for you: https://goo.gl/y6KonP

 

Communication with your teen is vitally important to the health of your relationship! But communication is changing as fast as your teen is!
I want to give you a few ideas to help you with this very important issue.

  1. Sit down with your teen and talk with them and not to them. They want to know that you are really listening to what they say and not what you think they are saying.
  2. Agree that yelling is not allowed. You can’t yell at them and they can’t yell at you. It shuts you both down and makes you feel undervalued and disrespected.
  3. Don’t just “lay down the law” about cell phone and computer use! Allow your teenager to have input. For example, your teen can text while doing homework, but no cell phone is allowed within ten feet of the dinner table.
  4. Agree to never argue through texting. There is no way in the world you can know what the other person is saying unless you can at least hear tone of voice.

There are sooo many other ideas, but these should get you rolling.

It is vitally important that you teach your teenager that communication is not with the fingers on a keypad, but it is tone of voice and hand gestures and wise choice of words.

Remember, Proverbs 25:11 says, “A word spoken at the right time is like golden apples on a silver tray.” But unless we teach our teens about real communication, they will not know how to truly appreciate this verse!

Tweetable Thoughts

  • Speak more with your actions than your words. #notalwayseasy
  • Words are only painted fire. A look is the fire itself! Mark Twain
  • Write your teen a note. #saywhatyoumean
  • Ask your teen what they think communication looks like. #differentanswers
  • Send 3 encouraging texts to your teen today!
  • They really do hear you. Just don’t tell them you know
  • Whisper when you want to yell. They have to listen harder!
  • The most important thing about communication is hearing what isn’t said! Peter Drucker
  • Your face, not just your eyes, are a window to your soul. Let your teen see it! #vulnerability
  • Prayer, the most important communication of all! #prayforyourteen

Feel free to forward this email to other parents of teenagers and have them email me if they would like to join our online parenting class.

 If you want to see previous issues you can view them here:  http://blog.churchoftherock.ca/tag/parenting-teens-online-class

Tim Hamm – Threshold Jr (Grade 6-8) – tim@churchoftherock.ca
Mathew Povey – High School Ministry (Grade 9-12) – mathew@churchoftherock.ca

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Threshold Jr: Jan 18 – Game Show Wednesday

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 15:48
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THIS WEEK (Grade 6-8)

Game Show Wednesday +
Over Time

Come for an opportunity to be a game show contestant
and win some prizes!
Plus we continue our series called Over Time!

Wednesday Jan. 18, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
 


NEXT WEEK

Adrenaline Adventures Snow Tubing (Dress Warm)
** 6:15 – 9:25 p.m. Cost: $17 **

2 Parent-signed forms needed:
churchoftherock.ca/thresholdjr-forms
Includes tow lift pass & snow tubes (Optional helmet rental $2)
Meet & pickup @ Church of the Rock (1397 Buffalo Pl.)

Wednesday Jan. 25, 2017
6:15 p.m. – 9:25 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: $17
(There is a Cafe that offers food/drink for purchase)

MEET OUR SPONSOR CHILD!

Each week we collect an offering
for our sponsor child Simon
& for other missions projects

 

MONTHLY CALENDAR

Click here for this month’s calendar

 

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Engage – Thursday, January 19th – Cool Runnings

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 01/16/2017 - 18:39
Cool Runnings
Thursday, January 19th
7:30pm
Kings Park

Meet at Kings Park in the parking lot
at 7:30pm for a night of tobogganing!

Bring your own toboggan, bobsled,
or get creative with an unlikely toboggan – will a pizza pan work?

We’ll be racing to the bottom to find out!

We’ll be the people with the glowsticks, so watch for us on the hill if you come later!

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High School Ministry Weekly January 20th

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 01/16/2017 - 16:49


This week…


Small Group!
January 20th @ 7:11-10:00pm
We are going to be spending a lot of intentional time in small groups this Friday! SNACKS ARE INCLUDED!!  It’s a time were we turn up the spiritual temperature, dig into the message and pray for each other.

Next week…

Say the Same Thing!
January 27th @ 7:11-10:00pm
Have you played the app ‘Say the Same Thing’?  Well, download it and get good because we are playing it for some sweet prizes!  We are finishing our series called ‘I’m In”.  Friends and new people are always invited!

The week after that…

Missionfest Manitoba Concert
February 3rd @ 6:45pm-9:45pm
COST—FREE.

We will be meeting at Immanuel Pentecostal Church just inside the doors for a concert by THE COLOR . Perfect time to rock out to a great local artist!

MONTHLY CALENDAR

  Click here for this month’s calendar

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If You Had to Sleep in a Shivery Cold Bed, Would You Be the Better for It? Memories of The Punishing Prairies from Balmy Florida

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 01/16/2017 - 11:00

During my childhood in Saskatchewan — 80 years ago — the severe winter nights made bedtime a challenge. You may find it hard to believe what I’m going to tell you but here’s my story.

Our house had no central heat and its walls were not insulated. Storm windows installed each Fall weren’t much help. As Winter progressed, my bedroom window upstairs gradually frosted over completely, and nature decorated it as a winterscape. For three months the frosted panes looked as if the images of snow drifts or ocean waves were etched into them by human hands.

Here’s how you went to bed at night: First, you got into your nightclothes in a small pocket of warmth behind the coal stove in the living room. Then you flew up the stairs as fast as you could in the unheated hall to limit contact with the cold steps.

On the kitchen stove, a caring mother had earlier heated one of the old clothes irons. It was wrapped without its detachable handle in layers of newspaper and slid under the covers down to the foot of the bed. What a welcome partial reprieve from the cold flannel sheet and two or three quilts to touch this warmed area with your feet! When you wakened in the morning, the water vapor in your breath had frozen so the sheet covering your chin was covered with frost. You also learned to move as little as possible because your body had warmed everything near it and everything outside this zone was shockingly cold.

Yet, in a way appreciated in comparison with sleeping outside, you felt snug and protected: The house gave shelter from the wind, and there was slight heat from the stovepipe that ran up through the bedroom.

The final challenge of a long winter night came in the morning when you threw back the hump of quilts resolutely and made a dash for the front room downstairs to dress for the day behind the coal stove. Top speed was essential in descending the stairs in order to limit the contact of your feet with the steps just as you had done coming up them the night before.

By the time you were back into your long one-piece underwear, corduroy pants, flannel shirt, and wool socks you had pretty well forgotten the experiences of the night and were ready for the fresh, brisk day.

I think of those bitterly cold winter nights from a lovely place we stay for some months each Winter in Florida. And I marvel at the difference in our evening routine when we turn on the electric mattress warmer recently given to us by our three children to warm their nonoginarian parents. What luxury!

But, who can forget the rigor of those cold nights? Who can forget the valor of parents who defended their young against the severity of the elements to the best of their ability and resources? I celebrate with thanksgiving the rigors of my childhood and the care of my parents but at the same time both Kay and I feel only deeper thanksgiving for a warm bed now!



Photo credit: Derek Gavey (via flickr.com)


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WOW Winter Session – January 18th

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Tue, 01/10/2017 - 21:01

Welcome back to WOW!  We’ll be meeting next week Wednesday at 9:30am in the Chapel for a time of praise & worship. We’ll then connect over coffee where ladies can check out the study options! After books are purchased, we’ll go into small groups.

Cost for Winter Session: $20
This includes one study book and costs associated with the ministry

Here are the studies you can pick from:

For Women Only – Shaunti Feldham

The man in your life carries important feelings so deep inside he barely knows they’re there, much less how to talk about them. Yet your man genuinely wants you to “get” him—to understand his inner life, to know his fears and needs, to hear what he wishes he could tell you.

Leader:  Marcia (Book Study Discussion)

50 Days of Transformation – Rick Warren
The only way to truly change your life is to change the way you think. During this series, based on the Transformed study, learn about the habits, truths, and characteristics that enable change—lasting change—to happen in your life.

Leader:  Lisa Z (DVD and Study Guide Discussion)

The Daniel Plan – Rick Warren/Daniel Amen/Mark Hyman

This small group study from Rick Warren, Dr. Daniel Amen, and Dr. Mark Hyman is centered on five essentials that will launch your journey to health: faith, food, fitness, focus, and friends.

Leaders:  Colleen B & Patricia C (DVD and Study Guide)

Guardrails – Andy Stanley

Ever wonder what it would be like to have guardrails in other areas of your life-areas where culture baits you to the edge of disaster and then chastises you when you step across the line? Your friendships. Your finances. Your marriage. In this video-based small group bible study, Andy Stanley challenges us to stop flirting with disaster and establish some personal guardrails.

Leaders:  Karen Blevins & Katherine (DVD with Study Guide Discussion)

The Armor of God – Priscilla Shirer

All day, every day, an invisible war rages around you — unseen, unheard, yet felt throughout every aspect of your life, wreaking havoc on everything that matters to you: your heart, your mind, your marriage, your children, your relationships, your resilience, your dreams, your destiny. But his battle plan depends on catching you unaware and unarmed.

Leaders:  Chickie & Fay
(DVD Study with Study Guide & Discussion)

If anyone would like to bring a snack item to share that would be great!

Childcare is provided for a nominal fee.

Your WOW Leadership Team:
Marcia, Lisa, Shawna, Karen, Fay, Leanne, Darlene, Karen B, Chickie, Jennifer, Colleen, Patricia

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High School Ministry Weekly January 13th

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 01/09/2017 - 20:04


This week…

Nerf Gun Battle!
January 13th @ 7:11pm-10:00pm
This is the perfect time to bring your friends to have fun and check out the youth group!  We are renting some amazing nerf guns to try out for the evening and it should be sweet!

Next week…


Small Group!
January 20th @ 7:11-10:00pm
We are going to be spending a lot of intentional time in small groups this Friday!  It’s a time were we turn up the spiritual temperature, dig into the message and pray for each other.

The week after that…


Say the Same Thing!
January 27th @ 7:11-10:00pm
Have you played the app ‘Say the Same Thing’?  Well, download it and get good because we are playing it for some sweet prizes!  We are finishing our series called ‘I’m In”.  Friends and new people are always invited!

MONTHLY CALENDAR

  Click here for this month’s calendar

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Threshold Jr: Jan 11 – New Years Party

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 01/09/2017 - 19:41
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THIS WEEK (Grade 6-8)

New Years Party +
Over Time
Let’s ring in the new year…again!
We start a new series called Over Time
Also Hangout & Cafe in the Cage

Wednesday Jan. 11, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
 


NEXT WEEK

Game Show Wednesday +
Over Time

Come for an opportunity to be a game show contestant
and win some prizes!
Plus we continue our series called Over Time!

Wednesday Jan. 18, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
 

MEET OUR SPONSOR CHILD!

Each week we collect an offering
for our sponsor child Simon
& for other missions projects

 

MONTHLY CALENDAR

Click here for this month’s calendar

 

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Could You Handle a First Day in School Better than Mikey? (A Slice Of Life by Kathleen G. Bastian)

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 01/09/2017 - 11:00

Mikey would turn four by Christmas so he was old enough to attend the pre-school I, Kathleen, directed in the Free Methodist Church in Greenville, Illinois. It was 1971 and I held the school three mornings a week.

Mikey, the fourth son of a local doctor, had looked forward eagerly to the experience for most of a year because his next older brother, Matthew, had attended the previous year and Mikey had gone with his mother regularly to escort him to the church. He had seen what fun the children had in pre-school and also how much his brother enjoyed it.

Now, in September, at three-and-a-half, the big day came. He was standing in line with his mother to register. Several mothers and their children were ahead of them. The room was quiet.

Suddenly, he realized that one at a time, the mothers were leaving their children and going home. Mikey panicked, looked up into his mother’s face and said out loud, “I quit!”

He continued to whimper a bit as his mother instructed me to complete his registration. She intended to leave in spite of his protests but I persuaded her to stay until Mikey was comfortable.

She stayed through the play time. When the children went into the story room his mother told Mikey she would be just outside the door. Half way through the story, Mikey wanted his mother.

I quickly opened the door. His mother was gone. Mikey began screaming and sobbing. I tried to comfort him. An idea struck me, and I placed my expandable bracelet wrist watch on his arm. I showed him the small hand and told him that when it came to the top at 12 his mother would be there to pick him up. I then slid the watch as high on his arm as I could and it held. He stopped sobbing and entered into the morning’s activities.

When his mother arrived for him he was delighted. They started to leave but as they were about to go through the swinging doors he looked up and whispered something to her. She nodded and he ran back and gave me a big kiss goodbye. From then on Mikey came to preschool happy and unafraid.



Photo credit: Bridget Coila (via flickr.com)

 


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No Threshold Jr This Week – Continues on Jan 11

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Tue, 01/03/2017 - 22:34
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THIS WEEK (Grade 6-8)

NO THRESHOLD JR ON DEC 28 & JAN 4

NEXT WEEK

New Years Party
Let’s ring in the new year…again!
We start a new series called Over Time
Also Hangout & Cafe in the Cage

Wednesday Jan. 11, 2017
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Church of the Rock
Cost: FREE
 

MEET OUR SPONSOR CHILD!

Each week we collect an offering
for our sponsor child Simon
& for other missions projects

 

MONTHLY CALENDAR

Click here for this month’s calendar

 

FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM…

Username: threshold_jr
http://instagram.com/threshold_jr

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Church of the Rock 1397 Buffalo Place Winnipeg, MB R3T 1L6 Phone: (204)261-0070 or 1-877-700-ROCK (7625) Email: tim@churchoftherock.ca (Tim Hamm)

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Engage – Thursday, January 5th – Rock Talks

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Tue, 01/03/2017 - 18:17

 

Rock Talks
Thursday, January 5th
7:30pm
Youth Room

Rock Talks is a casual evening where
we invite a guest speaker to
challenge us on a topic of their choice.

Pastor Danny McVeigh is our guest speaker for the evening and his topic is grace.
Come out to the Youth Room for a night of great discussion.

Tacos in a bag will also be sold for a small cost
with proceeds going to the Uganda Missions Trip.

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How Was Your Christmas?

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Mon, 01/02/2017 - 19:10

Looking back a couple of days, how was your Christmas?  Was it what you had expected?  Did things go as smoothly as you had wanted them to?  It is likely that all was not perfect, rarely does everything go perfectly, however have you thought about what you would have needed to have a more perfect or a more lasting Christmas?

Some of the joys of Christmas would not have lasted, the toys would have lost their appeal, the food was eaten, the company left or didn’t arrive.  Perhaps there were some hostile words spoken.  Take a moment to think about what would bring greater happiness to your life?  What would bring greater peace to your life?  What would bring greater fulfillment to you?

It seems like we all want more.  We tend to want more money, more possessions, more success, more love, more security, more strength, more honor, more of everything.  However in Deut. 8:2, 3, God says that when He brought the Israelites into the promised land, He humbled them and tested them “so that you would know that man does not love by bread alone. But by every word that proceeds from the mouth of The Lord.”                                                                                        Perhaps the dissatisfaction that comes after Christmas is an indication that we should not be seeking to have great fulfillment from the things we have, or from the things around us.  Instead our life is to come from the very word of God living in our hearts.  The humbling frustrations that come after Christmas are allowed so that we will seek for that which truly satisfies.

Then when God provides and blesses we are told in 2 Cor. 9:11  “You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. (NIV)”  The blessings and working of God in our life is not just for our benefit, but so that many around us would benefit as well.

This Christmas season, if you have been blessed, share some of that blessing with others.  If you have found yourself frustrated – use that experience to help you realize and to obtain the true source of life which comes from the words of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Here’s a Habit to Firm Up Your Faith for the New Year

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 01/02/2017 - 11:00

Statue of King David, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Charles Duhigg’s book, The Power of Habit makes the appealing point that for all of us there are keystone habits that, if established, would give rise to other habits that improve our lives and increase our success rates in life.

Good imagery: A keystone is “a large stone at the top of an arch that locks the other stones in place” (Merriam Webster Dictionary).

We are all creatures of habit much more than we realize. Most of what we do in a day is advanced by a series of habits. Depending on the quality of those habits, they either move us toward our life goals or they fritter away the opportunity to serve and achieve and grow, frustrating us in the process.

We passively retire for bed at a different time every night, or we establish a pattern of the same bedtime for every night, possibly with some allowance on weekends. Upon rising, we make our bed only if we feel like it, or we do so before departing the bedroom as one fixed element in our morning routine.

If we choose these two simple paired habits — regular bedtime and making one’s bed on a fixed schedule, together they can make a keystone habit of order that without much further thought or effort results in unexpected benefits: we watch less late-night TV; feel more alive at work the next day; or we find ourselves giving five minutes to straightening the house before leaving for work.

As Christians we would do well to heed the insight lodged in this idea — the idea that keystone habits tend to encourage and promote the development of other good habits. And in particular, that they are supportive of the life of faith and righteousness.

Here’s a representative keystone resolution concerning good habits of faith made by the ancient psalmist, David.

He wrote: “Every day I will praise you, and extol your name for ever and ever” (Psalm 145:2). We may say “I do that, sort of.” But that’s like saying, “I retire every night on a time schedule, sort of.” The psalmist is making his pledge with the intent of making it a robust habit, as to “my God the King.” Moreover, his pledge is lavish: “I will extol. Praise. Exalt.”

To extol means more than to offer a polite thank you; it means to praise enthusiastically or lavishly, or without restraint. Extolling is the way we would express ourselves to a doctor who has brilliantly saved a loved one from death. Or a philanthropist whom we discover had paid off our mortgage unasked, or has offered to support our child’s way through university.

We note King David unfolds reasons for the promise of such lavish daily praise: “The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love” (verse 8). “The Lord is good to all, he has compassion on all he has made” (verse 9). “The Lord is faithful to all his promises, and loving toward all he has made” (verse 13b).

But the blessings that activate the psalmist’s praises involve infinitely more than the good things of this life even if that currency is given in large amounts. His praises will be given not only “every day” but “for ever and ever.” That’s a resolve worth pondering.

So we commit ourselves to extol the Lord daily and when we wake up in the morning our first thoughts are of the goodness of “my God the King.” He rules. I am his subject. He knows me personally. His goodness enfolds me.

Then, before arising we review specific evidences of his mercies and as the list grows and we see how favored we are by his care we extol him. As we do, we renew our intent to extol him not only for 2017 but as long as life lasts – and then through all eternity.

This is a resolution to establish at least one keystone habit at the opening of this New Year. We do so with the expectation that this in turn will lock together other resolutions thus greatly enriching the life of faith to be lived during 2017.



Photo credit: Blondinrikard Fröberg (via flickr.com)


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Engage – Saturday, December 31st – New Year’s Eve Party!

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Sat, 12/31/2016 - 17:01
New Year’s Eve Party
Saturday, December 31st
9:00pm
Youth Room

Dress to impress and
bring a snack to share for a
refined evening to bring in the New Year!

Enjoy the lounge atmosphere,
games, karaoke,
after-midnight dance party,
and more throughout the night!

Bring a snack potluck item to share.

The party starts at 9pm in the Youth Room.

Can’t wait to see you!

 

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High School Ministry Weekly December 30th

Mark Hughes (Church of the Rock) - Wed, 12/28/2016 - 21:18

This week…

December 30th – No Youth
Spend time with your family and friends!
On cold winter days, let it be a reminder to get closer to those that warm your soul!  We won’t be meeting that Friday, but we are gearing up for 2017!  See you then!

Next week…

Beach Ball Volleyball
January 6th @ 7:11pm-10:00pm
What?  Beach volleyball in winter?  Naw, we won’t be
outside but we will be playing volleyball with a twist— with a GIANT BEACH BALL.  It’ll be winter outside but inside we’ll be tropical.  TOTAL BEACH THEME!  We are also starting a new series called ‘I’m In’.  It’s about steps to plunge into your faith.

The week after that…

Nerf Gun Battle!
January 13th @ 7:11pm-10:00pm
This is the perfect time to bring your friends to have fun and check out the youth group!  We are renting some amazing nerf guns to try out for the evening and it should be sweet!

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Did God Really Become Man or Is That Just a Manner of Speaking?

Just Call Me Pastor - Mon, 12/26/2016 - 11:00

It’s hard to comprehend that the Lord and Creator of the universe would descend from on high to enter the human family as a baby. And that as a result of such a miraculous birth and subsequent life he would so clearly reveal God the Father to us.

In a brief sentence at the outset of his Gospel, the Apostle John makes the point that Jesus, the Word, was (1) before creation, (2) was with God, and actually (3) was God! (John 1:1)

So from John’s introductory sentence comes our triple assurance that Jesus existed eternally, had the elevation and likeness of God, and was in very fact the eternal God.

John goes on to say that this Jesus became flesh and pitched his tent among us (John 1:14). Thus as a result of his miraculous birth and his life as a man on earth, he clearly revealed God to us. Stanley Jones got it right in saying “When I say God, I think Jesus.”

It was only at his incarnation — we call it his enfleshment — as newborn infant that he became fully human, subjecting himself to all things human from infancy forward — though, unlike every other human, he did not sin.

So, he clothed himself in our humanity without surrendering up his deity. He became the one referred to by the ancient church father, Origen, as the God-Man.

Christian orthodoxy across the centuries has believed with joy that Jesus, is very God of very God and very man of very man. That means, in the fullest sense he is God and in the fullest sense he is man.

Christians have believed across 2000 years that in him, two natures, the divine and the human, are joined in one person. Neither nature is diminished by the joining. He is God. He is man. Charles Wesley put this truth into verse as follows:

          Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see;

          Hail th’ incarnate deity.

          Pleased with us in flesh to dwell,

          Jesus our Emmanuel.

 



Image info: “Mary Comforts Eve” by Sr. Grace Remington, OSCO. © 2005, Sisters of the Mississippi Abbey.


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