July 28, 2019
Ponderosa Christian Camp
Welcome back everyone who participated in the Junior High session of camp! It was another fantastic week! The last session of Ponderosa Christian Camp begins today. Please keep the campers and staff in your prayers. Thank you to the many volunteers who have made camp possible this year!
August 10th, 11-2pm
Mark your calendars for the annual ACCH BBQ on Saturday, August 10th from 11am-2pm. The cost is $10 per person (kids 11 and under are free). Come tour the cottages, meet the houseparents, and enjoy great food and music.
Eastern European Missions
Ben Merenes, with Eastern European Missions, will be joining us next Sunday, August 4. We will be blessed to hear from Ben at the Early Service, Bible Classes, and the Main Service. We look forward to getting an update on this wonderful mission work. Please mark your calendars and plan on being here.
MVCC Family Weekend
The Moreno Valley Church of Christ is hosting it’s annual Family Weekend in Eagle Nest, NM during September 6th-8th. For more information, call 361-960-054 or visit the Moreno Valley Annual Family Weekend Facebook page.
Please join us for a potluck today as we say “welcome back” to Matt Spreter who has returned from his year-long service in Korea. Sadly, we will also be saying “goodbye” to the Spreter family as they have been re-stationed in Washington D.C.. We will truly miss Matt, Rebekah, Melissa, Kadence, and Adrian as they have been such a loving and meaningful part of this church family. Make sure to give this family a hug and keep them in your prayers as they move across country. The potluck will begin after the 10:30am service and all are welcome.
It’s Back-To-School time! We once again have the opportunity to help the children of Albuquerque Christian Children’s Home get ready for school. You can find the big yellow posters on the bulletin board in the foyer and by the upstairs exit. Thank you for making a difference in their lives!
Greeting Card Donations
The Prison Ministry is requesting donations of greeting cards for the inmates who attend services on Sunday mornings. All occasions (except Christmas) are appreciated including: birthday, anniversary, thinking of you, get well, blank inside, etc. Cards may be left in basket in the foyer.
Our sympathy is extended to Charlie and Marin Chastain and to Charlie's mother, Sherry Floyd. Sherry’s husband and Charlie’s step-father, Dewey, passed away last week after a lengthy illness. Charlie flew to Florida to be with his mother. The family covets our prayers as they navigate through this loss.
Flo Davidson’s sister-in-law, Dottie Ashby, passed away on Monday from injuries she received in an automobile accident on July 17th. Dottie, aged 78, a resident of Lander Wyoming, was being treated in an Omaha hospital. Our condolences are extended to the Ashby family, children and grandchildren, as well as the Davidson family.
The BLING Team is accepting donations of jewelry, purses, scarves, and fancy hats to be sold at the upcoming BLING Event in October. Donations can be placed in the purple and silver box in the family center. Proceeds from this ministry go to the non-profit, faith-based Shine program which partners congregations with schools in the APS system.
Karen Scott has asked to be covered in prayer as she is overwhelmed with health issues and the physical and emotional toll it has taken on her. Please pray for healing, peace, and comfort for Karen.
Louis Abraham has asked for prayers regarding wisdom and discernment.
Paul Page is recovering from his broken femur and will hopefully return home soon. The family is thankful for the prayers, cards, and calls.
Bob Hartley, a friend of Etta Love, suffered a fall last week sustaining multiple serious injuries. He was taken to the ICU at UNMH.
Dwayne Maxwell is feeling and doing very well. Doctors have ruled out heart issues. Thank you for your prayers.
Bob Lafler is requesting prayers for some upcoming tests he will have done.
Melissa Clayton will undergo test which will hopefully determine how to best treat some issues she has struggled with.
Prayers for our senior saints: Mary House, Tommie Bedford, Al Gil; Fran Higginbotham; Arlene DeFoor; Bill and Alice Stevens; Juanita Ortego; Gene Decker; Frank and Maria Ulibarri; Joe and Betty Groom; Dennis Mangan, Leslie Anyanonu’s father; Gloria Brannan; Rose Hensley, Latayne Scott’s mother; Delora Moore, Jackie Decker’s mother.
Continue to pray for: Dan Scott, Mike Erick, Karen Scott; Ken Hush, father of Doug Hush; Greg Kelly; Carmen Hudgins, Juanita Ortego’s daughter; Jeff Liddell; Stan Samuels, Steven Samuels’ father; James Stanesic, brother of Carol Stevens; Teresa Groom; Barbara Murphy; Lisa Walker, Steve Boberg’s niece; Babetta (Kay) Darnell, mother of Lance and Bronson; Sam Hanna; Lilah Swan, daughter of Larry and Zrita Martinez; Sharlene and Shannon, Winette and Ira Parr’s daughters; Sherry Abraham’s mother Pat; Sherry Boberg; Guylene Grady, Judy Rogers’ mother; Chris Stringham; Amanda Riccon, Sherry Abraham’s niece; Terry Padilla; Lin and Jackie Decker; Aleasha Decker.
From Rick’s Desk
God’s Love Isn’t Always Easy
Most Christians have heard the phrase, “love the sinner but hate the sin.” But did you know that this exact phrase is not found in the Bible? So, why do we say it? We say things like this when scripture shows us the basic matching principle. Jude 1:22-23 is a teaching of this very principle. Our sharing of the gospel will be blanketed in mercy for the sinner who needs Jesus, as well as the believer having a hatred for the sin one is caught up in and its effects on that person.
James 1:27 gives us further insight as to where we get some of these sayings from. Look at what it says. Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. Here the half-brother of Jesus, James, tells us to have compassion on sinners for whom Christ died, and we are also to keep ourselves “from being polluted by the world,” part of what constitutes “pure and faultless” religion.
The true believer also realizes that without Christ’s sacrifice on the cross we had no chance of salvation before a Holy God. We also know that without Christ’s blood washing over us constantly that our still imperfect lives would condemn us daily. Even covered with the blood of Christ, the believer still cannot love perfectly, nor can one hate evil perfectly (to hate without malice). But God can do both of these perfectly, because He is God. God can hate without any sinful intent. Therefore, He can hate in a perfectly holy way and still lovingly forgive the sinner at the moment of repentance and faith.
We have made references in the past two weeks to 1 John 4:8-9. Here the word clearly teaches that God is love. “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.” I am not sure we can ever understand, but God can perfectly love and hate at the same time (Malachi 1:2,3, Revelation 2:6; 2 Peter 3:9). We simply cannot do this, so we remind ourselves to “love the sinner; hate the sin.” This saying helps us to better grasp the vast difference between our ability to love and hate in the way that God is able to do.
So, what does it look like to love and hate like God? I will begin by saying this is easier said than done. First, we hate sin by recognizing it for what it is and refusing to take part in it. We have to be willing to condemn the sin as contrary to God’s word when confronted about why we do or don’t do partake. Sin is to be hated, not excused or taken lightly, because the consequences can be devastating and eternal as well.
We love sinners by showing them respect (1 Pet.2:17), praying for them (1 Timothy 2:1), and sharing Jesus Christ with them. It is a true Godly love when we give respect and kindness even when we do not approve of someone’s lifestyle or sinful choices. Jesus lived this every day in His words and actions. He condemned sin, but showed true love and concern for his children. And thank goodness for Christ’s perfect love because, after all, we have all fallen short.
Next Sunday night will be a Park Night at Lynnwood Park after evening service. Come and worship with us at 5pm, and then we will head over to the park at 6 o’clock. Food and water will be provided. Hope to see you all there.
On Friday, August 9th we will leave our parking lot at 8am, stop in Santa Rosa for a few hours to play on the WIBIT ($10) and then head to Ft. Sumner Lake for the rest of the weekend. It’s going to be awesome, I hope you can make it. The cost is only $10 for the whole weekend! Bring a tent or share with somebody, swim clothes, and toiletries. Everything else is provided!