January 24, 2021
Text: Romans 4:16-25
Speaker: Steve Mizel, Lead Pastor
This Sunday we’ll be studying how the gospel gives us hope when everything seems hopeless. Faith like this may seem heroic, but it is actually only reasonable when we consider that our God is a God who speaks things into existence and brings life out of death.
Sermon Text: Romans 4:16-25
Be like the bird that, passing on her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings. – Victor Hugo
The will of God is never exactly what you expect it to be. It may seem to be much worse, but in the end it’s going to be a lot better and a lot bigger. – Elisabeth Elliot
Inside every cynical person, there is a disappointed idealist. – George Carlin
People, even more than things have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw anyone out. – Audrey Hepburn
We write [Jesus’] name upon our banner, for it is hell’s terror, heaven’s delight and earth’s hope. – Charles Spurgeon
Community Group Sign-ups are now OPEN!
Are you new here? Have you been thinking about getting more connected to our community than you currently are? Tired of waiting for the pandemic to end and longing for spiritual encouragement? Then jump in now and join one of our Community Groups!
Sign up by visiting https://trailheadonline.churchcenter.com/groups/community-groups. This semester will begin meeting the week of January 24th and conclude at the end of May. Groups meet weekly except for the last week of every month Feb – May, and will be using “The Gospel-Centered Community” (Thune & Walker, 2016) as a resource and discussion guide. A $10 donation to offset the cost of each book is encouraged, but not required.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our groups are meeting online, with some having an occasional in-person, masked and/or socially distanced gathering.
If interested, you’ll want to sign up quickly as space is limited! Contact email@example.com if you have any questions or trouble with registration.
Year End Giving Statements
Did you know you can access your year end giving statement via the Church Center App or Trailhead website? Just log in to your account, click on your picture/initials in the upper right and check out the My Giving section of your profile.
Statements were also emailed out to everyone who has an email address on file. Statements that were not delivered electronically will be mailed out by the end of January. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Little Free Pantry Update
If you haven’t been by or to the building, you may not have seen the Little Free Pantry we set up on the west side of our building (on the side near the bus station). When we set it up, we had no idea how much it would be used, but wanted to offer practical support to those in our community struggling with food insecurity. Since we set it up, we’ve been seeing it emptied (generally one or two items at a time) on a weekly basis.
Y’all, this small gift is no small service. When we serve those created in the image of God with the generosity of grace, we serve the God who created them. Thank you for equipping our community to serve!
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ (Matthew 25:35–40)
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