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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Enote From Pastor Andy 6-27-14

June 27, 2014

Dear Eastridge Family,

I am planning on preaching a sermon from Romans 10:9.  What does this mean to confess with your mouth and believe in your heart?  This is one of the earliest Christian confession of faith.  Long before the creeds were written we find this simple statement, “Jesus is Lord.”  Paul writes, “If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)  In 1 Corinthians 12:3 he writes, “No one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit.”
What does this word, “Lord” mean?  In Greek it is kyrios or kurios and it describes someone who has authority over another – a ruler, a master, commander, or king.  Caesar claimed to be Lord of the Earth.  Christians called Jesus, “Lord of lords” – the highest authority, the King of kings.
But what does all of this mean in our daily lives for the disciples of Jesus?  We will try to offer an answer on Sunday.  Here are a couple of quotes I want to share:
"If we can define church without Jesus then we can do church without Jesus.  That is tragedy at best and treason at worst.” - Neil Cole

"We are too busy to pray, and so we are too busy to have power.  We have a great deal of activity, but we accomplish little; many services but few conversions; much machinery but few results."  - R. A. Torrey

"You cannot have Jesus' rescue without accepting his rule." - Timothy Keller

“You can’t be what you don’t see.  We get discipleship, but how many of us have seen it last more than one generation?  Will we let people imitate our lives?  Do I have a life worth imitating?” – Jo Saxon
  • Youth Summer Camp Fundraising
The teens did a fine job with the fundraiser dinner last Sunday.  They are making good progress for getting the money needed for summer camp.  If you have any projects that you would like some help or if you would want to hire a teen to wash windows, mow your lawn see Ashley, Josh or Riley and they can get you set up.  Ben had the youth group come out to his house last week and do some yard work and he made a donation in return.
  • Bible Study
While Pastor Daniel and Gloria are away in Colombia their Bible studies are still meeting.   On Wednesday at Carmen’s house Lucy is leading the Bible study in Spanish.  If you are interested see Carmen or Lucy for more details.  We are continuing our study of Genesis at the fellowship hall each Wednesday evening at 6pm.  Stephanie is leading a women’s study on Sunday evening and Monday evening if anyone is interested see Stephanie.
  • District Assembly
The Kansas District Assembly is July 13-15 this year.  We will dismiss our Sunday evening service on July 13th so we can attend the opening assembly service at 7 PM.  This service we will honor Dr. Ed Nash our retiring District Superintendent.  On Tuesday the delegates to the assembly will elect a new District Superintendent.  I think this will be an important matter to bring to God in prayer.  Will you join me in seeking God’s direction for a new Superintendent?

Looking forward to worshipping with you this Sunday! 

Pastor Andy

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