Thursday, March 19, 2015

E-Note From Pastor Andy 3-19-15


March 19, 2015

Dear Eastridge Church,

          A couple of weeks ago I read a little devotional by pastor Greg Laurie, where he asks the question are you chasing sardines?  Pastor Laurie writes:

          Some years ago, three hundred whales were found marooned on a beach.  Scientists speculated that the whales had been chasing sardines and became trapped in shallow water when the tide went out.  Now, that’s an amazing thing.  By chasing little sardines, these gigantic creatures were ultimately led to their doom.

          Many people waste their lives chasing sardines, so to speak.  They major on the minors and have no clear focus or objective in mind.  But God tells us what should be the primary goal of every Christian.  If we can get our priorities straight in this area, everything else will come together.  In fact, if we can get these two principles operative in our lives, then all the commandments of God will become a natural outflow of our commitment to Him.  What are these principles?  One, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind” (Matthew 22:37, NLT), and two, “Love your neighbor as yourself ” (verse 39, NLT).

          When Jesus spoke these words, He was identifying what should be the focus of every person.  Essentially, He was saying that love is the basis for all obedience.  If you really love God, then you will naturally want to do the things that please Him.

          It has been said that if you aim at nothing, you are bound to hit it. What is your highest priority in life?  What are your goals?  We all channel our energies and passions and thoughts toward something in life.  What is it for you?

          Jesus replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment.  A second is equally important: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”— Matthew 22:37-39

          Questions for Reflection: Are any “sardines” in your life keeping you from following Matthew 22:37 and 39?  Is there something hindering you from loving the way God desires?  If so, what steps can you take to heed God’s command?  How are you doing on the B. E. L. L. habits?

Prayer
On Saturday morning at 9am Pastor Daniel leads a prayer meeting.  On Sunday morning at 8:30am Pastor Josh will lead a prayer meeting before the morning worship service.

Movie Night
Pastor Daniel and Gloria showing the movie “Fireproof” on Saturday evening at 5PM.  Anyone is welcome to attend.

Easter Egg Hunt/Easter Breakfast
We are planning on having our annual Easter Egg Hunt at the church on Easter Sunday, April 5th.  We will need small wrapped candy donations again and this year we are going to make the plastic eggs available for you to take home and fill the eggs with candy.  This will cut down our time stuffing eggs.  On Saturday March 28 at noon Stephanie will be serving lunch while we gather to stuff eggs with candy.

The Stewards are planning on having an Easter Breakfast before the morning service at 9:15-9:45.  There is a sign up sheet on the information table to let the Stewards know what food you can bring for the breakfast.

Easter is one of our big four outreach events to invite people to attend the services who do not have a church home.  I encourage you to pray about who you may invite to join you on Easter Sunday this year.

Prime Time Banquet
On April 24th 6PM at Wichita First Church of the Nazarene, The Burchfield Brothers will be in concert at the banquet.  The cost for the tickets is $13/per person. 

MNU Night at Worlds of Fun
MNU Night at Worlds of Fun is Friday, April 24th, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  This event will once again be one of the many fun-filled activities of our MAX event.  Join in the great times of fellowship and support for MidAmerica Nazarene University to make it a wonderful 41st year!  By attending this year’s MNU Night at Worlds of Fun, you will not only have fun, but will help present and future students attend MNU.

Visit www.mnu.edu/worldsoffun to order your ticket online.  Online tickets are printed instantly from your home or office, so be sure to have a printer handy. No refunds or credit will be issued for unused online tickets.  Online tickets are $26.50 (plus tax) prior to Wednesday, April 4, and $30.00 (plus tax) after April 4

Favorite Quotes of the Week
Most of us would prefer, however, to spend our time doing something that will get immediate results. We don't want to wait for God to resolve matters in His good time because His idea of 'good time' is seldom in sync with ours.” – Oswald Chambers

“Our task as image-bearing, God-loving, Christ-shaped, Spirit-filled Christians, following Christ and shaping our world, is to announce redemption to a world that has discovered its fallenness, to announce healing to a world that has discovered its brokenness, to proclaim love and trust to a world that knows only exploitation, fear and suspicion.” – N. T. Wright

“Maturity cannot be hurried, programmed, or tinkered with. There are no steroids available for growing up in Christ more quickly. Impatient shortcuts land us in the dead ends of immaturity.” – Eugene Peterson


I’m looking forward to worshipping with you on Sunday,

Pastor Andy

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