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Friday, October 11, 2019

Enote From Pastor Eva

Hello dear family of Eastridge!
This week I was meditating on the beautiful book of Ephesians and although I had already read it before, this time I experienced something different. Every word, every verse, every chapter has captivated me in a very special way. Today I am sharing a part of chapter 1 that has touched my heart:
Ephesians 1:3-8 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding,”
Ephesian 1:11-14 “In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the Gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession- to the praise of His glory.”
I have bolded the words that give praise to God and those that stated that we have been rescued, redeemed to praise the glory of God. Hallelujah! Paul refers three times that our purpose for which we were predestined, chosen and saved is to praise the glory of God. What a privilege that you and I by the grace, mercy and incomparable love of God have been chosen to praise Him!
Generally, every time we think of praise, we relate it to singing songs only. And of course, we praise God by singing praises, hymns or Psalms, but that is one of many ways we can praise Him. The Bible teaches us that He chose us before the creation of the world to be holy and spotless before Him… to praise His glory! When I decide to live in obedience and holiness, my life is a praise for His glory because I reflect His love and His compassion, therefore people believe in God. As a result, I accomplish God’s mission that he has entrusted me with: “go and make disciples...”
I invite you to meditate on the following questions: Am I living my life to praise God? Does everything I do daily with my family, in my work/business, in my school or college, praise God? If you don’t have an answer, I invite you to pray and read the Bible in a humble and sincere attitude before God and listen to Him teaching you how to live in a praise of Him.
I make Paul’s first sentences in chapter 3 of Ephesians verse 14 my prayer; “For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named. I asked that, through the Spirit and with the power that comes from his glorious riches” : Help us to live with the sole purpose of living every second of our life praising God in everything we do with our life, gifts, family, money- everything we think, everything we say and everything we want. Amen!
With the love of Christ, pastor Eva!

*Fall Cleaning: Tomorrow Saturday October 12th from 9am to 12 pm. Come and enjoy the blessing of taking part in the privilege of cleaning the house of God.   We hope to see you!
*Financial Training: Yes, brother Todd is teaching free classes of how to manage the money you receive from God and how you can praise Him with the way you use it. The training consists of four classes on Saturdays at 7pm to 8:30pm at the fellowship hall. He started the first session last Saturday, but if you, like me, couldn’t attended, we have good news: Brother Todd is willing to make-up the session of the first class tomorrow at 6pm.
*Another way to praise God is by helping to bring cleaning items to clean the temple. You could also help by bringing paper plates, cups and cutlery, trash bags, toilet paper, etc. As we know our church’s finances are not in good condition, so we will greatly help if you can donate some things that are needed for the work of God’s work here at Eastridge. The stewards have worked on an inventory of cleaning and disposable items to know exactly what is needed at this time. This Sunday at the entrance of the church on a table will be some examples of some cleaning supplies and other needed materials to help us know exactly what to donate and there will be a sign-up sheet as well. In addition, next to the table will be a box where you can place your donation.  Thank you very much for your cheerful contribution! 

Friday, October 4, 2019

Enote 10-4-19 Spanish

4 de Octubre del 2019

Hace unos anios atras Stephanie y yo leimos un libro "Cautivo en Iran" Es un poderoso relato de dos Cristianos Iranis que fueron arrestados por compartir su Cristianidad con otros. Otro libro fue escrito recientemente del rapido crecimiento de la Cristianidad en Iran, se titula, "Demasiados para encarcelar". Hace una semana mire un reporte que decia que la Iglesia con un crecimiento mas rapido fue fundada en Iran y es liderada por mujeres. 

Esto me causo curiosidad y comenze a investigar. Dado que la propagacion de la Cristianidad en Iran es un movimiento clandestino es dificil de encontrar estadisticas definitivas. Recientemente se estreno un documental titulado "Ovejas dentro de Lobos" Pudieron entrevistar lideres de las iglesias y sus historias son poderosas.

Un creyente comento en el video que entiende los peligros de participar en este renacer de Iran, pero es un riesgo que se tiene que tomar. "Sabemos que si nos encuentran, lo primero que nos harian como mujeres es violarnos y despues nos golpearian hasta que nos maten. Este es un sacrificio que hemos hecho, queremos ofrecer nuestros cuerpos como sacrificios. Porque tengo ese pensamiento cuando me levanto, una vez que salga de esta puerta, no se si voy a volver"

No hay duda  de porque esa iglesia esta creciendo. Cuando los discipulos de Jesus tienen esa pasion de compartir las Buenas Nuevas no importa el costo, no es sopresa que Dios es bendicion. La iglesia no tiene edificios, propiedades o un liderazgo central, pero aun asi, sigue creciendo. El objetivo de este movimiento no es plantar iglesias, si no crecer en discipulado. 

Que gran contraste entre los discipulos de Jesus en Iran y los discipulos de Jesus en Wichita. Que Dios nos perdone, y que Dios nos ayude a semejarnos a Jesus y los Cristianos Iranis.

Pastor Andy

El Domingo pasado les comente un poco acerca de nuestra situacion financial como iglesia. La junta directiva y el equipo de liderazgo tiene que tomar decisiones dificiles. Este es el registro de las dadivas en las ultimas 9 semanas...El monto total necesario para alcanzar nuestro presupuesto para esas 9 semanas es de $33,300...el monto total recaudado fue de $27,406 lo cual nos deja con un deficit de $5,894. Porfavor oren por nuestros lideres mientras buscan la sabiduria de Dios y la direccion para nuestra iglesia.

Enote 10-4-19

October 4, 2019
A couple of years ago Stephanie and I read a book “Captive in Iran.”  It was a powerful account of two Iranian Christians who were arrested for sharing Christianity with others.  Another book recently was written describing the rapid growth of Christianity in Iran, it is entitled, “Too Many to Jail.”  Last week I saw a report saying the fastest growing church in the world is found in Iran and it is led mostly by women.
I was intrigued and began to do a little research.  Since the spread of Christianity in Iran is an underground movement it is hard to find definitive  statistics.  Recently a documentary was released entitled “Sheep Among Wolves.”  They were able to interview some of these church leaders and their stories were powerful.
One believer said in the video that they understand the danger of participating in the Iranian Awakening, but it is a risk they must take.  “We know that if they get us, the first thing they will do to us as a woman is rape us and then they will beat us and ultimately they will kill us.  This is the decision we have made that we want to offer our bodies as sacrifices.  Because I have this thought when I wake up, that when I leave, that door I might not come back."
It is no wonder the church is growing.  When the disciples of Jesus have this passion to share the Good News no matter the cost, it is not a surprise God is blessing.   The church is without buildings, property or central leadership, but still, it is steadily growing.  The movement's aim is not to plant churches, but to grow discipleship.
What a contrast between the Disciples of Jesus in Iran and the Disciples of Jesus in Wichita.  May God forgive us, and may God help us to become more like Jesus and these Iranian Christians.
Pastor Andy

I mentioned last Sunday a little about our financial situation as a church.  Our church board and leadership team has some difficult decisions to make.  Here is the giving record for the past 9 weeks…the total amount needed to meet budget for those 9 weeks is $33,300…the total amount we raised is $27,406 which leaves us with a shortfall of $5,894.  Please pray for our leaders as they seek God’s wisdom and direction for our church.