Friday, December 30, 2011

December 29

Choosing Between Heaven and Earth

What I shall choose I cannot tell. For I am hard–pressed between the two.
Philippians 1:23

Every Christian ought to feel the strain of desiring to be with Christ, yet also longing to build His church. If the Lord said to me, “You have five minutes to choose between being in heaven or on earth,” I would have a difficult time making that decision. And I would want to be sure I was choosing for the right reasons. I’d have to ask myself, can I glorify Christ more in heaven or on earth?
Paul found it an impossible choice. Nevertheless, most people would choose to stay on earth. When asked why they would, most would give some selfish reason, such as, “We’re getting a new house,” or “I don’t want to leave my kids.” For Paul, nothing really mattered except glorifying Christ. When faced with the most basic of life’s issues—whether it would be better to live or die—his response was, “I would be thrilled to glorify Christ in heaven or on earth. Given the choice, I can’t choose.” Because glorifying Christ was Paul’s motivation, where he glorified Christ was not the issue. That ought to be true for you as well.

MacArthur, John: Truth for Today : A Daily Touch of God's Grace. Nashville, Tenn. : J. Countryman, 2001, S. 390

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

New Bible Studies Beginning in January!

The week of January 8th we will begin 2 new studies just for ladies. On Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. Brenda Waters will lead “So Long Insecurity,” a study by Beth Moore, which includes a reading book and workbook for only $20! Study will be held at Beth Allen’s home and Vickie Birch has volunteered to host childcare for this Wed. night study at her home!

“Living Beyond Yourself,” a video-driven study by Beth Moore focusing on the fruit of the Spirit, will be led by Deena Adams on Friday mornings at 9:30 a.m. Cost of this study is $15. No childcare is offered for this Friday study unless God raises up someone who volunteers to watch children for us.

**To participate, sign up at the event table by January 8th.

New Bible Study in February!

We will also have another study being offered on Thursday evenings beginning Feb. 16th offering childcare. This study is entitled, “When Life is Hard,” led by Teresa Bass at her home at 7 p.m. More information and a sign up sheet will be available for this study in January.

Be sure to stop by the event table if you have any questions about the studies.