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April 28 2013 Bulletin

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Last week we talked about how dusty shoes are a good sign that we are Spiritually Alive. Another sign of life is “Worn-Out Knees.

The late Gypsy Smith told of the conversion of his Uncle Rodney.  Among gypsies, it was not considered proper for children to address their elders unless spoken to, so  young Gypsy prayed and waited for an opportunity. One day the boy’s uncle took note of Gypsy’s worn trousers.

“Laddie,” said Uncle Rodney, “how do you account for the fact that the knees of  your trousers have worn nearly through, while the rest of the suit is almost like new?”

The boy answered, “I have worn the knees through praying for you, Uncle Rodney.” Then he added with tears, “I want so much to have God make you a Christian!”

Uncle Rodney put his arms around Gypsy in a fatherly embrace, and a few moments later, he fell on his knees, confessing Christ as his Savior.

Prayer is mentioned more than 71 times in the New Testament. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 simply says “Pray without ceasing.” Jesus constantly was on his knees in prayer. He prayed for the sick, the hungry, the children, the government, the families, the church, and the lost. We can see over and over again just how important prayer is to a Christians Spiritual Life!

Are we wearing our knees out by praying for those around us? Do we spend time talking to God about our problems? Worn out knees is a sign of a Christian who is Spiritually Alive. We should pray first, and act second. We should continue to pray for the person or situation until something happens. We should “Pray without ceasing.” “We should have Worn out Knees!”

Excerpts taken from Signs of Life by Max Lucado

Pastor Kevin Jackson

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April 21 2013 Bulletin

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The world that we live in cannot see our inner faith, but it can see the works that we do that come from that Faith. Christians have changed the world by living their faith. By actually involving themselves in this world to show others what Christ is all about. How do you know that you are living your faith? That you are not just keeping it bottled up inside. Christ wants us to live our faith, not just on Sundays but all week long. For the next few weeks I would like to share with you some signs that you are living your faith.

Dusty Shoes:

“And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.” (Luke 14:23)

Jesus lived and ministered in the highways and byways of this world. He was constantly among the people with whom the religious elite of His day would have nothing to do with. He did not do his ministry in the Temple, He knew that in order to reach others He had to go out to them. One of the biggest mistakes that the church makes today is believing that if they get a good enough program or activity the world will beat a path to its door. In reality the only way to reach the lost is by getting our shoes dusty. Are we reaching out to the community? Are we going were the need is? Or are we sitting and waiting in the church for someone to show up?

The question that we need to ask ourselves is: are we willing to go out and get the dust of the world on our shoes? Are we willing to go into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in? Will we show them how much God loves them by meeting them where they are and providing what they need? Take a look at your shoes today. If most of what you see is lint from the carpet in the church and home, then ask God to give you dusty shoes, shoes like were worn by our Savior, shoes that are searching for the lost.

“If we are in the habit of polishing our shoes on Sunday morning, may it be because they are covered with a week’s work of dust from the streets of the world”

(Taken from “Signs of Life” by David Jeremiah)

Pastor Kevin Jackson

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Sunday Night services will resume this Sunday beginning at 6:00 p.m. We will meet in the Fellowship Hall with Pastor Kevin conducting a Bible Study on Revelation. Everyone is invited and encouraged to join us.

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