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We've been waiting for you! It's true, because we believe that every person who comes into the circle of this special fellowship was sent by God Himself. It's not by accident that we have the joy of meeting you. So, above all else we want to express Christ's love to you with genuine, heartfelt warmth.

We're eager to know you, and we're excited to share with you the marvelous ways God is working in our church. It won't take you long to discover that this is truly a family, rich in relationships that matter the most. Growing together, we worship, we serve, we laugh, we cry, we learn, and we reach out to you as well. Our doors are open. Our hearts are open, too.

If you've been thinking, praying, searching, and hoping for a place to belong, we say again Welcome!

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Scripture of the Week


 2 Timothy 1:12 New King James Version

12 For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.

Numbers 23:19 New King James Version

19 “God is not a man, that He should lie,
Nor a son of man, that He should repent.
Has He said, and will He not do?
Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

Bulletin Notes

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 NKJV

A Christian is always in danger, and therefore should ever be on the watch; but the danger is greater at some times and under some circumstances. The Corinthians were in manifest danger upon many accounts: their feuds ran high, the irregularities among them were very great, there were deceivers got among them, who endeavored to corrupt their faith in the most important articles, those without which the practice of virtue and piety could never subsist. And surely in such dangerous circumstances it was their concern to watch. Note, If a Christian would be secure, he must be on his guard; and the more his danger the greater vigilance is needful for his security.

Paul advises them to stand fast in the faith, to keep their ground, adhere to the revelation of God, and not give it up for the wisdom of the world, nor suffer it to be corrupted by it-stand for the faith of the gospel, and maintain it even to death; and stand in it, so as to abide in the profession of it, and feel and yield to its influence. Note, A Christian should be fixed in the faith of the gospel, and never desert nor renounce it. It is by this faith alone that he will be able to keep his ground in an hour of temptation; it is by faith that we stand (2 Co. 1:24); it is by this that we must overcome the world (1 Jn. 5:4), both when it fawns and when it frowns, when it tempts and when it terrifies. We must stand therefore in the faith of the gospel, if we would maintain our integrity.- Matthew Henry

Five Reasons Why Thankfulness Is Important-Arlie Whitlow

Have you ever struggled with being thankful? I have. I used to think consciously trying to be thankful was for weak people who needed an emotional crutch. I thought thankful

people hid from the harsh truth of reality. I’ve since changed my mind, thankfully. Here are 5 reasons why thankfulness is important.

1. Thankfulness is healthy. Thankfulness has been a subject of much scientific research. Scientists have found conclusively that thankfulness is better than a multi-vitamin. It has a beneficial impact on almost every major organ system in the body. Thankful people live healthier lives.

2. Thankfulness is God’s will. Evidently, God created us to be thankful. In 1 Thessalonians 5:18 it says, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Ever wondered what God’s will for you was? It’s God’s will for us to be thankful. We can be thankful in every situation because we know he loves us and is working for our good.

3. Thankfulness is a great witness. We should be concerned to some degree with how the world views us as Christians. How do they see us? Sadly, many professing Christians have little to no joy. They frown more than smile, and complain more than praise. Many believers tie their thankfulness to politics. That means they often listen to conservative talk radio a ton. Then they wonder why they have no joy. There is so much fighting in the world. Being thankful is a great witness. When we’re thankful we stand out like stars in the night sky (Philippians 2:14-15).

4. Thankfulness is a way of serving. I’ve heard that we should assume that everyone we meet during the day is discouraged in some area of life. I think that’s not far from reality. We can offer hope by saying thank you, and through words of encouragement. Never

underestimate the power of a thank you note, smile, or a phone call.

5. Thankfulness builds our faith. Ever struggled with a victim’s mentality? When we see ourselves as victims we blame others for our situation. We’re not happy and it’s always someone else’s fault. We are where we are in life because we have been mistreated. Here’s how the victim talks:

“If only my father had treated me differently.”
“If only my boss weren’t such a jerk.”
“If only our government leaders would work together with integrity things would be

different for me.”
“If only people would talk to me then I wouldn’t be lonely.”

Thinking like a victim leaves us hopeless, discouraged, disempowered, and lifeless. We give up. We consign ourselves to a life of mediocrity and frustration.

God doesn’t want us to think like that. Be thankful. When we are thankful we remind

ourselves of all that God has done. We stop thinking about other people, and the wrongs done to us, and we think about the greatness of our Savior. We begin to believe again. When we are thankful we take the control of our life back. It’s no longer in the hands of some other person, or situation. Faith arises when we realize God is in control and we are partnering with him to do a great work. We stop saying, “If only!” and we start saying, “Why not?”

How’s your thankfulness going? It’s important. It could be the key to your breakthrough!