October 10th, 2021 – 20th Sunday after Pentecost
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK OF: Oct 11th – Oct 17th
Monday……………….. Philip the Deacon
6:00 pm Men’s Club
Wednesday………….. 5:30pm Confirmation
Thursday: ……………… 10:00am Bible Study
Sunday: …………………. 10:00am Worship
11:00am Bible Study
Who is Philip the Deacon? You’ll run across him first in Acts 6 as one of the seven chosen to serve. Stephen, one of those seven is martyred immediately, so Philip gets his own chapter – Acts 8 – including the story of the Ethiopian Eunuch which ends with Philip’s seeming teleportation “when they came out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the Eunuch saw him no more…But Philip found himself at Azotus.” And the mission continues without missing a beat. The last picture of Philip is with the man who kicked off his wondering mission. Having run from Saul after Stephen, in Acts 21:8-15, Paul stays with Philip and his four prophetess daughters, and tries to convince Paul to change his course from going to Jerusalem. Who was Paul most likely envisioning when he writes 1 Timothy 3:8-13 (The Qualifications for Deacon)? Philip. There is always a call for faithful service to the needs of the local church at the time – be they teleportation enhanced evangelism, or raising a family in the faith.
PRAYER THOUGHT AND MEDITATION
What happened to the promised land, the land flowing with milk and honey? Our Epistle Lesson (Hebrews 3:12-19) is taken from the middle of the author’s 2nd argument. He’s put down his argument about Jesus being superior to angels and picked up one about Moses and the promised land. The promised land was both the physical land of Canaan, but it was also the land flowing with Milk and Honey. Put that another way the land of milk and honey is the land of the Sabbath rest. He quotes from Psalm 95 that God’s judgement upon those who wandered in the desert for 40 years, which would be shared by those who harden their hearts in rebellion, would be “they shall not enter my rest.” Moses led the people to Canaan, but the people proved to be a stiff-necked and rebellious people. Moses did not lead Israel into the Sabbath rest of God. It is the gospel of Jesus Christ, and why Jesus is superior to Moses, that leads us into that Sabbath rest.
The promised land is not and never was completely a patch of ground on this old earth. The promised land has always been peace with God. The promised land has been the revocation of the curse – “by the sweat of your brow you shall eat.” The promised land is entering into the eternal Sabbath rest where “the One seated on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them. Never again will they hunger, and never will they thirst; nor will the sun beat down upon them, nor any scorching heat. (Revelation 7:15-16)’ And we enter into this promised land by faith.
There are many roads of rebellion, many ways to turn aside from the way of the cross. Most of them promise an easier way. Put down the cross, that is too hard. Jesus himself was just lost. And for that matter what about Moses, the guy wandered for 40 years in the desert. It isn’t hard to beat either is the devil’s promise. But “all those bodies fall in this wilderness.” The proclamation of the gospel is “today…today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.” This old earth is still a wilderness. And even the partial fulfillment of the promised land is something that is elusive. Our greatest taste of it is the Sabbath meal which multiplies to fill the need. But it is by faith in the one who marked out the path, Jesus, that we are welcomed into God’s rest. “Take care, brothers and sisters, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God.” Today is the day we enter His rest. Today is the day we can see it approaching. May we be kept in this faith by the abiding Holy Spirit.
- Thurs 10am: We are going to be reading 2 & 3 John starting this week. Come Join!
- Confirmation: Finnish memorizing the books of the bible, read the 3rd commandment questions.
- Life Application Fellowship (LAF): October 21st, Fruits of the Spirit
- Sunday Morning: We are going to pause our walk through Mark for a day for a question about 1 Tim 2:15. All are welcome to join!
- Catechism Moment: I’m going to stop making promises. I do intend to get back to this.
Men’s group is Monday. Dinner and fellowship. 6PM. Sign-up on the bulletin board so I have some idea of numbers
UPCOMING CONGREGATIONAL MEETINGS
October 24th will be the budget presentation and officer nominations. November 7th will be voting.
BEEF ON WECK
We are going to attempt a Beef on Weck on November 6. You might be asked to help, please do help. Ellen and Lisa and Abel Acuña are the contact points.