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The Lord’s Supper

Making the Bread

As Jeremy last week spoke on the bread being unleavened, if you are wanting to make some at home then the following is a very simple recipe:

  1. 1/4 cup of all purpose flour (don’t use self-rising as it has leavening agents in it)
  2. 1 tbs of oil (I use olive oil)
  3. 1 tbs of water or a little less
  4. 1/2 or less tsp salt

You can mix this together and should be able to roll it into a ball in your hand to kneed it just a little bit. I rubbed with my fingers a little oil on the bottom of a small pan for the oven and then pressed the dough out flat into a relatively round and wafer like in thickness.

My oven was at 500 F (can be less) and I baked it for about 5 1/2 to 6 minutes. Just keep an eye on it. Should come out and cool to where you can easily break off pieces. Makes enough for a small group of 5 or 6 or so.

God’s Providence 2 of 2

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God’s Providence 1 of 2

Please consider the following for a in-home church service:

Devotional:

COVID-19 Update

Dear Church family:

While we are taking measured steps to open up our Sunday morning assembly, the Covid-19 pandemic is far from over and will be with us for the foreseeable future. We would like to provide guidance for our members who would like to assemble for worship.

We need to go forward with safe protocols…..

  • Entrance will only be available at the rear doors
  • Keep 6 feet apart when possible
    • Please respect the idea that you may be comfortable with close contact but not everyone else may be
    • Upon dismissal, socialization may be done outside as you are comfortable
  • Please sanitize hands upon entry into the building
  • Wear a face mask upon arriving and departing out of consideration for others
  • Use shoulders and elbows when possible to open doors
  • If you are sick, stay home and join in on Zoom
  • If you have been exposed to someone with the Covid-19 virus, quarantine at home for 14 days

We can be strengthened by words of Paul in  2 Timothy 1:7

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

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What is a Team?

Many of us consider ourselves most blessed to have been privileged to have the husband/wife team demonstrated before us by our parents. Many of us enjoy this team-ship in our own marriages. For this we are grateful beyond expression. It seems that everybody ought to know that the husband and wife are to function as a team.

But it is also obvious, due to the havoc and breakdown found in many marriages, that a lot of people have not learned this fundamental truth. If more were aware of it and worked accordingly, there would not be the destruction of homes so rampant in our society today.

We are discussing an attitude and a matter of the heart. We are also focusing attention on a relationship. We can say that we are studying an attitude of heart that should be demonstrated in a specific relationship.

What is a team? The word is not used in the Bible with reference to marriage even though the concept is there. A team consists of people working together, yoked together, coupled, linked and cooperating for the common good. Webster defines the word and uses marriage to illustrate the meaning.

The word “yoke” can be understood in terms of a burden or an unbearable load as Paul used it in Second Corinthians 6:14, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers.” Or It can be understood to refer to a beautiful and intimate relationship of favor as Jesus used it in His invitation found in Matthew 11:28-30. “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Being yoked in marriage requires agreement. Amos stated the great principle in Amos 3:3. “Can two walk together except they be agreed?” Teamwork demands consideration, communication, consultation, cooperation, companionship, and in marriage there must be the inclusion of Christ. Without these essentials the team simply cannot and will not function as its Originator intended. An eldership is a team where all these things are important.

Joe

Spirit Filled

I have been thinking about being filled with the Spirit and how to be filled with Him. It came to me that there must be a difference between being self-centered and being Spirit-filled. Which one would be constantly expressing love, joy, peace, goodness, kindness, patience, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (the fruit of the Spirit – Galatians 5:22,23)? Which one would be evidence of being born again? Jesus told his disciples: “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Matthew 16:24. Jesus told Peter: “You are not setting your mind on the things of God but on the things of man.” Matthew 16:23. One more scripture to finish this thought is Colossians 3:1-17 “If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above…Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth…Put to death therefore what is earthly in you – sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire and covetousness, which is idolatry…you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Put on then compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness and patience, bearing with one another. And if one has a complaint against another, forgive each other as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love which binds every thing together in perfect harmony.”

Joe

Enzymes for our Body

Our lives depend on enzymes because nutrition requires that our food be digested in order to fuel our bodies; this is the function of enzymes. The body of Christ needs enzymes to provide nutrition to the body. Thank God for those members who supply the love, humility and gentleness to bring us together in harmony. These are the ones who have learned that “a soft answer turns away wrath.” We need you very much and thank God for you.

Joe

Coming Home

We love vacations. We love new experiences, new places. We very much dislike airports but I suppose we have to tolerate them for safety reasons. Some of our fondest memories are eating in Johnson’s Restaurant in Ephraim, Wisconsin where there were goats on the roof. Or Custer State Park in Wyoming where we had to wait for a herd of bison to get out of the road. Trust me; they never get in a hurry. Or Estes Park where we stopped to let a large bull elk cross the road with-in a few feet of people. He ignored them. God is magnificent; He can never be praised enough. There are no boundaries to His greatness (Psalm 145:3)

But by far my favorite part of the whole travel experience is coming home to the recognizable sights, smells and sounds of home. There’s something seriously comforting about coming home. The familiar is where we feel safe. After being gone for several days, as soon as we pull in our drive I thank God for a safe trip.

Unfortunately, for many families this isn’t the case. Our homes and families don’t always live up to our hopes and expectations. We’ve come to realize that the idea of a completely functional and perfect family is something of a myth. For too many people, family life is not the safe haven of peace that it was originally intended to be.

So how can we find a sense of peace and security? The Bible speaks about one homecoming that will be extremely joyous. No earthly homecoming can compare with the joy of coming home to God. First John 4:19 says, “We love because He first loved us.” If your heart is restless, struggling to find peace in an earthly home, there’s a Father waiting to welcome His children home.

Bible Verse: 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

Thought for the day: Service is love in action.

Tommy

Abundant Life

I love the promise of Jesus in John 10, verse 10:

I came to give you life and life in abundance

When I think of this fulfilling life in practice, five keys come to mind:

  1. Live with contentment which means trusting in God who loves me and is able to do all things.
  2. Be kind to everyone.
  3. Express this kindness with compassion
  4. Be obedient to the Lord Jesus Christ always and
  5. Be eternally filled with gratitude for being so blessed.

This sounds like a great plan for our lives.

Joe

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