Mother’s Day and Church update this Sunday!

Dear Church Family and Friends, Mothers Day is this Sunday! We want to recognize and pray for the mothers of our congregation. This coming Sunday I will also be sharing an update about the state of our church family. I have some important news to share about our summer schedule and our plans to continue meeting. This Sunday will be an important Sunday in the life of our church family. This Saturday (May 18th) all ladies are invited to a special “Ladies Tea” fellowship event from 10:30am to 12:30pm. Come for a good time to meet and share friendship with other ladies in the our church family! I wanted to continue to update everyone on Randy Jones condition. Randy is doing well enough that they are planning to transfer him for Rehab at the Cedars Healthcare facility tomorrow. The Cedars is just off of Rt. 250 close to the intersection of Rt. 29 & 250. Randy continues to make a slow recovery! He still cannot use his hands or stand very well. He also has been receiving blood and blood products in the recovery from his life threatening infection. As a result of the infection and other factors, Randy has been diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver and kidney disease. Both of these issues are difficult ones. Please continue to pray for Randy’s healing. For the past three days, I have been in Blue Ridge Virginia at the CRI Missions base teaching relief and mission workers about worship, the prayer and spiritual authority. During the sessions I became aware that some believers mistakenly feel as though Christians should be immune or exempt from hardship in life. It turns out that some have received teaching that Jesus came to deliver us OUT OF the spiritual battle that surrounds us! On the contrary, Jesus actually PROMISED that we will experience tribulation and difficulty! Jesus said; “In the world you will have tribulation; but take heart, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33b) This scripture indicates that instead of taking us OUT of difficult situations Jesus wants us to partner with Him and bring us THROUGH difficulties by His power! This means that in every battle we can win! The key to victory, however, is staying in the fight and fighting the right way! Instead of complaining, becoming fearful or avoiding trouble the Bible teaches us that we must engage the enemy. We are called to partner with the power of God to gain victory by demolishing strongholds in our lives! Paul describes it this way: “Although we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Cor. 10:3-5) Did you know that you were designed to grow in spiritual power and to enjoy living in spite of tribulation and difficulty in our lives? There are four keys to winning the battle according to this scripture! First, we must expect resistance and persevere in God when we experience tribulation in our lives. You won’t win if you don’t fight! Pick up your spiritual sword! The victory is ours for the taking! Second we cannot win by fighting spiritual battles using the carnal weapons of fear and worry. These are the impotent weapons of the world. Our weapons are much more powerful! Third, we must recognize the strategy of the enemy. He uses “arguments” (accusations) and “pretensions” (deception) that attempt to distract us from the “knowledge of God” (knowing and believing God.) The only way that these strategies can win is if we believe them! Finally we must take every accusation and deceptive thought captive and “making them obedient to Christ” by refusing the lie and agreeing with the truth of God for us. As we trust God and resist the devil, we will watch him run! So don’t be surprised by difficulties and resistance in the Christian life! Jesus warned us that the battle is real! Stay in the fight! Jesus has the power to win! Refuse to agree with the accusations and deceptions of the enemy! Choose instead to partner with the power and promises of God for your life! During the month of May, we will continue to accept donations to benefit Thrive (formerly the Pregnancy Centers of Virginia.) There is a basket to receive donations near the welcome table in the church auditorium. Items being accepted includes: onesies, baby clothes (through 2T) baby shoes and socks, baby blankets, bibs, burp cloths, Infant toys (rattles, teething rings etc..) Formula, Diapers (to 6 mos) Wipes, Baby wash, shampoo, lotion, diaper cream (no baby oil,) strollers, high chairs, bouncy seats, play mats, swings. All donated items should be new or in near new condition. Gathering these items for the local pregnancy centers is a way that we can continue our outreach to the needy in our community. Ministry to the unwed mothers in our community is a vital ministry need. See you on Sunday, Jon Quesenberry