Todays Sermon in text
Folks I have to tell you that even though we have not met and will not be meeting for at least another 3 weeks or more I have been thrilled to have talked, via phone, text, e-mail, fb live and even letter with every person in the church that could be reached. We will be extending our ministries through fb live mon-fri @ 11:30 we will soon be adding a youtube channel so you can enjoy and worship with us through music. Our web site… ourpassionisyou.com is completely updated with the lastest sermons, devotions, prayer requests and news… our church fb account is constantly updated and we use our phone system through, voice, text and e-mail to keep you as current as possible. I am available by phone, text, e-mail and fb messenger anytime if you need me.
I want to thank Jake Feskanin, Kenny Guy, Pete Shelby and my wife Laura for their continuing contributions to our electronic, digital and social worship. These are mazing people.
And, most of all, … I want to thank all of you…Those who send encouraging notes to each other…those who go shopping for each other…those who call each other on the phone just to talk and check in.
I want to thank all those who are continuing their financial support through their tithes and offerings by either sending them to Norm and Cheryl’s house or most recently by dropping them off when they pick up their communion cups every Saturday between 11-12.
When we do finally get to be back together face to face…regardless of the date I promise you our first service will be the Easter Service! What a great day that will be!
UPDATES ON PRAYER REQUESTS
Praise the Lord Lee Sparks says he feels like he is 100% How awesome is that?
Harold Lemley is doing great
Dave Sekerak’s sister is improving every day, according to most recent reports
Jimmy Novicky is responding to treatment and has started eating. We need to pray him back to health and also pray that patty is safe and protected from this virus
19"Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them."
When it was decided to close the prayer-meeting m a certain village, a good woman declared that she would be there if no one else was. She was true to her word, and when the next morning some one said to her rather jestingly, "Did you have a prayer-meeting last night?" "All! that we did," she replied. "How many were present? .... Four," she said. "Why," said he, "I heard that you were there all alone." "No," she said; " I was the only one visible. but the Father was there, and the Son was there, and the Holy Spirit was there, and we were all agreed in prayer." Before long there was a revival prayer-meeting and a prospering church.
I have a word for you this morning – contextomy. Contextomy (also known as quote mining) is a type of false attribution in which a passage is removed from its surrounding material in such a way as to distort its intended meaning. Contextomies may be both intentional as well as accidental.
One of the most familiar ways contextomy takes place is when marketers use “review blurbs” in advertising. Here’s an example. After watching a movie and not liking it, one film critic wrote, “I couldn’t help feeling that, for all the energy, razzmatazz and technical wizardry, the audience had been shortchanged.” This is how the studio pared it down for their publicity – “…energy, razzmatazz and technical wizardry…”
When people get quoted in the media, it’s common to hear them say, “I was taken out of context!” Here’s an actual exchange…
NEWS REPORTER: “Can you confirm the rumor of mass layoffs in the next quarter?”
COMPANY SPOKESPERSON: “There is no truth to the rumor that there will be mass layoffs in the next quarter.”
QUOTE IN NEWSPAPER: “…there will be mass layoffs in the next quarter.”
Let me be quick to say that reporters that I’ve known over the years have done a great job getting their facts straight.
If it’s easy to take things in our culture out of context, we must certainly be careful about taking the Word of God out of context. Someone may say to you, “I can live however I want because the Bible says, ‘Relax, eat, drink, be merry.’” The Bible does say that in Luke 12:19 but you should take them to the very next verse to see how that philosophy pans out: “God says, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’”
I believe most people accidently, not intentionally, quote the Bible out of context. My prayer is that we will learn how to slow down and read what comes before and what comes after our favorite verses so that we can correctly interpret and then apply Scripture to our relational contexts.
I was thinking, initially, that this is a great sermon topic to describe our current situation. How often have we said when there are few with us “”wherever there are 2 or 3 gathered in my name…there am I in the midst”? You know what though…it isn’t a great reference to use exclusively for that. because these words are often taken out context and admittedly by myself. The context of this portion of scripture should include verses 15-19 15 “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ 17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.
18 “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be[e] loosed in heaven.
19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.
I am confident by now you can see this is dealing with conflict between brothers and sisters in Christ…It is dealing with sin in the church. You can say right now…there isn’t any sin in our church (building) that is …after all we aren’t in it.
Almost 115 years ago a large statue of Christ was erected high in the Andes on the border between Argentina and Chile as a symbol of a peaceful resolution of a border dispute between the two countries. The statue is called Christ the Redeemer of the Andes and is constructed of cannons that were used in war. The statue serves as a pledge that there will be peace between Chile and Argentina. Shortly after it was erected, the Chileans began to protest that they had been slighted because the statue had its back to Chile. As tempers were high and tension was thick, a newspaper editorial in C