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Happy Mother's Day

If you missed this Sunday, let me wish you a belated happy Mother’s Day. I hope your special day was indeed a special one.

I also want to publicly express a very heartfelt thank you and congratulations to the other Pastor Loran (I feel like we are living a Newhart episode) for running the show Sunday and doing a fabulous job.

I want to encourage everyone to let Pastor Eric and Pastor Mindy know they left the Church in very capable hands.

A quick recap of Sunday’s message: (1) there’s a little Rahab in all of us (and what a relief it is to learn that!), (2) God wants to use you anyway, and (3) you can rewrite your own faith Hall of Fame memorial. So, hats off to Rahab and all the mothers out there.

Podcast

Check back soon to listen to Pastor Loran’s message on Rahab Answering the Call of God.

Links

A quick reminder that the Daily Devotions for the “Ringtone” sermon series are available online. This week we will explore the life of Paul.

Find out what your mom’s salary should be and print her a check demonstrating her value like Pastor Loran printed out for Tiffany.

Speaking of moms, make sure you let the special mothers in your life know about EFC’s Mother’s Day Out coming in the fall for children ages 1-5. Space is limited and registration is going on now.

I can’t let these opportunities go without plugging my own blog, Beauty of the Bible. Check it out.

On the Radar

EFC Family Campout is this weekend, and it is going to be a blast! Check out the EFC website for more info or directions to the campsite.

Mother’s Day Out information is available online!  Emmanuel Fellowship Church is excited to host a Mother’s Day Out program beginning Fall 2011 for children ages 1-5.  More info and downloadable registration forms are available online.

Identity Weekend. May 13-15 at Camp Butman. Learn your identity and authority in Christ and how to walk in freedom. For more information contact Curtis Ward.

Study the Feasts of the Lord with us Tuesdays over lunch at Emmanuel Fellowship.

Family Connection

Connect with our children’s and youth ministry.

You Heard it at EFC

    1. “You’ll Come” – Hillsong United.
    2. “Counting on God” – Desperation Band.
    3. “Healer” – Kari Job.
    4. “What I Want”The City Harmonic.

Sunday Preview

Next Sunday Pastor Eric continues the sermon series “Ringtone: Answering the Call of God” with a look at Paul. You won’t want to miss it.

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I sure don’t want to come across as spiritually egotistical, but my Lord is amazing.  Everything about Jesus is wonderful.  My life is better because of Him — and I believe yours could be too!

The book of Hebrews paints some beautiful pictures of the majesty and superiority of Jesus.  Here’s a collection of verses I simply title “Jesus is Better.”

  • So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.  — Hebrews 1:4 (NIV)
  • (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.  — Hebrews 7:19 (NIV)
  • Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant.  — Hebrews 7:22 (NIV)
  • But the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, and it is founded on better promises.  — Hebrews 8:6 (NIV)
  • It was necessary, then, for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.  — Hebrews 9:23 (NIV)
  • You sympathized with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.  — Hebrews 10:34 (NIV)
  • Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.  — Hebrews 11:16 (NIV)
  • Women received back their dead, raised to life again. Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection.  — Hebrews 11:35 (NIV)
  • God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.  — Hebrews 11:40 (NIV)

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ fill you with hope.  May you come to know how much better life can be when you yield the throne of your heart to Jesus.  And may your day of discovery come soon!

 

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Yesterday was a truly beautiful day.  It was an honor to worship with each one of you as we celebrated the resurrection of our Savior, enjoyed fellowship with one another, and stretch our building to the limits of its seating capacity!

It was obvious God was among us as we experienced His presence in worship and were drawn to surrender our will to Him through the message of “Miranda’s Story.”  Such an amazing celebration can leave us waking up on Monday morning wondering, “What now?”  How do we continue to walk in the grace we discovered on Easter Sunday?

In the book of Ephesians, we find a prayer the Apostle Paul prayed over a young and enthusiastic church, and I echo his prayer today for each of you as you continue to walk in God’s marvelous grace.  Paul prayed:

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better.  I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of His mighty strength, which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at his right hand in the heavenly realms… (Ephesians 1:17-20 NIV)

Today, as you continue your journey of faith,

  • May you know Him better!
  • May you know the hope to which He has called you!
  • May you know the riches of His inheritance!
  • May you know the power of the resurrection!

I’m looking forward to next Sunday!

Podcast

There is no podcast of the April 4, 2010 Easter Service.  (It was a “had to be there” event!)

On the Radar

“Beautiful One,” EFC’s Spring Women’s Event is coming Saturday, April 17, 10 am – 2 pm.  Ladies, mark your calendar for this special time of fun and ministry.  Childcare is free, but children must be registered by this Sunday.  Log on to www.efcseetwater.com and click the “Beautiful One” icon to register your kiddos!

New to Emmanuel Fellowship?  Want to know more about who we are?  Join us Monday, April 12, at 7:00 pm for our Membership Dessert.  Child care is provided. 

Family Connection

Parents, be sure to check out the Worldchangers website.  We align our Bible curriculum from the nursery all the way up to our youth.  Access the Family Connection page on the website to bring your children’s Bible lesson home to the kitchen table. 

We also have all the info you need about RAMP, our ministry to youth in Sweetwater High School and Middle School and surrounding campuses, as well, at www.efcyouth.com.

You Heard it at EFC

Been trying to remember one of those awesome songs we sang?  Here is our worship list from yesterday, for those of you who just absolutely need a copy for yourself.  You can usually find them for purchase on itunes.com.

  1. Happy Day” by Tim Hughes
  2. Mighty to Save” by Hillsong
  3. The More I Seek You” Kari Jobe version
  4. The Same Power” by Hillsong  

Sunday Preview

Next Sunday, April 11, we will begin a new sermon series entitled “Infrastructure.”  Come join us as we examine the essential building blocks of the Christian faith.  We will also have a Baby Dedication this week.  If you would like to have your child dedicated and have not yet spoken to a staff pastor, please contact the church offices.

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Yesterday was a special moment for our congregation.  Our attendance was at its highest level ever, and the presence of the Lord was strong and wonderful.  As we worshipped together and as I shared on learning to give and receive mending, I was aware that God was doing a great mending among us.  I believe He was mending the broken places in each of us individually and mending us together as a people of faith and love.

It is a great joy and privilege to pastor such a wonderful congregation in which the lost are being found and the broken healed.  May the mending continue both in and through each of you.

Today, in light of our message on mending, and in honor of a national hero, I invite you to pause and consider the life and ministry of one of the greatest menders in the history of our nation.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the thread that took the fragmented pieces of our nation and dramatically moved us in the direction of mending and healing.

Our Lord Jesus taught us:

“No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse.  Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.” — Matthew 9:16-17 (NIV)

The life and teachings of Dr. King sought to not only patch the glaring injustices of his day, but to renew the fabric of our culture, to renew the wineskin of America, so that the message God gave him to preach would not be poured on the ground and lost.

I invite you to pause today and consider the love and sacrifice of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Consider the life of a man who had the courage to face the realities of his day, and the faith to change them. 

As you remember Dr. King today, I invite you to do so according to his own words:

“I’d like somebody to mention that day that Martin Luther King, Jr. tried to give his life serving others. I’d like for somebody to say that day that Martin Luther King, Jr. tried to love somebody.

I want you to say that day that I tried to be right on the war question. I want you to be able to say that day that I did try to feed the hungry. I want you to be able to say that day that I did try in my life to clothe those who were naked. I want you to say on that day that I did try in my life to visit those who were in prison. And I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity.

Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major. Say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Podcast

Did you miss yesterday’s message?  Do you need to hear it one more time?  You can find Pastor Eric’s message, “Mend” on the church web site.  Click HERE to listen.

Links

Discover more about the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at:

The King Center

MLK Online

On the Radar

Ladies, are you ready for a Girls’ Night?  If so, meet us in the EFC parking lot this Friday evening by 5:30 pm!  We will travel to Clyde, Texas, to hear special speaker Tammy Maltby speak on “The Miracle of Hospitality.”  This will be a great evening, so be prepared to be blessed!  If you are planning to attend, please email Mindy at mindychelle@aol.com to let her know so we can make sure we have a seat for you!

FountainGate Fellowship will host an evening of worship with Keith and Sanna Luker, Sunday, January 24, at 7:00 p.m.  If you need to spend an evening in worship and intercession, this will be a great venue to do so!

Log on to www.efcsweetwater.com for more info to make plans to connect with a Lifegroup this week.

Our youth will be attending the Julian Drive concert here in Sweetwater on Thursday, January 21st.  Log on to www.efcyouth.com for more info!

Revelation Bible study this Tuesday from 12:00 – 1:00 pm in my office.  Everyone is welcome to join in, just bring your Bible and a lunch box.  Keep up with the progress at The Watchman’s Gaze.

Our church will be helping the Ministerial Alliance serve the needy of our community during the month of February.  We will need a coordinator for this outreach, a driver who can pick up groceries in Abilene with a flatbed trailer, a team of volunteers to help sack groceries for two hours on Tuesday, February 16th, and a few more to help distribute the groceries to those in need on Thursday, February 18th.  If you are interested in being a part of this service project, please log on to the church website at www.efcsweetwater.com and click the SERVE icon.

Make plans to join in the after church Fellowship Meal Sunday, January 31.  It’ll be a great day of fun and family time.  More info (and even recipes!) at www.efcsweetwater.com. Click the FELLOWSHIP MEAL icon.

Thanks to Curtis Ward for sharing some information with us yesterday about the upcoming Encounter the Cross Retreat!  If you were interested in attending an Encounter, log on to the church website at www.efcsweetwater.com and click on the “encounter” link!

Family Connection

Parents, be sure to check out the Worldchangers website.  We align our Bible curriculum from the nursery all the way up to our youth.  Access the Family Connection page on the website to bring you children’s Bible lesson home to the kitchen table. 

You Heard it at EFC

Been trying to remember one of those awesome songs we sang?  Here is our worship list from yesterday, for those of you who just absolutely need a copy for yourself.  You can usually find them for purchase on itunes.com.

  1. “Dancing Generation” by Matt Redmand
  2. “I’ve Found a Love” Jenn Johnson version
  3. “Dwelling Places” by Miriam Webster
  4. “You Won’t Relent” by Misty Edwards

Sunday Preview

Next Sunday, January 24, 2010, we continue our Vision 2010 series with an exploration of what it means to be a church that “Trains.”

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The Story of OnesimusProverbs 16:9 tells us, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.”  Nowhere do we see this truth more clearly illustrated than in the life of Onesimus.  Click HERE to read Pastor Eric’s account of the remarkable story of this slave who dared to allow the Lord to direct his steps.  It’s a good one!

Podcast

Hear the complete message of The Story of Onesimus by clicking HERE.

Links

We are excited to introduce our new Children’s Ministry weblog, where you can access weekly family pages and find the latest worldchangers news.  Its another great opportunity to connect church and home! 

In yesterday’s message, Pastor Eric referenced the Global Rich List.  You can find a link to the list embedded in his blog post, The Story of Onesimus.

On the Radar

Brazil Mission Trip — Pastor Mindy and Pastor Lorin leave in December for a mission trip to Brazil!  They will each need to raise over $3,000 for trip costs.  For more info and to find out how you can support their trip, click HERE.

We have a new Lunchtime Bible study coming this week!  Beginning this Tuesday, October 20, we will dive into a lunch time study of the book of Revelation.  The study will run every Tuesday from 12:00 – 1:00 in my office.  Everyone is welcome to join in, just bring your Bible and a lunch box.

You Heard it at EFC

Been trying to remember one of those awesome songs we sang?  Here is our worship list from yesterday, for those of you who just absolutely need a copy for yourself.  You can usually find them for purchase on itunes.com.

  1. Friend of God
  2. Forever and a Day by Anthony Skinner
  3. I Surrender by Kim Walker
  4. Revelation Song, Kari Jobe version

Sunday Preview

Next Sunday, November 1, we will continue our exploration of the book of Philemon by considering Paul’s perspective as he penned this dangerous letter.

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