Spur One Another On!

Spur One Another on

 

 

 

 

By Deb Benson

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”  Hebrews 10:24

A young wife and mother from my congregation was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.  The night before her treatments began, my husband and I had the opportunity to go visit and pray with her and her family.

As we visited, I recalled when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, the memories of the surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.  Now eleven years later, it is not the treatment I remember the most but the love shown to me and my family by our church family.  They brought meals, helped with the kids, provided financial assistance, prayed for and encouraged me.

I feel that as believers in Christ it is a privilege and responsibility to encourage others in their faith and to pray for them, not only in times of need but daily.

Last Sunday I was able to worship with my church family from eleven years ago.  I am so thankful for them and their love for me but most importantly for their love of Jesus and desire to serve Him.

Knowing Christ

          KNOWING CHRIST

BarbcropBy Barb Strand

Philippians 3:7-11 NIV

In our mid-week Bible study, we were encouraged to love our brother….sounds easy for us if we claim to love Christ, but when I took a clear and closer look, I began to wonder if I really love my brother or sister.  Scripture tells us in I John 3:7-8 NIV that “Let us love one another, for love comes from God.  Everyone who loves has been born of God, and knows God.”  I got to thinking about that kind of love…the love that one would lay down a life for, and wondered, can I do that without some thought???? I of course, said, Yes….but then I think about the phone call I should have made, the visit to a shut in, the Sunday School class I was asked to teach, the patient I should have told about Christ, and I come up short….I may love them, but am I laying down my own desires, wishes and will to really LOVE them?  I come up rather short.

I then began to think about a praise and worship song we used to sing:  “O, I want to Know you More” by Steve Fry.  The words are based on Phil. 3:7-11.The words are speaking to me, and maybe to many of you.KNOW YOU MORE

“O, I want to know You more, deep within my soul I want to know You. O, I want to know   You; 1. To feel Your heart and know Your mind.  Looking in Your                      eyes stir up within me cries that say I want to know You more. 2. And I would give my final breath, to know You in Your  death and resurrection, O, I want to                  know You more.”

This is how we can love our brother and fellow man….our desire to know Christ more…to behold His love that His spirit will continue to live and work within our heart, mind and soul, and we become more like Christ…only through His power and strength.  My challenge is to search the Word, sit quietly before Him, seek His will and learn from Him…..will you join me in getting to know Him more?  One thing is certain, He will provide a way for each one of us.  Praise God from Whom all Blessings flow!!!

 

 

THE GREATEST OF THESE IS LOVE

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By Dawn Johnson

 

But now abide faith, hope, love, these three;  but the greatest of these is love.
                                                1 Corinthians 13:13 (NASB)

 

With this being Valentine’s Day I have been pondering the love chapter in the Bible.  The greatest of these is love—think of this God sent His Son because He Loves us. Jesus died on the cross because He loves us.

We see what Love is and isn’t and what love does earlier in this chapter of 1 Corinthians 13.

WHAT LOVE IS– Love is patient and kind. (verse 4a)

WHAT LOVE IS NOT–Love is not jealous, doesn’t brag, is not arrogant and doesn’t act unbecomingly or seek its own, is not provoked or take into account a wrong suffered. (verse 4b-6a)

WHAT LOVE DOES—rejoices with the truth, bears, believes, hopes and endures all things. (verse 6b-7)

CONCLUSION—LOVE NEVER FAILS! (verse 8a)

This is a long list of what love is and isn’t.  Some questions we might be asking ourselves are, do I live this way? Do I get upset and defensive when I have been wronged or do I continue to love and live a life that glorifies God. God’s Word tells us what love is and if I don’t live like this then we see in verse 1 we have “become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.”  May we go out and live out the great love that God has given to us not out of duty (something we need to do) but because our hearts are filled with the Love that God has extended to us and we can be a channel of His love to others.

 

News from Amanda Bellefy in Ecuador

Amanda Bellefyweb 7-2014Dear family and friends,

January has come and gone.  We have been busier here the last month.  In my English class I was teaching my students how to teach an elementary English class, so this last Friday they went to the bilingual elementary school and taught 4 classes.  They did a great job and I was very proud of them.  Last Wednesday they also spent a day evangelizing in Cuenca, including on the bus, door-to-door, in a couple malls, and in the college.  The rainy season seems to have come full throttle-I had two leaks above my head, so after a couple nights of trying to muddle through, I moved my bed.  This week the students are preparing for teaching VBS next week, since the schools will be on vacation.  In my English class, they are preparing a video about salvation. So they have and will continue to be busy.

Please pray for:

the students: Danilo, Andres and Veronica, Tony, Jessica, and Carolina
VBS next week
Andres and Veronica’s baby due in April
for daily wisdom for Rachel and I
The AFLBS team that will be coming April 7-17th to help out at the Bilingual school.

Thank you all for your prayers and support.  It means so much to know that you are praying for me and to know that we serve a powerful God.

Ephesians 4:1-3-“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

God Bless,
Amanda Bellefy

Greeting from the Schierkolk’s

Schierkolks10-2014-cropDear WMF friends,

Christmas is past and the wise men have gone their way but here in Jerez, Mexico the message is still being shared with young and old alike.  We had wonderful Christmas celebrations in the Kids’ Clubs and at the outreach dinner at church.  Lots of tamales were eaten by about 75 family and friends that came to see our youth group share their puppet skits and to hear the kids sing of angels, shepherds, Joseph and Mary and “Five Little Fingers” on the hands of the little baby Jesus.  Thank you so much to all of you who have so faithfully held us up before our Father in heaven.  Thank you so much for the way you have been partners with us in this mission given by Jesus; for your gifts, your boxes and your prayers.  Blessings to you for this new year.

In Jesus,

Todd and Barb Schierkolk
Jerez, Zacatecas, Mexico