Archive | May 2017

Memorial Day

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, began as a way to honor the Civil War dead. It became an official federal holiday in 1971.

The United States has been involved in 13 wars in its relatively young history. In all this war-time combined, the U.S. has lost over 1.1 million soldiers.

Memorial Day and Veterans Day are often confused.

  • Veterans Day is November 11th and pays tribute to all American veterans – living or dead – but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.
  • Memorial Day honors American service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle.

As Christians, we can honor those who have died in service to our country during war time in many ways. We do this by taking time to understand, appreciate and acknowledge their sacrifice.

“This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.” (John 15:12-14)

As you spend time with family and friends, maybe enjoy a cookout, take at least a few moments to acknowledge this ultimate sacrifice so many individuals made in the name of freedom. Let their sacrifice remind you of Christ’s sacrifice for our eternal freedom.

Live Forward

Past

Do you feel weighed down by the past? Are failures and hurts keeping your focus on what has happened? Do you struggle getting your mind off the way things used to be?

Choose to live forward.

“Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. ‘Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.'” (Isaiah 43:18-19)

Present

Is the busyness of today continually wearing you out? Do you struggle getting through, unable to even consider getting ahead? Are trials and temptations continually getting in your path?

Choose to live forward.

“And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Romans 5:3-5)

Future

We certainly need to remember where we’ve come from, but any past focus must be centered on what God has done in our lives. We can live forward by remembering his continual and constant grace and mercy.

And living for today is important in that tomorrow has enough worries of it’s own (Matthew 6:34). Yet, ignoring what our future holds means missing out on the enormous motivation of hope.

Remember the past, but don’t live there. Focus activity on today, but remember the promised hope of tomorrow. Live focused on the goal set before you.

“Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:12-14)

Choose to live forward.

Mother/Daughter Brunch THIS SATURDAY!

Saturday, May 13th at 10:00

Speaker: Bonnie Belson
SW Michigan Women’s Ministry Leader & Newly Certified Pastor

Enjoy a morning of food and fellowship along with a Bible-based message.

Craft and “babysitting” available to girls under 13.

Photo booth for family pictures.

Invite your mother, daughters, sisters, grandmothers…
anyone who is a “mother” or “daughter” figure to you.

Sign up sheet in church foyer.
Please indicate how many will be attending.

Mother/Daughter Brunch

Saturday, May 13th at 10:00

Speaker: Bonnie Belson
SW Michigan Women’s Ministry Leader & Newly Certified Pastor

Enjoy a morning of food and fellowship along with a Bible-based message.

Craft and “babysitting” available to girls under 13.

Photo booth for family pictures.

Invite your mother, daughters, sisters, grandmothers…
anyone who is a “mother” or “daughter” figure to you.

Sign up sheet in church foyer.
Please indicate how many will be attending.