Sunday, January 23, 2011

Mennville EMC

Roger Friesen Song Leader
Because He Lives I can face tomorrow fear is gone life and is worth living
Great is Your faithfulness morning by morning. All I have needed Your hand has provided. Blessings all mine with ten thousand besides
When we all get to heaven what a day of rejoicing that will be. Sing the wondrous love of Jesus.

Acts 1:8
Reports; Adam goes to Steinbach Bible College. A group from there went to Inner City to experience missions 1st hand

Sarah also at SBC went to inner city (Jerusalem) last year and to northern Manitoba (Samaria) this year to the "ends of the earth" in the 3rd year.
Went to a fly in community where Tim & Sue ministered. Tim died and the church is suffering now.
Give God the best. Joyful hearts.

A group is going to Haiti (6 ladies 9 men) to work with Mission Possible. They are taking groceries in their suitcases. Pray for team unity. 2 people to volunteer to pray for each team member Jan 27 - Feb 12

Dwight Plett Pastor
11:50 start. White man's time means Cut the message short.
Change Invigorates?
Not always. Tradition can get stale.

Topic: When Righteousness Trumps Religion.
Religion is Rules.
Righteousness is associated with self.
Jesus talked about pure righteousness. 7:30 Wednesday join Dwight at the church to go through the rest of this Message. Or email Dwight for a copy.
Jesus walked through the grain field on the Sabbath. His disciples were ''harvesting" grain. Jesus defended them against the legalism of the day.
There was a death penalty to cover the breaking of the Sabbath.
The maximum work you were allowed to do was to carry one fig no more than 1,000 yards.
Jesus reminded the legalists, haven't you read the Bible? Priests work on the Sabbath. Plus Jesus has the authority to override the laws. He is Son of God.
Jesus healed on the Sabbath. He made a show of it. He asked if it lawful to save life or to kill on the Sabbath. Jesus healed the man and that's when the Pharisees started plotting to kill him.
Love trumps all other laws.
Jesus said it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath. We should ask- how can I do good today? Whom can I help?
Speed limits are what they are. 14 years ago I drove at least 140 km an hour to get my wife to the hospital. I did not feel guilty. The need to get to the hospital overrides the speed limit. Speed limit applies only under normal circumstances.

More material next time. There is so much more Sabbath material. The bottom line is that there are more important things than rules. Reverence and love for God.
Whoever loves God must also love his brother.
If ever performance of religion prevents helping others it is not from God. Love overrides legalism.

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