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Weekly Inspiration Message - February 9, 2020
Positive Attitude, Positive Life
By Joyce Meyer
“A true positive attitude is not ecstatic and upbeat one day, then doubtful the next, then discouraged, then hopeful again. A real positive attitude is a matter of choice. We must choose to take an optimistic approach life every day, to set our minds – and keep them set – in positive directions.
Many times I quote the scripture “This is the day which the Lord has brought about; we will rejoice and he glad in it” (Psalm 118:24). Quoting these words from my heart and making them is one way I develop a positive every day. I choose to rejoice, to enjoy life, and to be glad. I am of the opinion that no matter how negative people might be, they can change if they really want to. I was actually taught by my father to be negative. I remember his making comments such as, “You can’t trust anybody. Everybody is merely using you to get what they want.” The interesting point is he saw people that way because he was that way. He used people to get what he wanted and cared nothing for them, so he assumed the entire world was the same way. He taught me to be suspicious, so it was not easy for me to learn to trust. But with God’s help I have been transformed from being extremely negative about almost everything, to being very positive. Since I have lived both ways, I am qualified to tell you that approaching life in a positive way is better.
Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” What this means is, we become whatever we think about. What goes on in our minds directly affects what happens in our lives. Whether it’s a hot fudge sundae, the completion of a big project, or a closer walk with God, if we focus our thoughts on it, we will direct our actions toward it. The same is true for our overall lives. If we think positive thoughts toward life, we will pursue and ultimately enjoy happy, confident, fulfilled lives.”
(Joyce Meyer, The Secret To True Happiness, Faith Words, New York, 2008)
Weekly Inspiration Message - February 2, 2020
Forgiveness Models the Life and Example of Christ
By Stan Toler
“"And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins" Mark 11:25.
Some years ago, while speaking at Houghton College, I had the privilege of meeting Dr. S. . McMillen, author of None of These Diseases. Talking with Dr. McMillen was a stimulating experience. I shared with him that I had often quoted from his book and that perhaps his most challenging words to me centered on the matter of forgiveness, for he had once said, "The moment I start hating a man, I become his slave. He controls my thoughts. I cannot escape his grip on my mind. Hatred is a boomerang. It will return and find us instead of the intended target."
" does a great deal more damage to the vessel in which it is stored than the object on which it is poured." S.I. McMillen
Neil Anderson once said, “We must forgive in the same way we have been forgiven. In His mercy, God has given us what we need, not what we deserve.”
Forgiveness is hard for us because it goes against our sense of fairness. To forgive is a conscious decision of the will. Since God commands us to do it, we know that it is possible. We need to realize that forgiveness is not just for the sake of the offender, but also for ourselves – so that we can be free.
The high cost of forgiveness lies in the fact that it involves being willing to live with the consequences of someone else's sin. Genuine forgiveness is always , just as Jesus took upon Himself the penalty for our sin. That, in fact, is our motive for forgiving: He forgave us.
Forgiveness is a command of Christ; therefore, every believer should endeavor to practice forgiveness. Perhaps Dr. Francis Schaffer said it best: "If I am not willing to practice forgiveness, then the world has a right to question whether Christianity is true."
I never knew a night so black Light failed to follow on its track.
I never knew a storm so gray It failed to have its clearing day.
I never knew such a black despair That there was not a rift somewhere.
I never knew an drear Love could not fill it of cheer!
John Kendrick Bangs
"Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a permanent attitude."
Martin Luther King, Jr.”
(Stan Toler, God Has Never Failed Me, But He’s Sure Scared Me To Death A Few Times, Honor Books, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1995)
Weekly Inspiration Message - January 12, 2020
What Will Navigate Your Life?
By Wayne Cordeiro
In the book, Attitudes That Attract Success, the author, Wayne Cordeiro tells of a story that illustrates how one’s attitude can determine the difference between safety and a disastrous accident. He writes:
“Before technology changed the way we navigate on the water, bullhorns and whistles were used to communicate from ship to ship. Once, a large armored battleship was slowly making its way through uncharted waters in a fog-shrouded bay.
Suddenly, through the fog, the captain noticed what appeared to be the light of another ship directly in his path. Quickly, he grabbed his megaphone and shouted, “This is Admiral Smith of the United States Navy. Steer yourself 10 degrees south. We are on a collision course, and I am coming through with priority orders.”
Through the fog, he heard a faint but audible reply, “This is Seaman Fourth Class Jones. You steer yourself 10 degrees to the north.”
The Admiral said to himself, This guy is a seaman fourth class, and I’m an admiral! Who in the world does he think he is? Turning up the megaphone a few notches and using a stronger tone of authority, he barked, “This is Admiral Smith of the United States Navy! You steer your vessel 10 degrees south! I am coming through!”
Through the fog came the same reply. “This is Seaman Fourth Class Jones. You steer yourself 10 degrees north.”
The admiral’s anger flared at the young man’s insubordination. “I said this is Admiral Smith. Steer yourself 10 degrees south immediately. I am a battleship!”
Through the fog, the unwavering voice replied, “This is Seaman Fourth Class Jones. Steer yourself 10 degrees north. I am a lighthouse!”
Our attitudes are like the rudder of a ship. You will either be ruled by the rudder, or you will be ruled by the rocks.
The choice is yours.”