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    April 8, 2020
    1. You Are Valuable God demonstrates his own love for us in this:  While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Romans 5:8 I once saw an illustration in a church service that profoundly affected me.  The speaker held up a brand-new, crisp $100 bill and asked the congregation if anyone wanted it.  Of course everyone did.  The speaker then scrunched up the bill and jumped on it.  He held it up again and asked who wants it.  Again, everyone did. Then he told us that the $100 bill had been stolen, used to buy drugs, and used to pay for sex with a prostitute.  Then he asked if anyone still wanted it.  Undaunted, everyone did because they understood that the value of money is not determined by what it experiences or how it looks.  Its value is determined by the government that printed the bill.   You’re just like that $100 bill.  Regardless of your history, regardless of all you’ve been through, God will always want you.  He sees you just the way He made you—beautifully, wonderfully, and full of great value. Thank you, Lord, that You see me as valuable.  Thank You for shedding Your blood on the cross for me.  I know that because You love me, the truth sets me free. Christine Caine Unshakeable
      1. Reminder:  Your contributions can be made online at our church website:www.eastsidefamily.church  under giving,  or you may drop it off at the office; you may leave it in our locked mailbox,  or mail it to us at 201 31st Street.  Thanks!
        1. Dear Church Family, We dearly thank you for all you have done to help us through this time of sorrow amidst a health crisis.  For the cards, calls, texts, FB posts, and plant, we thank you.  The “Drive by Visitation” was such a blessing. We miss your hugs, but look forward to meeting together again.   Love to you all,  Roland, Terry & Paula Bowden
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            April 1, 2020
            1. Psalm 2 Before you read this psalm in your Bible, first read 2 Samuel 7, and then turn over to Psalm 2. Psalm 2 has no designation at the beginning of authorship as many of the psalms do, but Acts 4:25 tells us that David is the author. Psalm 2 is a call for those who do not follow Yahweh to submit to Him, serving Him only. David also speaks of God’s “anointed” (lit. messiah) who is also His “son” who will rule over all the nations and punish those who stand against Him. By reading this messianic psalm you can easily see why many felt like the Messiah would simply be an earthly ruler. Considering David’s life, there was a very practical earthly application to this psalm. David’s son (Solomon) would be anointed (as would every earthly king descended from David) and would face opposition as he came to the throne. David’s reign as king was full of opposition from earthly kings. Again, a very clear earthly reason for its writing. But the eternal promise from God to David carries the application of this Psalm forward to future kings. Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever. 2 Samuel 7:16 NIV This psalm is a reflection on the promise of God in 2 Samuel 7 to establish the eternal throne of David, and therefore extends to the kingly descendants of David, including Jesus. Peter and the early persecuted disciples saw this psalm as applying to Jesus’ suffering at the hands of Pilate and the leaders of Israel (Acts 4:23-31). Paul saw this psalm as being central to the message of the Gospel. “We tell you the good news: What God promised our ancestors he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus. As it is written in the second Psalm: “‘You are my son;     today I have become your father.’” Acts 13:32-33 NIV The writer of Hebrews also uses this psalm to show that Jesus is greater than the angels (1:5) and that it is God who appointed Jesus as our ultimate high priest (5:5). Our encouragement from Psalm 2 today is that our God is over all the nations, and the entire earth is his. He will rule through his Son, the promised Messiah, to bring about justice on the earth. But we must submit and worship His Son. Refusing to do so leads to our destruction. As David reminds us: Blessed are all who take refuge in him. Psalm 2:12b NIV My encouragement to you is to spend some time in the Psalms. They are the story of God’s relationship with his people, and point forward to the coming of the Messiah. The New Testament writers saw the Psalms as essential to understanding the life, ministry, and reign of Jesus. Shouldn’t we as well? Matt
              1. Elder for April 2020 is David Miller. Please see this elder with questions or needs, but know that all elders are available to help you.
                1. New East Side Schedule -Sunday 10:00am - Livestream announcements, prayer requests, and sermon on our website, Facebook, and YouTube. 5:00pm - Celebrate Recovery Men's Group will meet, share requests, and pray together using ZOOM. (We will send you the meeting ID soon.) 6:00pm - Celebrate Recovery Women's Group will meet, share requests, and pray together using ZOOM. (We will send you the meeting ID soon.) -Monday An article/morning devotional will be posted to my blog and emailed out to everyone some time Monday morning. The goal of the article will be to set the focus for the week, bring encouragement, and lead to deeper study and Spiritual reflection. You can always access previous articles at www.livingintheword.org -Tuesday We will be posting a video testimony, or inspiring video story on Tuesday mornings. Sharing testimony isn't something our tradition is accustomed to, but Revelation 12:11 reminds us that those in heaven triumphed "...by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony." During this time apart, I think it's a wonderful opportunity for us to get to know each other on a deeper level by opening up and sharing Christ's victory in our lives. We'll send these YouTube videos out through email and text message, as well as Facebook. If you would like to share your testimony with us, you can record them yourself on your cell phone, or I can come film them as well. Just email me at matt@eastsidefamily.church if you are willing to share. -Wednesday 10:00am - We will have a website/Facebook/YouTube Bible study. You will be able to comment, or text questions as we go, and I'll try to respond to each question as they come in. If you aren't able to join this live, we'll email out the link to the completed teaching afterward. 7:00pm - Wednesday nights going forward will be a virtual Prayer Meeting using ZOOM. (We will send you the meeting ID soon.) If you use the ZOOM app, you will be able to participate using video and voice. If that's not an option, we will provide a phone number where you can call in and participate by voice only. We will spend time visiting, sharing about our week, our needs and requests, and spend some focused time in prayer together for our church family, our state, our nation, and our world to the One who holds all things. -Thursday 3:00pm - We will once again have a brief website/Facebook/YouTube live stream for some announcements, and for an open question Bible Study. Any question you want us to look at will be fair game. Again, if you aren't able to join us live, we will email out a link to the YouTube video afterward. -Friday Another article/morning devotional will be posted to my blog and emailed out to everyone. The goal of this article will be to set our minds on the sermon text for Sunday. We'll look at some related passages, ask some questions of the text, and look at some of the background related to the sermon text for Sunday. You can always access previous articles at www.livingintheword.org -Saturday Sabbath! Spend time with your family and rest in the blessings God has granted all of us in Christ Jesus. If you are looking for other Bible related resources: David Miller or Allen Paris can get you a RightNow Media login to access over 10,000 video Bible studies. Spend some time looking at The Bible Project. Start seminary level Bible study classes for free using The Bible Project Classroom. If you need further information, please contact the church office at 325-573-3583.
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                    ReadThe Vision
                    March 25, 2020
                    1. Psalm 3 Even though this Psalm of David was written thousands of years ago, we can hear echos of Christ, as well as a lesson on how to pray during the Coronavirus pandemic. LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” Psalm 3:1-2 NIV David was anointed as the next king of Israel while Saul was still on the throne. God had rejected Saul as king, and now David finds himself surrounded by Saul’s army. The taunt “God will not deliver him” was intended to break David’s spirit into believing that God had somehow abandoned him. It’s as if his enemies were saying “There is no hope for you David! Even God has left you!” We can hear similar taunts as Jesus was crucified (Mt. 27:43). But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the LORD, and he answers me from his holy mountain. Psalm 3:3-4 NIV The Hebrew here is difficult to translate, and the tense can work either in present tense (as the NIV chooses), but could also be translated in the past tense (as the ESV chooses). It seems to work better in past tense as David has already committed to God his requests in prayer and it is as if God has already answered him. Because David has faith that God will deliver, he treats his situation as if God has already completed the work. Verse 5-6 remind us that God protects, even when we are the most vulnerable. No matter the size of the foe, or how helpless we seem, our God never sleeps and is never weak. We have nothing to fear because of the power and strength of our God. Also hear the echoes of resurrection. Though physical death brings us sleep, that is not our eternal fate. It is God who sustains. David pleads for God’s deliverance to defeat his enemies decisively. And verse 8 brings us a powerful reminder. From the LORD comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people. Psalm 3:8 NIV Deliverance comes from God alone. It will not be by our efforts that we overcome, but by God’s blessing alone. This week as we are reminded once again that we are not in control, and we are surrounded by fear and foe, let us place our hope firmly in our God. Let us pray for deliverance, hope in resurrection, and rest in the assurance that he has heard our prayer and has already conquered on behalf of his people. Shalom. Matt