- Praise, honor, and glory to our loving, gracious, merciful God. This week I drove Jian back to Iowa State. We left on Wednesday and I returned on Thursday. God was with me. I was ahead of the storms so I had an easy drive. Thursday night a blizzard warning went into affect for central Iowa. God led us to leave on Wednesday. We were thinking about leaving on Thursday. God is so good. He cares about the little things as much as the big things.
- Meadows Christian Fellowship published a newsletterReadMCF NewsletterThis week we we have a fun video for kids, a tutorial for Faithlife, and more. Read on!
We love our kids! Remember that Sunday morning children's ministry will resume February 7. This is during the 9:30 service only.
Click on the link for special encouragement from Miss Marcia for Meadows Kids! https://meadowsfamily.org/children
- Thanks to all those who have volunteered and are praying for our opportunity to bless this community and those who care for them. Just as a reminder if you plan to join the Shine Thru with your decorated car, you must register.
- Pray for great weather to allow us to share this "shine thru" with our Caring Friends, Clearbrook, Misericordia and all our friends.
Men, Let's Start Fresh!
As we start fresh this year, I am starting with a fresh focus on Men. You men are invaluable to our church. You have the potential to shape our church and our families in ways no one or no other thing can. I see that in each one of you. I hope that we can start fresh together by the Holy Spirit and help each other reach our great potential.
As men, we need God, we need each other, and together we can make a huge difference. As we start fresh this new year, one of the ways I want to focus on you is in prayer. I commit to praying for every man in our church each week. If there is something specific I can pray for, let me know. Another way is through this blog. These won’t be the only ways, but it’s where I will start.
I’ve been thinking about 1 Corinthians 16:13-14, verses which have encouraged and challenged my heart as a man. These verses will be my blog focus for the next five weeks. You may be able to guess the break down as you read the passage.
“Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.
Let all that you do be done in love.”
The phrase “be watchful” encourages us to be attentive, pay attention to what’s going on around us, and be aware. Yet, it is more than that. It does little good to be watchful in a battle if you’re staring in the wrong direction. “Being watchful” implies that we are attentive to the right things. Here’s my question.
What has your focus right now?
I know how easy it is to get caught up in the various activities and demands of my life. Yet, I want us all to realize and enjoy the benefits of God’s presence, by the Holy Spirit, for His glory. Easier said than done! To that end, scripture encourages us to keep our eyes on Jesus. So, where’s your focus?
Here’s a challenge that may help you answer the question. I dare you to sit down for 20 minutes with a piece of paper (or maybe a couple). Pray and ask God to help you honestly evaluate your focus. Draw a line down the middle of the page and set a timer for 10 minutes (really, set a timer). On the left side of the page, take 10 minutes and write out all the things you’re focused on right now. Things like projects at work, finances, concerns for your wife and kids, house repairs, the news headlines, your hobbies, your friends, and whatever else comes to mind. Then, set the timer again for ten minutes. In those ten minutes, on the right side of the page, write out how you see Jesus entering into or influencing each item on the right side.
Is Jesus in your sights?
To what degree does your view of Jesus affect the things in your life? To what degree does your view of Jesus impact your view of yourself. When we are watchful for who Jesus is and what He is doing in our lives AND in and through all the demands of our lives, we run the race of life so much better.
Men of Meadows, let’s BE WATCHFULl and encourage each other to focus on Jesus.
I love you, men!
-- Pastor Andrew
Preparing for Worship - January 17, 2021
In our worship services the past couple of weeks, we’ve been focusing on verses from Psalm 51 that can help us to “start fresh” in the new year. This week, we move to Psalm 51:12 which is a prayer asking God to “restore to us the joy of our salvation.” We want to come before the Lord, remembering anew the life He has given to us in Jesus Christ, and to allow that truth to move us to worship Him with joy.
We’ll begin this week with Psalm 34:1-3, a call from Scripture to magnify and exalt the Lord together. The song 10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord) picks up this theme and moves us forward in our exaltation of God for who He is and all that He has done for us. Then we will hear from the New Testament as 1 Peter 1:3-9 fills out our understanding of God’s salvation in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Our response to the truth of God’s Word will be to sing Christ Our Hope In Life And Death.
Pastor Andrew will be wrapping up the Start Fresh series as he brings us his message from Psalm 51:12. Responding together in joy because of our salvation in Christ, we will sing Christ Is Mine Forevermore:
Come rejoice now, O my soul
For His love is my reward
Fear is gone and hope is sure
Christ is mine forevermore!
We will close our time together by praying for our Giving, and be sent out after a couple of brief Announcements with a Benediction. As always, tell us how we can be praying for you. Send your prayer requests to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
As you prepare for worship this week, focus on the greatness of our God and the amazing salvation we have in Jesus Christ. Let the awesome truth of who God is and what He’s done move you to a place of worshipful joy. Then join us on Sunday, ready to worship the Lord together. You can find this week’s song playlist on Spotify.
Remember that attendance is still limited at our in-person services right now, so you must register if you’d like to attend in-person. (Also, just a reminder that Sunday children’s ministry is on pause until February.) Please click here to register for our worship services: Meadows Christian Fellowship Registration Form. If you’re unable to attend in-person, please feel free to tune in to our live stream.
See you on Sunday!
Our Hope is in Jesus!
Hello Meadows Women!
I woke up January 1st thinking, "Wouldn't it have been nice if a switch could've been flipped at midnight that would change everything back to 'normal'?" I found myself constantly saying that 2020 was a hard year and that I couldn't wait for it to be over. Yet, the fact remains that 2021 is here and nothing really has changed, in some ways it feels worse! But then I am reminded, we live in a fallen world. These troubles aren't going to go away, but that shouldn't make me discouraged but rather emboldened! This isn't where our hope is found! Our hope is eternal, never fading, never ceasing, and can't be diminished by masks, or quarantine, or a virus.
Our hope is in JESUS! There is nothing that can overpower the work that he did on the cross! When I focus my gaze on my surroundings, I begin to feel anxious and overwhelmed. So let's lift our gaze, and raise our hands in worship to the one who has given us HOPE!
"For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal."
~2 Corinthians 4:17-18
Please pray.Please continue to pray for my brother's mother inlaw Joyce. She's doing okay. Just not eating, so she's lost a lot of weight and her blood pressure is dropping every so often also she's fight to take her medicine. So please pray things will stabilize and she will start to eat better and get the strength to have the hip surgery, which might give her motivation. I was with her yesterday and she said she wants to have the surgery because it feels like she is carry a log around. Also pray for strength, wisdom and knowledge for her daughter Kim who lives with her and care for her, she's feeling so sad that no one understands what she is going through. Thanks.