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    May 25th, 2022

    News & Views

    NEWS & VIEWS


    Rock Springs Evangelical Free Church

    rcvjesus@gmail.com

    362-8910

    May 25, 2022


    Coming Events


    May 30  Memorial Day

    Jun. 2  Thursdays In The Park

    Jun. 5  Mission Board Meeting


    Prayer Closet Thoughts


    Trust God.  Believe with every fiber of your being that He will faithfully fulfill His promises.  Do not just say, “I hope the Lord will come to my aid.”  Do not merely stop at declaring, “I know He can work everything out.”  Exhibit the highest level of faith by proclaiming, “I am absolutely certain my heavenly Father will help me—it’s as good as done.”  With such a profound confidence in the Lord, you don’t have to worry.  You realize you can endure no matter what happens because of who He is—your faithful God who is able to do all things on your behalf.  Absolutely nothing is impossible for Him!  So thank the Lord for answering your prayers.  And trust Him completely.  Certainly He will fulfill His promises and take care of you regardless of what happens.

    I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.           2 Timothy 1:12                                                                                   Charles F. Stanley


    Memorial Day


    Memorial Day (originally known as Decoration Day) is observed on the last Monday of May for mourning all U.S. military personnel who have died while serving in the United States armed forces.  Memorial Day was started after the American Civil War.  It also unofficially marks the beginning of summer.  Please take a moment of your Memorial Day holiday time to thank God for these brave men and women and the ultimate sacrifice they gave for us.


    Although we do not forget our loved ones that have went home before us, this is a day to spend extra time in remembering the special time we spent with them.


    Thursdays In The Park


    It is time to make plans to join us for Thursdays In The Park for 2022!!  We meet each Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at one of our local parks.  This is a time of food, fun, and fellowship.  Our first Thursday in the Park will be on June 2nd at Centennial Park located on 1722 Emigrant Drive.  This is a large park with picnic tables, grassy area, and HUGE play set with BIG slides.  Pack your lunch and bring family and friends for a great time of fellowship!!


    “I love you, O Lord, my strength.  The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.  He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.  I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.”              Psalm 18:1-3

    Tithes & Offerings


    Thank you faithful church body!

    Tithes/offerings for May 22, 2022:

    General - $4,675.23

    New Copier for office - $1000.00

    Our weekly general fund need is $7,810.00.

    You can still mail your tithes and offerings to Rock Springs E. Free Church, P.O. Box 807, Rock Springs, WY 82902.


    Walking Through Walls


    A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them.  Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”

           John 20:26


    Ever felt like you were up against a wall?  Stuck.  Stalled.  Stymied.  Smack-dab against a cold, hard, unyielding barrier with absolutely no way out?  You can’t go back, you can’t go sideways, it’s too high to climb, it’s impossible to tunnel underneath, and there are no detours.  What do you do?  A friend once told me, “Joni, when you’re up against a wall, the only thing you can do is start walking through it.”  Sound impossible?  Of course it is!  Whoever heard of anyone walking through a wall?  Well, someone did.  In the upper room, Jesus suddenly appeared in the midst of his frightened, discouraged disciples.


    The door was closed, the walls were thick, and there was no entry or exit.  But Jesus came in anyway.  Jesus did the impossible.  And he is constantly asking us to do the impossible.  When we face the wall—whether it be pain, an emotionally unbearable circumstance, or a difficult situation beyond anything we’ve ever encountered before—God wants us to walk through that wall.  As we take that first step into impossibility, we will find Jesus in the wall, in the most unlikely place in the most unbelievable circumstance.  And in the interior of that cold, dark, unyielding place Jesus whispers, “Peace be with you.”


    No matter what my situation, I have the assurance that if Jesus walked through walls, I can too.  Besides, I have to follow him.  I have nowhere else to turn.  And neither do you.


    What is your wall today? What is the impossible situation that has been stopping you in your tracks and turning you back?  Ask the Lord Jesus to meet you there—right in the middle of it.  And then walk hand in hand with him through that wall to the other side.


    Taken from “Pearls Of Great Price” by Joni Eareckson Tada.


    Christ Alone


    Behold I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious, and he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.                1 Peter 2:6


    Human beings are committed to making lists—and not just to-do lists.  We create lists to rank all manner of things.  Athletic teams are ranked, students in graduating classes are ranked, and music is ranked on the charts.  Fortune magazine ranks the top companies, and Forbes magazine ranks the richest people.


    The book of Hebrews does some ranking of its own, but in a different way.  The world ranks groups of equals to see who is number one.  And while Hebrews ranks Jesus Christ as number one, it is not because He is first among equals.  He is number one in all of creation because He has no equal.  The first three verses of Hebrews summarizes why Christ is superior to angels, Moses, priests, and everyone else—because only Christ has taken away our sins and has sat down at the right hand of God as a sign of the Father’s approval of what Christ accomplished.  No one else has done for us what Christ has done for us.


    Christ sets Christianity apart from all other religions.  He is the only person who had the remedy for human sin and was qualified to carry it out on our behalf.  For that and more, today He deserves our praise.


    Taken from “Ever Faithful” by David Jeremiah.


    Inspirational Thoughts


    In my own experience I have found that the most extravagant dreams of boyhood have not surpassed the great experience of being in the will of God, and I believe that nothing could be better.


    Jim Elliot


    In a special way, human beings…being made in the image of God, only become real human beings, are only able to grow and thrive as human beings as they also yearn for God.


    Roberta Bondi


    If we are children of God, we have a tremendous treasure in nature and will realize that it is holy and sacred.  We will see God reaching out to us in every wind that blows, every sunrise and sunset, every cloud in the sky, every flower that blooms, and every leaf that fades.


    Oswald Chambers

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      May 18th, 2022

      News & Views

      NEWS & VIEWS

      Rock Springs Evangelical Free Church

      rcvjesus@gmail.com

      362-8910

      May 18, 2022

       

      Coming Events

       

      May 19 VBS Organization Meeting

      May 22 CE Board Meeting

      Jun. 2 Thursdays In The Park

       

      Prayer Closet Thoughts

       

      Does He care? Her tears blurred her vision. While we do not know if she saw Jesus, we know she did not reach out to him: Yet her son was dead and needed life. She knew Jesus was a healer, but what could He do for her? In the midst of her grief, Jesus saw her, and He had compassion. Instead of skipping to the happy end of this story, let’s stop here: Jesus had compassion. An integral part of Jesus’ character is His compassion. Sometimes we find it easier to pray for others than for ourselves. We wonder, Why would God help me? We forget Jesus’ compassion when we get stuck in this mind-set. The life-changing truth is that Jesus is good and He encourages us to ask Him for help. He never ran from disease, death, or wretchedness. We may not understand why certain prayers are answered quickly while others hang painfully in the air, but we can be assured that He sees us and He cares. When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.”    Luke 7:13           David Jeremiah

       

      VBS “Monumental” Meeting

       

      The same second “Monumental” meeting for VBS will be held Thursday, May 19th starting at 6:27 pm and ending at 8:02 pm. The first meeting was held Tuesday.  If you are being led to help, but have not made that known, please contact Chris.

       

      Graduation

       

      CONGRATULATIONS to all High School and College graduates!!! As you embark on the next new chapter in your lives, remember Proverbs 2:6-8: For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.

       

      Thursdays In The Park

       

      It is time to make plans to join us for Thursdays In The Park for 2022!! We meet each Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at one of our local parks. This is a time of food, fun, and fellowship. Our first Thursday in the Park will be on June 2ndat Centennial Park located on 1722 Emigrant Drive. This is a large park with picnic tables, grassy area, and HUGE play set with BIG slides. Pack your lunch and bring family and friends for a great time of fellowship!!

       

      “I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.”        Psalm 119:14-16

       

       

       

      Tithes & Offerings

       

      Thank you faithful church body!

      Tithes/offerings for May 15, 2022:

      General - $7,715.00

      Church Life/Mother’s Day Gathering - $30.00

      Our weekly general fund need is $7,810.00.

      You can still mail your tithes and offerings to Rock Springs E.Free Church, P.O. Box 807, Rock Springs, WY 82902.

       

      Dare To Be Disciplined!

       

      Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.

          Matthew 16:24-25

       

      Christian living presupposes Christian conviction. Butunfortunately, it is possible to have beliefs which do not find expression in conduct. This belief of the head is often confused with real faith. The simple truth is -- one really believes only that which one acts upon. When I see a person who claims to be a Christian and believes all the creeds and calls himself an evangelical Christian, but he does not live the Christian life – his life is not characterized by brokenness, tenderness, and love – I remember the words of Jesus when He said, “By their fruits you shall know them.” After being born again we are to demonstrate our faith by our works. As James said, “Faith without works is dead.”

       

      The effective Christians of history have been men and women of great personal discipline. The connection between the words disciple and discipline is obvious. To be a true, effective disciple of Christ we must seek to discipline our lives and endeavor to walk even as He walked. The thing that has hindered the progress of the church is not so much our talk and our creeds; but it has been our walk, our conduct, our daily living. We need a revival of Christian example, and that can only come when professed followers of Christ begin to practice Christian discipline.

       

      Where do we begin? Having found the life which is in Christ, strict disciplinary trails lead to a full-bodied, rich, and complete life.

       

      The great “Prince of Preachers,” Charles Hadon Spurgeon, once said, “I bear my willing witness that I owe more to the fire, and the hammer, and the file, than to anything else in my Lord’s workshop. I sometimes question whether I have ever learned anything except through the rod. When my schoolroom is darkened, I see most.” I echo that sentiment!

       

      Taken from “Unto The Hills” by Billy Graham.

       

      Label Them Or Love Them?

       

      So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.      2 Corinthians 5:16

       

      Categorizing others creates distance. It gives us a convenient excuse for avoiding them.

       

      Jesus took an entirely different approach. He was all about including people, not excluding them. “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14). Jesus touched lepers and loved foreigners and spent so much time with partygoers that people called him a “glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and “sinners” (Matthew 11:19). Racism couldn’t keep him from the Samaritan woman; demons couldn’t keep him from the demon-possessed. His Facebook friends would have included financial schemers and women of questionable reputations.

       

      God calls us to be like Jesus, to change the way we look at people. Not to see them as jocks or geeks, preps or techs, insiders or outsiders. Not to label.

       

      Let’s view people as we do ourselves. Blemished, perhaps. Unfinished, for certain. In our lifetimes you and I are going tocome across people tossed out of the “in” crowd. And we get to choose. Neglect or rescue? Label them or love them? We know Jesus’ choice. Just look at what he did with us.

       

      One more thought: Have you ever been labeled? I’m guessing it didn’t feel too great. When people put you in a box, they stop seeing the real person inside. Do you know someone who’s in a box right now? What can you do today to tear off the label?

       

      Taken from “One God, One Plan, One Life” by Max Lucado.

       

      Inspirational Thoughts

       

      Frequently the richest answers are not the speediest. A prayer may be all the longer on its voyage because it is bringing us a heavier freight of blessing. Delayed answers are not only trials of faith, but they give us an opportunity of honoring God by our steadfast confidence in Him under apparent repulses.     C.H. Spurgeon

      God has designs on our future…and He has designed us for the future. He has given us something to do in the future that no one else can do.

       

      Ruth Senter

       

      One of the most wonderful things about knowing God is that there’s always so much more to know, so much more to discover. Just when we least expect it, He intrudes into our neat and tidy notions about who He is and how He works.

       

      Joni EarecksonTada


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        May 11th, 2022

        News & Views

        NEWS & VIEWS

        Rock Springs Evangelical Free Church

        rcvjesus@gmail.com

        362-8910

        May 11, 2022

         

        Coming Events

         

        May 15 Teacher Appreciation

        May 15 Deacon Board Meeting

        May 17, 19 VBS Organization Meeting

         

        Prayer Closet Thoughts

         

        God heard you today. Do you believe that? The assurance from heaven is that when we seek him, we will find him. When we speak, he will listen. And this is not a one-way conversation. God doesn’t just listen and then go silent. He will act and speak through those around us. God will also guide your life, because he knows your every thought and every desire. The question to ask yourself today is whether you really believe he listens, and if you will choose each day to seek Him. Do you want to let God guide your life? Do you want to be known by Him, so that you can become part of His plan and direction? When we do turn our thoughts to Him, we can find Him. He will listen. He knows when you seek Him.

        … for the Lord searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.     1 Chronicles 28:9

               For I Know the Plans

         

        Teacher Appreciation Get Together

         

        OUR WHOLE CHURCH FAMILY is invited to a time of appreciation and fellowship for our teachers, substitutes, and helpers on May 15th after the second service. This will be a time to share our love and gratitude to our dedicated teaching team. The CE Board will be providing the meal, so just bring your appetite and let’s show our teachers how much we appreciate them!

         

        VBS “Monumental” Meeting

         

        This will be our second “Monumental” meeting for VBS. The same meeting will be held Tuesday, May 17th and Thursday, May 19th starting at 6:27 pm and ending at 8:02 pm. We will hopefully have 100% participation with the two meeting times. Please text Chris at 307-350-8401 or sign up on the bulletin board as to which one you can commit to. If you are being led to help, but have not made that known, please contact Chris.

         

        Tithes & Offerings

         

        Thank you faithful church body!

        Tithes/offerings for May 8, 2022:

        General - $13,218.63

        Church Life/Mother’s Day Gathering - $355.00

        Our weekly general fund need is $7,810.00.

        You can still mail your tithes and offerings to Rock Springs E.Free Church, P.O. Box 807, Rock Springs, WY 82902.

         

        May the Lord continually bless you with heaven’s blessings as well as with human joys.     

        Psalm 128:5

         

        He Calls Me Friend

         

        I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

            John 15:15

         

        Someone has defined friendship as “knowing the heart of another and sharing one’s heart with another.” We share our hearts with those we trust, and trust those who care about us. We confide in our friends because we have confidence that they will use the information to help us, not harm us. They in turn confide in us for the same reason.

         

        We often refer to Jesus as our friend because we know that He wants what is best for us. We confide in Him because we trust Him. But have you ever considered that Jesus confides in His people?

         

        Jesus began calling His disciples friends rather than servants because He had entrusted them with everything He had heard from His Father. Jesus trusted the disciples to use the information for the good of His Father’s kingdom.

         

        Although we know that Jesus is our friend, can we say that we are His friends? Do we listen to Him? Or do we only want Him to listen to us? Do we want to know what’s on His heart? Or do we only want to tell Him what’s on ours? To be a friend of Jesus, we need to listen to what He wants us to know and then use the information to bring others into friendship with Him. Christ’s friendship calls for our faithfulness.

        Taken from “Hope for All Seasons” by Julie Ackerman Link.

         

        Success

         

        The world and its desires pass away; but whoever does the will of God lives forever.     

        1 John 2:17

         

         

        Today, remember that God’s definition of success may be different from the standards you measure yourself by. From early on, you might have been taught that power, wealth, fame, position, beauty, or knowledge determines your worth. However, such a belief is destructive—inspiring pride about the things you’ve accomplished and despair over setbacks and disappointments. That’s no way to live.

         

        The Father, however, does not appraise you according to these faulty, temporary standards. To Him, you’re important, lovable, and valuable even before you’re born. This means success is not about proving yourself, but about honoring Him and becoming all He created you to be.

         

        So instead of chasing after what is fleeting and unsatisfying for your worth, seek God’s eternal purposes for your life through an intimate relationship with Him. See challenges as coming from His hand and glorify Him in them. And remember, setbacks here on earth are merely platforms for His praise (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). So trust Him and be assured—those who do His will always succeed.

         

        Taken from “Every Day in His Presence” by Charles F. Stanley.

         

        Inspirational Thoughts

         

        Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.

         

        Corrie Ten Boom

         

        If it is your desire to please God, always begin with faith. Our belief in Him seems to bring Him more pleasure than anything else.

         

        David Jeremiah

         

        If we have noted the Lord’s answers to our prayers and thanked Him for what we have received of Him, then it becomes easier for us, and we get more courage, to pray for more.

         

        Ole Hallesby

        1. ReadNews & Views
          May 3rd, 2022

          News & Views

          NEWS & VIEWS


          Rock Springs Evangelical Free Church

          rcvjesus@gmail.com

          362-8910

          May 4, 2022


          Coming Events


          May 7     Mother’s Day Gathering

          May 8     Elder Board Meeting

          May 15   Teacher Appreciation 


          Prayer Closet Thoughts


          As Christians, we place our faith in the Lord Jesus and believe what the Bible says about Him.  We believe He died for our sins and rose on the third day.  We believe He returned to heaven and is coming again.  We believe those things because they are true.  Our faith is rooted in clear thinking, and we know we can hold it with intellectual integrity.  Yet traces of doubt can still streak through our minds as it happened to the disciples.  When Jesus appeared on Easter evening, they were terrified and thought He was a spirit.  He allayed their fears with the reality of His presence, saying, “Behold My hands and my feet…(Luke 24:39).  If you suffer twinges of doubt, don’t panic.  Keep your eyes on Jesus.  Look at His wounds.  Study His resurrection.  Look at how He changes lives.  And the same Savior who convinced the disciples will strengthen your faith.  And He said to them, “Why are you troubled?  And why do doubts arise in your hearts?        Luke 24:38

                       David Jeremiah


          Mother’s Day Gathering


          All ladies are invited to our church’s Mother’s Day Gathering on Saturday, May 7th.  We will meet at Coal Train Coffee Depot from 3:00 pm until 4:30 pm.  The cost is $7.00 per person.  If you have not signed up to attend, please contact Carmelinda.


          Teacher Appreciation Get Together


          Sometimes THANK YOU is not enough!  We would like to invite all our teachers, substitutes, and classroom assistants along with our church family to a time of appreciation and fellowship on May 15th after the second service.  This will be a time to share our love and gratitude to our dedicated teaching team.  The CE Board will be providing the meal.  We hope to see everyone there!


          Directory Corrections and Additions


          *Stephanie Barker’s son Camden Sloan was mistakenly omitted from the listing and his DOB is 10-25.

          *Sarah Gillingham’s email address does not have an (h) on Sarah like her name is spelled.

          *Steve Pilley’s phone number is 307-350-4437 and Karen Pilley’s phone number is 307-350-4493.

          Please make these changes in your directory.


          Tithes & Offerings


          Thank you faithful church body!

          Tithes/offerings for May 1, 2022:

          General - $7,911.00

          New Sanctuary Fund - $300.00

          Missions - $300.00

          Our weekly general fund need is $7,810.00.

          You can still mail your tithes and offerings to Rock Springs E. Free Church, P.O. Box 807, Rock Springs, WY 82902.


          Getting Ready


          For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

                 2 Corinthians 4:17


          Who can find a place in life’s puzzle for a child devastated by cancer or a city devastated by an earthquake?  When you lose a job or your friend loses their home…do such moments serve a purpose?


          They do if we see them from an eternal perspective.  I have proof: you in the womb.  In that prebirth season, your bones solidified, your eyes developed, the umbilical cord transported nutrients into your growing frame…for what reason? Womb time equipped you for earth time.


          Some of your new features went unused before birth.  You grew a nose but didn’t breathe.  Eyes developed, but could you see?  Your tongue, toenails, and crop of hair served no function then.  But aren’t you glad you have them now?


          Certain chapters in this life seem so unnecessary, like nostrils on the preborn.  Suffering.  Loneliness.  Disease. Heartbreak.  But what if this earth is the womb?  Might these challenges serve to prepare us for the world to come?  


          One more thought: You won’t have to look far to find people with troubles.  You may be one of them.  Be encouraged knowing this: God isn’t wasting your tough times.  They will serve a purpose—if not in this life, then certainly in the next.


          Taken from “One God, One Plan, One Life” by Max Lucado.


          God And History


          But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.       Matthew 6:33


          I have become confirmed in my belief that the Bible is right in saying that God has fashioned the hearts of men alike.  We are not together in today’s world linguistically, culturally, or racially.  We are divided.  We have become a neighborhood without being a brotherhood.  Yet there is one area in which I am convinced we are all alike—the spiritual dimension.  I believe the hearts of all of us are the same.  Our deep needs are identical the world over, for they come from within.  Our need is God.


          Probably it sounds a bit intolerant and narrow to you for an evangelist to go around the planet preaching the cross—and you are right; for Jesus said that the gate to the Kingdom of heaven is narrow.  But we are narrow also in mathematics and in chemistry.  If we weren’t narrow in chemistry we would be blowing up the place.  We have to be narrow.  I am glad that pilots are not so broadminded that they come into an airport any way that they want.


          Why then should we not be narrow when it comes to moral laws and spiritual dimensions?  I believe that He is the Son of the living God and that He did change my life.

          Many intellectuals are asking where history is going; they are speculating on what the end will be.  I believe that Christ’s prayer, “Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven”—the prayer that you and I often pray—is going to be answered.  And when the human race stands at the edge of the abyss, ready to blow itself apart, I believe God will write the last chapter of history.  I believe that the future Kingdom is to be the Kingdom of God, that there is a destiny for the human race far beyond anything we can dream.  But it will be God’s Kingdom and will come in God’s way.


          Taken from “Unto The Hills” by Billy Graham.


          Inspirational Thoughts


          The Lord my pasture shall prepare,

          And feed me with a shepherd’s care;

          His presence shall my wants supply,

          And guard me with a watchful eye.


          Joseph Addison


          What peace it brings to the Christian’s heart

          to realize that our heavenly Father never differs from Himself.  Today, this moment, He feels toward His creatures, toward babies, toward the sick, the fallen, the sinful, exactly as He did when He sent His only begotten Son into the world to die for mankind.

          A. W. Tozer


          God is preparing you as His chosen arrow.  As yet your shaft is hidden in His quiver, in the shadows, but at the precise moment at which it will tell with the greatest effect, He will reach for you and launch you to that place of His appointment.


          Charles R. Swindoll

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            April 27th, 2022

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            NEWS & VIEWS

            Rock Springs Evangelical Free Church

            rcvjesus@gmail.com

            362-8910

            April 27, 2022

             

            Coming Events

             

            May 1  Mission Board Meeting

            May 7  Mother’s Day Gathering

            May 15 Teacher Appreciation

             

            Prayer Closet Thoughts

             

            Life is one continuous decision-making process from childhood through the golden years. Thankfully, God is willing to give us clear guidance about every choice we make—regardless if it’s major or minor. However, when He speaks, He expects us to respect Him—doing as He instructs. In other words, if you’re going to be wise, you must honor His direction, serving Him instead of yourself. So consider—are you in the midst of a difficult situation today? Friend, understanding that the Savior is perfect in His knowledge, all-sufficient in His strength, and unconditionally loving toward you is key to submitting to Him for your future. So reevaluate your situation in light of His trustworthy character and obey however He directs you to proceed. Because you’ll be sure to make excellent decisions when you do.

               Who is the man who fears the Lord? He will instruct him in the way he should choose.    Psalm 25:12

                   Charles F. Stanley

             

            50th Wedding Anniversary

             

            Barry and Amanda Brisko will be celebrating their 50thAnniversary on May 4th. Evie (their daughter) is having a “card party” for them. If you would like to send them a card with your best wishes, the address is :

                  Barry & Amanda Brisko

                  PO Box 2305

                  Ranchos De Taos, NM 87557

            They will be thrilled to hear from you!

             

            Mother’s Day Gathering

             

            All ladies are invited to our church’s Mother’s Day Gathering on Saturday, May 7th.  We will meet at Coal Train Coffee Depot from 3:00 pm until 4:30 pm. The cost is $7.00 per person. Please RSVP to Carmelinda by Sunday, May 1st.

             

            Teacher Appreciation Get Together

             

            Sometimes THANK YOU is not enough! We would like to invite all our teachers, substitutes, and classroom assistants along with our church family to a time of appreciation and fellowship on May 15th after the second service. This will be a time to share our love and gratitude to our dedicated teaching team. The CE Board will be providing the meal. We hope to see everyone there!

             

            Tithes & Offerings

             

            Thank you faithful church body!

            Tithes/offerings for April 24, 2022:

            General - $2,908.00

            Our weekly general fund need is $7,810.00.

            April Totals

            Need - $31,240.00

            Tithes/Offerings - $34,054.48

            OVER - $2,814.48

            You can still mail your tithes and offerings to Rock Springs E.Free Church, P.O. Box 807, Rock Springs, WY 82902.

             

            Life Takes Time

             

            So Paul stayed for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God.

                Acts 18:11

             

            The Internet has changed everything, not the least of which is time. To use an extreme example, it once took weeks for a sailing ship to bring letters from Europe to America. Now those messages, via text or e-mail, arrive at the speed of light—in a second or two, usually.  This new way of thinking about time hasn’t changed everything, though. Plants grow at the same speed they always have—and so do people.

             

            When the apostle Paul first went to Corinth, he stayed there a year and a half, “teaching the word of God among them.” Could he have stayed a shorter time if the Internet had been available? He certainly could have used it to access information, buy books, and send messages. But those benefits will never take the place of person-to-person discipleship. Some things just take time. The Internet doesn’t help us pray faster, read faster, talk faster, weep or rejoice faster, heal faster, fall and rise faster, or forgive faster. And thein lies the danger. Everything in life is moving so fast now that we forget that our spiritual lives and transformations still take time.

             

            Be patient with yourself and with others. Commit to a local community of believers, and help the church grow. Put down roots; stay in one place. And remember that nothing takes the place of how God works over time.

             

            Taken from “Ever Faithful” by David Jeremiah.

             

            Keeping Ourselves In God’s Love

             

            Keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.”     Jude 21

             

            Even though God is perfectly able to “keep you from stumbling” and cause you to persevere in the faith (Jude 24), He still calls you to plan an active role in keeping going in the Christian life—that is, to keep yourself in His love.

             

            Pursuing God’s love ought to be a constant in our lives. This is why the Bible has so much to say about it! There is no coasting in the walk of faith; our faith won’t be strengthened on its own. What does it look like, then, to keep ourselves in God’s love?

             

            First, Scripture teaches us that to preserve our love for God, we must remain in constant hatred of all sin (Proverbs 8:13). Start to play with sin, encourage it, or allow yourself to be excited by it and your love for God will inevitably decay.

             

            Second, we can foster our love for God by delighting in the ordinances He gave the church. Jesus instituted Communion, for instance, as a means of Him meeting with us in a particular way, showing Himself to us that we might know His love and love Him too. It is impossible for us to keep ourselves in a healthy relationship with God while disengaging ourselves from the means of grace that He established.

             

            Third, we need to remember that keeping ourselves in God’s love is not only an individual pursuit but also a corporate endeavor. We come to Christ individually, but we do not live in Him solitarily. Like living stones, we are being built up into a spiritual house in order that we might be a holy priesthood of believers (1 Peter 2:5). Cultivating deep and honest friendships with others who love God helps us love God. Relationships are seldom neutral. If we desire to grow in our faith, we must seek the company of godly friends.

             

            Growing in our faith demands action and accountability—but it also requires patience as we wait “for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.” We are meant to pursue a growing relationship with our heavenly Father, turning from sin and enjoying His gifts alongside others who have a new nature and are indwelt with the Holy Spirit, as we eagerly await the redemption of our bodies and the perfect completion of God’s purposes (Romans 8:23).

             

            So, “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you” (Philippians 2:12-13). We do not work for our salvation, but we do work it out, in all areas of our life. What sin must you fight? In what way must you pursue deep Christian friendship? Keep yourself in the love of God.

             

            Taken from “Truth For Life” by Alistair Begg.

             

             

            Inspirational Thoughts

             

            A big smile is a little smile that had lots of growth potential!

             

            Anonymous

             

            Receive every day as a resurrection from death, as a new enjoyment of life. Let your joyful heart praise and magnify so good and glorious a creator.

             

            William Law

             

            May my life bring you glory and honor. We are the fuel, the fire is the love of God; we are the channel, the tide is His perpetual flow of grace.

             

            Richardson Wright


            1. ReadNews & Views
              April 20th, 2022

              News & Views

              NEWS & VIEWS

              Rock Springs Evangelical Free Church

              rcvjesus@gmail.com

              362-8910

              April 20, 2022

               

              Coming Events

               

              Apr. 24 CE Board Meeting

              Apr. 25 Small Groups Resume

              May 1  Mission Board Meeting

              May 7  Mother’s Day Gathering

               

              Prayer Closet Thoughts

               

              Prayer is all about aligning our heart with God’s heart. It’s not about making our requests known simply so God bends to our will and desires. It’s saying, “Here is my heart, God, and I need you to show me your heart for this situation. How do you see things? What am I missing here? How do you want me to see this situation differently?” Is your heart truly open to hearing what God has to say? He has a much more hopeful perspective on things than you probably do. We can easily be distracted by so many other voices. But if you want to hear from God, open up his Word today and you will find light in the dark spots in our lives and truth and understanding will be revealed.  God wants to show you the way ahead. The big question is, are you putting yourself in the position to listen and hear him?

              I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws.   Psalm 119:130

                     For I Know The Plans”

               

               

              Small Groups

               

              Small Groups will resume the week of April 25th.  If you are not part of a Small Group, please consider joining. You will be blessed.

               

              50th Wedding Anniversary

               

              Barry and Amanda Brisko will be celebrating their 50thAnniversary on May 4th. Evie (their daughter) is having a “card party” for them. If you would like to send them a card with your best wishes, the address is :

                    Barry & Amanda Brisko

                    PO Box 2305

                    Ranchos De Taos, NM 87557

              They will be thrilled to hear from you!

               

              Mother’s Day Gathering

               

              All ladies are invited to our church’s Mother’s Day Gathering on Saturday, May 7th.  We will meet at Coal Train Coffee Depot from 3:00 pm until 4:30 pm. The cost is $7.00 per person. Please RSVP to Carmelinda by Sunday, May 1st.

               

              Tithes & Offerings

               

              Thank you faithful church body!

              Tithes/offerings for April 17, 2022:

              General - $11,307.00

              Love Gift/Medical Expenses for Rachel Rodriguez - $500.00

              Our weekly general fund need is $7,810.00.

               

              You can still mail your tithes and offerings to Rock Springs E.Free Church, P.O. Box 807, Rock Springs, WY 82902.

               

              God’s Recipe For A New Heart

               

              “Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.”     Joel 2:12

               

              The mourning of repentance is not the weeping of self-pity; it is not the regret over material losses, nor remorse that our sins have been found out. It is entirely possible to be deeply sorry because of the devastation which sin has wrought in our lives and yet not repent. I have had people pour out their hearts to me with tears, because their sins have been discovered and they are in serious trouble. But true repentance is more than being sorry for our sins and regretting the way we have allowed sin to shatter our lives. True repentance is a turning from sin—a conscious, deliberate decision to leave sin behind—and a conscious turning to God with a commitment to follow His will for our lives. It is a change of direction, an alteration of attitudes, and a yielding of the will. Humanly speaking, it is our small part in the plan of salvation—although even the strength to repent comes from God. But even so, the act of repentance does not win us any merit or make us worthy to be saved—it only conditions our hearts for the grace of God.

               

              The Bible says, “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord” (Acts 3:19). Our part is repenting. God will do the converting, the transforming, and the forgiving.

               

              It will not be easy to bend our warped, stubborn wills; but once we do, it will be as though a misplaced vertebra has snapped back into place. Instead of the stress and tension of a life out of harmony with God will come the serenity of reconciliation.

               

              Our Father and our God, reconcile me to You in every area of my life. Take away my rebellion and sinfulness. Bring me back to a right relationship with You. My sins make me cry and weep in sorrow, and I turn to You in full repentance. Save me, Father, through Jesus Your Son. Amen.

               

              Taken from “Unto The Hills” by Billy Graham.

               

              He Understands

               

              When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.    Matthew 9:36

               

              I can’t understand it. I honestly cannot. Why did Jesus die on the cross? Oh, I know, I know. I have heard the official answers. “To satisfy the old law.” “To fulfill prophecy.” And these answers are right. They are. But there is something more here. Something very compassionate. Something yearning. Something personal.

               

              What is it?

               

              Could it be that his heart was broken for all the people who cast despairing eyes toward the dark heavens and cry the same “Why?” Could it be that his heart was broken for the hurting?

               

              I imagine him bending close to those who hurt. I imagine him listening. I picture his eyes misting and a pierced hand brushing away a tear. He who also was once alone understands.

              One more thought: The next time you’re hurting or reeling from a broken heart—maybe you’re there right now—talk to Jesus about it. Allow him to wipe your tears. If anyone knows about rejection, betrayal, pain, and a heart that needs healing, it’s him.

               

              Taken from “One God, One Plan, One Life” by Max Lucado.

               

              Inspirational Thoughts

               

              God gives us the reason to say no. So many people would lead us from the path of God. Ask the Lord for guidance. In the face of our strongest temptations, God will give us strength and the reason to resist.

               

              Anonymous

               

              God honors those who honor Him and put their trust in Him. Honoring ourselves is a thankless task, and hoping to be honored by others is prideful. When we acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord and seek to worship and glorify Him in all we say and do, He has a way of blessing us, using us, providing for us, and establishing our reputation before others.

               

              David Jeremiah

               

              God is not looking for extraordinary characters as His instruments, but He is looking for humble instruments through whom He can be honored throughout the ages.

               

              A. B. Simpson


              1. ReadNews & Views
                April 13th, 2022

                News & Views

                NEWS & VIEWS


                Rock Springs Evangelical Free Church

                rcvjesus@gmail.com

                362-8910

                April 13, 2022


                Coming Events


                Apr. 15  Good Friday Communion Service

                Apr. 17  Easter Cantata

                Apr. 17  Deacon Board Meeting

                Apr. 21 – 23  IWD Annual Conference


                Prayer Closet Thoughts


                Often when we thank God, we are responding to what he does, how he is answering our prayers and working out his plan in our lives.  When we worship, on the other hand, we are adoring, honoring, and embracing God simply for who he is. Worship is the overflow of hearts that are thankful and full of wonder.  With praise-filled hearts we can proclaim all that God is and has done in our lives.  Nothing delights the heart of our Father more than songs of praise from the lips of his children.  It’s what we were created for, and it deepens our dependence on him.  What an awesome God we serve!  Express to the Lord your desire to worship him with all your heart, soul, and mind.  Spend time in his presence meditating on all God has done and who he is to you.

                As for me, I will always proclaim what God has done; I will sing praises to the God of Israel.      Psalm 75:9

                             Cheri Fuller


                Small Groups


                Everyone is invited to the Seder Meal even if you are not a member of a Small Group.  If you were not able to attend one of the Seder Meals on Monday, there are still Seder Meals on Thursday, April 14th.  Please contact a leader, host, or Kevin Kneeland and let them know if you have any questions or would like to attend the Seder Meal.


                Small Groups will resume the week of April 25th.


                Good Friday Communion Service


                Our annual Good Friday Communion Service will be held on Friday, April 15th at 7:00 pm.  Plan to attend as we honor the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus by his death on the cross for our sins.


                Easter Cantata


                The choir will be presenting “O What A Savior” at the Easter Cantata.  The Cantata will be held Sunday, April 17th at 6:00 pm.  Make sure to invite your family and friends to the blessing of this Cantata.


                Ribbon Cutting


                Everyone is invited to the Ribbon Cutting for Inside Connection at their new location on 731 C Street.  The ribbon cutting will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 16th.  There will also be a sneak peek performance by Sagebrush Redemption—our new Gospel band led by Andrew Kneeland.


                Friendship is meeting another’s needs in a practical way.          Beverly LaHaye

                VBS Meeting


                A VBS informational meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 19th at 6:00 p.m.  Anyone interested in helping with VBS is encouraged to attend.


                IWD Annual Conference


                The annual IWD Conference will be held in Gerome, Idaho at the Magic Valley Evangelical Free church.  Registration is at 5:30 pm April 21st and the conference concludes at noon on Saturday, April 23rd.

                There is still time to register and registration is free.  All meals for the conference will be served at the church except the Ladies Luncheon.  Please pray about attending.


                Tithes & Offerings


                Thank you faithful church body!

                Tithes/offerings for April 10, 2022:

                General - $6,969.48

                New Sanctuary Fund - $300.00

                Our weekly general fund need is $7,810.00.


                You can still mail your tithes and offerings to Rock Springs E. Free Church, P.O. Box 807, Rock Springs, WY 82902.


                What’s Good In Good Friday?


                His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.        2 Peter 1:3


                “Daddy, why do they call it Good Friday?”  I whispered as I sat next to my father in church.  Up front the Communion table was covered in black, the hymns were all somber and in the minor key, and there was absolutely no happy chatter permitted in the narthex of our little Reformed Episcopal church.  My sisters and I even dressed in dull, colorless jumpers—not the pretty, frilly things reserved for Easter Sunday.  If Good Friday was so good, then why be so solemn and glum?


                There’s a good reason.  I learned early on that the cross was not a play thing; it was not to be made light of.  Jesus paid for our sins, and, yes, that’s a wonderful thing; still, the cross of Christ was an obscenity—it was brutal torture, a mock trial, hammering hatred, blood, tears, and hard spikes driven through hands and heels.  On that breathless day, the Father snubbed his own Son so that our sins could be wiped out.  God turned his back on Jesus so that he could say to you, “I will never turn my back on you; I will never snub you; never leave nor forsake you.”  This is the goodness of God.  This is kindness with a crown of thorns crunched down on it.  And it’s all for you.


                Romans 2:4 says, “God’s kindness leads you toward repentance.”  Stop to consider the extraordinary kindness of God on your behalf.  His love covers a multitude of your sins, whether not-so-innocent daydreams, the fudging of facts, puffed-up pride, or the subtle slander of a neighbor.  These are the things that separated the Son from the Father.  It’s why Good Friday is, indeed, good. 


                Taken from “Pearls Of Great Price” by Joni Eareckson Tada.


                Faith is the first factor in a life devoted to service.  Without faith, nothing is possible.  With it, nothing is impossible.

                Mary McLeod Bethune

                Resurrection Power


                We tell you the good news: What God promised our fathers he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus. 

                Acts 13:33


                The empty tomb is a beautiful reminder to you that all that God has promised you is true.  Nothing—not even the grave—can prevent Him from keeping His word to you (Isaiah 55:11).


                Friend, Jesus has risen from the dead!  Sin—the most violent force that keeps you shackled—has been defeated.  Death—the most painful foe you could ever face—has lost its grip on you.  Your most brutal, insurmountable enemies were conquered, and the very power of the resurrection is yours forever as a child of the living God (Ephesians 1:18-21).


                So today, consider: What stands in the way of God fulfilling His promise to you?  Are there obstacles greater than sin and death that block your path?  What problems do you face that require more power than was available at the resurrection?


                You know the answer—the challenges before you are no match for the Lord.  So trust Him and be assured that He will faithfully do all He has said.


                Taken from “Pearls Of Great Price” by Joni Eareckson Tada.


                Inspirational Thoughts


                When a Christian shuns fellowship with other Christians, the devil smiles.  When he stops studying the Bible, the devil laughs.  When he stops praying, the devil shouts for joy.


                Corrie ten Boom


                Remember those first days of following Jesus?  You were excited.  You were consumed with learning and growing.  Has your faith grown a little subdued and habitual, weighed down by the busyness of life?  Let your heart recapture that excitement and amazement that you have a personal relationship with God!


                Carolyn Larsen 


                If I can put one touch of a rosy sunset into the life of any man or woman, I shall feel that I have worked with God.


                George MacDonald

                1. ReadNews & Views
                  April 6th, 2022

                  News & Views

                  NEWS & VIEWS

                  Rock Springs Evangelical Free Church

                  rcvjesus@gmail.com

                  362-8910

                  April 6, 2022

                   

                  Coming Events

                   

                  Apr. 10 First Quarter Business Meeting

                  Apr. 10 Elder Board Meeting

                  Apr. 15 Good Friday Communion Service

                  Apr. 21 – 23 IWD Annual Conference

                   

                  Prayer Closet Thoughts

                   

                  In 1 Corinthians 15 the apostle Paul does not say that without the death of Christ our preaching and faith are empty (v. 14). Nor does he say that without the death of Christ our faith is futile and we are still in our sins (v.17). Instead, he says that without the resurrection of Christ all those things are true. The death of Christ satisfied God’s wrath against sin and paid the penalty for which only death would suffice. But in order toprove that the penalty of sin had been paid once and for all, death—the consequence of sin—had to be defeated. If Christ had not defeated death by rising from the dead, we would still be in our sins. Give thanks to God today for the death of Christ—and especially for the resurrection of Christ and eternal life ensured by the empty tomb.

                  And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.   1 Corinthians 15:14

                         David Jeremiah

                   

                  Mary & Martha Gathering

                   

                  Jody Collins and Jerrica Brasington are hosting a Mary & Martha Gathering Saturday, April 9th at the church starting at 1:00 p.m. Please RSVP to 307-922-1667. You can take a peekat www.MyMaryandMartha.com. Bring a friend!

                   

                  Small Groups

                   

                  Small Groups Seder Meals will be held the week of April 11th. Everyone is invited to the Seder Meal even if you are not a member of a Small Group. Please contact a leader, host, or Kevin Kneeland and let them know if you have any questions or would like to attend the Seder Meal.

                   

                  Good Friday Communion Service

                   

                  Our annual Good Friday Communion Service will be held on Friday, April 15th at 7:00 pm. Plan to attend as we honor the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus by his death on the cross for our sins.

                   

                  Easter Cantata

                   

                  The choir will be presenting “O What A Savior” at the Easter Cantata. The Cantata will be held Sunday, April 17th at 6:00 pm. Make sure to invite your family and friends to the blessing of this Cantata.

                   

                  IWD Annual Conference

                   

                  The annual IWD Conference will be held in Gerome, Idaho at the Magic Valley Evangelical Free church. Registration is at 5:30 pm April 21st and the conference concludes at noon on Saturday, April 23rd.

                  There is still time to register and registration is free. All meals for the conference will be served at the church except the Ladis Luncheon.  Please pray about attending.

                   

                  Tithes & Offerings

                   

                  Thank you faithful church body!

                  Tithes/offerings for April 3, 2022:

                  General - $12,870.00

                  Missions - $300.00

                  Love Gift Pastor Kneeland - $1,800.00

                  Love Gift Pastor Carlson - $1,000.00

                  Love Gift Pastor Johnson - $1,000.00

                  Love Gift Pastor Cornell – $1,000.00

                  Nursery - $1, 500.00

                  Youth Group - $1,500.00

                  Cantata Choir - $2,000.00

                  Our weekly general fund need is $7,810.00.

                  You can still mail your tithes and offerings to Rock Springs E.Free Church, P.O. Box 807, Rock Springs, WY 82902.

                   

                  Two Kinds Of Wisdom

                   

                  But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.    1 Corinthians 1:27

                   

                  Today there is more knowledge in the world than ever before. Computers can transmit information in a millisecond to any part of the globe by satellite. More information has been processed,more facts discovered in this century than in all of the other centuries of human history combined.

                   

                  Yet man has never been further from solving his basic problems, the basis of which is alienation from other men. It is this alienation which produces wars, crime, and all of the other social ills. The United Nations was supposed to be a forum in which men could resolve their differences. Instead, it has been a forum for magnifying them.

                   

                  Psalm 111:10 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” The troubles and problems of the human race have stemmed from the fact that it has followed the wisdom of the world rather than the wisdom of the Lord.

                   

                  The Bible says there are two kinds of wisdom in the world. First, there is wisdom that is given by God, a wisdom which, after the mind of Christ, views life in terms of eternity. Of this wisdom, the Scripture says, “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy” (James 3:17). 

                   

                  The second is the “wisdom of the world” which, God says, “I will destroy” (1Corinthians 1:19).

                   

                  Now that you know the choice, which kind of wisdom will you choose?

                  Taken from “Unto The Hills” by Billy Graham.

                   

                  What The Son Endured

                   

                  Anyone who is hung on a tree is under God’s curse.   Deuteronomy 21:23

                   

                  The pain and humility Jesus physically suffered leading up to his death was a mere warm-up to the real dread he faced. As he hung on the cross, he began to feel a foreign sensation. Somewhere during those hours that his body was impaled, an earthly, foul odor must have wafted, not around his nose, but in his heart. He felt dirty. Human wickedness began to crawl upon his spotless being—the living excrement from our souls. The apple of the Father’s eye began to turn brown with the rot of our sin.

                   

                  From heaven, the Father roused himself like a lion disturbed, shook his mane, and must have roared against the shriveling remnant of a man hanging on a cross. Never has the Son seen the Father look at him so, never felt even the least of his hot breath. It was the wrath of God being poured out like hot oil on the wounded heart of the Son of Man. And the Father watched as his heart’s treasure, the mirror-image of himself sank drowning into raw, liquid sin.

                   

                  Jehovah’s stored rage against humankind exploded in a single direction. The Trinity had planned it. The Son endured it. The Spirit enabled him. The Father rejected the Son whom he loved; the God-man from Nazareth, perished.

                   

                  This is who asks you to trust him when he calls you to suffer. This is the One who asks you to obey him when it’s hard, when your flesh is itching to have a little worldly candy. This is the One who asks you to honor him when you face tough choices. Jesus Christ bore the wrath of hell so that you might enjoy a home in heaven with him, the Father, and the Holy Spirit. Celebrate this marvelous gift as you reflect on Easter Sunday.

                   

                  Taken from “Pearls Of Great Price” by Joni Eareckson Tada.

                  Inspirational Thoughts

                   

                  My faith rests not upon what I am or shall be or feel or know, but in what Christ is, in what He has done, and in what He is now doing for me. Hallelujah!

                   

                  Charles Spurgeon

                   

                  The world hardly knows the meaning of comfort. But the Spirit of God offers the best there is to have. When we come to Him in pain and faith, He touches our hearts in tender ways that no human can. He offers a shoulder to cry on.

                   

                  Anonymous 

                   

                  No man is more cheated than the selfish man.

                   

                  Henry Ward Beecher


                  1. ReadNews & Views
                    March 30th, 2022

                    News & Views

                    NEWS & VIEWS

                    Rock Springs Evangelical Free Church

                    rcvjesus@gmail.com

                    362-8910

                    March 30, 2022

                     

                    Coming Events

                     

                    Apr. 3 Missions Board Meeting

                    Apr. 6 Scripture Memory Grace Ends

                    Apr. 10 First Quarter Business Meeting

                    Apr. 10 Elder Board Meeting

                     

                    Prayer Closet Thoughts

                     

                    Jesus knows exactly how you feel—even at this very moment. The struggles you face are not foreign to Him in the least. Actually, they are very personal. Rejection, betrayal, loss, grief, physical pain—He’s experienced them all. And when you face them, He feels compassion for you. At Gethsemane, Jesus went not once or twice but three times to the Father for comfort, strength, and wisdom. Jesus understands how deep your feelings go and exactly what you need to survive the trials you face. In fact, He suffered just so He could fully comprehend your pain. So hold on to the fact that He’s with you, cares about you, and can minister to your hurting heart. And go to Him as often as you need.

                    For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.

                    Hebrews 2:17   Charles F. Stanley

                     

                     

                    Scripture Memory

                     

                    Scripture Memory has entered the grace period so that everyone can finish memorizing their verses. The grace period will end on Wednesday, April 6th. Don’t give up. Keep memorizing. You can finish! But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.   Ephesians 4:7

                     

                    Small Groups

                     

                    Small Groups will be resuming the week of April 4th.  Our Seder Meals will be held the week of April 11th. Everyone is invited to the Seder Meal even if you are not a member of a Small Group. Please contact a leader, host, or Kevin Kneeland and let them know if you have any questions or would like to attend the Seder Meal.

                     

                    New Church Directories

                     

                    The new church directories have been placed in everyone’s mailbox at church. If you don’t have a mailbox or did not receive a directory, please see JoAnn and she will get a directory to you.

                     

                    Tithes & Offerings

                     

                    Thank you faithful church body!

                    Tithes/offerings for March 27, 2022:

                    General - $5,900.00

                    Our weekly general fund need is $7,810.00.

                    March Totals

                    Need - $31,240.00

                    Tithes/Offerings - $29,860.63

                    SHORT - $1,379.37

                    You can still mail your tithes and offerings to Rock Springs E.Free Church, P.O. Box 807, Rock Springs, WY 82902.

                    Every Good And Perfect Gift

                     

                    Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

                    James 1:17

                     

                    Have you ever been shopping for a gift and had no idea what the intended recipient needed or wanted? You didn’t know what size or color of sweater to buy or if the child’s toy was age-appropriate, so eventually you just threw your hands up in frustration and said “I’ll just buy something! They’ll take it back anyway. Who cares?”

                     

                    Gift giving is not always as easy or joyful as it should be. The fact of the matter is, even the best of us can’t give perfect gifts every time because we are flawed. We lack the insight and the knowledge, and sometimes the resources or even the willingness, to give the right gift.  In this we are utterly different than God, for God is the giver of perfect gifts, and only perfect gifts. He is spontaneously good and overflows with generosity. He gives without expecting anything in return, and He doesn’t restrict His goodness based on what the recipients deserve. And no gift from Him ever needs to be returned.

                     

                    Not only is God perfectly generous, but that generosity never changes. Even the best earthly parents need to be approached at the right time and in the right way because they can be inconsistent. Children learn to choose their moments. As a teen, I found it easy to read my father’s body language while he was on hold with the electric company and think, “I’m not sure now is the time to ask for two new tires for my car.”

                    With our heavenly Father, though, we don’t need to wonder if it’s ok to approach Him. He is neither fickle nor quick to anger. We can be confident that He will always act appropriately. We will never find Him unaware, unable, unavailable, or unwilling. Through Christ, He is accessible and responsive to our hearts’ pleas and our daily concerns.

                     

                    We are children of God, and one of the ways our Father expresses His love for us is in His perfect gifts to us. Therefore, a mark of every one of His children should be gratitude. If we know our Father’s character, how can we be anything other than grateful—even when His gifts are not the ones we would have chosen ourselves? So, be careful to count your blessings, daily. Remember that all good things are gifts from Him.

                    Taken from “Truth For Life” by Alistair Begg.

                     

                    Watch and Pray

                     

                    Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.

                    Mark 14:38

                     

                    “Watch.” Warnings don’t come any more practical than that. Watch. Stay alert. Keep your eyes open. When you see sin coming, duck. When you anticipate an awkward encounter, turn around. When you sense temptation, go the other way.

                     

                    What Jesus was saying to the disciples and also to us is, “Pay attention.” You know your weaknesses. You also know the situations in which your weaknesses are most vulnerable. Stay out of those situations. Late hours. Offensive websites. Whatever it is that gives Satan a foothold in your life, stay away from it. Watch out!

                     

                    Jesus also says, “Pray.” Prayers isn’t telling God anything new. There is neither a sinner nor a saint who would surprise him. What prayer does is invite God to walk the shadowy pathways of life with us. Prayer is asking God to watch ahead for falling trees and tumbling boulders and to bring up the rear, guarding our backside from the poison darts of the devil.

                     

                    One more thought: Navigating the dangerous waters of life is a little like swimming at the beach with no lifeguard on duty—it’s up to you to watch for trouble and make sure an undertow doesn’t suck you in. Through prayer, you can invite a holy lifeguard to join you and protect you. He’s always on duty.

                     

                    Taken from “One God, One Plan, One Life” by Max Lucado.

                     

                    Inspirational Thoughts

                     

                    The hurts we’ve endured in human relationships are noticed, touched, and transformed by the One whose love is from everlasting to everlasting. Beloved, you are worthy of this perfect love.

                     

                    Margot Starbuck

                     

                    Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you—not because they are nice, but because you are.

                     

                    Anonymous

                    We serve a living Savior, not a dead one. When your fear or anxiety level is high, let the presence of the resurrected Jesus give you peace.

                     

                    David Jeremiah


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                      March 23rd, 2022

                      News & Views

                      NEWS & VIEWS


                      Rock Springs Evangelical Free Church

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                      March 23, 2022


                      Coming Events


                      Mar. 21-23  Youth Snow Camp

                      Mar. 27  CE Board Meeting

                       Feb. – Mar.  Scripture Memory


                      Prayer Closet Thoughts


                      We sometimes fix our hopes on miraculous, stupendous events like freedom from all our financial woes or being wheelchair bound and walking again.  But what about the fact that the sunrises each morning or that God has given us new birth into a living hope through what Jesus did on the cross?  We see signs of God’s presence everywhere:  in a bank of daffodils, in the encouraging words of a friend, in the gentle rain, in the ways he provides all we need.  We don’t need a miraculous sign—we just need Jesus!  Ask him to help you to recognize anew the ways in which he is with you, for you are never outside of his loving arms or without his Spirit, who lives in you.  Ask him to give you glimpses of his nature and character wherever you go and to turn your heart toward him in gratitude.

                      Why do you people keep demanding a miraculous sign?  I assure you; I will not give this generation any such sign. 

                      Mark 8:12

                      Cheri Fuller



                      Scripture Memory


                      Can you believe it—week 8 is here!  We are completing another year of Scripture Memory that is helping us become closer to God and enriching our lives.  God gives us grace; new every morning and grace is extended to everyone that is just a little behind in memorizing their verses.  Don’t give up.  Keep memorizing.  You can finish!  He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.    1 Corinthians 1:8


                      Easter Cantata


                      Practice for the Easter Cantata will be every Wednesday at 6:00 pm until Easter.  If you would like to join, receive more information, or pick up your book and music, please see Doris or JoAnn.


                      Small Groups


                      Small Groups has a break for one more week.  They will be resuming the week of April 4th.   If you are not a member of a Small Group, please pray about joining a group when we resume in April.


                      Youth Snow Camp


                      Our Youth Group and sponsors have been at Snow Camp in Garden City, Utah since Monday, March 21st.  They will be traveling home today (Wednesday, March 23rd.)  We ask for prayers for traveling mercies home and that the youth will build on all they have learned during this Snow Camp.


                      A man’s pride will bring him low, but the humble in spirit will retain honor.  Pr 29:23


                      Tithes & Offerings


                      Thank you faithful church body!

                      Tithes/offerings for March 20, 2022:

                      General - $7,068.00

                      Our weekly general fund need is $7,810.00.


                      You can still mail your tithes and offerings to Rock Springs E. Free Church, P.O. Box 807, Rock Springs, WY 82902.


                      The Man On The Mountain


                      Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.

                      Psalm 147:5


                      Some theologians have made attempts to rob God of His warmth, His deep love for mankind, and His sympathy for his creatures.  But God’s love is unchangeable.  He loves us in spite of knowing us as we really are.  In fact, He created us because He wanted other creatures in His image in the universe upon whom He could pour out His love, and who, in turn, would voluntarily love Him.  He wanted people with the ability to say yes or no in their relationship to Him.  Love is not satisfied with an automaton—one who has no choice but to love and obey.  Not mechanized love, but voluntary love satisfies the heart of God.


                      Were it not for the love of God, none of us would ever have a chance in the future life!


                      Some years ago, a friend of mine was standing on top of a mountain in North Carolina.  The roads in those days were filled with curves, and it was difficult to see very far ahead.  This man saw two cars heading toward each other.  A third car pulled up and began to pass one of the cars, although there wasn’t enough space to see the other car approaching around the bend.  My friend shouted a warning, but the drivers couldn’t hear, and there was a fatal crash.  The man on the mountain saw it all.


                      This is how God looks upon us in His omniscience.  He sees what has happened, what is happening, and what will happen.  In Scripture He warns us time after time about troubles, problems, sufferings, and judgments that lie ahead.  Many times, we ignore His warnings.


                      God sees all and knows all.  But we are too limited by the circumstances to see the “big picture.”


                      Taken from “Unto The Hills” by Billy Graham.


                      Say Yes To Christ


                      For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.  It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.

                      Titus 2:11-12


                      The same grace that brings us salvation gives strength to live biblically in this age.  We need grace-based living, but that can only happen as we focus our thoughts on God’s Word and live it out.  A study by the Evangelical Alliance in 2014 found that many Christians struggle with making time for prayer and Bible study.  Sixty percent of those born before 1960 said they read their Bibles daily; only 31 percent of younger Christians did the same. 


                      As Christians, we’re to live a different lifestyle from the world by loving God and loving others.  As we grow in grace, we should understand God’s Word more, respect others, care for the poor, tend to the widows, and keep ourselves unspotted by the world.  Pastor Tony Evans wrote, “Grace-based Christians obey because it’s their delight…To grace-based Christians, the spiritual life is the lifting of a burden.”


                      The same grace that helps us say yes to Christ helps us say no to the world.


                      Taken from “Ever Faithful” by David Jeremiah.


                      Inspirational Thoughts


                      The Lord is looking for people He can trust.  He is not concerned about our abilities or gifts, but whether we are trustworthy.  We need to be loyal to Jesus and He will use us in great ways in these last days.


                      Angus Buchan


                      What pit do you find yourself in today?  Have you given up hope or are you allowing God to pick up your broken life and get back in the saddle?  Turn to him.  Remain faithful to Him and he will lift you up!


                      Beau Hague


                      When Satan bombards us with lies— “God’s not real”; “You’ll never get that job”; “You’re unlovable”—it’s time to look back to God’s Word.  Embed in your mind the truth that with God, nothing is impossible.  And then, in the midst of the storm, laugh, letting the joy of God’s truth be your strength.             Unknown