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    November 23rd, 2022

    News & Views

    NEWS & VIEWS

    Rock Springs Evangelical Free Church

    rcvjesus@gmail.com

    362-8910

    Nov. 23, 2022

     

    Coming Events

     

    Nov. 27 CE Board Meeting

    Dec. 4 Church Potluck

    Dec. 9 Secret Sister Reveal

     

    Prayer Closet Thoughts

     

    Do you trust God to be your security today? Do you keep your eyes on Him instead of the world situation—the country’s mounting debt, the increasing political and spiritual division among people, or the constant threat of terrorist attack? If you take your eyes off God and focus on what’s happening in the world, you’ll find plenty to be insecure and anxious about. The earth is in upheaval. The painful signs of the end seem to be coming faster and faster. But we can be secure in the knowledge that we are anchored to our unchanging God—the Sovereign of this universe. Friend, we can’t change the world, but we can trust the Father to guide us and help us make the right decisions in our relationships, our finances, and our vocations. So no matter what happens today, trust Him. He alone sees the future and will keep you absolutely secure as you walk in the center of His will.

    I am the Lord, I do not change; therefore you are not consumed.  Malachi 3:6    

    Charles F. Stanley

     

    Church Potluck

     

    Our next church potluck will be on Sunday, December 4thfollowing 2nd service. Please bring the part of the meal as assigned by the first letter of your last name:

    G-M main dish

    N-Z salad or vegetable

    A-F dessert

    We hope to see everyone for a great time of food, fun, and fellowship!

     

    Secret Sister Reveal

     

    The Secret Sister Reveal will be on Friday, December 9th at 6:00 pm at the church. Everyone please bring a finger food and your Secret Sister gift. All ladies are invited even if you were not a part of the Secret Sister program this year—just bring a finger food and a small gift for the gift exchange. We will see how good we have been at guessing who our Secret Sister is!  

     

    Bible Studies

     

    If you have not joined a Bible study group, please be in prayer about joining one after the Thanksgiving break.

     

    *Men’s Bible Study meets each Tuesday morning at 6:00 am at Mike Shaw’s home.

    *Ladie’s Bible Study meets each Thursday morning 10 am – 12 pm at the church.

    *Ladie’s Extended Bible Study meets Tuesday evenings 6:45 pm – 8:15 pm at Vicki Shaw’s home at 1909 Opal Street.

     

    Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.      Hebrews 12:28

    Tithes & Offerings

     

    Thank you faithful church body!

    Tithes/offerings for November 20, 2022:

    General - $9,180.00

    Our weekly general fund need is $7,810.00.  You can still mail your tithes and offerings to Rock Springs E Free Church, PO Box 807, Rock Springs, WY 82902

     

    In Awe Of The Almighty

     

    And God said to Moses, “I am Yahweh—the Lord.”        Exodus 6:2

       

    The Israelites considered the name Yahweh too holy to be spoken by human lips. Whenever they needed to say Yahweh, they substituted the word Adonai, which means “Lord.” If the name needed to be written, the scribes would take a bath before they wrote it and destroy the pen afterward.

     

    Do we treat God with the same respect today? Are we still in awe of the Almighty? I wonder if we’ve lost our wonder. Our society practically worships the modern celebrity. Whether it’s a movie star, a rock icon, or a top athlete, we roar with appreciation when they appear on the screen, stage, or field. Do we worship in church with the same intensity?

     

    Moses sang, “Who among the gods is like you, Lord? Who is like you—majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?” (Exodus 15:11). The Israelites did not dare even to say his name. Surely we can dare to show him our love, appreciation, and respect.

     

    One more thought: Awesome is a word that gets thrown around a lot these days. The new dress? Awesome. That double burger you had for lunch?  Awesome. Finished work early?  Awesome. Maybe, though, we should think about what’s truly awesome. That would be God. Nothing else comes close.

     

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

     

    The Devil’s Real Weapon

     

    He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

    Colossians 2:13-15

     

    The devil’s most damning weapon is not demon possession, or even the oppression he forces on weak Christians. His most damning weapon is not evil spirits. The devil’s most powerful weapon is unforgiven sin. It is the only ammunition he has against us. Sin that we try to shield from the Holy Spirit’s scrutiny becomes a weapon in the devil’s hands. With it, he can accuse us, belittle us, strip us of confidence and, finally, he can rob our joy and peace of mind.

     

    Take heart from today’s verse. Jesus took away our sin and nailed it to the cross. Having done that, he disarmed the powers of darkness—even making a public spectacle of demonic forces.

     

    Your sin was nailed to the cross, but you nevertheless have the responsibility of bringing every sin before the throne of God in confession—God wants you to acknowledge your transgressions and iniquities. When you do, those sins are no longer weapons the devil can use to defeat and discourage you. What wrongdoing can you acknowledge before God today?

     

    Lord Jesus, thank you for nailing my sin to the cross. Search my heart, Holy Spirit, and reveal any transgression I need to turn from.

     

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

     

    Inspirational Thoughts

     

    The most important prayer in the world is just two words long: “Thank You.”

     

    Meister Eckhart

     

    Your relationship with God ought to bring you more joy, satisfaction, and pleasure than any other relationship, activity, or material possession you have.

     

    Henry Blackaby

     

    Your praise and thanksgiving can help form a highway—a smooth, level road—on which the Lord can ride forth unhindered to deliver and bless.

     

    Ruth Myers

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    1. ReadNews & Views
      November 16th, 2022

      News & Views

      NEWS & VIEWS

      Rock Springs Evangelical Free Church

      rcvjesus@gmail.com

      362-8910

      Nov. 16, 2022

       

      Coming Events

       

      Nov. 24 Thanksgiving Day

      Nov. 27 CE Board Meeting

      Dec. 4 Church Potluck

       

      Prayer Closet Thoughts

       

      In John 15:5, Jesus makes an amazing statement: “Without Me you can do nothing.” The image of the vine and branches lends support—we know a branch can’t bear fruit without staying connected to the vine. But how far should we take Jesus’ agricultural analogy? Is it really true that we can do nothing in life apart from Him? Conversely, are you prepared to doubt what Jesus has said? The problem is, once we live or act apart from Christ, the deed is done. We will never know how it might have been different had we relied on, and remained connected to, Him in all things. Even though it looks like you can live your life apart from Christ, it is better to take Jesus’ words by faith and follow His instructions. There are no do overs; once done, life is done.

      I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. John 15:5   

      David Jeremiah

       

      Pastor Zaqueo & Sylvia Mission Trip

       

      Pastor Zaqueo & Sylvia have had to postpone their mission trip to Mexico until sometime in 2023. They are in the process of renewing their documentation to travel outside of the United States. They will be traveling to Salt Lake for this renewal on Thursday, November 17th and Friday, November 18th. Please be in prayer that there will be no delays in the renewal of their documentation. 

       

      Pastor Zaqueo also wants to let everyone know that gave financial blessings for this trip that the funds has been sent to Mexico to be ready to be used when they go next year. Also the airline tickets have been saved and are ready when the new date has been set. Pastor Zaqueo and Sylvia want to thank all of you so much for your support and understanding towards this sudden change of plans.

       

      Bible Studies

       

      *Men’s Bible Study meets each Tuesday morning at 6:00 am at Mike Shaw’s home.

      *Ladie’s Bible Study meets each Thursday morning 10 am – 12 pm at the church.

      *Ladie’s Extended Bible Study meets Tuesday evenings 6:45 pm – 8:15 pm at Vicki Shaw’s home at 1909 Opal Street.

       

      Tithes & Offerings

       

      Thank you faithful church body!

      Tithes/offerings for November 13, 2022:

      General - $7,325.31

      Our weekly general fund need is $7,810.00.  You can still mail your tithes and offerings to Rock Springs E Free Church, PO Box 807, Rock Springs, WY 82902

       

      Watching Our Walk

       

      But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, sometimes being publicly exposed to abuse and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated.      Hebrews 10:32-33

         

      As God’s angels have watched the drama of this age unfolding, they have seen the Christian church established and expanded around the world. They miss nothing as they watch the movements of time. “His intent is that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 3:10). It has been pointed out that the word now actually covers the vast expanse of this church age. Angel hosts have witnessed the formation of the church of Christ Jesus, and have watched the walk of each believer as the Lord worked His grace, love, and power into each life. The angels were observing firsthand the building of the body of the true church in all places of His dominion this very hour.

       

      But what are they thinking as we live in the world today? Do they observe us as we stand fast in the faith and walk in righteousness? Or may they be wondering at our lack of commitment? These two possibilities seem evident from Ephesians 3:10.

       

      Our certainty that angels right now witness how we are walking through life should mightily influence the decisions we make. God is watching, and His angels are interested spectators too. The Amplified Bible expresses 1 Corinthians 4:9 this way “God has made an exhibit of us…a show in the world’s amphitheater—with both men and angels [as spectators].” We know they are watching, but in the heat of the battle, I have thought how wonderful it would be if we could hear them cheering.

       

      What kind of exhibit are you?

       

      Our Father and our God, it gives me great confidence and joy to know that Your angels are cheering me along in my personal spiritual battle. Help me, Father, to feel their presence, to see their works, and to hear their cheers. Make my life a splendid exhibit of holiness and grace. Through Christ. Amen.

       

      Taken from “Unto The Hills” by Billy Graham.

       

      Getting A Little Western

       

      Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.

      Psalm 145:3

       

      When a cowboy says, “It got a little western,” it usually means that things got exciting. For instance, when a cowboy gets on a cold-backed colt in the brisk morning air and the colt splits in two—things just got a little western. Or when a momma cow decides to turn and fight instead of running off—things are fixin’ to get western. It’s in these moments, that if a concerned mother is around, they gasp and run to protect their baby boy. But if things get a little western in a pen full of cowboys, their response is usually a hardy whoop, holler, and cheer! When things get a little western, most cowboys respond with pure enjoyment (at least until you have to be taken to the hospital)!

       

      Like a cowboy enjoys it when things get a little western, I believe that God enjoys watching us have the same response to the exciting things He has done. Worship of God isn’t just singing—it should be something we express out of our love and devotion in every area of our lives. Truth is, we can worship anything. People, things, sports, even our kids can all be worshipped. You may be thinking, “How do I know if I’m wrongfully worshipping something?” The answer would be: When you find yourself constantly neglecting the things of God to do something, own something, or follow someone besides Jesus. If you haven’t prayed in weeks, if you haven’t been to church in four months, if you haven’t read your Bible in a year—you may be worshipping something else.

       

      Jesus should be the object of our worship. Why? Because of who He is and what He has done. He created us. His name is above every name. He died for our sins. He paid a debt that we couldn’t pay, and His love is unconditional. And to top it all off, He did all of this while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8).

       

      Our response should be to get a little western for Him. In other words we should gratefully, passionately, and enthusiastically express our praise daily and in church!

      Chew on this: Is Jesus the object of your worship or has something else taken His place? When was the last time that you enthusiastically expressed your praise to God?

      Taken from “Tied On” by Beau Hague.

      Inspirational Thoughts

       

      Christian! Pray for grace to see in every trouble, small or great, the Father’s finger pointing to Jesus, and saying, abide in Him.

       

      Andrew Murray

       

      God has given to man a short time here upon earth, and yet upon this short time eternity depends.

       

      Jeremy Taylor

       

      In God’s family there is to be one great body of people: servants. In fact, that’s the way to the top in His Kingdom.

       

      Charles R. Swindoll

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      1. ReadNews & Views
        November 9th, 2022

        News & Views

        NEWS & VIEWS

        Rock Springs Evangelical Free Church

        rcvjesus@gmail.com

        362-8910

        Nov. 9, 2022

         

        Coming Events

         

        Nov. 11 Veterans Day

        Nov. 13 Elder Board Meeting

        Nov. 20 Deacon Board Meeting

         

        Prayer Closet Thoughts

         

        Early Christians were urged to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Sound like an impossible assignment? Are you wondering I have to take care of my family, go to work, go to church. How can I sit around praying all day? Do this: change your definition of prayer. Think of prayers less as an activity for God and more as an awareness of God. Seek to live in uninterrupted awareness. Acknowledge his presence everywhere you go. As you stand in line at the bank, think, Thanks, God, for being with me through my day. As you put away the dishes, worship your Maker. Prayer isn’t a task to check off your list. Prayer is an ongoing conversation with God. How often do you talk or text with your best friends each day? Your relationship with God can be like that and more. He’s always available and always listening. He wants to hear from you.

        Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.      Colossians 4:2

        Max Lucado

         

        Pastor Zaqueo & Sylvia Mission Trip

         

        Pastor Zaqueo & Sylvia will be leaving on November 8th for a mission trip to Mexico. Please be in prayer for:

          *Many would come to know the Lord as Savior as Pastor Zaqueo preaches and evangelizes.

          *Pastor Zaqueo & Sylvia to be an encouragement to current missionaries as they visit with them.

          *Opportunities to establish new mission fields.

          *Safety as they travel and protection while they are away. They will be returning to us on December 8th.

         

        Veterans Day

         

        Any day is a good day to thank a veteran for his or her service. It’s particularly important on November 11th, Veterans Day. Veterans Day is a good time to remember that our freedom isn’t guaranteed. It’s protected by the men and women in our Armed Services—past and present. To those who have secured and are securing our way of life…..Thank You!

         

        Christmas Cantata

         

        Choir practice for the Christmas Cantata will continue to be held on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm. If you are interested in joining the choir, please contact Doris Johnson.

         

        Bible Studies

         

        *Men’s Bible Study meets each Tuesday morning at 6:00 am at Mike Shaw’s home.

        *Ladie’s Bible Study meets each Thursday morning 10 am – 12 pm at the church.

        *Ladie’s Extended Bible Study meets Tuesday evenings 6:45 pm – 8:15 pm at Vicki Shaw’s home at 1909 Opal Street.

         

        Tithes & Offerings

         

        Thank you faithful church body!

        Tithes/offerings for November 6, 2022:

        General - $7,827.92

        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.

         

        Deep Waters

         

        He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.

        Psalm 18:16

           

        Every day is filled with ups and downs—sometimes more downs than ups. Jesus does some pretty amazing things, one of which is reaching out and rescuing us when we are down. He is involved in every aspect of our lives. When we are out in the deep waters of life, we need to be rescued, just like the apostle Peter was rescued from the waves. The good news about Jesus is that he is always watching over us, ready when we call his name. How often do you call on Jesus to be your rescuer?

         

        When we are hurting and broken, we find comfort knowing that the Lord does not delay. He is sent from on high and takes action over and over again. As we live for Jesus, we are constantly reminded that we need to be rescued from many things, all the waters in our lives that are murky, swampy, and roaring with waves. There is immense comfort in knowing Jesus gives us peace.

         

        It brings joy to our hearts to realize we are desired by a loving Savior who sees us. In the midst of our bad days and struggles with sin, we can rest in the hope that he continually seeks us out to redeem us and make us new. Jesus reached down and rescues us when we call on his name. Today is a great day to take time and ask the Lord to rescue you from the deep waters that you are encountering.

         

        Taken from “For I Know The Plans” by Various Authors.

         

        Clothed in Righteousness

         

        For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

        Galatians 3:27

         

        I often wish I could dress myself. I can’t pull on a sweater, button a jacket, or hike up a pair of slacks. This frustrating predicament has driven me at times to God for help. And isn’t it like the Lord to give not only grace but insight? I was reading today’s verse and decided to hunt down other references to clothes. Isaiah 61:10 says, “I delight greatly in the Lord…for he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness.” There’s a similar reference in Revelation 19:8. Even back at the garden of Eden, it was God who provided skins to clothe Adam and Eve after the Fall.

         

        Why does the Bible say that God clothes us when it speaks of our righteousness? Then it hit me. Garments of salvation and robes of righteousness are things we cannot provide for ourselves. God provides the salvation and the righteousness. Yes, we can clothe ourselves with Christ as it says in today’s reading, but it’s his righteousness, not ours. Righteousness is something that God does to us and for us. In fact, when we try to impress God by our own acts of righteousness, the Bible doesn’t call them clothes, but “filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6). Can you imagine putting on a garment that you sewed out of smelly, soiled rags? I now have a who new perspective on my “robe of righteousness” whenever someone dresses me!

         

        The Lord Jesus Christ is our garment of praise, our robe of righteousness, or garment of salvation. Put him on today and delight in all that he sacrificed to clothe you in something so precious, so priceless…his righteousness.

         

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

         

        Inspirational Thoughts

         

        We ought to be living as if Jesus died yesterday, rose this morning, and is coming back this afternoon.

         

        Adrian Rogers

         

        There is nothing so abominable in the eyes of God and of men as idolatry, whereby men render to the creature that honor which is due only to the Creator.

         

        Blaise Pascal

         

        What is He doing in your life? Do you see God doing anything, or are you walking so far from Him that His presence is not apparent? Get close. Be still. Listen and watch. Then you will see what you can share.

         

        Carolyn Larsen

        1. ReadNEWS & VIEWS
          November 2nd, 2022

          NEWS & VIEWS

          NEWS & VIEWS

          Rock Springs Evangelical Free Church

          rcvjesus@gmail.com

          362-8910

          Nov. 2, 2022

           

          Coming Events

           

          Nov. 2 Christmas Cantata Practices Begin

          Nov. 6 Daylight Savings Time Ends

          Nov. 6 Mission Board Meeting

           

           

          Prayer Closet Thoughts

           

          It is in God’s “job description”—His character—to be faithful. God is loyal, never changing, and committed to His purposes. His purpose for His children is to see them conformed to the image of Christ (Romans 8:28-29). Our reaching that goal is a sign of God’s faithfulness, not ours. Yes, God wants us to be faithful and is glad when we are. But whether we are faithful or not, God always is. “God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:9). All day today, even at this very moment, God will be faithful to you. Let that truth be a comfort and a shield, come what may. Let God’s faithfulness to you be an inspiration for your own faithfulness to Him. God never gives up on us, so we should never give up on God.

          If we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself. 2 Timothy 2:13         David Jeremiah

           

          Christmas Cantata

           

          Choir practice for the Christmas Cantata, “Mary, Did You Know?” will begin this Wednesday, November 2nd at 6:00 pm. Choir members: your book and music are in your mailboxes. If you are interested in joining the choir, please contact Doris Johnson.

           

          Pastor Zaqueo & Sylvia Mission Trip

           

          Pastor Zaqueo & Sylvia will be leaving on November 8th for a mission trip to Mexico. Please be in prayer for:

            *Many would come to know the Lord as Savior as Pastor Zaqueo preaches and evangelizes.

            *Pastor Zaqueo & Sylvia to be an encouragement to current missionaries as they visit with them.

            *Opportunities to establish new mission fields.

            *Safety as they travel and protection while they are away. They will be returning to us on December 8th.

           

          Daylight Savings Time Ends

           

          This Saturday night, November 5th, before you go to bed make sure you turn your clocks back one hour. Daylight Savings Time ends early Sunday morning, November 6th. Enjoy an extra hour of sleep!

           

          Bible Studies

           

          *Men’s Bible Study meets each Tuesday morning at 6:00 am at Mike Shaw’s home.

          *Ladie’s Bible Study meets each Thursday morning 10 am – 12 pm at the church.

          *Ladie’s Extended Bible Study meets Tuesday evenings 6:45 pm – 8:15 pm at Vicki Shaw’s home at 1909 Opal Street.

           

          Tithes & Offerings

           

          Thank you faithful church body!

          Tithes/offerings for October 30, 2022:

          General - $7,376.54

          Missions - $500.00

          Our weekly general fund need is $7,810.00.

          October Totals

          Need - $39,050.00

          Tithes/Offerings - $42,313.27

          OVER - $3,263.27

           

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

           

          Riding Shotgun

           

          Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.

          1 Corinthians 16:13-14

             

          In old western movies, when trouble came and you had to get away from the bad guys, the stagecoach driver was the one that kept the wagon moving so not to give the bad guys an easier way to get control of the wagon. But there was another guy up front that carried a shotgun and would use it to protect the driver and passengers from the would-be attackers. This is where we get the famous phrase, “riding shotgun.”

           

          From today’s Scripture, one could say that the stagecoach driver is God, and He is calling us to ride shotgun. The verse tells us to “be on our guard” and spot the dangers that could destroy us and our precious cargo (which in most cases, would be our family). We are called to guard our families from the devil and his evil schemes! How do we do this? We are to pray, love, and protect our spouse and our kids. We are told to be courageous, to be strong, and stand firm when the enemy attacks. We are to build our family up through providing words of encouragement and acts of kindness so that when temptation rears its ugly head, they aren’t lacking these things and fall to temptation. We need to fill our kids’ minds with the truth of Scripture so that they can stand firm in the face of an attack. We need to take advantage of every opportunity to show them how to fight spiritual battles with the supernatural weapons of God.

           

          Satan would love nothing more than to destroy us and our families. This is why we as husbands and wives and fathers and mothers need to ride shotgun—always on guard, standing firm in our faith and being courageous!

           

          Chew on this: What ways are you riding shotgun for your family? What areas do you need to be more on guard in order to protect yourself and your loved ones?

           

          Taken from “Tied On” by Beau Hague.

           

          God Is On Our Team

           

          The Lord protects the simplehearted; when I was in great need, he saved me.

          Psalm 116:6

           

          When I was young, the minute we neighborhood kids got home from school we’d drop the books and hit the pavement. The kid across the street had a dad with a strong addiction to football. As soon as he was home from work we’d start yelling for him to come and play. Out of fairness he’d always ask, “Which team is losing?” Then he would join that team, which often seemed to be mine.

           

          His appearance in the huddle changed the whole ballgame. He was confident, strong, and most of all, he had a plan. We’d circle around him, and he’d say, “Okay, boys, here is what we’re going to do.” The other side was groaning before we left the huddle. You see, we not only had a new plan, we had a new leader.

           

          He brought new life to our team. God does precisely the same for us. We didn’t need a new play; we needed a new plan. We didn’t need to trade positions; we needed a new player. That player is Jesus Christ, God’s firstborn Son.

           

          One more thought: Do you ever feel that way—that you’re on a losing team with little hope for a comeback? That no matter how hard you try to move the ball, you end up losing yardage? There is One with a playbook designed specifically for your situation. One God. One plan. One life. Trust him with yours.

           

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

           

          Inspirational Thoughts

           

          Wisdom is oftentimes nearer when we stoop than when we soar.

           

          William Wordsworth

           

          If you have become a part of the story of God, then you have a story to share with the people around you. They are eager to hear it. They are dying to hear it.

           

          Leighton Ford

           

          The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold of me.

           

          Martin Luther

           

           

           

           

           

           

           

          1. ReadNEWS & VIEWS
            October 26th, 2022

            NEWS & VIEWS

            NEWS & VIEWS

            Rock Springs Evangelical Free Church

            rcvjesus@gmail.com

            362-8910

            Oct. 26, 2022

             

            Coming Events

             

            Oct. 28 Harvest Festival

            Nov. 6 Daylight Savings Time Ends

            Nov. 6 Mission Board Meeting

             

             

            Prayer Closet Thoughts

             

            Are there people in your life for whom you don’t pray because you think they don’t need it? It can be easy to overlook those who appear on the outside to have it all together. But the truth is, we all need and benefit from the prayers of others. Cry out to God—that is what Paul is urging us to do. If we want to see the Spirit of God move in a way that can only be described as supernatural, we must first be willing to earnestly, humbly, and continually pray. So, who do you know who does need your prayers? Will you pray for them—diligently, boldly, and persistently? And who do you know who does not appear to need your prayers? Well, they do! Will you pray for them in just the same way?

            I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance.     Philippians 1:19                      

            Alistair Begg

             

            Bible Studies

             

            *Men’s Bible Study meets each Tuesday morning at 6:00 am at Mike Shaw’s home.

            *Ladie’s Bible Study meets each Thursday morning 10 am – 12 pm at the church.

            *Ladie’s Extended Bible Study meets Tuesday evenings 6:45 pm – 8:15 pm at Vicki Shaw’s home at 1909 Opal Street.

             

            Harvest Festival

             

            Our Harvest Festival will be held Friday, October 28th from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm. There will be a taco bar and several game rooms for fun activities. Nathan Brasington will be giving a devotional. The evening will end with a trunk-or-treat. There is no theme, but feel free to dress up. As this is a family event, please make your costumes appropriate.

             

            We still need a minimum of 3 cars for the trunk-or-treat. Candy will be provided if needed. Please call or text Kelly Franich at 307-389-7794 if you would like to participate in the trunk-or-treat. 

             

            Needed for the cake walk:

            We are asking each family to bring 3 to 4 contributions of 

              *a tiny cake

              *3-4 cookies

              *2-3 cupcakes or muffins

            Please put them on a paper plate in a Ziploc bag and bring them to the Harvest Festival with you. There will be a table inside the front door to put them on (by JoAnn’s office). The kids love sprinkles so decorate accordingly! Questions, call Ruby at 307-389-7657

             

             

            Tithes & Offerings

             

            Thank you faithful church body!

            Tithes/offerings for October 23, 2022:

            General - $5,420.00

            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.

             

            Hope Hangs A Halo

             

            I suffer trouble,, as an evildoer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound. Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sake, that they may also obtain salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

            2 Timothy 2:9-10

               

            In a sense, Christ is a King in exile, and we who are His followers are often looked upon with derision. To be identified with Him here and now quite naturally entails some “loss of face,” some persecution: but someday, we are told, we shall be “kings and priests” and shall be active participators in His Kingdom.

             

            Paul must have had this fact in mind when he said, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed” (Romans 8:18-19).

             

            If we should be called upon to suffer all our lives, it would not be long compared to eternity. We are in the position of heirs to a large estate, who gladly endure a few days of suffering and privation with the hope that we shall soon come into our fabulous inheritance. Such a glorious hope hangs a halo over the drab existence of the here and now.

             

            Life cannot lose its zest when down underneath our present discomfort is the knowledge that we are children of a King. Complaining becomes foolish; behaving in the manner of the world is unworthy; and love, gentleness, and meekness become the hallmark of God’s nobility. “All things” are taken in stride; burdens become blessings in disguise; every wound, like a good surgery, is for our good; and etched in every cross is the symbol of a crown.

             

            Taken from “Unto The Hills” by Billy Graham.

             

            Behind the Scenes Miracles

             

            Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.

            John 20:29

             

            Many Christians don’t see God in their trials. If no miracles are happening—if the floods aren’t receding or the cancer is not in remission—God must not be at work. We think of miracles as the kind we witnessed in the movie Ten Commandments. “Those ten plagues on Egypt, now that was God up to something.” Agreed, frogs and lice in Pharaoh’s bed made for a great film years ago. Ah, but if we could only watch the real movie of how God runs the world from behind the scenes…

             

            Oh, the infinite complexity of it all! The wrenching of good out of evil like blood from a turnip; the clandestine exploiting of Satan’s worst escapades; the balancing act of weather systems across the globe that assure the arrival of summer; the infiltration of grace and salvation behind even the barbwire of Russian death camps; the exact number of white blood cells called into action to defeat your illness—that will win an Oscar. The delicately balanced, invisible workings of our great God—this is real drama. Meanwhile, he wants us to trust him. As Jesus told skeptical Thomas after the resurrection, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

             

            So why do we still doubt? Perhaps we cannot find wrapping paper wide enough to package these truths neatly. No one can grasp the Almighty and his miracles. “Even angels long to look into these things” (1 Peter 1:12). However, our inability to comprehend something doesn’t make it untrue or any less miraculous. As Paul put it, “How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!” (Romans 11:33). Count his miracles today … and thank him.

             

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

             

            Inspirational Thoughts

             

            It is but right that our hearts should be on God, when the heart of God is so much on us.

             

            Richard Baxter

             

            God is eager and able to deliver and bless the world He has redeemed, if His people were but willing, if they were but ready, to cry to Him day and night.

             

            Andrew Murray

            God did not write a book and send it by messenger to be read at a distance by unaided minds. He spoke a book and lives in His spoken words, constantly speaking His words and causing the power of them to persist across the years.

             

            A. W. Tozer

             

             

             

             

             

             

             

            1. ReadNews & Views
              October 19th, 2022

              News & Views

              NEWS & VIEWS

              Rock Springs Evangelical Free Church

              rcvjesus@gmail.com

              362-8910

              Oct. 19, 2022

               

              Coming Events

               

              Oct. 17 Small Groups Started

              Oct. 23 CE Board Meeting

              Oct. 28 Harvest Festival

               

               

              Prayer Closet Thoughts

               

              Do you feel inadequate for the tasks before you today? Do you fear you’ll fall short? Realize that the Lord has brought you to the point where you admit, “I can’t do this in my own strength” for an important purpose. He understands all the potential He has built into you, but He also knows how crucial it is for you to rely on Him completely. With the talents and gifts He’s given you, you can achieve good goals. But that is not enough. He wants to do the extraordinary through you so that others can see His power at work. You feel inadequate today so you can learn what it means to allow the Savior to be your adequacy. So today, don’t say “I can’t.” Instead, express your faith in Him and proclaim, “By the grace of God and with His help, I can do this.”   Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God.   2 Corinthians 3:5   

                         Charles F. Stanley

               

              Bible Studies

               

              *Men’s Bible Study meets each Tuesday morning at 6:00 am at Mike Shaw’s home.

              *Ladie’s Bible Study meets each Thursday morning 10 am – 12 pm at the church.

              *Ladie’s Extended Bible Study meets Tuesday evenings 6:45 pm – 8:15 pm at Vicki Shaw’s home at 1909 Opal Street.

               

              Small Groups

               

              Small Groups started Monday, October 17th!! If you have not joined a Small Group yet, please attend a Small Group and see what Small Groups are all about. There are 4 groups meeting on Mondays and 1 group meeting on Thursdays. The first lesson is about “No Longer A Slave To Fear”. Now is the time to pray about joining one of the Small Groups. This is a great time of diving into God’s Word! 

               

              Harvest Festival

               

              Our Harvest Festival will be held Friday, October 28th from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm. There will be a taco bar and several game rooms for fun activities. Nathan Brasington will be giving a devotional. The evening will end with a trunk-or-treat. We still need a minimum of 5 cars for the trunk-or-treat. Candy will beprovided if needed. Please call or text Kelly Franich at 307-389-7794 if you would like to participate in the trunk-or-treat. 

               

              There is no theme, but feel free to dress up. As this is a family event, please make your costumes appropriate.

               

               

              Tithes & Offerings

               

              Thank you faithful church body!

              Tithes/offerings for October 16, 2022:

              General - $10,004.81

              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.

               

              Mercy For The Blind

               

              When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’

              Mark 10:47

                 

              Blind Bartimaeus sat in complete blackness. He could hear the crowd, the movement, the jibber-jabber of people speaking. He could hear the hullabaloo that signaled that Jesus of Nazareth was somewhere out there in the darkness, but he was unable to see Him. Recognizing that this might be his only chance to get Jesus’ attention, in desperation he shouted out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

               

              The simplicity and clarity of Bartimaeus’ request was a testimony to his faith; it indicated that he actually believed that Jesus was able to do what he was asking. By God’s grace, blind Bartimaeus saw what countless others had missed: he saw that in Jesus he could find God’s mercy. And when Jesus then addressed his need, Bartimaeus and all who observed the encounter understood that his faith was the reason for his cure. But Bartimaeus never made the mistake of thinking that all he really needed was his physical sight. That is why, as soon as he received his sight from Jesus, he “followed him on the way” (Mark 10:52).

               

              In this encounter we see a microcosm of the whole gospel. The Bible often uses blindness as a metaphor for the predicament of men and women. For example, the apostle Paul says, “The god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ,” (2 Corinthians 4:4); and Jesus Himself said, “I came into this world, that those who do not see may see” (John 9:39). And earlier in Mark’s Gospel, we read that even though the disciples were following Jesus, they still did not see and understand all that He was teaching them, so He asked, “Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear?” (Mark 8:18).

               

              How, then, are the blind made to see? Just as Bartimaeus was: by going to Jesus and calling out to Him for mercy, asking for the loving forgiveness and new life that only He can provide. You will never know Jesus Christ as a reality in your life until you know Him as a necessity. That is a truth we needed to grasp in order to enjoy the first day of our new life following Him; but it is also a truth we need to remember in order to go on through our lives still following Him. In whatever way you require mercy right now, look at Him with the God-given eyes of faith and simply ask. The good news is that Jesus still hears, Jesus still cares, Jesus still stops, Jesus still listens, and Jesus still saves.

               

              Taken from “Truth For Life” by Alistair Begg.

               

               

              God Knows Best

               

              Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

              Proverbs 3:5

               

                The problem with this world is that it doesn’t fit. It’s like a T-shirt that’s two sizes to small. Oh, it will do for now, but it isn’t tailor-made. We were made to live with God, but on earth we live by faith. We were made to live forever, but on this earth we live but for a moment.

                We must trust God. We must trust not only that he does what is best but that he knows what’s ahead. Think about the words of Isaiah 57:1-2: “The good men perish; the godly die before their time, and no one seems to care or wonder why. No one seems to realize that God is taking them away from evil days ahead. For the godly who die shall rest in peace”.

                What a thought. God is taking them away from the evil days ahead. Could death be God’s grace? As bad as the grave seems now, could it be God’s protection from the future?

                Only God knows what’s around the corner. Maybe we should let him do the driving.

               

              One more thought: Are you a backseat driver, always telling the person at the wheel what to do? I bet that’s how we often seem to God. We’re always telling him what he needs to do and what needs to happen. Except he’s the only One who knows where we’re all going. Have we got it all backward? 

               

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

               

              Inspirational Thoughts

               

              God often visits us, but most of the time we are not at home.

               

              Danish proverb

               

              Faith is to prayer what the feather is to the arrow; without faith it will not hit the mark.

               

              J. C. Ryle

               

              “Have you, O God, seen yourself in what I said, thought, and did today? Did I care for others the way you would have?” Through these questions I find the answers to the greatest of all life’s questions: Did I fulfill my destiny today? Did I glorify God?

               

              John Hannah

               

               

               

               

               

               

               

              1. ReadNEWS & VIEWS
                October 12th, 2022

                NEWS & VIEWS

                NEWS & VIEWS

                Rock Springs Evangelical Free Church

                rcvjesus@gmail.com

                362-8910

                Oct. 12, 2022

                 

                Coming Events

                 

                Oct. 16 Deacon Board Meeting

                Oct. 17 Small Groups Start

                Oct. 23 CE Board Meeting

                Oct. 28 Harvest Festival

                 

                Prayer Closet Thoughts

                 

                Twigs cut from an apple tree and stuck in the ground will not bear fruit once they were not rooted in the tree they came from. The same is true with spiritual fruit. We must belong to Christ and stay close to him. Self-effort won’t produce this fruit. Good intentions won’t produce love, joy, peace, patience, or kindness. Instead, as we yield ourselves to Christ, his Spirit lives and moves freely through us and touches others through our lives. We express his gentleness as we respond to children, his great patience as we encounter difficult people. We demonstrate his faithfulness as we keep commitments, and we share his goodness and kindness as we bless others.

                When the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.   

                Galatians 5:22-23      

                Cheri Fuller

                 

                Bible Studies

                 

                *Men’s Bible Study meets each Tuesday morning at 6:00 am at Mike Shaw’s home.

                *Ladie’s Bible Study meets each Thursday morning 10 am – 12 pm at the church.

                *Ladie’s Extended Bible Study meets Tuesday evenings 6:45 pm – 8:15 pm at Vicki Shaw’s home at 1909 Opal Street.

                 

                Small Groups

                 

                Small Groups will resume the week of October 17th. Leaders and Hosts will be posted on the bulletin board. There are 4 groups meeting on Mondays and 1 group meeting on Thursdays. The first lesson will be on “No Longer A Slave To Fear”. Now is the time to pray about joining one of the Small Groups. This is a great time of diving into God’s Word! 

                 

                Harvest Festival

                 

                Our Harvest Festival will be held Friday, October 28th from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm. There will be a taco bar and several game rooms for fun activities. Nathan Brasington will be giving a devotional. The evening will end with a trunk-or-treat. We still need a minimum of 5 cars for the trunk-or-treat. Candy will beprovided if needed. Please call or text Kelly Franich at 307-389-7794 if you would like to participate in the trunk-or-treat. 

                 

                There is no theme, but feel free to dress up. As this is a family event, please make your costumes appropriate.

                 

                I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.     Galatians 2:20

                 

                Tithes & Offerings

                 

                Thank you faithful church body!

                Tithes/offerings for October 9, 2022:

                General - $6,382.92

                CE Board/Ladies Study Books - $130.00

                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.

                 

                Seeing God’s Will

                 

                Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.    

                Ephesians 5:20

                 

                One of the most thrilling things about studying the Bible is to know that the infinite God has been pleased to share some of the secrets of His universe with His redeemed children.

                 

                Sin has blinded men, so the unsaved man sees life in a false perspective. But the born-again Christian sees life not as a blurred, confused, meaningless mass, but as something planned and purposeful. His eyes have been opened to spiritual truth.

                 

                In Christ’s first sermon at Nazareth, He said that one of the reasons He had come to earth was to preach “recovering of sight to the blind” (Luke 4:18). The Gospel of Christ helps us to see our need and helplessness, and then shows us the redeeming grace which God has placed within reach of every man.

                In the Bible we are called “the children of light, and the children of the day” (1 Thessalonians 5:5), because it pleased God to share His mysteries and secrets with us. We are no longer in the dark—we know where we came from, we know why we are here, and we know where we are going.

                 

                In Ephesians 1:9-10 we learn of one of God’s mysteries which has been revealed: “And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment—to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.”

                 

                It is God’s will that sometime in the future, perhaps very soon, we shall all be together with Him.

                 

                And what is God’s will for us today? Down through the ages it has been the heart’s desire of devout men to know and to follow the will of God each day. David said, “Teach me to do your will” (Psalm 143:10). Teach and do. He has taught. Are you doing?

                 

                Taken from “Unto The Hills” by Billy Graham.

                 

                Enemy Attacks

                 

                Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

                James 4:7

                 

                Have you ever felt attacked by the enemy? He uses various means to cause you to lose faith in the Father. He stirs up your doubts and anxiety with questions such as, “If God is with you, then why has this happened?”  Do not listen to the enemy—stand firm against him. His goal is to paralyze you with fear and lead you to destruction. Resist him.

                 

                How do you do so? By voicing your faith in Jesus. The best way to stand against the evil power that seeks to thwart the plan of God in your life is to speak about your faith in the Lord out loud. Your powerful, all-knowing, loving Savior is your peace—there is no need to live in fear. You will trust Him, and the Father will deliver you.

                 

                Your enemy cannot stand hearing the Lord exalted, so when you do this, he flees from you. Therefore, in moments when fear, doubt, and anxiety arise, recognize the devil’s attack and defeat him by praising the name of Jesus!

                 

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

                 

                Inspirational Thoughts

                 

                To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.

                 

                C. S. Lewis

                 

                I have a glove here in my hand. The glove cannot do anything by itself, but when my hand is in it, it can do many things. True, it is not the glove, but my hand in the glove that acts. We are gloves. It is the Holy Spirit in us who is the hand, who does the job. We have to make room for the hand so that every finger is filled.

                Corrie ten Boom

                Words. Do you fully understand their power? Can any of us really grasp the mighty force behind the things we say? Do we stop and think before we speak, considering the potency of the phrases we utter?

                 

                Joni Eareckson Tada

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                 

                1. ReadNews & Views
                  October 5th, 2022

                  News & Views

                  NEWS & VIEWS

                  Rock Springs Evangelical Free Church

                  rcvjesus@gmail.com

                  362-8910

                  Oct. 5, 2022

                   

                  Coming Events

                   

                  Oct. 9 Elder Board Meeting

                  Oct. 9 Third Quarter Business Meeting

                  Oct. 10 Budget Committee Meeting

                  Oct. 11 Small Group Leader/Host Meeting

                   

                  Prayer Closet Thoughts

                   

                  The human voice can bridge distances and bring comfort like nothing else. It is the same with the voice of God. We think of Him as being in heaven and sometimes forget that He is in us and with us as well. And even though we don’t hear His audible voice, we can “hear” His voice at any time through His Word and the way the Spirit applies the Word to our life individually. Just as a child can recognize a parent’s voice, so we can recognize God’s voice in our darkest moments. Jesus said His sheep listen to His voice and follow Him. His voice tells us that we are never separate from Him. When you wonder where God is in your life, listen to His voice through His Word and prayer to remember that He is near to you. And when you hear His voice, be prepared to follow Him.

                  My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.       John 10:27

                  David Jeremiah

                   

                  Ladies Bible Study

                   

                  Ladies Bible Study will be held every Thursday from 10 am – 12 pm. Childcare will be provided and there will be a classroom ready for homeschooled boys and a classroom for homeschooled girls.

                   

                  There will be an Extended Ladies Bible Study for those who are unable to make the Thursday morning study. The extended study will begin October 4th at 6:45 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Vicki Shaw’s home at 1909 Opal Street in Rock Springs. The extended study will cover the same material as the Thursday morning study.

                   

                  Third Quarter Business Meeting

                   

                  Our Third Quarter Business Meeting will be Sunday, October 9that our evening service. Elections will be held for board members for 2023. Come and hear the work the Lord has done through our church.

                   

                  Small Groups

                   

                  Small Groups will resume the week of October 17th. Leaders and hosts will have an organizational meeting on Tuesday, October 11th. Now is the time to pray about joining one of the Small Groups. This is a great time of diving into God’s Word! More information will be coming.

                   

                  Tithes & Offerings

                   

                  Thank you faithful church body!

                  Tithes/offerings for October 2, 2022:

                  General - $13,129.00

                  Missions - $400.00

                  New Sanctuary Fund - $300.00

                  CE Board/Ladies Study Books - $16.99

                  Love Gift Pastor Kneeland - $800.00

                  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 Fire Within

                   

                  They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”    

                  Luke 24:32

                   

                  “When [the disciples] saw who he was, he disappeared. They said to each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us”’(Luke 24:31-32).

                   

                  Don’t you love that verse? They knew they had been with Jesus because of the fire within them. God reveals his will by setting a torch to your soul. He gave Jeremiah a fire for hard hearts. He gave Nehemiah a fire for a forgotten city. He set Abraham on fire for a land he’d never seen. He set Isaiah on fire with a vision he couldn’t resist. Forty years of unproductive preaching didn’t put out the fire of Noah.

                   

                  Mark it down: Jesus comes to set you on fire! He walks as a torch from heart to heart, warming the cold and thawing the chilled and stirring the ashes. Following Christ is not some dull, endless journey. It is an exciting quest for your destiny. Feel the heat—he’s already on his way!

                   

                  One more thought: Some people think that being a Christian is boring, that it’s sitting in church and memorizing ancient ideas. They just don’t get it. God’s love and power and passion will spread within you like a wildfire. There’s no thrill like marching with Jesus! It is life itself.

                   

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

                   

                  A Different Kind of Leprosy

                   

                  A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!”

                  Matthew 8:2-3

                   

                  Though we rarely hear about it in the Western world, diseases like leprosy still blight and mar many lives in developing nations. The disfigurement of leprosy, as you have no doubt heard, happens when people lose their sensation of pain. And so, with no pain to warn them, people badly damage their fingers or feet, ultimately destroying them.

                   

                  In the book of Hebrews, the author writes: “See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness” (Hebrews 3:12-13). Right there you have a diagnosis of spiritual leprosy. It’s when your soul becomes hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. It is when you spiritually lose all sensation of pain, especially things that pain God. It’s when you become actually dull and deadened to sin—when your sensitivity to wrongdoing becomes so numb that you end up ripping your soul apart and don’t even realize it. You sin—even blatantly sin—and you don’t feel it. White becomes black, black becomes white (or at least gray), and you end up thinking that what others call rebellion in your life isn’t really all that bad.

                   

                  My friend, leprosy is something you don’t want to fool around with—spiritual or otherwise. If it’s a lie, go back and make it right before you become hardened. If it’s a fantasy, shelve it! Don’t let it fossilize your conscience. Don’t turn away from the Lord, as it says in Hebrews 3:12. Let me encourage you today; do a double-check to see if you’ve got any leprous spots on your soul.

                   

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

                   

                  Inspirational Thoughts

                   

                  Happiness is caused by things that happen around me and circumstances will mar it; but joy flows right on through trouble; joy flows on through the dark…It is an unceasing fountain bubbling up in the heart.

                   

                  D. L. Moody

                   

                  Our God has given men one tongue but two ears, that we may hear from others twice as much as we speak.

                   

                  Epictetus

                   

                  Honesty is a vital element of true prayer…prayer will increase in power and reality as we repudiate all pretense and learn to be utterly honest before God as well as before men.

                  A. W. Tozer

                   

                   

                   

                   

                   

                   

                   

                  1. ReadNews & Views
                    September 28, 2022

                    News & Views

                    NEWS & VIEWS

                    Rock Springs Evangelical Free Church

                    rcvjesus@gmail.com

                    362-8910

                    Sept. 28, 2022

                     

                    Coming Events

                     

                    Sept. 29 Ladies Bible Study

                    Oct. 2 Mission Board Meeting

                    Oct. 4 Extended Ladies Bible Study

                    Oct. 9 Third Quarter Business Meeting

                     

                    Prayer Closet Thoughts

                     

                    When you read in the Bible about having a “fear of the Lord,” it means to respect Him greatly, with the awareness that God governs all creation and is absolutely righteous. Having this awesome understanding of His sovereignty and reverence for His character produces humility and obedience.  God never intended for you to be afraid of Him. On the contrary, He loves you and provides what’s best for you. However, He does expect you to obey His instruction. So today, no matter what He calls you to do, do it, even if you’re afraid. Allow your reverence for Him to overcome your earthly anxieties. Make a decision that you are going to believe your loving God, who is always available to you and is in control of your life at all times.

                    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.      Proverbs 1:7

                    Charles F. Stanley

                     

                    Ladies Bible Study

                     

                    Ladies Bible Study will begin a study on family this Thursday, September 29th.  We will meet every Thursday from 10 am – 12 pm. Childcare will be provided and there will be a classroom ready for homeschooled boys and a classroom for homeschooled girls.

                     

                    There will be an Extended Ladies Bible Study for those who are unable to make the Thursday morning study. The extended study will begin October 4th at 6:45 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Vicki Shaw’s home at 1909 Opal Street in Rock Springs. The extended study will cover the same material as the Thursday morning study.

                     

                    Small Groups

                     

                    Small Groups will resume the week of October 17th. Leaders and hosts will have an organizational meeting on Monday, October 10th. Now is the time to pray about joining one of the Small Groups. This is a great time of diving into God’s Word! More information will be coming.

                     

                    Tithes & Offerings

                     

                    Thank you faithful church body!

                    Tithes/offerings for September 25, 2022:

                    General - $5,738.81

                    Reimbursement - $129.82

                    Entrust (Monte Race) - $275.00

                    Our weekly general fund need is $7,810.00.

                    September Totals

                    Need - $31,240.00

                    Tithes/Offerings - $36,979.98

                    OVER - $5,739.90

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

                     

                    Blood For The Battle

                     

                    In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.    

                    Ephesians 1:7-8

                     

                    We are involved in a spiritual conflict. This is a battle between the forces of God and the forces of Satan. We must choose sides.

                     

                    The Bible warns us about being taken in by the evil of this cosmos. Satan’s lies are cleverly mixed with truth. When he tempted Christ, he was convincingly logical and even quoted Scripture. So the Bible commands that Christians make a clean break with all the evils of the world and that we be separated from them. The apostle Paul said, “Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you” (2 Corinthians 6:17).

                     

                    Jesus ate with publicans and sinners (Mark 2:16). Nearly everyone He associated with was an outcast. But His relationship with them was not purely social; it was redemptive.

                     

                    Now, we are not to get our worlds mixed up at this point. This is where the confusion lies. God meant that we are not to mingle with the world, but we are to witness to the world. We are to love the world of men whom God loves. We are to weep with those who weep (Romans 13:15), suffer with those who suffer, and identify ourselves with the poor, the sick, and the needy.

                     

                    This then is our problem: to associate with and love those who are involved in the world without being contaminated, influenced, or swayed by them. This distinction can only be achieved by a close walk with Christ, by constant prayer, and by seeking the Holy Spirit’s leadership every hour of the day. God has provided us the power to resist the world and be separated from it, and it is ours to appropriate that power every hour of our lives.

                     

                    We are in the world, but the world is not to be in us. It is good for a ship to be in the sea, but bad when the sea gets into the ship. As our Lord prayed, “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one” (John 17:15).

                     

                    Taken from “Unto The Hills” by Billy Graham.

                     

                    Long Live Cowboys

                     

                    Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

                    Hebrews 13:8

                     

                    We live in a world that is constantly changing. From the engines in our trucks, to the weather, to the way we dress, even to the phones we carry, everything is always changing. While I embrace a lot of these changes, when it comes to the life we live as cowboys and ranchers, I like for some things to stay the same. From riding horses instead of 4 wheelers, dragging calves to the fire instead of using a calf table, to building a wood fire instead of a branding pot, I want these things to never change. Some people would see these practices as out of date or unnecessary with all the technological advances of modern day, and while I agree that many of the changes in the ranching world have made life easier, I love it when I see the same things that have been done for years still being done today!

                     

                    In a world that is changing around us by the minute, there is one thing, or should I say person, that never changes and his name is Jesus. Today’s verse tells us that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever! Unfortunately, some people hear this verse and think, “That proves it. Jesus is out of touch and out of date with today’s culture.” But that would be far from the truth. This verse isn’t saying that Jesus doesn’t recognize the world we live in. The fact is, He knows what’s going to happen next before we do! He makes changes to the world and our lives constantly. What doesn’t change though, is His love for you and me! We never have to worry that He will someday stop loving us. Jesus Christ loves us today as much as He did the day He walked up that hill carrying the cross, and was crucified for you and for me. His love is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and for that I’m very thankful.

                     

                    Chew on this: Do you sometimes wonder if Jesus has stopped caring about you? Do you fear that you may lose His love because of something you’ve done? We can be solid, obedient followers, or be the sorriest, good-for-nothing person that sins every minute, but His love for us is just the same. His love for us never changes. Thank Him for that today!

                     

                    Taken from “Tied On” by Beau Hague.

                     

                    Inspirational Thoughts

                     

                    Lord, whatever you want, wherever you want it, and whenever you want it, that’s what I want.

                     

                    Richard Baxter

                     

                    If you think well of others, you will also speak well of others and to others. From the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. If your heart is full of love, you will speak of love.

                     

                    Mother Teresa

                     

                    To pray is to change. This is a great grace. How good of God to provide a path whereby our lives can be taken over by love and joy and peace and patience and kindness and goodness and faithfulness and gentleness and self-control.

                     

                    Richard J. Foster

                     

                     

                     

                     

                     

                     

                    1. ReadNews & Views
                      September 14th, 2022

                      News & Views

                      NEWS & VIEWS

                      Rock Springs Evangelical Free Church

                      rcvjesus@gmail.com

                      362-8910

                      Sept. 14, 2022

                       

                      Coming Events

                       

                      Sept. 18 Deacon Board Meeting

                      Sept. 19 Zero Hour Begins

                      Sept. 25 CE Board Meeting

                       

                       

                      Prayer Closet Thoughts

                       

                      When we try to make a decision quickly or without asking God for direction, Satan will be right there saying, “Go ahead! You’ll be fine! Don’t worry!” But he conveniently leaves out any mention of consequences. This is because Satan wants you to fail—his ultimate goal is to destroy you. The Father, however, is always concerned about the ramifications of our actions. He has your future in mind. This is why He encourages you to ask, “If I make this decision, what will happen to my family, to my job, to my walk with the Lord?” You see, your loving Savior isn’t just the God of today—He also reigns over tomorrow. And when you follow Him, He ensures that your future is bright and hopeful (Jeremiah 29:11). Listen to Him.

                      The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.   Proverbs 21:5

                      Charles F. Stanley

                       

                       

                      Men’s Bible Study

                       

                      Our Men’s Bible Study has started again. We meet each Tuesday morning at 6:00 a.m. at Mike Shaw’s home at 3728 Peregrine Street. We will be in chapter 7 of “Revelation: The Christian’s Ultimate Victory” by John MacArthur. All men are welcome to join us.

                       

                      Pray About Joining

                       

                      September 19th :  Zero Hour will be in

                      session.  There is still time to consider joining.

                       

                      September 29th: Ladies Bible Study will begin a study on family. We will meet every Thursday from 10 am – 12 pm. Childcare will be provided and homeschooled students are welcome.

                       

                      October: Small Groups

                       

                      Tithes & Offerings

                       

                      Thank you faithful church body!

                      Tithes/offerings for September 11, 2022:

                      General - $11,059.00

                      Benevolence - $1,800.00

                      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.

                       

                      But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.

                      James 3:17

                       

                      We Are In The World

                       

                      If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.     

                      John 15:19

                       

                      The Christian, of course, must live his life in this world. He must infiltrate this world with a purpose—to help win the world. But he does not need to participate in the evils of the world. It is impossible for us to escape from the world, the flesh, and the devil, even in a monastery.

                       

                      We cannot possibly influence the world unless we live in it and give evidence of the power of the Gospel in our lives. As citizens we must vote and participate in political affairs. We are to participate in civic activities, and most certainly we are to be loyal and faithful to the church.

                       

                      However, we are not to compromise with the world, the flesh, and the devil. We are not to participate in the sins of the world. There are certain things to which a Christian must say no – in politics, in the shop, in the office, even in the neighborhood. He must often show that he is a citizen of another world, and many times suffer persecution and misunderstanding because of it.

                       

                      We should refuse to support anything which does not meet with the approval of our Christian conscience. There are thousands of professing Christians who are betraying their Chrisian principles because they are more concerned for the world’s smiles than the commendation of Jesus Christ.

                       

                      I have found that the casual Christian has little or no influence upon others. I am finding that it is only the Christian who refuses to compromise in matters of honesty, integrity, and morality who is bearing an effective witness for Christ. The worldly Christian is prepared to do as the world does and will condone practices which are dishonest and unethical because he is afraid of the world’s displeasure. Only by a life of obedience to the voice of the Spirit, by a daily dying to self, by a full dedication to Christ and constant fellowship with him, are we enabled to live a godly life and have a positive influence in this present ungodly world.

                       

                      Taken from “Unto The Hills” by Billy Graham.

                       

                      Live With Jesus

                       

                      Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

                      Joshua 1:9

                       

                      “Now when [the accusers] saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13).

                       

                      Peter and John had lingered long and delightfully in the presence of the resurrected King. Awakening with him, walking with him. And because they had, silence was no longer an option. “We cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard” (v. 20).

                       

                      Could you use some high-octane boldness? As long as you are stationary, no one will complain. Dogs don’t bark at parked cars. But as soon as you accelerate—once you step out of dishonesty into integrity or laziness into compassion—expect the yapping to begin. Expect to be criticized. Expect to be mocked.

                       

                      So how can we prepare ourselves? Simple. Imitate the disciples. Linger long and often in the presence of Christ. Meditate on his grace. Ponder his love. Memorize his words. Gaze into his face. Talk to him. Courage comes as we live with Jesus. As we meditate on Christ’s life, we find strength for our own.

                       

                      One more thought: Feeling fearful about tomorrow? Do like the disciples—spend time with Jesus. Talk to him. Read his words. Reflect on his life and love for you. He has power and strength like none other, and he’s more than willing to share some with you.

                       

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

                       

                      Inspirational Thoughts

                       

                      When God calls us to step out of our comfort zone, He is not calling us to be comfortable in the situation. He is calling us to be comfortable in Him in spite of the situation.

                       

                      Unknown

                       

                      Look deep within yourself and recognize what brings life and grace into your heart. It is this that can be shared with those around you. You are loved by God. This is an inspiration to love.

                       

                      Christopher De Vinck

                       

                      God will take nine steps toward us, but He will not take the tenth. He will incline us to repent, but He cannot do our repenting for us.

                       

                      A. W. Tozer