NEWS & VIEWS
NEWS & VIEWS
NEWS & VIEWS
Rock Springs Evangelical Free Church
Jan. 25, 2023
Feb. – Mar. Scripture Memory
Feb. 24-26 Youth Snow Retreat
Prayer Closet Thoughts
The devastating whispers may come. The enemy may tell you you’re a failure, your case is hopeless, the petition you most hope for will never be answered, and God doesn’t want anything to do with you. Your enemy knows the messages that will most dishearten you, and he is very effective at striking you where it hurts the most. But right now remember, he is a liar. Do not give in to him. Those demoralizing whispers are absolutely not true, so you must immediately reject them and replace them with the truth of God’s Word. And what is true for you as a believer? That Jesus takes responsibility for your success as you walk with Him; there is always hope; He is faithful to answer your prayers, and He loves you so much, He will never let go of you.
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5 Charles F. Stanley
The sign up sheets for Scripture Memory are on the bulletin board for adults and are in the classrooms for all students. Adults can choose any level grade 1 through adult III. Each level has a theme with scripture verses that correlate to these themes. This is an important program in our church curriculum because the more we understand and memorize God’s word, the more we will understand God and His will for our lives. There is a level for each of us to memorize!!
Sign up and get started hiding God’s Word in your heart! We start reciting the first weekend in February.
Pastor Zaqueo & Sylvia Mission Trip
Pastor Zaqueo & Sylvia will be going on a mission trip to Mexico starting Sunday, January 29th. They will be gone for 4 weeks. Pray for Pastor Zaqueo as he preaches that many would come to know the Lord as Savior; that Pastor Zaqueo & Sylvia would be an encouragement to the missionaries they visit and that there would be an opportunity to establish new mission fields; and that the Lord will grant them safety as they travel and while they are there.
All in our church body are welcome to use plates, cups, platters, pots, coffees, teas, etc. When you do so, please replenish the kitchen with what you have used and return items to where you got them from so that everything will be ready for the next group who wants to use them. Thank you so much for your courtesy.
Tithes & Offerings
Thank you faithful church body!
Tithes/offerings for January 22, 2023:
General - $6,783.00
Pastor Zaqueo Mission Trip - $650.00
Missions - $350.00
Our weekly general fund need is $7979.00. You can still mail your tithes and offerings
to Rock Springs E Free Church, PO Box 807, Rock Springs, WY 82902
Cherishing God’s Word
My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you; keep my commandments and live; keep my teaching as the apple of your eye; bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 7:1-3
I find it a dangerous thing to go grocery shopping when I’m hungry. I find myself tempted to buy food that under normal circumstances would not appeal to me at all. I am not alone, according to King Solomon: “One who is full loathes honey, but to one who is hungry everything bitter is sweet” (Proverbs 27:7).
This same principle can be applied to our pursuit of purity. There is a real danger in going through our days spiritually hungry because we have not fed well upon the word of God.
If we are going to make any meaningful attempt at maintaining our purity, it is imperative that we not only read God’s word; we must also cherish it. Solomon—the king of Israel to whom God gave wisdom that surpasses anyone else’s (1 Kings3:3-14)—uses language that gets at the notion of cherishing God’s word when he tells his son to “keep” his words, to “treasure” them, to keep them “as the apple of [his] eye,” to “bind” them, and to “write” them on his heart.
To relate to God’s word this way requires us to get beyond using the Bible merely as a textbook to study, a book of proof texts for arguments, or a promise book to which we occasionally turn. Cherishing God’s word requires us to seek the perspective of the psalmist who, distancing himself from the proud and the scoffers of his day, says of the man who is walking with God, “His delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night” (Psalm 1:2).
There is a direct correlation between delighting in God’s word—allowing it to control and guide our lives—and maintaining a zeal for purity. If we fail to cherish Scripture, the question is not if we will stumble in the matter of purity but when.
Every one of us can keep our way pure by hiding God’s word in our hearts (Psalm 119:9).
Do you have a plan for memorizing Scripture? Let me challenge you to make a commitment to memorize a verse of the Bible, whether it’s every other day, every day, every week, or whatever it might be. Make a plan, and stick with it.
Feast on God’s word and be satisfied. Cherish the Scriptures and be pure.
Taken from “Truth For Life” by Alistair Begg.
Cause And Effect
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. Matthew 12:35
There is a predictable principle at work in life—you get what you put into it. You can’t plant carrots and expect to harvest watermelon. You can’t fill your piggy bank with pennies and expect a hundred-dollar bill to emerge. You may wish for results to magically appear, but the cause-and-effect principle remains.
Of course, there are exceptions. When a child puts his newly pulled tooth under his pillow, a coin appears in its place—as long as his parents don’t forget. But the most important exception is Christ’s gift to us. We surrender our sin and failure to God, and He replaces it with the flawless righteousness of Christ. God’s commitment to us includes an eternal home and purpose for today. He delights in transforming us to bring forth good treasure. We become His lights, impacting and encouraging the people around us.
Submit yourself and your efforts to Him, and you will gain more than you could ever give.
Taken from “Ever Faithful” by David Jeremiah.
God guides us, despite our uncertainties and our vagueness, even through our failings and mistakes. He leads us step by step, from event to event. Only afterwards, as we look back over the way we have come do we experience the feeling of having been led without knowing it, the feeling that God has mysteriously guided us.
Lord, I feel like a mouse in a treadmill. Rushing around, faster and faster. Getting nowhere. Lord, it’s at times like this that I need you most. Yet you seem so far away. Why, Lord? Where have you gone? Then I hear it, the quiet voice—be still and know that I am. You are near. You have been all the time.
We are never more fulfilled than when our longing for God is met by His presence in our lives.