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Putting Your Faith In Motion!

One of the things that I am really excited about in the month of June is the opportunity we have to move small groups to Sunday mornings. The small groups will be split out by grade and gender. Middle school and high school students will meet at 9:50 am in the middle school room to break out into their groups. Having consistent small groups will strengthen the middle school and high school ministry and help our students grow in their faith.
Jesus’ most memorable sermon, perhaps, comes from Matthew 13. In this chapter Jesus gives us the parables of the Sower, the Weeds, the Mustard Seed, the Leaven, the Hidden Treasure, the Pearl, and the Net. This seems like a powerhouse sermon of illustrations! But Matthew tells us something really interesting about this teaching time. In Matthew 13:10 the disciples actually came to Jesus to ask Him about the meaning of the parable of the Sower. This was a dialogue, not a lecture! Later on it becomes even more clear, Jesus left the crowds to go to a house where He engaged with the disciples, answered their questions, and challenged them personally. In education theory this is called “active learning”, but Jesus knew this instinctively.
If you look at a number of the famous parables Jesus told, they are given in response to a question that someone presented. Jesus was comfortable addressing big crowds, but the most memorable moments of His ministry were in a small group setting!
Jesus didn’t just use words to get His point across. John 13 relates the story of Jesus washing His disciples’ feet before the Passover meal. Would we have remembered it so distinctly if Jesus hadn’t actually gotten himself dirty cleaning His close group of friends’ feet? Jesus understood the importance of an active faith and He modeled it to the disciples whenever He could. Let’s pray for the same from our students!

Brad Haggard

Sermon Outline, June 29, 2014

Jesus: The Son of God

John 1

 Present Jesus as the Proper Person.

            Jesus Christ is Fully Divine.

                        ~ John 10:30; Philippians 2:6

                                     Jesus is Divine due to His Eternal Nature.  ~ John 17:5

                                     Jesus is Divine because He is Life-Giving.  ~ John 11:25

                                     Jesus is Divine because He is the Light.  ~ John 8:12

             Jesus Christ is Fully Human.

                        ~ Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 1:3

 Present Jesus with the Proper Purpose.

            Jesus’ Purpose was given to Him by His Father.

                        ~ Genesis 3:15

             Jesus’ Purpose was to give His Life for the World.

                        ~ Matthew 1:21; I Corinthians 15:3; Galatians 1:4;

                           Ephesians 1:7; Titus 2:14; Hebrews 9:26; I Peter 2:24

 Present Jesus with the Proper Preeminence.

            Jesus deserves First Place in our Worship.

                        ~ Revelation 5:12

            Jesus deserves First Place in our Allegiance.

                        ~ Revelation 2:10; Matthew 24:13; James 1:12

Marlee Mirre is Making a Difference

In the past 4 years it has been a great privilege to serve with Marlee Mirre. In Uptown she has served in nearly every role possible from worship leader to Sunday School teacher. Each year she has co-led the Impact worship with Mason Ballard and Elizabeth Critchfield. Her service and dedication to the children of Tates Creek has gone past this into fellowship events, lock-ins, and egg hunts. Later this summer, Marlee is taking her biggest leap of faith as she joins the team headed to Liberia. For one week she will love on, spend time with, and invest her life into the children of the AFAA house orphanage, but that’s not all. Marlee has a passion and desire to connect the kids of Liberia with kids in our public school partner Julius Marks Elementary. She is working hard to build a “pen pal” partnership with another Liberia team member and 2nd grade teacher, Cathy Cook.

Serving children and others of all ages is so much a part of Marlee’s life, she is planning to make a career out of it. She is studying at UK to be a Licensed Clinical Social Worker while working in the Mother/Baby Unit at Baptist Health hospital.

Please take a moment to pray for Marlee as she prepares for this huge trip to Liberia, and as she continues her studies at UK. If you see her around Tates Creek, make sure she knows she is making a difference!

Matt Lee

How is Your Health?

Recently, I’ve been trying to live a more healthy lifestyle. I’ve been going to the gym to run on the treadmill and lift weights. I’ve been making healthier choices with my diet. I have seen some results even after just a month of making some changes. I’ve lost some weight and I feel better and more energized. It has been said that if we exercise our bodies and our brains, they will last much longer. We are barraged with infomercials, advertisements, and billboards about the newest quick health fix. A pill, a surgery, or a magical exercise program that can be done in 5 minutes a week.
It is true that none of these things are really quick fixes. If you want to be healthy, you have to make sacrifices. You have to sacrifice time to exercise. You have to sacrifice eating your favorite foods as often as you’d like to eat them. You have to make your health a priority.
In the same way, we need to make our spiritual health a priority. It requires a sacrifice of time and energy. It takes more than 5 minutes a week. If we want to be spiritually healthy, we have to surround ourselves with people who will encourage us and inspire us. We have to schedule time in our day to read God’s word and meditate on it and pray through it. We have to apply it to our everyday living.

When we make these things a priority we will see results. As we become more and more like Jesus, he will give us more and more opportunities to minister to people. We will be able to see the world and other people in a new way. One that is filled with compassion, grace, and love instead of judgment and condemnation. We will be able to exercise our faith when we take advantage of these opportunities that God is giving us. We will FEEL better, because God is changing us from the inside out. I challenge you to make your spiritual health the main priority this month and see if it doesn’t change you! Let’s do it together!

Mike Allen

Sermon Outline, June 22, 2014

Jesus: Sowing the Seed

Mark 4:1-20

 Pay Attention to the Sower.

            The Sower represents Jesus Christ.

                        ~ I Corinthians 1:23; II Timothy 2:2

             The Sower sows in Faith.

                        ~ Isaiah 55:11

             The Sower sows Faithfully.

                        ~ II Timothy 4:2

 Pay Attention to the Seed.

            The Seed is Powerful.

                        ~ I Corinthians 1:18; Romans 1:16

             The Seed is Productive.

                     The Word of God creates Life ~ I Peter 1:23.

                     The Word of God changes Lives ~ Romans 12:2.

                     The Word of God cleanses Lives ~ Hebrews 4:12.

Pay Attention to the Soil

            One Response to the Word represents Hard Soil.

                        ~ Mark 4:9

            A Second Response to the Word represents Shallow Soil.

                        ~ Psalm 1:1-3

            A Third Response to the Word represents Cluttered Soil.

                        ~ I Timothy 6:10

            A Fourth Response to the Word represents Productive Soil.

                        ~ James 1:22

Balance is Upset

Life in Addis is starting to become more routine and predictable for us. Heavy emphasis on “more” because when you are adjusting to a new country and culture you start at the bottom of the “predictability” scale and slowly work your way up. That being said, we saw something the other day that shook us from our current state of homeostasis.
This past Sunday we spent the morning worshipping with our house church, and on our way home, as we were driving back into the city, we saw a woman get hit by a car.
My mind replays the image of her body being thrown into the median, her dazed face of confusion as she tried to lift herself up off the ground, the driver and passengers running out to her, the crowd forming, and the driver hastily putting her in the van and driving off to, I’m assuming, the closest hospital. Travis and I pulled our car over, to watch to see what would unfold and if/how we could help. But we have no medical training, so besides having a car we did not know what we could do to help. We watched helplessly as several lives unraveled.
In a blink of an eye, we can only assume that both the woman who was hit and the van driver’s lives were changed forever. Only 5 minutes after the accident the street was empty and the crowd dispersed. All signs that a terrible event had just occurred were gone.
However, instead of being completely swallowed up by the stress and fear of driving here, we are trying to allow what we have seen to make us more mindful of how precious the lives are around us. Each life has been miraculously woven together by God’s own hand because he willed it and he loves us. I pray we can see the image of God in each pedestrian, taxi driver, and bicyclist we pass as we drive down the road. God help us.

Travis, Emily, & Clare Weeks

Where Are You Men of Courage?

That famous line from the movie “Courageous” is a challenge to many of us as fathers to stand up and be godly examples for our families, and others around us. Today, in a very similar way, I want to take that challenge and make it much more specific to a serious issue of spiritual growth and a fight that all men face: the fight for sexual integrity.
For most men, each day is an all-out visual assault of sensual images: TV, billboards, magazines, etc. It’s been well documented that the increased presence of the internet in our lives today has made this worse with the increased availability of pornography. To add to the challenge, more and more people use smartphones and tablets. The internet and all that comes with it now fits in your pocket, and is with you everywhere you go. A lot of men feel trapped by this situation, caught in behaviors that the Holy Spirit convicts them to hate, but too overcome by shame to seek out the help they desperately need.
If you are in this situation today, I want to first offer you hope.
1 Corinthians 10:13 states, “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” If you are caught in this struggle today, know that God only allows temptations He knows you can overcome together, and that He always provides a way out.
The second thing I want to offer is direction to the way out. I’ve always been told that “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” So, what’s your plan for battle? The book, “Every Man’s Battle” by Stephen Arterburn and Fred Stoeker, and websites such as Covenant Eyes and XXXChurch are good places to start for battle plan ideas. Christian counseling is another option. Additionally, myself and the other ministers on staff are always willing and available to meet with you confidentially and help you start out on this path.
So, where are you men of courage? Are you ready to stand and fight?

Nic Skinner

A Loving Father

He never met a stranger. That was Jerry Foley, a devoted Christian, husband, father, and grandfather. He wasn’t a fancy person and had a very humble, loving, and gentle spirit. He loved the Lord and lived accordingly. He raised our children in a Christian home where he was the head of the household.
He always had time for our children, Jennifer and Jeffrey. Through the years, he spent many afternoons around the baseball field teaching them how to play and enjoying the game with them. He would often pitch to them for batting practice. Jerry helped coach many of the teams they played on, and made such an impression on the other kids that even after all these years, several returned to pay their respects at his funeral.
Jerry had a love for trains since childhood. Occasionally, we would take an excursion on the grand old steam trains. Sometimes Uncle Marion and Aunt Ruby Eldridge would accompany us on those trips. He loved family outings and looked forward to summer vacations to the beach and long weekend trips with the family, before and after the two grandsons (Owen Cooper and Ethan Foley) came along. They held a special place in his heart. Over the years, he had built a large toy train layout. The three of them would run the trains, but not before donning their railroad hats (made especially for them) to take the journey around the tracks. A strange yet fitting thing happened during his internment at the Cemetery. As Brother Tommy Simpson was having the closing prayer, a train whistle blew three times in the distance, as if to say, “Welcome home thou good and faithful servant”.
He was such a blessing to me. I have always felt in my heart that our being together was the work of our Lord, through his servant Brother Wayne Smith, fifty-five years ago for which I am and will forever be grateful. There was never a finer example of a Christian, husband, father, and grandfather than Jerry Foley. He was truly a Christian gentleman.

Geraldine Foley

Loving Christ’s Church

Ephesians 5:25 says, “Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her.” I love the Lord’s Church! This love for the church began when I was a small boy growing up in the Antioch Church of Christ in Keefer, Kentucky. I have so many wonderful memories growing up in this country church. This rural church used the piano in worship. Brother Bachman was our preacher, and his wife, Mrs. Bachman, played the piano. She could make that piano sing! She played with lots of energy! So therefore, our worship services were full of energy, joy, and great singing! Two choir lofts were on either side of the pulpit. The choir loft on the right was for the adult choir; the one on the left was for the children’s choir. Both choirs were always full and usually sang a special song every Sunday.
While there was one adult Sunday School class that met in the auditorium, the children’s Sunday School Classes were in the basement. I had great Sunday School teachers. These teachers made the stories of the Bible come to life. For that reason, I love Sunday School, too.
I have always loved church; going to church, singing, listening to the sermon, serving, or whatever there was to do in church. Both of my parents instilled this great love for church in me. Since the month of June recognizes Father’s Day, I fondly remember that my Dad loved church. He always sang in the choir. He served as a deacon, a Sunday school teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, and was always helping to do whatever needed to be done. He was a very generous giver too! Our family was greatly blessed with his spiritual leadership.
It is for sure that Jesus Christ loves His Church. He certainly demonstrated His love for His Church by giving His life for His Church! Do we love our Lord’s Church? Are we faithful to the worship services and to our Sunday school class and/or small group? Do we participate in the worship services? I remember one time as a boy just sitting in the worship service ~ Dad tagged me on the shoulder and said, “Sing!” I have been singing ever since. Do we spend time in at least one area of service? Do we speak positively of the church? Do we pray for the church? My Dad left a great legacy of loving our Lord’s Church. What legacy are we leaving?

Tommy Simpson

Sermon Outline, June 8, 2014

The Birth of Jesus

Matthew 1:18-25; & 2

 Only Jesus is the Source of Salvation.

            Consider the Person of Jesus.

                        ~ Colossians 2:9; John 1:14; I John 4:15; I John 5:5

             Consider the Name of Jesus.

                        ~ Acts 4:12; I Timothy 2:5; John 14:6

 Only Jesus is the Fulfillment of Messianic Prophecy.

            Consider the Prophecies surrounding His Birth.

             Consider the Credibility of Fulfilled Messianic Prophecy.

                        ~ Romans 10:9-11

 Only Jesus is Worthy of Worship.

            Worship Jesus with the Will.

                        ~ Matthew 16:24

             Worship Jesus with Strength.

                        ~ Mark 12:30

             Worship Jesus with the Heart.

                        ~ Matthew 6:21

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