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We Need Jesus

Technology is a wonderful gift sometimes, isn’t it? Before we had cell phones (I am just old enough to remember a time without them), I was trying to find a friends house at night. It was in the middle of the country, and I was on a back road with no street lights or signs of any kind. I was fairly sure I had taken a wrong turn, and I had no map or any idea of where I was or what direction I was going. Without a GPS or a phone to call my friend, the only thing I could do was go back to the beginning, check my directions, and see what was wrong. I thought for sure that what was given to me was incorrect, but as I began the drive for the 2nd time, I realized I had missed a step and it was really my fault. I finally made it, and humbly joked about my mistake. I really needed a phone that night, and I don’t leave home without it now if I take a trip somewhere unfamiliar.

We talked to the children last month about how much we need Jesus in our lives. We need Him for comfort, security, love, friendship, and most importantly, for direction to Heaven. Without Him, we have no hope of reaching our final destination, and will be forever lost.

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

Lesley Tipton

Finding Our Way

I have enjoyed a pretty good sense of direction for most of my life. In fact, sometimes if time is not a factor, I will get off of the interstate highways and travel along old state and national routes to my destination. One can really enjoy the local “flavor” that way. AND, I love reading maps. I recently purchased a new 2014 road atlas from AAA to keep in the trunk of my car. Now, I do own a smartphone with a “map app” and use it often to locate a place of business or a potential route, but trying to get a look at “the big picture” is difficult on that small screen. Don’t get me wrong, I love technology and the ways in which it can make our lives easier and more efficient, but I really enjoy seeing the entire route on a big map. Just think how long it took to prepare these maps before our current methods. I should note that I do not enjoy folding maps…who does…but an atlas is a great way to organize maps in one big book.

Of course, GPS (global positioning system) is amazing technology via our sophisticated satellite systems. But as we have seen on TV, it is not perfect. Turning right rather than “bearing” right could land one in a lake! I remember being in Cincinnati with a friend a few years ago and we were using his GPS system. We had already missed one turn and ended up in a “not so nice” neighborhood and when looking for a restaurant downtown, the GPS said to follow a certain route when I blurted out, “I don’t care what the GPS says, turn left here. The restaurant is right over there!”

And, who doesn’t use Google Maps or MapQuest to print out directions to find our way to a new place we want to explore?

I find getting around in Lexington a challenge, as many do, since several streets go in various directions and change names. But as we live here longer, we learn our way around town.

It is important for us to be able to find our way in life, too! So many are lost and going in the wrong direction. Sometimes, we are trusting the directions given to us by people who deliberately lead us in the wrong way. The Scriptures point us to Christ. We will never be lost if our compass is pointing to Him and we follow His directions. I find it interesting that the early Church was referred to as, “The Way”. (Acts 9:2)

Don Seevers

Jesus is the Lord – John 9

One of the more common phrases in Christian publications, sermons, and conversations is “Jesus is Lord”. At times, this saying can be so common, we may not give it a second thought. But have you stopped to think what this really means? Or, more importantly, have you truly let Jesus become the Lord of your life?

John Chapter 9 is the story of Jesus enabling a grown man, blind at birth, to see. Jesus spit into the dirt to make a mud paste. He put that paste on the man’s eyes and told him to go specifically to the Pool of Siloam to wash. This he did and was given his sight. Many of his neighbors and others soon saw that he could see and thought he was someone else. Others asked him what had happened and he willingly shared what Jesus did for him.

People took the blind man before the Pharisees to show them the healed man. Of course they asked the man when this occurred and how it had happened. The man was happy to report that a man named Jesus had done this and when. The Pharisees then spent a lot of time trying to say the man was never blind. But when that became futile, they switched their arguments saying there was no way Jesus could have healed the man.

Later, Jesus encountered the now seeing man. Jesus asked him if he believed in the Son of Man. The man wanted to know who that was so he could believe. As soon as Jesus told the man that He himself was the Son of Man, he began worshipping Jesus.

Have you taken an inventory of all the things Jesus has done for you? We all are the beneficiaries of knowing and understanding God through the life and words of Jesus. We all also have the opportunity of someday having Jesus usher us through the gates of Heaven. I am sure that He has done many things for you as well. If these things are not obvious to you, take some time to review your life to identify when Jesus walked beside you or carried you forward and blessed you. How do you react to this, possibly, newly found knowledge? Are you like the former blind man who worshipped Jesus upon the discovery of who He was. Do you make Him the Lord of your life through that worship? Or are you like the Pharisees and go to great efforts to discredit those wonderful things He has done for you or to give the credit to someone or something else?

My prayer for all people is that they, one day, will be able to experience the joy of the blind man through their worship of Jesus and allow Him to become the Lord of their lives.

Michael Mirre

Sermon outline, February 8, 2014, “Jesus is the Lamb of God”

Jesus is the Lamb of God

John 1:29

The Lamb of God is Perfect.

The Lamb of God is Sinless.

~ I Peter 1:18-19

The Lamb of God is Fully Human.

~ Hebrews 2:14

The Lamb of God is Willing.

~ Matthew 27:50; John 10:18

The Lamb of God is our Substitute.

The Lamb of God took our Place.

~ I John 2:2; I John 4:10

The Lamb of God demonstrates Grace.

~ Isaiah 53:4-6; II Corinthians 5:21

The Lamb of God is our Safety.

The Lamb provides Safety from God’s wrath.

~ Romans 5:9

The Lamb provides Safety for Everyone from God’s wrath.

~ Acts 4:12; Romans 8:1

Following the Way

I am directionally challenged. To me, GPS is one of the greatest inventions known to man. I wouldn’t try to go to any unknown destination without written directions or a GPS unit of some sort for fear of becoming completely lost! This relates to my faith in that I must rely completely on Jesus, his example, his Spirit, and his Word to guide me in my life. When I try to follow any other guide, I always end up lost.

When I think about what Jesus says in John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”, I think of Jesus as “The Way” in a few different senses. The first is that Jesus literally has provided a bridge between earth and Heaven. He has provided us access to the Father through his death, burial, and resurrection. We are sons and daughters of the one true King. So Jesus is literally “The Way” in the sense that he has brought us back into a right relationship with God. Jesus is the way in which God saw fit to redeem us and bring us back to himself.

Jesus is also “The Way” in that He has provided us a better “way” to live life. A way of life that is different than a worldly life. In fact, in the book of Acts, we see that even the first century folks, specifically Saul (Paul) and the Pharisees, were calling Christianity “the Way” (Acts 9:2). It must have been obvious this group of first century Christians were living in a different way than the people around them. Jesus’s way is certainly better than our way!

Lastly, Jesus is “The Way” in that we must follow Him. He literally shows us “the way.” I’m sure many of us have tried our own way only to fall on our faces and realize we are lost, but we come back and follow Him because we know He is leading us in the right direction.

Jesus made a way for us, He showed us the way, and He is still leading the way for us. If we simply follow Him, we will end up at the right destination.

Brad Haggard

The Way

I am directionally challenged. To me, GPS is one of the greatest inventions known to man. I wouldn’t try to go to any unknown destination without written directions or a GPS unit of some sort for fear of becoming completely lost! This relates to my faith in that I must rely completely on Jesus, his example, his Spirit, and his Word to guide me in my life. When I try to follow any other guide, I always end up lost.

When I think about what Jesus says in John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”, I think of Jesus as “The Way” in a few different senses. The first is that Jesus literally has provided a bridge between earth and Heaven. He has provided us access to the Father through his death, burial, and resurrection. We are sons and daughters of the one true King. So Jesus is literally “The Way” in the sense that he has brought us back into a right relationship with God. Jesus is the way in which God saw fit to redeem us and bring us back to himself.

Jesus is also “The Way” in that He has provided us a better “way” to live life. A way of life that is different than a worldly life. In fact, in the book of Acts, we see that even the first century folks, specifically Saul (Paul) and the Pharisees, were calling Christianity “the Way” (Acts 9:2). It must have been obvious this group of first century Christians were living in a different way than the people around them. Jesus’s way is certainly better than our way!

Lastly, Jesus is “The Way” in that we must follow Him. He literally shows us “the way.” I’m sure many of us have tried our own way only to fall on our faces and realize we are lost, but we come back and follow Him because we know He is leading us in the right direction.

Jesus made a way for us, He showed us the way, and He is still leading the way for us. If we simply follow Him, we will end up at the right destination.

Mike Allen

New Missionary Family

At its January 4 meeting, the TCCC Missions Ministry Team recommended that TCCC help support through prayer and finances Tyler and Katie Selby, CMF missionaries to Nekempte, Ethiopia. The Elders approved the recommendation at their meeting on January 5.
Katie is from McCook, Nebraska, and Tyler from Columbia, Maryland. They are both graduates of Emmanuel Christian Seminary where they met. Katie is also a graduate of Manhattan Christian College in Kansas, and Tyler is a graduate of Milligan College. Katie was introduced to missions ministry in India and Tyler in Uganda and the Ivory Coast. They believe that God joined them together and is calling them to Ethiopia to serve His Church there.

As Tyler and Katie write: We will minister primarily in the town of Nekempte. There, we hope to assist the church in two main ways: first, by helping to establish a college student ministry, both to disciple students in the church as well as to reach out to students in the town of Nekempte. Second, we hope to start a business as mission project by opening a café or bakery on the church property in Nekempte. It is our desire that these two ministries will complement one another and create opportunities through which God will be able to bless the people of Nekempte.

We felt the call of God to Nekempte because of how God had been preparing us through the work we are doing in Johnson City. Currently, we serve international students in Johnson City through a ministry Katie began 2 ½ years ago, and Tyler operates a home-based bakery which is heading into its third season at the Johnson City Farmer’s Market. We have been humbled to recognize the ways in which God has folded our lives here in Johnson City into his larger plan. It is our privilege to join God’s works among the Ethiopian people, and we are thankful and blessed to have the support of the wonderful community at Tates Creek Christian Church. We are expecting our first child in May, and we look forward to meeting you!

Tyler & Katie Selby

Jesus is the Lamb of God – John 1:19-51

The scriptures tell us that without the shedding of blood, there can be no forgiveness of sin. There must be an atonement for sin. In the Old Testament, God established an annual Day of Atonement. Each year the High Priest would offer a sacrifice for the sins of the people.

The Book of Hebrews explains that “The Law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming”, not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. We have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once and for all.

When Isaac asked his father, Abraham, where is the lamb for the burnt offering? His father replied, God himself will provide the lamb. How right and prophetic he was!

Lambs by nature are weak, defenseless animals. They make no alarming sounds when danger approaches. Jesus became the perfect atonement for sin for all time. The Apostle Peter states that “We are not redeemed with silver and gold but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.

The world needs to hear this Good News! Even a non-Christian, Mahatma Gandhi recognized the significance of Christ when he said, “A man who was completely innocent, offered himself for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.”

Jesus Christ, the perfect Lamb of God! What a Savior! What a future!

Ron Fey

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