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The two faces of January and the two faced God “Janis”

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Typically the week between Christmas and New Years are a week of reflection and vision casting for me.

So right now I am in reflection mode reading my past blogs since 2008.

As I get closer to the new year I will shift into vision mode.

I love reading about ancient Greek and Roman mythology.

January is named after the Roman god Janus who was unusual because he had two faces.

The mythical god had two faces, one looking forward and one looking backward, which symbolised that he had the gift to see both past and future.

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“January”

The two faces of January and the two faced God “Janis”
This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. 22 Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. – Lamentations 3:21-23

Luke 24:8
“Then they remembered His words.”

James 1:26 “we look into a mirror and forget what we look like.”

THREE SIMPLE FORGET ME NOTS GOD WANT YOU TO REMEMBER .
1. REMEMBER YOU ARE REDEEMED.

Duet 15:15 Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and the Lord your God redeemed you.
2. REMEMBER LOTS WIFE.

Luke 17 32 Remember Lot’s wife!
33 Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it.
3. REMEMBER HE DOESN’T REMEMBER.

Hebrews 8:12 For I will forgive their wickedness
and will remember their sins no more.
Improving one’s memory is not all that difficult. Most of us simply don’t expend the time or effort required. “The true art of memory,” wrote an English historian, “is the art of attention.” We can improve our memories by simply putting our minds to it and by following a few simple rules: 1) Remember to remember. Telling yourself that you want to remember this or that fact and concentrating on it will improve your memory immediately. We remember what we WANT to remember. 2) Sharpen your observation. Pay close attention to what you see and hear. Use images. Shut your eyes and try to SEE it. Notice details. really LOOK at things. Few people actually do. 3) Practice recall. Forgetting is most rapid soon after learning. It helps, therefore, to make a deliberate effort to repeat and review immediately. Repetition will help fix the fact or image in our minds. 4) Concentrate. Eliminate distractions. The mind is at its best when it is centered on one thing at a time. Avoid such things as fatigue, noise, and competing visual images during the time you are trying to learn.
Sometimes we as Christians need to stop along life’s road and look back. Although it might have been winding and steep, we can see how God directed us by His faithfulness. Here’s how F.E. Marsh described what the Christian can see when he looks back:

The deliverances the Lord has wrought (Deut. 5:15).
The way He has led (Deut. 8:2)
The blessings He has bestowed (Deut. 32:7-12).
The victories He has won (Deut. ll:2-7).
The encouragements He has given (Josh. 23:14).
When we face difficulties, we sometimes forget God’s past faithfulness. We see only the detours and the dangerous path. But look back and you will also see the joy of victory, the challenge of the climb, and the presence of your traveling Companion who has promised never to leave you nor forsake you.

I am Looking forward to looking back and forward this week.

Reflecting on 14 – looking forward to 15.

Steve

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Christmas Eve, Discovery Church

Highly Infectious

The Christmas Spirit is Highly Infectious

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“It is easy to laugh when everybody is laughing; easy to weep when everybody is in tears. The most solitary and phlegmatic man cannot walk through a park on a public holiday in exactly the same temper in which he would traverse it on a day on which he has its lawns and lakes and avenues all to himself. In spite of himself, he is influenced by the carnival atmosphere, and imbibes something of the spirit of the occasion. For pleasure is highly infectious. The gladness of the multitude communicates itself, almost irresistibly, to the individual. This vital principle never wields its spell with greater force than at Christmas time.”
– F W Boreham

Join us at Discovery Church if you are inclined on Christmas Eve @6:00 P.M.

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What does a greeter look like at Discovery Church?

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What is so important about being a greeter at Discovery Church Prescott?

Here are a few pointers.
We never get a second chance to make a first impression so this is important each Sunday.
Be early – (9:40).

Smile and be genuine. You are the very first impression that many people have of our church.
Welcome them like you’d welcome them if they were coming over to your house.
Handshakes are appropriate but don’t force them. Some people don’t like to shake hands.
Remember that people come to church for many reasons. Some are hurting, some are skeptical, sometimes they are just “bringing the kids”. A warm and friendly welcome will go a long way to breaking down walls and allowing them to get the most out of their time at Discovery.
Keep an eye out for first time guests. They should be our priority. We love our regular attenders too, but they don’t need as much help finding the restrooms for example. There should be two or more guides floating that can guide the first time guests to their seats, to the kids area, to the restrooms or wherever else they might need to go. If no other greeter is available to guide them, don’t hesitate to enlist the help of other church members/regular attenders and introduce the visitor to them and ask them to help.
It’s very tempting to get caught up in conversations with friends. We need to remember that we have a job to do. Invite your friends help you with your job.
Help and assist elderly and families with children
Keep your eyes open for other situations that need attention (medical situations, safety situations, etc.)
Got a good idea of how something can be improved? We are always looking for new ideas.
Have fun and love the people that you get to serve. Be energetic. God is an alive and exciting God, Discovery is too.
Thank you for considering serving your church in this very vital area.
Remember, hospitality is Gods idea. – Hebrews13:2
If you guys are interested in serving in this ministry txt me an “I’m in” txt and let’s have a brief meeting after service next week.

Thank you for considering helping us make discovery a better place for people to find a community of faith, hope and love.

Steve

 

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You Can Have A Happy Home -part 6

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You can have a happy home 6
SOUNDS GOOD TO ME
Pastor Steve Lummer

For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. 6 You became imitators of us and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. 7 And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. 8 The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere. 1 Thessalonians 11-8 (niv)
GREEK SPEAK – VS 5

“with words”. LOGOS. ( The written Word. )

“with deep conviction” – PATHOS. (The passion presented)

“you know how we lived among you”. – ETHOS . (The life lived)
“So many will be ashamed 1 day that they wasted so much of life criticizing other believers instead of reaching unbelievers.” Rick Warren

GOOD SOUNDS bring GOOD RESULTS

1. Where did it come from ?
Vs. 8 “The Lord’s message rang out from you.”

2. What did it produce ?
Vs. 8 ” your faith in God.”

3. What can it do?
Vs. 9 “They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, ”

WE MISS OUT ON THE GOOD VIBES BECAUSE WE ARE TOO FULL

Never assume that anybody “knows” anything.

The need for good communication
Illustration of my child hood – A guy walking down a street one day noticed a man struggling with a washing machine in the doorway of his home. When he volunteered to help, the homeowner was overjoyed. After several minutes of fruitless struggle the man said to the homeowner, “We’ll never get this washing machine in there.” To which the homeowner replied in amazement, “In? I’m trying to get it out!”

Cooperation is impossible without good communication. And that principle holds whether it’s in your home, your business or your church. Never assume that anybody “knows” anything. The truth is, some people are afraid to admit that they don’t know lest they be ridiculed. Others need more time and personal attention before they “get it.” If you’re a fast-tracker with a day timer and a short fuse, people won’t feel comfortable asking for your help. So, if the job’s not getting done right, the problem could be your inability to communicate clearly and consistently, rather than their inability to do the job properly.
Without clear communication two things happen:

(1) The right people get discouraged and quit, like one worker who complained, “I feel like I’m part of a mushroom farm; left completely in the dark and fed manure from time to time!”

(2) The wrong people become empowered, and chaos results. So, if there’s strife and confusion where you live and work, rather than harmony and clear direction, go back and read Paul’s thoughts on good communication: “I appeal to you…that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.”

You can have a happy home 6
SOUNDS GOOD TO ME
Pastor Steve Lummer

 

For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. 6 You became imitators of us and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. 7 And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. 8 The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere. 1 Thessalonians 11-8 (niv)
GREEK SPEAK – VS 5

“with words”. LOGOS. ( The written Word. )

“with deep conviction” – PATHOS. (The passion presented)

you know how we lived among you”. – ETHOS . (The life lived)
“So many will be ashamed 1 day that they wasted so much of life criticizing other believers instead of reaching unbelievers.” Rick Warren

GOOD SOUNDS bring GOOD RESULTS

1. Where did it come from ?
Vs. 8 “The Lord’s message rang out from you.”

2. What did it produce ?
Vs. 8 ” your faith in God.”

3. What can it do?
Vs. 9 “They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, ”

WE MISS OUT ON THE GOOD VIBES BECAUSE WE ARE TOO FULL

Join us Sundays at 10:00 am

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Women’s Small Group Notes for Monday Night

Monday night 7:00 P.M. we are looking into a study of women in the Bible.
Mary-A Favored Woman
Luke 1:30 “You have found favor with God.”
Luke 1:46 “ My soul magnifies the Lord.”
 
What Do We Know About Mary:
She was a virgin-unmarried and pure.  That was the “religious law” of the day
She was humble, from a small village, and uneducated
She was devoted believer
She was a faithful Jew-from the lineage of David
She was engaged to Joseph– engagements were legally binding and lasted at least a year
What Did God See As Useful:
1. She understood turning points and what they meant
Her acceptance didn’t need the “hows” and “whys”
**Sometimes turning points can shake us to the core.
2. Mary had the right heart to face the challenge
3. Mary had an attitude of acceptance– she accepted God’s plan without knowing the outcome
How Did God’s Plan Change Her Life:
She would be pregnant before she was married. Huge social burden
She would be branded as a fornicator
She would have trouble with Joseph
Her home would be blended and the community would see them as different
Her child would cause violent reactions in the hearts of people
Her soul would be pierced with great sorrow
Mary’s response to God was worship   Luke 1:46-55
Our “gift” of worship to Him Should Include:
1. Time in His Word, in service, in prayer
2. Money for His kingdom
3. Faith for the future
4. Witnessing to the lost
See you  there.
Brenda
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See you at Jennifer Taylor’s home tomorrow night at 7:00 PM.
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