As you prepare for worship this Sunday, listen this great quote from C.S. Lewis in his book Mere Christianity:
“Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing. If that is so, I must take care, on the one hand, never to despise, or be unthankful for, these earthly blessings, and on the other, never to mistake them for the something else of which they are only a kind of copy, or echo, or mirage. I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that other country and to help others to do the same.”
This Sunday’s message is called Humanity 2.0 – Better than the Garden of Eden. During this time of CoVid, it seems like many of us are groaning over what we see slipping away. We long for a return to “normal life”. That’s not what the Bible exhorts us to do.
Our fighter verse is from 1 Corinthians 15:52. In 1 Corinthians, Paul rejoices over the resurrection of Christ and the guarantee of our future bodily resurrection. Paul urges Christians to stop looking back, languishing in fear, grieving what is lost. Why look back when something far far greater and far more glorious is right around the corner? This difficult road is leading somewhere better than we have ever known.
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For the last six Sundays in 2020 and the first Sunday of 2021, we are going to study the final seven passages of Scripture that are part of our church “Fighter Verses” memory program. We thought that in this time of chaos and uncertainty the best thing that we can do is to try to get God’s Word deep
into our hearts and lives. We are doing so that we might help each other be filled with peace and hope in these crazy CoVid times. So, would you be willing to join us in this? Would you take up the challenge to memorize some or all of these passages? Would you be willing not only to finish 2020 by kneading God’s Word into your heart and mind and life, but to get a jump on 2021 with the comfort, encouragement and hope of the Scriptures? Here is a list of the verses that you as individuals or families can learn and share together so that we as a church family might see, savor and share the all-surpassing worth of Christ!