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“The Trinity Trumpet”

“Seeking Him, Serving Him” 

Volume 41 Number 2               February 2008

 

Pastor's Pen - Numbers - Children's Ministry - Worship & Music


The Pastor’s Pen!!!

Happy Valentine’s Day! February 14th is so named because of a Christian martyr named Valentius, who died for his faith during the Roman persecution of Christians, circa 300 AD. Valentine’s Day is a day set aside to share gifts and greetings to someone you love. But the greatest Gift of all is Love, because God is Love. (1 John 4:8)

The Bible tells of the unfolding scope of God’s Love. The Gift of God’s Love is in John 3:16. For God so Loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. The gospels’ tell us the Son of God came and died on the Cross for our sins. That’s Love! He died in our place.

Romans tells us of the Demonstration of God’s Love. God demonstrated His Love towards us, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Why? Because God Loved us. Why? Because we were sinners, lost, dying and going to Hell, with no way to Save ourselves. Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

Peter tells us about the Power of God’s Love. A home in Heaven is reserved for us who are kept by the Power of God through faith for salvation. That’s why we can’t lose our Salvation!!! We are Kept by the Power of God’s Love. Paul says in Romans 8 that nothing can separate us from the Love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord!

And it gets better! One day we will all be changed, whether we die or are Raptured, and we will get a glorified body. All because of God’s great Love, and Grace, He has made us alive in Christ and made us to sit together with Him in the heavenly places. John saw the Glorified Christ on Patmos when he wrote Revelation. Not only will we see Him, but we will be just like Him. Now that’s Love!

Vernon

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January’s Numbers

Sunday School - 77 + 33 (Ns Hme) Worship Service - 130 + 10 (Ch Ch)

Beginning Checkbook Balance $649.54.

Jan Receipts $13,881.03 Disbursements $15,106.08

Ending Checkbook Balance $424.49

Building Fund $49,270.40 Scholarship Fund $11,075.80.

YTD Receipts - $81,758.26 - YTD Expenditures - $80,569.40

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Children's Ministry

Awanas

Meets Sunday Night at 5:45 pm.

(Groups for all Children K-6th Grade)

 

 

Children’s Church

Every Sunday at 11:00 am

(Downstairs during Worship Service)

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Worship & Music Notes

Over the years, I have worked with many “Christians” who have the mind-set that music is just “fluff”. It is something to fill a few minutes of the program while the speakers are getting ready. Many think that music should be the first thing to go when the program needs to be shortened. I happen to think otherwise. God-centered worship music is never just “window dressing.” Obviously, God does not think so either. If He thought that, then I do not believe He would have had the Levite musicians stand on the east side of the altar playing cymbals, harps, and lyres, while singing, “He is good; His love endures forever.”

There are 85 scripture passages that exhort God’s people to sing praises to the Lord. Most of them are found in the Psalms but several come from the New Testament.

The New Testament specifically offers guidelines for music and singing in worship, “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, as you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.” Col. 3:16

I believe that worship is the most important element in preparing hearts for the spoken Word. Without worship, our hearts remain hardened soil, unprepared for the seeds planted through preaching/teaching.

Worship is the doorway to God’s love and provision. When we become worshipful people, the floodgates open and God enters our lives. He’s standing at the door, knocking.

"Come, Now is the Time to Worship!"

Mark

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