from Central Mennonite Church in Dover, DE
March 3, Friday (7:30 pm)
March 4, Saturday (7:30 pm)
March 5, Sunday (11:00 am)
March 5, Sunday (7:00 pm)
By David Yoder from Dover, DE (Central Mennonite Church)
The Mountain Anthems are scheduled to be with us Sunday morning, April 17. They will have the entire service, with new songs, a meditation, and something for the children. Please join us at 9:30am April 17.
Here is a link to download a Mountain Anthems poster.
Systematic and regular Bible reading of God’s Word is a good way of developing and deepening our relationship with Jesus Christ. Be honest with yourself and set an attainable goal… If you have never read the the entire Bible, don’t start with a goal of reading the Bible in a year. Instead, set a goal of reading the New Testament in a year, or something similar. Regardless of your plan, read with an attentive attitude and ask the Holy Spirit to lead you and teach you as you read.
Here are some plan to help you get started. I have collected these from a variety of sources and have listed them (roughly) in order of the amount of time/commitment required.
A survey the Bible in one year, reading only 15 verses a day!
Read through the New Testament in a year, reading Monday to Friday. Weekends are set aside for reflection and other reading. Especially beneficial if you’re new to a daily discipline of Bible reading.
Read straight through the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation.
Read through the Bible in a year, with each day of the week dedicated to a different genre: Epistles, The Law, History, Psalms, Poetry, Prophecy, and Gospels.
Read through the Bible in the order the events occurred chronologically.
The Old Testament readings are similar to Israel’s Hebrew Bible, and the New Testament readings are an attempt to follow the order in which the books were authored.
Read the entire New Testament in 90 days.
Read the Bible cover to cover by investing as little as thirty minutes a day. In 90 days, you will see the big picture of God’s great story unfolding before you.
Read the Old and New Testaments once, and Psalms & Proverbs four times
Read through the Bible one chapter at a time. Readings alternate between the Old and New Testaments.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11)
Jesus came to earth in the form of a helpless baby… so that he could redeem us from the clutches of sin and death! Without compromising His deity, He became fully human – an incomprehensible act of love and sacrifice.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word [Jesus] was God.
John 1:14 And the Word [Jesus] became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Colossians 2:9 For in him [Jesus] the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily…
Jesus is coming again – and soon – for His disciples (followers) who believe Jesus is their Savior, Redeemer, Lord, and King… living lives of obedience, submission, and self-denial in the kingdom because of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Many living in Palestine 2,000 years failed recognize Jesus for who He was… the promised Messiah. Many today are unwilling to surrender their own desires to the will of the King. Let’s not be among those!
Our annual church campout is coming up next weekend… October 9-11 at Camp Highroad.
There will be no service at our location on Dumfries Road in Catlett on October 11.
I was deeply saddened Friday, June 26, when I heard the Supreme Court had rejected the traditional and biblical view of marriage between a man and a woman and legalized same-sex marriage across the country. At the same time, I cannot say I was totally surprised. Over the last decade or two, there has been a concerted effort by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) advocates promoting and normalizing this immoral and sinful behavior. As a result many church denominations have been pressured to and are also endorsing this lifestyle.
The potential implications of this landmark decision to Bible-believing Christians are significant. At the same time, the timeless principles of biblical truth remain the same today as they did prior to this ruling.
In many ways, the broader church community shares in the blame of the breakdown of marriage and family values in the United States of America. Much of the so-called “church” has defiled the sanctity of marriage by permitting and encouraging divorce and remarriage. Much of the church has compromised the truth of God’s Word. Divorce and remarriage drastically mars the beautiful imagery of marriage in portraying Christ and the church to the unbelieving world and culture around us. If the “church” is unwilling to stand up for the truth of God’s Word and the sanctity of marriage, why should we expect the surrounding culture to continue to embrace those things that have been rejected by the church?
One of the things that is a unique with this issue the way this sinful and immoral lifestyle is celebrated and glamorized. Same-sex marriage was not only legalized, but there is widespread pride and celebration that accompanies it. This is unique in that many sins are still rejected and looked down upon by society as a whole. Murder is and remains a criminal offense subject to lifelong imprisonment or the death penalty. Stealing & robbery are not acceptable or tolerated in our society. Even slander is looked down upon and subject to civil (if not criminal) prosecution. Adultery–extra-marital affairs–is broadly viewed with disapproval and often results in a loss of public trust. At the same time, there is widespread celebration and pride in same-sex relationships.
We are led to believe there are only two ways to respond to this ruling: celebration or hate. This myth is perpetuated by characterizations of the political left and the political right. The assumption is that if you are not celebrating this decision, you must be a hater. On the other hand, if you don’t display a certain level of disdain, you must be celebrating. For the born-again believer, neither of these responses are appropriate. Christians should not celebrate nor should they hate! Instead, a Christ-like response of respectfully “speaking the truth in love” is required. Our responsibility is to faithfully live for King Jesus and His kingdom which is not of this world. We should in no way diminish the truth of the gospel, but neither should we intentionally antagonize those who do not share our belief system.
We dare not compromise the truth: homosexuality is sin. At the same time, we must demonstrate genuine agape love to all people, because each and every one is created in the image of God. We also must be clear that the redeeming gospel of Jesus Christ is available for everyone. Through true repentance and submission to the lordship of Jesus Christ, there can be victory over every sin.
God is the final judge of all sin. Each one of us will stand before God one day and give account for every sin that has not been covered by the blood of Jesus. He will judge everyone fairly. He will judge all sin–not just certain sins. Homosexuality is sin. Divorce and remarriage are sin. Any form of sexual immorality is sin. God will hold each of us accountable for any unrepented sin; it doesn’t matter whether it is covetousness, stealing, lying, cheating, murder, idolatry, unforgiveness, slander, malice, anger, etc. All sins are equally offensive to God!
The ripple effect of the legalization of same-sex marriages will have on churches, Christians, and pastors is unknown. It is safe to assume that life for believers who speak out in truth on this issue will not become any easier, and the potential for increased levels of persecution is not out of the question.
In the meantime, there are a number of things we can and need to be doing. First of all, we need to pray! We need to come to God in repentance for our own unconfessed and secret sins. We need to pray for revival in the church – the body of Christ. And we need to pray for this nation and its leaders. Secondly, we need to reaffirm what we believe and why. Increasingly, we will find our beliefs challenged and ridiculed. If we don’t know what and why we believe, we can’t expect to stand against opposition. Thirdly, we need to be prepared to stand for truth–even if it is against popular opinion or even the law of the land. Truth is increasingly opposed and attacked. Finally, we need to be prepared and willing to suffer for truth. We must not compromise the truth of God’s Word because of popular opinion, but we cannot assume unbelievers to tolerate our stand for truth.
My challenge is to take this opportunity to deepen our commitment to God and the truth of His Word. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we have the opportunity to show Christ-like love, speak truth in love, and demonstrate the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ to those who attack and oppose us.
David Nisly, Lead Pastor
June 28, 2015