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Half the Old Testament is the word Remember. No, that’s not true. It’s 48%. I just rounded up. As Israel forgot, so do we. Today’s insert is a simple reminder of some of the standards we work to maintain as we sing for the Lord. My prayer is that you […]

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TOF Sunday Mar 25, 2012

March 31st, 2012

Family Crusade  


Did you enjoy the Family Crusade?

More than enjoying it, I hope you see the spiritual value to the week. Halfway through the week I had to check my spirit. People were talking about the souls that were saved, and when I wasn’t thinking about it, I was more concerned about the songs, the penny offering, the games, the fun… I was wrong!

Please, at ALL times, see the spiritual aspect of everything that you do.

I’ve used this phrase before: Think Spiritually.

About everything.

School. Family Crusade. Guests in class. Homework. Dinner. Everything! Think spiritually. Learn to see God in every minute of every day. That’s how Bro. Beckam described prayer… a relationship with Christ.

Thank you for all your great work last week with the Family Crusade! Praise God for how it turned out! Btw… can someone buy me a new toothbrush? Mine is worn out…

Bro. Ryan


PIE FELLOWSHIP SETUP – If you can help today at 5:30, please come to help set up for pie fellowship tonight.



The $200 cost is due next Sunday, April 1.  Please see Bro. Ryan or Mrs. Jamie for release forms and info sheets.  We will meet Wednesday night after church.



We will not have youth group that night so that you can all be in the service to partake of the Lord’s Supper with the church.



10 Ways to Renew Your Spirit

By Bro. Cary Schmidt

Ever get depleted?

Ever reach the bottom of the barrel when it comes to spiritual energy or passion?

Don’t overreact! It doesn’t necessarily mean you’re doing all the wrong things with your life. You’re faith is probably still alive and well. There’s no need to go AWOL.  Don’t start doubting every good decision or direction in your life.

You probably just need to restore—to let God revive your spirit. God’s Word is filled with ways to find new strength and to renew your spirit. Here is a quick glimpse at ten of them:

1. Walk with God—nothing will restore your soul like time with God. Find a place where you can have quiet and calm. No distractions, no time limits, no pre-planned structure, no agenda—just be with Him. Get outdoors and literally walk—with God. This will change your perspective on nearly everything! (Genesis 6:9)

2. Cast Your Cares Upon Him—while you’re with God, you might as well put everything you’re carrying into His hands,including yourself! He already knows about it all. You’re not hiding anything from Him. Nothing you’re feeling or thinking will surprise Him, and He invites you to cast it all upon Him—so go for it! (1 Peter 5:7)

3. Meditate on Biblical Principles—choose a passage, a promise, or a verse and just rest upon it. Chew on it slowly and let it sink deep. Find a place to jot down some reflections. What you meditate upon has much to do with your attitudes and actions. (Psalm 1:2)

4. Listen to Godly Music—whether with an iPod, a CD player, or your own voice—set aside time to really listen to Christ-honoring music. Think about the message, and let God’s Holy Spirit restore and encourage you. Music is one of God’s great gifts to help us walk in the Spirit. (Psalm 118:14)

5. Read an Encouraging Book—pick up something biblical and enjoyable—a biography of a great Christian or an inspirational book. Make sure it connects to some practical aspect of your life. (Proverbs 25:11)

6. Serve Someone Else—could be your spouse, your kids, your neighbor, a church member, or a local business owner. There’s something really refreshing about choosing to perform an act of kindness “just because.” If you’re wondering who the Holy Spirit would have you serve, just ask Him. I promise He will bring a name to your mind almost immediately. (1 Corinthians 9:19)

7. Share the Gospel with Someone—No matter what’s going on in your life, your whole perspective changes when you set the burdens aside and share the Gospel. Even if you don’t see someone saved, it’s good to know you are laboring together with God. (Ephesians 6:15)

8. Rest—sounds so unspiritual compared to the others doesn’t it? But it’s not only spiritual—it’s vital! Quite often, we just run on empty, physically speaking. Sometimes the best thing you can do is “crash”! Don’t set the alarm. Actually sleep, and don’t feel guilty about it. When you’re recharged, you’ll get three times as much done than if you had continued trying to be productive on fumes! (Psalm 127:2)

9. Spend Time with Someone You Love—your spouse, your family, a godly friend. Right relationships are energizing. They have a restoring and renewing quality. Go ahead and spend yourself for others, but be sure  you carve out time to be with those who strengthen you in the Lord as well. (Proverbs 17:17)

10. Use Your Spiritual Gift(s)—take your unique personality combined with God’s Divine enabling(s) in your life, and put them to use for His purposes. Do what you’re really good at—but do it for God. This is “over-the-top” fun and eternally significant. Nothing puts fresh wind in your sails like investing your life and resources into eternity. (1 Peter 4:10)

When you’re engaging in biblical, renewing activities (like these) then it’s only a matter of time before God breathes new strength into your spiritual life. Patiently enjoy His presence as He renews your strength. (Isaiah 40:31)

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