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On the Rock

August 29, 2017

Have you faced the storms of life? How did you deal with them? As we live and face these storms we must examine if our life is built on a firm foundation. Jesus uses the illustration of two types of foundations; the sand represented by the worlds values, and the rock represented by His.

Join us Sunday as Todd teaches us how to establish the foundation of our life on Him, allowing us to weather the challenges that we will face. Services are on Sunday at 9am and 10:45am.

making the connection | September 3, 2017

August 29, 2017

In Israel, villagers mostly build in the summer. No one wants to build in winter when the rains come. There’s a different obstacle to deal with in the summer…the ground. Without rain, the hard clay ground quickly becomes as firm as bronze. A builder in that part of the world might decide to save themselves the trouble of digging down to build on solid rock. Digging would be back-breaking labor. But when winter comes, the rains would soak the ground making that hard-packed clay as soft as pudding. Pretty soon, even a well-built home would buckle and fall.

When Jesus taught, He knew just how to speak to His audience. By talking about construction, He could help people understand a deep truth they could apply directly to their lives. In that time, God’s people were coming and hearing God’s Word from a religious leader without applying it to their lives. (Check out Ezekiel 33:30-32 – a passage about hearing without applying.) Jesus teaches that hearing without applying is useless.

Just like digging into the hard ground in summer would’ve been tough labor for a builder in Israel, applying the Word of the Lord can be difficult in some seasons of our lives. Jesus wants everyone to understand that they cannot go their whole lives hearing God’s Word but doing nothing with it. Yes, it will be hard work at times to apply His truth. There may be risk and an incredible amount of energy needed. Yes, it will be uncomfortable. Life may not be as cozy as it has been. But when the storms of life come, those who have built their lives on the Rock will stand strong. –Nate Metler

  • Read and reflect on Matthew 7:24-29 this week.
  • Pray to God and ask Him to show you what you are building your life on: His Word, your own ambitions, or something else?
  • Choose one way you can apply God’s Word to your life this week and begin to build your life on solid rock.

making the connection | 08.27.17

August 23, 2017

When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. (Acts 4:13, NIV)

Don’t you just love that? People could tell that Peter and John had been with Jesus. Our relationships with Jesus can be seen by those around us. And don’t miss what else it said about Peter and John. They were unschooled, ordinary men. That should encourage us as well. Our faith life doesn’t require a PhD in theology. The only requirement is that we spend time with Jesus.

So, when was the last time you were with Jesus? Is that a regular practice in your life? Or do you struggle with making that routine? Are you unsure of how to start?

Wanting to be with Jesus is a great starting point. The next move is to simply take a step toward being with Him and then take another step after that. Growing in your relationship with Jesus takes time. Think about your relationships with friends. Those took time and energy to get to where they are today. Your relationship with Jesus requires the same. Below you’ll find a few suggestions of ways you could spend time with Him this week. – Sarah Neel

  • Read: reading the Bible is one of the best ways to spend time with Jesus. You can come to know His character, learn from His teachings, and be encouraged and challenged by what you read. Starting with one of the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John) is a good way to get to know Jesus better, as those four books are all about Him – His teachings, miracles, and relationships with people.
  • Listen: listening to (and maybe singing along with) worship music is another great way to spend time with Jesus. If you need some suggestions, each week on Facebook we post a link to a Spotify playlist of songs we sing during Sunday services. You can also find the list of songs on the notes side of this insert in your program each week.
  • Pray: spending time in prayer provides a way for you to connect with God. Philippians 4:6 says, Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. In prayer, we can share our doubts and fears with God, as well as thank Him for His goodness in our lives. Prayer is also a time where we can be silent and wait for God’s guidance and peace. Praying gives us the opportunity to communicate with God and get to know Him more.
  • Journal: if you have a hard time focusing, journaling may be a great tool for you. As you do any of the above suggestions, incorporate journaling to help focus your thoughts and prayers during these intentional times.

Healthy Home Classes on Marriage and Parenting at the YMCA

August 21, 2017

The Kosciusko YMCA is pleased to provide opportunities for your homes to be healthy not just physically, but also emotionally and spiritually. This fall and winter learn about better approaches to your marriage and parenting.

Adding Life to Your Parenting will provide two nights of large group teaching and interactive discussion on the art of being still and overcoming distractions, as well as teaching our kids how to grow in a positive way by affirming their strengths. Class is September 25 and 28, 6pm.

Maximizing Your Marriage will provide six monthly seminars designed to help families reclaim control, develop healthy communicating relationships, and provide hope. The monthly seminars are $10 each at 6pm, and will include the following topics:

  • Communication 101 – Wednesday, September 20
  • Resolving Issues and Fighting Fair – Wednesday, October 18
  • Parenting with Boundaries – Wednesday, November 15
  • Love Languages – Wednesday, January 17
  • Effects of Trauma and Stress on Children – Wednesday, February 21
  • Forgiveness – Wednesday, March 21

For more details on these classes, check out the flyer, visit the Kosciusko YMCA website or contact Matt Goebel (574) 269-9622 x235.

 

 

making the connection | August 20, 2017

August 17, 2017

From the first to the last page, the Bible tells us about a God who deserves our worship. All of us are worshipers of something or someone. (If you pause to think about it, isn’t it a little disturbing that we are given the choice of where to devote our heart, soul, and minds?) Jesus put it clearly in the Great Commandment saying, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.’ (Matthew 22:37-40) This should lead us to ask two important questions: Why does God insist on our worship? And why should we give Him our devotion exclusively?

Does God need us to worship Him? The short answer is: No. God does not need anything from anyone. He is the only being that has ever existed that is completely self-sufficient. Every other so-called god is needy. Our God alone gives with no strings attached. It may sound strange, but whatever we worship, influences who we are, and who we become. We need to worship Jesus Christ as Lord of our lives because it is in our best interest to do so. When we give our worship to Christ alone, we discover what it means to be the happy, free, and gracious people He created us to be. The risk for us is to honestly surrender and worship Him above everything else.

Why should we worship the Lord above and apart from everything and everyone else? Why can’t we simply make Jesus a high-priority among other things in our lives? In daily life, this is what many of us struggle to do. We may say we love Jesus, but we stop short of worshipping Him exclusively. A large part of our struggle is our perspective. We mistakenly believe He is too small (or assume our hearts are too big). We make Him small by not appreciating all He has done for us. We make Him small by looking only at our individual circumstances. We make Him small by allowing the bigness of world events to cause us to doubt His good purposes and plans. This is why we talk about having faith. This is why we say there is a choice or decision to believe. At some point in every person’s life, we must choose to trust that He is more good than we’ve given Him credit for and bigger than we first imagined. To truly know the peace He brings, we must make the decision to worship Him exclusively. Only then is our perspective (our entire outlook) transformed. So choose today whom you will worship and let your life show the results. –Nate Metler

Heartline Donut Dash 5K

August 17, 2017

Heartline Pregnancy Center invites you to participate in the Donut Dash Walk for Life on Saturday, October 21st. The 5k begins at 9am at the K21 Health Services Pavilion on Provident Drive in Warsaw. The two-mile trek begins at 10am at Heartline and follows the beautiful Beyer Family Farm Trail. Registration for the event is $20 (before September 15) and open to the public and strollers are welcome.

Details:

  • When: Saturday, October 21
  • Time: Registration begins at 8:30-9:45am, begins at 10am
  • Where: K21 Health Services Pavilion
  • Register: Online  (donations and fundraising appreciated)

Heartline Pregnancy Center, Inc. is a pro-life, Christian organization that serves the greater Warsaw area. Heartline provides free services to women and their families facing an unplanned pregnancy in a stable, compassionate, life-affirming and Christ-centered environment.

The YMCA | Adult Beginner Spanish

August 16, 2017

Join our friends at the YMCA on a journey to learn the Spanish language! Enjoy the rewards of life-long learning while gaining the skills to connect to Spanish-speaking members in our community. This is an introductory course in which participants will learn to listen to, speak, read and write entry-level Spanish, great for those wanting to learn conversational Spanish. This class will be tailored to the needs of participants, but is not recommended for those with considerable past experience learning Spanish. Additional extra-curricular practice is recommended. All class resources are provided.

Details:
Tuesdays, September 12-October 31, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Register by September 9
Members: $40  Program Members: $60
Located in Parkview Center for Healthy Living at the Kosciusko Community YMCA