Monday Morning Meditation 3.18.19

Meditation on “Two Gifts: One Good, One Bad” from 3.17.19. Hear the Sermon.

  1. Adam’s gift brought punishment upon us, but Jesus’ gift brings favor upon us.
    • Romans 5:12-15
    • Genesis 5:3
    • Praise the Lord that Jesus’ gift completely alleviates the displeasure of the gift we received from Adam.
  2. Adam’s gift made us guilty before God, but Jesus’ gift makes us innocent before God.
    • Romans 5:16-18
    • Praise the Lord for His abundance of grace in helping us overcome the guilt of sin.
  3. Adam’s gift brought us under the power of sin, but Jesus’ gift brings us under the power of His grace.
    • Romans 5:19-21
    • Praise the Lord for giving us the grace we need to be freed from the bondage of sin.

Daily Bible Reading:

  • Monday: John 14:15-21
  • Tuesday: John 14:22-24
  • Wednesday: John 14:25-27
  • Thursday: John 14:28-29
  • Friday: John 14:30-31
  • Saturday: Acts 1:7-8

Announcements:

Friday, March 29, 6:30 PM Youth Activity: Games & Pizza

Looking ahead, April 9 we will consolidate all April activities to go see “Noah” at Showcase Cinemas in Warwick (1200 Quaker Lane). Please sign up on list in vestibule.

Ladies’ Bible Study 3.11.19

We met for a light dinner of Florentine quiche, cheese and fruit, and vegetable platter.  When one of the girls looked out the window, they drew our attention to the amazing sunset God gave us.

Then we enjoyed a caramel walnut apple pie and strawberry cheesecake. After dinner we resumed our study of Matthew and finished the Sermon on the Mount.

Matthew 7 talking points

Matthew 7:1-5

  • Matthew 7:1-5
  • Don’t have a critical spirit. Be careful not to judge others. If you condemn others, make sure you’re above condemnation.
  • Galatians 6:1-10
  • John 8:1-11
  • What’s wrong is condemning others; that’s the Lord’s job. We need to be careful not to judge people because we don’t know the whole story. We are not omniscient. It’s best not to be critical of others. We can’t judge the heart and intentions of others. It’s not wrong to reveal faults. What’s wrong is to criticize and condemn others. Notice in Galatians the principle of restoration, not revelation.

Matthew 7:6

  • Matthew 7:6
  • We should not be sharing the blessings of our Christian faith with the enemies of the gospel. Don’t invest in hostile people. Share the gospel, but do not persist with those who reject it.
  • Matthew 10:14-16

Matthew 7:7-11

  • Matthew 7:7-11
  • God sees us as His children that He wants to care for as a loving Father.
  • He wants us to be persistent.
  • Luke 18:1-8

Matthew 7:12

  • Matthew 7:12
  • The Golden Rule. How does the Law and Prophets hang on this? If everyone was kind to others in the way they wanted to be treated, imagine what a wonderful world this would be. There would be no crime.
  • Matthew 22:34-40

Matthew 7:13-14

  • Matthew 7:13-14
  • The way to eternal life is confined to one way: through Jesus.
  • John 14:6
  • John 10:7-10

Matthew 7:15-23

  • Matthew 7:15-23
  • There are many who claim to be Christians, but they are not. Jesus is warning us that as we minister to people, Satan will send people our way who claim to be Christians but are really wolves in sheep’s clothing.
  • Matthew 10:14-16 applies here, as well.
  • Psalm 1:1-6

Matthew 7:24-27

  • Matthew 7:24-27
  • The Lord gives us a beautiful illustration of the stability and protection that He provides for those with faith in Him.
  • Psalm 1:1-6
  • Joshua 1:7-9
  • James 1:22

Matthew 7:28-29

  • Matthew 7:28-29
  • Jesus was astonishing because He did not speculate. He taught authoritatively. This is how His great sermon which spans Matthew Chapters Five through Seven concludes.

Monday Morning Meditation 3.11.19

Meditation on “When We Aren’t Who Others Expect Us to Be” from 3.10.19. Hear the Sermon.

  1. We can fulfill God’s will with joy and satisfaction by being motivated by the Holy Spirit and the Scriptures.
    • Luke 4:14-21
    • 1 Corinthians 3:16
    • Acts 13:1-2
    • Exodus 31:1-6
    • John 15:10-11
    • Ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten you to the gifts and abilities He has given you, to who you really are as a person, and then to give you tasks that utilize your unique combination of gifts and abilities.
  2. We can fulfill God’s will with joy and satisfaction by putting aside others’ misguided expectations.
    • Luke 4:22-27
    • Ask the Holy Spirit to give you the wisdom and strength you need to set aside others’ misguided expectations for your life.
  3. We can fulfill God’s will with joy and satisfaction by being okay with rejection.
    • Luke 4:28-30
    • Pray that the Lord would give you the emotional strength to accept others’ rejection of God’s calling for your life.

Daily Bible Reading:

  • Monday: John 14:1-4
  • Tuesday: Revelation 21:9-14
  • Wednesday: Revelation 21:15-21
  • Thursday: Revelation 21:22-27
  • Friday: Revelation 22:1-6
  • Saturday: John 14:5-14

Announcements:

TONIGHT Monday, March 11, 6:30 PM Women’s Dessert and Bible Study

THIS WEEK Friday, March 15, 6:30 PM Men’s Prayer Dinner

THIS WEEKEND Sunday, March 17, Corned Beef & Cabbage Fellowship and Youth Cookie Contest (immediately following Worship Hour)

Friday, March 29, 6:30 PM Youth Activity: Games & Pizza

Looking ahead, April 9 we will consolidate all April activities to go see “Noah” at Showcase Cinemas in Warwick (1200 Quaker Lane). Please sign up on list in vestibule.

Monday Morning Meditation 3.4.19

Meditation on “How God Shows His Love to Us” from 3.3.19. Hear the Sermon.

  1. God loves us when we are down and out.
    • Romans 5:6
    • Let’s praise the Lord that no matter what we have done or what we are going through, He still loves us.
  2. God shows His love exceeds the realm of human possibility.
    • Romans 5:7-8
    • Let’s praise the Lord that He loves us even though He knows who we really are.
  3. God’s love gives us joy in spite of strife.
    • Romans 5:9-11
    • Let’s remember that we have access to great joy even when facing strife because of our hope in Jesus Christ.
    • Let’s praise the Lord for being our Source of joy.

Daily Bible Reading:

  • Monday: John 13:18-20
  • Tuesday: John 13:21-24
  • Wednesday: John 13:25-28
  • Thursday: John 13:29-30
  • Friday: John 13:31-33
  • Saturday: John 13:34-38

Announcements:

Please go to www.NotInRhodeIsland.com to let your senators know you are not in favor of the abortion expansion bill being considered in the hearing on March 5.

Monday, March 4, 6:30 PM Advisory Committee Meeting

Monday, March 11, 6:30 PM Women’s Dessert and Bible Study

Friday, March 15, 6:30 PM Men’s Prayer Dinner

Sunday, March 17, Corned Beef & Cabbage Fellowship and Youth Cookie Contest (immediately following Worship Hour)

Friday, March 29, 6:30 PM Youth Activity: Games & Pizza

Looking ahead, April 9 we will consolidate all April activities to go see “Noah” at Showcase Cinemas in Warwick (1200 Quaker Lane). Please sign up on list in vestibule.