The book for the month of March and April is “Living Beyond Your Feelings” written by Joyce Meyer. It’s about “controlling your emotions so they don’t control you”. According to the book cover, “the average person has 70,000 thoughts every day, and many of those thoughts trigger a corresponding emotion.”
This is a wonderful book if you are guided by your emotions or would just like to control them better. Although I have not read the whole book yet, just Part I, I can see its usefulness. Joyce gives four personality types and how each one affects ones outlook. Did you ever wonder why your spouse acts the way they do – read this book and wonder no more.
After every chapter, Joyce gives a sentence or so called “Decision and confession”. I like to think of them as the “thought for the day”. If you would like to read this book with us, read Part I, the first 129 pages during March and then come to St. James U.C.C., Allentown on Saturday, March 31st at 1:00PM for discussion in the parlor. We plan on reading Part II for April and then coming together Saturday, April 21st. Time to be determined at the March meeting.
Anyone is welcome. Pastor Lorraine
The first book we read for our book club in February was “Heaven is for Real” written by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent. It is a little boy’s story of his trip to heaven and back. Colton, who was not quite four years old, had been in surgery and he told his parents he had left his body. He didn’t share his experiences right away but little by little, he would share things, people he had met that he didn’t know in his life. The surprising thing is that the amount of things Colton shares he experienced, only happened in three-minutes in earthly time. It makes one wonder, if time in heaven is counted in a much different way.
This book is written in a simple manner, easy reading, but it gives the reader a glimpse of heaven in a new way, through the eyes of a not-quite four year old. The book is written, re-told by Colton’s father. One thing Colton says about heaven is this: “Nobody is old and nobody wears glasses.”
Are you a skeptic, or does it peak your interest? Read the book and then decide. Pastor Lorraine
Sermon Title: “Cross Roads”
Scripture: Mark 8:31-38
On this 2nd sunday in Lent, we read in the gospel of Mark about Jesus, not in the wilderness, but still being tempted. This time he is tempted by one of his disciples, that of Peter. Even though the disciples walked with Jesus, they still did not understand when he talked about his death which was to come.
When Peter responds to Jesus’ teaching he rebukes Jesus. Think about it, Peter believed that Jesus was the Messiah, the promised deliverer of God’s people, Israel. How could He be talking about suffering and death, it didn’t make sense. Now Jesus rebukes Peter, telling him “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things, but on human things.”
Just like the disciples, we all have a choice to make, are we going to be the kind of Christian Jesus wants us to be: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Today we stand at a crossroads – are you going to take the road leading to Christianity and choose to deny yourself, take up the cross and follow Jesus? It is your decision! *Annual Manual and Christian Century
Thought for the Week: GPS – God’s Positioning System by Squire Rushnell in “When God Winks On New Beginnings”
Let us pray: Merciful Savior, Jesus willingly yielded himself to the temptation and the blessing of the desert. We sometimes experience desert as well. Empower us, gracious God, to follow the example fo Jesus. Remind us of our faithfulness in the wilderness. Renew our hearts and minds. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.