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Reflections from Pastor Jennifer
It is easy to get distracted, isn't it? Sound issues, livestream issues (if you *tried* to watch on FB or were with us in church on Sunday, you know), personal issues - all threaten to keep our eyes from what is important. So, what is important? Knowing who we are in Christ. As the Church, we are part of the New Testament priesthood. As priests, we have a duty to worship God correctly. Animal sacrifices are no longer required. Human sacrifice - giving ourselves - is what pleases God. We are able to operate in this role because we are the favorite children of God, a kingdom of priests, a brand new ethnicity. Knowing who we are will influence what we do.
Bring your warm donations for Operation Christmas Child. Scarves, hats, and gloves are suggested if you have not yet donated in January. In February, we are collecting (lots of) toothbrushes and floss. Bring shoeboxes or shipping costs to provide extra help.
Our February focus is show the love. So celebrate with all your pals at our Palentine's Day movie! On Saturday, February 10, we will begin concessions in the fellowship hall at 6pm, with the movie beginning at 6:30pm. All festivities will be held in the fellowship hall unless the weather is unseasonably warm. Movie and concessions are free, so you only have to bring a chair and your best pals.
Baby Bottle Boomerang
Show your love to the unborn and moms in crisis by giving to the Lake Norman Crisis Pregnancy Center. Get your bottle from church, or use the QR code to fill a virtual bottle with coins, cash, or checks. Please return the bottles on Sunday, February 18. There is also an opportunity to minister to the moms and babies on Tuesday, February 20. We need volunteers to cook and/or to attend the meeting at the LNCPC Mooresville location.
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In the Journey of Life, We Need Each Other!
The Bible says in Colossians 2:6-7, “As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him” (ESV). The Bible often compares life to a walk, because you don’t just sit still in life. We are on a journey! Throughout the New Testament we’re told to walk in wisdom, in love, in light, in obedience, and in the Spirit.
But one of the key ways that God tells us to walk is this: You were never meant to walk through life alone. This has nothing to do with whether you’re single or married. Marriage does not solve the issue; community does. And you find community in your spiritual family — the Body of Christ.
Some of you say, “What’s wrong with walking alone? I like waking alone. In fact, I prefer it. I can go at my own pace. I don’t have to wait for anybody.”
You may like walking alone, but you need others to walk with you through life. Let me give you three reasons.
1. It’s safer. Have you ever had to walk through a dark alley at night or down a long road in the countryside by yourself? It can be a little scary. It’s safer to walk through life with others.
2. It’s supportive. There’s an old Zambian proverb that says, “When you run alone, you run fast. But when you run together, you run far.” Life is not a 50-yard dash; it’s a marathon! The only way you’re going to finish the race well and not burn out is by having other people involved in your life through meaningful relationships.
3. It’s smarter. You learn more by walking with others than you do by yourself. Proverbs 28:26 says, “Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool.” In other words, if you’re the only one who thinks something and nobody agrees with you, you may be walking in the wrong direction. When you walk by yourself through life, you don’t have anybody to go, “We’re off the path. We’ve got to get back on the path and go in the right direction.”
Ephesians 4:16 says, “As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love” (NLT, second edition).
You’ve got to have other people in your life to help you grow into the person God made you to be. Life is about relationships. God is love, and he wants you to learn to love him and to love others. Those are the two greatest lessons in life.