Mountain View Independent Methodist Church
Friday, April 19, 2019
God is good ALL the time... and ALL the time, God is good!!

Year 2019 - April thru June

 
 

  

 

 
 
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Keep Your Eyes on Jesus!  

Sin has a way for sneaking into our lives, it comes softly, slowly and sometimes without us even realizing it, at first it doesn't seem too bad (until it's too late) but before long it has its ugly hold on you. Sin sometimes comes as a harmless dove and in our mind, we may think it's not that bad but remember Satan uses the little foxes to destroy the vine. As Christians, we always need to be on guard for these little foxes or as some use this term too lightly I think, it's just a little sin, nothing major. We need to know there are no small or big sins, sin is sin!  

If you look around our world today you can see one of the number one sins is GREED, it's everywhere, from the White House to the state and county government. Greed has destroyed many nations and it's growing by leaps and bounds in our own country today and it's shameful in the eyes of God. Greed as any sin will take you farther than you ever thought you would go and cost you more than you can pay.  

As Christians, we need to keep our eyes on Jesus and ask for His guidance on a daily basis as we walk through this life so filled with sin. (Lord give us discernment in all we may say and do and guard our minds and our hearts too that may we may live closer each day to You. Be our Guide and Helper too that we may stay on the straight and narrow path with You. Loving You first and foremost and doing the best we know how to do and leave all the sins behind by only serving You. Amen.) Keep your eyes on Jesus!  

Written and Submitted by: Jean Hunt, 03/21/19

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Famous Preacher Quotes 

"The preaching that this world needs most is the sermons in shoes that are walking with Jesus Christ." ~ Dwight L. Moody

"Do not have your concert first, and then tune your instrument afterwards. Begin the day with the Word of God and prayer, and get first of all into harmony with Him.” ~ Hudson Taylor 

"It ill becomes the servant to seek to be rich, and great, and honoured in that world where his Lord was poor, and mean, and despised." ~ George Muller 

"If you have no joy, there's a leak in your Christianity somewhere." ~ Billy Sunday 

"The scriptures are given not to increase our knowledge, but to change our lives." ~ Dwight L. Moody 

"The shortest distance between a problem and a solution is the distance between your knees and the floor" ~ Charles Stanley  

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What Makes Easter So Special? 

Jesus Christ, the Son of God who came into the world from the Father, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, did wonderful miracles, loved people, blew all of our categories, but nevertheless, he was crucified for our sins, and then on the third day — this is Easter, the celebration of that Sunday — he was raised from the dead never to die again. 

And Luke tells us, having done all of his historical research, that for forty days, Jesus gave many infallible proofs, and Paul himself, who was a kind of Johnny-come-lately to the apostles, said that five hundred people had seen him alive, and some of those are still alive, if you want to go talk to them (1 Corinthians 15:6). That is the kind of historical control they had. 

He was raised physically. They recognized him. They could put their hands in his wounds. He ate fish in front of them precisely to say a spirit, a ghost doesn’t have flesh and bones as you see that I have (Luke 24:39). And yet it was more than physical, because he seemed to go and come at will. Locked doors didn’t get in his way. There is this unusual new dimension to his body. 

He ascended to the right hand of the Father. He sits on the throne with God. He intercedes for us there, praying for his people every day. He is reigning until he puts all his enemies under his feet. The end of Matthew says he has all authority in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18). He will never die again. He has the keys of death and hell in his hands. 

Why does Easter matter? So for starters, that is what happened. And the question then is: What is the implication for us of the stunning claims and reality of Easter? 

The resurrection vindicates Good Friday, Jesus’ death. His death really did cover the sins of his people. And I would say: One, it means my sins are forgiven, because Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:17 that if Christ was not raised, we are still in our sins. This implies that if he is raised, our sin problem is over. And that is because the resurrection vindicates the event of Good Friday, namely his death. His death really did cover the sins of his people. It really did provide a perfect righteousness for us. 

As it says in Romans 4:25, he “was delivered up,” — that is, to the cross — “for of our trespasses and raised for our justification,” meaning that just as our sin brought him to the cross, the finished work of taking care of our sins brought him out of the grave. God looked down and said, “Oh, my Son’s work was perfect. He is not staying in the grave.” And he raises him from the dead to vindicate all that he had accomplished for us. 

So, practically speaking, one thing you could say of Easter is that every day, the promises of God to me to help me every minute of my life are secured by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, because the resurrection vindicates the cross when those promises were bought for me. 

And then, because of Easter, Philippians 3:20–21 says that Jesus is going to give me a body like his resurrected body. When I die, and I am raised from the dead, Christ will give me a body like his glorious body. So Jesus’ risen body is a forerunner, it is the first fruit, it is a kind of paradigm of the way all of his people are going to have new bodies. 

And then, as if that were not great enough, Romans 8:21 says that “when the freedom of the glory of the children of God” comes to pass and they are raised from the dead and given glorified bodies, the whole creation gets made over as a suitable galactic playground for those of us who have been given bodies that will never sin again, will never get sick again, all tears wiped away. 

The implications of Easter are simply staggering. They are personally precious for every day’s life of struggle, and they are globally, even galactically precious because the resurrection guarantees that this whole created order is going to be made new. 

John Piper, Founder & Teacher, desiringGod.org ~ Copied Article

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Easter is Sunday, April 21st this year. Hope you’ll attend church on Easter too! 

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The Importance of Elevators  

I had been using elevators in my recent visits to see Richard in the hospital. I’m amazed at how quickly an elevator can get you from the bottom floor all the way to the top floor, that is, if you’re the only one on the elevator. Most times there are lots of stops from the bottom to the particular floor I needed to get off at. Elevators are important because without them I could never have reached the floors where I needed to go.  

I recently read an interesting article written in 2014 by Shaunacy Ferro stating facts about elevators. Here’s some of the article:  

“Few inventions have changed the design of the modern city like the elevator. The ability to shuttle groups of people rapidly hundreds of feet into the air has transformed the way we live, work, and travel. Without mechanical lifts, we could not live or work in skyscrapers. The density of metropolises like New York City would be entirely impossible, replaced by a sea of five- and six-story walkups.  

1. The first modern elevators were in the lobbies of luxury hotels. The world’s first passenger elevator was installed in a New York City hotel in 1857. In the 1870s, the technology finally moved into office buildings, allowing businesses to grow up instead of out.  

2. There are now 900,000 elevators in America. About the same number of new elevators–914,000–were sold in the world in 2012. (58% of those new elevators went to China.) 

3. Early elevators were considered “movable rooms.” They featured chandeliers and elaborate furniture and carpeting. Passengers sat down and got comfortable before being catapulted onto another floor. 

4. Without the elevator, there would be no penthouse. The adoption of the elevator radically changed how people arranged multistory buildings. Before the elevator, the highest levels of a home would be reserved for the servants or low-rent tenants, who could be expected to hoof it up multiple flights of stairs, while the movers and shakers of the world lived on the easily accessible lower floors. Once elevators began ferrying tenants in style to the upper floors, the rich began to appreciate the view from the top, giving rise to the penthouse. 

5. In fact, without elevators, cities as we know them couldn’t exist. “If we didn’t have elevators … we would have a megalopolis, one continuous city, stretching from Philadelphia to Boston, because everything would be five or six stories tall,” according to Patrick Carrajat, founder of New York’s Elevator Museum. In the 1870s, Equitable Life Assurance Society CEO Henry B. Boyle changed New York’s financial district forever by building the tallest building in the city at that time–a full seven stories, with a pair of elevators. 

6. We’ve always been uncomfortable in elevators. When gentlemen were still expected to take off their hats in a woman’s presence, people couldn’t figure out whether an elevator counted as a room, and thus whether hats were expected to be doffed. Now, we just worry about avoiding eye contact.” 

When I think about elevators I begin to think about God’s transport system to Heaven. One day I will be transported to Heaven. It may be in the Rapture when God’s people will be caught up in the twinkling of an eye to be with Him forever. Or, it may be in death when I’m transported to Heaven to meet my precious Heavenly Father. The problems and cares of this life will be over. God’s love will engulf me and I will be living in perfect joy forever!

John 14:1-3 “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”  

Written and Submitted by: Pat Lewallen 04/06/19

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Perilous Times  

Memory Verse:
This know also that in the last days perilous times shall come (II Timothy 3:1). 

Most students of the Bible do not have to be convinced that we are living in perilous times. The splitting of the atom has given man the power to bring about total destruction. In addition, we have learned to live twenty four hours a day in the rocket sights of our enemies who are bent on world domination. 

Nevertheless, Christians need not panic. Not one recent event has taken God by surprise. He is in control and is allowing man to work out His program. The words of the Psalmist are relevant today: “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). 

Though times are perilous, we never walk alone: “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee” (Isaiah 41:10 & 13). 

Though times are perilous, we can never be separated from His love: “For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39). 

Though times are perilous, these conditions are but reminders of better days ahead:

“And then these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh” (Luke 21:28).  

Today’s Devotional, 03/19/19, www.jvim.com ~ Copied Article 

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Writings from late Rev. Billy Graham 

Question:
How can people experience the nearness of the Lord at all times? -- S.G. 

Answer:
Charles Spurgeon, often referred to as the "Prince of Preachers," once said that there had never been 15 minutes in his life when he did not sense the presence of Christ. My, what a statement; one that perhaps few people could claim. What strength we would have if we trained for life knowing that Christ walks beside us. 

Best seller "In His Steps," by Charles Sheldon, told of a pastor's challenge to his people: "Don't do anything without first asking the question, 'What would Jesus do?' "This challenge -- seen today on popular wrist bands -- can be convicting to all of us. 

Do we live our lives with this thought in mind? Do we cultivate the sense of His presence as we go about the daily routine of our lives? Christ must be vitally real to us if we are to remain faithful to Him in the hour of crisis. Who knows when that hour might be? 

Unceasing prayer and Scripture memorization can give us strength throughout the days; they can bring comfort in the lonely nights. There is great power in God's Word. When we experience joy, our memories can bring to mind, "Bless the Lord ... and forget not all His benefits" (Psalm 103:2). When we feel others are against us, we can call to mind, "(You O Lord) who save those who trust in You from those who rise up against them" (Psalm 17:7). When we need a loving word, we remember, "For His lovingkindness is great toward us" (Psalm 117:2, NASB). 

When we hide these truths in our hearts we find that time after time we will seek the comfort they provide (Psalm 145:18). This is the nearness of the Lord.  

https://billygraham.org/answers, 11/21/18 ~ Copied Article