Mountain View Independent Methodist Church
Sunday, July 05, 2020
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Mountain View Independent Methodist Church
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 The Coronavirus Pandemic 

We are still following COVID-19 restrictions. Both the Sunday morning and Wednesday night services are held inside the church using social distancing.  

On Sunday, we have speakers mounted outside our church building with reserved parking setup in our parking lot. You may remain in your car to hear the service. Use your own judgment whether you worship inside or outside. 

You can also enjoy our LIVE Sunday Worship Service at 10 am on our Facebook page “Mountain View Independent Methodist Church.” If you don’t have Facebook, you can view our services via YouTube. Just type Pastor Clint Kearns in the search bar. May the Lord bless you!  

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Hope the message in this beautiful song rings true for you too!  

 
Statue of Liberty
 

In New York Harbor stands a lady,
With a torch raised to the sky;
And all who see her know she stands for
Liberty for you and me. 

I'm so proud to be called an American,
To be named with the brave and the free;
I will honor our flag and our trust in God,
And the Statue of Liberty. 

On lonely Golgotha stood a cross,
With my Lord raised to the sky;
And all who kneel there live forever
As all the saved can testify. 

I'm so glad to be called a Christian,
To be named with the ransomed and whole;
As the statue liberates the citizen,
So the cross liberates the soul. 

Oh the cross is my Statue of Liberty,
It was there that my soul was set free;
Unashamed I'll proclaim that a rugged cross
Is my Statue of Liberty! 

Words & Music written by Neil Enloe, 1974 ~ Copied Lyrics 

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Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Hebrews 13:5 (KJV) 

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His Eye Is on the Sparrow

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada with a song for you to sing during this very difficult season. 

Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heavenly home,
When Jesus is my portion? My constant friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.
I sing because I’m happy, and I sing because I’m free,
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches, He watches me. 

It’s such a crazy, uncertain time right now, isn’t it? What with coming up and out of coronavirus and really not knowing what the future holds. And then the incident of police brutality and the reactions and racial tensions. And, oh, all the things that are happening – the protests across our nation. And all that, and here we are entering a hot, summer season of political campaigning, name-calling; the walls of hostility rising, it seems. No wonder my husband refuses to watch television news; it’s just too much. But I tell you one thing all this upheaval and turmoil has done: it’s made my husband and me long for, work for; it’s made us want to invest more than ever in the kingdom of Christ as it should be on earth. All this turmoil has placed a sense of urgency in looking to God for guidance. What will this uncertain future look like? What are we heading into?  

Well, draw comfort from Psalm 32:8 where God says to you and me during these difficult times; listen, he says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” Oh, friend, just as his eye is on the sparrow, Psalm 32 assures us that his eye is upon you. And Matthew chapter 6 backs it up, it adds to that. For Jesus gives us these words of comfort; he says, “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”  

And just as a sparrow will not fall to the ground apart from God’s control, we have no need to fear. Jesus says again in Matthew chapter 10, “You are of more value than many sparrows.” Oh, my goodness. Of all the bird species in the world – thousands and thousands of different birds – of all the grandest species that could easily capture his attention, his affection: You know, eagles that soar and hawks that command the skies – uh, no. God, in his wisdom chose a scruffy little sparrow to make a point about his loving care over you. So as we head into an uncertain future, as we pray for God’s kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven, let these words today be a comfort and an encouragement to you. 

https://www.joniandfriends.org/ 06/17/20 ~ Copied Article 

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Grandparents
 

Few can bring the warmth
We can find in their embrace,
And little more is needed to bring love,
Than the smile on their face. 

They've a supply of precious stories,
Yet they've time to wipe a tear,
Or give us reasons to make us laugh,
They grow more precious through the years. 

I believe that God sent us Grandparents
As our legacy from above
To share the moments of our life,
As extra measures of His love. 

Author Unknown ~ Copied Poem
 
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Wake Up People!
 

Somewhere over that beautiful rainbow, there is a place of peace just waiting for you and me because living down here doesn't seem like peace is meant to be. So much hatred mixed with crime and it makes me wonder has everybody lost their minds? And then it came to me this is exactly the way Satan wants things to be! He knows his time is short so he has turned to his last resort - to blind people's eyes so Christ they will deny. Filling people's minds with fear and doubt and causing confusion all about; and using every possible way to keep people blinded until their very last day.  

Only when the love of God above is placed in their hearts will we ever see all this evil depart; but until then my friend you had better wake up before God says it's time for all this mess to end. God's people are getting tired and weary and so much of this mess to them is beyond scary, and as they try to struggle along, it's about time for God to bring them home. This old world is not the place they long to be and they're praying, "Lord take me home to live with Thee." The world is in such a mess and some days I wonder how God can continue to bless. When will His judgment fall upon this earth and destroy it all? Wake up people! God is not pleased with how you're living, and one day soon He's coming back to take the righteous to Heaven. I'm sure you don't want to be left behind with all those who are walking with Satan, and totally blind. Blinded to self and their sins, and unless they repent they will never be allowed to enter in. Just like in the days of Noah, they failed to believe, and it was too late because Satan had them all totally deceived! 

Facebook Posting by: Jean Hunt, 06/20/20 

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Trusting
 

History records how George Washington found rest and relief in prayer during the trying times he and his soldiers passed through at Valley Forge. With all the cares and anxieties of that time upon him, he used to have recourse to prayer. 

One day a farmer approaching the camp heard an earnest voice. On coming nearer, he saw George Washington on his knees, his cheeks wet with tears, praying. The farmer returned home and said to his wife: “George Washington will succeed!” 

“What makes you think so, Isaac?” asked his wife. 

The farmer replied: “I heard him pray, Hannah; you may rest assured he will.” 

One night during the Civil War, a guest in the White House reported that he had heard Lincoln praying in the next room. He said the President prayed: “Thou God, who heard Solomon in the night when he prayed and cried for wisdom, hear me! I cannot guide the affairs of this nation without Thy help. I am poor and weak and sinful. O God, save this nation.” 

We have a great heritage. Without question, God has defended America in the past. We ought to rejoice in our independence. But we must never forget that this freedom is a gift from God. The moment we stop trusting Him, liberty is in jeopardy. 

Christians who serve God and rejoice in Him are America’s most valuable asset. What will YOU do for your country? 

www.jvim.com, 03/27/15 ~ Copied Article 

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“Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.” ~ George Washington 

“Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.” ~ Abraham Lincoln 

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Franklin Graham on His Father, Billy Graham 

When my dad was younger and in good health, he would walk down the mountain to our gate and back up, about a mile, at a blistering pace. Sometimes he would do it three times a day. In his latter years he used a walker and went a shorter distance, but he still pushed himself to walk. Following my mother’s death, his walks became reflective as he recalled the memories of how she had chosen that mountain on which to live and raise their family. 

Though he was gone much of the time, my father made a profound impact on my siblings and me by his example. We looked forward to his homecomings, knowing that he would find something special for us to do together. Sometimes he would gather us up, grab his walking stick, and take us on a hike up the mountain above our home. He always made it fun. He used his walking stick to check out the ground in front of us, warning of what was ahead. He led the way, and we followed in his steps. 

I am so glad that in 1974, on my twenty-second birthday, I took a walk with my father along Lake Geneva in Lausanne, Switzerland. It became for me a pivotal walk – one that led me to do an about-face. There was a spiritual battle raging within me that I did not completely understand until my father gently confronted me. As I walked beside him, he said, “Franklin, your mother and I sense there is a struggle going on in your life.” The truth of his words startled me. I thought I had been covering up my sin well. He said, “You’re going to have to make a choice either to accept Christ or reject Him.” 

I wondered how he could know what was in my heart. But he was my father, who had prayed for me and taught me about living for Christ. However, I could not do it without acknowledging my own sin and asking for forgiveness. With a pat on the shoulder, my father said nothing more as our walk drew to an end. But several days later, while in Jerusalem, it was the walk with my father that caused me to fall on my knees before the Father in heaven and accept His Son, Jesus Christ, as my Lord and Savior. 

My father had preached to moms and dads, daughters and sons. He had invited millions to repent of their sins and accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. I am so glad my father did the work of an evangelist with his own son that afternoon in Switzerland, giving me the opportunity once and for all to turn from a life of sin to Jesus Christ and walk in His steps. 

https://billygrahamlibrary.org/ 06/21/20 ~ Copied Article 

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The Little Chap Who Follows Me!
 

A careful man I want to be;
A little fellow follows me.
I do not dare to go astray
For fear he'll go the self same way.

I cannot once escape his eyes,
Whate'er he sees me do, he tries.
Like me he says he's going to be;
The little chap who follows me.

He thinks that I'm so very fine,
Believes in every word of mine.
The bad in me he must not see;
The little chap who follows me.

I must remember as I go
Through summer's sun and winter's snow,
I'm building for the years to be;
The little chap who follows me.
 

Author: James Gibson ~ Copied Poem
 
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Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
 

Philippians 3:14 (KJV): I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

What will really matter at the end of your life on earth?
 

Will what you are giving attention to now still be important then? 

Or, will you be filled with regret for what you did -- or didn't do? 

Distractions abound. TV, phone calls, web sites, books, movies. 

It might be a good idea to stop and evaluate how you are investing your time. 

1 Corinthians 9:24 (NIV): Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 

Run to win. Win what? The true prize is to know God intimately and be His friend. 

2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV): So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 

One day, possibly soon, you will stand before God. Why not order your life now based on that "final reckoning?" 

A wise person would not invest everything in something temporary. A wise person invests in something that will last. Invest your life wisely! Say this: “Lord, help me to keep my eyes on what is important and lasting.”  

https://www.adevotion.org, 02/26/20 ~ Copied Article

 
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Our Deepest Longings
 
Whoever loves wealth is never satisfied. Ecclesiastes 5:10
 

As a young man, Duncan had been afraid of not having enough money, so in his early twenties, he began ambitiously building his future. Climbing the ladder at a prestigious Silicon Valley company, Duncan achieved vast wealth. He had a bulging bank account, a luxury sports car, and a million-dollar California home. He had everything he desired; yet he was profoundly unhappy. “I felt anxious and dissatisfied,” Duncan said. “In fact, wealth can actually make life worse.” Piles of cash didn’t provide friendship, community, or joy—and often brought him only more heartache. 

Some people will expend immense energy attempting to amass wealth in an effort to secure their lives. It’s a fool’s game. “Whoever loves money never has enough,” Scripture insists (Ecclesiastes 5:10). Some will work themselves to the bone. They’ll strive and push, comparing their possessions with others and straining to achieve some economic status. And yet even if they gain supposed financial freedom, they’ll still be unsatisfied. It’s not enough. As the writer of Ecclesiastes states, “This too is meaningless” (v. 10). 

The truth is, striving to find fulfillment apart from God will prove futile. While Scripture calls us to work hard and use our gifts for the good of the world, we can never accumulate enough to satisfy our deepest longings. Jesus alone offers a real and satisfying life (John 10:10) —one based on a loving relationship that’s truly enough! 

Gracious God, allow me to find my true fulfillment and joy in You. Keep me from a wrong view of work and material things.

www.odb.org, Written by: Winn Collier, 04/04/20 ~ Copied Article