SUNDAY – OCTOBER 13TH, 2019
■ WORSHIP MINISTER WELCOME
We are welcoming Sydney Jones to her new position as the Worship Minister on October 20th. There will be a time of fellowship following the service. Refreshments will be served. Please plan on attending as we pray over Sydney for protection and success in all she does.
■ TODD & LISA DICKS SEND OFF
Todd and Lisa Dicks have accepted new positions in Cameron, MO. They will complete their move in early November. We will have a special time of prayer for them on October 20th. Please come celebrate the new doors that are opening for them.
■ FRANKLIN FALL FUN FESTIVAL
Come for a night of fun and food and games for all ages on October 26th from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM. The meal will be at 6:30 PM. Bring lawn chairs and roasting sticks for marshmallows by the bonfire. Food signup sheet on entry way table. We also need a crew of willing workers to cleanup the building for Sunday worship service. Parents please stay and spend the evening with your children.
■ CREST AREA FOR LIFE ANNUAL MEETING
Crest Area For Life’s Annual Meeting will feature a spokesman for Ruth Harbor, a woman’s shelter in the Des Moines/Carlisle area. The meeting will be held at the Holy Spirit hall on Tuesday, October 22nd beginning at 7:00 PM.
■ ANDREW WOMMACK DEVOTIONAL
John 13:8 ‘Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.’
Peter’s refusal to let Jesus wash his feet came from a knowledge that he was totally unworthy to have the sinless Son of God serve him as a common servant would. Peter was correct in his assessment of his relative worth, but what he missed was that God doesn’t minister to us because of our worth but because of His love.
Even though Peter’s attitude looked holy and humble, he was resisting God’s will and committing an act of pride. Pride is not only exalting yourself above what is proper, but also, it can be debasing yourself below what is proper. Pride is simply self-centeredness or being self-willed instead of God-centered and submitted to God’s will. Peter should have been humble enough to know that Jesus knew what He was doing, and he should have submitted himself to God’s will.
Likewise, today, some people refuse to let God bless them, thinking they are unworthy of His favor. While it is true that our actions don’t warrant God’s goodness, a truly humble person will receive the Lord’s blessings as an expression of His love and grace toward them. Misguided humility is every bit as damaging as exaggerated pride.
Peter wanted to serve Jesus but did not want to be served by Jesus. Jesus was telling Peter that unless he received His ministry to him, Peter would be unfit to serve Him. We cannot cleanse ourselves or others. We are totally dependent on the work of God’s grace in our lives. Then and only then, are we equipped to minister to others.
Before we can be the blessing that we desire to be to God or to others, we must let God be the blessing to us that He desires to be.
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