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"Airport Rd Church of Christ"
Airport Road Church of Christ in Carson City, NV
Loving God, loving People, and bringing the two together
2/21/21 video sermon~ https://youtu.be/R_mDTtMlrL8
VOLUME 48 Feb. 21, 2021 NUMBER 8
From Your Minister: In Luke 9, Jesus takes Peter, John and James up a mountain to pray. As He prayed, Jesus began gleaming and speaking with Moses and Elijah. After waking up, Peter stammered something about making a tabernacle for each. All of a sudden a cloud consumed them, and God announced that Jesus was His Son and they were to listen to Him! Then they were alone with Jesus. Have you ever had a mountaintop experience with God? It could be time for us to be alone with Him and ask to be so moved according to His will direction. Help us, Lord!
Quotes for the Week: But there’s always the descent from the mount-- the meeting of the crowd, the complaining, the cursing. Obvious transfigurations exhilarate the faith, but the faithful can forget and betray. Didn’t Peter? ~Ann Voskamp
Valleys don't last forever... Neither do mountaintops of life, but if a person just had faith and held on, each valley would eventually end. ― Lawana Blackwell
Be thankful for every mountain, because it is the mountaintop that will give you best view of the world. One day I asked God to move the mountain ahead of me, but he said no because he wanted me to experience the joy of being on a mountaintop. ~Gift Gugu Mona
This Week’s Bible Gem: Matthew 3:13-15- Jesus then appeared, arriving at the Jordan River from Galilee. He wanted John to baptize him. John objected, “I’m the one who needs to be baptized, not you!” But Jesus insisted. “Do it. God’s work, putting things right all these centuries, is coming together right now in this baptism.” So John did it. (The Message )
Today’s Prayers: Father, sometimes it does feel that you have left us in the battle. We know that you are with us, but so are our feelings of aloneness. The Enemy seems to be taking ground. Our crying out to you seems to go unanswered. We know you are at work, but help us trust you in the midst of our questions. In Jesus' Name, Amen. ~ Ron Moore
Dear God, Help me to remember that everything is under Your control. There is nothing that can harm me. No one who can hurt me. You are a great and powerful God who gives me strength to rise above each difficult circumstance and to react with grace to every difficult person. Praise God, Master of All. ~beliefnet
Overcoming the Greater Pandemic: Have You Been to the Mountaintop? Written by James Nored & Phil Ware
We know the mountaintop imagery. We long to have a mountaintop experience. Coming out of 2020 and a year full of so many challenging problems, we know there are more difficult days ahead. The real question is whether we will face them with faith and believe that we can make it to the mountaintop?
Deep in our hearts, we mortal humans long to know if there is a mountaintop experience with God that we can have? Should we expect to meet God and find life, joy, meaning, and purpose because we have experienced his presence and know that he is real?
Being stuck in our routines magnifies our longings for a God-based mountaintop experience. Many feel caught in an auto-repeating Groundhog Day experience with COVID-19. Day after day, we go through the same repeated patterns of life interrupted. We are separated from other people — extended family, friends, church brothers and sisters, co-workers — while not experiencing what we would normally do. We have put off trips. We have delayed visits to our families and missed holidays with loved ones. We have cut short our emotional engagement with others. We don't go out and mingle with other people or share in social events.
Where can we find fresh motivation during this time of muted living? How do we stay on the treadmill of daily sameness with low expectations of change? Can we wait on the vaccine level to reach that safe point to circulate socially, again safely? Do we have reasons to live with hope when our dominant motivation is not to catch a virus?
We desperately need to know that we can have a mountaintop experience with God, now! Maybe more than ever in our lifetimes, we need to know that God wants to be real to us. The Lord Jesus wants to be present with us. The Holy Spirit yearns to bring back joy, hope, and peace to us. And, we want the promise of Paul's blessing to be real for us: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).
Prayer Time: Don’t expect montaintop prayer if you don’t pray in the valley. ~Monroe Ken Jarman, Allison Van Grimbergen’s dad is out of the hospital and under doctors’ care. Barbara Hoy, Jon Van Grimbergen’s mother in Cody, Wyoming, will have a biopsy in Billings, MT. next week, and Allison and Jon are taking her. Let us be in prayer for all of this family. Arin Reiutz thanks all for their prayers. Her mother in law, Jackie Castle, passed away peacefully in their home this week. We offer our love and sympathy to the family. Please continue to pray for wisdom and guidance during these times of separation between brothers and sisters in Christ and for reopening our assembly soon. Please be praying for: Aulika and Mickey, the family of Dean Bryce, June Cantwell, Don Churchill, Gary Duncan, Betty Fo, Betty Gray, Daryl and Valerie Griffin- our missionaries and the people of Venezuela, George Harper, Marjorie Hendersen, Payton Henderson, Ralph Lindsey, Stan and Millie McGarry, Mike and Judith McKay, Grecia Ramirez, Anna Rigsby, Al and Susan Sheehan, and the Van Grimbergens. Genesis 12:8 Afterwards Abram left that place and traveled southward to the hilly country between Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he made camp, and made an altar to the Lord and prayed to him.