And when you pray this week: Praise our Lord and Savior; Praise God for giving you the invitation to pray. Praise God for giving you the desire to learn to pray. Ask God to strengthen your prayer life. Thank Him for His many blessings; Pray for our church and the members; for our country; and ask extra blessings and help for the following:
Tithe Counters: the Morrows
Worship Deacon: Casey Stephenson
Elders: Marty Graham & Norman Lowrey
Worship Leader: Roger Dillon
Open Building: John Gerber
Home Centered: Marty Graham & Norman Lowrey
Ushers: Charlotte Davis & Geoffrey Stephenson
Greeters: Shelby Evans, Mike Milich, &
Dear Church Family,
I hope everyone is enjoying Spring Break. It sure has been a beautiful week for it (at least here in Beaumont). I don't know about you, but I'm having a hard time getting back into the swing of things after the Lenten Series last week. It was inspirational, but also tiring!
Change of topic-Have you ever wondered about the significance of the number 3 in the Bible? The more I read and study, the more I see it. Here are some examples:
* The Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit)
* Moses' mother was able to hide him for 3 months.
* The number 3 days is often used for preparation of purity rituals.
* The number 3 often signifies divine help, protection, and guidance.
* Peter denied Jesus 3 times.
* Pilate tried to proclaim the innocence of Jesus 3 times.
* Jesus rose on the 3rd day.
* The two greatest commandments can be summed up by the 3 things we should love-God, self, and neighbor.
There are literally hundreds of biblical references to the number 3. I bet you are saying to yourself, "So, what? That's interesting Bible trivia, but what does it mean for me?" Maybe nothing, but it really struck me this morning when I was doing some reading that the greatest commandments that Jesus gave us tells us we should love only 3 things-God, self, and neighbor. If we can love those 2 things, everything else will fall into place. Of course the key word in my last sentence is "if". But it's only 3 things. Can't we manage to love those 3 things? Or at least try?
So, here's a challenge for the rest of Lent. Let's focus on trying to love God, self, and neighbor, and let's see what happens. (Oh, by the way-neighbor means everyone around us.)
Have a great week! See ya Sunday!
Tuesday, March 20th
First Day of Spring!
Wednesday, March 21st
6:00pm Bible Study
Thursday, March 22nd
Friday, March 23rd
6:30 Book Club-The Weird Sisters
National Puppy Day!
Saturday, March 24th
National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day
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