March 2012


Jesus is the Rock

I Peter 2:4-7

Central Theme:  Jesus is the foundation and stable person in my life.

Introduction–Several years ago, I laid a 10 foot by 24 foot stone patio in my side yard. First, I had to prepare the ground so that it was as firm as I could make it.  This took about two weeks each day wetting it, pressing it down and allowing it to dry.  Then I added roofing tar paper (I had not ever heard of doing that but I thought it would provide a moisture barrier and help prevent weeds.  Others who work in concrete tell me it was a good idea).  Then I laid rabbit wire to provide a firm structure.  After that I put down the mortar and placed the stone on top.  Since I’d never done anything like this, I had to do a lot of research about how to do it.  In everything I learned, I found that my patio had to have a firm foundation.  Read I Peter 2:4-6.  This was the most important thing about putting the patio down. .

I.     Jesus spoke to Peter and told him that on a foundation of rocks he would build his church.

A. The Bible tells us that Jesus is the chief cornerstone. I Peter 2:7

B. Jesus said that Peter would be part of the building stones.  Matthew 16:15-18

C. It is important that the church have good stones.

II.     I found that there was a problem with my stones. They were too weak for a good patio.

A. We have a big problem as people.

B. We are too weak to stand alone.

1.  We need a firm foundation–Jesus.

III.     But there is more–we need each other to be strong.

A. We cannot fully exist without each other.

B. We must have the entire body of Christ–even those which appear to be more defective than us.

C. Even as the defective stone because the cornerstone, God want to unite us into a strong church.

IV.     How do we do this.

A. Be sure that Jesus is your only foundation and work from there.

B. Three things needed to grow

1.  Be sure that you are clinging to the church–no   matter how flawed.

A. The woman whose mom forced her to go to church and she won’t go now.

2.  Prayer must become the center of our lives.

3.  Be sure that you immerse yourself in the Word of God.

C. Complete the armor of God in your whole being to strengthen your personal life Eph 6:14-18.

1.  Your gut must know and love truth.

2.  Your heart must be covered with righteousness.

3.  Your feet must be prepared to share the peace of the gospel.

4.  God’s continuing salvation must be at work in your thought processes.

5.  The shield of Faith must become your protection.

6.  Again, the Word of God must be  your only weapon–and that is against the enemy of your soul.

Conclusion  Jesus is the best foundation for our lives.

From: Jennifer Young [mailto:jennifer.young.h3kb@statefarm.com]
Sent: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 7:01 AM
Subject: Cause An Effect – Bring $25,000 to Your Community!

Dear Community Partners,

Have you ever wanted to help your community with a problem, but didn’t know where to start?  Maybe it’s a run-down park or an opportunity to bring teen driver instruction to a local community.  Now, YOU have the power to fix it: Cause An Effect in your community!  State Farm wants to help identify and address key issues faced by consumers throughout the United States and parts of Canada.

Cause An Effect, a State Farm crowd-sourced philanthropic initiative, lets communities determine where grant funding is awarded, exclusively through Facebook.  The application is short and simple, and I encourage you to check out the site.  You, or someone you know, could be the catalyst for positive change to your community Cause!

Anyone living in Canada or the United States with a Facebook account is eligible to submit a Cause – you don’t have to “run the program.”  Any Facebook user can submit a Cause as long as it fits into the categories of safety, community development or education.

The submission phase is open from February 29 – March 20 and each Facebook user can submit up to three Causes.  The State Farm Youth Advisory Board will accept a maximum of 3,000 submissions, and will then select 100 finalists.

What the YAB is looking for:

  • ·         How much does your Cause focus on an unmet need in your community?
  • ·         Why do you feel the $25,000 would address the unmet need?  How would $25,000 address the unmet need?
  • ·         How much of a lasting impact on the community would the proposal have? What sustaining impact would your Cause have on your community?

Once the top 100 Causes are identified, they will appear on the Facebook tab to be voted on by you and your community.  The voting stage will last three weeks and each Facebook user gets 10 votes every day.  The Facebook community will then cast their votes for their favorite Cause and the top 40 Causes will receive $25,000 each in grant funding. 

Please share this amazing opportunity with your colleagues, friends and family, and help spread the word on Facebook.  Together, you and State Farm can help create safer, better educated and more engaged communities!

Thanks!

Jennifer Young

Community Field Specialist – NJ, CT, NH, VT & ME

P: 973-739-5206 I F: 973-739-5225 I jennifer.young.h3kb@statefarm.com

Shocking new information from Shannon Dingle, MAEd, from Raleigh, NC.  She is a special needs teacher in her church in Providence Baptist Church in Raleigh.

The journal article: After-birth abortion: why should the baby live? And this isn’t just any publication; it was found in the Journal of Medical Ethics. The juxtaposition of the idea of ethics with what’s put forth in this journal is ironic at best.

Here are some quotes from the article itself. First the abstract (emphasis mine):

Abortion is largely accepted even for reasons that do not have anything to do with the fetus’ health. By showing that (1) both fetuses and newborns do not have the same moral status as actual persons, (2) the fact that both are potential persons is morally irrelevant and (3) adoption is not always in the best interest of actual people, the authors argue that what we call ‘after-birth abortion’ (killing a newborn) should be permissible in all the cases where abortion is, including cases where the newborn is not disabled.  To read more…

A man who is gifted with a musical talent told me the other day that he would love to come and help me whenever I spoke at a church or a women’s group.  I laughed, “I don’t teach a many churches or women’s groups any more.”

He looked a bit shocked and inquired, “Why?  Don’t you want to teach in places like that?  I think you have a lot to give.”

“That’s not the point,” I said.  “There are hundreds of anointed people who want to teach at churches and women’s and men’s groups.  No one else does what I do in Vero or South Brevard.  I learned long ago to concentrate my efforts and energy where God has called me.  The Special Gathering and the mentally challenged community is where God has called me.”

Again, he inquired with surprise.  “No one does what you do?  That seems impossible.”

In reality, there are more than 70 churches who make Special Gathering happen through their prayer, volunteers and financial support.  As I drove home from the meeting, I was so grateful for the church community who continues to give to The Special Gathering.  These are the people who make what we do possible.  They allow us  and our volunteers to minister to the mentally challenged community–a people who are often overlooked.

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