Vol. 64, #26, June 26, 2012
Note: The following article is written by Stephen Mattson, of Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN.
When Christians Love Theology More than People
--When I'm sick, and you bring me a meal, I don't care if you believe in "once saved, always saved."
--When I'm poor, and you give me food or money, I don't care about your views on the end times.
--When I'm in the hospital, and you send me a get-well basket, I don't care what church you attend.
--When you visit my grandparents in the nursing home, I don't care what style of worship music you listen to.
--When you shovel my parent's driveway, I don't care what translation of the Bible you read.
--When you give my friend a lift when their car breaks down, I don't care if you're Baptist or Catholic.
--When you protect my kids from getting hit by a car when they're running across the street, I don't care who your favorite theologian is.
--When you're celebrating my birthday with me, I don't care about your views related to baptism.
--When you grieve alongside me during the death of a family member, I don't care if you tithe or not.
--When you love me in deep and meaningful and authentic ways — nothing else really matters.
When you idolize belief systems and turn theology into an agenda, it poisons the very idea of selfless love. The gospel message turns into propaganda, friends turn into customers, and your relationship with God turns into a religion. You may have the most intellectually sound theology, but if it's not delivered with love, respect, and kindness — it's worthless. The practical application of your love is just as important as the theology behind it. Our faith is evidenced by how we treat others. Does the reality of your life reflect the theory behind your spiritual beliefs? We should never give up on theology, academic study, or the pursuit of understanding God, the Bible, and the history and traditions of the church, but these things should inspire us to emulate Christ — to selflessly, sacrificially, and holistically love others. Theology should reinforce our motivation for doing things to make the world a better place — not serve as platforms to berate, criticize, and attack others. But too often, we're guilty of failing to practically apply our beliefs in tangible ways that actually help others. In the end, this is what matters most to the world around us: that we simply love as Christ loved.
Military personnel: Brandon Leach, Ross Barr, Justin Chitwood, Johnathon Spier
People dealing with ongoing cancer concerns: Teresa Canfield, Neva Chapp, Toni Cross, Sheri Erickson, Juli Lamb, Linda Lytle, Belva Thompson, Shirley McClintock, Martin Lopez, Rachel Richardson, Kay Sleeger, Bea Thompson, Chuck Zimmerman
Our shut-ins: Natalie Best, Mary Louise Black, Irene Breunsbach, Elsie Huntington, Mary Latshaw, Juanita Leseberg, Irv Mailahn, Ruth Mallam, Robin Sayers, Hazel Schonewise, Dorothy Vasey, Jan Zimmerman
New prayer requests: Donnie Meyer (heart stent at Nebraska Heart Institute following a heart attack). Our sympathy and prayers for comfort go to LeAnne Gillott and family. LeAnne's brother, Steve Kerl, passed away in Colorado last week following a stroke.
2. Collin Sayers
3. Ty Davidson
9. Marlene Ossowski
10. Joyce Wilson
12. Robin Sayers
13. Ian Scheele
14. (anni) Marlin/Mickey Kliewer
15. Don Smith
16. Makalah Scheele
23. Jim Barr
24. Adam Leach
25. Lois Bernadt
27. Emalee Oblinger
29. (anni) Jim/Syndee West
31. Zach Davidson
Thank you to all who served February 23 on Youth Sunday. Your hard work, dedication to the Lord, and growing faith are an encouragement to us all.
Those involved in leading worship on Youth Sunday include: Austin Boyer, Mariah Canfield, Rachael Cole, Rozlyn Cole, Daniel Lundstedt, Mercades Shockley, Jacob Van Winkle, and Kaylee Van Winkle. Loren Canfield ran sound, and Hannah Oltmans ran video. Connor Barr preached from Matthew 5. His message was entitled: "It's the Thought that Counts." Other teens were also involved as greeters, nursery staff, and junior worship workers. It's so great to see our young people serving the Lord!
Thank you so much for praying for our two-month-old great- grandson Jacob White. He is much better and we are praising God as Jacob recovers from his paralysis.
John and Ruth Jones
I would like to thank everyone for all of their cards, visits, phone calls and food since my recent surgery. All of your caring thoughts and prayers have been greatly appreciated. God is so good, and God bless all of you.
..... 7 p.m.: All youth groups (4-year-olds through high school)
..... 7 p.m.: Elders' meeting
..... 8:10 p.m.: Choir practice
SUNDAY, March 9
Daylight Saving Time Begins; Set your clocks FORWARD one hour before going to bed Saturday night
..... 8 a.m.: Early worship service
..... 9 a.m.: Fellowship time in the Christian Builders classroom
..... 9:30 a.m.: Sunday School classes for all ages
..... 10:30 a.m.: Worship service, followed by Board meeting
TUESDAY, 9 a.m.: Ladies' Bible study
FRIDAY and SATURDAY, March 7 and 8: Turning Point (high school weekend retreat) at Nebraska Christian College
SUNDAY, March 9: Board meeting following 10:30a.m. worship service
PLEASE NOTE: March 14, 15 was previously scheduled for Wildfire Weekend for men in Arlington, Texas. The date has been changed to June 13, 14.
March 23: Duck Dynasty Day
March 23, 6-8 p.m.: Team Leader Training (all area leaders, team leaders, and elders are encouraged to attend)
March 30: Leadership Team meeting
SATURDAY, April 12: Freedmen Conquest, "Postgame at the Ballpark"; following Husker Spring Game. Tickets are $25.00. Register now by calling (402) 742-6821 or by going to freedmennebraska.org/postgame.
Serving Schedule for March 9 and March 16