Men’s Group–Apr 1–Why In the World? Like Son, Like Father

Tom SmithMen's Ministry

Greetings Men – Last week I shared with you about one of my least favorite things. This week, I want to tell you about my least favorite subject in college – English. Whether it was grammar or literature, I did not like it at all. I loved science, physics, history, thermodynamics, learned to love trigonometry and calculus – but never English! All of those other subjects with based on facts and logic – absolutes and truth. In my mind, English was totally random. Someone decided that this word was a noun, this thing was predicate adjective and that thing was a dangling participle – totally random. And when the professor made us read a work of literature or a poem like “Mary had a little lamb whose fleece was white as snow, and everywhere that Mary went the lamb was sure to go.” and then asked us what the author was trying to communicate to us, to me it was very clear – “A girl named Mary had a really clingy small white sheep – end of story!” I suppose it should not have surprised me that I did not do well in that class!!

So when I had to read “Paradise Lost”, written by John Milton in 1667, I could not believe that his stated purpose for writing this work was “to justify the ways of God to man”. How presumptuous I thought, that Milton would even think that he could justify the ways of God to humanity. Scripture clearly says of God that His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. So how could mere man explain God, let alone “justify his ways”?

Today, it seems that we are still struggling to figure out God. Almost 350 years after Milton thought he explained God, man is still trying to figure Him out. Why? Scripture makes it perfectly clear that if we want to know God, we simply have to look at the life of the Man Jesus Christ! Jesus clearly states things like “I and the Father are one” and “if you have seen Me you have seen the Father”. Last week, Andy asked us to read one of the Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke or John. If you did that, it became perfectly clear who Jesus is and therefore who God is. It’s even simpler that explaining “Mary had a little lamb”!

This week, Andy challenges us once again to read one of the Gospels and will ask us “What did you learn about the Father from the Son?” If you do this with that question in mind, you will find the answer to be fascinating and exciting! Take the time to do this before Wednesday.

Terry and David McNamara are on for snacks this week. I am excited to see what this father/son team will come up with! God bless you men… Tom

News – March 27th

Paul DreillingChurch News

Dear Immanuel family,

Did you know that 10 out of 21 chapters in the Gospel of John happened during the last week of Jesus’ life? Chapters 13-17 record Jesus’ last teaching with just his Disciples. Hence, the importance that Jesus gave to preparing these men. Beginning with the washing of the Disciples’ feet and ending with the High Priestly prayer, He knew that many of these men would die as martyrs and it is obvious to see how “he loved them to the end.” (John 13:1) It was His love for them that drove Him to teach them from his heart one last time.

One of the timeless teachings that He gave them was how they should relate to the world. Jesus knew that the words that He had heard from Satan, “All these (kingdoms of the world) I will give to you, if you will fall down and worship me” would also tempt His Disciples. Jesus wanted these men to affect their world, but not be a part of it. “But because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” (John 15:19). He not only taught them this, but Jesus prayed to God the Father on their behalf, “I do not ask you (Father) to take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.”

Either we are changing the world or the world is changing us. As we reflect in the coming days about what Jesus did for us, let’s ask Him what it means to be in the world but not be a part of it. Let’s not be overwhelmed by what seems to be a tsunami of darkness, but let’s ask Him how each of us can push back this evil by holding up the Light. Tucked away in John’s gospel are these reassuring words,“Take heart, I have overcome the world.”

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Preparing for Palm Sunday’s Worship

· Sermon Title & Text: The Vision of the Altar (Amos 9:1-10)

· Scripture Reading: Psalm 139:1-12

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND UPDATES:

Monument Avenue 10K- Tailgate Party – Tomorrow, Saturday, March 28nd – Don’t forget the Monument Ave 10K Tailgate Party on March 28 from about 9am-1pm.

Palm Sunday Evening- March 29th – In preparation for Passion Week, on Palm Sunday Evening March 29, at 6:30 pm, we will once again be blessed by the ministry of Mr. Marquis Laughlin as he presents the Book of Exodus. Marquis is the founder of Acts of The Word, a non-profit, non-denominational ministry devoted to transforming people’s lives through the words of the Bible. He is a performance artist, theologian, and missionary to the church here in America. A love offering will be taken at the end of the service.

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Service of Communion and Remembrance – April 3rd – – Join us on Good Friday, April 3rd, 7pm.

· Reflection on the Last Supper and The Cross.

· Presentation by Immanuel’s choir and instrumentalists, and guest soloist, Laura Ann Singh.

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Easter Sunday Celebration – April 5th – Immanuel will again celebrate Easter with a Continental Breakfast at 9:30 in the Fellowship Hall during Sunday school followed by our Easter Celebration in the Sanctuary at 10:45. There will be no Sunday evening service.

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Men’s Group–Mar 25–Why In the World? To Communicate & Demonstrate

Tom SmithMen's Ministry

Greetings Men – One of my least favorite times as a kid growing up in rural Southside Virginia was when my Dad would “make” me help him do things. Now Dad was one of those guys who could build anything, do anything, or fix anything! He grew up on a farm during the Great Depression – a time when people didn’t throw anything away. You fixed it and repaired it until there was nothing left to fix. For example, if the milking bucket got a hole in it from rust, you simply went to the hardware store, bought a bucket hole repair kit for 10 cents (I kid you not) and fixed it! Dad was a demolitions engineer in WWII and learned how to blow things up. When he came back from Europe, he built a small house near my Grandparents. No YouTube video or blueprints – he just built it. Cars with radios were becoming quite the thing, so he decided he would open a radio repair business. No training, no correspondence course, he just figured it out somehow. In his seventies, he bought a computer and said, “I think I want to figure out how these things work!” And he did.

I say all of that to say this – when Dad would “make” me help him, it was a time of “show and tell”. He would “show” me how to do it once, and then “tell” me to do it from then on. What I did not realize at the time, was that I was learning to imitate him and his “fix-it” nature. While I never became quite as adept at being Mr. Fixit as he was, I can figure out how to “fix” a lot of things. His method of “show and tell” was very effective. In today’s world, his teaching technique would be called “COMMUNICATE and DEMONSTRATE”. As I look back on those days, I realize my Dad taught me all that stuff out of love. He loved me and wanted me to be able to take care of myself, my family and the things around me. While I did not appreciate “show and tell” at the time, I value it highly today.

So what does this rambling story have to do with the new series – WHY IN THE WORLD – we are starting tomorrow night? The series poses a very interesting and thought provoking question: “Why in the world would God Himself, in the person of Jesus Christ, come to a crazy, chaotic broken world from the paradise of Heaven?” As Andy Stanley will explain tomorrow night, the answer is really pretty simple – to “COMMUNICATE and DEMONSTRATE”. And the reason He did is pretty much the same as my Dad’s reason – Love! This series is very appropriate as we approach the time of year when we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus – the greatest act of love ever shown. Don’t miss this one!

Robbie Michael is on for snacks tomorrow night. If Robbie works half as hard on this as he did on beautifying my lawn yesterday, we are in for a real treat! Thanks Robbie.

God bless you men… Tom

News – March 20

Paul DreillingChurch News

Dear Immanuel family,

In my pre-Christian days in high school I remember my other brother coming up to me one day and saying, “You are so proud.” Although I didn’t want to hear it at the time, I was very self-centered and strove to do only what brought me pleasure.

Over 2000 years ago, Epicurus, a Greek philosopher who lived from 341 to 271 B.C. also promoted pleasure seeking. A sign at the entrance of a garden in Athens that he designed read, “Stranger, here you will do well to tarry. Here our highest good is pleasure”. These pleasure seekers live on today and, “Their good news: We humans, despite the lessons in history, could believe in our own magnificence. We rule, and God doesn’t. Their bad news: When we’re dead, we’re dead. Life is essentially meaningless.” (World Mag. 7/13/15)

But we as Christian have a higher hope. The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Corinthians, got to the core of the matter, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile…But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.” Christ’s resurrection is the cornerstone of our faith and gives us a hope after the grave and a reason for living. Because Christ rose, we have faith that we, too, will be resurrected. “This perishable body will put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality….O death, where is your sting?” (I Cor. 15:53-55) Those who have been made righteous by faith in Christ have this hope of eternal life in heaven.

Interestingly, the New York Times reported recently that, Dmitry Itskov started the “2045 Initiative” in which he plans to produce a lifelike robot that can be uploaded with the contents of his brain, complete with personality wrinkles, so that an edition of him can live for hundreds or thousands of years. By this, millions of people could be “immortal.”

How about you, which wagon will you hook your horse to – Epicurus, Mr. Itskov or what the Word of God says?

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Preparing for Sunday’s Worship
· Sermon Title & Text: The Vision of Summer Fruit (Amos 8:1-14)

· Scripture Reading: Matthew 24:29-35

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND UPDATES:

 

Monument Avenue 10K- Tailgate Party – Saturday, March 28nd – Don’t forget the Monument Ave 10K Tailgate Party on March 28 from about 9am-1pm. Come cheer on the runners/walkers and enjoy some good food and fun games! More details will follow in the coming weeks! The singing group “Redemption,” from Word of Life, will be appearing at our 10K event as part of their spring tour.

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Palm Sunday Evening- March 29th – In preparation for Passion Week, on Palm Sunday Evening March 29, at 6:30 pm, we will once again be blessed by the ministry of Mr. Marquis Laughlin as he presents the Book of Exodus. Marquis is the founder of Acts of The Word, a non-profit, non-denominational ministry devoted to transforming people’s lives through the words of the Bible. He is a performance artist, theologian, and missionary to the church here in America.

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Service of Communion and Remembrance – April 3rd – – Join us on Good Friday, April 3rd.

· Reflection on the Last Supper and The Cross.

· Presentation by Immanuel’s choir and instrumentalists, and guest soloist, Laura Ann Singh.

Easter Sunday Celebration – April 5th – Immanuel will again celebrate Easter with a Continental Breakfast at 9:30 in the Fellowship Hall during Sunday school followed by our Easter Celebration in the Sanctuary.

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Memorial Service of Praise – On Friday, March 27, at 2:00, there will be a memorial and celebration service in memory of Al Froelich. Continue to pray for Al’s family as they gather this coming week.

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Men’s Group – Mar 11 – Ask It: The Beginning…

Tom SmithMen's Ministry

Greetings Men – As we conclude our “ASK IT” series, which encourages us to seek wisdom and ask “What is the WISE thing for me to do?” when we have to make decisions, I began wondering how many decisions we make on a daily basis. After some research, conservative estimates say that the average person makes about 5,000 decisions every day. Think about it – you wake up, decide what to wear, which sock to put on first – left or right – which shoes to wear, what to eat, how much to eat, etc. If you go out, you decide when to leave, which direction to go, how fast to go, when to apply the brakes, whether to yell at the other drivers or not, etc. Multiply this by everything you do in a typical day and it easy to understand how you could rack up 5,000 decisions. Some of them don’t matter. It doesn’t require a lot of wisdom to put on your socks. But some decisions do matter and do require wisdom. Things like whether to buy a particular vehicle or not, how much money to save for retirement, whether to make a certain investment, etc. Some decisions require even GREATER amounts of wisdom… things like which house to buy, which person to marry, which job to take, etc. Some decisions have short term consequences, while others have serious lifelong ramifications. Even the decision as to whether we should seek wisdom or not is life changing!

We have been encouraged to “seek wise counsel”. But where does wise counsel and wisdom come from? Over 200 times in God’s Word, we are told that the source of all knowledge and wisdom is God Himself. Just yesterday we read in James 1:5 “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” All wisdom begins with God. Psalm 111:10 says “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.” It seems obvious that the basis for ALL the decisions we make BEGINS with God.

Is it any wonder then that our culture, which has sought to remove God as far away from daily activities as possible, is fraught with such an acute lack of wisdom? Is it any wonder then that mankind struggles with knowing and doing wise things? As we think about our own lives, were there times when we did not seek wisdom and ended up making an unwise decision? Fortunately, this does not have to be the norm – we CAN have WISDOM! This week, as we conclude the series, Andy will share with us a GREAT example of “acquiring wisdom” from his own life. Don’t miss this final episode!

Charlie Baber and D.J. Johnsen are on for snacks. These guys are veterans so I am sure we won’t be disappointed. God bless you men… Tom

News – March 13

Paul DreillingChurch News

Dear Immanuel family,
Galatians 6:10 says, “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” The exhortation is pretty straight forward. Do good…to everyone. Yet there is a point of emphasis to those who “are of the household of faith.” Why? They are your brothers and sisters. They are your family. And we also know that the world will see that we are Christ’s disciples if we have love for one another.

I have been the beneficiary of many in our church giving of their time and abilities to come help me (a man who is, at best, inept with his hands) with work at my house. William Haase, our dear missionary, framed my entire upstairs…for free! DG Haase, David Breedlove, and others helped me finish it. And that’s just the start of those that have helped us here! But I’m not alone. Courtney Bowles is using her skill as a photographer to raise money to help the Clay’s (see it here). On Facebook, Lindsey Lucy started a “Rachel Clay Fundraiser” through her selling of Thirty-One bags. Both ladies are trying to “do good to the household of faith.” And they aren’t the only ones…just a couple of those who have publicly expressed a way to help the Clays.

So what about you? There are more needs around us at IBC. You may stink at photography, but maybe you’re good at electrical. Who can you help? How can you use your gifts to edify the household of faith? Maybe you’re great at construction and the missions trip to Scripture Memory Mountain would fit the bill. Whatever your ability is – selling bags, snapping photos, changing oil, chopping fire wood – find a way to “Do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”

In Christ Alone,
Michael Saunders

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Preparing for Sunday’s Worship – Dr. Jim Schuppe Bible Conference
· Bible Passage – James 1

· Dr. Schuppe will speak three times on Sunday: Sunday School (Junior High and up), AM Service, and PM Service

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND UPDATES:

Good Samaritan Ministries (GSM): Please remember to pray for the IBC team that will be going to GSM on Saturday, March 14th. They will be providing a meal and leading the Saturday evening program (5:30 to 8:00pm)

CEF Good News Across America – Summer Missionaries – APPLICATION DEADLINE IS MARCH 15th – GNAA is looking for Summer Missionaries who would love to minister to children or help with logistics in Indianapolis for two weeks (July 13 – 25, 2015) this summer.

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Camp Nathanael Missions Trip – There will be a meeting this Sunday March 15 at 5:30pm for everyone who has signed up or anyone who is still considering the mission trip. We plan to work at Scripture Memory Mountain Mission’s Camp Nathanael the week of May 3-10. We will meet upstairs in the Women’s Ministry Room and cover some information about the SMMM ministry for those not already familiar with it and discuss the logistics for the week.

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Palm Sunday Evening- March 29th – In preparation for Passion Week, on Palm Sunday Evening March 29, at 6:30 pm, we will once again be blessed by the ministry of Mr. Marquis Laughlin as he presents the Book of Exodus. Marquis is the founder of Acts of The Word, a non-profit, non-denominational ministry devoted to transforming people’s lives through the words of the Bible. He is a performance artist, theologian, and missionary to the church here in America.

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A Service of Communion and Remembrance – Join us on Good Friday as we reflect on the Last Supper and The Cross. Presented by Immanuel’s choir and instrumentalists, and guest soloist, Laura Ann Singh, Friday, April 3, 2015, 7:00 PM.

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Special Thanks – The Clothes Closet ministry provides bread to people who come to the Clothes Closet each Friday morning. We would like to give a special thanks to Montana Gold on Cary Street and from Great Harvest Bread Co. on Atlee Road in Mechanicsville for providing this bread. Both companies have been so generous and would appreciate your patronage.

Men’s Group – Mar 11 – Ask It: Hold My Hand!

Tom SmithMen's Ministry

Greetings Men – One of the most shocking signs that lets you know you are growing older is when you say something like “I love The Beatles”, and people around you look at you with blank, puzzled faces and reply “You like bugs?” Then you have to explain that they were four guys from Liverpool England that came to this country in 1964, inspired “Beatle Mania”, and made all the guys want to grow their hair long to look like Ringo Starr. Still, they just don’t get what great musicians they were with wonderful songs like “HELP”, “I SAW HER STANDING THERE”, and their first huge hit that they sang on the Ed Sullivan show (I’ll explain who he was in another story) “I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND”! Who else but the Beatles could sell 250,000 records in three days after they released the song, and millions of copies before it was all said and done. And basically all it said was “I want to hold your hand!”. Go figure!!

Hand holding is an interesting thing. It communicates affection and sometimes security. I recently went for a walk in the snow with my Granddaughter. As we negotiated a slippery uphill part of the trail, she stopped and said “Papa, hold my hand.” What loving grandfather could resist such a plea? I took her hand, and showed her how to walk sideways up the hill so we wouldn’t fall. As I thought about that adventure, I thought about how our Heavenly Father loves for us to say “Father, hold my hand”. He delights in helping us negotiate the slippery paths of life. All too often, we want to do it ourselves, and then end up slipping and falling. Oh that we as mature adults could just say “Hold my hand”. This week, Andy will help us understand how important it is to just ASK IT… “Father, hold my hand!”

Dwight Nesbitt and Adam Pearcy are on for snacks this week. I’m not sure what is on the menu, but Dwight did say something about pulling pork on Sunday! Sounds very interesting. See you tomorrow evening.

God bless you men… Tom

News – March 6th

Paul DreillingChurch News

Dear Immanuel family,

Recently someone laid a letter on my desk written by missionary Mary Baker in 1962.  She was returning for her fourth term to the Belgium Congo after her furlough in the US.  Explaining what it was like to be back in Africa, she said “Perhaps there never was in my heart a keener forward-look to a term of service than I feel in my heart just now. “Urgency” is the compelling force; the present world situation…internal upheavals in Congo itself – all these things cry loudly “Now or never!” in the task of making Christ known.”

Even though it’s been 50 years since she wrote this, we too should have this same sense of urgency.  Mary was so committed to seeing the Gospel go out among her African friends and continued to serve even in the midst of personal threats.  In 1964, Mary and a number of others would be taken hostage by the Congolese rebels.  Angry over recent defeats, the rebels took revenge by killing the hostages including Mary.   In the last letter she wrote to her coworkers in Africa, Mary told them, “With me it was settled long ago, ‘by life or by death’ and there it rests!”

We do live in perilous times and as Isaiah put it “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil.” (5:20). Our world is changing so quickly.  May the Lord give us a sense of urgency about getting the gospel out to those around us.   May we have the resolve and commitment that Mary Baker had to do whatever the Lord asks us.

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Preparing for Sunday’s WorshipMarch 8, 2015

  • Sermon title and text: The Vision of a Plumb Line (Amos 7:1-17)
  • Sunday’s Scripture Reading – 2 Peter 3:8-13

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND UPDATES:

Winter Bible Conference – Sunday, March 15th – Dr. Jim Schuppe, will be with us again this year for a conference entitled, “Hearers and Doers” from James 1.  Dr. Schuppe will bring three messages during the Sunday school hour, AM service and PM service.   Dr. Schuppe is a former Pastor, Academic Dean at Washington Bible College, and professor at Liberty University.  You will love how he handles the Word of God in a precise, practical and humorous manner.

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Palm Sunday Evening- March 29th In preparation for Passion Week, on Palm SundayEvening March 29, at 6:30 pm, we will once again be blessed by the ministry of  Mr. Marquis Laughlin as he presents the Book of Exodus. Marquis is the founder of  Acts of The Word, a non-profit, non-denominational ministry devoted to transforming people’s lives through the words of the Bible.  He is a performance artist, theologian, and missionary to the church here in America.

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A Service of Communion and Remembrance Join us on Good Friday as we reflect on the Last Supper and The Cross.  Presented by Immanuel’s choir and instrumentalists, and guest soloist, Laura Ann Singh, Friday,  April 3, 2015, 7:00 PM.

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CEF Good News Across America  – Summer Missionaries – GNAA is looking for Summer Missionaries who would love to minister to children or help with logistics in Indianapolis for two weeks (July 13 – 25, 2015) this summer.  For more information and questions please call Amy Haines at 804-690-8763.

Monument Avenue 10K- Tailgate Party Saturday, March 28nd  – Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Monument Ave 10K Tailgate Party! It will be March 28 from about 9am-1pm. Come cheer on the runners/walkers and enjoy some good food and fun games! More details will follow in the coming weeks!

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Men’s Group – Mar 4 – Ask It: On The Edge

Tom SmithMen's Ministry

Greetings Men – Well last week it happened! I think we broke the MAN barrier! Several of you men said to me “We know a lot about you… you love clocks, you hate hot weather, cold weather is not really COLD to you, you love your grandchildren, you are praying about your personal relationship with other ‘less capable’ drivers on the roads, etc.!” And then you men told me about yourselves and your similar ‘challenges’ – and said “Yeah, us too”! This is GREAT! We are acknowledging to ourselves and each other that we, as MEN, have our issues, and we NEED the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ!

And Praise God, we will never be alone with our ‘issues’ : Hebrews 4:15 says ‘For we do not have a high priest (Christ) who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.’ Our Lord Jesus Christ knows us, and yet loves us unconditionally!! How amazing is that?

Well, time for another family story! When one of my daughters had just owned her driver’s license for a few weeks, she called me at my work one day and we had the following conversation:

  • HER: Dad, I got too close to the mailbox, and it fell off!
  • ME: It fell off?????
  • HER: Yes – it fell off!
  • ME: Are you sure you only got ‘too close’?
  • HER: Yes Daddy – and it fell off!
  • ME: OK – I’ll check it when I get home Sweetheart!

Now you need to know that I, with all my engineering background savvy, built this mailbox by hand! It went 3 feet into the ground, and the arm was attached with a mortise and tendon joint, and 3 lag screws and 3 carriage bolts! It WOULD NOT FALL OFF!

Nevertheless, I accommodated my dear daughter as I investigated the situation. TURNS OUT, she had the back window of her car down, caught the mail box arm and box in the back window compartment, drove forward, and sure enough… IT “FELL” OFF!! But in fact, it was ‘RIPPED OFF’!

Years later, my daughter, her Mom and I – and her driving sons – laugh about this story. BUT I am reminded of getting “too close” in any situation. How close is dangerous? How close is enough to be ‘RIPPED OFF’ in a career, relationship, marriage, ministry or family? How close?

This week, in our series “ASK IT”, Andy Stanley talks about being on the edge. How CLOSE is too close? When should we back up, back away, or RUN? Don’t miss this one guys – it is very relevant!

GORDY SLIFER and ADRIAN ELIZALDE are on for snacks this week! We have a NAVY guy and an AIR FORCE guy doing snacks! Think about it guys… How great could this be?????

God bless you men… Tom

News – February 27th

Paul DreillingChurch News

Dear Immanuel family,

The Apostle Peter in his first letter wrote, “Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme…” (I Peter 2:13). But what do we do if the laws of the land conflict with God’s law? In Acts, Peter had experienced this conflict first hand when he and the early Christians were told by the high priest, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching,” to which Peter responded, “We must obey God rather than men…” (Acts 5:28, 29).

Our world is becoming more and more hostile toward Christianity. This week, Fox News ran a column about Barronelle Stutzman, who is a florist and a follower of Jesus. Last year she refused to provide flowers to a long-time customer who was marrying his male partner. Mrs. explained, “My relationship with Jesus Christ teaches me that marriage is between a man and a woman, I couldn’t do his flowers and create something that was special for him because it would — it would dishonor Christ.”

A superior court judge has now ruled against her saying the first amendment protects religious beliefs, but not necessarily actions based on those beliefs. The attorney general has agreed to settle the case for a $2,000 penalty if Mrs. Stutzman agrees not to discriminate in the future. The article goes on to say, “Stutzman compares the deal to the one Judas struck saying, quote, I certainly don’t relish the idea of losing my business, my home, and everything else that your lawsuit threatens to take from my family, but my freedom to honor God in doing what I do best is more important.” What a courageous woman who is choosing to obey her God rather than man.

http://www.foxnews.com/transcript/2015/02/24/exclusive-florist-who-refuses-to-do-gay-wedding-speaks-out/

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Preparing for Sunday’s Worship – March 1, 2015: We have a special Sunday morning of worship and a Baptismal service. You will be encouraged as we worship together, Pastor Michael shares about baptism, and many of those being baptized share their testimonies.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS AND UPDATES:

· Winter Bible Conference – Sunday, March 15th – Dr. Jim Schuppe, will be with us again this year for a conference entitled, “Hearers and Doers” from James 1. Dr. Schuppe will bring three messages during the Sunday school hour, AM service and PM service. Dr. Schuppe is a former Pastor, Academic Dean at Washington Bible College, and professor at Liberty University. You will love how he handles the Word of God in a precise, practical and humorous manner.

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· CEF Good News Across America – Summer Missionaries – GNAA is looking for Summer Missionaries who would love to minister to children or help with logistics in Indianapolis for two weeks this summer. For more information and questions please call Amy Haines.

· Monument Avenue 10K- Tailgate Party – Saturday, March 28nd – Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Monument Ave 10K Tailgate Party! It will be March 28 from about 9am-1pm. Come cheer on the runners/walkers and enjoy some good food and fun games! More details will follow in the coming weeks!

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· Church Photo Directory – Don’t Miss Out –Photography dates NOW include March 19, 20, 24 & 25 (2pm to 9pm) and March 21 (10 am to 5pm). Sign up at the Welcome Center – 1) after Sunday School, 2) after AM service and 3) before PM service! Registration available online through the IBC website at the bottom of the home page. Contact ibcphotodirectory@gmail.com if you have any questions.