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Encourage0gramĀ  February 25, 2019

Posted by Pastor Rick John on

Encourage0gram  February 25, 2019
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
 
I wanted to share this story from Religious News Service. 
 
“Simon Davis, writing for Religion News Service, tells us, “Since atheist blogger Martin Hughes left Christianity, he hasn’t missed believing in God or in hell. But he does miss heaven.”

Hughes said, “I wish that there was one to go to, and that’s the truth.” He went on to say he knows his view is not “atheistically correct.” But he says that in his own version of heaven, he would “understand everything.” There would be “deep, rich happiness that feels like Mom’s sweet potato pie on Thanksgiving.”

Davis then writes:
Hughes may not be alone in his desire to keep believing in a more secular version of heaven. According to a recent analysis in the journal SAGE … the general trend over the past few decades is broadly toward less religiosity (both public and private). However, the one indicator that seems to buck this trend is belief in the afterlife, where a slight increase was recorded in recent years.”

It is our prayer that FCC will be a place for all people to gather.  We INVITE all to come and be transformed by Jesus’ power!  We are not ashamed of the gospel for it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes! We are his witnesses endued with the power of the Presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.  He not only empowers us, He is ALL-POWERFUL!  In Acts 1:8, Jesus calls us to testify about Him to the ends of the earth.  Centennial and our surrounding communities are in this world, so this truth applies to us! 

I am inspired to tell my story of Jesus by this song written by Gene Bartlett in 1965. It is entitled: Set My Soul Afire.
 
Refrain:
Set my soul afire Lord, set my soul afire.
Make my life a witness of Thy saving pow'r.
Millions grope in darkness, waiting for Thy Word.
Set my soul afire, Lord, set my soul afire!
 
Set my soul afire Lord, for Thy Holy Word, Burn it deep within me, let Thy voice be heard
Millions grope in darkness in this day and hour, I will be a witness, fill me with Thy pow'r
 
Set my soul afire, Lord, for the lost in sin, Give to me a passion as I seek to win; Help me not to falter never let me fail, Fill me with Thy Spirit, let Thy will prevail.
 
Set my soul afire, Lord, in my daily life. Far too long I've wandered in this day of strife; Nothing else will matter but to live for Thee, I will be a witness for Christ lives in me.
 
As we seek to witness to our culture, we must stay informed.  I recommend the following websites to you. I do not endorse all the information but find them reliable to keep me up to pace.  I hope you will find them helpful.
 
For apologetic information:  resonablefaith.org led by Dr. William Lane Craig.
 
For prayer requests and current events: 
                        Colorado Family Action

For prayer about our Nation
Summer Ingram
National Director of Prayer and Mobilization
Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation
www.CPCFoundation.com
 
For news on Israel and Prophecy       

For daily devotionals and Bible reading schedules:  odb.org   (Our Daily Bread)
 
These are just a few that I have found helpful.  I pray God will use them in your life.  I am eager to share Micah 7:1-13 this week.  We will be inspired by the godly example of Micah!

Don’t forget that our Wednesday night study in James begins next Wednesday, March 6, at 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Child care is free and available, but you must call Olene to register your children. 
 
Your servant for Jesus’ sake,
Pastor Rick

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