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God's Word for the coming week...

Let us consider how we can promote peace as members of God's Kingdom.  When someone comes against us, may we react in God's love.
Dates To Remember...

  • March 19th, 6 PM Monster Quiz & Dinner-Join us for a night of fellowship and fun! 
Remember in Prayer...

  • Please pray for Katie Davison as she continues to recover.
      
  • Those in the congregation who continue to deal with health issues, members who are struggling with employment issues, and those among us who are suffering.

The Difference Of God's Kingdom


“Give us aid against the enemy,
for the help of man is worthless.” (Psalm 108:12)
Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world.  If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews.  But now my kingdom is from another place.” (John 18:36)

In the past months, we have witnessed the collapse of kingdoms and regimes:  first Tunisia, then Egypt, and now Libya.  This week, we are witnessing the historic revolution of the Libyan people against their leader of more than forty years, who is using violence against his own people to retain control. 

In the New Testament, many of the Jewish people in Palestine, expected Jesus to be the revolutionary that would overthrown the oppressive Roman regime.   In fact, before Jesus ascended into heaven, his disciples asked him, “Lord are you at this time to restore the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6).  Throughout Jesus' ministry his disciples had expected Jesus to lead the revolution that would free them from the oppression.

However, Jesus came to bring a different kind of kingdom-not a kingdom won through violence, but a kingdom won through sacrifice.  When Jesus faced death and many wondered why he didn't defend himself with force, Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world.  If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews.  But now my kingdom is from another place.” (John 18:36).

The Kingdom of God is not a kingdom of violence, but a kingdom of peace.  The spiritual war is won through sacrifice, not self-assertion and retaliation against opponents.  As Paul would say, God's kindness leads to repentance (Romans 2:4).  We are drawn away from evil and pulled towards God by the strength of God's love and kindness-not through God “beating us into submission.” 

Indeed, as Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world.  As we follow the teachings of Christ, such as “love your enemies,” or “pray for those who persecute you,” we are revolutionaries, but not of the worldly sort. In Christ, we demonstrate that evil has been conquered, and will not stand eternally. 

Connecting ... to the church family at Monmouth & the community


Wednesday Prayer Time - 7 to 8 PM

3/2 - Vazquez
3/9 - To Be Determined
3/16 - Davis
3/23 - Rix

 


February Hostess of the Month - Sue Rastelli

March Hostess of the Month - Natasha Vazquez

Cleaning Families  -  Grabowski & Vongas