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God's Word for the coming week...

Hebrews 11:6-Where do we need to grow in really trusting God in our lives?  Let us meditate this week on his faithfulness to us-to reward us, as we seek him in all things.
Dates To Remember...

  • April 3rdFirst Sunday Fellowship Luncheon-Join us for lunch! 
  • April 22ndRed Bank Community Good Friday Service-This year's service will be held at Tower Hill Presbyterian Church, noon to 3PM.  Charles will be speaking along with six other ministers from our area on “The Seven Last Words of Jesus on the Cross.” 
  • May 13-14Camp Manatawny Area Men's Retreat-More details will be coming with regard to registration, speaker and topic.  Charles will be performing a short classical recital at the retreat on Saturday, May 14th at 11 AM. 
Remember in Prayer...

  • Please pray for Katie Davison as she continues to work with her doctors.
  • 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.
  • Please keep our Church Roof Fund Drive in your thoughts and prayers. 

Growing In Faith


“Without faith, it is impossible to please God, for whoever would approach him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”
(Hebrews 11:6, NRSV)

Faith is the glue that bonds the relationship between ourselves and God.  Said another way, without faith we cannot have a relationship with God. 

Faith is not a mental assent that God exists, nor is faith assent to a religious set of rules and regulations.  Faith is not the act of going to church, taking communion, belonging to a particular denomination, worshipping in a prescribed way, adhering to traditions, or adhering to a particular set of biblical interpretive patterns.

Rather, as Hebrews puts it, “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of that which is not seen”-i.e. God.  We do not “see God” but by faith we believe that he exists.  This ability to believe, without seeing, is at the very root of faith. 

In our Western, enlightenment, modernistic thinking, we “know” something because we can see it, touch it, feel it, count it, and explain it rationally.  This is not faith.  Faith is “knowing” precisely without the ability to see, touch, feel, count, and explain in completely humanistic and rational ways. 

Faith has to do with a deeper kind of knowing-a spiritual knowing, a knowing that is at once a gift of God through the Spirit, and a choice on our part to put our trust in God based on the evidences of God all around us:  creation, love, compassion, justice, righteousness, and the “small miracles” that happen every day.

Where in our lives do we need to make a choice to trust in God?

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Sunday, April 3, 2011
Encouraging Our Ministries

Next Sunday, April 3, our service will highlight the various ministries going on in our church.  Our deacons will be encouraging us in serving to the glory of God.  The service will be coordinated and led by our brother Franz Crane, our deacon of worship.

 

Sunday, April 10, 2011
Series on Worship

Starting Sunday April 10, Charles will bring a series of messages focused on our worship.  Why do we worship?  What do we bring to our worship?  Why do we do what we do in worship?

 

 

Wednesday Prayer Time-7 to 8 PM

3/30 - Vazquez
4/6 - Bruno
4/13 - Tango
4/20 - Grabowski

 

March Hostess of the Month - Natasha Vazquez

Cleaning Families  -  Burke & Greatorex, A.