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How much do you read your Bible each week?

The Center for Bible Engagement has recently published some statistics you might find encouraging and motivating.

Research is showing that positive trends emerge when people read their Bibles 4 (four) or more times per week:

  • 250% more likely to disciple others.
  • 250% more likely to share their faith.
  • 400% more likely to memorize scripture.
  • People experience a 50%   decrease in alcohol abuse.
  • People experience a 70%   decrease in adultery.
  • People experience a 60%   decrease in addiction to pornography.

Think about it.  What changes might occur in your life if you read and studied your Bible more often?

Dates To Remember...

  • Tonight-7 PM, Red Bank Community Thanksgiving Service-sponsored by the Greater Red Bank Ministers Association will be held at the First Assembly of God, 220 Sycamore Ave., Shrewsbury.
  • Dec 10th, 7 PM, next meeting of the Hebrew Class which meets at the Rix home. 
  • Dec 19th,5 PM, Our annual Christmas Worship Service and Family Dinner-Join us in sharing this special evening together. 
Remember in Prayer...

  • 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.
  • Pray for our members who will be traveling during this holiday weekend.

When Jesus Passes By

“Immediately he spoke to them and said, 'Take courage!  It is I.  Don't be afraid.”  Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down.  They were completely amazed, for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened.”  (Mark 6:50-51, NIV)

The story of Jesus passing by the disciples in the middle of the story is familiar (Mark 6:45-53).  As Jesus is about to “pass them by,” the disciples fear he is a ghost and they are afraid.  Jesus climbs into the boat with them, and the wind dies down.  However, Mark concludes by telling us that the disciples were afraid because they had not understood about the loaves-the story about Jesus multiplying the loaves and the fish which immediately precedes the story of Jesus walking on the water (Mark 6:30-44).

In the story of Jesus miraculously multiplying the loaves, Jesus showed the Glory of God at work in him.  Jesus, as the incarnation of the son of God, demonstrated what was pictured over and over again in the Hebrew scriptures:  God is with the people, God provides for the people, God will show his glory (see Exodus 33:11-20).  The disciples witnessed this glory, but did not “take that witness with them” into the boat.  In the next incident, they find themselves in the midst of a terrible storm, and when Jesus intends to pass them by to show them his glory, they are filled with fear.  Jesus tells them not to be afraid, but to take courage in the fact that he is with them.

We do the same thing.  God demonstrates his provision and care repeatedly in our lives.  Yet, often we do not take these experiences “into the boat” of our current crisis.  We do not allow our present fear to be educated and quelled by the reality that God has already proven that will be with us in the present crisis. 

Growing in faith and faithfulness has to do with learning from our past experiences that God is with us.  When we face a current faith challenge, the point is to reflect on how we know from our past experience that God will be with us.  We let that encouragement help us to respond to our current situation with confidence and faith.  “Take courage it is I.  Don't be afraid.”

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

November Hostess of the Month - Fellowship Committee

Cleaning Team for coming week - Team  Crane