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Church News THE PERKINS JOURNAL, Thursday, March 24, 2016- A7 continued from page A6 my God and your God.'" Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: "I have seen the Lord!" And she told them that he had said these things to her. On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord." NIV F. LaGard Smith called the resurrection of Jesus "the ultimate miracle." Jesus has given mankind a daily reason for hope because He is a living savior. You are invited to come and worship with us as we cel- ebrate this "ultimate miracle" on the first day of this week and every week. Shalom Cimarron Valley Church of Perkins By Ralph Martin ,. Sunday, our Pastor, Paul Dawson, brought the message "More Than Just a Sunday Ride" from John 12:12-19. On this day, 2016 years ago, Jesus began his last week on earth by riding into Jerusalem on a young donkey, under an umbrella of palm branches, with a huge crowd hailing him as their king. Many remembered that the prophet Zechariah, more than 500 years earlier had predicted Israel's king would come to them, righteous and victorious, yet humble, riding on a donkey - even a donkey's colt. Jesus' actions fulfilled Zechariah words, thus giving another indication that Jesus was indeed the Messiah. Jesus had chosen a time when Jews from all over the Roman world would be in Jerusalem for the week long Passover festival - a celebration to remember the great exodus from Egypt. Jesus knew that those who heard him teach would return to their homes throughout the world and announce the coming Of the Messiah. By this time Jesus was extremely well known. People flocked to him by the thousands, seeking the presence of this mighty miracle man who had confronted a demon, healed a leper, calmed the waves, healed Jairus' daughter, fed 5,000, and raised Lazarus after he had already been in his grave for four days. The noise was deafening. Literally a dust cloud of shouting, clapping, singing, and excited humanity. The religious leaders considered Jesus miracles and popularity a serious threat to their power and authority. Also, Jesus miracles often Caused a disturbance. Rome didn't like disturbances. Anything other than quite and obedience meant additional hardship for the nation. Lazarus's return to life had become the last straw. Even when confronted point-blank with the power of Jesus' deity, some refused to believe. These eyewitnesses not only rejected Jesus, they called a meet- ing and plotted to murder him. But they hadn't erased Jesus and now it appeared to them like the whole world was going after him. That would soon change once the crowds realized Jesus was here to establish God's eternal Kingdom~ot to set up a P0werful political kingdom. Ks evOatSwas certainty~ore than a Sunday ride on a d0i ey2':;: If was sigtiificanL A prophetic glimpse of things to come. Someday, Christ will come back for his own - those who make loyalty to him their top priority - and to settle accounts with those who defied him. He won't return next time to be the perfect sacrifice for our sins but as a King and Judge. Are we preparing for this or hiding from it? We were blessed today with an Easter Pageant put on by our Children's Church. Many thanks to all who participated. Please consider this your invitation to join us at 901 Sadler Road in Perkins. Sunday School begins at 9:30 A.M. Morning Worship and Children's Worship follow at 10:45 A.M. Nursery is available for the very young. On Wednesday at 7:00 P.M., join us in learning and studying the bible. Contact the church at 405-547-1557 if you need transportation. Check our website at www. cimarronvalleychurch.com. Christian Church of Perkins By David Pock Today's Power Verse: John 8:36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. God's Promise to YOU!! Matthew 19:29 NOTE: The following was taken from Bill Federer's American Minute!** On APRIL 17, 1790, the son of a poor candle-maker died. The 15th of 17 children, he apprenticed as a printer and published a popular almanac. He retired at age 42, then taught himself five languages, invented the rocking chair, bifocal glasses and the lighting rod, which earned him degrees from Harvard and Yale. He helped found the University of Pennsylvania, a hos- pital, America's first postal system and fire department. He became the governor of Pennsylvania, signed the Declaration of Independence and called for prayer at the Constitutional Convention. He was president of America's first anti-slavery society. His name was Ben Franklin. In his Poor Richard' s Almanac, May 1757, Ben Franklin wrote: "Work as if you were to live 100 years; pray as if you We Do All Minor Repairs were to die tomorrow." In a pamphlet for Europeans titled information to Those Who Would Remove to America, 1754, Benjamin Franklin wrote: "Atheism is unknown there; Infidelity rare and secret; so that persons may live to a great age in that country without having their piety shocked by meeting with either an Atheist or an Infidel. And the Divine Being seems...pleased to favor the whole country." After 253 years I only have one comment about what Ben Franklin had to say! Knowing what I see happening world wide I would change "Poor Richard's comment to read ..... "Work as if you were going to live 100 years; pray as if the rapture will come today!" Father, lift me up and make me stand in the love of Jesus as I face the day and live for you ..... amen God bless you all and have a great PCA* week! PCA*= Positive Christ-like Attitude Come Visit us! We are located at 121 E. Stumbo Ave. here in Perkins. Sunday School 9:45am ... Worship ...10:45am Wednesday evenings ... meal 6pm ... Bible classes 7pm ... Thursdays at 1 lam we meet and pray for our country. The intemet... "sneak a peek and peakyour week.., www.perkcc.com Mehan Union Church The writer of Ecclesiastes saw god at every turn in enjoyment of material things. The power to eat the fruits of our labor and even the strength to receive and rejoice in them is from Him. ECC. 5;18-19.. Thank you Lord! Thanks you for your messages in worship last Sunday and the ones who taught young to the rest of the members present. Praise the Lord for His words from His word- -The Bible. We have so many activities in April to thank the Lord for .We pray all these activities will give honor to the Lord. On April 1st Friday and Saturday 2nd evening at 7pm we will have a revival and continues through Sunday moming-3rd- in regular service at 10:45. Darwin (DJ) Chocoholic Rules Yes, I'm a chocoholic, and I'm skeptical about anyone who doesn't like this scrumptious stuff. Milk chocolate candy and ice cream are my favorites, and we are told that dark chocolate is good for us. Hershey's are my favorite candies, and they are less expensive than the fancy stuff. Before the recent hiatus, Blue Bell's milk chocolate ice cream was my favorite. Since then, I've found that Braums is just as good. If you are addicted to chocolate as I am, here are some roles you might want to consider. If you get melted chocolate all over your hands, you're eating it too slowly. Chocolate-covered raisins, cherries, orange slices and strawberries all count as fruit, so eat as many as you wantl Eat a chocolate bar before each meal. It will take the edge off your appetite, and you will eat less. If you can't eat all your chocolate, it will keep in the freezer. But if you can't eat all your chocolate, it may be a sign of a deeper problem. Store your chocolates on top of the refrigerator. Calories are afraid of heights, and will jump out of the chocolate to protect themselves. Equal amounts of dark chocolate and white chocolate make a balanced diet. The preservatives in chocolate will make you look younger. If not for chocolate, there would be no need for con2' trol-top pantyhose, and an entire garment industry would be out of business. A nice box of chocolates provide your total daily intake of calories in one place. Isn't that handy? Put "Eat chocolate" at the top of your list of things to do today. That way, at least you sill get one thing done. Question: why is there no such organization as Choc- oholics Anonymous? Answer; Because no one wants to Jorgenson will be bringing Gods messages and John and quit. Wendy Bearry will bring their wonderful message in Problem: How do you get 2 pounds of chocolate home song. So be sure not to miss all these wonderful blessings, from the store in a hot car? Solution: Eat it in the parking The following week on Tuesday(April 5) we receive lot. Well, there! I hope I have helped. the food to be given away on Saturday April 9th along with clothing. So if you are in need of these 2 items we will welcome you. We are blessed to be able to provide through our members generous provision and help. We try to bless all who come. On Saturday April 16 another blessing --Susie McEntire will be in concert at 7 p.m. at the church. This will be a blessing ,you wont want to miss, She has been singing and bringing her message and we feel blessed to have her with us, so come for a great evening. The next Saturday evening April 23 we will have the Tom Arthur Food Program Memorial dinner and auction merciful and loving Father. Stay focused on what God does, as we continue to seek the opportunities before us, It's the best way to acknowledge Jesus' presence in our lives and share him with others. Located at the comer of Diamond Valley Road and Highway 51, five miles east of Stillwater. We're a non-denominational congregation whose doors are open to anyone seeking to serve a loving God, salvation. through Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit's guidance. Sunday. School- 10:30am. from about 5:30 pm to ?. We will have homemade crafts, Sunday Morning Service - 9:00am Wednesday evening quilt ,bake goods-~vfood ~ and fellowship that evemng, service - 7:00pm led by Pastor Quincy Morris. .............. = ....... '.~ ..... ........' ~ ~.:.~-o ~%r.~:'. %':: ~': ~ ....... :;~:~:" :'"'~: :. : .:~L.~ ~:.~: ~, J~ Last ear we ~; ":s~}iblarshipS~:~oi51'':'Z :*~'~ "~'~" "- ":~ ......... ii4 ,,::: ~. semors in our eh~la. Ro~Sv[va will be our ~ifiction~rr~ ~t. ~8 IWler tholl'i# this year. Hope you plan to come and enjoy another great evening. By Fr. Ken Harder The Lord is so good--Pray are you enjoying all His many I offer some reflection every week, typically on what you Blessings He gives us every day! have heard in the gospels. The Passion Narrative is the Don't forget! Mehan Union Church Revival April 1st, central part of the gospel. For a gospel to be included as 2nd and 3rd. Friday and Saturday evening at 7:00pm. universal scripture, it had to have a narrative of the passion Sunday morning at 10:45 am service. Darwin Jorgenson of the Lord. The four gospels we have, despite any differ- will be bringing the messages. He has a spirit filled heart ences in them, all have a recounting of Christ fulfillment of and message. John and Wendy Bearry will be leading the Father's work. To offer an adequate reflection would in wonderful message in song. Every message will be a require too much space. I will say just a few things. In blessing to us all. For more information call the church his passion, Jesus felt the full brant of human weakness, 743-2097 in the mornings selfishness and sinfulness. He experienced a final gathering with his friends, who would soon desert him. He felt the Diamond Valley Community Church sting of others' jealousy and hatred. He experienced one bad moment after another. The end of one torture was the Because I have God as my Shepherd I don't need beginning of another. In the final tome, he was made anything. He sets me at rest in a quiet place. He pro- powedesstoevenmove;hewasdisgracedbeforeall. Every vides a place of refuge after the storm. Even when He's shred of human dignity was denied him. He had the power chastised me, He quiets my soul as He leads me onto the to avoid it but he didn't because we cannot avoid our suf- best pathway, ferings. This week begins the most sacred celebration we When storm clouds gather and the winds howl I am not have as Christians. This is the week in which the events afraid because His promises are true. I glance around and that physically happened two thousand years ago are made know He is near. He's the one true Shepherd protecting present to us in the deepest way we can have while in this His sheep from all danger, life. This solemnity of this week demands our attention as He sacrificed His body as my bread and His blood as devoted followers of Christ. This week puts our faith in the wine of righteousness from which I draw the very life proper perspective. As believers in Christ, we hope to have I have. My cup overflows with the goodness and mercy a better life because of him. It is natural to think that the which leads to eternal life. love Christ has for us will somehow improve our lot now. He has drawn me to Him, searching for me when I stray, For instance, if we are sick, we hope for some miraculous drawing me back into His home to safely dwell all the days cure. If there are relational problems with others, we of my life. hope Christ will turn people's hearts. If we are financially In Mark 14:26-31 Jesus reminds his disciples it's imper- straggling, we hope for some miraculous windfall. Think ative he die to save us as foretold in Zechariah 13:7. As about this: Jesus performed many miracles, he taught with our Shepherd He must lay down his life to give us ours, but great authority. In listening to and understanding what we shall arise and meet them in Galilee. hear in the gospels, we experience a sense of peace. Having Peter quickly declared he wouldn't fall away even if said this, the Father's will was perfectly fulfilled and Jesus' everyone else left, he'd stay and die with Jesus. Just as work achieved completion when He sat with his disciples quickly Jesus declared Peter would deny him three times and instituted a new ritual for them to follow; when he then before the cock crows twice. Mark 14:66-74 finds Peter in offered himself on the cross and finally rose to a new life. In the courtyard when a servant girl stops and asks him if he'd other words, the presence of Christ in our lives is not mea- been with Jesus. Peter quickly declares he doesn't know sured by the miracles or good things that happen to us; His what she's talking about then moves on. Later she sees him presence is fully known when we fulfill the Father's will in again and tells those around he's one of Jesus followers, the same way He did. Suffering is not good of itself, for it is Peter denies knowing Jesus. Their curiosity aroused, those a deprivation of good. However, when we are aware that the standing near state surely he must be, for he is a Galilean. best thing we have cannot be taken, then suffering, while still Peter curses and swears he doesn't know this man Jesus. painful, cannot take awayourpeace; in fact our peace grows . Immediately the rooster crows a second time and Peter's My friends, the Church is not here to make the world abetter reminded of what Jesus had spoken earlier. Peter breaks place per se; belief in Christ does not mean that you will have down and weeps, good things, good health and good relationships here on earth. We've been in situations when we could've spoken of The Church is here to raise you to a much higher life. It is Jesus to others; shared His love and knowledge of who he true that in seeking this life, this world becomes better but is and what he gave for us. Yet when the time comes we the whole point of what we believe is found in this week's deny the opportunity. Later convicted by the Hol.y Spirit celebration. The love of God and the fulfillment of His work of our lack of courage to stand up for Him; we ask His in each of us is found in how we accept life experiences. May forgiveness realizing the power of his love in our lives, the mysteries we embrace this week help us to focus on the God knows our hearts and the weakness we have. He is a life to follow even as we fulfill our tasks in this life.