Feb 27, 2017

Adult Sunday School - 5 March - Romans 15, Recipe for Unity



Please join us after Sunday worship at 1015 for a discussion on Romans 15. Paul gives the church in Rome some guidance on how to unify that early church. We will discuss this and how we can apply these principles to our own church. Discussion questions will be posted HERE

Feb 26, 2017

Devotion for February 26th - The "Messiness" of Vocation

A brief prayer is offered that you can add to your daily prayers this week. The scripture is from our Sunday Service Bulletin for today as we conclude a multi-sermon series on vocation. Today’s message is on the “messiness” that sometimes accompanies our vocations.
Epistle Reading- Romans 8:22-30, English Standard Version (ESV)
 “For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. 26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
Devotion: What do you do for a living? - Part 5
The previous four weeks we talked about how a vocation is more about who you are than what you do. We said that God loves all vocations [if they are not illegal, immoral, or unethical] because they in some way serve our fellow man. Did you ever have a bad day at work? Maybe you’ve seen the videos about a person trying to stock a huge display stack in the grocery store and a false move near the end of the effort, knocks over all the products.  How about the forklift driver who does the same thing on a bigger scale in the warehouse, and knocks down floor to ceiling shelf after shelf in a domino effect? Maybe your IT systems failed and your back-ups were misplaced?  A rival company wins your company’s contract renewal? Most of us folks that work or have had a vocation at one time have experienced this messy part of working for a living. Today’s epistle text provides us three encouraging thoughts to help us get through one of those bad times. 1- Verse 26, says the spirit is going to step in and work overtime to get us through it. 2- Verse 28 says all things work for good. 3- Verse 29 says God is conforming you to be in His image, meaning this is part of your sanctification pathway, you are to learn from this experience. The next time that you have a bad day can you try to have this thought?  “This job is more about who I am than what I do”. Remember that God loves you and He has your back! With Him all things are possible.

We pray: “Lord, when times are bad, help me recognize your love and encouragement. Amen”

Feb 22, 2017

Lifetree Cafe - 28 Feb - Police Brutality or Necessary Force

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It’s a controversial subject dominating headlines across the country, and we want to know your opinion. Join us for “Police Brutality or Necessary Force?” at Lifetree Café Tuesday the 28th of February, 630PM, at Hacienda del Lago Restaurant, 14155 E Via Ranch del Lago, Vail AZ 85641.

Feb 20, 2017

Adult Sunday School - February 26th - Romans 14, Keeping Peace


Please join us after Sunday worship at 1015 for a discussion on Romans 14. Paul addresses the situation of conflict within the church because people became judgmental with one another on matters of opinion. Discussion questions are posted HERE

Feb 19, 2017

"Egypt" 2017 VBS Registration now open

March 13-17 from 9 – 11:30 AM
Christ Lutheran Vail Ministry Center
14600 E. Colossal Cave Rd.

We are accepting registration for kids:
4 years - 4th Grade $15
5th - 8th Grade Junior Guide $10

call 520-468-7075 for more information

Register Here

Devotion for 19 February - What do you do for a living? - Part 4

A brief prayer is offered that you can add to your daily prayers this week. The scripture is from our Sunday Service Bulletin for today as we continue a multi-sermon series on vocation. Today’s message focuses on stewardship as part of a Christian’s vocation.

Scripture Reading- Matthew 25:14-30 English Standard Version (ESV)
14 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money.19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Devotion: What do you do for a living? - Part 4.
The previous three weeks we talked about how a vocation is more about who you are than what you do. We said that God loves all vocations [if they are not illegal, immoral, or unethical] because they in some way serve our fellow man. Today’s Gospel text is the Parable of the Talents. In ancient times, a talent was the equivalent of 6000 denarii (one day’s wage) or about 20 year’s wages—a huge sum! Think of the magnitude of the resources for which the servants are responsible. At first glance this looks like a parable about money or resource management. Under closer examination though, it is really about kingdom management. God, like the master, entrusts his resources to His people and expects them to be good stewards of it. Those who faithfully work for the kingdom and enhance it will both be commended and rewarded. Those who do not use their gifts and kingdom resources will be condemned and separated from the very presence of God. Are you missing out on an opportunity to be a good steward of the resources God provided you? I can think of some missed chances in my life where I could have been more ready and willing to build up His Kingdom. Maybe you have as well. Can you identify an opportunity this week to avoid “burying” your resources and find a way to create Kingdom growth through your good stewardship?

We pray: “Lord, help me recognize and seize the opportunity to grow Your Kingdom. Amen”

Feb 16, 2017

Lifetree Cafe - 21 Feb - Spiritual but not Religious

LTC Spiritual Not Religious Trailer from Lifetree on Vimeo.
Why do 30 percent of adults describe themselves as spiritual but not religious? Discuss it with us during “Spiritual but Not Religious,” at Lifetree Café, Tuesday the 21st of February, 630PM, at Hacienda del Lago Restaurant, 14155 E Via Ranch del Lago, Vail AZ 85641

Feb 14, 2017

Adult Sunday School - 19 February - Romans 13, God and Country


Please join us after Sunday worship at 1015 for an interactive lesson on Romans 13. The situation between the church and government was tense in Paul's day and he provided advice, instruction, and justification on how to interact with those in authority. Today we still see almost daily evidence of conflict between government and its citizenry. Why? Be ready for a lively 45 minutes and click HERE  for discussion questions.

Feb 12, 2017

Devotion for February 12th - What Do You Do for a Living? Part 3

A brief prayer is offered that you can add to your daily prayers this week. The scripture is from our Sunday Service Bulletin for today as we continue a multi-sermon series on vocation.
Scripture Reading- Matthew 6:19-24 English Standard Version (ESV)
19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust[a] destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, 23 but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! 24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
Devotion: What do you do for a living? - Part 3.
The previous two weeks we talked about how a vocation is more about who you are than what you do. We said that God loves all vocations [if they are not illegal, immoral, or unethical] because they in some way serve our fellow man. Today’s message talks about materialism and the work required to acquire and maintain these worldly possessions. Here are three surprising statistics (from a collection of more than twenty) on the “stuff” that we Americans own that were compiled by Joshua Becker:
1. There are 300,000 items in the average American home (LA Times).
2. The average size of the American home has nearly tripled in size over the past 50 years (NPR).
3. And still, 1 out of every 10 Americans rent offsite storage—the fastest growing segment of the commercial real estate industry over the past four decades. (New York Times Magazine).

Blomberg says, “…. materialism is the single biggest competitor for the hearts and souls of millions in our world today...”. According to verse 24 in our text from Matthew today, Jesus is telling us that we cannot serve both God and money [money is transliterated from the Aramaic mammon, meaning wealth, property, possessions]. God does not tell us we can’t have nice things but he is telling us do not worship or idolize these. He wants us to put God at the center of our lives and not be a slave to “stuff”. What can we do this week to simplify our “stuff” portfolio? Can you pick out a shelf or drawer or a portion of your closet that has some things you did not use in a year’s time and give those items away? As you think about doing this and if you can actually downsize a bit can you pray about centering your life upon God. Maybe letting go of a little bit of clutter can help you focus better, I hope so!

We pray: “Lord, help me recognize the opportunity to better center my life on you. Amen”

Feb 8, 2017

Lifetree Cafe - 15 Feb - Crop Circles

LTC Crop Circles Trailer from Lifetree on Vimeo.
When a crop circle appears, what's the cause? Is it a practical joke or something other-worldly? Discuss this with us during “Crop Circles,” at Lifetree Café Wednesday the 15th of February, 630PM, at Hacienda del Lago Restaurant, 14155 E Via Ranch del Lago, Vail AZ 85641.
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