May 24, 2017

Lifetree Cafe - 30 May - Curing Healthcare

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Is there a way to fix our healthcare system? Share your thoughts and ideas during “Curing Healthcare,” next week at Lifetree Café, Tuesday the 30th of May, 630PM, at Hacienda del Lago Restaurant, 14155 E Via Ranch del Lago, Vail AZ 85641. 

May 21, 2017

Devotion - 21 May - The Grace

A brief prayer is offered that you can add to your daily prayers this week. The scripture is from our Sunday Service Bulletin. We continue our sermon series on receiving something special or profound. Today’s topic is “The Grace”.

Epistle Reading- Ephesians 2:1-10 English Standard Version (ESV)

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them

 Devotion: The Grace
Grace is the free and unmerited forgiveness by God of our sins which saves us through faith. Paul is saying in verses 4 and 5 that God loves us so much that saved us by sending His Son [the Christ] to give up His life for us. God’s grace is described and explained in many places in the scripture. One of the most awesome examples of modern day earthly Grace involves the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania and a woman named Terri Roberts. If the town sounds familiar, it is because on October of 2006 a shooter entered an Amish school in Nickel Mines and took the lives of several children and then his own. Terri Roberts, who lived and worked in the community is the mother of the shooter. She was obviously ashamed and terribly upset for the victims and their families. At her son’s funeral, just as they were lowering his casket into the ground an armada of Amish horse drawn carriages showed up and the Amish families offered their forgiveness, comfort, and condolences. The seemingly extraordinary reaction of the Amish community made the national news. Amish scholars explained that the Amish willingness to forgo vengeance does not undo the tragedy or pardon the wrong, but rather constitutes a first step toward a future that is more hopeful. Is there someone in your life who would benefit from a forgiving word from you? Is there someone you’d like to ask for forgiveness?  If so, I pray that you would find a way to make the future more hopeful by resetting that relationship with a bit of grace. I know this forgiveness can come from someone like you.

We pray: “Lord help me be more forgiving and be more like You. Amen”

Adult Sunday School - 28 May - Galatians 4

You are invited to join us after worship where we will discuss Paul's anguish because the Galatian church,  that he formerly pastored,  has fallen away from the true Gospel that he taught them. We will compare troubles in that ancient church to the challenges we face today. Come on by Room 235,  we'd be delighted to see you. The discussion questions are posted HERE

May 17, 2017

Lifetree Cafe - 23 May - Mormons

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One woman chose to join the Mormon Church. The other decided to leave. Hear the why during “Mormons: Christian? Cult? What do they really believe?” this week at Lifetree Café.
Join us at Lifetree, Tuesday the 23rd of May, 630PM, at Hacienda del Lago Restaurant, 14155 E Via Ranch del Lago, Vail AZ 85641. 

May 14, 2017

Devotion - 14 May - The Letter

A brief prayer is offered that you can add to your daily prayers this week. The scripture is from our Sunday Service Bulletin. We continue our sermon series on receiving something special or profound. Today’s topic is “The Letter”.

Epistle Reading- 2 Timothy 3:10-17 English Standard Version (ESV)

10 You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, 11 my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. 12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work
 Devotion: The Letter
Letters can get things done. Letters convinced President Woodrow Wilson to sign a proclamation in 1914 to make an official Mother’s Day holiday, the second Sunday in May.  Anna Jarvis launched that letter writing campaign to honor her mother Ann Jarvis, who nursed Civil War wounded from both sides. When Ann Jarvis died in 1905, Anna started her campaign which was initially rejected by Congress but letters finally got it done with President Wilson. Most of us don’t write many letters these days in favor of texting or email—it is so quick and convenient. In the days of Paul, our Epistle author today, writing a letter was a big deal. There was no “postal service” for delivery and there was no convenient stationery store. If you got a letter back in the 1st century it was an event. Today’s Epistle is Paul’s last letter before his death and he must have known his time was growing short. Paul is telling Timothy to continue to follow Paul’s example. As for us, with the possible exception of our own children, you never know when someone is watching our behavior as a Christian example to follow.

We pray: “Lord allow me to be an example for those who believe. Amen”

Adult Sunday School - May 21st - Galatians 3:15-29

We would welcome the pleasure of your company after worship on Sunday for a discussion on the last half of Galatians 3. This passage is an argument to make a point that the Law was a temporary measure given by God to reveal how short we fall from God’s glory, and to convict us of our need for Salvation. Discussion questions are posted HERE

May 10, 2017

Lifetree Cafe - 16 May - What is Right with You?

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Time to brag a little bit about yourself. What's one thing you've done lately that you're proud of?
Join us at Lifetree, Tuesday the 16th of May, 630PM, at Hacienda del Lago Restaurant, 14155 E Via Ranch del Lago, Vail AZ 85641. 

May 7, 2017

Devotion - 7 May - The Promise

A brief prayer is offered that you can add to your daily prayers this week. The scripture is from our Sunday Service Bulletin.

Epistle Reading- 2 Peter 3:8-13 English Standard Version (ESV)

But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. 11 Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, 12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! 13 But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
 Devotion: The Promise
Today’s sermon talked about three types of promises: unconditional, conditional, and broken. A conditional promise might be to your children: “If you behave when we visit Aunt Debby, then we will go for ice cream afterwards.” That used to be a good parenting technique, it has been so long since I was in that role, I am not sure if it still works. A broken promise is not necessarily intentional, let’s say you coach little league and you promised the team that you would take them to the street carnival. But before you can get the trip scheduled, you find the carnival has moved on. I am going to guess though, as a good coach, you will find a suitable alternative to do with your team. Unconditional promise, is that which is talked about in our Epistle today. We do not ever have to doubt it; He will return.   Because His return is certain, there is work to be done. He has offered us salvation through His saving Grace. He has called us to spread the Gospel of repentance and salvation.
We pray: “Lord give me the courage and strength to spread Your Word. Amen”

Adult Sunday School - 14 May - Galatians: Life Changing?

The Galatians had come to Christ by faith in His saving mercy and grace. But now some were saying: "In order to keep His favor you have to maintain His standards by your own deeds." Paul's efforts to reboot the congregation back to the true Gospel,  offers life changing advice for us today. We'd be delighted if you would join us after worship this Sunday to discuss Galatians 3:1-14. Discussion questions are posted HERE

May 3, 2017

Lifetree Cafe - 9 May - Embracing Change

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Why can change be so hard? Is there a better way to face change? Discuss this with us during “Embracing Change” this week at Lifetree Café. Join us at Lifetree, Tuesday the 9th of May, 630PM, at Hacienda del Lago Restaurant, 14155 E Via Ranch del Lago, Vail AZ 85641.