“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” ~John 1:1
When Michael and I started dating, we would write each other little notes, poems, songs, and cards. Some were silly, some serious, but all were treasured. We each had to learn the lingo that the other used, though. He was from California and some of his terminology was foreign to this New Mexico girl.
Reading the written words of love were powerful; I still have them in a box. Someday, I will give them to Gabriel to read. They are a reminder of our marriage, long after his death. Although they bring sorrow, knowing he is with our Lord brings comfort.
Why? Because God, Himself, has written about Himself too! Think about this – God gave us language, and has given us Scripture so that we can know Him! God uses His Word to draw us near to Him, that we would fall in love with Him. Words that can be read, re-read and read again!
On Sunday, we had the privilege of hearing from Mike Brazie, and the ministry of Gideons International. Hearing the testimonies of how the Lord uses His Word may also remind you of how rich it is for you personally. If you are looking for a plan or some encouragement, we'd love to help. We want to encourage you to start the new year by setting aside some time to better know the God who created everything!
We get it: knowing where to start, how to go about reading the Bible, can feel overwhelming. But it’s worth it! Pastor Frank has compiled a list of Bible Reading plans to help you started!
Here are a few great links for Bible reading plans:
- 5-Day Reading Plan
- Reading Plan app
- Not-free apps for reading Scripture in chunks, from "She Reads Truth"
- Many other options, from Ligonier ministries
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Men’s Bible Study Fellowship starts THIS Tuesday, September 10 at 6:30pm in the MCC Library. This year they will be studying “Acts and Letters of the Apostles”. BSF provides an in-depth, international Bible study that helps people know God and equips them to effectively serve the Church. Contact Tom Young.
Women’s Community Bible Study begins this week; September 10th and 11th! The evening group meets Tuesdays at 6:30pm in the Fellowship Hall beginning September 10 and the morning group meets Wednesdays at 9:15am beginning September 11! Childcare is provided for the Wednesday study only. Contact Pam Cravens.
The Women’s Peacemaking Study is Thursdays at 10:00am in the Conference Room beginning September 19. This study offers a meaningful, lasting message to lead you out of conflict and into a state of peace where you can live as a representative of Christ to other women and unbelievers. Contact Christine Leggett.
MCC Elders are hosting a 4-week Foundations Class starting September 15. This class is designed to better help you get to know MCC - who we are, what we believe and why, and how to get connected. Please sign up with Sarah.
With winter coming the Wood Ministry is already getting calls requesting wood but we need men, women, and couples to serve as sponsors! For those interested in learning about Wood Ministry sponsorship, there is a training Saturday, October 12th at 9:00am in the conference room. We would love to share what it means to be a sponsor and how sponsorship through the wood ministry changes lives by helping people see their own value and build their own support systems by sharing our time and a few cords of wood. Contact Sarah at the church office.
"You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Acts 1:8
Are you interested in being a witness for Christ in a remote part of the world? Have you wondered if a short-term mission trip is right for you? If so, join us for an informational meeting to discuss our Spring 2020 Bolivia Mission trip with Food for the Hungry next Sunday, September 8th after 2nd service in the Youth Hall. Contact Jennifer Ward.
Sisters in Stitches is meeting Wednesday, September 11 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm in the Fellowship Halll. All SIS and interested women are encouraged to join us to fellowship and discuss on-going plans for this ministry. Snacks will be provided. Contact Davra Clayton for more information and to RSVP .
ABQ Biblical Counseling is hosting "A Biblical Response to Mental Health Conference” September 13-15 at Desert Springs Church. Registrations will be accepted until September 12th! Visit abqbcc.com for more information.