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Firehouse of God Ministries – Vol. 5 – Issue # 1 January 2012
Bible Verses for the New Year…
New Birth - A Living Hope
1 Peter 1:3
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. (NIV)
Hope for the Future
"For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. (NLT)
A New Creation
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (NKJV)
A New Heart
"Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols. And I will give you a new heart with new and right desires, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony heart of sin and give you a new, obedient heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so you will obey my laws and do whatever I command. (NLT)
Forgetting the Past
No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven
10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me
A New Year With The Lord
A new year is about to unfold
With new opportunities to explore
Doors will open for new experiences
New adventures with the Lord
Remember not the former things
The things of this past year
The Lord will do new things in us
Much more than we are aware
For He will make a way for us
As we put our trust in Him
And He will guide our every step
By His presence we have within
What God has placed within our hearts
We find we’ll be able to do
If we look for the opportunities
We’ll see the door to go through
We mustn’t let anything hold us back
But rise up and take our place
And be all that God wants us to be
With a fresh touch of His grace
© By M.S.Lowndes
Making a Christian New Year’s Resolutions
Many Christians make New Year’s resolutions to pray more, to read the Bible every day, and to attend church more regularly. These are fantastic goals. However, these New Year’s resolutions fail just as often as the non-spiritual resolutions, because there is no power in a New Year’s resolution. Resolving to start or stop doing a certain activity has no value unless you have the proper motivation for stopping or starting that activity.
What sort of New Year’s resolution should a Christian make? Here are some suggestions: (1) pray to the Lord for wisdom (James 1:5) in regards to what resolutions, if any, He would have you make; (2) pray for wisdom as to how to fulfill the goals God gives you; (3) rely on God’s strength to help you; (4) find an accountability partner who will help you and encourage you; (5) don’t become discouraged with occasional failures; instead, allow them to motivate you further; (6) don’t become proud or vain, but give God the glory. Psalm 37:5-6 says, “Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.”
Children’s Church Update by Erin Stroud, Children’s Leader
The past few months, our children’s church has gone through some changes. We are currently learning the fruits of the spirit through a curriculum that has lively video clips, interactive games that encourage Scripture memorization, and object lessons.
The children seem to really enjoy it and the Bible truths seem to be sticking in their minds. They are being taught how to pray for others also. It’s so important that our children learn that God hears them and He cares! With their child-like faith, their prayers are so powerful.
We underestimate what God can do through our children. Let’s pray for God to use our kids in great ways this year! God is taking us in an exciting direction this year with lessons on the Beatitudes and the Armor of God.
Thank you for making church a priority for your children! God holds us responsible as adults to see that our children are trained up in the ways of the Lord. We love spending time with them and feel honored to teach them. God bless your 2012 year!
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
From the desk of Greg Stier
Apocalypse Now! Could 2012 be the Year of Christ’s return - “Look, I am coming soon!” Revelation 22:7
The Mayans predicted it. Conspiracy theorists have confirmed it. Hollywood even made a movie about it. Could the next twelve months culminate in the end of the world as we know it?
Think about it from the Christian perspective. We’ve never been closer to the technology necessary for every eye to see him as the Bible predicted in Revelation 1:7. There was no way technologically this could have happened one hundred years ago. But today it could be as simple as telling your iPhone, “Siri, record Jesus riding that cloud down from heaven and post it on Youtube.” (If she refuses then maybe she is the antichrist! Aha!!!)
But, on the more serious side, there are true signs of the times on a global scale from economic turmoil to military tensions to religious conflicts. The Eurozone has transformed into a financial roller coaster and the “Arab Spring” has been carried over into Winter. A crazy dictator died and now his unknown son rules the nuclear-enabled roost (AKA “North Korea”;). All of this sounds like iron mixed with clay (Daniel 2:43) mixed with the plot from a Left Behind DVD to me.
So will 2012 be the year of Christ’s return?
Drum roll please…
I have no idea and neither do you. Jesus told his disciples in Acts 1:7, “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.”In the Greek this means, “It’s none of your beeswax” or something like that. Nobody knows the time of his return, not the Mayan’s camp or the Harold Camping.
So how should we as Christians respond to 2012? Here are three reminders:
1. Live every moment as if it were your last…because it could be.
From the time Jesus ascended into the clouds Christians have wondered if this could be the year that Jesus descends from them. And rightly so. The whole point of prophecy is to make us live with one eye toward the sky. Somebody once said, “Live like Christ died yesterday, rose again this morning and is coming back again tonight.” If we all did that then we would be ready no matter when Jesus decides to return.
2. Don’t drink the Kool-Aid. - There are too many Christians who make definitive declarations about issues that are, at best, a mystery. Don’t try to determine the month, day or year of Christ’s return. Why? Because only God knows! We should not be in the date picking business unless, like the prophet Amos, we pick actual dates for a living (Amos 7:14…okay, so he picked figs…close enough.) We have too much kingdom business to do to waste time trying to predict the unpredictable.
3. Get busy sharing the good news! - Right after Jesus told his disciples that trying to determine when his kingdom would come was none of their business he told them what was, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Until Jesus comes back we are to saturate our network of friends, neighbors, co-workers and family with the good news and then we are to reach outside of our social borders to reach anyone and everyone with the gospel! We are to do this with one eye on the clouds and one eye on the crowds that we are to reach before he returns. It is with this cross-eyed perspective that we are to live every moment of everyday.
Could 2012 be the year of Christ’s return? Yes! So let’s get busy!
The Friendship Circle
Ladies Friendship Circle will meet starting in January on Thursday nights at Sheryl Noble's place 1134 West 23rd ST, Rock Falls, IL. Phone 815 626 6604 - We are continuing our study Experiencing God.
. . . .Sheryl Noble
The Council House
A trip was made to Eagle Point Park in Clinton to see the Christmas lights.
Sharing and Caring
Volunteers needed! Give Robert a break! Cook and drop off a Sunday meal for the Council House – it can be prepared ahead so they can just heat it up – you could even prepare it and drop it off on Saturday. The Firehouse will provide the food items. Contact Pastor Brian if interested.
Annie Vroman will be coordinating sending items to the 2 children we support in Haiti – letters, cards, gift items, etc.
She will be giving us more information on this soon. We will be taking pictures of interest here at the Firehouse to send to them also.
Watch the bulletins for more information.
January December Events & Activities
3rd – Don Noble 14th – Marcus Evans
9th – Brian Clyde 16th – Sheryl Noble
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1st – New Year’s Day
8th – Open house at Council House after Sunday service – everyone is encouraged to stop down to see the house and how it operates
16th – Martin Luther King Day
Notes from December:
The kid’s Christmas program was great – everyone enjoyed it!
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Men’s Ministry – to be announced – Leader needed!
Women’s Friendship Circle will meet Thursdays 7:00 p.m. at Sheryl Noble’s home - 1134 West 23rd ST, Rock Falls
Community Light Feeding Program: Monday – Friday 5:00pm – 6:00pm Dinner Served / Saturday 12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch Served
Firehouse Youth Ministry – Sundays 6:00 p.m. at the church
Matthew 5:16 Let your light shine before people, that they may see your good works and praise your Heavenly Father
Summer/Winter Homeless Ministry and
Summer Kids Program
Feeding the homeless and the hungry – providing temporary shelter for men and women.
Homeless Coordinator Men’s Rescue Leaders
Mike Russell Barb Evans
Council House Caretakers –
Clayton Conrady / Robert Pyron
Volunteer - Darryl Snow
Shelter Dinner / Lunch Shift Leaders
Mike Russell – Keven Miller - Marcia Rodekamp
Shelter Dinner / Lunch Assistants
Sean Broughton – Sheryl Noble
Children’s Church Coordinator
Thanks & Blessings to all who volunteer in any way to carry out the Lord’s work at the Firehouse
Old News Items…
THE YEAR WAS 1907
More than 95 percent of all births in the U.S. Took place at HOME.
Ninety percent of all U.S. Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION! Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as "substandard."
Sugar cost four cents a pound.
Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
Christian News from onenewsnow.com – sent to you weekly in a separate email
Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
stand in his strength alone;
the arm of flesh will fail you,
ye dare not trust your own.
Put on the gospel armor,
each piece put on with prayer;
where duty calls or danger,
be never wanting there.