[Phl 3:8-14 ESV] 8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith– 10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal ... Continue Reading.
Jesus once said “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”- Matthew 4:4
Just as not eating bread (food) will cause our physical bodies to waste away, not hearing the Word of God will cause us to starve spiritually. We need to be hearing from the God who has created us.How do we hear from God?
The most common way we can day-in and day-out hear from God is by reading the Bible, God’s written Word. Even Jesus, God Himself, was a man of written Word. The verse I quoted earlier was actually Jesus quoting Old Testament Scripture to answer the devil’s temptation in the wilderness. The devil found an opportunity to tempt Jesus to turn stones in bread since the devil knew Jesus was fasting (not eating for spiritual reasons) and was hungry. Jesus relied on the truth found in the Scripture to fight off sin (following the devil’s command) and know His Father’s will.
If Jesus leaned on the Word and was God….how much more for us!
This event is scheduled for Friday, December 13th at 7:00. Mary Gaynor will be the guest speaker, followed by desserts and a variety of hot drinks.
We are hoping this will be a wonderful event as well as a great time of fellowship!
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at church (224 Butternut St, West Bend) on Sunday, November 24th and Sunday, December 1st.
See Lisa Christophersen or Lani Harper with questions.
Hope to see you there!
We invite you to attend a class on the basics of Christianity. Basics will meet for four consecutive Monday nights beginning September 23rd from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at Bend City Church located at 224 Butternut St, West Bend, WI.
The class is open to anyone and is for everyone.Who will find this class helpful?
Everyone! Those who are new to Christianity and are searching for answers will be helped by straight forward, from the Bible answers. And those who have been Christians a long time will be helped by being reminded of the simple foundations of the faith.Topics being covered The Bible – Where’d we get it and how to read it? Jesus – Who was He and why is He relevant to me? Religion vs. Relationship with Jesus Prayer – What is it and how does it work? Obedience – Should knowing God change how I live? Connecting to others that believe This class is free and childcare will be provided.
You can register for the class at the bottom of the following page: http://bendcitychurch.org/events/basics-2013-09-23/... Continue Reading.
The only thing on the agenda is to have a great time….
When and Where:Saturday, September 14th from 4pm to 7pm we will be holding a “fall bash” in the Bend City parking lot located at: 224 Butternut St, West Bend, WI 53095
What’s involved:kids crafts bounce house face painting games dunk tank FREE COOKOUT provided by Bend City Church.
Who’s involved:anybody and everybody (Yes, you are invited if you are reading this and know absolutely no one from Bend City)
This is a low-pressure event…you will not be pressured to sign-up for anything! We want you to come to have a great time. If you have kids, there will be plenty for them to do also. This will be a great opportunity to hang out, enjoy conversation, let the kids have a lot of fun, and eat some great food. Please join us!
1) Your Heart Follows Your Treasure
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.2) Helps Prevent Serving Money
“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.”3) You’ll Reap What You Sow
2 Corinthians 9:6-7
The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.4) Proves A Desire to Do Good is Genuine
2 Cor 8:1-2, 8
We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of ... Continue Reading.
Recently, I was asked if Bend City teaches that home schooling is the best way to educate your kids? Short answer: No. In fact, we don’t teach any particular venue is the BEST venue to educate your kids.
My wife and I have, in fact, chosen to home school our kids for now, so I definitely see the benefits….and definitely know the challenges. Since parenting is the most difficult thing I’ve done and I’ve heard other parents agree, I know that no matter what method one choses, IT WILL BE A CHALLENGE. A challenge that should have us seeking God every step of the way. For a great explanation of why we don’t see this issue as “closed-handed” (meaning that it has a clear right answer), please watch this:
For more reading on the issue here are perspectives on the 3 options that were recently posted on the Gospel Coalition website:
1Ki 19:7 ESV – 7 And the angel of the LORD came again a second time and touched him and said, “Arise and eat, for the journey is too great for you.”
There are two types of days. First there are the ordinary days. These are the days that you almost cruise through on autopilot. You wake up, spend time with the Lord, take a shower, get dressed, go to work, come home, eat dinner, spend time as a family, go to bed, and then expect to repeat the same thing all over again the next day. Most days are ordinary days in that you generally know what your day is going to look like and you’re ready for it.
But there is also another kind of day. The day that you aren’t prepared for. It might be that something tragic happened, or you could be awaiting some potentially life-changing news for yourself or a loved one, it might be a once in a life-time event kind of day, or it could be that you are about to do something completely ... Continue Reading.
If you are a Christian, there was likely a time when you first realized that knowing Jesus should change how you live. Jesus, after all, doesn’t just call us to believe in Him for the forgiveness of sins but also to follow Him in obedience. You can’t have one without the other. He must be both Savior and Lord.
So, when that moment came, it is likely the life lived to that point was lived without regard to Jesus’ commands and desires. Bottom line…things needed to change.
The sequence of events usually goes like this. Someone does not believe that they were guilty of sin and needed saving from anything. Thus, this person has no desire of follow a God that they do not believe in. This person gives no thought of what God would want as they go about in day-to-day decision-making.
Then, that person comes to realize that they are a sinner in need of God’s grace and that Jesus is the only possible Savior. They put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ and are forgiven of ... Continue Reading.
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