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Grace Weekly | July 11, 2012

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Scripture for the day: “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: if one falls down his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!… Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.  A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”  Ecclesiastes 4:10-112  


Grace Received: Last Sunday in the 11:00 service several teenagers responded to Jesus’s invitation to be King of their lives. One of those young men was wrestling with giving God His rightful place, desiring that to happen but unsure of what it needed to look like in his life. I’m glad that we don’t have to have it all figured out to offer God an obedient response when we hear Him speaking. In His great grace God does speak – and these young people modeled a sensitive responsiveness to God that I want to characterize my own walk with Him. God is at work in the lives of young and old at Grace and I’m happy to be a part of that. I pray that all of our responses to God’s gracious voice and His call to live holy lives are as immediate and obedient as what we saw Sunday.


Grace Shared: I heard another example this week of the great ways that the people of Grace take care of each other. Hannah is a teenager who was struggling with algebra. For whatever reason, it just wasn’t clicking for her.  When Chariga (studying chemical engineering at APSU and one for whom math comes pretty easy) found out about it she offered to help.  For the last few weeks she’s been tutoring (free of charge) once a week and has been able to help Hannah understand what had been so difficult for her. I was reminded that this is how discipleship works as well. It’s folks who have learned a little more about following Jesus, and the holy life to which we’ve been called, helping others – who may be younger, less experienced, or who may have a little more difficulty figuring it out – learn how to live as followers of Jesus. Like tutoring for algebra, it takes time and effort. We have to be intentional. It’s not a one-and-done kind of relationship. But when it works right it adds up to a community of people pouring into people and the result isn’t just the mastery of skills, but the growth of relationships with God and with each other. May these kinds of stories be multiplied!


Grace Extended:  I want to share a few things from the 101st TN District Assembly which was held a couple weeks ago in Nashville. Nazarene General Superintendent Dr. Jesse Middendorf  (who pastored our church in 1969-70) shared the following about the Church of the Nazarene around the world:

The COTN entered 2 more countries last year bringing the total of world areas where the COTN is present to 159.

17 new members per hour

168 baptized per day

28 new churches per week

 

The COTN is in China – their government said we have 240,000 members in 1 province (China’s #’s not included in any of the above statistics). Dr. Middendorf recently ordained 6 people in a neighboring country who had come there for the assembly and are back in China doing ministry today.

 

We now have 79 churches in Cuba, 31 missions, and 421 preaching points. Dr. Middendorf met with the #2 person in government there who told him, “We like you Nazarenes. We don’t understand you, but we trust you. You care about our communities and you serve. You have permission to remodel every church you have here. Feel free to tell people wherever you go that the COTN is in Cuba. We know that you are showing the Jesus Film. If you need some places to show it indoors, you can use our government buildings.”

13 Work and Witness teams are scheduled to take trips to Cuba. One of those teams will be from the TN district and will be going for 2 weeks in February 2013. Will construct a church with funds given for in memorial of Dr. Leonard’s father.

 

VBS JULY 23-27 IF YOU HAVEN’T SIGNED UP TO SERVE, YOU CAN DO SO THIS SUNDAY 

 

Free Co-Parenting Seminar

For Single Parents and Step Parents

Author, Tammy Daughtry, MMFT, will be speaking on her new book, “Co-Parenting Works! Helping Your Children Thrive After Divorce.” This seminar is designed to give insight to divorced parents who are raising children between two homes, both in single parent families and in step parent families. Learn strategies for co-parent communication, planning for holidays, helping your children cope with divorce and much more! Counselors, teachers, grandparents and leaders all welcome. For more information: www.CoparentingInternational.com or call Susanna Powers at 931.647.2376.

RSVP by July 25th to: spowers@ymcamidtn.org
Saturday, July 28th

9:30am – 12:30pm

Clarksville Area YMCA

260 Hillcrest Drive Clarksville, TN 37043

Childcare is provided

*This is event is open to the entire community – both members and non-members of the YMCA.–

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