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Upcoming Events
JUL

16

TUE
Handbell Practice
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
(Handbell practice is on Summer vacation until August)
JUL

17

WED
Anchor Kids Choir
6:00 PM to 6:20 PM
(Anchor Kids Choir is on Summer Vacation)
Wednesday Night Kid
6:20 PM to 7:00 PM
(Wednesday Night Kid is on Summer vacation)
Youth Bible Study
6:30 PM
Youth meet at Youth House for fellowship and Bible Study.
Music Team Practice
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
JUL

23

TUE
Handbell Practice
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
(Handbell practice is on Summer vacation until August)
JUL

24

WED
Combined Young At Heart Meeting at Lakeview
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Senior Adult Ministry Luncheon and Games. Meet at Lakeview Methodist Church the 4th Wednesday each month.
Anchor Kids Choir
6:00 PM to 6:20 PM
(Anchor Kids Choir is on Summer Vacation)
Wednesday Night Kid
6:20 PM to 7:00 PM
(Wednesday Night Kid is on Summer vacation)
Youth Bible Study
6:30 PM
Youth meet at Youth House for fellowship and Bible Study.
Music Team Practice
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
JUL

27

SAT
Souper Saturday
10:30 AM
Volunteers to help deliver soup to shut-ins are welcomed and appreciated.
JUL

30

TUE
Handbell Practice
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
(Handbell practice is on Summer vacation until August)
Bible Search
Message From the Pastor

Month of May 2019

The Easter Story Continues

“Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus Himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing Him.” — Luke 24:13-16

I love the story of the two men on the road to Emmaus in Luke 24, as Jesus talks and walks beside them in the days after His resurrection. His presence was so real, but at first they did not know who He was. Jesus asks them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?” (Luke 24:17) They answer with sadness, questioning how anyone could not know about the events in Jerusalem. They explain to the “unknown stranger” that they know of Jesus by His reputation: “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people.” (Luke 24:19b) They continue talking to their walking companion of their expectation of Jesus: “We had hoped that He was the one who was going to redeem Israel.” (Luke 24:21a) And finally they express their frustration over the news that His tomb was open but He was missing. Is this how we relate to Jesus? We know of His reputation, but He isn’t what we expected, and we become frustrated when He doesn’t “do” what we want.Jesus seeks the companionship of the two men on the road to Emmaus, just as He seeks ours. And what happens next? He challenges their scholarship, at the point of Scripture. “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning Himself.” (Luke 24:27) They wanted a Messiah, and Jesus reaches into their knowledge and understanding of the Old Testament to prove He is the One. They hear from Christ Himself that He had to suffer and die before entering His glory—something they did not yet grasp. But the story doesn’t end there, because there is no understanding on their part of who Jesus really is—no relationship. They invite Him to sit down and dine with them. Jesus takes the bread, gives thanks, and then breaks it before He gives it to them with His nail-scarred hands. “Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him, and He disappeared from their sight.” (Luke 24:30) In spending time with Him, hearing truth from Him as He taught from Scripture, and being given the broken bread—they recognize Him. They admit to having their hearts burn within them during this experience on the road—and they return to Jerusalem proclaiming “It is true! The Lord has risen.”(Luke 24:34) Jesus wants to make Himself known—just as He did with these two men in the gospel of Luke. And we can come to know Him by spending time with Him, by studying truth in Scripture, and by knowing it is the Holy Spirit who will open our eyes to the brokenness of His body on the cross, so that, we can have fullness of life.Is your heart downcast? Do you not sense the presence of Christ where you are right now? Spending time in Scriptures, spending time in worship and prayer—that’s how you get to know the Lord. Go ahead—begin the journey on the road. . . . . .with Jesus beside you. You will never be the same. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”— 2 Corinthians 5:17

 

Newness

We just celebrated Easter and the love of what Christ did for us on the cross. It’s a new day. A day and time for new beginnings. Christ makes all things new. The word new, as defined in the dictionary, means, not existing before; made, introduced, or discovered for the first time.

We experience all kinds of feelings when we encounter newness. Excitement, anticipation and joy are some of the feelings we might experience. Some like the idea of something new. Some fear the unknown of that which is new. The pattern I see with my reactions is that non-threatening new is exciting, but anything that holds any level of threat to my current comfort or security is scary. I think people feel the same way about the newness that Christ can bring in our lives. What will this newness require of me?

God says in His word in Isaiah 43:19, “Behold I’m doing a new thing.” Then He follows it with “Don’t you perceive it? Don’t you see it coming? I’m making a way.” No matter where we are in our walk with Christ, He is always doing something new. Why? Because He is always working on drawing people to Him and sometimes that involves us and changes in our routines. Sometimes it’s exciting and fun. Sometimes, it can be uncomfortable until we let go and trust Christ. With Christ, newness is always coming. But we can trust God because we know the reason for new is “Christ is making a way.” A way for me. A way for you. A way for Lakeview. A way for what? I don’t know, but I know it always leads to glorifying Him and I want to do that. Do you?