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Upcoming Events
JAN

22

TUE
Handbell Practice
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
JAN

23

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
Wednesday Night Kid
6:20 PM to 7:00 PM
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
JAN

26

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

27

SUN
JAN

30

WED
Anchor Kids Choir
6:00 PM to 6:20 PM
Wednesday Night Kid
6:20 PM to 7:00 PM
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
Bible Search
Message From the Pastor

Month of January 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

 

To begin 2019, I believe the Lord has led me to preach a series of messages
on the Gospel of Luke. The Gospel of Luke describes the coming of Jesus as good
news for the entire world – for people of every race, age, gender, ethnic
group, and social position. In the past month or so I have been spending some
of my personal devotional time meditating on the words of Jesus and the way he
acted. The result has been a newly felt longing. I long for his single-minded
devotion to his Father's will to rub off on me. I long to share his profound
understanding of the human heart and his ability to see through all the outer
layers of our lives and into our heart. I long to have his way with words—words
that always laid bare a person's real loves. I long, like Mary, to sit at his
feet and drink in the living water of his teaching, until it so satisfies my
heart. I want to be as free as he was from worry, from the hurtful words of
others and from anxiety about tomorrow. I have come away from the gospels
hungry to be holy, to be real and authentic, not to play church or play
religion, and not to take daily blessings for granted. Out of this meditation
and prayer has emerged the desire to study and preach from this gospels. I pray
the same desire will be instilled within your heart as we learn together the
word anew for this New Year.