HE’S GONE BEFORE

OCTOBER 13

          “Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished the race we’re in.  Study how He did it.  Because He never lost sight of where He was headed — that exhilarating finish in and with God — He could put up with anything along the way:  cross, shame, whatever.  And now He’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside of God.”  Hebrews 12:2  The Message Bible.

          Stuart Briscoe shares this story in a sermon entitled “Handling Your Insecurities.”

          “When I was in the marines, the training for commandos included cliff assaults. The theory was that a commando raid should be a surprise, done as quickly and as silently as possible on the area with the lightest defenses. The lightest defense is at the point where attack is least expected. More often than not, it was the cliffs. ”

“We would come close to the cliff in our small boats and fire one rocket up through the darkness. Attached to the rocket was a grapnel. Attached to the grapnel was a light rope. When the rocket landed on top of the cliff, the grapnel would lie on the grass. We would then pull it back gently until it caught on something. We hoped it caught on something secure. ”

“We had expert climbers. Those guys were like spiders. They would get out of the little boat onto the seaweed-strewn rocks, and scale those cliffs in the dark hanging onto this thin, little rope that was on the end of a grapnel they hoped was hanging onto something secure. ”

“A bigger rope trailed behind them. Below, we held onto the rope. When the climber got on the top, he would secure the rope he’d taken up and then give two little tugs on it. The minute the two little tugs came, we jumped out of our boats, cold and wet on the waves and rocks. We would scale the cliffs. It was a hairy experience, except we had utter confidence in the one who’d gone before us. We had utter confidence in the security of the rope he had fastened for us. ”

“You could imagine my delight when I discovered that Jesus is called “the one who has gone before,” or in the Greek, the “prodromos.” The prodromos was a person who headed a patrol in military maneuvers. He was the one who went ahead and made sure the way was open. I rejoice to tell you that many times we’d find ourselves totally secure on those cliffs because of the utter reliability of the skilled climber.”

          Look up, He’s already on top of the cliff.

          Pastor Don

 

CHURCH BULLETIN BLOOPERS 

*Sermon Outline: I. Delineate your fear                II. Disown your fear         III. Displace your rear

*Next Friday we will be serving hot gods for lunch.

*If you would like to make a donation, fill out a form, enclose a check and drip in the collection basket.

*Nov. 11: An evening of boweling at Lincoln Country Club.

*Women’s Luncheon: Each member bring a sandwich. Polly Phillips will give the medication.

*Karen’s beautiful solo: “It is Well with my Solo”

*Congratulations to Tim and Rhonda on the birth of their daughter October 12 thru 17.

*If you choose to heave during the Postlude, please do so quietly.

*We are grateful for the help of those who cleaned up the grounds around the church building and the rector.

*Hymn: “I Love Thee My Ford”

*Sign-up sheet for anyone wishing to be water baptized on the table in the foyer.

*Newsletters are not being sent to absentees because of their weight.

*Helpers are needed! Please sign up on the information sheep.

*The Advent Retreat will be held in the lover level of St. Mary’s Cathedral.

*The District Duperintendent will be meeting with the church board.

*As soon as the weather clears up, the men will have a goof outing.

*Fifth Sinday is Lent.

*Thank you dead friends.

*Diana and Don request your presents at their wedding.

*Lent is that period for preparing for Holy Weed and Easter.

*Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget all His benefits.

*For the word of God is quick and powerful…piercing even to the dividing asunder of soup and spirit.

*Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peach to men.