Weren’t you, as was I, blessed with the 1st Live Stream worship (3/22) by the focus Jared placed on the prayers of Jesus when He was in difficult times?  Jesus depended on His Father as He dealt with the hunger of thousands, sought the participation of the apostles, his own calm and peace as well as theirs, and His lonely battle of facing personal sacrifice, even to the point of dying for us.       Speaking of “Live Stream Worship,” Kyle and Brielle Buckner were in Leominster and worshipped with all of us even though most of us did not get to see them face to face.  It looks like  at least 73 of us plus some Jared mentioned as being elsewhere were “assembled apart.” The Buckners brought some things from Arkansas and put them in the apartment in Fitchburg where they expect to be living after June.  Please be praying READ FULL ARTICLE
On Paul’s second missionary journey, he, Silas, and others — certainly Timothy (Acts 15:36-13:3) — went through Phrygia and Galatia, down to Troas on the coast, and had a call (not on the cell phone) to go over to Macedonia. You can read of the working of God through them at Philippi (Acts 16:11-40), at Thessalonica (17:1-9), at Beroea (17:10-15), at Athens (17:16-34), then at Corinth (18:1-17). Acts 18:18-20:16 brings the 2nd tour to a close and recounts the 3rd missionary journey up to their arrival in Miletus.  Near the end of the 2nd journey Paul had stopped at Ephesus, but when asked to stay longer and discuss the Gospel message he declined saying he would return if that worked out. (Acts 18:19-21) Then on the 3rd journey, for reasons concerning the day of Pentecost, he did not go to Ephesus, but rather had the elders from Ephesus meet him READ FULL ARTICLE
Last month we thought a bit about spiritual living in relationship to “hungering and thirsting for righteousness.” We noted from I Corinthians that it should not be surprising that the world is filled with sinful living since “the unspiritual (or natural) person does not receive the gifts of the Spirit of God, for they (they gifts) are folly to them and they are not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” (I Corinthians 2:14)   But at forgiveness, the new birth that is from above (John 3), the converted person, the one who is redeemed and renewed, receives the Spirit of God who comes to dwell within the cleansed (by the blood of the Lamb) and thus purified person! (Acts 2:38 & 5:32) This means that the “new life” individual, who is called Christian, no longers lives alone. AND the presence of God’s Spirit living in us brings READ FULL ARTICLE
It is both challenging and encouraging to all believers who are following Jesus to consider the rewards of living the “new” life.    In studying I Corinthians in the Auditorium class, we looked again at “the wisdom of humanity and the ‘foolishness’ of God” as the letter to the church (Christians) in Corinth begins. At the conclusion of chapter 2 the Apostle makes reference to the “unspiritual” or “natural” person not receiving the gifts of the Spirit of God because they are folly to that person and only able to be understood by the spiritual.   Therefore when we watch most news or movies, when we observe the world and its ways, we should not be surprised at the actions and results that come from those who do not learn from God nor seek, hunger, or thirst for His righteousness.    Yet, as Paul addresses the church, “brethren” in Jesus, READ FULL ARTICLE
2 Samuel 9 INTRODUCTION The resounding consensus regarding our beloved brother Gerald Draleau was, “He made me feel like I was the most important person in the world.” What a legacy! I know of a few people who have that kind of impact, but only a few. It’s a rare trait in our current culture to have the personal awareness to set aside the phone, take a break from busy schedules, and give your whole attention to the person in front of you. To treat someone this way is to treat them with honor. This week I would like to challenge you to take up Paul’s charge from Philippians 2:3, to “count others more significant than yourselves.” 2 SAMUEL 9 As you consider this, take for example the story of David and Mephibosheth (2 Sam 9). Upon establishing his reign over all Israel, David seeks an opportunity to bless Saul’s READ FULL ARTICLE