The Pentecostals of Billings Newsletter

 

September 2010

 

 

 

Back to School
By Jenae Ziegler
As we know, it is once again time to go back to school, whether it's a new school or new classes we have to remember to always be confident with our walk with God.
Times have changed, and now many students face peer pressure of unbelievable amounts. Many people stick to the status quo and the ones who are different are pushed aside.
As Pentecostals we have to remember that we are standing up for what we believe in and we are being an example to the people around us. I remember when I was in elementary school I was constantly hounded about my long hair and skirts. Through trusting God though I soon just brushed off these comments and became more comfortable with myself. People quit questioning me, they quit judging me, and they accepted me.
I know at times it's hard, and it would be so much easier to just give up and quit, but my school experience became a memorable time for me, and I learned to love the people who at first were hesitant to talk to me. Through God's guidance and love I succeeded in school socially as well as academically. Just keep your faith and when times get to hard to stand, just kneel, and pray.

 

 

 

Sunday School Department Changes
 
2 and 3 year olds (nursery)- rotates Sis April and Sis Florence

4-5 year olds- Sis JoAnn Walsh


1-2 grade- Sis Vickie Davis


3-6 grade- Bro Matt Walsh, Bro and Sis Ruff


If you have questions please contact Sis JoAnn Walsh

 

 

 

Monthly Devotion
Taken from God Speaks by Honor Books
It's not too late to be what you might have been.
GOD
"Forget the former things, do not dwell on the past... I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland."
Isaiah 43:18-19
Have you ever tried to reroute a stream by building a dam across the water with rocks and stones? Have you ever built a mud dam to collect the flowing water into a pool? These efforts were never completely successful, were they? The stones eventually give way to the rush of the water and the mud dam washes downstream.
Every day we meet challenges that can potentially divert us and even temporarily defeat God's purpose in our lives. Failures, poor choices, or fear may derail us for a time. But if we turn to God and ask for His help, these obstacles will never permanently defeat His plan for us.
What are you facing today? A life impeded by mistakes, circumstances, even the harm someone else has inflicted on you? Do you feel you will never fulfill your dreams? You must not give up!
God is the author of miracles. He can take a life- no matter how broken- and make of it a beautiful and uniquely new creation. He will push away the stones and allow life-giving water to flow once more. Come to Him right now. It's never too late for you to become all that God created you to be.

 

 

 

Youth Rummage Sale

 Thanks to all of those who donated items to the Youth
Rummage Sale
It was a great success!
We raised around $400
Stay tuned for more opportunities to help give in some way to Sheaves For Christ.

 

 

 

Bible Trivia 

 

1. Who is the only woman whose age is mentioned in the Bible?


2. What was the first town in the United States to be given a biblical name? Hint: Its name is the most common biblical place name in the country.


3. Name the ruler of Judah afflicted by leprosy.


4. How many books are there in the New Testament?


5. In what river was Jesus baptized in?


(See below for Answers!)

 

 

 

Trivia Answers -

 

1. Sarah.

 

2. Salem, Massachusetts. Salem is the shortened form of Jerusalem, which means "the city of peace" in Hebrew

 

3. Azariah, or Uzziah 2 Kings 15:5

 

4. 27

 

5. Jordan River

 

 

 

 

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Service Times:

Sunday:  10AM and 6 PM

Wednesday: 7 PM

Saturday Prayer:  7 PM

 

 

September 2010 Calendar of Events

Coupon Books available in foyer - see Sister Fran Lane

Saturday September 11:  Lewistown Outreach

Sunday September 19:  Brother Grady O'Neal

Wednesday September 29:  Brother Doug Smith

 

Looking forward:

October 4 - Speical Crusade Service

October 21-22:  Youth Convention in Great Falls, MT

 

September 2010 Youth Events:

Saturday September 11:  Outreach in Lewistown

Friday September 17:  Chameleon Arts (Bring money!)

Friday September 24:  Party at the Coonfares!!!!

 

Change by Mike Hansen

It has been said that there are two things in life that are certain, death and taxes. Well if the rapture happens and we are caught up with Him, death is not certain. And I suppose taxes are certain for most of us. But even in some states, there is no state income tax. But one thing I know is certain and that is change.  Change.  Sometimes expected. Most of the time, not. A couple anticipating their first child is expected change. A family with a terminally ill member is expected change. These are things we can prepare for and make a smoother transition.

An automobile accident is unexpected. The loss of a job can be unexpected. A tornado tearing the roof off Metra and damaging many businesses is unexpected. Sure, we purchase insurance to help with unexpected change. But in instances such as these, the sudden impact can be life-altering and runs the range of being inconvenienced to being devastated.


The book of Job has always fascinated me. Here was a man who, by all indications, was doing everything right. All of a sudden, every aspect of his life was turned upside down. He lost his family, his possessions, and his health. When he needed his friends the most, they tried to "encourage" him by telling him all the things he could have possibly done wrong. But, even in the midst of his despair, he still had the faith and belief in God to say, "I came naked out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return there. Jehovah gave, and Jehovah has taken away. Blessed be the name of Jehovah." (Job 1:21)


How would we have handled such a situation?


Knowing that things change, in what are we putting our confidence? Is it in our 401K's, IRA's, or other retirement funds? That looked pretty solid through the 1990's and the better part of the last decade. But within a few short months in 2008, the stock market went from 14,000 to down around 7,000. A tremendous number of retirement accounts were wiped out. Do we put our confidence in our spouse or some other human being? What happens if that special someone suddenly is taken from us? What happens to us if that person we have elevated to such a lofty level suddenly reveals he or she is just human after all? Think of all the other "facts" that were once believed to be true. "Don't sail around the world, Christopher Columbus. The world, she is a flat." (a little Italian lingo). Man can never run a sub 4 minute mile. The moon is made of cheese. These are just examples of a constant, ever changing world we live in. I've heard that by the third year of computer courses, what students learned in the first year is already becoming obsolete.


So with all this uncertainty, in what can we put our hope and confidence? There is a verse in the song "Amazing Grace" that says, "I once was blind, but now I see." In order for a blind person to be able to function, there has to be a constant. Take his living situation for example. He can function pretty much normally in his home if something within his home is fixed. If there is a chair in the middle of the room and he learns how to navigate to different areas of the room based on the location of that chair, he will do quite well. But if someone moves the chair, he will become disoriented and will have trouble moving about. He depends totally on the unmoving nature of the chair for successfully existing.

In the same way, we are all blind and need an anchor to be able to successfully exist. We need something that is fixed and won't change in order to get and keep our bearings. The only thing that does not change is God Himself. "God is not a man that He should lie, neither the son of man that He should repent. Has He said, and shall He not do it? Or has He spoken, and shall He not make it good?" (Numbers 23:19) "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness nor shadow of turning." (James 1:17)


Change is going to come. It's inevitable. If we put our hope and confidence in the things of this world, sooner or later, that world will be shaken and things we thought were so clear will become cloudy and we will struggle to find our way. But if we put our trust and confidence in the Lord God Almighty, whose name is Jesus, we can be sure.

 

 

 

The Great Deception by Fran Lane

Oh how cute! Little Johnny is wearing a devil's suit for Halloween. The red costume, the long forked tail, the horns sticking up so evenly. Oh, and don't forget the ferocious look. Ooh, how scary-pure evil-it shows forth.

 

What an injustice has been done to us! What an injustice was done to our parents, and what an injustice is being done to our children-without even realizing it!

 

Do not buy the great deception. Satan is not an evil looking, little red imp with horns and a forked tail. According to Ezekiel 28:13-15, Lucifer -now known as Satan was the most beautiful of all the angels. And, he is the biggest deceiver known to man. Remember he was the reason sin entered into mankind in the first place-he deceived Eve (2 Cor. 11:3 and 1 Tim. 2:14 ) In 2 Corinthians 11:14 we are told that he can seem like an angel of light-remember, there is a religious group founded because of an encounter between their leader and "an angel of light" named Moroni. 2 Timothy 3:13 also tells us that Satan is the deceiver of man.

 

He will not come to you in a ugly, ferocious form but instead he will use the form of a beautiful girl, a handsome young man, a sweet little old lady or gentleman. He comes in the form of subtle hints and soft suggestions. He will seem to understand all your problems and frustration and will give you suggestions that sound reasonable and the only answer at the time, but woe to you when you give in to him. Remember, Eve encountered a harmless and beautiful creation but that creature had been used by Satan to harm mankind.

 

Beware, and don't be deceived by the way that Satan has made people think of him as a hideous, foul, sulfur-smelling creature. Of course no one would yield to such as that-therefore they do not think about who they are yielding to.

 

 

 

Free To Serve by Paul Faulkner

Growing up, we all had our turn at jobs like cutting grass with that old mower that didn't cut very well, or cleaning the woodwork in the kitchen, or worse, cleaning the commode and the tub and the lavatory.

 

Those little, tough jobs kids hate doing just change as we grow up. Eventually they turn into larger, tougher jobs we still don't enjoy doing! But those who follow Jesus know that even the simplest, most disagreeable job can be meaningful when we do it for the Lord. As we do things out of love for Him, serving becomes a blessing whether anyone else thanks us or not - yes, even those little, tough jobs that nobody likes can become a blessing!

 

Paul reminds us that the Lord calls us to be free - free from law and free from sin and free to serve each other in love (Galatians 5:1-6). We are to lovingly serve all people, especially those with whom we share Jesus (Galatians 6:10).

 

 

 

Don't Quit

When things go wrong,
As they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging,
Seems all uphill,
When the funds are low
And the debts are high,
And you want to smile,
But you have to sigh,
When care is pressing,
You down a bit,
Rest if you must,
But don't you quit,
Success is failure,
Turned inside out,
The silver tint of,
The clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell,
How close you are ,
It may be near when,
It seems so far,
So stick to the fight,
When you're hardest hit,
It's when things go wrong,
That you mustn't quit...
-Author Unknown

 

 

 

Taco Soup

Ingredients:
1 pound lean ground beef
3 cans (16 oz) chili beans, undrained
1 can (16 oz) whole kernel corn
1 can (16 oz) chopped tomatoes, undrained
1 can (16 oz) pinto beans
1 can (16 oz) kidney beans
1 can (16 oz) black beans
2 cups water
1 jar of salsa
1 package taco seasoning

Directions:
Cook ground beef over medium high heat until meat is browned - stirring till it is crumbly - drain well. Stir in remaining ingredients - bring to a boil and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.
Or just add all ingredients to a crock pot and cook on low so it is ready for when you get home from work!
Serve with tortilla chips.
Enjoy!