March 22, 2018

Hey Hope people!
 
I went to physical therapy for the first time in my life. I’ve been wrestling with a hamstring pull that’s limited me, so I fought through my psychological resistance to this kind of help and gave in. Why the resistance? Let’s just put it this way; physical therapy could quite possibly be the gateway drug that opens the door to a massage which can only lead to more horrifying things like pedicures and manicures. Sure enough, part of my physical therapy was a SHORT! massage on the hamstring in question. Have you ever resisted something that could help you? It’s amazing how some folks resist “church” as though the Bible is something that hurts instead of heals. When the Bible is taught accurately it is a surgical tool God uses to heal. “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” (Hebrews 4:12-13) God’s word drills to the core of our lives and shows our need for His healing touch. Many people like to live fantasy lives, holding on to doctrines that make them feel good but, in the end, will destroy them. Fortunately, the therapy is working and I’m on the road again……. with no plans for a massage…. or a pedicure.
 
MENS BREAKFAST - Saturday
Men! Start your day with a great breakfast this Saturday cooked by real men on a mission to send you to Jesus with a smile. Hear from one of the men of Hope how God touched his life. We start at 8:00 and end at 9:00
 
CANDY MAN!! - Sunday
We’ll need tons of candy for the eggs and candy cannon at the EGGSTRAVAGANZA.
Bring it this Sunday and leave it at the information booth.
 
PRAYER & PRAISE – Friday, March 30th
Come join me for an hour of prayer and praise together.  I would like to encourage you to fast that day as we pray not only for our church and country but for spiritual openness on the part of people in our communities.
 
EGGSTRAVAGANZA – Saturday of Easter weekend
An Egg Hunt for all ages will kick it off at 11:00 am. Afterward we’ll have a huge blow up slide and bouncy house for the kids. Hot dogs and other questionable food items will be available. And….. last but not least, the candy cannon will fire a few volleys. This is an event that you must invite a neighbor to, the opportunity to reach out is simply too good to pass up…..that’s why we do it.
 
RESURRECTION SERVICES – April 1st
This day always provides us with 2 wonderful opportunities: 1) To spend a special time recognizing the central event our hope of eternal life rests on - the resurrection of Jesus; 2) To provide you an excellent and rare opportunity to invite someone to join you for a service…we sent a mailer to the community because it’s one of the most likely times each year an unchurched person will attend.  
 
BAPTISMS – April 8th     
Are you ready for baptism? Let me know if you’re thinking about it.
 
See you soon!
Ben