From our church bulletin this morning…
Our Good, Good Father
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. James 1:7 NKJV
If you want to see me dissolve into a puddle, just let our worship team launch into that “Good Father” song by Chris Tomlin. No matter what is happening in my life, this song touches the heart of it. God is my Father, and He is good. He isn’t good because of what He does. “Good” is the stuff God is made of.
As a teenager, I grabbed hold of this verse about there being “no shadow of turning” in God. No change. No shifting. During those years, I couldn’t even trust my own emotions to remain stable for five minutes at a time. Yet, God would never, ever change. Not one tiny bit.
I found such comfort in those words. They have held me for almost fifty years, through mountains high and valleys low. (Another great song. Thank you, Kari Jobe.) No matter how wonderful our earthy fathers are, they may fail us. They will leave us, if not through abandonment, eventually through death.
But, the Father of lights will never change. He is always with us, and He is good. That makes this a Happy Father’s Day for all of us.
Let’s thank Him.
Nuestro Padre Bueno Bueno
Toda buena dadiva y todo don perfecto desciende de lo alto, del Padre de las luces, en el cual no hay mudanza, ni sombra de variación. Santiago 1:17 RVR1960
Si me quieren ver derretida, no es, sino que el grupo de alabanza ministre con “Buen Padre”, la canción de Chris Tomlin. No importa lo que este pasando en mí vida, siempre toca mi corazón. Dios es mi Padre y Él es bueno. Él es bueno no por lo que hace. “Bueno” esa es la esencia de la cual Él está hecho.
Cuando era adolescente me aferre a versículos que hablaban de su esencia “en El no hay sombra de variación”. No hay Cambio, no hay variación. En aquellos días yo no podía confiar en mis emociones para que permanecieran estables por cinco minutos. Sin embargo, Dios jamás cambia, nunca cambia, ni un poquitico.
En esas palabras yo encontraba mucho descanso. Me han animado por lo menos durante cincuenta años, llevándome por valles y grandes montañas (altibajos) en cada prueba. (otra gran canción es “Gracias “de Kari Jobe.)
No importa que tan maravillosos sean nuestros padres terrenales, ellos nos pueden fallar, nos pueden dejar, por abandono, o por que mueren.
Pero el Padre de las luces nunca cambiará; siempre estará con nosotros, Él es bueno. Este es el motivo que hoy tenemos para tener un Feliz Dia del Padre.
Démosle todos gracias.
Looking for a great family-friendly event to kick off your Independence Day celebrations? Join us Monday, July 3rd, for a “Salute to Freedom” at the Heartland Community, between Newark and Bethel, Missouri.
There will be live music (featuring The Homestead Pickers from Branson’s Silver Dollar City, free BBQ, and a great fireworks show. Admission is free, and willtake place under the tent at 101 Nations Boulevard, Bethel MO 63434.
Watch for details, or click here to follow our event page on Facebook.
** NOTE: Due to bridge work starting May 9, 2017 (and lasting up to 6 months) on Hwy. 156 just east of Newark, this route will have a detour. We recommend consulting the MoDOT Travel map for details.
- For gravel detour: (From Ewing on Highway 6) – Turn south onto Highway 156 until Route D. Turn left (south) on 273; turn right on 242 which will bring you back to Highway 156. Turn left (west) onto 156 until Newark, turn left (south) on Heartland Drive (Hwy E). Stay on Heartland Drive (Hwy E) for about 4 miles and turn right (west) on the road leading to a water tower with Heartland written on it and a cross on top of it.
- Paved roads only detour: (From Ewing) continue on Highway 6 to Knox City. Turn left (south) onto Route E to Highway 156. Turn left (east) to Newark, then turn right (south) on Heartland Drive (Hwy E). Stay on Heartland Drive (Hwy E) for about 4 miles and turn right (west) on the road leading to a water tower with Heartland written on it and a cross on top of it.
It’s a new month at the Mission House filled with new sales every week! Stop in and see us this Thursday, Friday or Saturday.
June 8th – 10th (closing at 4:30pm on June 8th)
All Pants, Shorts and Capris are $1.50 for Adults, $1.00 for Children and $0.50 for Baby.
June 15th – 17th (closing at 4:30pm on June 15th)
Any 2 Pairs of Adult Shoes just $5.00, Any 2 Pairs of Children’s Shoes $4.00.
June 22nd– 24th
Accessories Sale! Half Off All Scarves, Belts, Ties, plus $1.00 Off Any Purses, Totes, and Luggage.
June 29th – July 1st
All Red, White or Blue Clothing is just $2.00 for Adults, $1.00 for Children, $.50 for Babies.
Normal hours are: Thursday from 10am-6pm, Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 10am-2pm. Located across from Heartland Christian Academy. Donations are welcome, and may now be dropped off inside the building. Donations are accepted Monday through Wednesday from 10am to 3pm, and during our regular store hours. For more information, call 660-284-4175.
If you’ve been thinking about staring a Bible reading plan, consider joining us as we read through the New Testament this year.
Heartland Community Church is excited to begin the OWNit365 New Testament + plan on Monday, June 5th. Feel free to read along with us, and be changed by the Word of God. James 1:21b tells us, “…humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.”
OWNit365 is also supported in the YouVersion Bible App, and can be accessed using your computer or smart phone.
Another resource we are using is from The Bible Project. They have created short, animated videos to make the biblical story understandable in its historical context. As we begin the writings of John, take a few minutes to enjoy this video from The Bible Project:
Come find some new outfits for you or your family this Thursday through Saturday, June 1st-3rd, at the Mission House. All Adult clothing is only $2.00 and Infant/Children clothing just $1.00!
Our hours are: Thursday from 10am-6pm, Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 10am-2pm. Located across from Heartland Christian Academy. Donations are welcome, and may now be dropped off inside the building. Donations are accepted Monday through Wednesday from 10am to 3pm, and during our regular store hours Thursday through Saturday. For more information, call 660-284-4175.