Most of us face obstacles in our lives – grief, illness, negative emotions, lack of faith – and the list goes on. What are the obstacles in your life? Or, reflecting on the Book of Joshua, what are the Jerichos in your life? Is it a struggle with doubt? Is it a struggle with an unforgiving spirit? Is it resentment and bitterness toward someone who has betrayed your trust? Is it a struggle with an addiction to alcohol or drugs – or food or gambling or pornography? Is it a struggle relationally with a spouse or child?
In Joshua 6, the people of Israel were given the task of entering the Land of Canaan, taking it, and settling it. This was the time when all of God’s promises about the “Promised Land” would come true. The land flowing with milk and honey would finally be their homeland. But there were obstacles. There were already inhabitants living in the land who did not want to move. The Canaanites had armies and huge walled cities such as Jericho, which had to be defeated before the people of Israel could be safe and settled. What were they to do with these obstacles?”
We can try to conquer those Jerichos in our own strength . . . or we can let God conquer our Jerichos for us. Is God being allowed to wage the battles in your life or are you trying to do it in your own power? The story of Jericho reminds us that God gives us victory when we don’t rely on our own power or plans but we simply trust and obey God. This is where the halls of faith in Hebrews 11 make so much sense. As we read in Hebrews 11:30, it is “by faith” that the walls of Jericho fell down.
One of the great promises of the Bible is that God’s presence is with us. We read in Joshua 1:5, “I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you.” God’s presence is unseen, but it is more real than life itself. And, God offers us victory. So, whatever obstacle is in your way, God is saying to you, you can prevail when you trust God and his power to overcome the obstacles in your life! Let go of those areas in your life where you are trying to maintain control – and, like Joshua and the Israelites, give thanks for God’s power and victory!
This Sunday, Pastor Glen will continue his Ephesians series: Ephesians: Our Identity and Purpose. His sermon is entitled, “The Mighty Power of God,” based upon Ephesians 1:20-23. Please read this verse in context in preparation for worship!
Adult Sunday School
Our Adult Sunday school class will NOT meet this Sunday, due to our Annual Congregational Meeting.
Annual Congregational Meeting
Our Annual Congregational Meeting will be held THIS Sunday, January 23rd, immediately after our worship service.
Children’s Sunday School
Our dynamic Sunday school team is requesting volunteers to serve as Sunday school teachers. You would serve no more than once a month! Pray that God will raise up more teachers for this important ministry!
Tithes and Offerings
An offering box is available when you enter or exit the sanctuary. Additionally, online giving opportunities are available on the website.
Shenandoah Valley Intercession
A night of unity, worship and powerful prayer for our region. TOMORROW, January 22nd at Church on the Hill (entrance E) 5:00p.m. – Unity Potluck (bring a dish) 6:00 – 8:00p.m. – Worship and Prayer
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ComfortCare Women’s Health is a life-affirming, nonprofit medical clinic that seeks to engage, educate, empower and equip women and men most vulnerable to abortion when facing an unintended pregnancy.
We are collecting donations of paper towels, toilet paper, cans of ginger ale, and bottled water for them to provide to their clients. Additionally, we are kicking off the baby bottle campaign. Pick up a bottle in January. Collect your spare change through February, then bring back your bottle for us to give to Comfort Care. Donations are to be brought in by Sunday, January 30th.
Our Weekly Prayer meeting is held at our church facility each Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. We invite you to join with us in prayer as, together, seek the Lord’s face!
Contagious Disease Preparedness Plan
The Session adopted a Contagious Disease Preparedness Plan to support our church family, as well as our visitors. We want to be supportive of our entire church family, as well as our community in this season of increased cases of COVID-19, including the new omicron variant. The plan has been sent to our members for reflection and feedback and is available at the church.
Candi Brown (1/22); Janet Coiner (1/27); Linda Ritchie (1/30)