What do you think is the greatest problem facing people today? I believe the greatest problem facing people is TEMPTATION!! It isn’t famine or wars or natural disasters (like Hurricane Ian hitting Florida now – as bad as that is!!). It isn’t our economic challenges. Each of those are problems, and they require lots of attention. But our biggest problem isn’t a circumstance; it’s a state of the heart. It’s TEMPTATION!
If we weren’t tempted, it would be hard to get into trouble. If we didn’t get into trouble, we wouldn’t start wars or starve our neighbors, or take things that aren’t ours, or hurt the people we love, or hurt ourselves the way we so often do.
Temptation is a global challenge. It’s also a personal one. Because the greatest challenge we face is temptation to do and be and say things that will damage people. Once again, our greatest challenge is TEMPTATION!
The Apostle Paul told the Corinthian church, “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13). Three things we may glean from this verse – three facts about temptation:
- EVERY TEMPTATION WE FACE HAS BEEN FACED BY OTHERS. We are not alone in our struggles.
- WE HAVE NEVER BEEN TEMPTED BY SOMETHING WE DID NOT HAVE THE POWER TO RESIST. It may seem like it at the time, but that’s just a lie from the Evil One, trying to lower our resolve and our resistance. God “will not let you be tempted beyond your ability.”
- GOD PROVIDES A WAY OUT OF EVERY TEMPTATION. God “will provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” Our job is to look for that way out and take it the minute we find it, even as Joseph did when he was confronted by Potiphar’s wife (Genesis 39)!
Friends, may we stand upon the truth of God’s Word when those moments of temptation come our way . . . whatever they may be! And, may we resist the temptation and take the way out!
Pastor Glen will continue the sermon series, Ephesians: Our Identity and Purpose! His sermon this Sunday is “Dealing with Anger,” based upon Ephesians 4:31-32. Please read this text in preparation for worship.
We will celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. We encourage you to examine yourself before receiving the Sacrament per 1 Corinthians 11:27-32.
Adult Sunday School
Our Adult Sunday school class will meet this Sunday immediately after worship in the large Sunday school room. Please join Janet Coiner and others for a wonderful time around God’s Word!! We will be studying Mark 13: The Day of the Lord and Jesus’ Second Coming! Please bring your Bible!!
Spiritual Gifts Class
Would you like to know the way God has wired you? Would you like to know your spiritual gifts? If you are interested in a five-week spiritual gifts class, please contact Marty Porter or Pastor Glen. The class would begin on Monday, October 24th and continue through the end of November (with the exception of Thanksgiving week). The teacher would be Annette Williams. The Session is hoping many will take advantage of this exciting opportunity.
Fall Women’s Bible Study
Join other ladies for a journey through a Bible study on Gideon with Priscilla Shirer . . . a 7-week Bible study – September 27th through November 8th . . . Every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. in the Adult Sunday school room. Please contact Marty Porter (540.471-2619) for more information.
Men’s Bible Study
Our Men’s Bible Study meets each Tuesday morning from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. at Panera Bread in the Community Room. We are studying the letter of James. Come on out men . . . and bring a friend!!
Tithes and Offerings
An offering box is available when you enter or exit the sanctuary. Additionally, online giving opportunities are available on the website.
August Financial Report
Offerings: Monthly: $11,549.95 YTD: $1127,838.52
Expenses: Monthly: $13,344.30 YTD: $1120,215.25
We have also received monies designated for our capital campaign and building fund. In August we received $0 for designated giving (Building Fund) and $780.00 in our capital campaign.
Brad Huddleston Ministries is our mission focus in September. Brad and Beth use research-based information to assist parents as they navigate online digital use with their children. They have worked with schools and parents in the US, South Africa, Australia, Philippines, and other areas of the world. Brad has just completed a new book, Digital Rehab: Learning to Live Again in the Real World! Visit their website to learn more about this ministry.
ComfortCare Women’s Health requests the honor of your presence at our Annual Fall Fundraising Banquet
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Cornerstone Church of Augusta
1156 Tinkling Spring Rd, Staunton, VA 24401
Doors open at 6:00 pm
Dinner served at 6:30 pm
An opportunity to invest in the ComfortCare ministry will be extended at the end of the evening.
Adults only please, as seating is limited. If you are interested in attending this banquet, please contact Kim Holman (540.649.1703)
Missions Team is active keeping in touch with our missionaries and other ministries. Please keep updated! You can visit our website and go to the Outreach Page.
Our Weekly Prayer meeting is held at our church facility each Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. We invite you to join with us as we seek the Lord’s face!
Alicia O’Ram (10/8); George Wilson, Leana Wright, and Bob Simmons (1015); Tyler Bouthillier (10/29)