This Sunday is a very special Sunday here at Millbrook for a few reasons. First, just a reminder that there is no Sunday School this week. Instead, we will all meet in the CLC/Gym at 10:30am to share a breakfast meal and service together. We will pray and begin right at 10:30am, so please arrive around 10 or 10:15 to make sure you have your dish ready. This is a breakfast style potluck. Please bring your favorite breakfast style dish to share with your family and another!
At 2pm this Sunday we are having a Baby Shower for the Surles’ family. This is open to anyone and everyone in the church. The Surles’ have requested boy clothes (0-3 months and 3-6 months), diapers (size 1 and up), and other hygiene products. Please come show your support for this family!
I want to say a thank you to everyone who helped make the District NYI Convention hosted here at Millbrook a success this past weekend. Thank you for all your hard work. The NYI Convention went great! I received a wonderful message from the District Superintendent after the convention. He had time to walk around our facilities and notice all of the rooms we updated last year and wanted to tell us good job!
I also received a wonderful email from D’Ann who directs the Welcome Center. Look at what she wrote about our church. “I want to say THANK YOU for all you do for us! You all have truly been a blessing since my arrival in July of 2017. Your support over these last few months has been so very encouraging and energizing, not just for myself but for others. Others have seen your presence and your actions and are following in your footsteps to help with the Welcome updates.”
I want to say a huge thank you to all our small group and discipleship leaders. The vision of our church is teaching all people of all ages to Love, Live, and Serve like Christ. I saw that on Sunday in so many ways! I saw 13 kids in Kids Church. I watched twenty adults going to and from their small groups. I listened as the Bible was being taught in Sunday School to young children. Jesus commanded us to make disciples and teach them everything He taught us. Without question, it makes His heart warm seeing that being done at our church every single week.
Stop and take a look back at Acts 5:1-11. Saturday evening and Sunday morning (right before church) the Lord kept taking me back to this passage. It finally moved me tremendously how sad a story it is. Two people lost their lives. What happened and what can we learn from it? The first thing that happened is they were deceived that what they were doing was okay. Church, we have to be on guard against the deception of the enemy. It was his first tactic in the garden. The Bible says Satan will be defeated one day. Satan’s defeat happens in Revelation 20:9. Why is that important? Because in verse 8, one verse before his defeat, Satan is STILL using this tactic. It was his tactic at the start. It will be his tactic until his end. We must be on our guard against deception, bathing ourselves in the truth of Christ. Lastly, they could have been forgiven. They messed up, just like we all do. They were deceived. It happens to all of us, but they could have confessed and been forgiven. Let’s take their story to heart and learn from it. Bathe yourself in the truth of Christ. The deception and lies of Satan are destroyed only by the Truth of Christ. If you have sin, confess it and “he is faithful and just to forgive us and purify us from all unrighteousness.” Ananias and Sapphira cannot change their choices now, but we can.