Pastor Casey begins his simple sermon with specific emphasis on verse 11 of Acts chapter 1. “…This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go.” “This same Jesus”- the sameness of our Jesus; the assurance of His return; the reality of His finished work on the cross. We need to recognize that the enemy can never undo the work of the cross. Satan’s only power against us is to try and convince us that; Jesus didn’t really do what the Word of God tells us or the Word doesn’t really mean that. This is an effort to get us to stray away to a different Jesus, a different Gospel. We need to know that Jesus is ever and always the same. He always loves us. Jesus is always near us.
In Hebrews 13:8-9 We are told, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace,…”. Our perspective can change and things may look different. Our emotions change and we may feel differently, but Jesus never changes! Pastor Casey reminds us that our lives must be based on the consistency of our God. He goes on to encourage us with other scriptures and examples. Listen in, you’ll be blessed.
Presented by the Ethiopia Mission Team (0:48)
Presented by Pastor Casey Kluver (0:15)
Today, we have a special treat of hearing from the Ethiopia Mission Team. Yvonne Gardner, Brent and Mandi Burton, were the leaders. Shane McTaggert, Kyler Burton, Sierra Burton, Addie Casterline, Zoey Stroop, McKenna Dudley, and Whitney Hanson were the other team members present and sharing this morning. Each one shared thoughts and experiences that impacted them during their time abroad. Words of encouragement came from Ruth 2-gleaning in the fields was a way for the poor to be provided for. As it relates to us, excess. Surely we all have more than enough to share with others. Mandi encouraged us all to work and share with ministries that help people with more than a hand out. To make a difference we need to empower people to improve their lives and communities. We can do this with Christ, and change the way people live.
After the team spoke, Pastor Casey encouraged us to remember what we have when we have Jesus. We were given purpose and choices. When we connect with Christ, we can connect with our purpose. It only takes one person to make a difference; one person with a vision. People respond to vision!
You may have heard that Life’s Journey members Evan and Autumn Stewart are moving to Africa to join the Assemblies of God World Missions (AGWM) Tanzania team as Missionary Associates. The Stewarts have been approved to join the team and are now in the process of raising the financial support needed to move to Africa for a two-year term. They must raise a financial goal in two ways. One, a cash fund of approximately $37,000. Two, a monthly commitment fund of approximately $5,400. Both goals must be met before they receive the final approval to move.
Life’s Journey will join their team by offering financial support through a matching challenge. For every dollar raised in support, Life’s Journey will match up to $10,000. This matching challenge applies to the cash fund goal. It has the real possibility of raising $20,000 to get the Stewarts to their ministry field in Tanzania. That’s nearly 70% of the required cash goal!
You can make sure this challenge is met by sending your financial support to Life’s Journey Christian Fellowship. Drop it in the tithes and offering box on Sunday morning or mail it to the church. All of the money will be collected and then sent to the Stewart’s account at AGWM. You can mail checks (with a note showing it is for the Stewarts) to:
Life’s Journey Christian Fellowship PO Box 1915 Colstrip, MT 59323
Missions are at the heart of Life’s Journey Christian Fellowship. From the beginning, our Vision has been to “reach the world for Jesus one person at a time.” This happens in the local community and in the wider world. As followers of Jesus, we seek to live a co-missional lifestyle. Our individual missions are aligned with Jesus’ mission fulfilling his call of the Great Co-mission (Matt 28:18-20).
Ten percent (10%) of every dollar Life’s Journey receive through normal tithes and offerings goes into the church missions fund. From this we support missionaries local and abroad. Whether we are sending our own members as the missionary or partnering with the extended family of God to complete the Great Commission our goal is the same – reach the world for Jesus. This is the way the gospel continues to move through communities. God calls people to go, and when needed we help provide the money to help people go. The work of the church of Jesus is a team sport. We all have a part to play whether in going or sending; and eventually, you’ll find yourself playing both positions.