Children’s Day team and kids. (Melody is 2nd from right.)
Mercy Hill is glad to partner with New Century Church this month. Thanks to your generosity, we are able to help offset costs they are having to do a special Children’s Day Outreach in each of the seven mission locations. Melody Pullian, who is a children’s ministry leader for New Century, recently sent us this update…
Hi Pastor, how are you and your family and church? It is our great joy to share with you our thanksgiving to God for this month. God has been very gracious as we are continuously faithful. Walking by faith in the planting of community churches is our every day challenge. But seeing the goodness in what we do keeps our feet going to the communities, our mouths speaking the Gospel and our arms embracing the helpless. We thank the Lord because we know that though we’re far apart, in Christ’s Kingdom we are one. For we know that our labor for God’s Kingdom will never be in vain.
We are now on the third week of Children’s Day in mission areas in GK-Los Baños, San Cristobal, Majada, Southville 6, and San Agustin Bay, and also including the main church. As photos have shown smiles of children manifested how God is working through their lives. Teachers and Staff are also blessed to be used in sharing God’s love and extending His Kingdom. You, together with the Mercy Hill Church congregation, are all part of this successful program. Thank you, Pastor for praying with us. God bless you all! We love you!
For His Glory, Melody
You can see more on the Facebook page for New Century’s Kids Ministry. Please continue to pray for God to draw men, women, and children to himself through the faithful efforts of New Century to be Jesus to the communities God calls them.
I ended yesterday’s message by calling everyone in the room (myself included), a hypocrite. And then quickly, joyfully, reminded us that, “Jesus died for hypocrites like you and me – and lives in us so that we can have victory over this pull towards hypocrisy!” It was a call to flee to the grace of God in Jesus Christ and plunge under it’s healing waters.
Those were words of spiritual refreshment after an honest, straight-forward look at spiritual hypocrisy, the nature of the spiritual hypocrite, and the ways to guard our hearts from the pull to spiritual hypocrisy.
Listen to the message: Spiritual Hypocrisy from Mark 12:38-40.
Jesus poses a challenging question to the religious lawyers of his day…“How can the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David…David himself calls him Lord. So how is he his son?” It is a question intended to stir their minds and hearts to faith in him as the Messiah – fully man, fully God.
Warren Wiersbe captures well the crucial nature of what Jesus is doing: “This is a far more important question than the ones His enemies had asked Him, for if we are wrong about Jesus Christ, we are wrong about salvation.” At stake in how we answer the question of who Jesus is? In simple terms…everything. Eternity is at stake! Life and death; heaven and hell.
When Jesus turns to you and asks, “Who do you say that I am?” how do you answer?
Listen to the message: The Messiah is No Mere Man, from Mark 12:35-37.
I know this is a day late, but in the spirit of wanting to extend Mother’s Day a little longer, here is a link to a simple 4 minute reflection I shared yesterday for the moms at Mercy Hill Church.