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SILVER & GOLD
August / September 2020  Issue 65   Vol. 1
 SEEING IS BELIEVING
A Nugget of Wisdom for Your Faith
August 2020

 
Standing knee-deep in water the reporter was telling viewers that the flood waters were threatening the area and that the water likely will rise another foot, making the situation quite serious.  The setting and story were having their effect till the camera moved just a bit and caught a person standing on dry grass on the side of the ditch of knee-deep water that was soaking the reporter’s feet.

In the day of digital photos it is quite easy to use visual media to portray just about anything to make your desired impact.

So, I ask, is it true that  “Seeing is believing”?

The disciples certainly saw Jesus doing miraculous things, though they didn’t understand, and believed that Jesus was the Son of God until later in their walk with Him. One of the more familiar stories of “seeing and believing” took place after Jesus’ death and resurrection. You’ll remember Thomas who arrogantly said, “Unless I see in His hands the marks of the nails and place my finger in the mark of the nails…I will never believe.” Of course, when Thomas “saw”, he said, “My Lord and my God!”

Remember, the Centurion at the cross finally came to believe after seeing the events surrounding Jesus' death. He saw and he believed.

Then, after Pentecost the disciples believed and spoke of what they had seen.  In the book of Acts Peter and John were standing before the Council being questioned because they were teaching the people that Jesus had been raised from the dead.  Their defense was summed up in Acts 4:20, “We cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.”

Later the Apostle John said in the opening statement of his first epistle, “That which was from the beginning (Jesusmy addition) which we have heard, and seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands…we proclaim to you”. Think of it, John and the other disciples actually saw, heard, and touched the Son of God who came to save all of the sinful world.

So now I ask, if seeing is believing, what about us -- those who haven’t had the opportunity to see the Son of God in person like the the disciples of Jesus?

Scripture has the answer for us, and this is the point of this Nugget. Paul, in 2 Corinthians, is talking about the temporariness of our life on this earth, comparing our body to a tent and that we will assume a permanent place with God in eternity.  He says that “We walk by faith not by sight”. 

We believe because we have seen, not with our bodily eyes, but with the eyes of faith.  We can testify what our faith eyes have seen and heard just like Paul, John, Peter and the rest of the disciples.  Then when our earthly journey is complete, we will stand beside those who have gone before us, gazing with wonder on the beauty of heaven and in the presence of the Almighty, Triune God.

Think of what would have happened if the disciples would have had cell phones to record Jesus' actions and all they had seen?
Have a blessed month of sharing what we Christians “see” by faith.
Stan Fehlhafer

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES   
8:00 In-person worship: Please wear a mask from your car to your seat in the pew.  Once seated at a safe social distance from other groups, you may remove your mask. Please use your mask again out to your car. 
 
9:30 Online only worship.

11:00 In-person worship: Masks are optional for this service,but please keep social distancing protocol..

GET ACTIVE with Messiah's Chair Based Movement Class: Join us in the comfort of your own home for Messiah's Mindful Movement for Seniors!  This 45-minute class is conducted each Friday at 11 am via Zoom, and incorporates gentle stretching, strengthening, balance and relaxation while focusing on God’s Word. Join any time.  Call or text Kris Costello for details: 402.416.3600.
HELPING HANDS are here for you whether you need assistance with lawn work, or simple household chores and repair.  Make your needs known by calling the church office:  402-489-3024.
 

New Orphan Grain Train Location in Lincoln
4817 N. 56th Street Suite #10
During the month of August, we will begin training volunteers and setting up our new Lincoln facility.  We will have a grand opening in September! If you would like to get involved please contact call 877.371.7393
Join Us In Making Progress at King Lake
Thanks to the efforts of over 3000 volunteers, King Lake has many happy residents who have been able to return to their rebuilt houses! However, there are homes that still need your help!  So please sign up here so we have a head-count for lunch. Or contact Roxie Stok 402.450.604 or Barry Radebaugh 402.440.9109.
Home in a Box Ministry Needs Leaders!
We are looking for people willing to be trained to lead and/or join delivery teams!  As a delivery team leader, you'll supervise a team of 6-8 people who assist with deliveries. The leader receives delivery information from the Home in a Box leadership team, then coordinates and executes the delivery to the recipient. Each team leader signs up to make deliveries for two weeks in a four-month time period. 
Contact Gene Troester for more info.
 

Looking for a part-time job? 
Performance Chores, the custodial company that cleans Messiah, has openings for part-time and full-time work. For more information, contact Chris at 402.326.2305.

SPIRITUAL RESOURCES: SENIOR RESOURCES:
 
6 medium apples peeled, cored and sliced
1 cup water
1 (18.25 ounce) package white cake mix
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ cup butter, melted

 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.  Arrange apples in an even layer in bottom of baking dish. Pour water over apples. In a medium bowl mix together cake mix, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Stir in melted butter or margarine until ingredients are thoroughly blended; mixture will be crumbly. Sprinkle mixture over apples. Bake in preheated over for 50 to 55 minutes. 
Taste and see that the Lord is good!
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