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  • Mtown Book Club

    The next MTown Book Club book will be Radical by David Platt.  If you would like a copy ordered through the office, let Rene’ know.  

    We will be reading through October and November.

  • Mtown Book Club

    The next book will be Experiencing the Spirit by Henry and Melvin Blackaby. Reading will take place during July and August.  If you would like a copy ordered through the office, let a staff member know by July 1st. 

  • MTown Bookclub Meeting (June 3rd)

    Join Sam Guilliams this Sunday, June 3rd in the South Fellowship Hall during the Sunday School Hour to discuss the first half of the book "Who is This Man?" by John Ortberg. The South Fellowship Hall is the newly renovated space directly below the Sanctuary by the Pacer's Classroom. Coffee and Donuts will be provided!

  • MTown Bookclub "Who is This Man?"

    The latest selection for the MTown Bookclub is a wonderful book by John Ortberg entitled, "Who is This Man?" The books are finally in if you ordered yours though the office.

    Read at your own pace during the months of May and June, and Sam plans to have a meeting during the Sunday School hour on June 3rd for anyone interested in diving a little deeper into discussions about the book and the impact Jesus has had on history and the cultural norms we take for granted. 

  • Jesus Gave Children Value

    Our current MTown Bookclub selection for April and May is “Who is This Man?” by John Ortberg. The book presents a case for how Jesus has influenced humanity in many ways, both seen and unseen, over the last two-thousand years. Here is a quote, from page 24, about how different the attitudes were about children before Jesus came and came them value. He is the reason we place such a high value on the childhood years.


    "The title “child,” especially in that day, would be a vivid contrast with “king” or “great.” In the ancient, status-ordered world, children were at the bottom of the ladder. In both Greek and Latin, the words for children meant “not speaking’; children lacked the dignity of reason. Plato wrote about the “mob of motley appetites pains and pleasures” one would find in children, along with slaves and women. Children were noted for fear, weakness, and helplessness. “None among all the animals is so prone to tears,” wrote Pliny the Elder. To be a child was to be dependent, defenseless, fragile, vulnerable, at risk.”


    When Jesus invited kids to come and sit with him, he was bestowing value on another marginalized segment of society. In Christ's eyes, all God's creatures have high value and the innocence of a child is something to be emulated rather than looked down upon.

     

    It’s not too late to order your copy of “Who is This Man?” Just call the office or let a staff person know this Sunday!

  • MTown Bookclub

    Our Mtown Book Club selection for April and May is Who is This Man by John Ortberg. You can still order your copy through the office!

  • In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day

    I have really enjoyed reading “In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day.” I know many of you are getting as much out of the book as I have been. It might be my favorite MTown Bookclub selection yet! Here is a great quote from Mark Batterson (page 114)…

     

    "I think many people make a fundamental mistake in the way they view their relationship with God. They view it in win/ lose terms. They see it as a zero-sum game. They focus on what they have to give up and fail to realize how much more they get back. A relationship with God is the ultimate win/ win relationship. Let me go out on a theological limb: I don’t think there is any such thing as sacrifice when you’re a follower of Christ. Sure, we are called to “deny ourselves” and “take up our cross.” We’re called to “lose our lives so that we can find them.” And we certainly experience temporary loss. But I don’t think anyone has ever sacrificed anything for God. Why? Because we always get back more than we give up. And if you get back more than you gave up, have you really sacrificed anything at all?”

     

    When you trust God to take care of your big picture and the small details, it is amazing how much you no longer worry about the big picture or the small details. 

    - Sam Guilliams -

  • In a Pit With A Lion on a Snowy Day

    In his book, "In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day" Mark Batterson writes the following...

     

     

    “We tend to rank miracles. Almost like a judge at a gymnastics competition that ranks a routine based on degree of difficulty, we rank our prayer requests. We have big requests and little requests. We have easy requests and difficult requests. But that is a false construct. The truth is this: To the infinite all finites are equal. There is no big or small, easy or difficult, possible or impossible. When it comes to God, there are no degrees of difficulty.”

     

     

    How big is God to you? Is he big enough to handle your biggest problems? Is he accessible enough to care about your smallest issues? This book is our current MTown Book Club selection, and quite frankly, one of my favorites I've read in the last couple of years. Batterson is a great writer who really makes you think about your assumptions about God. If you aren't reading it already, I encourage you to get a copy of the book.

  • The Neighboring Church

    Do you pray for your neighbors? I mean your literal neighbors. Do you pray for them? Or, do you just pray that the people living next to you will stop burning leaves because the smell bothers you? Our current Mtown Book Club selection "The Neighboring Church" has a lot of great thoughts and quotes about intentionally loving and praying for your literal neighbors. Here is one of them from page 99.

    "Pray Small, Specific Prayers Too many of our prayers are too vague to be answerable (God, please bless so and so) or too big for us to believe God will answer them (God, I pray my rich, scientist, atheist neighbor will put his faith in you). Many of us have prayed for years for a loved one to come to know Jesus, but it appears absolutely zero, zip, nada has happened. But it’s not because God doesn’t want our loved ones to trust in him. Maybe our prayers need to be more specific in order to be answerable and actionable and small enough for us to have faith to see it."

  • MTown Bookclub "The Neighboring Church"

    It's not too late to order your copy of our current selection for the Mtown Bookclub! Order through the office or you can find your copy in a variety of places. Here are a couple of great quotes from the book...

    "The person who loves their dream of community will destroy community, but the one who loves those around them will create community."  - DIETRICH BONHOEFFER -


    "So to what end do we love our neighbors as ourselves? Love. Our deepest motive is love; our highest hope is faith. We place our hope in God to draw people to him as we create relationships, families, and communities rooted in love."

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