There is a river…

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.

~ Psalm 46:4

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13 years at Our Precious Lambs!

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Congratulations to Deb Hamilton who has served as director of Our Precious Lambs at Living Hope for thirteen years!

We want to thank her for expanding our early childhood program, guiding our teachers, and most of all–loving all the children in her care. You’re great Deb!

 

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Jesus feeds thousands of people

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Once Jesus withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”

Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

“We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.

“Bring them here to me,” he said, and he directed the people to sit down on the grass.

Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, Jesus gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.

They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.

The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

~ edited verses taken from Matthew 14

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Independence Day ~ July 4th

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Angels

Angels are guardians of God’s people: For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways  Psalm 91:11.  The Bible says that God sends his angels to watch over us. Someone has said that angels may play zone defense rather than man-to-man defense as they protect people from harm.

In Matthew 18:10 : I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven, Jesus speaks of children’s angels, but does not say that each believer has just one guardian angel.

Although angels can take on different forms, including human forms, they are spiritual beings (without flesh and bones) that God created during the six days of creation. Shortly after creation, some angels rebelled against God and became evil angels or demons: God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell ~ 2 Peter 2:4.  The chief of the evil angels is the devil, Satan. Please note that angels are not the spirits of deceased people but are personal beings that God created at the beginning of time.

Angels serve God in various ways.  Our Heavenly Father sends angels to watch over his people.  He has used angels as messengers at key times in history and they continue to play a part in controlling the forces of evil that seek to destroy God’s church.  Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? ~ Hebrews 1:14

God’s angels will also accompany Jesus Christ when he returns at the end of the world: When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. ~ Matthew 25:31.

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2019 Summer Festival

This year at our annual Summer Festival we provided free food, bounce houses, a photo booth, games, and more!  We praise God for this opportunity to share our time and smiles with everyone who came. Thank for being a part of this wonderful event! If you visited us during the festival, please visit us again this summer:

Sunday Worship at 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School & Bible Study at 8:30 a.m.
Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.: A Bible Study/Worship hour

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The hope of eternal life

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…when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 
he saved us, 
not because of righteous things we had done, 
but because of his mercy. 
He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal
by the Holy Spirit, 
whom he poured out on us generously 
through Jesus Christ our Savior, 
so that, having been justified by his grace, 
we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.  ~ Titus 3:4b-8

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