“Getting Stirred Up” at Praise Chapel

Being that church was cancelled last week due to the weather, we will be presenting that message at this week’s service – please come and join in!

We do not have to settle for what is going on in our families, our towns, our country, and our world. We need to reach out with the power of God’s love and change this world one person at a time. The only way this will be accomplished is if believers stir themselves up and believe again to the point of action!

Sunday Sermon Title:

“Getting Stirred Up”

Note from the Pastor:

You need to stir yourself up or you will settle!

One quick way of getting yourself in trouble, is losing focus and not remembering what you know is to be true. We need to be diligent about reminding ourselves of who we are in Christ and that we have a job to do! That job is spreading the Gospel (The Good News). God does not want anyone to perish. Therefore, we should not either!

We do not have to settle for what is going on in our families, our towns, our country, and our world. We need to reach out with the power of God’s love and change this world one person at a time. The only way this will be accomplished is if believers stir themselves up and believe again to the point of action!

With God, “ALL” things are possible!

I hope to see you in church this Sunday! Come and get stirred up in the Word!

God Bless,

Pastor Jon

Pastor Jon & Theresa Rhinehart

Praise Chapel PCG

P.O. Box 254

500 W. Broadway St.

(419) 408-HOPE (4673) Prayer & Info Line

jrhinehart67@gmail.com

http://pastorjonrhinehart.blogspot.com/ 

Service Times: 

9:30 am Sunday School (Discipleship Class) by Pastor Jon

(Adult & Children classes)

10:30 am Sunday Worship Service (Adult & Children services)

                                              

“God Will Strengthen You”: a devotion by Ann Elaine Broughton

When my father was dying of cancer I worried about how my mother would ever handle being the care giver and watching Dad die a little every day…..

 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13 KJV).

 

This was Paul’s testimony of what Christ did for him in very dire circumstances. Yet he could state that Christ gave him strength and that he learned to be content in all circumstances. (Philippians 4:11) Paul faced tremendous opposition for his testimony about Christ. He was flogged, stoned, and in danger constantly. Yet, he could state that he could do all things through Christ.

When my father was dying of cancer I worried about how my mother would ever handle being the care giver and watching dad die a little every day. I told her that I was worried. She said, “Ann, you should know that God is giving me the strength to handle this.” She had peace that only God could give her during a very stressful time in her life. To me she was such a great witness of how his strength is perfect when our strength is gone.

I have seen it in my own life. I could not have taught special education for thirty years without the strength I received from Christ. The above verse was one I recited daily while I was teaching. He gave me strength, wisdom, and patience to do my job and try to meet my students’ needs. It was very stressful at times, but I would pray and feel his peace envelop me right when I needed it. It was only with His strength that I did my job.

I do not know what you are facing right now, but I do know that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. Please know that Christ is there for you in every circumstance and will carry you through it. Just surrender it to him, and watch what happens. You will be amazed by the outcome. Then please tell others about how his strength helped you. You can lighten somebody’s load of care and guide them to the one who can give them peace.

Dear Lord,

We know that we will face times in our lives when we will need to rely on your strength to manage trials. Help us to trust that you can do this for us. Help us to believe that we can do the impossible with your help. Then help us to share with others how you gave us strength to carry on.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen

“Ashamed To Be With You”

A Devotion by Pastor Ralph J. Mineo, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church

There was a young boy whose older brother had hands that were scarred and red. They got along very well except in public places. The young boy was embarrassed by his brother’s hands, whispering, “Please put your hands in your pockets” or “Could you put your hands behind your back.”

One day (finally) the younger brother asked how his older brother’s hands had been scarred. The older boy said, “When you were a tiny baby, Mom and Dad were away. There was a fire in our house. Your room was filled with flames, and your crib was on fire. I rushed into your room and lifted you away from the flames. My hands were permanently scarred and discolored because of that.”

The younger boy took his older brothers hands and pressed them to his lips, and held them to his heart. Now he understood! Never again, especially in public places, was he embarrassed or ashamed to be close to the one who was scarred to save him.

This story might be a parable for our lives. The hands, in fact, the whole body of Jesus Christ was scarred and deformed that we might be saved. Have we ever been ashamed to be known as a Christian? Have we ever tried to hide the fact? Have we ever been ashamed to be identified with the one who died a criminal’s death that we might live? And the hardest question: how willing are we to tell the story to others that our brother, Jesus, was scarred, so that we might live?

One of my favorite Bible passages is Ephesians 4:32: “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God, in Christ, has forgiven you.” A hardened heart, a sinful heart, is always ashamed of being identified with Christ. Let us live lives that are marked with kindness, tender-heartedness, and forgiveness. For Christ pulled us out of the flames of death to save us.

Lutheran Church News — St. Luke’s (NB) & St. John’s (McComb)

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore

“The Shrimp Became a Whale” is Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore on Sunday, February 1 at 10:15 a.m. The sermon is based on the authority of Jesus as recorded in Mark 1:21-28.

The Lord’s Supper will be celebrated as traditional “Table Communion.” Youth of the congregation in the 5th grade and above who attend “Holy Communion Retreat” on Saturday, January 31 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. will participate in an “Affirmation of Communion” rite on Sunday, February 1.

The Senior Choir will sing an anthem titled: “At the Table of the Lord.”

Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.


St. John’s Lutheran Church, McComb

“The Shrimp Became a Whale” is Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic at St. John’s Lutheran Church in McComb on Sunday, February 1 at 8:00 a.m. The sermon is based on the authority of Jesus as recorded in Mark 1:21-28.

The Lord’s Supper will be celebrated as traditional “Table Communion.”

Sunday School begins at 9:15 a.m. (a joint Sunday School with the McComb United Methodist Church).

Latta Statement on 42nd Annual March for Life

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) today released the following in recognition of the 42nd Annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., the largest pro-life event in the world.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) today released the following in recognition of the 42nd Annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., the largest pro-life event in the world.

“Today marks the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision of Roe v. Wade – a decision that has altered humanity by legalizing abortion in our nation,” said Latta. “Since that day, there have been more than 55 million abortions in the United States. This loss of life is extremely disheartening, but I am thankful to see so many Americans, especially those from Northwest and West Central Ohio, in our nation’s capital rallying in support of our shared pro-life values. The March for Life represents an opportunity to strengthen our voices and renew our efforts in support of life across the country.”

Congressman Latta also joined his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in voting to support H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act. H.R. 7 codifies policies enacted for more than thirty years on a case-by-case basis that prohibit federal funding of abortion.

Do Not Worry: A devotion by Ann Elaine Broughton

Have you ever found yourself in a wave of anxiety? It can be a very scary feeling. Long term anxiety can make you very ill. I went on-line and checked out the WebMD site about worrying. If you are in a constant state of worry or anxiety it can cause serious health issues such as:

Do Not Worry: A devotion by Ann Elaine Broughton

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV).

Have you ever found yourself in a wave of anxiety? It can be a very scary feeling. Long term anxiety can make you very ill. I went on-line and checked out the WebMD site about worrying. If you are in a constant state of worry or anxiety it can cause serious health issues such as:

  • Suppression of the immune system
  • Digestive disorders
  • Muscle tension
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Premature coronary artery disease
  • Heart attack

So you see worrying and being anxious can be a life threatening thing. I do not know about you, but I have a tendency to worry. I worry about other people too. I take on their burdens and have a tendency to worry about their problems. I worry about things that might happen in the future also, which is totally out of my control. So I did a search for the word worry in the Bible. I wanted to see what Jesus had to say on the subject. Jesus gave great advice about how to deal with worry.  “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” (Matthew 6:27 NIV). “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34 NIV). The whole section is well worth reading: Matthew 6:25-34.

As I pondered the worrying dilemma, I remembered listening to Jill Briscoe, a Christian speaker and author, speak of worry. She said that there are plenty of things to worry about, but she has dedicated a portion of her morning to praying about her worries and giving them to God. Then she did not think about it for the rest of the day. She trusted God to help her and those people she was worried about. It is a good idea, especially when you have no control in the situation. I am doing this now, and have greater peace of mind. You see, when you surrender all of your worries to the Lord, He gives you peace to fill your heart instead of anxiety. This is a promise from Jesus. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27 NIV). Peace is wonderful when you are in a panic mode because of worry and stress. All you have to do is give your worries to God and ask Him to fill you with His peace. I have felt this peace and can tell you that it is real, but you must surrender your anxieties to Him.

Dear Lord,

It is very easy to get all caught up in worrying and anxiety, some of which that are totally out of our control. We know that you do not want us to worry, so we surrender our anxiety to you. We trust you and know that you will give us strength and peace to carry on.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen

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Praise Chapel PCG – Jan. 25

Pastor Jon – “What are most people looking for in this world? I believe we are all searching for grace and peace. The big question is, “How do we find it?” On the other side of the coin, we could probably write a long list of things that disrupts our grace and peace. We cannot change or stop everything from coming at us in life. But, we can change how we receive and deal with those situations.”

Sunday Sermon Title: 

“Grace & Peace”

Note from the Pastor:

What are most people looking for in this world? I believe we are all searching for grace and peace. The big question is, “How do we find it?” On the other side of the coin, we could probably write a long list of things that disrupts our grace and peace. We cannot change or stop everything from coming at us in life. But, we can change how we receive and deal with those situations.

The Bible gives us lots of instruction and knowledge about how and who will help us change to be able to deal with the normal things that happen in life.

There seems to be a movement to put Christ and His church on the back burner in society. Why do some people want to get rid of Jesus? If Jesus and His power is not real, why do atheists care if we pray to him? Why is The Name of Jesus so offensive?

Jesus is the God of Peace & Grace! We invite all to come and be a part of our fellowship of believers in Jesus Christ! We pray peace and grace over this community!

God Bless,

Pastor Jon

Pastor Jon & Theresa Rhinehart

Praise Chapel PCG

P.O. Box 254

500 W. Broadway St.

(419) 408-HOPE (4673) Prayer & Info Line

jrhinehart67@gmail.com

http://pastorjonrhinehart.blogspot.com/

Service Times:

9:30 am Sunday School (Discipleship Class) by Pastor Jon

(Adult & Children classes)

10:30 am Sunday Worship Service (Adult & Children services)

                                              

“Trust God”

A Devotion from Pastor Ralph J. Mineo, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church

I recently came across an interesting statement about faith: “The Bible never once says, ‘Figure it out!’ but over and over it says, ‘Trust God.”

That reminds me of a story of three people applying for a job in a huge corporation. Each candidate was eminently qualified. For the interview, the CEO of the company decided to ask a simple question: “What is 2 plus 2?” The first candidate decided to go with the straight-forward, simple answer, and said: “4.” The second candidate decided to add a bit of complexity: “It’s the whole number between 3 and 5.” The third candidate, without batting an eye, replied: “What would you LIKE it to be?” The third candidate was hired on the spot.

This is good parable for our faith. Things don’t always “add up” with God. God’s ways are unexpected. God can surprise us. 2 plus 2 doesn’t always equal 4 in the ways of God. God’s “math” is divine, and therefore beyond human understanding.

So when we have those tough questions like, “why did this happen?” or “why did this person die?” the best question we might ask God is “What would YOU like the answer to be?” It’s a way of saying, “I trust you, God.”

We aren’t SUPPOSED to “figure God out.” Our human minds cannot grasp the wholeness and magnificence of God. When we pretend we have figured God out, we make ourselves equal to God. You shall have no other gods greater or even equal to God, and that includes yourself.

We can certainly experience the presence of God. God always comes down to us. God is ever-present, always speaking to us. We can understand some of what God says. We can interpret some of what God wants of us. But we cannot understand the totality of the divine mind and heart. We can’t figure it all out, especially when the questions get more complex than “what is 2 plus 2!”

So, when we have a tough question, we can never go wrong by turning to God and asking, “What would YOU like the answer to be?” Whatever answer we receive (even when we seem to receive no answer), we can find a way to respond in gratitude and love. Because we believe God is here. We believe God is redeeming the world!

Sometimes we need to stop, look, feel, and experience God’s redeeming work around us. God even uses us to do that work. Sometimes we participate with God just by being there for another, by praying with or for someone, in giving a gift or sending a card or online greeting. We are participants in God’s reign!

God wants to save us. God wants to redeem us in Christ. It’s not up to us to set the agenda for how that happens. We need to trust to God and ask: “How would YOU like to save me and others?” Certainly, God will always point us to Jesus, our Lord and Savior, Christ crucified, risen from the dead. Trust God in this.

Finally, let God keep the hard answers. Our task is not to get all the answers, but to love God who always comes to us in new, surprising, unexpected, and beautiful ways!

So what do I do when I have a tough, troubling life-question: Trust God! Trust God! Trust God!

Lutheran Church News — St. Luke’s (NB) & St. John’s (McComb)

Submitted by Pastor Mineo for Sunday, January 18

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore

“Here I Am, Lord” is Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore on Sunday, January 18 at 10:15 a.m. The Senior Choir will sing an anthem “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee.”

Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.

St. John’s Lutheran Church, McComb

“Here I Am, Lord” is Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic at St. John’s Lutheran Church in McComb on Sunday, January 18 at 8:00 a.m.

Sunday School begins at 9:15 a.m. (a joint Sunday School with the McComb United Methodist Church).

Press On

For some of you today, pressing on toward the prize of heaven seems difficult. You may be feeling as if there is no hope and that the future seems bleak.

Press On: a devotion by Ann Elaine Broughton

“Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3: 13-14 NIV).

For some of you today, pressing on toward the prize of heaven seems difficult. You may be feeling as if there is no hope and that the future seems bleak. I want to reassure you and encourage you that our sight, no matter what our circumstances, needs to be centered on Christ and the prize of heaven. Please do not lose faith when you are feeling like nothing seems to be going right for you. God still loves you and wants you to have peace in the midst of your problems.

I especially like when Paul says that he forgets what is behind. It is very easy to wallow in our past sins or self-pity from bad experiences. This only will make you depressed and feeling like a failure. All of these thoughts will make you feel hopeless and not able to really feel God’s peace. You must not let these negative thoughts of your self worth stifle your faith in God. If you start thinking about your failures or other bad experiences that have happened in your life, you can tailspin into total depression and darkness. The minute you start thinking these things, stop it, and pray for God to help you to stop thinking negative thoughts. Read the Bible for encouragement of his love for you. The Bible is full of stories of men and women who failed, but were able to repent and God used them in mighty ways. Paul was a murderer, but he changed completely when Jesus appeared to him on a road. After that he preached about Jesus Christ to the Gentiles and was the main writer of the letters in the New Testament. He knew he had to forget his past. His life was made new in Christ, and he knew that heaven was his goal. He was pursuing that prize with all of his heart.

My friend, no matter what you are facing, you are not facing it alone. God is with you. He will give you the strength, peace, and courage to face the hurdles that are in front of you. Press on, knowing that your prize is eternal life.

Dear Lord,

Sometimes life seems difficult. Problems arise, our past convicts us, and we feel hopeless. Help us to turn to you knowing that you love us and want us to have peace. Let us be still and know that you are God and that we should continue to strain toward what is ahead: heaven.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen

 

 

Growing Spiritually

Pastor Ralph J. Mineo, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church

A young child came home from the first day of school. A parent’s first questions was, “Did you learn anything today?” The child answered: “Not enough! I have to go back again tomorrow!” Of course the child would have to go back to school again and again, to learn more, to grow more!

Pastor Ralph J. Mineo, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church

A young child came home from the first day of school. A parent’s first questions was, “Did you learn anything today?” The child answered: “Not enough! I have to go back again tomorrow!” Of course the child would have to go back to school again and again, to learn more, to grow more!

I think the best word we have for this is “progress.” One translation of the Bible puts it that way about Jesus in Luke, chapter 2: “Jesus, for his part, progressed steadily in wisdom and age and grace before God and the people.” The apostle Peter closed his practical letters with a call for disciples to grow: “Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 3:18).

Growing in “wisdom and knowledge and grace” is an important part of being a follower of Jesus Christ. Being committed to to a life of faith, is a commitment to life-long learning and growth. “Discipleship School” is for life! It doesn’t end at a certain age. We don’t graduate or ever call it quits!

Of course, one way we grow spiritually is to return to the Bible, again and again. Learning and growing becomes a habit. (When we backslide, we can always return!)  We could read every word of the Bible, cover to cover, and still, like a child starting school, we would return again. The Bible is a “living word” which applies to us in new ways at different times.

The beginning of a new calendar year is a traditional time for making resolutions. The reason for that is that we realize our need to grow, improve, progress. We might evaluate the past year asking, “How much did I grow last year?” But we do well to ask “How can I grow more in the coming weeks, months, years?” (Though our modern culture is putting less and less priority on weekly worship, how many can honestly say, “I grow more spiritually, and am spiritually fed, when I skip weekly worship?”)

There is no doubt in my mind: the Holy Spirit calls us to grow spiritually. Reading the Bible, daily devotions, regular prayer, and weekly worship are “tried and true” ways to satisfy the inner longing we have to connect with God, and experience the “abundant life” Jesus promised.

So, let’s say a person returns from worship, and someone asks, “Did you grow spiritually today?” A reasonable answer may well be,  “Not enough! I’m going back next Sunday!”

Lutheran Church News — St. Luke’s (NB) & St. John’s (McComb) – Jan. 11

“The Music of Baptism” is Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore and St. John’s Lutheran Church, McComb

Lutheran Church News — St. Luke’s (NB) & St. John’s (McComb)

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore

“The Music of Baptism” is Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore on Sunday, January 11 at 10:15 a.m. The Junior Choir will sing “My Favorite Color Is Love” (the song Pastor Ralph wrote for St. Luke’s VBS is 1989).

Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m. The adult class is now being led by Emily Meyerson.

The Church Council of St. Luke’s will meet on Monday, January 12 at 6:30 p.m.

St. John’s Lutheran Church, McComb

“The Music of Baptism” is Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic at St. John’s Lutheran Church in McComb on Sunday, January 11 at 8:00 a.m. The Youth Message will include the song: “My Favorite Color Is Love.”

Sunday School begins at 9:15 a.m. (a joint Sunday School with the McComb United Methodist Church).

The Church Council of St. John’s will meet on Sunday, January 11 at 5:00 p.m.