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Upcoming Events
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WED
Praise Team Practice
7:00 PM
The Praise Team instrumentalists and vocalists will practice each Wednesday night at 7:00 P.M. in the sanctuary.
DEC

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SUN
9AM Contemporary Service
Contemporary Service with our Praise band leading the worship, and message delivered by pastor or guset speaker
10AM Sunday School
Sunday School Classes for all ages, using Lifeway resources and others in a small class learning setting, where questions and discussions are welcomed.
Blended Worship Service
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Our Blended Worship Service with special music from our Praise Band, Choir, and individuals. Our pastor or special speaker brings a message using the greatest instruction book available.
DEC

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WED
Praise Team Practice
7:00 PM
The Praise Team instrumentalists and vocalists will practice each Wednesday night at 7:00 P.M. in the sanctuary.
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Wreck It was Right

Wreck it Was Right

Romans 5:6 – “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.”

Wreck it Ralph is a children’s movie that was just released on DVD (and of course Blue-Ray), but even though it is a movie designed for children, it deals with some very adult realities.  The theme of the movie is that of a bad guy trying to become good.

Wreck-It Ralph has been a bad guy all of his life.  His purpose in the video game is to wreck things and to destroy things.  Ralph is predictably good at this and because of that the protagonist Fix it Freddie is always busy fixing Ralph’s mess.  Freddie is well loved and everyone depends on him to clean things up and to fix things.  Ralph on the other hand is not well loved, in fact he is the enemy, the bad guy that everyone wants to stay away from.  People love to see Ralph defeated by the hero, Fix It Freddie.

One day however Ralph wakes up and says I’ve been the bad guy for 20 years and I’m tired of it, I want to become the good guy.  So he attempts to change and to be transformed.  Along the way he ends up in “group therapy for bad guys” and he hears these words, “Ralph you have always been a bad guy, and you will always be a bad guy.  You can’t change yourself Ralph.”

They were right.  You can’t change yourself, its impossible.  We can say I’m going to do such and such better and we might be able to pull it off.   I’m going to eat better, I’m going to exercise more, I’m going to spend more time with my family, I’m going to save more money, or even I’m going to read the Bible more.  We may be able to do those things better, we can somewhat change our behaviors, but we can’t change our character can we.  No way, not on our own.

What is our character? The Bible puts it very directly, our character is that  we are sinners.  That is not popular in today’s society.  Today the idea of sin has all but been lost.  Don’t mention sin.  Our society teaches that we may have faults and we may make mistakes but don’t mention sin.  And besides our mistakes are generally someone else’s fault anyway.  But what was true thousands of years ago is still true today, we are sinners.  That is our character.  We don’t have to be taught to sin, it comes naturally to us.  Because it is who we are.  And to quote Wreck it Ralph’s friend, “we can’t change ourselves.”

We can’t change ourselves but we can change.  We can be transformed.  But there is only one way, and His name is Jesus.  Jesus truly can change us, and once we put our faith in Him, He begins the process of transformation in us.  It is a process that will not be finished this side of heaven.  But make no mistake about it, He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion.  We can’t change ourselves but we can be changed.  How? Through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Paul says, “I’m not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God to salvation.”  It is the Gospel that saves us to be sure and it is the Gospel that changes us.  Why? Because it is the power of God and that power parted the Red Sea, that power sent the plagues on Egypt, that power shut the mouths of the lions, that power kept the three Hebrew children alive in the fiery furnace, that power opened the prison door in the book of Acts, and that power raised Jesus from the dead.  That same power is working within us.  Transforming us and changing us, until we see Him face to face.  We can be changed and we will be changed.  Thanks be to God.