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CUTTING ENERGY COST
 
Cutting back on energy use is more important than ever in today's economy.

You have probably noticed some changes around the church building that are designed to help cut our energy use. After another winter with monthly utility bills in the thousands of dollars, we have moved ahead with replacement of single pane aluminum frame windows. This project was completed on April 1st - no fooling!  The new windows will offer better insulating value as well as ventilation improvements in the offices and the foyer. The second project is even more noticeable as we replaced our flat roof with trusses and metal roofing. We tackled this project as soon as the weather broke and the crew did a great job. The new roof system allowed for 20" of fiberglass insulation to be blown in over the flat roof area that surrounds the auditorium. Our hope is that these two improvements will result in using less gas and electric along with savings on our future utility bills.  We have already noted quite a change in warmth of these rooms. 

Take note of these improvements and continue to pray that we will be wise as stewards of God's blessings.
SALVATION
 
There are many uncertainties in the world that we live in today. Concerns for safety and health are on many minds. The reality that human life is fragile and easily lost has come to each home in America. But there is hope!

Many years ago Jehovah God sent His only begotten Son to earth. Father God did this so that mankind could know that He loved them. We know this from the Bible, the sixteenth verse of chapter three in John's gospel;
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Just think about it; God loved you so much that He gave His only begotten Son, so that you could believe in Him and have eternal life! This is something solid that you can trust. If you are looking for something stable and for something that will last forever, read on. Why would God send His only Son, Jesus, into a world that did not care? The answer is in the Bible, the book of Romans, chapter five and verse twelve.
Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.
That’s right, all of us have a problem with sin. We read that death is due to sin, which is in all men. So God sent His Son Jesus to deal with our sin problem. Jesus did not live a long life into old age on this earth. When He offered Himself as God’s Son and suggested that He could forgive men of their sin, they jailed Him and killed Him on a Roman cross! But the Bible tells us that even His death did not hinder God’s plan. Read these Bible verses:
John 1:29 The next day John (the Baptizer) seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. Romans 5:8 But God commendeth (demonstrates) his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
What have we read from the Bible so far? First we see that God loves us. But sin is a problem in every human life. God tells us that Jesus bled and died so that we could be forgiven of our sins! There is only one thing you must do if you would like to be forgiven of your sins. Read what the Bible says again:
Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
So all you must do is confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead and you will be saved! The next verse tells us how this works. It says that with the heart a person believes; and this results in us being justified, cleared of the charges of being a sinner. With the mouth you confess, and this results in salvation. One last question is important. What if I do not accept Jesus and His forgiveness? The Bible answers this very honestly. Read these verses from Second Peter:
2 Peter 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; ...verse 9: The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished.
That is, if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell, then the Lord knows how to keep the unrighteous for the day of judgment. But He also knows how to rescue the godly! If you accept Jesus as the forgiver of your sins then you are rescued from God’s judgement and an eternity in hell. If you are ready to let Jesus forgive you of your sins then you could pray something like this:
Heavenly Father - I know I am a sinner and need to be forgiven of my sin. Please forgive me of all my sin because Jesus paid for me when He shed His blood and died on the cross. I believe that Jesus is your Son and that He died for me, and I accept His salvation as a free gift. Thank you for saving me from my sins and giving me eternal life in heaven. Amen.
If you just prayed to accept Jesus as your Savior, or have questions about this article, let us know by e-mailing Pastor Lewis through the link on this website or call us at 989.893.3539 and ask for one of our Pastors. Thank you.
BIBLE STUDY
 
Even though we are well into the year, we want to encourage our church family and friends to stick with regular Bible reading. We can provide hard copies of a daily Bible reading schedules or you can access one on the web (see the links below) and follow it from now until the end of the year. The Bible is Gods tool for communicating with us today. It gives us practical advice for living, working, spending money, handling relationships and so much more, including showing us who God is. It is our desire as a church that we see more people actively following God through a daily study of God’s Word. It is NEVER to late to start reading God's Word!

In the book of Timothy it says the entire Bible is given by inspiration, meaning that God breathed His very words into the writing of men. By God’s design, they wrote the words that will benefit us today, God’s words. The apostle Paul also tells us through his second letter to Timothy, that reading Gods Word is profitable for us because it teaches us, guides us, and educates us on how to do what is right in the eyes of God.

There are several ways that you can effectively study the Bible. How you do it isn't important. The important thing is doing it and doing it consistently. We want to encourage you to study your Bible more. Below you'll find several Bible reading schedules found on the web that provide you ways to systematically read and study the Bible. We hope that you find these tools useful and that you grow closer to Christ through your reading. If you do find one of these tools useful, let us know. We'd love to hear from you and encourage you.
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Only have Five Minutes? Try this one and read through the New Testament in a year.

Interested in a plan that will take you through the entire Bible in a Chronological Order with only Five Readings a Week. Try this one from Mark Roberts, available from bibleclassmaterial.com in individual copies for free (scroll to bottom of the page for details)

This schedule will take you through the entire Bible in a Year with Three Readings per day (Old Testament, New Testament and Poetry). provided by Faith Baptist Bible College.

Several Different Schedules are available from wholesomewords.com that will take you through the Bible in Four Sections (Historical, Devotional, Prophetical, and Doctrinal) OR Old Testament/New Testament OR Old Testament once New Testament twice OR the Robert Murray McCheyne schedule from 1842

"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105
"As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious." 1 Peter 2:2-3

May God richly bless your reading and may he receive the glory for all that we do.