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They’ll Know We Are Christians

Scripture: Matthew 10:40-42 In June of 2005, U.S. Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell & SEAL Team 10 were assigned to a mission to kill or capture Ahmad Shah, a high-ranking Taliban leader responsible for killings in eastern Afghanistan & the Hindu-Kush mountains. Local shepherds stumbled upon the team & ended up betraying the SEALS to local Taliban militia, & a horrific gun-battle ensued. Marcus was the only SEAL survivor. Gravely wounded, he managed to walk & crawl 7 miles to evade capture. He was miraculously given shelter by an Afghan tribe who, at the risk of their own lives, alerted the Americans of his presence, & American forces finally rescued him 6 days after the gun battle. The Afghan ma

No Laughing Matter

Scripture: Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-6 “Yeah, right!” You know what that phrase is, don’t you? It is our way of responding to something we hear that we really do not believe. It is sarcasm to dismiss something that sounds too good to be true. It is how we make it known that we do not have one bit of faith that what was promised will be delivered. “Yeah right” is something we say to laugh in the face of chronic over-promisers & under-deliverers, a coping mechanism when we are confronted with those who stretch the truth. We are so accustomed to disappointment from these people that we have become cynical. We laugh, “yeah, right,” at the latest promise. I have done it; you have done it. I

The Mission

Scripture - Matthew 28:16-20 Todd, Jean, Gerald & I hear it occasionally: “The church is too much like a business.” We are a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization So, we have certain reporting rules to follow We are also a spiritually oriented organization We are like a business Like a business, we have a mission statement One comes from the Book of Discipline: “To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world” One was defined specifically for Shiloh UMC: “To glorify God by making disciples of Jesus Christ who delight in his worship, nurture his people, & who advance his kingdom.” Our mission is 4-fold First, we GO Our mission is not conducted within these 4 walls Our missi

 

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