WEDNESDAY 5:00 p.m. HELP! Mail Newsletters…
5:50 p.m. Supper! Bring a dish to pass…
6:30 p.m. “PILGRIM’S PROGRESS” DVD
7:00 p.m. Children K-6 go upstairs for their own discussion
and activities…NURSERY (?) for younger ones…
THURSDAY 9:30 a.m. Ladies Bible Study “UNGLUED”
Babysitting provided…it’s not too late to attend!
7:00 p.m. Sunshine Circle – BABY SHOWER FOR ABBA!
PLEASE join us, Ladies…we have a guest coming from ABBA – please bring an
UNWRAPPED gift…Mary Alice and Denise hosting
SATURDAY 7:30 a.m. Men’s BREAKFAST in Limington
9:00 a.m. Elder’s Meeting here
1:00 p.m. Pastor Bob’s Retirement Party – see your BEACON
Missions Committee meeting 5pm sharp on Wednesday the 26th
March 2013 updated Calendar has been posted
Ladies Sunshine Circle – Trash to Treasure – Thursday the 20th at 7:00pm (Trula and Jill Woods hosting)
Men’s Bible Study – Saturday the 22nd at 7:30 am
Morin’s Sap House in Limerick has approached the school and offered to host a pancake breakfast to help raise funds for the year. Not only are they donating their building and kitchen, but all the maple syrup! The official date for the breakfast has been set for Saturday, March 8, 2014. Items served will be; pancakes, juice, water, and coffee, from 8:00 am-1:00 pm. All you can eat pancakes (8” pancakes!!!) and choice of juice or water is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children. Bottomless cups of coffee, $1.00. Enough supplies have been planned to support over 700 people, so invite friends, family, and neighbors!
Just a Thought
One passage of Scripture people erroneously turn to for a pretext of their free will stance is found in I Peter 1:2 which states that God’s people are “…Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience.”
Now, this is a typical example of the general meaning of English words, compared to the exactness of the Greek language. To us, “foreknowledge” has to do with knowing something that will happen in the future because of habit or one’s promise. But here God does not look down the halls of time and “see which decision” a person will make, and then choose on that basis. If God “chose” on that basis, would it really be a choice that God makes? No, it would be man’s choice entirely, and would be of works that one is saved.
This particular “foreknowledge” has to do with God seeing “as His own”, the future of a person. When Peter penned these words, he was simply saying that those who were dispersed were the Elect of God, not because of what they would decide, but simply because God chose them to be such from the beginning of time. So, we might say that God “chose them as His own” based on nothing to do with them, but only because of His divine purpose.
Because of the fact that they were God’s elect (by His choice entirely), they were “bound” to sanctification and obedience. That is the point of the greeting of this Epistle, isn’t it? It was to be an encouragement that their conversion to Christ was God’s choice, the future was in His hands, and what could be more comforting than that?