For this week’s sermon we are visited by an old friend of the Warrenton Church of Christ, our very own Phil Stratton. In his message, Phil brings us an interesting story of a man named John. Not the baptizer, nor the author of Gospels, no this is the story of John Newton. And if that name seems familiar to you then look up the author of the hymn Amazing Grace and you’ll see his name preserved in history. But there’s much more to John Newton’s life than a powerful and stirring hymn, so listen to this wonderful sermon captured for you in this podcast.
Before you click on the link below, you must accept my sincere apologies for some edits I had to make to this audio recording. Throughout this sermon, Phil had the congregation sing successive verses of Amazing Grace. This moved the story forward and greatly enhanced the sermon. Unfortunately my recording equipment was overloaded by the signing parts of the audio and distorted greatly, so I had to cut these out. So while Phil’s spoken message is completely in tact, it is not served as well as it deserved to be in this recording. Despite this technical setback, I hope you will greatly enjoy Phil’s wonderful message.
Preschool News – Warrenton Christian Preschool Playground is in need of a little TLC.
It’s looking a little sad don’t you think as it’s been some years since the special mulch was last blown in. The sun and the rain have baked and washed out the mulch and it’s time to renew. And it’s not just an aesthetics issue either. No – it’s actually a safety issue for our little ones.
And because its a safety and regulations thing – we can’t just run down to our local big box hardware store and purchase any old mulch. It has to be a special type of mulch for this application. It has to be devoid of certain chemicals and toxins, has to be of a certain consistency and be laid at a certain depth. Hence the high cost of replacement – $740.
Therefore we are announcing our WCOC Warrenton Christian Preschool Fundraiser on GoFundMe.com. Click the following link to make a donation to the Playground fund – the little ones and the teachers will be so grateful for any help you can provide.
GoFundMe Warrenton Christian Playground Fundraiser
Many thanks and God bless.
In this week’s sermon, Bob continues his theme of “Being Ready”, with fun stories of some of our own church family members and then of course, Bob reads some excellent selections from the scripture of Galatians, Timothy, and Colossians to reinforce God’s word on being ready.
“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
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In this topical sermon, Bob talks about recent major news events and then leads us to thinking about our role of ambassador for Christ Jesus. How prepared should we be? What should we know when spreading the news of Christ Jesus?
2 Corinthians: 17 – 20
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
In this week’s lesson Bob speaks from a place of personal sadness and we join him and Nancy in their grief for Nancy’s Mother who passed this Saturday evening. This is a wonderful message about being ready for God. “Are you ready?” Bob asks.
A sermon of this title was already planned for today’s service, however, in light of their loss, Bob delivers a profoundly different message than he had intended under this title.
13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”
14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?”15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’
18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’
20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’
21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”
We will be keeping the Kolodner family in our prayers this week; may God’s love bring you peace.