In the Bulletin
And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops? And he said, I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry. But God said to him, Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be? So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God. (Luke 12:16-21).
I'm tired of working and seeing the same people on my way to work every day. I arrive at the house and my wife serves the same food for dinner, stew. I try to go into the bathroom and my daughter, barely a year and a half, will not leave me because she wants to play with me, she does not understand that I'm tired. My father also bothers me sometimes and between clients, wife, daughter, and father, they drive me crazy, I want peace. The only good thing is when sleep, when I close my eyes I feel a great relief to forget everything and everyone.
- Then I heard a voice, Hi, I'm coming for you.
- Who are you?
- God sent me for you. He says he heard your complaints and you're right, it's time to rest.
- That is not possible, for that it would have to be ...
- That's right, you are dead, you will no longer worry about seeing the same people, or enduring your wife and her stew, or your little daughter who bothers you, or listening to your father's advice.
- But ... what's going to happen with everything? with my job ??
- Do not worry, in your company they already hired someone else to fill your position and, by the way, he is very happy because he did not have a job.
- And my wife and my baby?
- Your wife was given a good man who loves her, respects and admires her qualities and willingly accepts all her stews without complaining. And also, he cares for your daughter and he loves her as if she is his. And as tired as he always comes from work, he spends time with her and they are very happy.
- No, I can not be dead.
- Sorry, the decision was made.
- But ... that means that I will never kiss my baby again, or say “I love you” to my wife, or hug my father. NO, I DO NOT WANT TO DIE, I WANT TO LIVE, to grow old with my wife, I DO NOT WANT TO DIE I STILL ...
- But it's what you wanted, rest, now you have your eternal rest, sleep for ALWAYS.
- NO, I DO NOT WANT THIS, I DO NOT WANT THIS, PLEASE GOD .... !!!!
What's wrong with you? Did you have a nightmare?, said my wife, waking me up.
No, it was not a nightmare, it was another opportunity to enjoy you, my baby, my family, and everything that God created. You know, being dead you can do nothing and being alive you can enjoy everything. LIVING IS BEAUTIFUL !!!!
But he who is joined with all the living has hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion … Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going. Ecclesiastes 9:4,10
And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment. Hebrews 9:27
- Jaime Restrepo
Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door - James 5:9.
Once, there was a man who did not see well, not only when he wanted to read but when walking down the street. The faces of people he saw blurred, sometimes he even felt dizzy. For this reason, he decided to go to an oculist.
The doctor prescribed a pair of glasses, which were quite heavy because of his poor eyesight. Shortly after using them, the nose began to protest.
The nose complained, "Hey, these glasses are very heavy, they bother me! And why do I have to put up with them, if I work well?"
The eyes answered, "Be patient, we do not see well, and we depend on you to hold the glasses."
The nose protested again, "I do not agree, fix them as you can, this bothers me and it's not my fault".
The ears cried out, tired of listening to the nose, "Do not complain so much, we also hold up the glasses and do not make such a mess!"
However, the nose ignored the reasons and the pleas of the eyes, and secretly began to buck. The nose moved from bottom to top, from one side to the other, until it moved in such a way that the glasses fell to the floor.
Of course, at that moment the good man was walking and when his glasses fell, he stumbled and fell with all his weight forward.
... And, do you know what broke? His Nose.
1 Peter 3:8-9 – Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.
Luke 6:31 – And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.
- Jaime Restrepo
Life inside the local church is much like life at home. There are times where things seem to be slow and relaxed and other times where items on the agenda fill up and things move fast. Some days, we wonder how all the things we need to do will be accomplished. We’ve certainly had many things happening at Kettering lately.
Dan Teater, Felanese Webb, and Donna Allen were all in the hospital at the same time last week. On Tuesday evening, Joyce Hoffman’s son-in-law, James Flynn, passed away suddenly at a young 44 years old. (His viewing and service are tomorrow evening in Milton.) Jason Schofield’s father, Joe, has been placed into hospice care. (Joe lives in Marietta and Jason is with him today.) Carol Schwegel spent time in St. Clair, MI this week seeing to her granddaughter and great-grandson Preston, who has had severe medical issues since his birth earlier in the year. George Wacks has been recovering from a recent hospital stay that kept him out of work for almost two weeks.
These things are all on top of those we mention regularly who are in need of prayer and assistance. Some of you are carrying burdens the rest of us do not know about, but every week I see so many of you living out the expectations of Jesus to serve others. It is my pleasure to run into some of you throughout the week as you are out visiting the sick and encouraging our widows and widowers. It is refreshing to hear about food that is being prepared for our families with newborns. It is encouraging to hear about our young people mowing yards for our elderly. Keep up the great work everyone. This is what makes our Kettering family so special!
While we’re all busy being disciples by serving like Jesus, let’s not forget to count our blessings. A congregation full of servants is a thriving one. It’s not so much what we say, it's about what we are doing every week to engage in the work of ministry, Ephesians 4.12. Take some time today to thank God for placing you in this family of believers to bring glory to His name.
- Matthew Allen
How many times have you thought, "I would be happy, only if ...?" And then the dream usually continues with "only if I had more money", or "only if I had married someone else", or "only if I had more friends, a better education, a better job, a bigger house, a better health, etc. The gap to happiness for many things hangs in those two words, "only if …"
In the beginning of time, several demons gathered to make a prank. One of them said: "We must take something from men, but what do we take away from them?” After a lot of thinking, one said, "I know, we're going to take away their happiness, but the problem is going to be where to hide it so they can’t find it."
Proposed the first: "We are going to hide it on the top of the highest mountain in the world," to which another immediately replied, "No, remember that they have strength, someone can climb and find it. If one finds it, all will know where it is. "
Then proposed another: "Then we are going to hide it in the bottom of the sea", and another answered, "No, remember that they are curious, someone will build some device to be able to go down and then he will find it".
One more said, "Let's hide it on a planet far from Earth." And they said, "No, remember they have intelligence, and one day someone will build a spaceship in which he can travel to other planets and he will discover it, and then everyone will have happiness."
The last of them was a demon who had remained silent listening carefully to each of the proposals of the others. He analyzed each of them and then said, "I think I know where to put it so they will never find it."
Everyone turned in amazement and asked at the same time, "Where?" The devil replied, "We will hide it inside themselves, they will be so busy looking for it outside, that they will never find it”.
Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, I have no pleasure in them - Ecclesiastics 12:1.
Christians can be happy! Christians should always be happy! What an opportunity a Christian has to rejoice with all the blessings and joys that are ours as children of God. Let's enjoy all the spiritual blessings that are in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:3). Let's enjoy the peace of God that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:4-7). Happiness consists in obedience and faithful service to God. If you have not yet obeyed the gospel of Christ, we encourage you to do so now.
- Jaime Restrepo
The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms (Deuteronomy 33:27).
The story is told of an eagle that had built its nest on top of a boulder. One day when flying around her nest, the eagle saw her newborn eaglet desperately clinging to the edge of the nest, trying with all his strength to hold on and thus prevent a fall into the abyss, which would have been its fatal end.
As it was impossible to reach the boulder before her baby fell, the eagle descended with the speed of lightning under her son and opened its strong wings to interrupt his fall. With her eaglet holding on to his mother, they landed safely back in the nest.
Moses, before his death, giving his blessing to the people, assured them that God would not abandon them and for that reason he said, THE ETERNAL GOD IS YOUR DWELLING PLACE, AND UNDERNEATH ARE THE EVERLASTING ARMS … (Deuteronomy 33:27).
Even today we can trust in this promise. Just as the eagle spread her wings to interrupt the fall of her offspring, so God extends His arms to interrupt the fall of each of His children. Sometimes God allows us to fall from our nest (sufferings, losses, disappointments, family problems, etc.), to show how weak and powerless we are, to feel how dependent we are on His protection. Only God does not want us to reach the ground and invites us through the psalmist, Give your way to the Lord, trust Him and the rest He will do (Psalm 37: 5)
I believe in the promises of God as I believe in a living God. I believe that God did not lose His power, but that He continues to extend His arms to handle me. I believe in that biblical promise: COME TO ME, ALL WHO LABOR AND ARE HEAVY LADEN, AND I WILL GIVE YOU REST (Matthew 11:28). I believe in God's help and you?
- Jaime Restrepo