A Fresh Look at Old Laws
We have an aversion to rules. Who likes being fenced in? We like freedom and liberty not structure and discipline. The Ten Commandments (found in Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5) are a list of do's and (mostly) don'ts. Most people have no patience for that. Keep the music and the freedom ringing loud, don't let yourself be pulled down by some rules designed to kill your joy!
A class of students at Texas A & M were assigned to read the essay the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus redefines the law. Their responses went like this:
It is quite a contrast with the writer of Psalm 119. The writer of Psalm 119 seems to be in love with the Law of God. v. 48 says, "I reach out for your commands, which I love, that I may meditate on your decrees." Take a stroll through that psalm and get a feel for how the writer loves the law. It is the longest psalm in Scripture and it is all about loving God's law!
- Religion is one big hoax
- You can't believe everything you read
- The stuff that churches preach is extremely strict and allows for almost no fun without thinking it is a sin or not.
- I do not like the essay the "The Sermon on the Mount." It was hard to read and made me feel like I had to be perfect and no one is.
- The things asked in this sermon are absurd. To look at a woman is adultery. That is the most extreme, stupid, unhuman, statement that I have ever heard.
Which perspective is the most accurate? Is the law something that truly frees us and keeps us from harm? Or, is the law something that keeps us from fully experiencing life? As we work our way through the Ten Commandments this summer we will try to answer those questions and more. I hope we come out the other side with a new understanding of the power of God's Law in our lives.
ee you Sunday! - Pastor Kris
Kaelyn Mae Dobson will be baptized this Sunday during the service! We celebrate God's grace with Krista Vos and Jon Dobson as they bring Kaelyn for baptism.
CHILDREN'S CHURCH HELPERS NEEDED! Please see Deb Vos email@example.com or contact the church office.
We are reading "A House Without Windows" by Nadia Hashimi for June 18.ForJuly 23, the selection is "Lone Wolf" by Jodi Piccoult. We meet at
at members' homes. Talk to Jean Bosman or Kim Vanderlaan for further information.
The community group's first summer activity Corn Hole will be here soon - THIS SUNDAY! June 11 @ 6 pm, at church. Bring a dessert to share. We hope to see you there and we are in need of several corn hole games. If you have one we can use for the event, please either sign up at the information booth or email the church office.
VHS: Our next Vision, Huddle, Skills night will be June 20 @ 7 pm.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CROS SUMMER CAMP:
Summer Volunteers are needed for our second annual Family Fun Night on June 23! We will be inviting the neighborhood and the families of CROS Camp. Help us meet new neighbors and encourage 100 children who are attending CROSS Camps at our church this summer. Please sign up to help for one hour shifts to run a booth (cotton candy, games, inflatable, face painting,), or help with hot dogs and lemonade (5 - 7 pm). Sign up at the info booth.
- Volunteers are needed to MAKE and SERVE (a simple) dinner for 22 CROS camp counselor/staff at 6pm on Summer Thursdays. Please sign up for one or more dates: June 8,15,22,29 or July 6,13,20,27.
- Volunteers are needed on August 3, to bake cookies and serve parents/CROS campers at a dessert reception (6 - 8 pm).