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Adult Sabbath School is meeting in the sanctuary at 9:30 a.m.. There is one adult class upstairs and all the children's classes will meet downstairs. Everyone is welcome!

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Everyone is welcome to attend the worship hour. It starts at 10:45 a.m.  

We broadcast Church live on youtube.com. Church will start at 10:45 AM.  Go to youtube.com and search for "greeley sda".  Click on the circle with the church picture.  You may need to choose the "Videos" tab.

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Weekly Church Meetings

Monday - 4:00 p.m.  The 28 Fundamental Beliefs

Wednesday - 6:30 p.m.  Steps to Christ midweek study

Sabbath 4:00 - p.m.  End Time Events with Shawn Korgan


Devotional Thoughts

“God said . . . but I think” “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” Proverbs 14:12

A number of years ago we had a family in our church with a little boy 3 or 4 years old. He and his mommy were in the kitchen together one morning and mom was very busy cooking. The stove in the kitchen was a flat-surface type stove and mom had warned the little boy not to touch it because it was very hot. The little boy thought, “Mom said the stove is hot, but I think it doesn’t look hot. So he laid his little hand flat on the hot stove and learned very quickly and painfully mom meant what she said.

Our first few S.S. lessons this quarter have made me think of this little boy and the hot stove. Mom said --- but I think. God said --- but I think.

Eve in the Garden of Eden: God said not to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, BUT I think the fruit is so pretty and looks so good.

Cain: God said to bring a lamb, BUT I think my garden produce is just as good.

People before the flood: God said to Noah there would be a flood, BUT we think that is crazy! It has never even rained.

Tower of Babel builders: God said there wouldn’t be another flood, BUT we think we better build a tall tower – just in case.

Abraham and Sarah: God said we would have a son BUT we think that is impossible – we are too old.  

It is easy to trace this line of reasoning all through the Bible.

Children of Israel: God said we will enter the Promised Land, BUT we think that won’t be possible – walled cities and giants.

King David: God said not to commit adultery, BUT I think just one night with Bathsheba ....

Ananias & Sapphira: God said not to bear false witness, BUT we think keeping some of the promised money will be o.k.

And then this: God said the 7th day is the Sabbath, BUT the world thinks the 1st day works fine.

There is a way that SEEMS right, but only God’s way IS right.

 Sharon Oster

 

Seeds - “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Galatians 5:22,23

On our recent trip to California it worked out for Jerry and me to go to church Sabbath at the University Church in Loma Linda. The senior pastor, Randy Roberts, had been doing a sermon series on the different fruits of the Spirit as found in Galatians 5. The Sabbath we were there the sermon was on the last one mentioned which is self-control. At that church the children’s story is usually somehow tied in with the sermon topic. So on this Sabbath the storyteller had made fruit costumes for nine children, and she brought them out on stage to interview each one. They were each one to tell what fruit of the Spirit they were and give about a one-sentence explanation.

The first little girl was dressed like an orange and said she represented love. She said Jesus loved us so much that He came and died to save us. The next child was dressed like a banana and represented joy. He said Jesus wants us to be happy Christians. The other children dressed in their fruit costumes had similar things to say: Patience – don’t get upset with people; Kindness – be nice to everyone, etc. Then she came to the little boy – maybe 4 years old – who was dressed like a slice of watermelon. Totally misunderstanding the whole exercise he said loud and clear, “When you eat a slice of watermelon, you might eat a seed. The seed will land in your stomach and begin to grow. Before long you will have a watermelon inside of you.” Of course, the whole congregation laughed, the storyteller gave the explanation she wanted, and then moved on.

Later as I was thinking about what the little boy said, I thought there is more meaning to what the boy said than perhaps anyone realized at the time. Whatever we watch, read, or think about grows in us like a seed and affects what we say, think, or do. Paul says “whatever is true whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8 NIV) Solomon tells us that anger resides only in fools. 

(Ecclesiastes 7:9)

I think Jesus probably smiled at the boy’s idea of a seed. Jesus Himself once told a story about seeds. They fell on different kinds of ground representing the way different people receive Jesus into their lives. Jesus was saying, “Upon your reception or rejection of it [my message] your eternal destiny depends.” (COL, p. 44)

 

The little watermelon boy in Loma Linda – maybe he wasn’t so wrong after all!

Sharon Oster

The Human Grace Project - “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith –and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.”  Ephesians 2:8

I was listening one evening to Dr. James Rouse give one of his presentations on TV called The Human gRace Project. They are short talks about positive things we can do but presented more from a secular than a spiritual point of view. This one evening he was talking about being a good leader. There is a list of about ten qualities that make a great leader. The list includes things such as: vision, communication, open-minded, flexible, etc. But Dr. Rouse simplified it to just one thing: “To be a good leader, be a good person.” It sounds sensible, reasonable, but it seems as if the world does not always recognize that quality – good person – in a leader.

At the time I was reading a book about Abraham Lincoln by Joe Wheeler, an Adventist author. Wheeler says, “No other American leader has shaped the soul of our country like the man 

Abraham Lincoln.” Because of his faith in God, he was able “to make courageous decisions in a most turbulent time.” But in spite of his “good person leadership,” he had bitter enemies and one chose to end Lincoln’s life.

I can think of Bible characters who chose to be “good person leaders” but were not always appreciated.

Joseph – spent time in a prison

Daniel – spent time in a lion’s den

3 Hebrews – spent time in a fiery furnace

John the Baptist – beheaded

Stephen – stoned

John the evangelist – banished to lonely Isle of Patmos

Jesus – Savior of a lost world – crucified

The only way to be a “good person leader” – appreciated or not – is to have Christ living in us.  (Gal. 2:20) We need to surrender to Jesus daily, letting Him live His life in us.  Ellen White says, “Those . . . who feel that without divine grace they can by their own [human] works secure the approval of God, are making the same mistake as did Cain.” (PP, p. 73)  She also says, “Divine grace is the great element of saving power; without it all human effort is unavailing.” (Gospel Workers, p. 70) That is really what the “Human Grace Project” is all about.

Sharon Oster

Forgiveness - If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18 NIV

It had been a hot, humid Sabbath as only it can be in the deep South. The evening was not much improved. A small group of us had come together for vespers at the church. As we were leaving, an older lady commented that her air-conditioner had quit working that day. It crossed my mind that I really should invite her to spend the night in our air-conditioned home. However, I noticed she was talking to another lady who was her very best friend. I thought she would no doubt invite her to spend the night with her; consequently, I said nothing to her.

Early the next morning my phone rang. When I answered it, the lady without air-conditioning let me know just how upset she was with me. She had spent the night in her hot house. It was all my fault and she was not happy! When she was finished, she hung up without giving me a chance to say a thing.

The following Sabbath was communion at church so I went to her and asked if I could please serve her for the foot-washing service. I wanted to apologize and offer what was maybe a feeble explanation. But she refused saying simply she was not quite ready for that.

Through the years I have thought about how easy it is for misunderstandings to happen. I have also thought about how difficult it can be to apologize. But perhaps the most difficult of all is to forgive. Only with Jesus’ help can we truly forgive. Jesus has said that when we forgive others, then He will forgive us. In Colossians 3:12, 13 NKJV Paul tells us “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering: bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.”

I like the way the Clear Word Bible puts the text for today. Romans 12:18  says simply, “As far as is humanly possible, try to get along with everyone.” Good advice! However, it is only by asking Jesus morning by morning to be with us and give us His help and strength and forgiving spirit that we will be successful with forgiveness.

Sharon Oster

“Chance” Encounter - Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear. Isaiah 65:24 (NIV)

Jesus was resting by the well while His disciples had gone to buy some food. A woman from Samaria came to get some water. But Jesus knew this woman needed the “water” that only He could give her. So after spending time with Jesus, she learned her real need. A chance encounter --- or not?

A number of years ago Jerry and I had been visiting our older daughter in Tehachapi, CA. Early one Sabbath morning we decided to drive to Loma Linda to attend church with our younger daughter. About midway we stopped at a Truck Stop to use the restroom. Dressed in church clothes while everyone else was dressed for the mountains or the beach, we were very anxious to leave and be on our way. We were nearly to the door when we passed a young lady in a dress and heels. Suddenly she turned, came back to us and blurted, “Where are you headed today?” When we said “Loma Linda,” she immediately wanted to know what we would do there. When we said we were going to church, her face broke into a big smile and she asked. “Are you Seventh-day Adventists?” Of course, we said “yes” and she said she was, too. She then proceeded to explain she had a speaking engagement in Loma Linda, but her car was nearly out of gas and she didn’t feel right buying gas on Sabbath. “I have been sitting in my car praying God would make a way for me to get to Loma Linda without buying gas. Can I ride with you?” Of course, we gave her a ride.

We had left early from Tehachapi; she had left even earlier from the San Joaquin Valley. But we met at the exact same time in the very same place. A chance encounter – probably not. Needing water – spiritual water – from Christ’s “well,” or simply needing a ride to Loma Linda – God knows and God cares. Mrs. White says, “To all who realized their need, Christ came with infinite help.” (Desire of Ages, p. 475) Paul says, “My God will meet all your needs. . .” Phil. 4:19 (NIV)

Sharon Oster

Sabbath School at 9:30 A.M.

Worship Service at 10:50 A.M.


Upcoming Events

Sabbath School
May 28, 2022 at 9:30 AM
Lonnie Hetterle - Speaker
May 28, 2022 at 10:45 PM
Jim Johnson - Speaker
June 4, 2022 at 10:45 AM
Pastor Matt Hasty and LE Group
June 11, 2022 at 10:45 AM
Pastor Matt Hasty and LE Group
June 18, 2022 at 10:45 AM
Will and Courtney Reed
June 25, 2022 at 10:45 AM

 

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