Very interesting. We are like mists, puffs of air, set in space and time …
And, yet, what we do matters. What I do today matters. What you do tomorrow matters in the grand and glorious plan and purpose of God.
Time to worship. 🙂
As we observe the great waves and movements in God’s redemptive plan, we cannot forget that these things happen in the course of earth time and space.
Jesus’ triumphal entry as recorded in Matthew 21:9 happened one day on a dirt road outside of Jerusalem.
- (Matthew 21:9 ESV)
And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”
Ditto for his lament found in Matthew 23:37 as he approached Jerusalem on another day from the east.
- (Matthew 23:37 ESV)
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!
And one day, as in an actual day in Earth history, Christ will come in triumph again. This time for good.
- (Revelation 1:7 ESV)
Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.
The blessing of redemption first focused on Israel, then the Gentiles, and later on Israel again. God has not rejected his people.
So how do we handle the stewardship of the blessing of salvation to the Gentiles?
We take note of both God’s kindness and his severity to be steadfast, faithful and humble in our service to him.
- PDF LESSON 29 : Note the Kindness and Severity of God : Romans 11:11-24 : FFC : dave scott : 032915 : STUDY SHEET ONE
- PDF LESSON 29 : Note the Kindness and Severity of God : Romans 11:11-24 : FFC : dave scott : 032915 : STUDY SHEET TWO
International Student Success Spotlight: Qi Qi
Qi Qi, an international graduate student in WIU’s MBA program, said her ability to study business abroad (outside of her home country of China) is a dream come true.
Qi Qi, a master’s of business administration (MBA) programgraduate candidate at Western, is currently achieving one her dreams: studying outside of her home country (China) to pursue her advanced degree in business.
Before coming to WIU, she had worked in marketing and product management in China. Since enrolling in Western’s MBA program, she has found that she is particularly interested in supply chain management, so she has chose that area of concentration her advanced business administration studies.
For the March installment of the “International Student Success Spotlight” (sponsored by Western’s Center for International Studies), Qi Qi shared how and why she chose Western to achieve her dream of studying business abroad, as well as how the services and academic resources at WIU have helped her with her success so far as an international graduate student.
Q. How did you learn about WIU and why did you decide to apply to and attend Western?
Qi Qi: Studying business abroad was my dream, due to my working experience with various enterprises after graduating from a college in Beijing, China. However, I had to consider the most efficient and effective way to realize my dream, because I came from a working-class family. I have limited savings, and the tuition and living expenses are high in developed countries. My hope was that I could leverage my limited resources to achieve the best result for my studies, and my “dream” universities would have the best cost/effect ratio.
Then I started a comprehensive search, both online and offline. I finally narrowed it down to WIU, State University of New York, Texas A&M, Cleveland State University, and Pittsburg State University. With any effort and luck, I would be accepted by each school’s MBA program candidate.
Then, I compared the programs, environment, and the procedures at each school.
Firstly, WIU has been listed as a “Best Midwestern College” and “Top Tier Midwestern University” for many consecutive years. AACSB International [“the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business”] not only accredited WIU’s MBA program, but also ranked Western’s College of Business and Technology among the top 25 percent of business schools in the world.
I was also amazed by the many unique and creative arrangements for international students, i.e. Ambassadors Program, temporary housing, Western’s English as a Second Language (WESL) Conversation Mentors program,Conversation Partners, American Culture Night, etc. WIU has become the ideal university for me. I also think Western has the best student services. I am so glad I made the correct decision and came to WIU!
Q. What do you hope to do with your master’s degree in business administration once you graduate?
Qi Qi: I plan to work as a supply chain analyst after graduation, once I get more experience in the area. I hope to become a supply chain manager.
I am very happy to have discovered my career direction here, so I can be equipped for my future.
Q. How did you adjust to your new home as a person who had never traveled to the U.S. before?
Qi Qi: When I first arrived, I was faced with new study challenges, a new living environment, new social relationships, and a totally different culture when I just came to Macomb.
First of all, the language issue impacted my performance, because I couldn’t get used to each instructor’s speed and tempo when he or she was lecturing.
Secondly, I experienced serious homesickness, because I had never been so far away from home before.
Thirdly, everything was new to me; however, I did not feel lonely and helpless at all. The friendly and responsible professors answered my questions patiently, gave me a lot of useful advice, and helped me pick up information more quickly. In addition, the international student services staff arranged a lot of activities for me to get familiar with the community, meet a lot of new friends, improve my English, and learn about the culture. The International Neighbors program, particularly, makes me feel that I have another home at Macomb. The host family has become my second home, and I feel I am the part of the community. I can’t believe I have become accustomed to my new life so quickly!
Q. What have been (or are) your favorite courses and instructors and why?
Qi Qi: My favorite course is in small business management. The course covers how to operate a small business. In this course, there are many guest speakers sharing the experiences about their businesses. Mrs. Gates, the instructor, also provides information and cases about various interesting small businesses.
Although the assignments in this course are challenging, Mrs. [Janice] Gates is one of my favorite instructors. She is very nice and helpful. She likes students to raise questions, and she replies to their email messages quickly. Even on the weekend, she still provides feedback to students’ concerns in time.
Another professor I adore is Dr. Deboeuf. I took his two courses, “Introduction to Finance” and “Financial Management.” His classes are well organized, and he helped me understand the complicated financial concepts presented.
Q. Any additional information that you would like to include?
Qi Qi: I have to mention Macomb when talking about my feeling about WIU. It provides me a welcoming, friendly, convenient, safe, hometown, and rich atmosphere to pursue my study objectives. I love Macomb!
This is a late addition to Sunday’s study. I wanted us to see Paul’s heavy usage of faith, righteousness and grace in Romans.
So this …
PREACHING SCHEDULE: Danger! Danger! 🙂 I’ve been thinking …
I believe that we are going to finish Romans sometime later in August. Then probably go to James. Romans focuses on saving faith. James focuses on genuine faith. Maybe a very good followup. Then in January of 2016 possibly Love God, Love Neighbor again. Then in February of 2016 begin a study in Genesis. Exciting!!!
Another beautiful day in the neighborhood.
Here is our bulletin for Sunday March 22, 2015.
Grace versus works!
Paul makes his “last run” in Romans at the great battle: GRACE VERSUS WORKS.
- (Romans 11:6 ESV)
But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.
When it comes to attaining the righteousness of God, it is by grace through faith. No works. Many people struggle with the concept. The Jews did. Still do. Many in our churches also.
The problem? We can’t let go of our idea of righteousness and salvation and embrace God’s idea. And not embracing God’s plan of righteousness, we, as the Jews did in Paul’s day, seek to establish our own. We may not say this. We may not even realize what we are doing. But this is exactly how the battle unfolds.
The Jews would not let go of their moral code. Yes. Their morality was based on the Bible but it had been drastically revised by their human standards. Exactly as we do today.
And their hearts were hardened …
How hard were their hearts? How stiff were their necks? In their rage against God, they chose Caesar over their Messiah!
- (John 19:15 ESV)
They cried out, “Away with him, away with him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.”
Can I draw you into the scene?
- Pilate: “Shall I crucify your King?”
- Chief Priests: “We have no king but Caesar.”
In their bitterness and rage they threw their allegiance to the pagan Caesar. Arrogance and rebellion drove them away from Israel’s promised Messiah. Tragic … ironic … indeed.
Message Title: A Remnant Chosen by Grace
Message Text: Romans 11:1-10
- PDF LESSON 28 : A Remnant Chosen by Grace : Romans 11:1-10 : FFC : dave scott : 032215 : STUDY SHEET ONE
- PDF LESSON 28 : A Remnant Chosen by Grace : Romans 11:1-10 : FFC : dave scott : 032215 : STUDY SHEET TWO
“Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken. My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me. O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge. Interlude” Psalms 62:5-8 NLT
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Psalm 62:1-2 NKJV
 Truly my soul silently waits for God; From Him comes my salvation.  He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved.
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Hi Mary Jane,
Would you please pass this on to our congregation… Thanks!
West Prairie Middle School has a Positive Behavior Awards day and needs cookies for that day, which is March 26th. I told Mrs. Watson I would ask if our church would be willing to provide cookies for that day. They will need 14 dozen cookies, so if you are willing to provide some cookies for that day, please let me know.
West Prairie Middle School
Positive Behavior Awards Day
COOKIES NEEDED (HOMEMADE)
Please Bring Cookies 🙂
PS Homemade cookies are preferred.