Friday, August 28, 2020
With our tender wounds from police shootings re-opened by two more black men shot in their backs, over 181,000 people dead from COVID-19, unemployment numbers increasing, dealing with the damage from Hurricane Laura, and plenty to discuss after the democratic and republican conventions, your personal challenges, and more, I encourage you afresh to have faith in God.
God is in control of the fate of America, and not the President. Please do not let political rhetoric, political strategies, tragedy, and uncertainty shake your faith. God is still in control. Have faith in God.
In fact, if you dare to put a little bit of the right kind of faith in God, you will have mountain moving experiences with God (Mark 11:22-24).
As we trust God to heal our hearts, and heal this country, I encourage you to worship with us on Sunday. If go to Mtzionontario.com and worship with us on-line, get out the bed if able, get yourself together, and have some concentrated worship (not multi-task worship). If you able, come to the church and experience afresh, congregational worship during our 8:00 am outside service.
We want you to sign-up for the outdoor service on our website, but if you forget or can't, you can still come. We will find a place for you to worship.
This Sunday and next Sunday, we will have outdoor baptisms during our 8:00 worship services. You are welcome to get baptized (call the office at 909-983-2411 x 104).
Christian's, God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of love, and power, and sound-mindedness. Have faith in God!
Saturday, August 22, 2020
Jesus modeled showing compassion in ministry. In Matt 15, while in the thick of three days of healing ministry Jesus had compassion on the multitude because they did not have anymore food. Jesus felt for them and refused to send them away hungry.
On last Sunday and on Friday, I observed, and felt how the heat took a toll on our teams and the audience.
Hence, the 10:45 outdoor worship services will be postponed until the temperature cools down.
You can still join our online worship service at 10:30.
Personal question, does God want you to have compassion on someone today?
Friday, August 14, 2020
In Luke 5:4-5, Jesus commanded Peter to launch out into the deep because He wanted to expand His disciple's ministry.
Our starting ongoing outdoor worship services this Sunday is Jesus' way of commanding us to launch out into the deep so He can expand our ministry.
Please pray and trust Jesus to help us catch more people for Jesus.
As we prepare for Sunday please:
1. Pray for God's guidance and supernatural protection as we work to keep people safe.
2. If you plan to attend, go to Mtzionontario.com and click on the 8:00 or 10:45 service reservation button (read all material).
3. If all seats are taken, we will have an overflow area with pop ups. Just bring your comfortable chair.
4. Please watch online from home if you have a fever, or other symptoms. Be considerate of others.
5. Please, know that I love you all and would love to hug you, but I too must social distance.
6. If you drive up to drop off your offering, drive in front of sanctuary and Deacons will serve you.
7. At the end of service, we will not announce our worship in giving, but you can leave your tithes and offerings in baskets as you leave, or continue to give on-line.
Mt. Zion, we are obeying Jesus and launching out into the deep for a catch.
Monday, August 10, 2020
God's Endless Supply and Our Faith
A prophet died, and the widow of the prophet cried out to Elisha, because the creditor was coming to take her two sons into slavery to pay off the family debt. Elisha asked what she had. She said a small jar of olive oil. Elisha, told her to go and borrow as many containers as she could and take her sons into the house and close the door. Then take the small jar of olive oil and fill all the containers you borrowed with oil. She quickly discovered how God has an endless supply of resources when we trust Him with our limited supply. She sold some of the oil and paid her debts, and lived off the rest.
Mt. Zion, as we plan to start our outdoor services this Sunday at 8:00 am and 10:45 am, we are trusting God for His endless supply of resources. This is a watershed moment as God guides us into "new normal" in ministry. Want to help with the outdoor services? Call Ministry Services at 909-983-2411 x 105.
Prayer warriors keep seeking God's face as we continue to bring light to the community and beyond through evangelism, discipleship, and faithful service.
Saturday, August 1, 2020
Priorities During This Pandemic
Loving God with our total person, loving our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:28-31), and seeking God's kingdom interest (Matt. 6:33) sets our priorities even during this pandemic.
God first priorities include:
1. Your love relationship with God.
2. Your God ordained marriage.
3. Your service to God in church related ministries, and in trusted relationships.
4. Your service to God in society (work, business, school, volunteerism, hobbies,etc.).
As we seek God's kingdom interest, please pray as we began setting up our outdoor worship services which will include outdoor, and in-car seating arrangements.
Face masks and outdoor worship will be our new normal for months to come.
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