God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not be destroyed, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
Steven J. Cole tells of a little girl who was invited for dinner at the home of her first-grade friend. The vegetable was buttered broccoli and the mother asked if she liked it. Oh, yes, the child replied politely, I love it! But when the bowl of broccoli was passed, she declined to take any. The hostess said, I thought you said you loved broccoli. The girl replied sweetly, Oh, yes ma’am, I do, but not enough to eat it! . . . “Do you love your family?” Cole asks. “Of course I do!” We all would say that! It’s the only right answer. But what do you mean by love? So often we love our family like that little girl loved broccoli. We love in the abstract, but when it comes right down to it, we don’t want to get too close. In the words of the Apostle John, we love in word, but not in deed and truth (1 John 3:18).” Bible.org
“When people become Christians, they don’t at the same moment become nice.” Eugene Peterson notes that Paul spent a year and a half pastoring the newly established Corinthian church, detailing the Gospel good news, showing them how to live out their new life of salvation and holiness as a community of believers. When he left, though, it wasn’t long before they formed factions, slipped morally, and jealously vied for spiritual prominence. Have you studied the spiritual gifts Paul identifies in 1 Corinthians 12? It’s exciting to recognize your own gifts, and those of others, and to celebrate the way these work together as parts of a healthy body for a God-given purpose to grow His Kingdom. (You won’t want to miss Mary Ellen Winegardner’s seminar on spiritual gifts this Sabbath afternoon at 4 o’clock in room 104–the first segment of your pastors’ new series, Pathways to Discipleship,) In Corinth, Satan was quick to invade the fledgling flock when Shepherd Paul moved on to preach in other pastures. God made sure Paul heard about the enemy’s raid on Corinth. “Wait!” Paul reproved the Corinthians. “Spiritual gifts honor God, not yourselves! Without God, you’re no more than clangs and clashes interrupting God’s masterpiece!”
The Bible is clear: God is love. As you celebrate Valentine’s Day, try reading 1 Corinthians 13 with the name “Jesus” inserted wherever the word “love” appears.
If I spoke all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t have Jesus,
I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans
and possessed all knowledge,
and if I had such faith that I could move mountains,
but didn’t have Jesus, I would be nothing.
If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body,
I could boast about it, but if I didn’t have Jesus, I would have gained nothing.
Jesus is patient and kind; Jesus is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude.
Jesus does not demand His own way. Jesus is not is not irritable,
and keeps no record of being wronged.
Jesus does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out;
Jesus never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful,
and endures through every circumstance.
Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge
will become useless.
But Jesus will last forever!
Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete,
and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture!
But when Jesus, who is perfect, comes,
these partial things will become useless.
When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child;
but when I grew up, I put away childish things.
Now we see imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror,
But then we will see everything with perfect clarity.
Now we know in part, but then we will know just as we also are known.
All that I know now is partial and incomplete,
but then I will know everything completely,
just as God now knows me completely.
Three things will last forever–faith, hope, and Jesus–
and the greatest of these is Jesus.
(I Corinthians 13:1-13 NLT)
“Paul concludes this chapter by reminding readers that love is the most important ingredient in the relationship between a Christian and God.” (Kenneth Chafin, “Mastering the New Testament,” Vol. 7)
Living God’s love
Love . . . connect . . . share
Service of Peace – Remembering the ones we lost! Have you lost a loved one in the past year? Your Keene Church Women’s Ministry invites you to spend a quiet hour in the Chapel at 7:00 this Friday evening, February 14, sharing love with others of your church family who are aching with grief. We pray that our family fellowship will comfort and encourage you.
Your Senior Pastor, James Winegardner, will preach for the 9:00 and 11:30 Sanctuary worship services. Keene Worship Choir, directed by Juanita Browder, will stir your heart with worship music, accompanied by Johnson and Lerie Dellosa. The Dellosas will also present a prelude and a postlude for both services. Paulino Santos II will be soloist for the Worship Choir’s anthem sung prior to Pastor Winegardner’s message. The KWC Praise Team will lead songs of praise in the 11:30 service. Your Pastor for Young Adults, Michael Gibson, will tell the children’s story. Student Pastor Semu Siologa will appeal for the offering, which will support Church Ministries and Operations. Rob Foster will offer congregational prayer for first service, and Lisa Raber will pray for the 11:30 service. Sam Hernandez will serve as Deacon in Charge.
Young Adults, guest speaker Tyler Drumm will conclude Southwestern’s Student Week of Prayer for Elevate in the Sanctuary at 10:15. Scripture will be John 15:13, and the message title is “The Greatest Love Language.” Enjoy breakfast with friends and make new acquaintances at 9:30!Here’s a look at the rest of the month: February 22, Lael Caesar; February 29, Wandering Part 3: “Shipment Delayed.” The Bible Lab will meet in the Chapel at 11:30 Sabbath morning.
Let God be God: Lifechanging Truths from the Book of Job – Connections Sabbath School continues a new group study on the book of Job led by Mary Ellen Winegardner that will last approximately 12 weeks. Meets in Room 106. Book supplied.
Effective immediately, any adult who goes upstairs in the Gathering Place must have a barcode sticker from a children’s check-in station. Any adult that is upstairs without a sticker will be asked to go downstairs and must stay on the first floor.
Community Food Bank –1 p.m. at the Annex.
LifeKeys: Discovering Who You Are, Why You’re Here, What You Do Best – Dr. Ken Jones – Room 106 – 2:30 p.m.
If you volunteered to assist with security, we invite you to a meeting Sabbath at 3 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. For those who volunteered to assist with the medical team, we will meet Sabbath at 3 p.m. in Room 107.
Methuselah Ministries – Join this group that brings joy to senior community with visitation. Meets Sabbath afternoons at 3:00 p.m. for six weeks, ending on February 22 at Samaniegos’ house. (methuselahministries on Instagram for details)
Pathways to Discipleship Series – Spiritual Gifts – 4 p.m. – Mary Ellen Winegardner,Room 104.
If you’d like to access the church directory on your mobile device, it’s available for free! You’ll need to download the “Instant Church Directory” on your mobile device. From the Instant Church Directory application, you will choose “Create Login” and follow the steps to register. If we don’t have your email address, please contact Pastor Rick to add your email so you can use the application.
We will print a small order of church directories. The cost will be $10 per directory, and we expect them to arrive in the next two weeks. If you would like one, please contact the church office.
The Path to Discipleship – Come and listen to the pastoral staff talk about steps we take to walk closer to Jesus as a disciple – February 15, 4:00 pm (Mary Ellen-Spiritual Gifts); February 29, 3:00 pm (Travis-How Personality Affects Discipleship); March 14, 4:00 pm (James-Bible Study); March 28, 4:00 pm (Michael-Prayer); April 4, 3:00 pm (Rick-Sharing) in Room 104.
Bible Journaling – Come and learn journaling as a way of Bible study. (This is not the artistic/decorative journaling.) Bring a Bible, writing instruments and a notebook or blank journal. Come Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m. in the Office Conference Room. Contact Dennis Dickerson with questions. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I Corinthians Bible Study (“Prayer Meeting”) – A verse by verse study of the book of I Corinthians led by James Winegardner meets Wednesdays at 7 p.m in the Chapel. Come in where it’s warm, friendly, inspiring, and informative!
Intercessory Prayer Group – Come and join the Prayer Team in prayer at 6:00 p.m. in the Prayer Room.
Retirees Fellowship will meet Thursday, February 20, at 5 p.m. in the Annex. The meal will be a fundraiser catered by the Bible Experience Pathfinder Group offering an Asian meal. Entertainment will be presented by “Four His Glory,” an a capella Christian quartet. This group is open to all senior citizens in our community.
Finance Committee will meet Thursday, February 20, in the church office conference room.
The Grief Support Group for anyone who has experienced loss will meet on Thursday, February 20, 7 p.m. in Room 106. The group meets every other Thursday. Please contact Sonia Vergel at email@example.com for details.
You can sign up for the Resurrection Pageant in the church lobby on Sabbaths, February 22 and 29. We need actors (both speaking and non-speaking), marketplace personnel, leadership, and hospitality. You can also contact Kristi Amparan, firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-517-4305.
If you would like to participate in the Pageant Resurrection scene or in an outdoor scene as an angel or a demon, you must audition. The audition is Sabbath, February 22, at 2 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
A New Life Bible School – “I would like to thank A New Life Bible School, my Bible instructor, and most of all God for bringing me closer to where I need to be. I should be getting released from prison this month.” – Student
Senior Healthy Cooking Class Sunday, 3 p.m. – @ Annex.
Bible by Design – Hear an overview of a book of the Bible while you create a guided artistic overview of that book. Class led by James Winegardner on second and fourth Sabbaths of most months at 2:30 p.m. in Room 107. Now in New Testament.
The Professor Says… Come and enjoy hearing a professor from SWAU speak on a topic and enter into discussion/question time as well in Room 104 on Sabbath, March 7 (Dr. Jorge Rico) and April 18 (Dr. Joaquim Azevedo) at 4 p.m.
Geocaching – Come and hunt for and find hidden object using GPS coordinates posted on a website. Ages 9 and up, with minors accompanied by a responsible adult. Wear comfortable shoes! (Limited to 12 people.) Meet in the Gathering Place on second Sabbaths at 3:00 pm beginning on February 8. Group led by Rick Weaver.
Come join us at the Keene Adventist Elementary School Library from 6-7 p.m. March 5 to explore the world of Dr. Seuss! We will have several stories read by KAES students, an activity, and a small snack to take home. We welcome families to share in the love of reading with our school. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
Chisholm Trail Academy Student Association will host a Winter Banquet on February 29 at 7:30 p.m. at CTA. There will be live music, Spanish food, and a silent auction! Please come out to A Night in Barcelona!
$5000 Southwestern Union Freshman Scholarship for freshmen who will attend Southwestern Adventist University Fall 2020. For residents of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas only. Call 817-202-6794 for details.
Hal Wright Science and Religion Lecture Series and the Southwestern Chapter of the Adventist Theological Society are teaming up to present a lecture Sabbath, February 22, at 4 p.m. in Wharton Auditorium entitled “Vile as Rape: Ugly Theology in the Book of Job,” presented by Lael Cesar, Ph.D., Associate Director of the Adventist Review.
Our monthly LIFT Food Bank is this Sabbath afternoon at 1 p.m. at the Annex! Volunteers, please join us at noon,.
Keene Community Expo: Business, wellness and lifestyle, job fair, and more–Sunday, February 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Leiske-Pultar Gymnasium on the Southwestern Adventist University campus. Health screenings, job search information, seminars on topics such as end-of-life planning, Social Security, investments, veggie cooking. Bounce houses and balloon animals for kids. Food court, non-stop entertainment. Door prizes. Fifty-plus local vendors. Free admission.
Want to meet new people and play an important role for our church? We are looking for additional greeters to join our greeting team. It’s fun and it’s a great way to meet people! If you are interested, please contact Sipho Ndebele at email@example.com or contact Pastor Rick.
Our Keene Church Visitation Team urgently needs additional volunteers to visit our members in our community. Days and times are flexible. If you’d like to help, please contact Marie Redwine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ASI Southwest Chapter Spring Convention will be held March 26-29 at Interr/Wellness Retreat Center (formerly shady Lakes Ranch) in Keene. Featured speaker is It Is Written’s John Bradshaw. Visit asisw.org to register and for more info.
Texas Conference Marriage Retreat, “Forever ONE,” will refresh your most important human relationship March 27-29 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in downtown San Antonio. English speaking presenters are Alfredo and Juanita Ruiz, founders of Opciones and Silver Lining Family Services in Saint Joseph, Michigan. Spanish speaking presenters are Dr. Javier Donate and Cindy Stalker, founders of AcademiaDeMatrimonios.com. Register today at ForeverONE.org. Early Bird registration ends February 15. $199 registration per couple plus lodging for two nights.
Will you be mine? Jesus asks you.
“Why, it’s as if all the children God already has around His dinner table in heaven aren’t enough—as if He’ll never be really, truly happy and content until we say ‘Yes’ and come and join Him too . . .,“ Dwight Nelson writes in his bookThe Chosen. “But then, the ways of Love divine are as inexplicable [as the way of a man with a maiden (Proverbs 13:19)] at times, aren’t they? Explain to the rest of us, please, the compelling passion that drives a God from His great white throne to our dark, fallen earth, all for what? That we might be granted the chance to cry at the top of our lungs, ‘We have no king but Caesar’? And with that ugly refrain repeating inside of Him, this rejected God stumbles on to the place of His execution. And as they stretch out His naked frame and pin Him to that stake, with every thud of the mallet upon those nails the question He came to earth to ask is hammered out: ‘Will you be Mine?’” (p. 55)
Forever Family, answer “Yes!”
Your Keene Church Pastors
‘Tis Love that Makes us Happy
‘Tis love that makes us happy,
‘Tis love that smooths the way;
It helps us mind, it makes us kind
To others every day.
God is love; we’re his little children.
God is love; we would be like him.
‘Tis love that makes us happy,
‘Tis love that smooths the way;
It helps us mind, it makes us kind
To others every day.
This world is full of sorrow,
Of sickness, death, and sin;
With loving heart we’ll do our part,
And try some soul to win. [Refrain]
And when this life is over,
And we are called above,
Our song shall be, eternally,
Of Jesus and his love. [Refrain]
(Franklin E. Belden)