We had our monthly UCOA meeting this afternoon at the Railhouse in Kyle. We zipped down there after the music at church, and arrived in time to get a snack at CVS before the meeting started. We had a good meeting, and we also had four new clubs come up to introduce them selves and join the group. We are growing like crazy! There were several events discussed, so be sure to check the CUOA Calendar at; http://austin.ucotexas.org/calendar. Just a few pics, but enjoy!
We had our LAST Christian Unity meeting this evening at Bill Miller’s BBQ in Wells Branch. Next month will be at Spring Hill Restaurant in Pflugerville. The meeting went well, and we had about 25 people show up, so NO, we aren’t going away, just moving to a new venue. Great time of food, fellowship and Bible study. This month’s Bible topic was on the woman at the well. Really good!
Introduction: On April 29th, 2011 my Father passed away. As part of my responsibilities as the eldest son, I presided over his funeral. These are the words I shared that day with family and friends. I am sharing this with you today because on that day I had to struggle with the fact that my Father never verbally told anyone whether he had accepted Jesus Christ as his saviour, and I know some of you have lost a loved one in a similar situation. I pray you will find these words encouraging.
We are gathered here today, to remember Harold Joseph Zimmer, my father. He went by the nick name of Harry in High School, and it stuck with him throughout his life. Harry was a good man, and he will be missed by his family, and by the many people he touched during his 84 years on this earth.
Harry’s favorite song was “Amazing Grace”………..
John 11:25 “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.”
Message – Tom Zimmer
When a Christian passes away, we often have a celebration in the hope that they have moved on and have completed the path that God planned for them in this life.
Harry didn’t make that clear for us. We do know that he was a good man, perhaps even a great man. Certainly a man that many of us enjoyed knowing, and were made better for that knowing. So, in regard to Harrys eternal destiny, we are compelled to rely on the character of God, His Justice, his Mercy,, His Compassion, and His Grace. God’s thoughts are not our thoughts, and his ways are not our ways. It makes us uncomfortable not knowing, but sometimes we have to put away our discomfort, and rely on God’s Sovereignty. God’s will is perfect, and He always does the right thing. We can only hope that Harry made a decision at some time in his life and just didn’t tell us.
We do know that the pastor Greg from moms church came one evening and talked to Dad, and dad clearly stated that he did believe in God, and in Jesus.
The bible also tells us;
1 Corinthians 7:14-16 “For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; … But God has called us to peace. For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife?”
What we do know, is that on dads last day on this earth, when he went to the doctor, he clearly proclaimed that the only reason he was still alive, was because of prayer.
Romans 10:8-9 “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
So, the question remains for us, do we believe, and will we confess, that there is a God, and his name is Jesus, The Christ. The one who died for my sins, and yours, and who was resurrected to new life, eternally joined in Heaven with God the Father, waiting patiently for our answer. I know my answer, and I pray that you know yours.
Good morning! May the Peace of God be with you.
This morning I would like to talk about Peace. But not just ordinary peace, but the peace we are promised when we have a relationship with the One and Only Son of God, Jesus Christ.
We have all heard the stories about how Jesus was born into this world, lived a perfect life, was crucified on a cross, died for our sin, and was resurrected to everlasting life, seated at the right hand of the Father. But did you know that Jesus also gave us promises. That’s right, He did, and one of those promises is the promise of Peace.
You know, some people believe that the Bible is just a bunch of stories, but one of the things it says is that if we believe in God and have Faith in Jesus, then our sins will be forgiven and we can have a personal relationship with not just Jesus, but with God Himself.
Romans 5:1 says; “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”.
We can have peace with God. Now that is the peace I want to have, but it doesn’t stop there. You see, we all have problems in this life that we have to deal with, it’s great that I can have peace with God and all, but what about my life here today, and tomorrow?
Well, Jesus talked about that too;
In John 16:33, He said; “In this world you will have trouble”,
And we all know that is true, we seem to have trouble at every turn in life. Trouble here, trouble there, trouble everywhere.
Fortunately He didn’t stop there. He continues; “But take heart! I have overcome the world.”. And again,
John 14:27, Jesus says; “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
You see, Jesus gives us a very special kind of Peace, a peace that we can experience at any moment we feel we need it. It doesn’t matter how much trouble or problems we have in our life, we can always turn to Christ, any time we need His peace, and he has promised He will give it to us.
We can choose to handle problems ourselves, or we can turn them over to God and let him handle them.
It is a choice I make, and a choice you make, every day, and probably several times a day. Will I handle this problem myself, or will I choose to accept the Peace of God and let Him handle this problem. It is such a simple choice, and I want to choose to let God handle my problems.
How about you?
I would like to leave you with some additional verses on God’s promise of Peace.
2 Thessalonians 3:16,
“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.”
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.”
“The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
“The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.”