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May 1, 2011 – Volume 6, Issue 5

  1. Pastor’s thoughts

April showers will bring May flowers.” Well, if that is a true statement we may have a bumper crop of flowers!

We purchased one of those NOAA weather radios a couple of weeks ago and I found out that once programmed, it works “loudly!” How wonderful it is to be able to “stand under the shadow of the Almighty” when the storms come!

I was thinking back of our 8 years in Oklahoma with the many tornados we had there, and it appears that Arkansas has had more than its share in these recent years. The weather has been changing for the worse, dramatically. I was talking to my friend, Dayna Martin, about the earthquakes and tornadic activity near Greenbrier and asked her if Greenbrier had installed some type of weather magnet. She said, “It sure looks that way, doesn’t it.” We are seeing earthquakes, tornadoes, severe thunderstorms with hail, severe snowstorms, tsunamis, tremendous upheaval in the Middle Eastern countries…wow, one would almost think the earth and its people are preparing for something…whatever could it be? Jesus said, “When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near" (Luke 21:28). Time is getting short, folks!

For the last several Wednesday nights we have been studying “The Christian Life.” We have noted that in today’s world the meaning to the word “Christian” has changed dramatically compared to the way many of us grew up understanding it. Today, many equate Christian as being a “good” person; coming to church; putting money into the church offering plates; and even being an American! We have discussed that so many “Americans” who profess to be a Christian, do not have a personal relationship with Christ; they have not confessed their sins and asked for His forgiveness; and they have not grown closer to Christ. George Barna said several years ago that the average American Christian cannot quote more than 8 Scripture verses and list where they are found.

I read an interesting article in the Saturday Little Rock newspaper this morning in the Religion section about a new bestselling book by Rob Bell titled “Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived.” Bell pastors the Mars Hill Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, one of the nation’s largest Protestant congregations. Quoting I Timothy 2, Bell writes, “God wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” Then Bell asks, “So does God get what He wants? How great is God? Great enough to achieve what God sets out to do, or kind of great, medium great, great most of the time, but in this, the fate of billions of people, not totally great. Sort of great. A little great….Will all people be saved, or will God not get what God wants? Does this magnificent, mighty, marvelous God fail in the end?” Bell declares that “God will be united and reconciled with all of humanity and cites Philippians 2 to back his belief in universal salvation. “All people. The nations. Every person, every knee (will bow) every tongue (will acknowledge) Jesus,” Bell writes. Without universal salvation, he argues, history is a tragedy and billions are damned and God is a failure. The Gospel, therefore, is Good News for everybody. Those who reject Jesus Christ in this life get a second chance to embrace Him at some point in the future, Bell suggests. And if necessary, they get third chances and fourth chances and fifth chances –however many it takes to bring all of humanity to the Creator. Wow! If this is true, then why did Christ need to die on a cross for our sins? I won’t give you a dissertation of the Nazarene faith, as I am sure the majority of you know our doctrinal beliefs. I will close this with the words of the Apostle Paul who said, “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths” (2 Tim. 4:3-4).

  1. Something to think about

"I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go."

Abraham Lincoln

  1. A time to smile

When I stopped the bus to pick up Karissa for preschool, I noticed an older woman hugging her as she left the house. “Is that your gramma?” I asked. “Yes,” Karissa said, “She come to visit us for Christmas.” “How nice,” I said, “And where does your Gramma live?” “At the airport,” Karissa replied. “Whenever we want her we just go out there and get her.”

A grandmother will put a sweater on you when she is cold, feed you when she is hungry, and put you to bed when she is tired.

Helen has twelve children, and she dresses all of them alike. “When we had only four,” she exclaims, “I dressed them alike so we wouldn’t lose any. Now that we have twelve, I dress them alike so we won’t pick up any that don’t belong to us.

Nice to see you’re attending church again. “ I said to crotchety Mr. Walters, when I ran into him at the local grocery store. “Is it because of my sermons? “ “Not yours,” was the reply. “My wife’s.”

A woman tourist visiting the Holy Land went to a tourist office for information on roads. Told that it was now possible to go by car all the way from Dan to Beersheba, she confessed, “Do you know, I never knew that Dan and Beersheba were places. I always thought they were husband and wife, like Sodom and Gomorrah.

  1. Nazarene websites

Rose Hill Church of the Nazarene: www.rosehillnazarene.org

South Arkansas District: www.Southarkansasnazarene.org

Nazarene Headquarters: www.nazarene.org

Nazarene Bible College: www.nbc.edu

Southern Nazarene Univ. : www.snu.edu/home.asp

  1. Rose Hill News

We had wonderful Good Friday and Easter services. If you missed them, you really missed a wonderful Spirit-filled time!

We are planning on a very special Mother’s Day Sunday. We will have a Mother’s Day choir, we will be drawing for restaurant gift certificates and we will be honoring all of our mothers. You will want to be in attendance on this special day.

Prime-timer’s meet on the first and third Thursday’s at noon for a potluck lunch and a time of fun and fellowship. If you are 50 and over you are invited! The ladies meet on Tuesdays at 10AM for Bible study; the men’s prayer breakfast is the third Saturday of the month at the church at 8AM.

The Tribe of faith small group meets at the parsonage on Monday’s at 6:30PM. If you have thought about being in a small group come and visit this one.

Rose Hill birthday’s for May include: Sean Skillern(4th), Jim Moreland (5th), Maxine Wallace & Hunter Montgomery (6th), OD Smothers (10th), Joe Richards (15th), Pat Means (16th), Cynthia Hayes (18th), John Orgler (19th), Lucy Crowe & Pam Mattingly (21st) and Brittany Carter (26th).

Rose Hill anniversaries include: Bob & Pat Means (16th) and Don & Laurie Skillern (24th).

If we missed your birthday or anniversary, or have listed an incorrect date, please let us know so that we can correct it.

If you have a relative or friend who is not attending church and would be a prospect for Rose Hill, please get the contact information to the Pastor and he will make contact.

We are always looking for noteworthy items for the Rose Hill Herald. If you have any suggestions, articles or links you would like to submit, please do so.

And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19)

Thanks for reading the Rose Hill Herald. I trust that it has been a blessing to you.

Pastor Steve Comeans

Rose Hill Church of the Nazarene

11001 Kanis Road

Little Rock, AR 72211


Pastor’s email address: spcomeans@rosehillnazarene.org

Church website: www.rosehillnazarene.org







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