Greetings Brothers and Sisters,
This year has already taught me a lot about life and the Christian experience. I started this year with what I considered a major goal of running/walking three miles a day everyday for the month of January. Having accomplished this goal, I have been reflecting on how I was able to do that. You see, there were many days that I did not want to go outside to run or walk. Sometimes it was cold, sometimes it was wet, sometimes it was wet and cold.
It was especially hard when it was cold, wet, and dark. So I developed a thought that I would tell myself on those days. I would tell myself, you don’t have to do the three miles, just do one. I could usually agree with just doing one. So I would leave home and walk a mile. And inevitably just before I got to the end of the mile, I would say to myself, “Just go for half a mile more.” And after much protest (usually for the first .25 miles) I would agree to go the additional half a mile. Well, you can imagine what happened next. I would find myself 1.55 miles away from my home. At that point there was nothing else to do but make it back home. What’s interesting about that is that I no longer cared about the miles, I just wanted to get home. For some reason, getting back home was and continues to be the strongest motivator. For some reason, I find that I can endure a lot if I set my mind on getting home to my place of safety. One biblical reference that I think captures this experience is Matthew 24:13
- “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” Matthew 24:13 (KJV)
There is a lot going on in life. Many struggles, pains, and suffering. There is loneliness and loss, sadness and sorrow. And in the middle of all of this Jesus himself encourages us all - endure to the end! I recommend to you the entire chapter of Matthew 24. It is remarkable how aligned it is to what is happening in our world today.
Pastor Jorge is traveling this week as he transitions to be with us. So he is not sending a video this week but wants you to know that he is thinking about you. He loves you all and he will have a message for you next week. Until then, come join us for loving fellowship this Sabbath via our Virtual Fellowship (Zoom, Facebook Live). Below is an outline of tomorrow’s program and a few announcements. Stay connected!
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Sabbath February 26, 2021
Online Fellowship - Program Outline
Below are details for our program and Announcements for this week:
- 8:30 am - 9:00 am - A Prelude of Praise (Special Musical Session)
- 9:00 am – 10:00 am - Prayer and Praise (Share your blessings and prayer requests.)
- 10:00 am – 10:20 am - Personal Ministries Time
- 10:30 am – 11:30 am - Sabbath School Lesson (Adults, youth, kids)
- 11:30 am – 11:35 am - Announcements/Feature
- 11:35 am - 11:40 - Special Music
- 11:35 am – 12:00 pm - A Message for Today - “Lord, Help Me Through the Fire!” - Malachi 3:2-3 Elder Cheryl Chavers
- 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm - Fellowship Time
A Prelude of Praise (Special Musical Session)
- Join us each Sabbath morning from 8:30am to 9:00am on Zoom for our prelude of praise. Uplifting music that will start your morning right! Come sing along or hum to the song that blesses you.
Hidden Gems Finders
- Each week I embed a hidden activity within each message with hidden instructions.
- Special mention to Joan B., Hermoine R, Raylene B., Michael G., Mac S (Highest number of responders so far!)
- This week’s gem: What is the profession of this week’s offertory video presentation? Email us the response!
Personal Ministry Opportunities
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Returning Tithe and Offering
- You can continue to return your tithe and offering using one of two options:
- Use Adventist Giving Online - https://adventistgiving.org
- Mail your checks to - Virginia Beach SDA Church, 4136 Holland Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23452
- Offering this week goes to the Local Conference Advance. Check out the feature for the week - Link to This Week’s Offertory Online. Also check out this week’s video presentation as well.
Working Together - Part of the top area of the colony collapsed, and the ants rushed out in an offensive formation. First came the warriors to protect the perimeter. Following the warriors came the workers. The worker ants scouted the breach. Then they began touching antennas and went to work to close the breach.
- The colony worked in unison. Each ant had his or her unique and specific task. It was an emergency, and all placed their backs into it, making sure they restored the nest.
- We can learn a lot about how ants work as a team. They work as one body.
- We are told in the Bible that we are the body of Christ “that there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.” 1 Corinthians 12:25–27
- As a church, when we work together, we can move mountains for His glory. Let us work together today as we give toward our Conference Advance.
Virginia Beach SDA Church
4136 Holland Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23452-1906
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