Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Art Modrzejewski

Today, we bid a fond farewell to our beloved Art Modrzejewski.  His favorite scripture was Psalm 91, also known as the Soldier's Psalm:

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.  Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.  He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust:  his truth shall be thy shield and buckler...

Sunday, October 25, 2009

The Blessings of Salvation

Our Speaker during Family Bible Hour was Mr Dale Schreiber, Missionary to Muslims. The title of his message was "The Blessings of Salvation"; and the text used was Ephesians 1: 1-14

Paul, an apostle of Jesu Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:  Grace be to you, and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ...
What are the blessings of salvation in Jesus Christ? Here is a quick re-cap:
I.  Our election in Christ; we were chosen by God

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love....  verse 4

II.  Our adoption into God's family; we are the children of God

Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will... verse 5

III.  Our redemption in Christ; we've been set free from the bondage of sin

In whom we have redemption  through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace... verse 7

IV.  Our inheritance in Christ; we have a spiritual inheritance with its benefits through Christ; and, God inherited US.

In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will... verse 11

The complete message is available through DVD.  Please see Romy.
We welcome our guest, Lita.  She moved to Hoffman Estates from Fremont, California. 

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Micah 6

Our speaker today was Mr Ken Botton,   Mr Botton has three main ministries: Part-time Professor at Trinity International University; Manager of the Military Chaplaincy Program for the Brethren Assemblies; and Associate Chaplain at O'Hare Airport. He's shown here with his wife, Patty. Welcome back to Park Manor Bible Chapel, Mr and Mrs Botton!   Click here for their previous visit with us.

His message was based on Micah 6:8 --
He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God...
What does it mean to "...walk humbly with thy God"?  For our example in the Old Testament, let's take a look at Moses in Numbers 12:3 --
Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.

Moses' life can be divided into 3 parts: 
1. 40 years in Pharaoh's palace (look at me, how good I am)
2. 40 years in the backside of the desert (look at me, how desolate I am)
3. 40 yeas making History (don't look at me, look at God)

Moses' encounter with God began with his encounter with the burning bush (Exodus 3).  Here are two principles we can learn from that encounter:

1.  On fire with God, not for God.  Humbleness is God living in us .  As Jesus says in John 15, He is the vine, we are the branches.
2.  God wants our availability, not our ability. We need to be empty of ourselves, but filled to overflowing with God. Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2)  Note that when Peter was miraculously taken out of prison (Acts 12), his role was to simply get up, get dressed, and walk.  God did the rest (the impossible portion).

Mr Botton's full message is available on DVD.
Please see Romy for availability.


Here's a picture of Ryan Alderson with his Mom, Karen Yoder.
Ryan's mother was in town to celebrate Ryan's recent engagement to his fiancee, Amy D.  The wedding is set for next August.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Today at Park Manor Bible Chapel

Our speaker during Family Bible Hour was Dr Steve Witter, Vice President of Emmaus Bible College, Iowa.  Welcome, Mr Witter!

His text was Judges 14:1-11
And Samson went down to Timnath and saw a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines.  And he came up, and told his father and his mother, and said, I have seen a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines: now therefore get her for me to wife...Then went Samson down, and his father and his mother to Timnath...
The passage shows us Samson's steps to conformity with this world, instead of choosing to live for God.
(A) He relied on his youthful desires and judgement to be his guide, instead of Scripture
Then his father and his mother said unto him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines?  And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well. 
(B) He hid God's giftedness so that he may enjoy the life of conformity.
Then went Samson down, and his father and his mother, to Timnath, and came to the vineyards of Timnath: and, behold, a young lion roared against him.  And the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and he rent him as he would have rent a kid, and he had nothing in his hand:  but he told not his father or his mother what he had done. 
(C) Though he made the vow of a Nazarite (see Numbers 6), he lived as close to the edge of sin as possible.

And after a time he returned to take her, and he turned aside to see the carcase of the lion: and, behold, there was a swarm of bees and honey in the carcase of the lion.  And he took thereof in his hands, and went on eating, and came to his father and mother, and he gave them, and they did eat: but he told not them that he had taken the honey out of the carcase of the lion.

A copy of Mr Witter's full message in DVD form  is available in the foyer.  See Romy.

We welcome the Lim Family: Jonathan & his wife, Erin; their children Ethan and Maisey.  They're shown below with Grandpa Young and Grandma Bong:

Important Reminder:

Please refer to the Prayer Corner List  issued with your bulletin.  All on the list would appreciate your fervent prayers on their behalf.
  • In particular, please pray for  the health needs of  Mr Art Modrzejewski and Mrs Lina Rivera 

  • Awana starts this Tuesday.  Pray that the Gospel will be preached faithfully, in season and out of season.