Sunday, September 27, 2009

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 to Park Manor Bible Chapel, Mr and Mrs Botton!

 Mr Botton's text was Micah 6: 1-8

Hear ye now what the Lord saith...for the Lord hath a controversy with his people, and he will plead with Israel...O my people, what have I done unto  thee?  and wherein have I wearied thee?  testify against me...wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God?  shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old?  Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil?  shall I give my firsborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?  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?
Our study was on the word "mercy", the fraternal twin to the word "justice".  Mercy is usually the fruit of trouble and crisis in one's life.  Because of  trouble/crisis, we learn empathy.  We must also learn to stay connected and pre-occupy ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ. Pray for wisdom on how to deal with the problem.   Do not despise trouble, for it's God working in our lives to draw us to Jesus and be more like Him. 
A DVD of the full message is available on the table in the foyer.

Mr Botton's ministry at Chicago's two major airports (O'Hare and Midway) is called Skyword Ministries, PO Box 68, Deerfield, IL  60015-0068.  The Christian Protestant Services schedule is as follows:

Midway Airport Chapel:  Concourse C -Mezzanine Level.  Sundays, 10:00 am & 12:00 noon

O'Hare Airport Chapel: Terminal 2 - Mezzanine Level. Sundays 10:00 am & 12:00 noon

Our Guests today

We welcome the Titus Family today.  Below are pictures of  Baby Riya Titus with her parents, Bob and Sharen.  We were also pleasantly surprised by the presence of Abby Curiel.  She was in town to cheer on the Minnesota Gophers against the Northwestern Wildcats.  Click on this link,  College Football , for details on the game.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Our speaker during Family Bible Hour was Mr Steve Modrzejewski.  

His message was based on Acts 18:23-28 and Acts 19:1-20. From these passages, we learn the following: 
(A) The servant of Christ must learn to be teachable:

And a certain Jew named Apollos,  born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scripture, came to Ephesus.  This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.  And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue:  whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.
(B)  The servant of Christ must be ready to preach the Word and live the Word

And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God.  But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus.  And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.

Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. ~ 2 Timothy 4: 2
(C)  The servant of Christ needs to remember that the battle is not against flesh and blood:

Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.  And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so.  And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?  And the man in whom the evil spirit was leapt on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.  And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.

(D)  The servant of Christ must remember that true faith comes at a cost:

And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds.  Many also of them which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men; and they counted the price of them , and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.  So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.
Our challenge for the week:  Am I teachable? Am I living the Word daily?  Do I put on the whole armor of Christ?  Am I ready to pay the cost of following Him?  May we each go before the Lord to make us useable in His hands as we do His work.

College Students

Please remember to pray for our  college students:  Ryan Alderson, Abby Curiel, and Camille Escobar. Pray for their academic success, as well as their safety while away from loved ones.
Ryan Alderson is currently attending Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois.  He is pursuing a Masters Degree (Masters of Divinity). 

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Our Speaker during Family Bible Hour was Mr Steve Modrzejewski.  His message was based on Acts 12: 1-17.

Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church.  And he killed James the brother of John with the sword.  And because he saw it pleased  the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread).  And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.  Peter therefore was kept in prison:  but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.  And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains:  and the keepers before the door kept the prison.  And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison:  and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly.  And his chains fell off from his hands.  And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals  And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me...

Lessons learned from this passage:
  • God is sovereign in ALL circumstances
  • God's peace should rule in a servant's life
  • God has a specific role (Peter's chain fell off after the angel smote him on the side)
  • Servants of God also have a role (Peter got up, put his clothes/shoes on, and followed the angel
  • God's answers prayers, though the answer may seem surreal, or dream-like.  Thank Him!
Challenge for the upcoming week:   Pray for the members of the Body of Christ experiencing persecution (remember India, Indonesia, North Korea, Myanmar, Assembly in Bucharest, etc).

  • that  God might use His Holy Spirit to minister His Word in times of need
  • for God's protection in their battles against principalities, powers, rulers of darkness, and spiritual wickedness in high places
  • for deliverance from persecution, if it's the Lord's will
  • that they may be set free or re-united with with their loved ones 
Kristi's graduation from College was celebrated with a cake today.  Miss Bee purchased a fresh strawberry cake with white icing; and decorated with  flowers of various colors. It was even decorated with musical notes.  It was pretty; and it was delicious!

Steve M. said a prayer for her continued success according to God's will.  Romy E. allowed himself a few proud-daddy moments as he boasted of Kristi's hard work and many accomplishments.

 Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Zachary, Grandson of Bill B

Lee Family: Chang Suk & Young Ae
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