Category: Thursday Church Meeting


Poopie Jars

Woohoo!  I’m doing the blog post on time this time!  Take that, procrastination!

We had a super-awesome meeting last night at the Campbell’s house.  Marty and Janee served us a great dinner of spaghetti, garlic bread, and green beans, and we had a good time catching up with each other.

We had a visitor from Conway last night (Hi, Amy!), and we prayed for her ministry, her family, and her well-being before she had to leave (it takes about an hour and a half to get to Conway from Arkadoo).   At that point we talked a lot about several “divine appointments” that we’ve had in the past week, something we had asked God to provide at our last Thursday meeting.  Brandon and Adam both talked about faith and how God has been cultivating it in their lives.  Becky brought some of Jeremiah 9 to the group and we focused on a couple of verses:

23This is what the LORD says:

“Let not the wise boast of their wisdom
or the strong boast of their strength
or the rich boast of their riches,
24 but let the one who boasts boast about this:
that they have the understanding to know me,
that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness,
justice and righteousness on earth,
for in these I delight,”
declares the LORD.

We talked about how boasting in the Lord rather than in things is a theme running throughout the Old and New Testaments.  It reminded me of how King David got in big trouble for ordering a census.

1 Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel. 2 So David said to Joab and the commanders of the troops, “Go and count the Israelites from Beersheba to Dan. Then report back to me so that I may know how many there are.”  3 But Joab replied, “May the LORD multiply his troops a hundred times over. My lord the king, are they not all my lord’s subjects? Why does my lord want to do this? Why should he bring guilt on Israel?”

It doesn’t make sense at first why David was sinning in simply counting the people.  We do that every ten years here in the USA!  The problem that I see is that David was relying on his numbers to bring him victory rather than relying on the Lord.

After this, David (Owens, not King) led us in a remembrance and celebration of Maundy Thursday.   We read Scriptures relating to Passover and the Lord’s Supper and washed one another’s feet.  (We talked about the fact that the jars that Jesus used to turn water into wine at the wedding were the kind used for this purpose.  Jesus took the poopie jars and turned them into something set apart.)  We sang hymns to the Lord while washing the feet of our brothers and sisters in Christ.

1It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

7 Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”

Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”

10 Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.

12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them…

33“My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come.

34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13: 1-17, 33-35)

Thursday night church rocks!  (I was getting tired beginning a post with, “We met at so and so’s house…”)

We feasted on red beans and rice, brownies, and cookies and cream ice cream.  Yum!  The Owens family joined us and we greatly enjoyed their company.

We did some catching up with each other (during which time we found out that a certain member of our fellowship dislikes the word “placenta”) and then started a conversation concerning discipleship.  We discussed our personal history with “discipleship” in the Church, a lot of stories of curriculum with very little personal relationship.   It seems that many of us had very little actual “discipleship” in our spiritual history, which is quite sad.  We discussed some elements that we felt we crucial to genuine discipleship, like prayer, accountability, and Bible study.  We talked about how building the desire to bring other people closer to Christ is imperative for multiplication.    Discipleship also shouldn’t be all talk and no action; we should be teaching servanthood (teaching by example could work well here).

We prayed for one another as well as people we know.  We discussed adding a “prayer” section to the blog, and the family seemed to take to the idea.

Question:  What are some things that you think are necessary for discipleship?

Caaaaaake!

I realize the pickings have been a bit slim here at arkadelphiahousechurch.com, but now that Spring Break is over, we should be able to get back on track.  I still need recipes and fodder for our Thursday posts, so hop to it!  Here is a short but sweet recap of last night’s meeting:

We had a wonderful meeting at the Campbell’s house last night!  April and Les brought Taco Soup, and we celebrated Brittney’s birthday with some cake and ice cream.  We caught up with each other, as Spring Break screwed with our regular meetings a bit.  We also talked about baptism and sprinkling, following religious leaders instead of Christ, and celebrated the continued healing of several members of our body.  We prayed for each other and went home.

Happy Friday!

Cogitating…

We met at the Campbell’s house last night for the our marriage enrichment series.  April whipped up a mean batch of beef enchiladas for us to share for dinner.  We sat down to eat and had a great time catching up with each other.

We talked a little about budgeting, which was our marriage enrichment topic of the night.  How does budgeting enrich your marriage?  A major cause of couple conflict is money issues.  When a couple makes a plan together on how to spend/save their income, the fighting decreases.  We talked as a group about what has worked and what hasn’t worked in our budgeting lives.  Putting one person “in charge” of budgeting hasn’t apparently worked for us.  For some of us, taking out cash for our variable purchases has worked well to control spending.  Communication about how money is being spent seemed to be the number one positive way to deal with budget issues.

We also talked about some of the ways that we’ve seen God moving recently.  Adam now has a job.  (Yay!)  We’ve seen some healing of depression.  One of our members is getting some much needed medical help.  These have all been recent matters that we’ve brought before the Lord in prayer, and they are all being answered.  Praise the Lord!

We ministered to some members of our body who had a need, and then we all had to get tired children to bed.

Lurv languages

We met at the Campbell house last night for our regularly scheduled Thursday meeting.  We had a meal of red beans and rice soup and continued our marriage enrichment series.

In light of the coming holiday, we had a discussion on Gary Chapman’s Five Love Languages.  They are:

Words of Affirmation
Quality Time
Gifts
Acts of Service
Physical Touch

We talked about each of these in detail (read Chapman’s book for a full recapitulation) and took inventories to discover what our “love languages” are.  We also discussed that the inventory may simply be identifying which of the acts of love that you are not receiving on a regular basis.  We also handed out Romance Inventories, which are questionnaires that can be used to start conversation on the topic of romance.

After the surveys and questionnaires were completed and discussed, we prayed together and dispersed.

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