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Weekly Update for March 8, 2023


Many times I wish I could unsend some of the emails I have composed. I will send something and wish that I had not hit that “send” button. This often leads to sorrow and an apology I make to the person to whom I sent the email. Yet each time it happens, I feel I grow in my discernment about what should or shouldn’t be handled by email, and these sorrowful feelings and apologies happen much less often now than they used to occur years ago.
            The apostle Paul felt the same way with one of the letters he sent to the believers in the city of Corinth. “For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death” (2 Corinthians 7:10, NASB).
            The specific event that Paul is referring to here is the third letter that he wrote to the believers in the city of Corinth. That third letter was carried by Titus (2 Corinthians 7:8-12)[1] and was direct and severe in its criticism of the Corinthians. In that letter Paul rebuked the Corinthians for tolerating a sinning member in the congregation. After sending it, apparently Paul wished he had not sent it.
            In 2 Corinthians 7:10 Paul tells his readers that the sorrow that the world feels is pointless while the sorrow that Christians feel has a purpose. When Christians make mistakes we have a purpose in our growth which is to become more like Christ each and everyday. “When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory” (Colossians 3:4).
            For Christians, the point of our sorrow is growth. Paul had learned how his letter hurt the Corinthians and as a result Paul grew through that experience. “If we want to succeed in life and to learn from our losses, we must be able to face reality and use it to create a foundation for growth”[2] We too, each day, have opportunities to grow in our faith. Sometimes it comes through our mistakes, but those mistakes bring sorrow that makes us grow more like Christ. 

Christopher L. Scott

[1] Paul wrote four letters to the believers in the city of Corinth. The first letter was lost and we do not have it (see 1 Corinthians 5:9). The second letter is what we often call “1 Corinthians” which Paul wrote from Ephesus (see 1 Corinthians 16:8). The third letter is this “sharp” letter that Paul wrote and which Titus delivered to the believers in Corinth (see 2 Corinthians 7:1-18). The fourth letter is what we often call “2 Corinthians” which Paul wrote seven months after 1 Corinthians.
[2] John C. Maxwell, Sometimes You Win—Sometimes You Learn (New York, NY: Hachette Book Group, 2013), 41.
-Church missionaries: Nickel, Futch Family, and Tice Family
-Joe V is home and recovering. Thank you for your prayers. 
-Safe travels for John B. and for his grief of his friend
-Georgine's granddaughter, Natasha as she travels
-First responders and Youth Dynamics
-Jenna's friend, Cassandra and Cassandra's son
TIME CHANGE. Just a reminder to "spring forward" your clocks as Daylight Saving Time begins March 12th.
CHURCH POTLUCK. Our next potluck will be on March 12. 

SUNDAY PRAYER. Our church is dedicating 10am-10:20am as a time of prayer in the small mother's nursing room in the back of the auditorium. If you'd like to join others for dedicated prayer time, please enter through the front door and join others for prayer.
MEN'S BREAKFAST. Saturday, March 25th at 9am we will have a breakfast organized by the men of our church. Please bring your Bible and bring your appetite cause we're going to eat and look at God's Word together as Pastor begins a series of messages for the men of our church.
UPCOMING EVENTS. Good Friday Service, April 7th at 12pm. Resurrection Sunday Breakfast, April 9th at 9:30am. Resurrection Sunday Service, April 9th at 10:30am.
You can listen to past sermons on our website or through your favorite podcast app such as Apple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts, and many others. If you prefer to watch past sermons they are available on our YouTube channel.
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Moses Lake, WA 98837

Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE, © Copyright The Lockman Foundation 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995. Used by permission.

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