January Newsletter

Dear Church,
Happy almost new Year! It is a great privilege to serve the Lord, and that I serve you as God has called us together. We are called by God’s love and mercy to present our bodies a living sacrifice. That means since we have expressed our faith in Jesus, we no longer are the owner, occupier, and lord of our body. We have died to ourselves, and now Christ lives through us. Both to help us, guide us, and protect us. Most of us need protection more from our self than any other. Although there are dangers outside of our own decisions, Satan, others who invite us, entice us, to sin, to go against God’s standard and plan for our life. Rom 12:1-2. Our life now is given over to serve God. Since He loves us so much that he took our sin on His own body and paid the price, death. Now our life should be a living sacrifice to serving him.  Then Paul warns us that we should not keep living like the world.
Then Paul describes how much God and the church help us to live for Him. First God makes us a part of His Body the Church. We are members of one another. No one is more important than anyone else, we are all important to God. We all don’t do all the same things, that could get confusing. Paul makes some comparisons to the physical body, how we have many parts, but they don’t all have the same functions. Here is part of Paul’s instruction: Rom 12:10-18 Show family affection to one another with brotherly love. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not lack diligence; be fervent in spirit; serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer. 13 Share with the saints in their needs; pursue hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep. 16 Be in agreement with one another. Do not be proud; instead, associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own estimation. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Try to do what is honorable in everyone’s eyes. 18 If possible, on your part, live at peace with everyone.
Read all of Romans 12 to get a greater picture. One challenge to the new year is to adjust to the changes in staff and develop a plan of discipleship that helps us grow as a body, and as individuals. We are making some adjustments, to help us in discipleship, we are developing a plan to have home Bible studies. Strategic in location having homes in at least 4 of 5 areas to start with around Airway Heights, the West Plains and even one or two in Spokane. We will not be starting them all at once, we will start one or two at a time, as they are ready and so that we can give support until the facilitators and host families are confident to take it forward.
With lots of other changes needed in our church, we are doing a congregational study and get some current demographics of the 10-mile radius around AHBC. This way we can look at who we are and who lives around us and determine if we are reaching those around us. We also need to become stronger and more diligent in discipleship, Sunday morning studies will continue and even become more diligent in the Study of God’s Word. This hope in our self-study is to find out what our next steps should be to grow believes, including Students, Young and Old and all in between Adults.
Sometimes we choose to change, making decisions and plans that become different for the purpose in doing what we have always been commissioned to do since Jesus ascended to Heaven. Other times, change is thrust upon us by circumstances that are beyond our plans, hopes or other-wise driven to change out of necessity. There are many times this surprises us; it never surprises GOD. He knows and has a plan that includes all the things we can’t plan for. God loves you, His plans for you are good. Jer 29:11  For I know the plans I have for you”—this is the LORD’s declaration—”plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope God always has the plan, and it will always be good at the end of that part of our life, and when we are through seasons of our life and the life of our church. Rom 8:28 We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose. Pray for God’s wisdom to be known among us, pray for peace, as much as we are able. And know that God loves you.
Pastor Dale Jenkins

Financial Matters…          Happy New Year 2019!  I figured this might be a good time to ask if you’ve ever received a bill that caught you off guard. In this case I’m not talking about emergencies.  I just mean a regular monthly bill you didn’t realize would be so much.  Maybe you overspent a bit at Christmas, or the temperature dropped, and the heat bill went up significantly.  Even if you’re faithfully doing your monthly budget, these things can be a real surprise.        Here’s a suggestion to help smooth out these financial shocks. Begin to keep a bit more money in your checking account.  This is separate from your emergency fund.  Basically, on any day of the month, you want to have a buffer to help prevent overdrafts, raiding your savings, or having to wait for the next payday to pay a bill.        Your main savings goal is still to have an emergency fund in place.  The checking buffer is simply a tool to ease paying your monthly bills.  So, it’s ok to start small.  Maybe try to keep $50 in your checking account at the end of the month.  Then build from there, even $5 or $10 each month helps.        The size of the buffer depends on your financial circumstances.  If you’re digging out of debt, you need your dollars to pay it off.  If you are financially healthy with a fully funded emergency fund in place, you might consider having up to one month of bill payments in your checking account at any given time.  Don’t over think this.  Use it if it helps you.  But if it complicates things, then forget about it.        If you’d like some help assessing your finances as we start 2019, contact me at 244-1485 or Frank Sweet at 244-7054.        Will you take the next step?  It’s your call…make it a good one.   God Bless Pastor Leroy

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