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Dear Mr. Rennert,

I am writing to you concerning our discussion flying to Jamaica and back, which may or may not have been of some eternal significance. After further consideration, let me give you my organized thoughts on our topic of discussion. You remember, don’t you? Our topic of discussion was:

(ooo-ooo-ooo-eee-ooo-strange music in the background)

“THE INTERRELATEDNESS OF THE CURVATURE OF THE EARTH AND THE SEC-OND COMING”

Just in case somebody out there in Newsletter land doesn’t recognize this tongue-in-cheek Pitzerism, then let me state that this is a strange brand of humor and not to be confused with real life. If you need a serious moment, let me say, HEY – if you have been loafing spiritually in 2012 or longer, then get yourself back in church and Sunday school right now! Now that we have the serious stuff behind us, what about –

“THE INTERRELATEDNESS OF THE CURVATURE OF THE EARTH AND THE SEC-OND COMING”

Knowing, as we do Mr. Rennert, that the world is round and not flat, then we also know that if you are in a jet liner flying to faraway places like Jamaica, it is possible to notice the curvature of the earth which our senses can receive intellectually and we may be struck by the wonder and the awe of God’s creation. It depends, of course, on whether we are a spiritu-al “slugs”, or not.

But, let us pretend that none of us are spiritual “slugs” and that we can be awed and humbled by the sheer size and beauty of creation and especially as we noticed this curvature of the earth from a jet 40,000 feet above sea level. And while moving at 500 miles an hour, 40,000 feet above sea level (sure hope the plane don’t crash!!!) we are brushed by the thought that Jesus is coming again and we begin to speculate on the mechanism of His Second Com-ing.

Two men said that Jesus would return the same way he went ( Acts 1:10-11). Well, the way I figure it, Mr. Rennert, is that Jesus is going to appear in a Boeing “Dreamliner” or an AirBus jet someplace over Tel Aviv en route to Jerusalem. So, what we have here is an “ACT OF GOD” which is another way of explaining an awkward event that allows for no rational explanation. An inexplicable appearance.

We also know, Mr. Rennert, that according to scripture, the second coming of Jesus will be an appearance in power and might. No more of this suffering servant stuff, but He will be coming as King with power to straighten up this mess we have concocted. Are you with me so far, Mr. Rennert? Hmmmmm? Let’s push this thought a little farther. Extrapolate with me. Let me show you why Jesus would have to come in power this time.

First, quite simply, what if . . . Jesus were to arrive at the passport office in any coun-try and try to explain who he was, and how come He had no birth certificate. Knowing, as we all do, about government bureaucracy; we know that there would be no shock, no astonishment, but simply blind bu-reaucratic impossibility (This cannot be, you simply do not exist!). Jesus could stand there producing miracles all day long, but at the close of the business day, if He had not miraculously produced a birth certificate, no passport.

And then there are “credit cards”!

Well, at least, Jesus wouldn’t have to worry about receiving all those obnoxious invitations from American Ex-press, Discover, Master Card, and Visa, or the gift catalogs that seem to go with these solicitations.

Think about this, Mr. Rennert, as you contemplate the majesty of God’s creation and as you look with wonder at the curvature of the earth far below.

Can you imagine Jesus appearing in a brand new Boeing “Dreamliner” over Tel Aviv or any place along the “curvature of the earth?” Can you imagine Him getting off the plane with no passport, no credit cards, no birth certifi-cate, armed only with the power to rise from the dead?! We think that “NO ROOM IN THE INN” was tough! His Second Coming presents problems that can only be solved by a real “Act of God”!

And for that matter, why would He need to use a jet anyway. Surely the Son of God can navigate the skies un-der His own power, somewhat like Iron Man, since He did it in Acts chapter one. Then he also wouldn’t have to hang around in grungy airports waiting for overdue and cancelled flights, not to mention lost luggage and strip searches.

But, flying under his own power presents problems of its own. Consider this, two thousand years ago the world was not up-to-its-ears in air-traffic controllers, radar, missile warning systems, or Iranians with machinery more complicated than a wheel barrow. As I said, Mr. Rennert, “NO ROOM IN THE INN” was a “piece of cake!”

It is no wonder, Mr. Rennert, that the Second Coming of Christ will be with power and might. It will require the power and might of an “ACT OF GOD” just to get on the ground, not to mention getting past customs! I hope that I have satisfactorily spoken to the topic of our discussion:

THE INTERRELATEDNESS OF THE CURVATURE OF THE EARTH AND THE SECOND COMING.

See you in church . . . . . Jack

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9:00 Worship
9:30 Trusting God for the rest of the day!!
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 Let Your Light Shine in Haiti

June 3-14, 201314, 2013

We have members traveling to the Haiti Or-phanage and Medical Outreach facility.

If you would like more information about the Haiti Mission trip, contact Ashlyn Nickerson at 791791–4882.4882
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New BOOK!

The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson

9:15 Adult Sunday School Class

Room 5 (behind the large sanctuary)

“Praying circles around your biggest dreams & greatest fears! Dream big, pray hard and find out why it’s important for us to do this!!
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EASTER CHOIR REHEARSAL

CALLING ALL SINGERS REHEARSALS EACH WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT 7:00 IN THE CHOIR ROOM – WE NEED
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STARTING FEBRUARY 3RD

Renovation of the Heart

by Dallas Willard

Discover that the life Jesus calls us to live IS possible

We CAN put off the old person and put on the new!

We CAN walk in wholeness, holiness and never again live in spiritual & personal defeat!

Dan Rennert, facilitator

Adult Class

9:15 AM Room 4 (behind the large sanctuary)

 

 

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