Friday
May162014

This Week at Bristol . . . "Less is More"

Sometimes it takes only a few words to make a point. For instance, if someone screams “fire,” it is not necessary to consult a manual for instructions. When someone says in a loud voice, “watch out,“ we know that there needs to be caution. Or, consider a golfer who yells, “Fore!” You get the point.
 
Have you ever considered how Jesus said some very powerful truths with a few words? Read the Sermon on the Mount, or His conversation with the rich young ruler about eternal life (Mark 10). Reflect on the story of the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16), or of the woman at the well (John 4).
 
You might be amazed how Jesus taught many eternal truths with very few words. Sometimes less really is more, and He proved it.
 
This Sunday we are going to take a few minutes (literally) and look at what Jesus said to His disciples when He inaugurated the Lord’s Supper on the last evening of His life. A reading of Matthew 26, Mark 14, and Luke 22 finds Jesus describing the importance of the Lord’s Supper using as few as twenty-eight words and as many as sixty words.
 
This Sunday is Communion Sunday and I hope you will join others as we focus on the importance of the bread and the cup as taught by Jesus.
 
You are deeply loved,
 
Pastor Terry

 

Friday
May092014

This Week at Bristol . . . Hannah, A Model for Motherhood

The Book of Judges ends with a sad commentary, “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit.” (Judges 21:25) That is the world in which young Samuel was introduced to in 1 Samuel.

Hannah, our Bible character for this Sunday, was a Godly woman married to a very devout man. Elkanah chose to worship the Lord even when many of the Jewish nation were turning their backs on God. He annually took his family to Shiloh to the Lord's tabernacle.

Hannah was deeply saddened because she had no children. In a Jewish culture, if you did not have children you were considered cursed.

Well that all changed on one of those trips to Shiloh. She met with God and made a vow that if the Lord would give her a son, she would give him back to Him for His service all the days of his life. God answered her prayer and she fulfilled her vow. We read in 1 Samuel 2:21, “. . . the boy Samuel grew up in the presence of the Lord.” Samuel was the last of the judges and the first of a new line of prophets after Moses. 

Her named is splashed throughout 1 Samuel 1 and 2, but then she disappears from the pages of scripture. Yet her greatest contribution to the nation of Israel, her son, Samuel, does not disappear. When you carefully study her life, you come to the conclusion that she is a true model for all mothers and all women of faith.

Hannah is a woman from whom we can learn some powerful life lessons. Such as: real Godly women have real problems; real Godly women know how to really pray; real Godly women experience God’s real blessing; real Godly women do what they really say; and, real Godly women know how to really praise the Lord.

I hope you will join us this Sunday, Mother’s Day, for a “Muffins with Mom” fellowship at 9:45 followed by worship as we study a slice of the life of Hannah.

Mothers, you are truly loved! Thank you for being who you are.

Pastor Terry

Wednesday
May072014

"Muffins with Mom" Fellowship this Sunday

Church Family:

This Sunday is MOTHER’S DAY and to help celebrate this special day we are having a special fellowship called, “Muffins with Mom.” We will start at 9:45 in the fellowship area. Muffins and drinks will be served at this family event.

This is going to be a fun time and a small way to celebrate Mother’s Day. Please plan to join us for “Muffins with Mom” happening just prior to our worship!

Remember, this is a fellowship for the entire family!

Many blessings,

Terry Powell, Pastor

Friday
Apr252014

This Week at Bristol . . . Jesus Gives Us a New Name

Upon reading the Bible, you find a variety of names in the Old and New Testaments the Lord gives or specifically calls those who follow Him. Such as: Christians, Sons, Disciples, Jewels (or Treasured Possession), Ambassadors, Friends, Servants, Stewards, Saints and Witnesses.

It is the last name we will examine more closely during our worship this Sunday. One of the places where this word stands out is Acts 1:8. Jesus’ last words to His followers, before His ascension to heaven, was to charge them with the task of taking the Gospel everywhere. As we read in our key verse that includes: Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the whole world.

That task of taking the Gospel everywhere could only be accomplished if His followers were willing to do as He said and “Go.” They went and the result was astounding. In the Book of Acts you find words like “multiplied” (Acts 6:1, 7), and “added” (Acts 2:41, 47, 5:14, and 11:24) that refer to the outcome of their witnessing. People everywhere heard the Good News and followed Jesus.

The exponential growth that we read about in the early church happened because of the witness of the people - their undeniable obedience to the Lord. Following the formula in Acts 1:8 always works.

The lesson this week is a prelude to our “Mission Focus Sunday” next week when Jack and Alysia Kinney and family will be joining us. They will share their journey of following the Lord wholeheartedly as His witnesses.

I look forward to this Sunday. We had a GREAT day on Easter Sunday and we will have a great day this Sunday too.

You are loved,

Pastor Terry

Thursday
Apr172014

EASTER SUNDAY Information

I wanted to bring everyone up-to-date regarding information for the activities on Easter Sunday:

EASTER SUNDAY SCHEDULE . . .

8:45 - Easter Breakfast

9:45 - Easter Egg Hunt

10:10 - “The Resurrection Egg Story” (in the sanctuary)

10:30 - Easter Worship

When you arrive, I would encourage you to park in the lower level parking area. This would free up the main level parking for our guests. If you have walking issues, then please park on the main level.

Also, there will be a number of guests with us on Easter. I would ask you to meet and greet as many “new” faces as possible. There will be time during the breakfast, the Easter Egg Hunt, and prior to and following worship to introduce yourself. Your friendly and genuine smile tells a story!

See you tomorrow evening for the Good Friday service at 6:30 p.m. and Easter Sunday!

Many, many blessings,

Pastor Terry