Cherry Tree

Prineville Christian Church

May 2021 Newsletter

Recalibrate

Merriam Webster:  to calibrate (something) again… systems gradually drift off course so that the navigator periodically needs a fresh point of reference to recalibrate the navigation system.

 

Paul’s letter to the Church at Galatia was written to recalibrate the focus of the Galatian Christians.

In Galatians 1:6 Paul writes I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel.

 

You see,

The good news message Paul had preached in the province of Galatia is summarized in Acts 13:38-39.

” Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.”

 

However,

 As Christians navigated everyday life in the province of Galatia, they encountered many loud and persuasive voices. Voices that distorted the good news and said Jesus and keeping the mosaic law was necessary to be saved.

 

Therefore,

Paul was concerned that they had become confused (Gal. 1:7)

 

So,

Paul wrote to the Galatians in in the hope he could help them recalibrate their focus.

I am concerned,

that we also encounter many loud and persuasive voices. Voices that distort the good news of Jesus and pull us off course.

 

Therefore,

Aron and I invite you to participate with us in a 4-sermon recalibration through the Book of Galatians.

 

We believe,

this recalibration will help us navigate clearly through the cultural fog that causes us confusion.

 

We encourage,

You to read through the book of Galatians a few times in preparation for this study.

                                                                  

See you in church,

                                                                  

Dan & Aron

WINTER IS OVER!

They don’t make font sizes large enough for me to visually convey how loud I’m yelling that statement!

 

No more being confined to the indoors, no more putting on 3 layers just to go start the pickup in hopes that when it’s time to leave it will be 30 degrees inside the cab instead of 20! No more gray days.

 

Winter is over!

 

Now it’s time for green fields, chirping birds and WARM WEATHER!

 

And as I write this (while sitting on the church lawn) I’m filled with joy and excitement for the upcoming days.

 

Proverbs 17:22 says, A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

I feel that verse today as the sun warms my skin and the wind slightly blows.  It seems like the worries I have and the stress of life fades and become manageable.  Now I know it’s not the changing season that causes this joy but God.

 

Psalms 5:11 says, But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

 

And even though there seem like there is so much wrong in this world, and we tend to obsess over these things, it causes our hearts to sink.  So, let’s look at the good, lets focus our minds on Christ, allowing that to lift our spirits…And in turn others.

 

Aron