ABC Community Connections – Giving Healing

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Hi everybody. What a great week!

– Thursday we enjoyed Christmas Light Up downtown and along with othes from ABC gave out over 300 candy canes to people enjoying the festivities.

– Almost 50 people received CPR training on Saturday and all were very appreciative of ABC’s sponsorship and refreshments that were provided. All indications are that this training will be offered again next year.

– I experienced my first CarolFest on Sunday evening and once again it was well attended and enjoyed by all.

A special thanks to everyone who volunteered with a servant heart this week, giving out candy canes & making the CPR Clinic and CarolFest a success.

Thought of the week:
I got a call the other day from a traveler asking for help getting to Alberta. I sometimes hear from people asking for help with things like food, rent, or gas. Sometimes they come looking for someone to marry them or bury them or give some advise on their relationships. While we are called to be charitable, and these might be noble functions of the church, it seems that many people see the church as a social agency to turn to for assistance more than they see it a place they can find redemption. It seems that nobody comes asking, “What must I do to be saved?” I wonder sometimes if the good intentions of Christians have misrepresented Jesus to the world. Have we portrayed Jesus as just a nice guy, a teacher of morality, a problem fixer, someone to make them feel better, or give them a meal? Or are we presenting Jesus as a Saviour from sin? People, including each of us, are all in greater need of being saved from sin than we are of having a band aid solution to a temporary problem.

Acts 3 tells us about a lame man asking for a handout in front of the Temple. He expected something from the disciples, but what he expected wasn’t what he got. Instead of money, he received healing from Jesus. People don’t need a “feel good Jesus” as much as they need a Jesus who can save them from the power and control of sin that keeps them trapped in dysfunctional lifestyles. What are we going to offer them?

…and you shall name Him Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Matt. 1:21

Coming Up:
Dec. 6: Ladies Study @ church
Lifegroup @ Snider’s 7:30 PM
Dec. 7: WildLife 7:00 PM
Dec. 9: Manor Services 2:30 PM
Dec. 10: Pie & Pizza orders due for YoungLife Fundraiser
Dec. 12: Ladies Night Out 7:00 PM @ G/R Hoogland’s

Pastor Wayne Snider

Armstrong Bible Chapel
2145 Rosedale Ave.
Armstrong BC V0E1B1
250-546-9696 Office
250-351-5761 Cell
sniderman2@msn.com

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