by Dennis Miller

Do you feel privileged?  I hope so.  Most of us have lived in the political freedom of the United States.  We have benefited from others who sacrificed to gain this freedom.  My travels to various places in the world has shown me the privilege of being a citizen of the United States. 
However, today I am celebrating a different type of privilege.  It comes only to those who follow Jesus Christ.  We have been invited into the eternal Kingdom of God!  God gave us the opportunity and the ability to know eternal truth!  We have been brought from death to life.  Jesus sacrificed Himself so that we might experience abundant life now and forever.  Do you feel privileged?  I hope so.
A few things to note for the weekend:
Korban Miller will join us to assist in leading worship in our weekend services.  Korban is one of our supported missionaries in Poland.  He leads Fusion Camps which train Polish youth music skills while discipling them in the life and teaching of Christ.  It is a great joy to have Korban with us.  By the way, our Poland youth team is in Poland now and preparing to lead English Camp next week! 

Watch the Poland Mission Team Departure HERE!
Beginning this weekend we will close the FLC worship area for two consecutive weeks July 7 and 14.  After this holiday weekend our gym floor is being refinished.  The next weekend worship services held in the FLC will be Sunday, July 21.   In the meantime, we will create more seating space with live worship singing in the Commons.  There will still be tables in the back of the Commons for families with young children to participate in worship.  


This weekend we will look at Matthew 13:1-17. We focus on the question the disciples asked Jesus, "Why do you teach in parables?" We will find that those who seek the truth, live a privileged and abundant life.

Celebrating Life,
Pastor Steve



Matthew 13:1-17 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.”  10 The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”  11 He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heavenhas been given to you, but not to them. 12 Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables:

“Though seeing, they do not see;
    though hearing, they do not hear or understand.
14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:
“‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
    you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
15 For this people’s heart has become calloused;
    they hardly hear with their ears,
    and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
    hear with their ears,
    understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.’

16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.17 For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.

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