August 2017 Newsletter
A Word From Our Director ~ Pastor Andrew Pistone
Luke 18: 9-14
9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and looked down on everyone else: 10 “Two men went up to the temple complex to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee took his stand and was praying like this: 'God, I thank You that I'm not like other people—greedy, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of everything I get.’
13 “But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even raise his eyes to heaven but kept striking his chest and saying, 'God, turn Your wrath from me—a sinner!' 14 I tell you, this one went down to his house justified rather than the other; because everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
The Word of God is so beautiful and rich. This passage of Scripture leaves nothing to the imagination, but prompts us to examine ourselves. Do we have the attitude of the Pharisee or the tax collector?
Many of the Pharisees “trusted in themselves” because they had a self-righteous outlook. They worked very hard to obey the law, and advertised their good works - reminding people that they were not greedy, or adulterous, or unrighteous – like the hated tax collector. They gave a tenth of all they got, and fasted twice a week.
By contrast, Jesus is telling us that the tax collector knew that - as a sinner - he deserved death. The Scripture above from Luke 18 illustrates to us that God's justification belongs to the humble of heart.
It's so easy to look down upon the tax collector who was the obvious sinner, but let's not kid ourselves. God sees our hearts, and a simple prayer - like this tax collector prayed: “'God, turn Your wrath from me - a sinner!'” will be met with open arms from our loving heavenly Father.
You know, God wants us to come to Him with a contrite heart - in repentance - with the trusting attitude of a little child.
I think that this is a clear example of God's grace. Little children are not pretentious. They are dependent and weak and they don't have the capacity to do grand things to EARN God's gift of salvation.
The Pharisees were focused on keeping the law – trying to earn their spot in the Kingdom – and feeling very self-righteous in the process. God tells us to humble ourselves, repent of our sins and receive His GIFT of salvation.
May the Lord continue to bless you as we travel through this journey we call life.
Please pray about becoming a supporter of The Door Of Hope Mission. We are in need of supporters who can help with a monthly donation.
A Word From Pastor Michael
Greetings in the incomparable name of our Lord, Jesus Christ! I pray you all are well and I thank God for your love and support for the community at Door of Hope.
We are just finishing our second study, "Growing in Christ," and it has been a wonderful experience. Watching members of our community grow in the nourishment and admonition of the Lord is a humbling and exciting experience. They have been consistently faithful in getting their lessons done and in working to apply what they have learned. Thank you all so very much for your support which makes this possible.
Our next study is going to be a bear! We're taking things up a notch and digging into Christian doctrine more deeply and broadly than we have to date. We'll be stretching our minds and hearts to become more effective witnesses and servants of our Lord. It really is going to be a new challenge, but one we all look forward to! The study is entitled, “Understanding Biblical Doctrine.” Please pray for us as we move into this new endeavor. Oh, and remember, you are ALWAYS welcome to join us at any of our services - especially the 7:00 pm Wednesday study and our 10:00 am Sunday service. We'd love to have you visit to worship and learn with us.
Speaking of VOLUNTEERS :-). We are always needing volunteers to help us get our newsletter prepared for mailing. We run a little shorthanded on this project and many members of the community stay up all night to meet our deadline. Individual folks or youth groups who could spare a couple of hours (helping with stuffing and sealing) on a Saturday during newsletter crunch time - would be a great blessing.
Just to share: Patti and I marked our 40th wedding anniversary on July 23rd. We praise God for His faithfulness - without which we would have fallen apart long ago. He has sustained, strengthened and supplied us with EVERYTHING we ever needed to continue through this great adventure together. We solicit your prayers for the next 40 :-).
Verses of the Month
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
DOOR OF HOPE THRIFT STORE UPDATE
We are in need of good furniture and antiques that you might want to donate to our ministry, and of course - we continue to take ALL donations with grateful hearts. We can also accept cars, trucks, RVs and boats.
Please come and visit the Door of Hope Thrift Store. We are located at 1611 E. 8th Street, Odessa, TX 79761.
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