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Coming Events

Monday, May 9, 2016, 5:30 PM
SOJ Youth Serve Open Door meals
SOJ Youth serve Open Door meals at the Grange, 6:00 P.M. Please sign up on the kiosk to bring food and/or serve.  Click Here for more information.
Sunday, May 22, 2016, 2:00 PM
Annual Church Picnic
Our annual Congregational Picnic will be held Sunday afternoon, May 22 at Ramona Oaks Park. We'll share in BBQ and music, games, and swimming. This will be a great time for the whole family, so put this date on your calendar and come and join us for a fellowship time together.

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Do You Know Magdalena?

She's a 7-year-old girl in Tanzania, and our Sunday School Missions Mile of Pennies has been supporting her since 2009. We need your pennies.  Click Here  to see how easy it is to help.

Prince of Peace
Prince of Peace by Akiane, age 8 
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Liar, Lunatic, or Lord

Recent archeological & textual discoveries continue to affirm that the Gospels are a reliable account of a historical event. Thus Jesus' remarkable claims about his identity present a growing challenge to each one of us. A few of His claims:

John 4:25-26: I am the Messiah.
John 5:16-18: Made himself equal with the Father.
John 6:47-51: Believe in me and have everlasting life.
John 8:58-59: I AM.
John 9:35-38: I am the Son of God.
John 10:25-30: I and my Father are one.
Mark 2:10: The Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.
Matt 25:31-46: The Son of Man will judge the nations.

 
In his great book, Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis posed  his famous "Trilemma:" Jesus must either be a liar, a lunatic, or Lord:

"I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronising nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to. ... Now it seems to me obvious that He was neither a lunatic nor a fiend: and consequently, however strange or terrifying or unlikely it may seem, I have to accept the view that He was and is God." (Lewis, C.S., Mere Christianity, London: Collins, 1952, p54-56)

What about you? Have you decided who Jesus is? Let me know.

Gospel Reading for
Sunday, May 1

John 14:23-29 - Jesus answered him, "If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the …
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“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!”
Philippians 2:5-8

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