Malmo News

Falling Rain

Sounds as though most of the locals have their crops in by now, and I suppose it’s nearly perfect timing as the rain begins.
It’s a soft, misty sort of rain and it’s beautiful. For now.

School bus

Rain.

 

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Psalm Two

Psalm 2
1 Why do the nations conspire
and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth rise up
and the rulers band together
against the LORD and against his anointed, saying,
3 “Let us break their chains
and throw off their shackles.”
4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord scoffs at them.
5 He rebukes them in his anger
and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
6 “I have installed my king
on Zion, my holy mountain.”
7 I will proclaim the LORD’s decree:
He said to me, “You are my son;
today I have become your father.
8 Ask me,
and I will make the nations your inheritance,
the ends of the earth your possession.
9 You will break them with a rod of iron;
you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”
10 Therefore, you kings, be wise;
be warned, you rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the LORD with fear
and celebrate his rule with trembling.
12 Kiss his son, or he will be angry
and you and your ways will be destroyed,
for his wrath can flare up in a moment.

Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
I am reminded this morning that the Lord sit’s enthroned above all earthly kings and kingdoms, and though we may conspire and make great and mighty plans, it is the Lord who has the final say. He will choose whom he will choose and bless and curse those he chooses to bless and curse.

There is comfort in this as we face the magistrates of this world with our ways that may be different than the ways of this world. They may expect things from us that our faith will not allow us to give them, and so we stand with our understanding of scripture and our obedience to our king. Even though we may suffer for our belief, our God stands above all earthly kings and rulers. There is our hope.

“Kiss his son, or he will be angry
and you and your ways will be destroyed,
for his wrath can flare up in a moment.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.”

He seems a quick tempered God here, but perhaps where it involves his son he is very sensitive. His wrath can flare up quickly for those who refuse to love His son. I realize that in this passage it refers to Gods man in place for that time, but perhaps it translates down through history and time to be applicable to his son, Jesus Christ as well. Indeed blessed are those who take and find refuge in him, rather than mock him or hate him.

Blessed indeed are we.
“Father I see that your love for the Son is great and you have very little patience for those who mock your son. That manner of love is swift and jealous and passionate. I lift up to you those of my friends who still prefer to mock you and hate you because of their own hurts and failures to choose love over pain and hate.
I desire to take refuge in you and in your provision for me for this day. Lead me in the ways I need to go today, and help me to be brave and fearless as you lead me, in spite of those who may think differently than I do about these things.
Lead, provide, and bless me as I draw near to you this day, and provide the same gifts for those who follow after me I pray.
Amen”

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Mother’s Day

This Sunday is Mother’s Day. It always seems to sneak up on me. Maybe because I’m a farmer and ‘May’ is just synonymous with ‘busy’. Or maybe it’s because we haven’t had much spring weather yet to remind us that Mother’s Day is coming? Whatever the reason, it really doesn’t matter because the day is almost here!

white gerb

I’ve been thinking a lot about my mom lately. How much she means to me and how I just don’t tell her as much as I should. You know that verse in Proverbs 31 (a chapter that we as women sometimes make fun of?). Well verse 28 says, “Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.” Well I can truly say this verse of my Mom. She is a living example of the grace & love of God, lived out daily in her life. And I am so blessed because she is…AND I should tell her that!

I don’t usually enjoy poetry much – I often think it’s quirky & corny…but I found this verse about Moms, and thought that it was worth sharing.

A mother who always cares,
A mother who’s always there.
A mother who always prays,
A mother who always stays.
When things get rough,
When life gets tough,
When all is just too much to bear,
God’s Word she shares.
God’s light she shines.
So blessed God made this mother mine.
~ Author unknown

This Sunday, bring your Mom & come out & worship with us! We’ll have a special treat, just for the ladies, to remind them how beautiful & special they are!

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Prayer for Planting Season

Pastor Randall wrote this prayer for our church, as we’re entering this Springtime & the many different demands that are on us. Whether you farm in the field or work in an office or are busy in your home – this prayer acknowledges and redirects our thoughts and attitudes toward our God who is in control of ALL things. Take some time to read this prayer & make it your own today.

Prayer for Planting Season

Father, we are a church planted in a field.
And though our own fields may be in different places
we are still, in many ways, people connected to the land.

For our food and sustenance, for our daily bread, we give you thanks.
For the strength to work in our fields of service, we give you thanks.
For this place, a gathering place in a field with roots that go down over a hundred years,
we thank you Lord for those who have worked here, before us.

Now oh Lord, we ask that you would again, bless the land.
Bless the seeds and the earth.
Bless the skies and the sun and the rain.
Bless the workers with safety and the
wisdom to know,
when enough is enough.
Oh Lord, bless this season.

It is good for us to stop and to remember and to say it out loud,
that our life comes from you Lord, and not from our fields.

So thank you Father, for whatever you’ll do with the work that we’ve done.
We know that without your blessing, we will struggle.
And without seasons of drought, we forget to pray.

So we’ll take what you give, just as you give it,
for you are our Father and you only give good gifts.
Though we tremble a bit, because we want what we want,
We choose to entrust this year to you, because of your great love for us.
And so we ask for the Blessing.

Father, Bless this year.
Amen.
R.F.

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At the Fauzi Azar Inn. Nazareth.

Slept for ten hours last night. Thanks for prayers.

Here are some photos from the place we are staying at in Nazareth. Very beautiful in spite of the drought this place is in right now.

This place is filled with warm generous people. I’m loving it.

Fauzi Azar Inn, Nazareth

Fauzi Azar Inn, Nazareth

Fauzi Azar Inn, Nazareth

Fauzi Azar Inn, Nazareth

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Where does my help come from?

Good morning! How y’all doing today? I know it’s cloudy & life is busy…but it is still a day to “rejoice & be glad, because we’re not alone…

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.” – Psalm 121:1&2

This Sunday we’ll continue rejoicing together with a family, as they bring their sweet baby boy to the Lord in dedication. We’ll also be hearing an update from the Gideons.

Looking forward to worshipping with you all on Sunday! See you then!

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Adventures in Leadership

Adventures in Leadership is a leadership program for high school kids going into grades 10-12, organized and led by our denomination. It involves Christian leadership training in a wilderness setting (partially at Covenant Bay Bible Camp, but mostly the rocky mountains west of there). It runs from August 5-12.

Up to two young people from our church can go. Weston Vickery went last year and it was a great experience for him. If you have any questions about the Adventures in Leadership experience, you could ask him.

The deadline for applications is May 13th. Malmo Covenant Church will cover a portion of the costs involved. If you are interested (or you are interested on behalf of your child) please talk to Pastor Marc.

For more information on Adventures in Leadership, please follow this link: Adventures in Leadership

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Reading Mark with Marc – The Final Week: Chapter 16

We’re wrapping up our “Reading the Gospel of Mark with Marc”. The final chapter this week is Chapter 16. Here’s this weeks questions:

In terms of the details of this event, what is significant about who came to Jesus’ tomb and who witnessed where he was buried (15:47)?
Why were the women afraid to tell anyone about what they saw?

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading through this gospel together with us. Give us your comments & feedback on what you thought about doing this together. Was it helpful as you walked towards Easter? Did you use it as a family, or by yourself? Any other comments?

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He Is Risen

He is RISEN…he is risen INDEED!

Matthew 28:5 & 6
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.

A day for celebration! A day for gratitude & rejoicing of all our Saviour has done for us! Come celebrate with us at our Easter Sunday Morning service! Sunday School at 9:45am & Worship Service at 11:00am

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