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A Message for You — July 15, 2010

July 15, 2010 // 0 Comments

Are you thirsty? by Pastor Michael Cisler North Kent Bible Church When I was in college, my roommate and I worked for a few hours a day at a package shipping company in Georgia. After four hours of loading boxes on trucks, we would be hot and thirsty. When we got home we would share a pitcher of flavored sugar mixed with water. It was cold and wet and felt very refreshing. Unfortunately, this sense of refreshment only lasted about a minute. After that, we would be very thirsty again and no matter how much of the sweetness we drank, we would still be thirsty. I later learned that the sugar actually made us thirstier because the body uses water to break down the sugar we were consuming. No matter how much of the wrong thing we drank, we remained thirsty. In John chapter four, Jesus has a discussion with an individual about water. They are together at a well, drawing water, and Jesus begins a conversation comparing physical water with a spiritual need. He says in John 4:13-14, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” When we recognize our need to come into a relationship with God and we make a decision to come to Him, we receive this water Jesus is talking about. We receive the gift of holy spirit to help us in our lives and, as Ephesians chapter one says, this gift is a “deposit guaranteeing our inheritance.” This need of God that we have is one that we sometimes attempt to fill with other things. Because these are the wrong things to fill this need, we will always remain thirsty. When we come to Him, we will never be thirsty again.

A Message for You — May 13, 2010

May 13, 2010 // 0 Comments

Living in Kindness by PASTOR MICHAEL CISLER North Kent Bible Church There are a lot of places where we can—and do—spend our time: at home, at the grocery store, at work, at the gym, where we volunteer, at a restaurant… the list could go on. All of these places and many more have in common the fact that there are people there. I realize that this seems a bit elementary, but the truth is sometimes I and others seem to act like there is nobody else around. We can become so consumed with only the thoughts of what we have happening in our lives that we miss the opportunity of kind interaction with others. We find in the second part of a verse in the Bible, Colossians 3:12 specifically, the following phrase: “Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” This standard is given specifically to Christians in this text. A belief in Jesus as Lord ought to change us from being absorbed in only the things of our own lives to being committed to interacting in a positive way with others. If the opportunity arises, do we wait a few more seconds to hold the door open for somebody else or do we continue on our way because we don’t have a few seconds to spare? Do we smile at other customers and employees at the store or do we rush through with our head down to be sure to complete our shopping list? Do we speak kindly to the people with whom we come in contact or do we speak rudely or even ignore them? We have an opportunity regularly to treat others with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. I am going to choose to live that way not only with people I know but also with those I don’t yet know. So when you see someone you don’t know holding the door for you and greeting you with a smile, it may be me. It is my hope that I will also see you doing the same.

A Message for You — March 11, 2010

March 11, 2010 // 0 Comments

Find real hope by MICHAEL CISLER North Kent Bible Church I am learning more and more in life that words have great meaning and that the use of some words can change, bringing a significant change in their effectiveness. Love is one of those words. In one sentence I can say, “I love my wife.” The next, “I love ice cream.” In no way are my priorities, desires or affection the same for both my wife and ice cream. The word love, through use, sometimes loses its rightful meaning. I have realized recently that another word like that is hope. The Bible tells me I can put my hope in God (Psalm 42:5 and 11, and I Timothy 6:17). When I compare that to other things that I hope for, I begin to question its certainty. I hope it doesn’t snow again this winter. I hope the Tigers win the World Series. I hope my children grow up to be responsible teenagers and adults. Where it is my hope it doesn’t snow again this winter, history would suggest it probably will. Where it is my hope the Tigers win the World Series, their achievements last year mixed with off-season roster changes do not stir in me much confidence. Where I hope my children will be responsible in the future, I recognize they will have the ability to make their own decisions and if they are like me, will make some irresponsible ones along the way. If this is the kind of hope the Bible talks about putting in God, it is uncertain, unsure, and in it we can have little confidence. That is not, however, the kind of hope we have in God. Hope has become a word that is much more synonymous with desire than what it really means as we look at the Bible. In the Bible there is certainty and confidence in hope. When we put our hope in God, we are not simply desiring He will be with us, but we are relying on Him to be with us. Part of Hebrews 6:19 says, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Our hope in God is like an anchor that will hold through all of […]

A Message for You — January 7, 2010

January 7, 2010 // 0 Comments

Another resolution by PASTOR MICHAEL CISLER North Kent Bible Church As the days of the New Year begin to pass, so do many promises or resolutions made with appropriate intentions. Gym memberships or home workout equipment purchased start to be neglected because of the reality of tired mornings and busy schedules. The plan to put off some vice that we have held for months or years begins to fade as the stress of life takes its toll both physically and emotionally. The good news is this does not have to be the case. Many times we attempt to fulfill our New Year’s resolutions or goals by our own power and completely by ourselves. However, we do not have to do this. Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” The “him” in this verse is Jesus Christ. As we rely on Jesus, we are able to accomplish great things that we would not be able to do on our own. In being a believer and follower of Jesus, we are able to rely on him for strength in our lives to not only make it through difficult times but also be able to make purposeful, beneficial changes in our lives. When we make the choice to follow him, we also receive the spirit of God which gives us self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). This self-control is a great blessing as we attempt to make changes in our lives through New Year’s resolutions. It would seem then that along with our other resolutions and goals for the coming year, making Jesus a priority in our lives would be a great benefit as well. He can bring great strength and self-control as we rely on him. Now would be a good time to resolve to trust in him with all your heart.

United Bank begins annual Dress the Dolls

October 22, 2009 // 0 Comments

Girls will be thrilled to find a beautiful doll on Christmas Day, thanks to the efforts of the community and United Bank. Dolls are now available to the public, or businesses who are invited to take a doll home and dress it, as elaborately or simply as desired. The best-dressed dolls will be chosen for recognition before being delivered to the North Kent Service Center for distribution to struggling families. For several years the bank has brought this popular program to Rockford and in past years dolls have come complete with a pony and cowgirl outfit, dressed in Rockford athletic theme, with a sleigh and in a theme representing area businesses. After being dressed and returned to the bank, the dolls will remain on display at the bank before going to the center and becoming some child’s favorite Christmas gift. For more information, visit United Bank or call (616) 863-6081.

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