First Christian Church
701 East Stone Road
Wylie, Texas 75098
Sunday School 9:30 AM
Sunday Worship 10:45 AM
Pastor's Pen for Sunday March 25, 2018
Few portions of Scripture have so profoundly influenced the human race as Isaiah 52:13 through 53:12. When George F Handel was composing the oratorio Messiah, a servant found him with his head on the table weeping, moved to tears by Isaiah 53:5, "He was wounded for our transgressions...."
The story is told of Billy Graham reading these words to a Jewish rabbi, who then asked, "Sir, from which gospel do these words come?" When Mr. Graham replied they are from Isaiah, and who do you think they speak of, the Rabbi replied, "Why, Jesus, of course!"
Written some seven centuries before Christ, this passage in graphic detail explains the destiny, career, suffering, submission and success of the Lord's Servant. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the prophet Isaiah provided significant details about the crucifixion and resurrection of our Savior.
The passage we are considering today affirms Jesus' resurrection after His death, a fulfillment of God's eternal plan, the Savior's sacrifice fulfilled God's righteous demands, and provided justification for all who come to know and trust Him personally.
Many people down through the centuries have known Who the suffering Servant was. The key question is, have you come to know Him personally by trusting Him as your Savior.
Don Hawkins, D. Min.
Pastor’s Pen for 3-18-18
Several years ago I was scheduled to interview two athletes for my radio show. When they came into the studio, I could tell which one played for the Cowboys. He was a muscular 300-plus pounds!
The other man was slender, and not a particularly impressive physical specimen at first glance.
Then I realized who he was--Carl Lewis! Born in my hometown of Birmingham, Carl was without doubt a world-class athlete, as his web biography attests:
Lewis won 10 Olympic medals, including nine gold, and 10 World Championships medals, including eight gold. His career spanned from 1979 to 1996 when he last won an Olympic title and subsequently retired.
He was a dominant sprinter and long jumper who topped the world rankings in the 100 m, 200 m and long jump events frequently from 1981 to the early 1990s. He set world records in the 100 m, 4 × 100 m and 4 × 200 m relays, while his world record in the indoor long jump has stood since 1984. His 65 consecutive victories in the long jump achieved over a span of 10 years is one of the sport's longest undefeated streaks. Over the course of his athletics career, Lewis broke ten seconds for the 100 meters 15 times and 20 seconds for the 200 meters 10 times.
This Sunday morning at First Christian Church of Wylie we will discuss how we as Christians can follow a Biblical pattern and become "world-class" in something far more important than athletic or Olympic pursuits. I hope you'll make plans to join us Sunday at 10:45 am for a biographical message titled "How to be a World-Class Encourager" at First Christian Church, 701 E. Stone Road, in Wylie.
Don Hawkins D. Min. Interim Pastor
For Sunday January 14, 2018
“God and the Sanctity of Life” Psalm 139:1-24
What is God really like? Where do I come from? How can my life have meaning?
These are questions many have wrestled with, and the psalmist David provides clear and amazing answers in one of the strongest pro-life passages in Scripture.
This Sunday has been designated "Pro-Life Sunday" in churches across our country, and I thought it would be appropriate for us to unpack David's great song about God and Life in Psalm 139 this week. In a sense we could label this the "How Great Thou Art" psalm, or the pro-life mandate psalm!
God, You know me fully (1-6)
God You are always with me (7-12)
God, You designed and made me (13-18)
God, I must respond to You (19-24)
For Sunday, February 25, 2018
It wasn't too many years ago that I was given a rude awakening. Someone I hadn't met before asked, "Did you used to have red hair?"
Inside I reacted, "What do you mean used to! It's still red!" Then I glanced in a nearby mirror and had to come to grips with the truth. I'm aging! Now my hair is a lighter shade of red!
Statistically, one in every eight Americans, or 12.9% of the population, is an "older American." That number increases at a rate of 12.5% each decade. To bring this home, every single day we live, we grow older! We don't like to admit it, but it's true.
This Sunday at First Christian Church of Wylie we will examine one of the fourteen passages where the words "old age" are found together. In the process we’ll discover four keys to growing old(er) gracefully. Whatever your current age, you'll find this passage of practical encouragement and insight.
I hope you'll make plans to join us Sunday at 10:45 am for “How to Flourish as We Grow Older" at First Christian Church of Wylie, 701 E. Stone Road, in Wylie.
Outline for 2-18-18
Mark 11:25, 26
Is there one thing that can...
Sour your disposition…
Hinder your prayer life…
Cause friction in your relationships?...
And even leave you physically ill?...
It's a very common thing, and it can affect any of us. It's something we may think we understand very well, but we may have some misconceptions about it.
What we’re talking about is a bitter refusal to forgive a real or perceived wrong done to us.
What is forgiveness?
It is not…
Ignoring a wrong or debt
Repressing our emotion
What it is…
Choosing to release a debt or offense
Sending away the offense
The way to avoid bitterness
It extends to the biggest—and smallest—offense
Why is it crucial to forgive? (Matthew 18:21-35)
It is the key to harmony among families and believers
It is the key to remaining in fellowship with God
How does it work? (2 Timothy 4:14, 15)
Admit that I’ve been wronged, and I’m angry
Choose to forgive
Turn vengeance over to God
Don’t allow re-victimization (Matt. 10:16)
Unless I choose to forgive, I risk being out of fellowship with God and having my prayers go unanswered. Type your paragraph here.