Lake Chapala Baptist
When was the last time you wept? Perhaps the loss of a loved one, a health crisis, a beloved child that went astray, financial ruin, you can fill in the blanks.
Jesus wept as He rode upon a colt up to Jerusalem for Passover. He was well aware that He was going to face His death. Why did He weep? Luke 19:41 says that Jesus wept over the city. Morris writes that “Wept might be rendered ‘wailed’; Jesus burst into sobbing as he lamented, for the Jewish nation had rejected the Messiah.” His divine nature looked upon Jerusalem as with all the earth and our Lord’s heart was filled with mercy, displaying His love He had for all sinners. His main concern was that they might enter eternal life with Him. It has been said “That a mere glance from Jesus is enough to burst your hearts with love. A word from His lips to burst the banks of the river of love, but an act of love to shatter all the chains of sin, pain, and suffering of the entire world, through all the ages.” Jesus wept for you! Your eternal destiny depends on who or what you place your faith in; unbelief or Jesus. Jesus wept for those who would reject Him. Have YOU wept for the lost whose destiny is hell? Perhaps it is your neighbor, friend, or family member. Here is an epitaph to consider. “Here lies an Atheist; all dressed up and no place to go!”
The Lake Chapala Baptist church will be closed this Sunday due to Covid restrictions. Pastor John Linton’s sermon will be available on Youtube/watch?v= Tm95P6T1aVY&t=46s
The Lake Chapala Jewish Congregation holds Friday services at 7 p.m. via Zoom. See www.lakechapalajewishcongregation.com for the URL link.
St. Andrew’s Anglican
Sunday, January 31, St. Andrew’s congregation will live-stream the service though the link at StAndrewsRiberas.org beginning 10 a.m. It will remain on the website until Friday, January 29. The Rev. Robbin Moore will preach and celebrate Holy Communion.
St. Andrew’s volunteer phone/email tree stays in touch with all congregation members personally every week and brings vital information to the congregation via our monthly newsletter.
Sunday, January 31, at the 10 a.m. service of the Lakeside Presbyterian Church (LPC), worship services are at facebook/lpcchapala or www.lpcchapala.org. Devotionals are on the same sites on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Pastor Wayne will talk about “Blessedness of Mourning and Meekness.”
“I worked in the prison system for many years. When passing people down the walk. I would customarily say. “How are you doing?” If an inmate or officer were white, they would usually answer, “good,” but if the inmates were black, most often, the answer would be ‘blessed.’ The answer came so naturally I automatically understood that this was a typical response in the black community. That was really interesting because most often, the black communities were poorer, had more crime, and were generally less healthy. Yet despite many hardships, they lived in a life of blessing.”
LPC supports feeding prorgams at Niños de San Antonio, A.C., and in the pueblos of Mezcala, La Cuesta and La Zapotera. In total 96 despensas were delivered in January and 200 hot meals to drug centers in Chapala and Mezcala. To donate call Rick Cartwright 376-766-4057 or Dean Hanson 376-766-2660.
Christ Church Lakeside, a parish of the Diocese of the West in the Anglican Church of Mexico, will observe the fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, January 31, by celebrating a Holy Eucharist service, 10 a.m via Zoom. Rev. Jim Powers will celebrate and the Rev. Jerry Stiles will deliver a message with the theme “Confronting Evil” based on the Gospel reading from Mark 1:21-28.
The Bible study group, hosted by Rev. Danny Borkowski, will meet via Zoom on Wednesday, February 3, 1:30 p.m., to continue our examination of Paul’s teachings in his first letter to the church in Corinth and share our insights from that survey.
The Lake Chapala Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will provide services via Zoom Sunday, January 31, 10:30 a.m. Instructions for accessing the online service are at lakechapalauu.org.
Rev. Matt Alspaugh will give the talk “Great Expectations and Not So Great Expectations.” In Dickensian England, the phrase “having expectations” meant you expected to inherit wealth upon the death of a relative, which seems both crass and morbid to us. But what do we mean by expectation? What happens when we expect too much? Or too little? We’ll explore how our mindsets about expectation can guide us or lead us astray. Catherine Luria is the service leader.
At the praise and worship service at the Little Chapel by the Lake, Sunday, January 31, 11 a.m., Pastor Pete Campbell will preach a review from Genesis on his sermon series: Examples for us to follow and NOT to follow, titled “Knowing the Almighty and the Adversary.” “During these challenging days we’re either depending on God or we’re being deceived. As we summarize the book of Genesis we will see the importance of trusting and obeying God.“
Little Chapel’s monthly food distribution in San Juan Tecomatlan is Tuesday, February 2. Carpooling is at the Chapel at 3 p.m. Donations can be dropped off in the big purple donation box in front of the Chapel.
Wednesday, February 3, an inspirational video will be shown at 4 p.m..
Little Chapel is located on the Chapala-Ajijic highway in Chula Vista. Questions: 376-766-2538.
One of the many verses in the Bible that overwhelm me is 1 John 2:2, “but He Himself is the propitiation (satisfaction) for our sins.” Jerry Bridges talked about this word, “propitiation,” in his book, “The Gospel for Real Life.” He said, “I believe a word that forcefully captures the essence of Jesus’ work of propitiation is the word “exhausted.” Jesus exhausted the wrath of God. God’s wrath against sin was unleashed in all its fury on His beloved Son. He held nothing back and His wrath was completely exhausted at the cross.” 2 Corinthians 5:21,“He who knew no sin became sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Christ substituted Himself for me and anyone else who wants to confess the fact that they’re a sinner in need of a Savior. The justice of God was satisfied with Christ’s payment for sins on the cross so Romans 8:1 is true for all genuine believers, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” No one can bring a successful accusation against us because God has already declared us righteous. That’s good news!
The church meets online every Sunday at 10 a.m.
Abundant Life Church
Who or what is the God or god that you serve? Humans tend to create gods of their own design. The Israelites fell into idolatry many times with golden calves and different idols that they had fashioned from the things they had. Today we create gods of money, power and wealth. They are the things that we want and think are important. God has never been interested in adjusting Himself to our wants or desires but rather calls His people to adjust themselves to His.
Sunday´s livestream service will focus on how important it is for us to serve God rather than the other way around. Sunday service will begin at 10 a.m. for English and at abundantlifechapala.com.
St. Mark’s Anglican,Guadalajara
It is hoped that outdoor Masses will begin again in the near future.
Iglesia Cristiana Agape