First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church
221 North Main Street
Belvidere, IL 61008

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Script #160


Harold left the mob because he was converted to Jesus and then called to pray and minister with me.

That was a long time ago in Pennsylvania; yet I still remember something that he said to an irregular, irascible, and irreconcilable that has stayed with me over the years in helping me to address people who think I'm thinking about them when preaching about...or writing about...or...

A notoriously sinful woman who portrayed herself as the victim of everybody else's sin with other rationalizations of sin so that she never had to deal with the reflection in her soul's mirror while pointing out everybody else's sin to distract anyone including herself from hers confronted Harold in front of several people in a public setting, "You targeted me in last week's sermon!"

Calmly yet pointedly, Harold responded, "It takes a great deal of arrogance for you to think that I think so much about you and that I would preach a sermon just for you...but if the shoe fits..."

Anyway, a few people think that way whenever I preach/write about...


Don't tell 'em; but when they say that to anybody, they're exposing themselves as...guilty.


As Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

Loosely translated, "If you is, you is and know you is even if you don't want anybody tellin' you that  you is though you know you is."

Or something like that.

Go back to Harold and his miscreant.

I thought I'd mention that because while our family of faith on the corner of Lincoln and Main is in a gloriously massive revival of cerebral faith expressing itself in concrete action yet acknowledging there will always be room for improvement 'til the roll is called up yonder, it's getting better and better and better as we've moved from the season of purging, pruning, and exorcism to an expanding season of experience, expression, invitation, inclusion, welcome, and agape.

Keep the preceding in context as you read Ella Jane's witness below.

And don't forget this Sunday's many opportunities to grow and glow and give and share...(check out and not to mention previous bulletins/newsletters for more on...).


Don't miss the rocking chair on the communion table.

Blessings and Love!

P.S. And if you miss the rocking chair on the communion table this Sunday, you missed it/...Don't blame anybody else if you miss it/...If you is, you is...

Thought for the Day...Leave the Results To Him
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed. —Amos 9:13

    A few weeks ago I was praying before our morning Sunday Service, concerned at the lack of attendance and not seeing the growth I had hoped to see this year.  The Spirit of the Lord very quietly and strongly spoke to me, saying, "Don't worry about the growth - that's MY job!  Your job is to plant the Seed and water it. Leave the results to Me."  A great weight lifted from my spirit as I realized my part is to obey -- His part is to perform His Word!
    I believe the Word that says "If we are faithful and are not weary in well doing we will reap a harvest."  We will see the acceleration of the Manifested Word of God at work in and through us. We see time is caught up in an accelerated process. "Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am" (Isaiah 58:9a). Notice the immediacy of God's response. The closer we get to the end of the age and the imminent return of Jesus, the shorter time becomes. The time is coming when seed time and harvest will be the same time. He said He would do a quick work in the last days, so I believe that when we pray -- we will have the answers quickly. 
    God is not going to allow us to "lag" behind when we need to be two steps ahead of the enemy. He has a plan and a strategy that will not be delayed, detained, held up, held back, or compromised.  Our part?  Obey and do what He tells us to do!  Then... leave the results to Him, for at the appointed time His Vision will speak, will produce, and will manifest!
Pastor Ella Jane Coley
Passageway Ministries, Inc.
PO Box 507
Bixby, OK  74008

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Script #159


Don't forget tomorrow's "Getting to Know You" Lunch in Fellowship Hall after the 2nd service.

I am hoping this becomes a "regular" part of our "irregular" revival on the corner of Lincoln and Main: (1) a first Sunday of the month thing; or (2) preferably, a weekly "potluck" and I've already heard from someone who may want to coordinate this!!!

Please pray for moi as your undershepherd regarding two pressing concerns related to call.  One concern is whether to accept an invitation to expand our witness beyond the borders of Lincoln and Main and the other relates to a personal concern for ministry.  Neither, BTW, affects my primary call to our family of faith.  Hmm.  Actually, the former could and the latter does enhance it.

Just pray clarity on the lunch(eons) and prayer concerns.


Blessings and Love!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Script #158


So much is happening so quickly and we don't want you to miss anything/anyone/Him!

With so many new faces and new opportunities to get to know each other in, through, and for the Lord, we can stay tuned by reading the bulletins/newsletters, clicking on, and listening to

Check your calendar:

- Totally Free-Bring-Nothing-But-Yourself "Getting to Know You" Lunch in Fellowship Hall after the 2nd Service this Sunday!

- Youth Group Fall Kick-Off and Parents Meeting this Sunday at Church at 6:00 p.m.!  More Free Food!

- Applebee's Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast to Support our Youth Group on 8/24 at Applebee's (8-10 a.m.)!

- Chancel Choir and A'Pealing Sounds Potluck on 8/25 after the 2nd Service!  Please bring a dish to share!

- Timothy Brinkman Live in Concert in our sanctuary on 8/28 at 6:30 p.m.!

- Rally Day aka 1st Day of Sunday School on 9/8 at 8:30 a.m.!

- Midweek Resumes on 9/11 at 5:00 p.m.!

Please don't be selfish! 

Forward this to anyone hungry for food, fellowship, and, most important Jesus!

Blessings and Love!