The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines counterculture as…
a culture with values and mores that run counter to those of established society
I was always taught that you don’t define a word by using the word in the definition, but what do I know. But there you have it. A counterculture is a culture with values and mores, (customs) that run counter to those of established society.
If that’s our working definition, then I have one question: Can you think of any group or culture more “countercultural” than men pursuing godliness?
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I hope you already know about our 64th annual Men’s Easter Breakfast and are planning to attend. But just in case you haven’t yet decided, please let me formally invite and encourage you to join us this Saturday, at 8am, in the Family Life Center for a wonderful Southside tradition.
This is such a meaningful event for me. For almost 13 years I have enjoyed a great morning of food and fellowship with my father and my sons, as well as the other men of our church and community. Each year I see many generations of men gathering for this grand tradition. What a great legacy the men of our church left to us 64 years ago.
Please plan on coming and bring your son(s), father, grandfather, uncle, nephew, co-worker, neighbor, best friends, and anyone else who would enjoy this special time. In addition to the food and fellowship, we will also enjoy some singing (manly songs) as well as a great message by Rev. Mike Hudson of Ortega United Methodist Church.
So, to recap:
- This Saturday (March 30th)
- Southside UMC’s Family Life Center
- 8:00 – 10:00am
Please plan on coming as we prepare to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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The Son of God, Our Lord
33. Question: Why is He called God’s only begotten Son, since we also are children of God?
Answer: Because Christ alone is the eternal, natural Son of God. We, however, are children of God by adoption, through grace, for Christ’s sake.
 John 1:1-3, 14, 18; 3:16; Rom. 8:32; Heb. 1; I John 4:9.  John 1:12; Rom. 8:14-17; Gal. 4:6; Eph. 1:5, 6.
34. Question: Why do you call Him our Lord?
Answer: Because He has ransomed us, body and soul, from all our sins, not with silver or gold but with His precious blood, and has freed us from all the power of the devil to make us His own possession.
 I Cor. 6:20; I Tim. 2:5, 6.  I Peter 1:18, 19.  Col. 1:13, 14; Heb. 2:14, 15.
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on this day your Son Jesus Christ entered the holy city of Jerusalem
and was proclaimed King
by those who spread their garments and palm branches along his way.
Let those branches be for us signs of his victory,
and grant that we who bear them in his name
may ever hail him as our Lord,
and follow him in the way that leads to eternal life.
In his name we pray. Amen.
Taken from The United Methodist Book of Worship
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The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof,
the world and those who dwell therein, 2 for he hasfounded it uponthe seas
and established it upon the rivers.
3 Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
And who shall stand in his holy place? 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who does not lift up his soul to what is false
and does not swear deceitfully. 5 He will receive blessing from the Lord
and righteousness from the God of his salvation. 6 Such is the generation of those who seek him,
who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah
7 Lift up your heads, O gates!
And be lifted up, O ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in. 8 Who is this King of glory?
The Lord, strong and mighty,
the Lord, mighty in battle! 9 Lift up your heads, O gates!
And lift them up, O ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in. 10 Who is this King of glory?
The Lord of hosts,
he is the King of glory!
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The post below is three years old, but has lots of good links about St. Patrick and is well worth checking out. At the very end of the post I have included a new video on St. Patrick from the Apostleship of Prayer. Enjoy.
As I write this I am wearing a green shirt. I began the day in a light blue shirt. But my kids steadfastly refused to stop pinching me until I yielded to the tradition of St. Patty’s Day.
I got to know a little about St. Patrick through two sermons/lectures. One was by Joe Morecraft and the other by T.M. Moore. Both men captured my imagination as they revealed to me more than I ever knew about this incredible Christian man. I’ve provided three short articles and/or devotionals below that will introduce St. Patrick to you. God used him mightily and celebrating his life every March 17 is probably a good thing insofar as it points us to Christ and what one person can do for the Kingdom of God.
St. Patrick: Why His Message Still Matters
Brother Colmán Ó Clabaigh, OSB
March 17 is upon us again, and all over the world everyone is an honorary Irishman or Irishwoman for 24 hours. St. Patrick’s popularity is a result of the wanderlust of the Irish, and there is no corner of the world in which his name is not honored.
Yet, if his name is known, his story is less familiar and his message often gets drowned out by the parades, the plastic shamrocks and the green-dyed beer.
The little knowledge we have of him comes from two letters he wrote in the course of his missionary work in fifth-century Ireland.
Click here to read the whole article. (also, make sure to check out the great links to more info on St. Patrick at the end of the article.)
In Honor of St. Patrick
by Mark D. Roberts
at The High Calling
Today is St. Patrick’s Day. Most people think of this day as a time for wearing green and that’s about it (unless you’re Irish!). St. Patrick gets relatively little attention on his day, so I thought I might offer a few thoughts in his honor, including a prayer that is attributed to him.
Patrick’s story reads like an Indiana Jones-type adventure. Raised in Britain (yes, not Ireland), Patrick was captured by pirates in A.D. 405 when he was only sixteen years old. The kidnappers whisked him away to Ireland and sold Patrick into slavery. He spent eight years as a captive in this pagan land.
Click here to read the whole article.
Concealing the Gift
by T.M. Moore
at The Fellowship of St. Ailbe
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We are right to remember this great saint, who labored so diligently in the cause of the Gospel, against unimaginable odds, but with unprecedented fruit. Sechnall, Patrick’s contemporary, was correct in referring to him as the light of God to the Irish. That, indeed, is what he was.
And what about us? Patrick’s mission field was all of Ireland, and he lit up the house with his diligent and faithful work. Our mission field is wherever God has set us, in the places and among the people we see week-in and week-out. Are we shining the gift of the Gospel on the people around us or concealing the gift of God under the bushels of timidity, fear, or simple disobedience?
Click here to read the whole article.
The Lord Bless You,
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O Lord, our heavenly Father, we offer and present unto thee ourselves, our souls and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy, and living sacrifice unto thee. Take us as we are and make us more fit for thy service. Use us for thyself and for the edification of thy Church. We are not our own, but thine, bought with a price; therefore claim us as thy right, keep us as thy charge, and use us as thou wilt, to the glory of thy holy name and the good of our fellow men; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
From The Methodist Book of Worship, 1965 – p. 108
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God the Son
29. Question: Why is the Son of God called Jesus, that is, Saviour?
Answer: Because He saves us from all our sins, and because salvation is not to be sought or found in anyone else.
 Matt. 1:21; Heb. 7:25.  Is. 43:11; John 15:4, 5; Acts 4:11, 12; I Tim. 2:5.
30. Question: Do those believe in the only Saviour Jesus who seek their salvation and well-being from saints, in themselves, or anywhere else?
Answer: No. Though they boast of Him in words, they in fact deny the only Saviour Jesus. For one of two things must be true: either Jesus is not a complete Saviour, or those who by true faith accept this Saviour must find in Him all that is necessary for their salvation.
 I Cor. 1:12, 13; Gal. 5:4.  Col. 1:19, 20; 2:10; I John 1:7.
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Come join us for a brief excursion into fatherhood. Together we’ll take a look at a few of the key ideas and practices that can help every dad love and lead his children well.
We will meet right after our Wonderful Wednesday Fellowship Dinner (6pm – 7pm). Bring your family for dinner and stay for the study.
This is for any and all fathers, soon-to-be fathers, guys thinking-about-becoming fathers, and grandfathers. This study will last for six weeks (April 3rd – May 8th).
If you have any questions about this study, please contact me at 396-2676 or DaleTedder@yahoo.com.
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Where do you look for direction, security, peace, purpose, confidence, and eternal life? With all of the competing voices in our culture, there’s a lot of confusion for men today. The world in which we live offers many options for where men might find such things. The Bible offers one: Jesus Christ.
Beginning the first week in April, our men’s discipleship ministry will start a new study entitled, I Am: Discovering Who Jesus Is. This 8-Lesson study will look at our basic needs from the perspective of the great “I AM” statements of Jesus, found in the Gospel of John.
Please come and join us for this new study. Not only will you get to know Jesus better, you will also have the opportunity to get to know other men who are on the same journey as you.
- Monday, April 1st (7:00 – 8:30pm, Family Life Center)
- Wednesday, April 3rd (6:30 – 7:30am, Family Life Center)
If you have any questions about this new study or our men’s ministry, please don’t hesitate to call me at 396-2676 or email me at DaleTedder@yahoo.com.
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Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man against whom the Lordcounts no iniquity,
and in whose spiritthere is no deceit.
3 For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah
5 I acknowledged my sin to you,
and I did not cover my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah
6 Therefore let everyone who is godly
offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters,
they shall not reach him. 7 You are a hiding place for me;
you preserve me from trouble;
you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah
8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my eye upon you. 9 Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding,
which must be curbed with bit and bridle,
or it will not stay near you.
10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked,
but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord.
11 Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous,
and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
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The Providence of God
27. Question: What do you understand by the providence of God?
Answer: God’s providence is His almighty and ever present power, whereby, as with His hand, He still upholds heaven and earth and all creatures, and so governs them that leaf and blade, rain and drought, fruitful and barren years, food and drink, health and sickness, riches and poverty, indeed, all things, come not by chance but by His fatherly hand.
 Jer. 23:23, 24; Acts 17:24-28.  Heb. 1:3.  Jer. 5:24; Acts 14:15-17; John 9:3; Prov. 22:2.  Prov. 16:33.  Matt. 10:29.
28. Question: What does it benefit us to know that God has created all things and still upholds them by His providence?
Answer: We can be patient in adversity, thankful in prosperity, and with a view to the future we can have a firm confidence in our faithful God and Father that no creature shall separate us from His love; for all creatures are so completely in His hand that without His will they cannot so much as move.
 Job. 1:21, 22; Ps. 39:10; James 1:3.  Deut. 8:10; I Thess. 5:18.  Ps. 55:22; Rom. 5:3-5; 8:38, 39.  Job 1:12; 2:6; Prov. 21:1; Acts 17:24-28.
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O Father of mercies, whose beloved Son was crucified for us, the just for the unjust, to bring us to thee: Give grace, we beseech thee, to every member of this family to look in faith upon that cross, and to crucify himself upon it to every impure desire and unchristian temper.
May we learn in humble devotion to our Master’s service to deny ourselves daily, for his sake, and for one another’s sake, that we may follow him. Remove from us every corrupt and unfaithful affection.
May we never be afraid to do right and never dare to do wrong. And so, out of the good treasure of the heart may we ever be bringing forth good things to the praise and glory of thy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
From The Methodist Book of Worship, 1965 – p. 108
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