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Upcoming Events
JUL

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MON
Boy Scouts
7:00 PM
Meet at LVUMC
JUL

25

TUE
Cub Scouts Meet
7:00 AM
at LeValley UMC
Choir Practice
7:00 PM
Adult Choir group meets at LVUMC to practice
JUL

26

WED
Zion Food Pantry!
2pm-4:30pm at Zion UMC
http://www.zionionia.org/
Must be a resident of Ionia County and have valid Picture ID May receive food one time per month.
JUL

27

THU
SOUP KITCHEN @ ZION UMC
6:00 PM
http://www.zionionia.org/food-services.html
Free meal to all who would like to join us!
Drum Exercise Class
6:30 PM
at LeValley Church
JUL

30

SUN
Worship Service
9am - Berlin Center UMC
11am - LeValley UMC
JUL

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MON
Boy Scouts
7:00 PM
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Bible Search
Walking with God

Dear Berlin Center and LeValley UMC Family,

Walking with God or being in relationship with a Holy God is not easy.  In Psalm 15 David raises a few key questions for us to ask ourselves and then he gives us the answers to the questions.

1.  Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord?

     Whom may enter your presence on your holy hill?

2.  Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts.

3.  Those who refuse to gossip or harm their neighbors or speak evil of their friends.

4.  Those who despise flagrant sinners, and honor the faithful followers of the Lord, and keep their promises even when it

     hurts.

5.  Those who lend money without charging interest, and who cannot be bribed to lie about the innocent.

     Such people will stand firm forever.

Holy Bible, New Living Translation ®, copyright © 1996, 2004 by Tyndale Charitable Trust.  Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers.  All rights reserved.

From David's vantage point we need to treat others as we want to be treated.  Do no harm to others.  David's speaking from experience because he had Bathsheba's husband killed in battle so he could steal his wife for himself.  He hurt not only his relationship with God by his pattern of sins, but also hurt his relationships with others in his family.  Family issues plagued David because of his sins for years to come even after God forgave him.  Sin is deadly to ourselves and to others.

I am glad when looking at verse 4 that God does not despise us for our sins.  It's ok to hate sin, but we must be careful to offer God's love to those what we think are worse sinners than we are.  Jesus did his best work by reaching out to the lost-those trapped in sin.  You and I were at one time on God's lost list.  The way we treat others is often an indication of how lost we are.

The New Testament tells us that none of us live 100% for God.  Rom. 3:23 says, "We have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God."  But, Rom 5:8 says, "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  NKJV  Jesus came to seek after and to find the lost sheep of the world.

Rom 3:23-26

23For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard.  24Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous.  He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.  25For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin.  People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood.  This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, 26for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time.  God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he declares sinners to be right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.

Holy Bible, New Living Translation ®, copyright © 1996, 2004 by Tyndale Charitable Trust.  Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers.  All rights reserved.

You and I will never be able to climb the Holy Hill of God except by faith in Christ.  How many others are you will ing to extend God's grace towards so that more of us can climb that Holy Hill of God together?

Yours in Christ

Pastor Ray