October 21, 2012 Jeffrey Walraven
Wow, what fun! The annual Emmaus square dance was a huge success! We had plenty of food and had a lot of fun dancing. We handed out prizes to the best dressed for the occasion, best dancer, and best couple of dancers. For those of you didn’t come, you should come next year!
July 1, 2012 Jeffrey Walraven
Wow! Creation 2012! I can hardly believe it is already over! Having a great time, we watched and listened to the bands and the speakers.
There was a big storm Friday, delaying A Thousand Foot Crutch and Family Force Five were delayed until at least 11:30 PM. Many people were just ready to go to bed at that point, but those who went had lots of fun. When the rain was first coming, Nick Vujicic, more commonly known as “the man without limbs”, was speaking and the tech crew was telling him to get off the stage, but he said, “God will not let this storm come while I am still speaking His truth.” Sure enough, as he said, it did not rain till after he had left and everybody had cleared the area.
Tony Nolan spoke and afterwards hundreds, if not thousands, of people went to the prayer tent to either ask the Lord into their heart or rededicate their lives.
Switchfoot did a nice job finishing for Creation. Also, Creation festival did an amazing job at fireworks this year. Thank you to Creation fest!
If anybody wants to know more about creation, go to this site: http://www.creationfest.com/ or ask someone who went to Creation.
June 18, 2012 Jeffrey Walraven
This is a funny video about tech volunteers I found. Thank you to all those who make the church service happen.
May 14, 2012, Jeffrey Walraven
Sorry about this really late post, but I’ve been busy and nobody else would write this. Easter in the park was a fun event, when we celebrated Easter and told the kids the gospel. We showed why Easter is important. If you don’t know what we do for Easter in the park, we serve food, play games, give out prizes. Emmaus teamed up with Crumbs Church to make it more of a success. They brought a jumpy and food. We also had worship bands play throughout the day. It was a great time!
March 11, Caleb Nie
Of course you can listen to the sermons on the website each week by choosing the one you’d like to hear and clicking “mp3.”, but did you know you can get the sermons delivered to you automatically? Simply follow this link to the iTunes store and press the “view in iTunes button.” Once the podcast opens up inside of iTunes click “Subscribe for Free.” Now the latest sermon will always appear in the Emmaus Church section of your Podcasts tab.
March 4, 2012, Samantha Walraven
The Holy Spirit touched lives and marriages this past weekend. Couples renewed their relationships with each other including making pledges to continue to live for Christ and to make our marriages a priority. The teachings came in the form of a video series with humorous skits, touching testimonies and various speakers. We were encouraged to complete projects throughout the event to help us establish our thoughts for our spouses.
God designed marriage and has a great plan in mind.
The primary purpose of marriage is to reflect God’s glory.
It is important to receive our spouse as God’s perfect gift for you.
Couples naturally drift toward isolation and our differences and weaknesses can push us apart.
Sin has affected every marriage but the gospel brings healing and reconciliation.
Couples must learn to walk by the power of the Holy Spirit in marriage.
Men and women have different responsibilities in marriage but are still of equal value.
God calls men to sacrificially love his wife as Christ loves the church and lead the wives as Christ leads the church.
God calls women to respect and support their husbands.
Conflict is common to all marriages. The goal is not to be conflict-free but to learn to handle conflict correctly when it occurs.
Healthy conflict resolution occurs when couples are willing to seek and grant forgiveness.
God created man and woman to have a satisfying marriage relationship, serving and seeking to please each other.
The feedback from others has been so positive and I hope to be able to facilitate this event again. Family Life Ministries believes in the importance of marriage and works hard to help marriages survive in a culture that seems to accept divorce so readily. If you would like more information on them you can visit their website at familylife.com.
March 2, 2012, Caleb Nie
For the last month we’ve been studying the life of King David. We’ve been inspired by his love for God, his perseverance through trials, and by his character. While he wasn’t perfect, he has much to teach us. (We learn much even from his failures.) Scripture relates many stories of his exploits and adventures. While those are entertaining and exciting, they’re often about what he did.
Thankfully, he poured out his inner world in the Psalms. The Psalms give us a window into his heart. He cries, struggles, and is sometimes angry. In the middle of the turmoil he find solace in God. He’s encouraged (and encourages others) by meditating on the glory of God reflected in creation and by God’s past faithfulness. He finds strength to face another day.
Encouraged by David, we’re written some psalms of our own. We hope they encourage you much as David’s inspire us.
February 25, 2012, Jeffrey Walraven
The thirty hour famine was an event in which we raised money for the starving people in other countries. Meanwhile, we fasted for thirty hours trying to feel what it is like to be starving. Although this was hard, this is what people go though every day, but they normally experience worse. Trudging miles just to get water prevents many families from being able to work for food. This makes them lack even more. We are so materialistic that we don’t even realize what people have to go through. We spend so much time spending on what we want, while they can’t even spend on what they need. How blessed we are! We should use God’s blessings for God’s people. This was a moving experience that makes you know what you are causing for other people, because when you are not helping, you are only part of the problem. Here is the site from WorldVision if you want to know more: http://www.30hourfamine.org/
February 18, 2012, Samantha Walraven
For some girls this was their first father daughter dance, for others who have attended all of them over the years, this would have been their 7th year! It so neat to have watched these girls grow up over the years and still desire to dance with their daddies. I know for many, they enjoy picking out a new dress for this special night. Their faces glow with excitement at the thrill of having this night with their fathers as they enter in the school cafeteria which has been transformed into a dance hall complete with lights, balloons and a disco ball. The music varied from some oldies, some swing, and some techno. I hand it to those dads who are out there for almost every dance ignoring the sore feet or sore knees and just being willing to share these precious moments with their daughters.
January 22, 2012, Jeffrey Walraven
Dare2Share was an amazing experience where they taught us how to share the gospel without being afraid. They gave us tools like the acronym “G.O.S.P.E.L.”:
G-God created us to be with him
O-our sins separate us from God
S-sins cannot be removed by good deeds
P-paying the price Jesus died and rose again
E-everyone who believes in Him alone has eternal life
L-life with Jesus starts now and last forever
They also had great skits and very powerful messages. For anyone who didn’t go this year, you should go next year. You can go to the Dare2Share website at: http://www.dare2share.org/