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- Worship service will start at 10:45
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Hillview Family and Friends!
Pastor will be starting a Zoom evening class on Thursdays. He will be using the Sunday School book curriculum. If anyone is interested, please send a email to either the church email address or Paste Dexter email address which will be located in the Church Directory. He will need at least 5-6 participants. The Church Directory will be in the church mailbox on Sunday. If needing a church directory, please feel free to email and we will mail it to you.
Sis. Debbie will have the new Children’s Ministry Home Study available for pick-up Sunday March 21st at 10:30am. If you are not able to pick-up at the end of service, you can contact Sis Debbie at HVchristianed@gmail.com or call the church (913)299-4406 at 10:30 to 11:00am Sunday morning.
We will be having Sunday School for the children and Youth on Sunday at 9:30 am. Sis. Debbie will be outside on the Concrete patio on the North side of the building where the Daycare is located.
May 9th is Mother’s Day. Sis Debbie has a special gift for all the Mother’s on Sunday. Please come by the church for pick up.
May 15th Board Management Meeting at 9am
May 22nd Monthly Prayer Movement for the Metro area.
May 29th Ladies prayer breakfast at 9am. Hosted at the KC Heartland Event space 15202 Parallel Rd. Basehor, KS
May 31st Memorial Day.
Needing families to help volunteer cleaning the sanctuary, vacuuming and Cleaning The Spot. If Interested, Please contact LaTanya Dunn.
Happy Birthday and Wedding Anniversary to all Family and Friends celebrating in the month of May.
Church of God News
May the Lord add a Blessing to the Reading and Hearing of His Word:
Usually when you think about a famine you think about a scarcity of food caused by a drought or some other natural disaster. I want to put us in mind of another type of famine, a scarcity of the Word of God. When the Word of God is not considered we tend to make poor decisions.
6 In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit.
Moab was a nation that oppressed Israel during the period of the judges. Why would Elimelech a Jew move his family from the land of God to Moab enemy territory? Because he did not consult God for direction, he did as he saw fit. Naomi being a faithful wife and mother followed the direction of her husband.
Here’s a scary thought, this family seems to be welcomed into their new home. There doesn’t seem to be any protests because of them moving into the neighborhood. Their lifestyle must not have been so different so as to cause problems yet problems were coming.
The first major problem was the death of Elimelech. Now Naomi is a widow. Widowhood was not a good position to find yourself in. But Naomi had two sons so all was not lost. With no spiritual guidance the boys married Moabite women. The danger with this decision was the greater possibility of them worshipping idol gods and falling further away from God.
We don’t know how long Naomi had to interact with her daughter-in-laws but she had enough time to influence Ruth to want to worship the God of Heaven in spite of Naomi’s negative exchanges with her about how God was treating her.
When Naomi decided to return to the land of her birth she was able to convince Orpah to return to her mother’s home with the hope of marrying again but Ruth refused to leave Naomi.
16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.
17 Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if anything but death separates you and me.”
18 When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her.
Two women both widows arrive in Bethlehem and Naomi was recognized by those that saw them enter the city. She made a startling statement, “Don’t call me Naomi,” (which means pleasant) she told them. “Call me Mara, (which means bitter) because the Almighty has made my life very bitter. I went away full, but the LORD has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi? The LORD has afflicted me; the Almighty has brought misfortune upon me.”
Even with the tragedy Naomi has encountered she still had Ruth who was devoted to her and God had not abandoned her though it appears she is abandoning Him.
After arriving in Bethlehem we are introduced to a relative of Naomi’s husband named Boaz who is a man of standing, which basically means he was rich.
We all have to eat. Ruth tells Naomi she was going to go glean grain in the fields of whoever would allow her to.
By God’s providence Ruth was allowed to glean grain in Boaz’s fields. Once Boaz realized who Ruth was he:
- Told Ruth to stay with his servant girls and glean
- He told the men not to touch her
- Whenever you are thirsty get a drink from the jars the men have filled.
Ruth was curious as to why this man would show such favor to a foreigner.
Ruth 2:11, 12;
11 Boaz replied, “I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband– how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before.
12 May the LORD repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.”
Boaz even gave special instructions to his men to allow Ruth to even glean where she was not supposed to and to even drop some stalks of grain for her to pick up.
When Ruth got home she showed Naomi all the grain she had gathered and some of her lunch she had not eaten. Naomi was curious of whose field she had been gleaning in. Once she found out it was Boaz she said, “The LORD bless him!” Naomi said to her daughter-in-law. “He has not stopped showing his kindness to the living and the dead.” She added, “That man is our close relative; he is one of our kinsman-redeemers.”
Naomi suggested Ruth should continue working with Boaz’s servant girls that way she would be protected.
Now Naomi started being a match maker, looking to find a suitable husband for Ruth. There was already a connection between Ruth and Boaz so Boaz became the perfect choice of a mate.
In the courting process men and women go through extremes to impress one another. I found it interesting what Naomi told Ruth to do, to wash and perfume herself, and put on her best clothes. Then after Boaz had eaten and drank his full and had fallen asleep, she was to uncover his feet and lie down and he would know what to do. It turns out that this act was in accordance to Israelite custom.
Something woke Boaz up and he noticed Ruth lying at his feet. She told him to cover her with the corner of his garment since he was a kinsman redeemer.
A kinsman redeemer was one that could find someone to marry her or he could marry her himself. Boaz took Ruth’s actions as choosing him to be her husband.
10 “The LORD bless you, my daughter,” he replied. “This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier: You have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor.
11 And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All my fellow townsmen know that you are a woman of noble character.
12 Although it is true that I am near of kin, there is a kinsman-redeemer nearer than I.
13 Stay here for the night, and in the morning if he wants to redeem, good; let him redeem. But if he is not willing, as surely as the LORD lives I will do it. Lie here until morning.”
Boaz went to the town gate to meet the kinsman redeemer that was nearer than he was to offer Ruth and her inheritance through her deceased husband. He refused and yielded his right to Boaz.
9 Then Boaz announced to the elders and all the people, “Today you are witnesses that I have bought from Naomi all the property of Elimelech, Kilion and Mahlon.
10 I have also acquired Ruth the Moabitess, Mahlon’s widow, as my wife, in order to maintain the name of the dead with his property, so that his name will not disappear from among his family or from the town records. Today you are witnesses!”
11 Then the elders and all those at the gate said, “We are witnesses. May the LORD make the woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the house of Israel. May you have standing in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem.
12 Through the offspring the LORD gives you by this young woman, may your family be like that of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah.”
This story has a beautiful ending:
13 So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. Then he went to her, and the LORD enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son.
14 The women said to Naomi: “Praise be to the LORD, who this day has not left you without a kinsman-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel!
15 He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth.”
16 Then Naomi took the child, laid him in her lap and cared for him.
17 The women living there said, “Naomi has a son.” And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.
We see from this story what God has done for us in providing us with a kinsman redeemer.
“Not everybody could perform the duties of a kinsman redeemer. To begin with, he had to be a near kinsman. This was the major obstacle Boaz had to overcome because another man in Bethlehem was a nearer relative to Ruth than he was. When you see this as a type of Jesus Christ, it reminds you that He had to become related to us before He could redeem us. He became flesh and blood so He could die for us on the cross. When He was born into this world in human flesh, He became our “near kinsman” and He will remain our “kinsman” for all eternity!
In order to qualify, the kinsman redeemer also had to be able to pay the redemption price. When it comes to the redemption of sinners, nobody but Jesus Christ is rich enough to pay the price.” (Wiersby Bible Commentary, OT, pages 489, 490.)
Jesus redeemed us not with money but by His shed blood. Don’t leave here today unredeemed. It is your choice.
Naomi and Ruth
Text: Ruth 1:1-8;
1 In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land, and a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab.
2 The man’s name was Elimelech, his wife’s name Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to Moab and lived there.
3 Now Elimelech, Naomi’s husband, died, and she was left with her two sons.
4 They married Moabite women, one named Orpah and the other Ruth. After they had lived there about ten years,
5 both Mahlon and Kilion also died, and Naomi was left without her two sons and her husband.
6 When she heard in Moab that the LORD had come to the aid of his people by providing food for them, Naomi and her daughters-in-law prepared to return home from there.
7 With her two daughters-in-law she left the place where she had been living and set out on the road that would take them back to the land of Judah.
8 Then Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go back, each of you, to your mother’s home. May the LORD show kindness to you, as you have shown to your dead and to me.
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Continue to pray for the sick and shut-ins and support their spouses or caregivers
Weekly Events: Resume in Spring
- Sunday 9:00am: Prayer
- 9:30am: Sunday School
- 10:45: Worship Service
- Monday 6:30 pm: Small Group
- Cedric & Bonnies’ home.
- 7842 Walker Ave. KCK 66112
- Lead by Brother Richard Natividad
- Wednesday 7:00pm: Wednesday Evening
- Service at Hillview
- Thursday 11:00am: Small Group at Louis & Peggy White’s home,
- 4405 Sorter Dr. KCK 66104
- Lead by Calvin Marshall Jr.
- 7:00pm: Small Group at Pastor Dexter & Sister Karen’s home,
- 4525 Sorter Dr. , KCK 66104
- Lead by Pastor Dexter
- Saturday 10:30am Praise Team and Choir Rehearsal
Offering Envelopes are located on the wall outside of the sound booth.