Wednesday, June 15, 2011

News from Osoyoos Christian Centre - June 16, 2011

Thanks for visiting Osoyoos Christian Centre - ONLINE!  Our church building is undergoing a "face-lift" in several areas in anticipation of a busy summer.  We would love to show you what's new!

We hope to post a few photos from last Sunday when we celebrated Pastor Joseph's birthday - I want to just check with a few people for permission.  Thanks for your patience and be sure to check back next week for those photos.  Thanks to everyone who contributed - it was a nice celebration and a wonderful way to show our appreciation to Joseph.

We will also try to post a picture or two of our friend Amalia's (Osoyoos Baptist Church) yard sale last weekend, a huge success and raised monies for their very worthwhile ministry in Argentina.  Thanks for inviting us, Amalia!

Please forgive us our lack of an audio sermon this week - unfortunately our technology failed us this time.  And I heard it was such a good message - delivered by Dale Archibald. 

This week we can look forward to a message from Dave Oosterveld - Youth Pastor for Cheers Church in Penticton.  Won't you bring a friend and give Pastor Dave a warm welcome?

Here's what else is new:

  • winner of week 3 book giveaway
  • Good Word - Pastor Joseph (right beneath this commentary) - further exploration of 1 Samuel
  • "The Gift"  - a poem  (click the From the Heart tab located top of this web page) 
  • Current and future events (scroll down!) -  NEW!  Prayer Walk for Osoyoos!
  • Free scripture wallpaper (click The Gallery tab at the top of this web page)  - here's a preview for this week:

Congratulations to Shirley Kubryn who is the winner of the third book in the giveaway celebrating the 100th post of our church blog!  Hope you enjoy, Shirley!  Shirley won a copy of the book "No More Christian Nice Girl!" 


Part 4 - exloration of 1 Samuel:

Today I would like us to take a look at I Samuel 6:3.   
It states:
“So they said, “If you send away the ark of the God of Israel, do not send it empty; but by all means return it to Him with a trespass offering. Then you will be healed, and it will be known to you why His hand is not removed from you.”
The point bring to your attention is the concept of the trespass offering within the context of the social historical setting for this specific passage.
If you read in the earlier verses of this chapter you’ll see that the Philistine religious/spiritual leaders weighed into the discussion concerning what should be done with the ark. Their position is that it needs to be sent away - however it cannot be sent away empty – rather there should be a trespass offering that should accompany it. I want to explore this a bit and to share my thoughts on this suggested action. The question that I ask is “why would they feel the need to return the ark with a trespass offering?"
Let’s take a quick look at the significance of this offering,
“The trespass offering was to atone for specific transgressions where restitution was possible.”  
We need to pause as this point – the offering was to atone for a specific transgression. Earlier we addressed the concept of “to the victor go the spoils.” This was a very common practice within this time period– and even earlier. It states in Genesis 14:21,
“Now the king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the persons, and take the goods for yourself.”
The king of Sodom acknowledges that as the victor in battle, Abraham gets the spoils – and as king he could take whatever he wanted; this is a sign of respect that honors Abraham’s efforts in battle. My point is this– the Philistines took possession of the ark fair and square. They won the battle at Ebenezer and the battle field was ripe for looting and as the victors they could claim the spoils of victory. However, we see that the religious leaders recommend that the ark be returned not simply as is, but with a trespass offering – why?
I want you to think about this for a bit and as you do so I want you think about how the unsaved view God. I’ll answer this question in the next blog post.



Prayer at Kaye's Every Tuesday - 10:00 a.m.
7806 Gravenstein

Prayer Walk for Osoyoos 
Starts at Osoyoos Christian Centre
42 Finch Crescent
Time "To Be Announced"

Grab a friend and join us as we walk through our community and pray for the people and businesses here.  In case you might be wondering how this will work - we will walk the streets and visit businesses and silently pray for hearts to be won to the Lord and for our town to prosper for His Glory! Please call OCC for more info or email us at for a firm time closer to the day.  We have a church family member moving this day as well (could always use help if you're interested!)  and so we need to square away the time for that so there is not a double booking situation.

Bible Study
Every 2nd Thursday, next one June 23rd
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

We are exploring the book of Mark. Materials provided though we encourage you to bring you to bring writing materials and of course, your bible! ... and a friend!

Thursday Night Prayer and Song
Each Thursday - 7:00 on
Osoyoos Christian Centre
42 Finch, Osoyoos
For more info: 250-495-2550

An intimate time of prayer - personal, community, government and worldwide for the Lord to meet spiritual and physical needs. Bring a friend!

Mariposa Christian Ministry Mariposa Gardens -
8816 97th Street, Osoyoos
Sundays at 2 pm
Mariposa Gardens is a beautiful Senior's home located here in Osoyoos.  OCC has the honour of being invited to share the Good Word of hope in Jesus Christ.  We welcome you to join us if you are able to assist with your musical talent or to help with fellowship!

Email us for more info:

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