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  •  Resumes Sept 5, 2012

    Who: 3 - 12 year olds (3 y.o. to Completed 6th Grade)
    What:  Children's Discipleship Program - 6 doctrines and 30 Bible verses a year
    Where:  Rustic Hills Baptist Church
    When:  Wednesday evenings  7 to 8 pm
    Cost:  $11 (3-5 y.o.) or $21 (1st-6th grade) per year - includes memory book, devotional books, prizes, and more.
    For More Info Contact: Church Office 719-596-0051 or rhbcoffice@msn.com

  • When:  6 - 7pm on Sundays, as well as various times as posted in the weekly and monthly church calendar.

    Activities:  Devotionals, service projects, fellowship, recreation.

    For More Info Contact: Pastor Lightfoot 596-0051

    "I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works." 
    Psalm 71:16-17

     

     

  • To minister to the needs of the saints on a more personal basis, fellowship among like minded believers and mutual edification.

    When:  After morning services on the 5th Sunday in a month.
    Where:
      At a location designated by your assigned deacon.
    Activities:
      Fellowship, refreshments and edifying dialogue.

  • Mission: To fellowship, pray and serve together as men and grow in our walk with the Lord.
    Eligibility for participation: Male
    When we meet: Third Saturday of each month at 7:30am.
    Where we meet: Rustic Hills Baptist Church.
    Activities: Breakfast, Bible study, and prayer.
    For More Info Contact:: Church Office 719-596-0051 or rhbcoffice@msn.com

     Complete itinerary and costs can can be found on the Pilgrim Tours web site.

     



IN A MOMENT...

This phrase - "in a moment" - comes from I Corinthians 15 and is used in the context of the resurrection. However, it can have another meaning in our lives, as well. Last Saturday night, a young man who grew up in our church was involved in an automobile accident that resulted in his death. In a flash, he went from a healthy 28-year-old to critical injuries that eventually took his life. Steven Ellis had trusted Christ at a young age, so his family and friends will be reunited with him in heaven someday. That's the glory and the comfort of the resurrection. But what had been a promising future was cut short - in a moment. Steven had no idea and had no such plans, but God took him home. Should God decide to take you out of this life in a moment, are you ready?

 
THE KING IS COMING!

April 13, 2014 - AM - Pastor Stan Lightfoot

 

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(Matthew 21:1-11)

Theme: The Messiah on the Mount of Olives 

INTRODUCTION

The Mount of Olives played a pivotal role in the life and ministry of Jesus, and it will play a role in His future ministry, as well.  As we celebrate the day that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey, (from the Mount of Olives), I'd like to work through some of the most important events from that setting.  

Let me first set the scene for you.  The Mount of Olives sits immediately east of Jerusalem (map).  Jerusalem also sits on a hill, with the Valley of Hinnom on the south (also known as Gehenna) and the Kidron Valley to the east marking off the boundaries of the Old City.  As you leave Jerusalem headed east, you would quickly walk through the Kidron Valley and then begin to walk uphill.  The Mount of Olives is this uphill walk.  It rises to a height of 2900 feet.  Both Luke and John record that Jesus went there often with His disciples.  It is on the way to Bethany, where Mary, Martha and Lazarus lived.  Since he stayed with them throughout the Passion week, Jesus walked this trail to Jerusalem - over the Mount of Olives - every day of that final week of His life.  At the base of the Mount of Olives, just as the land begins to rise out of the Kidron Valley, is the Garden of Gethsemane.  It is due east of Temple Mount.  In Jesus' day, the sides of the hill were covered with Olive trees - some of which survive to this day.  Hence the name "Mount of Olives".  It was also the site of an ancient graveyard - a Jewish cemetery that contains the remains of some of Israel's OT prophets and exists to this day. This is the place we want to examine this morning.  This is the place Jesus chose for several key events during His life and ministry.  This is the place to which He will return.

I. THEOCRACY ON THE MOUNT (Matthew 21:1-11)

On the Sunday before His crucifixion - this day we now call Palm Sunday, Jesus presented Himself to Israel as her king.  He began His Triumphal Entry from Bethphage, on the east side of the summit.  He sent two of His disciples into that village to locate a donkey and her colt.  They found them and brought them to Jesus as He told them to do.  This fulfilled Zechariah's prophecy (Zech. 9:9) that He would present Himself to Israel as her king on the back of a donkey.  His disciples placed their outer garments on the back of the donkey and then helped Jesus into place.  A crowd began to gather and they followed the example of the disciples, taking their outer garments and laying them across the path as the donkey moved.  Others pulled down Palm branches and laid them in the roadway.  As the crowd made its way down the side of the Mount of Olives, people began to chant, "Hosanna to the Son of David!"  "Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the LORD!"  "Hosanna in the highest!"  Interspersed in the crowd were Pharisees - members of the Jewish ruling elite, who were not impressed with Jesus or His teachings.  They shouted out to Jesus, telling Him to quiet His disciples, which Jesus refused to do.  Cries of "Blessed is the King" and "Glory in the highest" continued to ring out.  As Jesus came near the Kidron Valley - at the base of the Mount of Olives, Luke tells us He paused and looked over Jerusalem.  Tears filled His eyes.  He wept over the unbelief of the city, prophesying that "not one stone will be left upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation."  Even as He presented Himself as King; even as the crowds around Him sang His praises; even as He entered the city of David that will one day be the seat of His government, He recognized that Israel had rejected Him.  This was their chance to be once again ruled by God - to be the people of the promised Messiah, and they missed it because of unbelief.  They were racing headlong toward judgment and destruction, and it broke His heart.

The Mount of Olives was the scene of God's offer of a King.

II. TEACHING ON THE MOUNT (Matthew 24-25)

In Matthew 24-25, Jesus sat down with His disciples during Passion Week and spent some time explaining the events of the end times.  It is a prophecy related to the Second Coming and as such, ties closely with our 5th point this morning from the prophet Zechariah.  We'll get there in a few minutes.  Remember that Jesus went to this place with His disciples often.  He likely taught them many things on the side of the Mount of Olives.  As John said, if all the things that Jesus said and did were written down, the whole world couldn't contain the scroll.  So, this is probably not the only thing they heard from Jesus up on the hillside.  However, it is one of the most important things He told them here - so important, that Matthew devoted 2 chapters to it.  It is often referred to as "The Olivet Discourse" because He delivered it on the Mount of Olives.  He began by predicting the destruction of the Temple.  His disciples were rightly impressed by the Temple that Herod had built.  It was a magnificent structure - a monumental feat of ancient engineering.  As they walked out of the Temple area, they were pointing that out to Jesus when He said, "…not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down."  Sound familiar?  Just a few days earlier, as He entered the city on the donkey, He had said the same thing as He wept over Jerusalem.  So, this was the second time in a period of hours that He had said this.  They walked in silence through the Kidron Valley to their usual spot and sat down.  Then someone asked when all of this would come to pass.  The answer is the Olivet Discourse.  We won't take the time to go over it in detail, but can you imagine the silence around the circle as Jesus taught?  This is riveting stuff!  He talked about the signs of the end of the age, and about the horrors of the Tribulation.  He talked about His Second Coming and the fact that no one knows the day or the hour when the Son of Man will come.  He spoke to them in parables describing the end times and what it will be like (the parable of the fig tree, and of the 10 virgins, and of the talents) and He told them that He will judge the nations.  There was horror and comfort in that lesson.  There was straight talk and illustrations.  There was encouragement to be faithful and warning for those who are not.  I'm sure it was a gut-wrenching half hour or so.  It made an impression - so much so that Matthew was able to relate it to us years later.

The Mount of Olives was the scene of the Master's teaching.

III. TREASON ON THE MOUNT (Matthew 26:36-56)

Just two nights later, Jesus was dead.  His betrayer was a man from within His inner circle - a man He called friend (a fulfillment of another prophecy) and a man who was so trusted among the disciples that no one could have imagined that he would do what he did.  Judas had to find a place to turn Jesus over to the Jewish rulers that would be away from the packed city and at a time when the crowds would not be around to riot.  Crowds made the Jewish rulers very nervous.  They knew that a riot would attract the unwanted attention of the Romans - attention that would be directed at them.  So, they wanted to keep this as quiet as possible.  Enter Judas.  He promised to find a time and place that would meet the needs of the Sanhedrin and they were very happy to have his inside help (Mark 14:11).  That quiet place and time would be late at night on the lower slopes of the Mount of Olives - a place called Gethsemane.  Judas knew that Jesus was in the habit of going there for quiet time with His disciples.  So, when his cover was blown by the omniscient Son of God, he left the Upper Room early and gathered his cohort of soldiers to meet up with Jesus in that precious place of quiet and prayer.  In the mean time, Jesus finished up the Last Supper with the rest of His disciples and they went together to Gethsemane, as was their habit.  Only this time, Jesus knew things would be different…so did the disciples.  He set them apart in two groups and went off alone to pray and allow the Father to prepare Him for the ordeal to follow.  This place of quiet and intimate fellowship became a place of sorrow, prayer and betrayal.  As Jesus was pouring His heart out to His Father, Judas was busy making final preparations to bring the mob out to capture Jesus.  He prayed and Judas schemed.  He prepared His heart and mind while Judas prepared his murderous band.  

The precious Mount of Olives became the scene of betrayal.  

IV. TRANSITION ON THE MOUNT (Acts 1:4-12)

After the crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples at least 10 times over a period of forty days.  He appeared to them in the Upper Room at least twice, on the road to Emmaus, on a hillside in Galilee, along the Sea of Galilee and on the Mount of Olives.  That last time is what we want to talk about for a minute here this morning.  On Jesus' final day on earth, He led His disciples out to the Mount of Olives and shared a few final thoughts with them (Acts 1:4ff).  Then, He simply began to ascend.  He left earth in miraculous fashion.  Of course, it was no big deal for Someone who had walked on water to just begin to float and disappear from view on the way to His Heavenly Father.  However, for the disciples, it was yet another spectacular evidence that this was, in fact, the Son of God.  They were mesmerized.  So much so that God sent two angels to snap them out of it and send them on their way back to Jerusalem.  This place of communion and prayer and sorrow and betrayal became the place of separation and promise.  "This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven."  In other words, He will descend from the clouds just as he ascended into the clouds.  He will come back for us some day, and then with us to the very same place.  

The Mount of Olives became the scene of transition - for Jesus and His disciples.  And that takes us to our final point.  

V. TRIUMPH ON THE MOUNT (Zechariah 14:1-9)

The prophet Zechariah had a lot to say about the appearance of the Messiah.  In chapter 14, he spoke of the Day of the LORD, about a battle in Jerusalem that would go badly for the Jews until Messiah, Jesus comes back and touches His feet to the summit of the Mount of Olives.  At that moment the hill will split in half "from east to west" and create "a very large valley".  Jerusalem sits on a fault line.  The fault line runs east from the city through the Mount of Olives.  A massive earthquake could accomplish exactly what Zechariah prophesied.  Not only will the mountain split, it will move.  The northern part will move to the north and the southern part to the south.  The resulting valley will be the way of escape for God's people.  They will flee east to safety and God will fight against the assembled armies of the world.  It will be no contest.  Messiah's victory will accomplish the utter defeat and destruction of His enemies.  "This same Jesus…will so come in like manner as you have seen Him go…" Back to the Mount of Olives in power and majesty.  That didn't happen in 70 AD (as the Preterists claim); but it will happen at the end of the Tribulation. 

The Mount of Olives will become the launching point for total victory. 

APPLICATION

This is an amazing hill.  It was the site of much of what took place in Jesus' life and ministry.  It was where he taught, and prayed and fellowshipped with God and man.  It's where he rode in triumph and wept in agony.  It's the place where He was betrayed and where He will ultimately be victorious. It speaks to us of who Jesus is and what our relationship to Him should be.  When we stood in the Garden of Gethsemane, we saw Olive trees that are 2000 years old.  They witnessed the life of Christ.  They are mute testimony to the suffering and triumph of our Savior.  Today, we are living, breathing, speaking testimony to the saving power of Jesus Christ.  If you have never acknowledged Jesus for who He is; if you have never placed your faith in Him to save you from the penalty of your sin, why not make today the day?  His ministry the Mount of Olives was for you.  Will you trust Him to finish the job in your heart?

Let's Pray.

 
Entering the City

Standing on the Mount of Olives two weeks ago, we surveyed Jerusalem from the east and watched the events of Jesus' Passion Week play out in our minds. The Garden of Gethsemane is at the base of the Mount of Olives. Parts of the hillside are still covered with olive trees dating back to the time of Jesus. In my mind, I could see Jesus riding down the hillside into the Kidron Valley below on the back of a donkey on His way into Jerusalem. I could see the mob led by Judas iscariot make their way across that valley up to the Garden in order to arrest Jesus. I could see could see Jesus, bound and surrounded by the Temple Guard being led back to Caiaphas' house for trial. I could even see Jesus descending from Heaven and touching down at the pinnacle of the Mount of Olives as the Mount splits in two. What we were seeing in real time was a sleepy hillside covered with graves, olive trees and churches, but it was the launching point for so much in Jesus' lifeâ€Â¦and will have a central place when He enters the city again. 

 
A FRIEND IN HIGH PLACES

April 6, 2014 - AM - Pastor Stan Lightfoot

 

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(Ruth 2:14-23)

Theme: Loyal love works both ways

INTRODUCTION

* Recap: Ruth's First Day in Boaz's Fields

Three weeks ago, we saw God's hand of providence leading Ruth to Boaz's fields on her first day of gleaning.  She didn't know where to go, or who Boaz was.  She simply walked to where people were working and asked to glean.  God directed her steps and brought her to Boaz.  It was so cool to watch God do the same thing for us on our trip to Israel - bringing us to the exact same spot that he brought Darren at the exact same time.  Right after preaching on God's providence, He displayed it for us in a way that left no doubt.  For his part, Boaz didn't go looking for Ruth or Naomi.  He had heard about how Ruth had treated her mother-in-law with loyal love, and he was prepared with information when Ruth appeared, but God is the one who brought her to his fields.  When he realized who she was, he struck up a conversation with her and asked her to stay in his fields.  He also let her know that he was fully aware of her loyalty to Naomi and her willingness to forsake the land of her birth in order to minister to her mother-in-law.

* Ruth's Loyal Love for Naomi

That loyal love for Naomi earned Ruth respect in the eyes of Boaz - as well as others in Bethlehem.  She was willing to walk away from everything she had known and follow Naomi to a strange land - all because she found something in Naomi that lit a fire in her heart.  Ruth didn't come to Bethlehem because she had seen travel brochures, or even because she wanted to become an Israelite.  She came because it was Naomi's home, and she wanted to be with Naomi.  Naomi's home, Naomi's people, even Naomi's God became Ruth's because she loved Naomi.

That's the information that reached Boaz's ears, and that's what resulted in what we are about to see this morning.

I. THE EXPRESSION OR BOAZ'S COMPASSION (2:14-16)

Up to this point, Boaz's compassion was in word only.  He had spoken kindly to Ruth, issued an invitation to her to glean in his field and had even commanded to his young workers to keep their hands off of her.  But that's as far as it had gone.  At noon, he took the next step.

A. His Open Expression (2:14)

In the middle of the day, everyone took a break for a meal.  Boaz was apparently accustomed to feeding his workers - those who were in his employ.  That would not necessarily include gleaners.  They were not his employees, and he would have sensed no obligation to feed them.  However, when Boaz and his reapers gathered for the noon meal, he personally invited Ruth to join them.  That in itself was an act of compassion.  He made her feel like one of his own workers.  We don't know if that happened every day - maybe it did, and maybe it didn't, but on this first day in the field, Boaz made Ruth feel at home.  He personally served her, giving her "bread" and roasted grain and inviting her to dip with the others in the vinegar.  She ate all she wanted and then was able to tuck a little away for Naomi.  Boaz was good to her and expressed his compassion openly.  It was obvious that he was impressed with this young woman from Moab. 

B. His Secret Expression (2:15-16)

At the end of the meal, Ruth got up to go back to work.  When she was out of ear shot, Boaz pulled his employees aside and gave them some instructions that related to Ruth.  He didn't want her to know what he was about to do, but he wanted to be sure she went home at the end of the night with a bountiful harvest.  He told them, "Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not reproach (embarrass or scold) her."  That was permission for Ruth to glean among what had already been harvested.  The "sheaves" constituted the part of the harvest that belonged to Boaz.  The men would work with the sickles, bringing the ripened grain to the ground on the stalks.  Then the women who worked for Boaz would come along behind and tie the downed stalks into bundles - "sheaves".  The gleaners had no right to work among the sheaves, but Ruth might not have known that, being new to this whole process, and Boaz lifted that restriction.  As if that wasn't enough, he told them to drop some of the harvest "from the bundles" on purpose - to be sure she found it.  Again, they were not to rebuke her for picking up what the reapers dropped.  Boaz was making sure that Ruth had plenty of barley from which to glean.  He didn't just give it to her and send her home; he put it where she could find it in the normal course of her work.  There was dignity and honor in what Ruth was doing.  Boaz didn't steal that from her.  Instead, he made it possible for her to find extra in the course of her work.  Ruth had no idea what he had done.  She was new enough to all of this that it didn't apparently strike her as odd that she was able to bring more than half a bushel of barley home.  But that generous amount was due to the compassion of her benefactor, Boaz.

II. THE EVIDENCE OF BOAZ'S COMPASSION (2:17-23)

Boaz's compassion may not have been completely apparent to Ruth (though she recognized his kindness in a number of ways), but it became evident to Naomi as soon as Ruth got home.

A. What Ruth Gleaned (2:17-18)

When the work day was over, Ruth "beat out what she had gleaned" and had "about an ephah of barley" - a little more than half a bushel.  That was a pretty good harvest for one girl who had never worked this system before - much better than she should have been able to produce.  Estimates of how much that was range from 30 to 50 pounds of grain.  It was likely enough to supply the needs of the two women for several weeks - all from one day's work.  She took it home and laid it out to her astonished mother-in-law and then gave her the food she had tucked away at lunch.  Naomi took one look and knew that someone had taken a special interest in Ruth.  Her rapid-fire series of questions, "Where have you gleaned today?" and "Where did you work?" were more than mere passing interest.  She could see immediately that someone "took notice" of Ruth and had helped her above and beyond what was required in the law.  She had much more than she should have been able to glean and on top of that, she had leftovers from a lunch to which she was not entitled.  Somebody cared enough to take her under his wing, and Naomi knew it. 

B. Where Ruth Gleaned (2:19-23)

Ruth quickly answered Naomi's question, though she still did not understand the significance of her answer.  "The man's name with whom I worked today is Boaz."  That was the icing on the cake as far as Naomi was concerned.  Her response was to lift her hands in worship and call down a blessing on Boaz while also recognizing that God had not forsaken His people - alive and dead.  Her comment might be mis-read, so let's read it again and be sure we understand what she said.  "Blessed be he (Boaz) of the Lord, who (speaking now of God) has not forsaken His (God's) kindness to the living (Ruth and I) and the dead (Mahlon)!"  Naomi saw the hand of God in ways that Ruth did not yet understand.  She understood that Ruth had "stumbled" on to the field of a close relative of hers.  She understood that Boaz had taken steps to be sure that Ruth received special, favorable treatment.  She understood that God might be moving to place Ruth under the protective wings of Boaz, as a kinsman redeemer.  She understood all of that, even though Ruth probably only saw a dim shadow of what God was doing.  So, Naomi explained that Boaz was a relative - a close relative - and by saying so suggested that God was using him to meet their needs.  Ruth relayed what he had said about staying in his fields and Naomi told her it was wise for her to do exactly that - to stay in Boaz's field throughout the time of the harvest - to not let anyone "meet you in any other field."  That word "meet" can mean "attack", so there was a component of safety in what Naomi was saying to Ruth.  So, that's what Ruth did - she worked in Boaz's fields through the barley and wheat harvests (probably about seven weeks) from late April until sometime in June and lived with Naomi throughout that time.

APPLICATION

Ruth had a friend in high places - a friend who took special pains to care for her needs.  Without Boaz, Ruth and Naomi might have had a very tough time making ends meet.  However, Boaz made sure they had plenty of everything they needed to get by.  That's a nice story, but it's more than that.  

We have a Friend in high places, too.  Can you see the parallels for us in this story?  God has blessed us by moving us toward our Savior.  He has directed our steps to Jesus and we have found in Him a friend like no other.  We have life and we have it more abundantly.  He has provided everything we need and asked us to stay close to Him, because he will continue to supply our needs and protect us.  There is no reason to wander away.  No one else can care for us like Jesus.  No one else loves us like Jesus.  No one else has our best interest at heart like Jesus.  Yet, we are prone to wander.  We always seem to want to see what the next field is like - to see if there are greener pastures somewhere else, and we forsake the One who has promised to "supply all our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4:19).  Ruth knew when she had it good.  She knew - and Naomi reinforced that understanding - that Boaz's fields were the place to be.  She understood that wandering off to another field was foolish and could even be dangerous.  So day after day, throughout the harvest, Ruth walked to Boaz's fields and worked.  She became a fixture there.  People expected her to be there every morning and she was.  God supplied her needs because she faithfully stayed by the one God had placed in her path.  The same can be true of us.  God has placed Jesus Christ in your path.  He has given us a Redeemer who loves us and has the ability to meet every need we have.  Have you wandered off to another field?  Have you gone off on your own, seeking pleasure or fulfillment from someone or something else?  Come back to the Savior.  Come back to the One who died for you, and loves you so much that He will bend over backward to meet your needs.  David said, "You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore." (Psalm 16:11)  Come home.

Let's Pray.

 
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