Ackworth Friends Church

Ackworth Friends Church

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Ackworth Friends Church was founded June 5th, 1852 and is located in Ackworth Iowa on the north side of Highway 92. Sunday [email protected]:15am/[email protected]:15am

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[05/25/21]   Join us 6:30pm on Wednesday at the Church for Music at Ackworth. Weather permitting, Sue and Shawn will be playing and singing outside. Bring a lawn chair, this should y good.

05/25/2021

Janet brought in these Lovely Iris on Sunday.

Janet brought in these Lovely Iris on Sunday.

05/16/2021

Today's flowers brought to us by Janet.

Today's flowers brought to us by Janet.

Photos from Ackworth Friends Church's post 04/11/2021

Spring flowers are coming up!

04/07/2021

I've been remiss in posting pictures lately. Please enjoy the first flowers of the season provided be Marie. Yes, they were that small and that cute. Not sure where she found the miniture vase though....

I've been remiss in posting pictures lately. Please enjoy the first flowers of the season provided be Marie. Yes, they were that small and that cute. Not sure where she found the miniture vase though....

Photos from Ackworth Friends Church's post 04/07/2021

Easter Sunday flowers provided by. Janet

[04/04/21]   HE IS RISEN!

[12/24/20]   Luke 24

It has been good to read about Jesus day-by-day straight through Luke from before His birth through His resurrection. There is no Christmas without Easter. Jesus’ birth, life, death, and resurrection are all part of God’s redemptive plan to bring us back to Him.

In Luke, several women find the empty tomb and are spoken to by two angels. Other gospels differ slightly in these events. Does that create a credibility problem?

Jesus walks with the two men on the road to Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem but does not reveal who He is. They had been in Jerusalem to see prophesies fulfilled and had heard the testimony of the women who found the empty tomb. Why are they walking away from Jerusalem crestfallen?

Jesus’ resurrected body is immortal, and He was able to appear and disappear. What does he do to show the disciples he is really alive and not a ghost?

Jesus tells the disciples they are witnesses, and we are, too. He tells them to remain in the city until he sends the Holy Spirit, which we have, too. We also have the collected works of God’s Word readily available.

The resurrection of Jesus is the central fact of the Christian faith. Here are some notes from my study Bible about its significance:
1. Through the Resurrection the Kingdom of Heaven broke into earth’s history. Now we are headed for redemption, not disaster, waiting for the second coming.
2. Because of the Resurrection we know that death has been conquered and we will live eternally.
3. The Resurrection gives authority to the church’s witness in the world. Look at the early evangelistic messages of Acts, proclaiming the Resurrection. I would add that, “He is risen!” shouldn’t just be an Easter message.
4. The Resurrection gives meaning to spiritual communion with the Lord, whether practiced through the Lord’s Supper or Worship After the Manner of Friends.
5. The Resurrection helps us find meaning even in great tragedy. We walk with the Lord and have hope for the future.
6. The Resurrection assures us that Christ is alive and ruling His kingdom. He is not just a legend.
7. God’s power that brought Christ back from the dead is available to us so that we can live for Him in an evil world.

Thanks for reading along, and I hope you have a blessed Christmas!

[12/24/20]   John 1:14
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.

[12/23/20]   Chapter 23 opens with Jesus appearing before Pilate. Pilate had a reputation for harassing the Jews, but if the people became too upset and lodged a formal complaint with Rome, he could be removed. There is a political aspect to the crucifixion, too. Pilate seems happy to pass Jesus off to Herod Antipas when he hears Jesus is a Galilean.

Herod is excited to see Jesus because he wants to see a miracle. He asks Jesus lots of questions, but Jesus disappoints him and remains silent. After mocking and ridiculing Jesus, Herod sends Him back to Pilate.
Pilate can see Jesus has committed no crime, and he plans to flog and release Him. In the end he gives in to the people, releases Barabbas, and turns Jesus over. Luke does not record Pilate saying he washes his hands of Jesus, which has very powerful symbolism, I think. I always think of the contrast between the crowd calling, “Crucify him!” with the cheers of “Hosanna!” at the triumphal entry. I hope that believers today are not so easily led astray and manipulated.

On the way to the cross, only Luke mentions the women weeping. Jesus stops and tells them to cry for themselves. He knows in less than 40 years Rome will destroy the Temple and Jerusalem.

As you read the account of His crucifixion, place yourself at the scene. Where would you be? What would you do? I find the thief of the cross, the Roman officer, and Joseph of Arimathea very interesting people.

[12/22/20]   In Chapter 22 we see the religious leaders plotting against Jesus and Judas betraying Him (vv.1-5). They do this under cover of darkness because they fear Jesus’ popularity with the people. This is taking place in the context of Passover, that most important Jewish observance. We also see Jesus institute the Last Supper with His disciples (vv. 14-22). The disciples don’t understand the significance of everything and are still sometimes focused on the wrong things, like arguing who would be the greatest among them (v.24). Jesus knows that Peter will deny Him three times (vv. 31-34) but also looks forward to the day when Peter will repent and strengthen his brothers. John 21:15-17 has the resurrected Jesus appearing to Jesus and asking him three times if he loves Him. Each time Jesus says, “Feed my lambs,” or “Feed my sheep.” There are three affirmations here, like there were three denials earlier. Jesus in the garden praying is very poignant, showing His humanity as He asks God to deliver Him from the cross if there is any other way. In the end He prays, “Not my will but yours,” though, which is such a great model for all of us (v. 42). The chapter ends with Judas’s betrayal of Jesus, Peter’s denial, and the beginning of Jesus’ persecution at the hands of the religious leaders.

Questions to think about:
Do we betray or deny Jesus in any ways today?
Have we learned to pray, “Not my will but Yours”?

[12/21/20]   In Chapter 21 Jesus shares an illustration of sacrificial giving and tells His followers not to be afraid of persecution. He foretells the future fall of Jerusalem and tells people to stay alert.

1. Why is the widow’s small gift so impressive to Jesus?

2. How will persecution be an opportunity for Jesus’ followers? Why shouldn’t they worry? (vv.12-19)

3. Note on verse 24: The “period of the Gentiles” began with Babylon’s destruction of Jerusalem in 586 B.C. and the exile of the Jewish people. Israel was no longer independent but under the control of Gentile rulers.

4. In verse 34 what does Jesus warn may dull our hearts? What kinds of things can preoccupy you and make you lose focus on Christ’s second coming?

[12/20/20]   Chapter 20 is a continual challenging of and misunderstanding of Jesus. No one could deny the authority of Jesus’ teaching, but the religious leaders questioned where this authority came from. They could not get past their denial of His divinity. They always failed to catch Him in their traps, though.

In the Parable of the Evil Farmers, Jesus quotes Psalm 118:22: “The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.” What is the significance of this verse, and why does it anger the religious leaders?

Do you think Jesus’ answer in verse 25 still applies to us today? Why did this answer amaze His critics and shock them into silence?

The Sadducees didn’t believe in resurrection but tried to trap Jesus with a question related to it. Other teachers of religious law couldn’t help but admire Jesus’ answer, and we should remember what verse 38 says, too: “So he is the God of the living, not the dead, for they are all alive to him.”

When Jesus turns the tables and asks the religious leaders a question (vv.41-44), they cannot answer. Then he warns the people to beware of the religious leaders, who have fallen in love with their power and position.

[12/20/20]   John 3:16-19
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.

[12/19/20]   Early in Chapter 19 Jesus interacts with Zaccheus, the notorious tax collector. How do you explain his complete and rapid transformation? How do you think you would have reacted to what happened with Zaccheus if you had been there?

How do you explain verse 26? Is this just confirmation that the rich get richer, a comment about stewardship, or something else?

We see Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, but He stops and is saddened as He approaches the city. Why?

After cleansing the Temple again, Jesus begins teaching there. Contrast the reaction of the religious leaders to Jesus with the reaction of the rest of the people to Him.

[12/18/20]   In Chapter 18 Jesus speaks so powerfully about what the state of our hearts and our faith should be. Motivation matters to God.

He begins with the parable of the persistent widow? What does this parable suggest we should be like? What does it tell us about God?

Next Jesus shares the parable of two men who prayed. How do the prayers of the Pharisee and the publican (tax collector) differ? What does this tell us about our own prayer life?

What does it mean to receive the Kingdom of God like a child?

Why did Jesus set the bar so high for the rich young man? Could it be that the man’s focus was on his works, and Jesus wanted to emphasize the difficulty of earning our way to heaven?

Although we don’t walk with Jesus in the flesh, what advantages do we have over the disciples in knowing God’s plan?

What was the beggar’s motivation in being healed?

[12/17/20]   In Chapter 17 Jesus teaches his disciples about forgiveness and faith, heals ten men with leprosy, and teaches about the coming of the Kingdom of God.

What causes the disciples to request, “Show us how to increase our faith”? What areas of your life do you feel like you could use more faith?

In verse 10 Jesus reminds his disciples that when we obey God, we are only doing our duty, and we should regard it as a privilege. Do we sometimes slip into thinking we deserve extra credit for serving God? If so, why is that?

Here’s a not on the one thankful man who was healed (vv.15-16): “It is possible to receive God’s gifts with an ungrateful spirit—9 of the 10 men did so. Only the thankful man, however, learned that his faith has played a role in his healing; and only grateful Christians grow in understanding God’s grace. God does not demand that we thank him, but he is pleased when we do so. And he uses our responsiveness to teach us more about himself.”

What do you think Jesus meant when he said, “The Kingdom of God is already among you” v.21)?

What does Jesus use the examples of Noah and Lot to illustrate (vv.26-37)?

[12/16/20]   In Chapter 16 Jesus tells a couple of parables that expose the sinfulness of the Pharisees’ attitudes toward money and should make us examine our own priorities and motives.

What do you think about the seeming commendation of the “dishonest rascal” (v.8)?

Do you think it is true that the first parable is more about how we use our money than how much money we have? What does the use of our resources have to do with eternity (vv.10-13)?

Sometimes people see the Old Testament and New Testament as totally separate, the Law and grace. How does Jesus make clear that that isn’t the case (vv.16-17)?

A couple of notes on the second parable about the Rich Man and the Beggar (Lazarus) vv.19-31:

“The Pharisees considered wealth to be proof of a person’s righteousness. Jesus startled them with this story in which a diseased beggar is rewarded and a rich man is punished. The rich man did not go to hell because of his wealth but because he was selfish, refusing to feed Lazarus, take him in, or care for him.”

“The rich man thought that his five brothers would surely believe a messenger who had been raised from the dead. But Jesus said if they did not believe Moses and the prophets, who spoke constantly of caring for the poor, not even a resurrection would convince them. Notice the irony in Jesus’ statement; on his way to Jerusalem to die, he was fully aware that even when he had risen from the dead, most of the religious leaders would not accept him. They were set in their ways, and neither Scripture nor God’s Son himself would shake them loose.”
Life Application Study Bible, New Living Translation

[12/15/20]   Luke 15 has the Parables of the Lost Sheep, Lost Coin, and Lost (Prodigal) Son. Jesus tells all of these in response to the religious leaders’ criticism that He is spending too much time with sinners. I have a feeling the Pharisees would have loved Jesus if He would have joined their club and treated them with great respect.

Here are a few study notes:

15:8-10 Palestinian women received ten silver coins as a wedding gift. Besides their monetary value, these coins had sentimental value like a wedding ring.

15:20 The father watched and waited for his son to return, unlike the first two parables, where there was active seeking. God waits patiently for us, too, and doesn’t force us to come to Him.

15:24 The coin was lost through no fault of its own. The sheep was lost because it foolishly wandered away. The son left out of selfishness. God’s love reaches out and finds sinners no matter how they got lost.

Examine the actions of the father, the lost son, and the older brother. With whom do you identify on a daily basis? What character would you be in this parable?

15:32 The older brother represents the Pharisees, who were angry and resentful about sinners being welcomed into God’s Kingdom. They must have thought, “We have sacrificed and done so much for God! What’s going on?” We need to make sure we don’t become self-righteous, too.

[12/14/20]   Chapter 14 has what have become familiar events and themes in Luke. Jesus eats dinner at a Pharisee’s house and again heals on the Sabbath, calling the religious leaders out at He does so. He teaches people about humility and counsels them to help the helpless. My study Bible has a very good note about The Parable of the Great Feast (vv.15-24):

“The custom was to send two invitations to a party: the first to announce the event and the second to tell the guests that everything was ready. The guests in Jesus’ story insulted the host by making excuses when he issued the second invitation. In Israel’s history, God’s first invitation came from Moses and the prophets; the second came from his Son. The religious leaders accepted the first invitation. They believed that God had called them to be his people, but they insulted God by refusing to accept his Son. Thus, as the master in the story sent his servant into the streets to invite the needy to his banquet, so God sent his Son to a whole world of needy people to tell them that God’s Kingdom had arrived and was ready for them.”

The chapter ends with Jesus teaching about the cost of being a disciple. Carrying one’s own cross would have been a familiar concept to them, as Romans required those condemned to be executed to carry the crosses on which they would die. Jesus asks for total submission. Jesus wants us to make an informed decision to follow Him, just like a builder counting the cost of a building before beginning.

12/13/2020

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[12/13/20]   Chapter 13 begins with Jesus calling on the people to repent because no one knows when their time on earth will be done (vv.1-5). In verses 6-9 the image of an unproductive fig tree being cut down if it doesn’t start to produce fruit reminds us that we should live our faith. In verses 10-17 Jesus again heals on the Sabbath and shames his enemies when they criticize him. In verses 18-21 Jesus compares the Kingdom of God to a mustard seed and to a bit of yeast. Why does he use these symbols?

In verses 24-30 Jesus teaches about entering the Kingdom? Is there anything in those verses that you find surprising?

In verse 31 some Pharisees warn Jesus to leave because Herod Antipas is wanting to kill him. It is not likely that they were really worried about Jesus as they were plotting against him themselves. More than likely they just didn’t want him in Jerusalem.

I always find Jesus’ lament about Jerusalem (vv.34-35) very powerful. Why is Jerusalem such a significant city?

[12/13/20]   Matthew 2:10,11
When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

[12/12/20]   Chapter 12 is very thought-provoking, in my opinion, with some things that seem contradictory, or hard to understand, on the surface. Believers understand and know them to be true, but people who don’t have the Spirit don’t understand spiritual things.

In verse 5 Jesus says to “fear God,” but in verse 7 He says, “Do not be afraid.” A surface look could make this seem contradictory, but Jesus is contrasting how we should view God and man. I don’t think today we talk much about being God-fearing, but God will determine our eternal fate. People really have limited power to harm us. Jesus was speaking to followers who would face religious persecution. In modern America any religious persecution is much more subtle.

What do you think is the key point of the Parable of the Rich Fool (vv.13-21)? Like many parables, the final verse pulls things together.

Why should believers be less prone to worry than others (vv.22-31)? I know people have different personalities, but what truths does Jesus share for all of us in this passage?

Verse 34 says, “Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will be also.” It has been said that if you want to see a person’s priorities, look at his/her checkbook. Do you agree?

In verses 47-48 Jesus indicates that different people have different levels of responsibility. Why is that? How have you seen the end of verse 48 happen in real life: “ . . . When someone has been given much, much will be required in return, and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required”?

Verse 51 could sound troubling or ominous to some. How should believers respond to this verse?

Why weren’t people seeing the signs that Jesus was referring to in verses 54-57?

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