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Words From The Hill: Week 11 – Nov. 13, 2022

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” – Matt. 6:19-24

  1. How do you try to live the way of Jesus in the ordinary mundane things of life?
  2. What do Jesus’ words of “life to the full” mean to you?
  3. Why is it so easy to get distracted by “things” or “stuff” and lose sight of the most important things in life?
  4. What do you value or protect the most?  Where might your treasure be?
  5. How does the question, “Do you want more stories or more stuff?” hit you? Does it shift anything in your mind and heart?
  6. Do you ever find yourself envying others or being jealous of something they have or do?  How do you work through that?
  7. Do you find it easy or hard to release your money to God?  Why or why not?

“Materialism is that that tethers our hearts to the earth.” – John Stott

“Use the things of this world but long for the things of eternity.” – Thomas a Kempis

“Jesus invites us to live life to the full by surrendering our stuff, desires, and money to God.” – Michael Poorman 

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On August 26, 2021, IL Governor J.B. Pritzker issued an Executive Order mandating that masks be worn at all indoor gatherings. Although churches are exempt from the Executive Order, out of respect for governing authorities, Parkview has continued to ask staff, leaders, volunteers, and those attending Sunday gatherings to wear a mask while indoors. We are grateful for our people’s understanding and willingness to do so. The Governor recently indicated that his Executive Order will be rescinded on Monday, February 28th making masks no longer required in most indoor settings. In anticipation of that, on Sunday, February 27th Parkview will return to a “mask optional” policy.

While the mask policy has once again shifted, our commitment to your health and wellbeing has not. We remain dedicated to thoroughly cleaning our public spaces before and after our gatherings. Masks and hand sanitizer are still readily available to those who want them.

Navigating these difficult days has not always been clear or easy. Whatever your perspective on current realities, as fellow Christians, let us allow kindness, grace and compassion characterize our interaction and relationships. In the words of the Apostle Paul, “Let us be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”

I look forward to being with you on Sundays.
Grace and Peace,
Ray S. Kollbocker
Lead Pastor