Peace based on performance – but thankfully not ours!

John 16:33
I have said these things to you,
that in me you may have peace.
In the world you will have tribulation.
But take heart;
I have overcome the world.”

TULIP Truth: Jesus’ peace for us is NOT dependent upon our performance. Neither was peace dependent upon the disciples’ performance, as Jesus spoke this promise to them hours before they all fled Christ.

Chapter 3 release of Turner’s fiction. The Lost City of Zeetie

Chapter 3
They set off, But leaving a note so their parents won’t worry. Boe drove them all the way to the coast of Koy kee, where they floated on a steam boat, their destination was koymany.
Koymany was an island that was in a circle that was very far apart. If you’re on one side, you can’t see the other side!
Legend has it that the lost island of Zeetie is in the middle, but no one can prove its existence! ” So what sport do you think they might have on Zeetie? ” asked JT ” I wander. ” answered Boe in the steamboat.
” SHHHHHH! Quiet! The Captain’s speaking! ” Shhhhhed Buck.
” Hello! This is your Captain speaking! We are in the port of Koymany! Please exit the boat through the front exit, not to mention, Orderly! ”
When they exited, they immediately got on a sailboat to go to the middle of the island. But there was a terrible storm! So they had to cancel.
They rented a 3 storey house. They each have their own master bedrooms, a reading loft, a basement, a big kitchen, 5 bathrooms, 5 showers and 1 pool + a hut tub! And an indoor sports room! For a discount of $50.00! When there parents got home, they read the note!

Hi Mom and Dad,

We have set of to Koymany to find the lost city of Zeetie! We love you so much! Don’t follow us! If the weather’s bad, we had reservations for a 3 storey house! By the time you get this, we will be at Koymany. Tell everyone that all the rider kids will find the lost city of Zeetie!

Sincerely,
All your loving kids!

The two parents stood there for some time in awe! They believe in their kids! So they didn’t follow as they asked. ” When is the rain going to clear?!?! ” complained JT.
” Ya know! ” answered Boe. ” There’s a secret Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis ball, and Baseball room! And even a Secret Passageway that you can play Racquetball! ” ” Thanks Boe! ” answered JT.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Coming soon… January 27th
Coming soon… February 3rd
Coming soon… February 10th
Coming soon… February 17th
Coming soon… February 24th
Coming soon… February 31st
Coming soon… March 7th
Coming soon… March 14th
Coming soon… March 21st
Zeetie’s ending… April 2nd

VII. The Sermon: An Old Story – Reverend Kyle McClellan, Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church

Photo. Friend Tom Randal in the Philippines.

The Sermon Passage: John 15:18-16:4

The Big Idea: Jesus informs his followers of the world’s hatred for them, the forms this antimosity will take, why it comes and the hope they have in facing such hostility.

I. What form? (15:18, 20; 16:2).

II. Why does it come?

A. You’ve switched sides (vv. 19-25).
We now have been called to play on a different team. The other team will not like us very well now. It is similar to the hatred that Cain had for Abel.

B. Not ignorance, but sin (vv. 22-25).
This treatment is not sportsmanship animosity but sin. Education and more information is not the answer.

III. What hope do we have?

A. Jesus told us it would be this way (16:1, 3).
It should come as no surprise. They don’t want to hear our nonsensical words.

B. Spirit-empowered testimony (15:26-27)
All of our witness is apostolic witness as we re-tell what they have seen and heard. The Spirit changes hearts not us.

When ill treatment comes it is tempting for the church to withdrawal into a holy huddle. Christ says that we need to continue bearing witness.

Ridley and Lattimer were burned alive for their faith in England a few hundred years ago. The morning he was going to die, one of them told the warden’s believing wife, “My breakfast will be somewhat sharp but my dinner will be oh so sweet!!!”

The passage.
18 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.
19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
20 Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.
21 But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me.
22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.
23 Whoever hates me hates my Father also.
24 If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father.
25 But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: ‘They hated me without a cause.’
26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.
27 And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.
1 “I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away.
2 They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God.
3 And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me.
4 But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you. The Work of the Holy Spirit “I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you.

Chapter 2 of The Lost City of Zeetie, by Turner Blick

" Is it about sports champions? " asked JT

" Of course not, It’s obviously about a hairstylist. " cut in Kelly, in one of those I’m-a-right-person kind of ways.

" Okay… none of you got it right… it’s about the lost city of Zeetie: A mythical island where it had an unlimited supply of oil an coal. People that made it back: started stories about Mythical Flobbits that work and defend there. " speeched Buck. " People who have made peace with the Flobbits, made it back with a 124lbs of coal as a souvenir of Zeetie. "

" What if we find Zeetie, and prove its existence in the earth. " shouted Kelly.

" Now what are you Mischievous people doing now? " said Alex.

" The lost city of Zeetoo! " said Shon

" We’re actually talking about the lost city of Zeetie! " corrected Buck.

" Oh yea… " said Shon

" That city’s a myth! " said Alex.

" We’ll all have to find out! I know I may be too mature for this but I’m in on the adventure! " said Kelly

" Me too! " said Shon

" Me three! " said Buck

" Are you in Alexandria? " said Kelly

" Well if I can bring all my books and stuff, AND get proof that Zeetie is real… Well… " Exclaimed Alex.

" Just say yes! " said Buck

" Okay! On one condition… You can’t tell anyone in the school that we’re doing this… But if we find it, and get proof, then we tell them… Okay? " said Alex.

` KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK.

" Before we answer that: I just want to say… I’m in too! " said JT

KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK.

The four opened the door and out came… BOE!

" Boe! " said all four.

" JINKS! You three owe me a soda! " said Buck

" Not fair! " said Shon

" That’s the rules. " said Kelly

Boe was standing in disbelief for minutes; awe of how they were getting along together.

" So what’s the reason you all are getting along. " said Boe

" We’re going on a adventure to find Zeetie! Will you quit the army and help us? " questioned Shon

" Are you in on this too Kelly? Tell you what, if Charlie joins, I’ll join! " said Boe

" I know how to speak B.L.A.H. ( Baby Language Academy of Hieroglyphs.) I’ll ask him. " said Shon

Shon: " thuuuuuuuuuup thiiiiiiiiiiiiip! ( Hello Charlie. )

Charlie:" thup thoop thaaaaaaaaaa! ( Hello big brother. )

Shon: " thooooooooooooooooooooooooooop thip thup thap flaokooooop!"

( Do you want to go on a ride? )

Charlie: " toooooop thip! " ( Yeah! Cool! )

" Yeah, he’s in! " said Shon

" Then………… I’m in! " said Boe

So off they went!

Table of Contents

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Coming soon… January 20th

Coming soon… January 27th

Coming soon… February 3rd

Coming soon… February 10th

Coming soon… February 17th

Coming soon… February 24th

Coming soon… February 31st

Coming soon… March 7th

Coming soon… March 14th

Coming soon… March 21st

Zeetie’s ending… April 2nd