SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2024

SAY WHAT? POOR, POOR ME

ORDER OF SERVICE


HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF

POOR POOR PITIFUL ME

MESSAGE

WE ARE HUNGRY

LIVING HOPE

CANNONS

YOU CANNOT BE STOPPED

QUICK UPDATES

THE GREAT TMP CHILI CHALLENGE (& POTLUCK)
The Great TMP Chili Challenge (& Potluck) is baaack! Be sure to mark Sunday, April 21 (that's next week!) on your calendar--and RSVP online hereBring a pot of chili made from that secret family recipe and we'll have a "best of" contest with prizes. If chili isn't your thing, that's ok, bring along another main dish, salad or dessert to share (we'll eat at 12:30.) It's happening at Beban Social Centre (2300 Bowen Rd.)

SUFFER FROM FOMO?
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WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY
Join us on Monday mornings at 10am in north Nanaimo as we learn about the last book of the Bible, Revelation. We're reading and discussing "The Book of Revelation Made Clear" by Douglas Connelly. Email admin@themeetingplace.org for more info.

TUESDAY MEN'S GROUP
Come hang out with us for an hour every Tuesday morning from 7-8am. Right now we're meeting on Zoom. Email men@themeetingplace.org to get the link. Can’t make it every week? That’s ok, join us when you can.

TMP CARE TEAM
When you, or someone you know are in need of practical, spiritual, or emotional help, please reach out to the TMP Care Team by emailing support@themeetingplace.org or by filling out the form online.

HELP WANTED
If you're not scared off by early Sunday mornings, and you'd like to get your steps in for the day, our Setup Team can use your help as we turn the theatre into a church. This behind-the-scenes team is a critically important one. If you'd like more details, check at the info table or email us at admin@themeetingplace.org. If you've been around TMP for a while, you know we love a reason to party! Whether it's a BBQ, a Valentine's dessert & games afternoon or a chili contest, bringing people together to connect, laugh, and eat together is something we really enjoy. We're looking for more people to join our Events Team. If you're someone who enjoys planning parties and organizing events, stop by the info table in the lobby or email admin@themeetingplace.org

DONATIONS RECEIVED
* The week of March 31, 2024 - $5,078.59
* The week of April 7, 2024 - $7,779.39
* Required weekly giving to meet budget - $6,903

Our Vision: to be people who are all about unleashing God's extravagant love on this city and around the world.
Our Mission is simple: to equip people to love God and love others - everyday, everywhere.

FROM THE MESSAGE

“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full." - Matthew 6:16

"But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you." - Matthew 6:17-18

"Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God." - Matthew 5:8

COFFEE QUESTIONS

Here are some questions to help you process this message and apply it to your life:  

1. Have you ever had to fast for a blood test or some other reason? How long did you have to fast and what was your experience? What did you miss the most? (caffeine, carbs, candy, etc.)

2. In this message we heard how people fasted when they desired to see God move in a powerful way or work in a particular way at a particular time. Have you ever practiced fasting or observed others fasting? If so, what was your experience?

3. “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting.” (Matthew 6:16)
Jesus advises his followers not to appear somber while fasting but to maintain a joyful appearance. What do you think is the significance of this advice?

4. “But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (Matthew 6:17-18)
In these verses Jesus mentions how when we fast in the right way, and with the right motive God will reward us. What is the reward? Is it God doing what you asked him to do or is it something else?

5. Garry shared his experience of a time when he fasted. Have you ever fasted? If so, what was your experience and what benefits or insights did you experience through your time of fasting? If not, why haven’t you fasted?

6. What else stood out to you from today’s message?

Take some time this week to think and pray about fasting and whether it’s something you feel called to do. Maybe it’s to pray for a friend, the city, our country, TMP or something in your own life. Maybe start with skipping one meal. Or maybe skip lunch for the week. How you choose to do it is up to you. Of course, if your health doesn’t allow you to miss a meal, choose something else to abstain from for a time (TV, social media, etc.)