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Hot Off the Presses…

Youth Event on Saturday

Mercy HIll Youth will have a fun event at the Kostas’ home on Saturday.  To sign up for this event or know more information, please click here.  

Men’s Prayer Meeting

The next Men’s Prayer Meeting and Bible Study will take place next Saturday, May 12th at the church house.  The Prayer Meeting will start at 8 am and the Bible Study at 9 am. Event details will be posted on The City.  See Tim Pacek with any questions.

What we already told you about…

Fifth Sunday Hymn Sing

Come to our fifth Sunday hymn sing on Sunday evening.  Pastor Phil will be leading a devotional from Colossians 1:1-14 after we sing our favorites hymns.  Snacks will be provided afterwards. Let’s make this hymn sing tradition from Mercy Hill a well attended event this year!

Family Day of Service

On Sunday, May 20, from 12-2 Mercy Hill will be participating in the Family Day of Service once again. This year, Mercy Hill will be participating in trash clean up in our local community. All are welcome to join, but we ask for volunteers to sign their name and shirt size at the sign up in the church house counter, so we know how many volunteers will be participating and if shirts are available this year, how many we will need. If you have any questions please see James or Valorie Hoffman.

Church House update…

Church building tour and more

Recently, the Elders and Deacons have been busy exploring several options related to resolving our church house needs. On 4/12/18, some leaders met with Calvary Bible Church in Deptford to view their facility, and talk to the leadership regarding a shared space option. On 4/24/18, some leaders met with Big Sky Enterprises Construction Managers to discuss improving our current space, or that of another location. We are open to, and discussing a number of different opportunities, and we would appreciate your continued prayer and support as we discern God’s will for our local expression of Christ’s Church.

Looking ahead…

Pastor Mario’s Good Bye/Thank you Service

Please mark your calendars to come  on June 3rd, to have a gathering to show pastor Mario and Giovanna Freitas’ appreciation  for their fruitful work in our congregation, after the service.

Confession of Faith…


Devotional:  Deliver Us From Evil (, Copyright 2018 by [Ligonier Ministries the teaching fellowship of R.C. Sproul], Ligonier Ministries (hyperlink to


“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” (Matt. 6:13).

- Matthew 6:13

As recorded in the Gospel according to Matthew, the final words of the Lord’s Prayer are “lead us not into temptation” (6:13). But how can Jesus speak such words? Does not the Bible tell us that God does not tempt anyone (James 1:13)?

This verse has the potential to cause us much consternation, but looking at a couple of different grammatical considerations will help us understand exactly what Jesus is praying in today’s passage. In the first place, Matthew 6:13 need not refer to a direct enticement to sin that we typically associate with the word temptation. If our Savior was implying that the Father can lure us into sin, then He would be contradicting the witness of Scripture. However, this is not what He is saying.

Even though the Lord does not allure us with sin, the Bible is clear He allows His people to go through times of testing. For example, Jesus Himself was tested in the wilderness by Satan as a means to fulfill His vocation as the second Adam (Matt. 4:1–11). In this case, the Creator permitted the Devil to entice the Messiah to sin, but God Himself was not the agent of temptation. When Jesus asks the Father to lead us not into temptation, He is imploring Him not to allow His people to face an insurmountable test in which our enemy tempts us to sin.

The parallel clause “but deliver us from evil” (6:13) further shows this to be true. Poneros is the Greek term lying behind “evil” in this passage, but this word is better translated “evil one.” Jesus therefore shows us that we should pray for protection against Satan. We may thus pray: “Lord, please do not let me be exposed to a time of testing in which I will face the full fury of the Devil’s assault. Protect me from the enemy and deliver me from his hands.”

As those totally dependent on the Spirit (Gal. 5:16), we should pray daily to be delivered from Satan’s assault. The Father may allow testing to come our way, but He promises to sustain us and help us be faithful to Him (1 Cor. 10:13). All we have to do, this prayer shows, is ask Him for help. When we are faced with an onslaught of temptation and evil, let us implore the Lord for rescue.

Coram Deo

Satan is called the accuser of the brethren (Rev. 12:10) because he likes to make us feel as if God has not forgiven us. But guilt is an objective reality, and if we have turned to Jesus, we have been cleansed — objectively, truly, and in reality. If you think the Lord holds your past against you, pray for deliverance from the evil one and know that you are forgiven. Pray also for Christian brothers and sisters who are having trouble embracing the Father’s mercy.

Passages for Further Study

Pss. 71; 109; 144

Isa. 31:5

Rom. 8:31–39

2 Tim. 4:18

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