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"And Jesus said to them 'Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.'" Matthew 3:19

This Sunday, March 16, we will be having church at 11 am in Elizabethtown, with a children's talk and adult sermon. The children's talk will be from Matthew 3:16-22 and Luke 5:1-11. For families with children, it can be helpful to tell the story to them before the service, because like everyone, children especially enjoy hearing something they recognize.

Following the service we will have lunch, followed by a discussion class on the two stages of a new life, reformation and regeneration. Passages from Matthew, Luke, and True Christian Religion are at the end of this email.

Our services are located at the Annex to the Winter's Heritage House, 33 E High Street,Elizabethtown, PA. There is ample parking, and here is a link to a map of the area with potential directions: http://goo.gl/maps/8SxtS

If you have any questions, you may reach me by email or phone: 215-715-0786

Matthew 4:19
18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishers. 19 And He says unto them, "Come after Me, and I will make you fishers of men."
20 And straightaway they left their nets and followed Him. 21 And going on from thence, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and He called them. 22 And straightaway, leaving the ship and their father, they followed Him.

Luke 5:1-11
1 And it came to pass, as the crowd pressed upon Him to hear the Word of God, He was standing by the lake of Gennesaret. 2 And He saw two ships standing by the lake; but the fishers were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. 3 And having stepped into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, He besought him to launch out a little from the land; and sitting down, He taught the crowd from the ship.
4 And when he had ceased speaking, He said to Simon, "Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a catch."
5 And Simon answering said to Him, "Master, having labored through the whole night, we have taken nothing; but at Thy saying I will let down the net." 6 And when they had done this, they enclosed a multitude of many fishes; and their net broke. 7 And they beckoned to their partners in the other ship, that they should come to take some with them. And they came and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.
8 And Simon Peter, seeing this, fell before the knees of Jesus, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, Lord!" 9 For astonishment encompassed him, and all who were with him, at the catch of the fishes which they had taken; 10 and likewise also James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were companions with Simon.
And Jesus said to Simon, "Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men."11 And they brought1 their ships to land, and left all, and followed Him.

True Christian Religion 587:
The first act in the new birth is called Reformation, which pertains to the Understanding, and the second is called Regeneration, which pertains to the Will and therefrom to the Understanding….
For this reason, that man may be regenerated, it is necessary that his regeneration be effected by means of the understanding as the mediate cause; and this is done by means of the various kinds of instruction that the understanding receives, first from parents and teachers, afterward by reading the Word, by preaching, books, and conversation.
The things which the understanding receives from these sources are called truths; it is the same, therefore, whether reformation is said to be effected by means of the understanding, or by means of the truths which the understanding receives; for truths teach man in whom he ought to believe, and what he ought to believe, also what he ought to do, thus how he ought to will. For whatever one does he does from the will in accordance with his understanding.
Since then, man's will itself is evil by birth and the understanding teaches what good and evil are, and man can will either good or evil, it follows that he must be reformed by means of the understanding. And so long as anyone sees and mentally acknowledges that evil is evil, and good is good, and thinks that the good ought to be chosen, he is in what is called the state of reformation. But when his will leads him to shun evil and do good, the state of regeneration begins.