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Men’s Bible Study

I look forward to seeing all the men Sunday

Morning at 9:00 am for our study together of

Fearless Leadership – Insights into the Life of

Joshua.

This will be a time of spiritual growth and

encouragement. Don’t miss it!

Chris

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God Is In Control


“The financial markets are His. The world is His. I don’t know why it took me 35 years to get this, but I finally have.”

-Chuck Colson in an article entitled “God and Wall Street.” (Christian Post, 9-18)

Chuck is commenting about the troubling series of events on Wall Street in recent days. He adds, “Here’s something else to remember: God often uses adversity for His greatest blessings.”

True. I’m no financial expert. But, I do know God is in charge- even of Wall Street. So, we must not let the things we don’t know shake the things we do know.

Because of Him,

Chris

Banking On Jesus

“Everyone then who hears these words of Mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.’’ Matthew 7:24

1. Jesus cautioned us not to invest in those things that will eventually become moth-eaten, rusted, or stolen Matthew 6:19.
2. He counseled us to avoid the anxiety that is generated by the endless pursuits of material things Matthew 6:25.
3. He challenged us to utilize our resources in making spiritual investments that will pay eternal dividends Matthew 6:20.
4. He reminded us that our hearts follow our treasures and we become ‘attached’ to what we spend our money on Matthew 6:21.
5. He warned us of the foolishness of placing our trust and security in what we’ve been able to accumulate Luke 12:16-21.
6. He promised us that when we establish/maintain spiritual priorities, all our needs will be met Matthew 6:33.

Here is the bottom line… We have a choice. We can heed the word of Jesus and know the joy of being liberated from the exhausting drive for wealth and material goods. Or we can decide that E.F. Hutton, Merrill Lynch and Dean Witter provide better counsel for our happiness and security. Personally, I’m banking on Jesus.

Because of Him,

Chris

Revival

Last night we started our Cottage Prayer Meetings for our upcoming revival and we spent quality time asking God to revive us personally. Next Thursday night we will be at Peyton and Brandi Zeagler’s home at 7:00 P.M. I pray that you will be able to join us.

The Bible teaches clearly and repeatedly that God wants to revive our relationship with Him.

Revival is renewed interest after a period of indifference and decline.

He wants to wake us up, to refresh our faith – to fire us up again.

Psalm 119:107 ”I am afflicted very much; Revive me, O Lord, according to Your Word.”

Revival involves an increased hunger for and delight in God’s Word after a difficult season of life. You may be going through a time of difficulty right now and may be thinking that revival in your life is impossible. But it’s not! The Psalmist clearly tells us that revival can take place in our lives in seasons of difficulty.

Psalm 119:37 ”Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things and revive me in Your way.”

This may be a season of disobedience for you. You are running from God. Well, revival involves a disdain for sin and renewed desire for obedience to God.

Psalm 80:18 ”Then we will not turn back from You; revive us, and we will call upon Your name.”

Revival brings increased commitment to and interest in personal prayer.

Join us as we pray for God to revive us again!

Because of Him,

Chris

Cell Phone vs. Bible

“But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night.” Psalm 1:2


“I wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phone?
What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?
What if we flipped through it several times a day?
What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?
What if we used it to receive messages from the text?
What if we treated it like we couldn’t live without it?
What if we gave it to kids as gifts?
What if we used it when we traveled?
What if we used it in case of emergency?”
This is something to make you go hmmmm, “Where is my Bible?”

So remember this- You’ll never have dropped calls, and unlike our cell phone, we don’t have to worry about our Bible being disconnected because Jesus already paid the bill.


But most important of all…you’ll never have to ask Him, “Can you hear me now?”

Makes you stop and think, Where are my priorities?”

Because of Him,

Chris

Never Give Up!

I read the other day about the miracle of the bamboo trees that grow in Malaysia. I believe it serves as a terrific reminder of the importance of perseverance.

The first year after he plants the bamboo, the Malaysian farmer waters, fertilizes, and cultivates his crop.

Nothing happens.

The next year, he carefully waters, fertilizes, and cultivates again.

Nothing happens.

The third year? You guessed it. More water and more fertilizer. But again, nothing happens.

I don’t know about you, I think I would have given up right about then. The farmer has absolutely nothing to show for three years of hard work.

Yet he goes out a fourth year and does it again. With the same results.

Undaunted, as a fifth anniversary of the planting rolls around, he goes back out and starts the routine all over again.

And in the next thirty days, the bamboo shoots ninety feet into the sky. Yes! Not nine feet or ninety inches – but ninety feet.

You see, you just never know what’s going to happen if you refuse to give up.

Because of Him,

Chris

When Will We Take Worship Seriously?

We have a growing problem in churches among the so-called saints. Few bring their Bibles, and many have no intention of actively engaging. They are nothing more than spectators, waiting for the musicians and preacher to perform.


How’s your worship? Do you take it seriously? Let me ask a few questions, and you answer them for yourself.


Do you find yourself always running late? Would you do that for school or your job? If not, then your school or job means more to you than worshiping the Lord.

Do you look for ways to miss church? A quick trip to the beach or the lake? Company at the house? A few chores that you just have to get done? Isn’t that taking worship lightly?

Do you find yourself coming to church and never opening your Bible?

When you follow along with the preacher, you are hearing and reading the Word for yourself. Your eyes and ears are engaged, and you double your chances of seeing and hearing from God.

Do you ever think about the personal application of the songs you sing? Do you just sing words, or do you allow the words to penetrate your heart?

Are you prayed up when you come? Do you expect to hear from God? Do you ask God to speak to you before you ever walk in the room? If you expect little, you’ll receive little.

Do you stand around outside and talk as long as possible and then slip in, or do you get in and give yourself a few minutes to take a deep breath and get ready for worship?

Do you allow the offering plate to go by without ever putting anything in the plate? Do you repeatedly come to church and offer God that which costs you nothing?

Does the thought of prioritizing Sunday around the Lord hit your radar screen? Is one hour on Sunday enough for you? Is that all your faith means to you?

Are you ever tempted to leave early because you want to beat the crowd to lunch? Is worship something you are trying to get out of, or are you like Joshua who found a way to linger at the tent of meeting even after Moses left?

Are you like David, glad, rejoicing and celebrating when someone talks about going to church? I can’t wait for Sundays. They are the best day of the week. I get my spiritual love tank filled on Sunday. How about you?

One last word for all of us. We better take worship seriously. God is so serious about it that He’s planning on us doing it for eternity.

Are you thinking about skipping out early, giving half-hearted praise or lip service in glory? If so, you might want to see if you even want to be there or if you are going.

Why would anyone want to go to heaven and do for eternity what they have no desire to do a couple of times a week?

Think about it and show up ready to worship this Sunday. No, I mean really worship—on time, engaged, focused and yielded.

Because of Him,

Chris