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December 2006

Posts from November 2006

Kudos To Scott and Bob!

Cjfootball_1 Great Bible study tonight! We talked about '10 Things To Remember When You're Tired'. We all get tired from time to time but it important that we not give up. Reason number 9 was, "don't forget that we are renewed every day" 2 Corinthians 4:15-18. Each day God renews us and re-energizes us.

Tomorrow is going to be a great day! CJ Rupp is back from boot camp for the weekend! He's also available for Turkey Bowl II this Sunday afternoon. I think the Adults will have no problem putting a hurt on the teens this year! Yeah Baby!

Scott Corey and Bob Harmon have been busy putting together our new newsletter format and are ready with the first issue. You guys are awesome! I'm like a kid at Christmas who can't wait to open presents. Can't wait any longer to see it. (Download 2006Dec3.final.pdf ) This design will be a nice newsletter to use as a tool to invite your friends to church, or to drop off to those who missed a service. I'm really jazzed!

Keep Henry Bradley in your prayers. His doctors are still waiting on test results to diagnose him. I went by to check on him before Bible study tonight and he counted out 14 spots where he had been poked with needles. What a trooper. I hate needles! But hey, they keep on bringing him the mac and cheese. Yummy! I think we need to hook him up with some of Gracie's BBQ ribs as soon as he is released.


Oh My Goodness!

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I was out visiting some of the men from Harvest last night. We are having a Pizza and Prayer Night for men on Tuesday December 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall. I want to get a copy of a message by Perry Noble into every man's hands and then be able to talk about the message that night. My last visit was to Gracie's BBQ on the corner of Sonoma Blvd. and Virginia St. in Vallejo. One of our young men, Zach, is the manager there. Zach hooked me up with some BBQ and all I can say is, "Oh My Goodness!". Gracie's has probably the best ribs I've ever had. Unbelievable! I'm SO glad I was out doing the Lord's work last night. Check this place out if you get a chance.


Be Strong and Steady

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I've talked to several people this week who were struggling with discouragment in their ministry. We are all susceptable to discouragement but it is important that we remain strong and steady. There is so much at stake. Remember, our work is not in vain. Don't forget who called you to the work you are doing. He will reward you for your labor.

So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and steady, always enthusiastic about the Lord's work, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless. (I Corinthians 15:58 NLT)

For God is not unfair. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other Christians, as you still do. Our great desire is that you will keep right on loving others as long as life lasts, in order to make certain that what you hope for will come true. (Hebrews 6:10-11 NLT)

So don't get tired of doing what is good. Don't get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time (Galatians 6:9 NLT)

I will post more on this subject later. I'm off to visit one of our men at the hospital and make a few visits. December 12th we are hosting a Pizza and Prayer Night for men. I'm really jazzed up about this upcoming event.


Worth the Risk

There are risks involved with many of the things we enjoy in life. Transportation can be very 180pxjackintheboxceodangerous, but I would HATE to walk everywhere. I have always had a fear of electricity. I hate to get shocked, even by the smallest of currents. I do love all of the techie gadgets that electricity allows me to enjoy. Can you imagine a life without computers, ipods, stereos, televisions, radios, or microwave ovens? Even the wonderful Jumbo Jack Hamburger was a risky proposition a few years ago, but aren't we all glad that big headed fool returned to reassure us that his burgers were safe? Jack is Back!

We would miss out on so many enjoyable things in life if we only considered the risks involved. Sometimes the benefits outweigh the risks. So we learn how to harness the power of electricity. We research and develop safer modes of transportation and make safety improvements to our vehicles. We learn defensive driving skills. We establish health departments and food inspectors to keep us safe and healthy. The benefits are worth the risks involved.

Relationships can be very risky. It is possible to get hurt when you open your heart to others. When we avoid the risk of being hurt though, we then risk being alone. Change can be risky. You know the old saying, "If it's not broke don't fix it". What if change could allow us to do things better though? Dreams can be very risky. When we dream big dream we risk failing or being disappointed. The scriptures say where there is no vision the people perish.

The church is a place where we should take risks. The benefits are too great to avoid the risks. God equips the church with all of the necessary resources to accomplish it's mission. People are the church's greatest resource and yet we often fail to use people because of the risks involved. We risk becoming ineffective as a church and failing to accomplish the mission when we refuse to take the risks involved in using people. A carpenter who is afraid to use his tools will never build anything. A mechanic who is afraid of his tools will never fix anything. A church that is afraid to use the people God has given them will never accomplish it's mission.

Just sharing what the Lord has been laying on my heart lately. Hope it makes sense. I never want to be like the servant who buried his master's money and was ashamed  later because he chose to 'play it safe'. I want to be like the servants who went out and invested what had been given to them and made a profit. The master was pleased. God has given us so much! What are we doing with it?