Archive for October, 2010

My Hope is Found

There is just something about the song In Christ Alone by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend.  The song, from my perspective, is becoming a defining worship song for a whole generation of the American church.

Just released this week is a version of the song by Owl City (Adam Young), a secular artist who happens to be a believer.  It is great to see Christians making an impact in mainstream music!  A line in his blog post this week really challenged me.  It reads, “…I remain steadfast until He returns or calls me home.  One thing is certain:  When He comes for His own, He will have no trouble recognizing me… because my banner will be clear.”

Is our banner clear?  Is mine?

Here is Owl City’s version of In Christ Alone.  It is definitely worth a read and a listen.

Blessings,

Josh

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Josh Hamilton avoids temptation PART 2

For all you sports fans, you know that the Rangers and Giants are squaring off tonight to start the 2010 Major League Baseball World Series.  A story within this story is that of Josh Hamilton, a Texas Rangers player, and a born again Christian who has quite a testimony.  If you remember a few posts back, we shared that Hamilton avoided the Rangers’ locker room after they clinched a playoff birth to avoid the temptation of alcohol (as he is a recovering addict).

After the Rangers beat the Yankees last week (much to our Pastor’s disappointment…), the whole team celebrated in the locker room after the game – including Hamilton.  Only this time, the team celebrated with Ginger Ale.

Here is one blogger’s take on the Josh Hamilton story.

Blessings,

Josh

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Missions, Missions, Missions

So this past weekend we had a total of six different missions organizations represented by eight different individuals involved in our 2010 Missions Conference.  Let me ask a blunt question:  so what?

I don’t ask that to belittle anything that happened or anyone who was here.  I ask the question to get you thinking:  what should our response to this conference be?  Let me share a few personal gleanings from the weekend.

1.  It is very encouraging to me to hear what people are doing and sacrificing for the Lord.  There were some tough moments shared and some excellent honesty and transparency.

2.  People struggle in the Lord’s work.  I know I struggle at times, and it was unifying to know that these called servants had their struggles too.

3.  The Lord does things in different ways.  A variety of methods were described by the various missionaries who participated.  The type of ministry varied by region and culture.  Let’s take a warning from this not to be too tied into one model of ministry!

In all, an inspiring weekend.  I hope that being exposed to such a weekend has stirred the hearts of our congregation to support missions and also to “go” and make disciples in our lives too!

In Christ,

Pastor Kevin

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Nothing to fear

Fall is, by far, my favorite season.  My walks to work are enhanced by the leafs are changing from green to orange, red, and yellow.  There’s college football, apple cider, pumpkin pie, hooded sweatshirts, and much more.  But there is one holiday during the Fall that I just don’t get.  Halloween.

Halloween is such an odd time of year, isn’t it?  I mean, what are we celebrating?

I have never understood the desire to watch a horror movie or go to a haunted house.  I realize that some people absolutely love these things, but to me, it seems like a waste of fourteen bucks.  I just can’t help but wonder what people in the Sudan (who experience true horror) would think about the American culture’s infatuation with watching people die on the movie screen.  Although there are some aspects of Halloween that I think are good (kids get to be creative and are filled with excitement, neighbors interact more, etc.), I have grown more and more concerned with our culture’s desire for the gruesome.

I do believe that nothing is beyond redemption, including this holiday.  So I thought I would pose a question:

What could you do this year to show God’s love to someone during Halloween?

However you and your family choose to ‘celebrate’ or participate in Halloween, may you seek to honor God first by loving Him and loving your neighbor.

Isn’t it freeing to know that we have nothing to fear, for we have a God who has overcome all evil?

Blessings,

Josh

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Kevin for Representative

With just about every commercial being a political advertisement during this season, we thought we would make one of our own to illustrate how some of Jesus’ teachings and actions contrast with the world’s.  This short video was use in during the Sunday morning sermon on 10/17/10.

Kevin for Representative

Enjoy!

-Josh

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Sermon Audio Update

As some of you may realize, we have not posted any sermon audio since September.  Here is an update from October so far.  On October 3, we did not have a sermon due to a medical emergency that happened in our service.  The audio/video for October 10 and 17 is incomplete, so we will hope to have things fixed and ready to go by October 31.  Perhaps we will even make available the audio from this coming Sunday’s missionary challenge from John McDuffee.

Thanks for your patience as we get a few glitches worked out!

In Christ,

Pastor Kevin

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Think

Here is a quote from a book I’ve just started reading:

“While all of God’s creation serves to reveal him in some way, he has willed that the clearest and most authoritative knowledge of him this side of heaven come through his written Word, the Bible.”

It’s no secret that this culture is a battlefield of the mind.  We are drawn by advertisers from across an enormous spectrum to try their product, believe their message, watch their movie, etc.  It’s no wonder that putting our bodies and minds in a place of devoted Bible reading may seem boring in a culture awash with so many seemingly more exciting options for entertainment.

But in contrast, hear (or should I say read) these words from Psalm 119:129-131

Your statutes are wonderful; therefore I obey them. The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.  I open my mouth an pant, longing for your commands.

I’ve never heard of anyone going on a mass-market advertising campaign to sell someone on how great the Bible is, but I want to challenge you to stop and think about this today.  How often do we describe the things in our lives – meals, times of fellowship, gifts, experiences – as wonderful.  Shouldn’t God’s very words to us transcend all that?

Hmmm…having fun thinking on that one today.  Be challenged!

In Christ,

Pastor Kevin

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