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Project Shine 2011

This past week was Project Shine week here at Goss.  Several local youth groups came together and accomplished dozens of work projects in the Kenmore area.  Here are some of the before and after pictures!


Even more important than the homes being changed, lives were changed during the Project Shine week!  Please pray for continued spiritual growth for the youth and leaders who attended Project Shine.

Blessings,

Josh

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Project Shine in 3 . . . 2 . . . 1

Project Shine is coming to the Kenmore neighborhood beginning Sunday afternoon!  For those of you who don’t know much about this local ministry, you can check out the website.

For those of you familiar with, or ready to participate in Project Shine next week, here is a goofy group of thoughts organized appropriately.

Son of God.  Jesus is the Son of God and He’s mighty to save us from our sins and give us hope for this life and the next.  Jesus is what Project shine is all about.

Hallelujah.  This year’s project is ready to start.  We’ll have a total volunteer force of 90-100 for the week and we’re ready to go and love and serve.  Hallelujah that all the planning is over and the week is ready to begin!

I have a role to play.  One of the big parts of Shine is that each person who comes truly has a role to play.  Each individual participant contributes in meaningful ways.

Now.  Life is urgent.  It matters what we do.  It matters if we believe.  There are consequences if we don’t.  For those of you planning to participate, are you prepared?  Are you excited?  Does what is about to happen really, really, matter?  And better yet, are you preparing to come and serve like it matters?

Evermore.  This project will have eternal implications.  The last line of Psalm 23, our chapter of study for Shine 2011, includes the thought that “I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever”.  We hope and pray that Project Shine 2011 will help us live to the fullest in this life while preparing for the next.

Have a great Friday!

In Christ,

Pastor Kevin

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Do we need God?

I have had this questions floating around in my head the past week.  Do we really need God?

If you think about everything that we have, everything that we possess, everything that is available to entertain us, do we even need God?  By taking a step back and looking at our American middle-class culture, it is easy to see just how many things can fill our ‘God shaped’ hole.  There are so many other things in life that can make us feel ‘comfortable’.

Many of us have steady income.  Many of us have family and friends to support us.  Many of us have the material possessions needed to live a cozy life.  Many of us have iPods and TV’s that can help fill the silence.  The danger with all of these things is that they can become our God.  They can cause us to not need God to make it through life.  If we feel comfortable in the world, we have no need for God.

If you are feeling that you don’t really need God, perhaps its time to take a step of faith.  Perhaps its time to intentionally make yourself uncomfortable and be forced to rely on God.

The answer to the question “Do we need God?” is always a resounding YES!  We desperately need Him in all areas of our lives.  May we always be reminded of our need for Him.

Blessings,

Josh

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Don’t Tell People Jesus Loves Them . . .

. . .until you’re ready to love them.  Or, how about this for emphasis:

Don’t tell people Jesus loves them . . . until YOU’RE ready to love them.  I heard this statement this week and it really challenged me.  I hope it challenges the love you have for people, and the ways that love will be expressed.  As with a family member or close friend, loving them means certain things for what you’ll do for them.  The same can be said for our love of others.

But first, sometimes we need to challenge our attitudes about love and confront our judgmental spirits.

Our June 26 Sunday morning sermon is already beginning to tug at my heart (Luke 7:36-50 will be our text), but for today how about a few thoughts to help you consider this:

  • Who are the people you’re not ready or willing to love?
  • Are there people you think don’t deserve God’s love?
  • If God is tugging on your heart with specific answers to the above two questions, what will you do about it?

Have a great Friday everyone.

In Christ,

Pastor Kevin

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The Second Coming

It has been a great challenge for me, and for many of us, to visit the theology and truths surrounding Christ’s second coming.  What a blessing it is to remember the hope that we have!

I found this image which lays out the different theological stances on when the events of the Second Coming will happen.  I pray they will bring clarity to a topic that can certainly be messy!

In studying the second coming, we must realize that there are two basic categories.

1) The things that we can know.

2)  The things that we can not know.

I hope that as we examine the second coming that, with God’s guidance, we might be able to sort effectively the things that we study into the appropriate category.

Blessings,

Josh

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Return of Christ Is NOT . . .

Last Sunday I laid the groundwork for upcoming messages dealing with the return of Christ.

One of the points we covered by way of introduction was that the Return of Christ is NOT to know.  No one knows the day or hour.  But, it’s the second of those points I’d like to elaborate on a bit today.

The second point I made was that the return of Christ is not to be right.  There is no circumstance where we should study the subject just to settle on the appropriate view to prove everyone else wrong.  One of the reasons I feel this way is because I’ve read a lot and studied a lot about the subject.  The more I read and the more I study, the more I am convinced that a lot of what goes on out there is talking about viewpoints and ideas.  There doesn’t seem to be as much emphasis on how the doctrine applies to the life of a believer.

Yes, I will explain our church’s position. We believe Christ will return in a pre-Tribulation rapture for the church and then make a glorious appearing (physical return to earth) following the tribulation (7 year period).  But, and what I would like to ask you to think through and open your heart to, I will seek to show the applications of this doctrine that will leap off the page at us.  Is Christ coming back?  Yes. Does our church have a position on what that will look like?  Yes.

Are you ready to think through what that really means as we seek to make the most of the life God grants us on this earth?

Let’s find out . . .

In Christ,

Pastor Kevin

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