Falls Creek 2018

Church family, thanks so much for your support and efforts as we took 87 students with us to camp last week.  Falls Creek is such a unique and amazing opportunity for students to be introduced to Christ, grow spiritually, and grow closer together in unity with their peers and other adults in our church body. Falls Creek was a great experience for our students this year!  We truly believe these decisions recorded were and are life-changing, and you’ll see the evidence as the weeks and months pass.  We celebrated this past Sunday morning with 4 baptisms. We had a total of 16 decisions in our cab...
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4 Metaphors for God’s Word

The Bible is a book unlike any other book.  It is supernatural in origin, and it unleashes otherworldly power within those who read it.  I hope you have a plan for daily ingesting its truth.  If you don’t, get one.  I started the exercise years ago, and I’ve experienced its benefit first hand.  I’m not perfect, but I’m progressing.  The Bible has helped me shed some sins, and it has transformed my thinking.  Jesus taught this would happen.  In one of His prayers, He indicated that the content of God’s Word can accomplish a metamorphosis in the life of His disciples (John 17:17).  I once heard ...
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Annie Armstrong Offering

The Mission Team, along with the Church Staff, has designated the month of July to be Annie Armstrong month.  We set a goal of $18,000 for this important offering.  The Annie Armstrong offering supports the NAMB’s (North American Mission Board) two major thrusts: evangelism and church planting.  Southern Baptists are starting more than 1700 new churches every year, more than any other faith group.  NAMB also assists Southern Baptists in connecting with mission opportunities such as disaster relief, refurbishing sub-standard housing, and evangelism efforts.  The Annie Armstrong offering helps p...
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3 of God’s Purposes in Suffering

Hardship is inevitable.  It is a fact of life.  In the midst of all his pain, Job said, “Humans are born for trouble as surely as sparks fly upward” (Job 5:7).  Attempts at escaping suffering are futile.  Those who act as if pain can be avoided are out of touch with the true nature of life.  According to Scripture, struggles and strain are an inevitable part of fallen earth (Genesis 3:8-24).  The Christian who lives primarily for a cushy, posh, and luxurious existence does not live by a biblical worldview.  What’s more, he or she will soon be disappointed.  It is for this reason that Peter adm...
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Pre Falls Creek

Falls Creek is just around the corner. We will be leaving on Monday, July 9 and returning on Saturday, July 14. The theme for this year is Finish. Philippians 1:6 “He who began a good work in you, will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Thank you for all your support with our dessert auction in April. If you didn’t get to be involved with that we have a few other ways you can still be involved. 1. We will have a food sign up in the Hall of Memories this coming Sunday. This will have all types of food items you can purchase to help us or make other treats. These are speci...
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3 Realities About Materialism

Charles Spurgeon once said, “The world was never meant to fill a believer’s soul.”  Each of us has a part of our heart that can only be satisfied by Jesus.  Sadly, many are in a frenzied panic, trying to find satisfaction through the things of earth.   Materialism is alive and well, and it is distracting the hearts of many of God’s people.  As a result, we need to consider some biblical truth. Materialism is a form of idolatry. We may not worship golden calves or bow before Baal, but we have false gods none the less.  Idolatry is alive and well in the twenty-first century church, and mater...
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Summer Giving

This year the church has been doing a great job of giving. The question is “Can we maintain our giving throughout the summer?” Every year the Budget and Finance Committee, church staff, and other committees develop a budget that allocates projected revenues against the cost of maintaining the buildings, paying the ministers and staff, and resourcing the work God has directed. Our part is to assist this work through our giving. While we have been doing well this year, each summer we normally see a significant drop in giving. Often, this lack of income causes a budget deficit that is never fille...
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4 Benefits of Obedience

Obedience is one of the most important words in the Christian life.  Without it, Christians don’t experience the full joy of Christ.  Sadly, many miss out.  They settle for a faith that involves a whole lot of hearing without much doing.  James admonished believers, saying, “But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (James 1:22).  Without follow through, Christians short-circuit the life of God.  Though they talk a good talk, they don’t walk the real walk.  One Christian author has said, “Obedience is the mark of true discipleship.  Obedient disciples are not those w...
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