Back in December, we took an entire weeks offering and chose to give it away to ministries right here in Castle Rock. None of it was used to pay the church bills, we gave it all away!
It was such a joy for us to be able to hand over a check to each of these wonderful ministries in our town! Pastor Mark took some video when he went around delivering the checks, view it here:
Giving to our Community
Are there two words that mean more than these two in our vocabulary?
They are like a wrecking ball, a 2×4 upside the noggin, or a tsunami about to hit shore. Or conversely it can be the touch of a loving hand at just the right time, a gentle word that turns away wrath, an ordinance specialist dismantling a highly explosive bomb, a heralded arrival of Father’s Glory, or a soothing balm. They both show a side of things often forgotten. They reveal a nature outside our own. They highlight a sovereign, loving Father whose ways are far above our ways.
But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 1 Cor 1:27 NIV
Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow. Phil 2:27 NIV
But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, Eph 2:4 NASB
So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir. Gal 4:7 NIV
I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. 1 Cor 3:6 NASB
Sometimes when a thing is over used it becomes less significant.
Sometimes when a saying is repeated too often it becomes pithy.
I have thought the latter about the saying above. There was a time when it was reiterated so often that it lost its punch. ”you are blessed to be a blessing.” I didn’t resent it, but it did become diluted to the point of it meaning less.
The reality of it is still true. When Continue reading
In our travels through the book of Luke, we have made it to the Easter season 2014 at the same time we read and preach the last moments of Jesus life on the cross.
This past Sunday was Luke Part 123 in a series of sermons taking us all the way through the book of Luke. This has taken five years, yet has been met with interludes along the way like Christmas, Easter, B90X, and other short book or series studies.
I don’t think this is by accident that we meet right now with a intersection of these ideas.
The thought I had this morning related both to the sermon last Sunday and the group of men I have the privilege of meeting with every Wednesday morning. I don’t even begin to think that I have the all-inclusive, final answer to every section of scripture which I preach. For this past Sunday, the Holy Spirit lead me to share some particular ideas relating to the four verses surrounding the two thieves crucified at the same time as Jesus.
The cool thing which happened this morning at coffee was how much more there is to the story than meets the eye. Nearly all six of us which spoke up about it, had a little different take, inflection, or depth to the story than the others. Granted we all had the same foundational view. However, each of us brought a different light, perspective, or world-view to the passage. It was mighty.
One of the things our time together this morning reminded me was how alive and living the Word of God is. Taking the time to meditate on it can bring to light all sorts of things. Rather than me thinking I have to have all the answers for everyone each and every Sunday, some ideas are spread around like the sower and his seed in Matt. 13, and those seeds fall on different kinds of hearts and lives and grow (or don’t grow) in all sorts of ways.
This was a really rich time for me. Thank you Jim, Chris, Rick, Vince, Nathan, and Bill for sharing your hearts and thoughts on the Living Word of God.
There is a legendary figure named Honi who was known for his audacious prayers. He would pray for rain and it would. And not just a sprinkling, but torrents of water would fall in places not known for inundation.
Mark Batterson hits the nail on the head with a challenge for all of us to pray boldly, persistently, and for the long haul. I am personally encouraged in my faith to alter my prayer form. Rather than vaguely and singly, I am motivated and inspired to take my prayer life to a whole different level. And not just for my own purposes, but for Gods. I want my prayer life to honor all that he is in our lives on this planet in our generation.
So briefly, I make the bold suggestion for any and all of you– glean from a local pastor who has made his story available. A pastor who the Lord has used to plant a church in one of the most influential cities on the planet. We can imagine how much prayer is need there.
All you CRBCers– I so want you to read this book, that if you present the receipt to me, I will pay you for reading it. Blessings.