Many organizations throughout history have made the mistake of drifting away from their initial course. Growth has the potential to shift our plan in directions that can be devastating. Admittedly, as the organization grows there are essential elements that must change. For example, in the life of a church, it is impossible to function with the congregation of 200 the same way you would operate with 50 people. Many of those changes deal with the day to day operation of the group.
"Now, brethren, we wish to make known to you the grace of God which has been given in the churches of Macedonia, that in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality. For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability, they gave of their own accord, begging us with much urging for the favor of participation in the support of the saints, and this, not as we had expected, but they first gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of God." 2 Corinthians 8:1-5
Three weeks back I wrote a blog entitled Miscalculations. In the article, I outlined eight areas as a church that we must not neglect as we advance the gospel in Goose Creek.
I’m not sure if you are a golf fan but chances are even if you have never watched a round of professional golf you know the name Tiger Woods. Here is guy that has faced many obstacles throughout his life but he has battled back from those adversities and this past weekend he won the Masters Tournament in Augusta, GA. Not only did Tiger win this tournament but this makes his 5th time winning the Masters. The highest win count for the Masters is 6.
I am amazed at how our personal comfort can often lead to deeper levels of contentment. We see this in almost every aspect of life. I reach a certain level or achieve a specific goal and my emotions delight in satisfaction. I would argue that the apostle Paul is a great example of a person that lived in the zone of being “contently-dissatisfied”! In his personal life, those areas where we typically wage war to experience contentment and never seem to find it, Paul was completely content. He expresses this in Philippians 4 where he says: Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. Philippians 4:11
On the morning of September 1, 1983, Korean Airlines Flight 007 took off from Anchorage, Alaska and set its course for Seoul, South Korea. Captain Chun Byung- set the wrong cordonance, less than a few degrees off course. A little over five hours into the flight, his small miscalculation put the airliner over sensitive Soviet airspace. Two Soviet Flagon Interceptors shot down the Boeing 747 over Sakholin Island. All 269 passengers were killed.
This past Sunday you received an Easter invite card with information concerning our upcoming Easter gathering on April 21. Easter is always a great time at New Life and like every Sunday I pray that the gospel is clearly proclaimed. This year at New Life we will offer two separate but identical worship gatherings at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. There will be no Sunday School on Easter Sunday. The staff is making preparations for our Easter gathering and our goal is very focused.
It is hard to believe that we are a few short weeks away from Easter 2019! Together we have shared two Easter experiences in our brief history and those are filled with great memories. The first Easter that we shared I was serving as the interim pastor at New Life. A few weeks later you would give me the honor to become the lead pastor. During the Easter season however we were in the process of praying together concerning the potential merge between our two churches.
Have you ever wondered why God created families? Thankfully, the Bible provides answers to this important question. In fact, at the very beginning God said that it is not good for man to be alone. So He created a helpmate suitable for him. (Genesis 2:18) The purpose of family is deeply ingrained in the creative purposes of God. Family provides relational community, and helps provide aid and support as we live out the purposes of God. The family also provides the context to display the character of God as relational harmony is expressed through love, forgiveness and encouragement toward one another.
Our Pastor writes most of the blog posts we publish, however, occasionally some of our other church leadership (some staff, some volunteer) who also contribute to the New Life blog.