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.
As a kid growing up in a Southern Baptist church, I remember when Sunday evenings were dedicated to discipleship. As a teenager, I remember that many of my Sunday afternoons were spent setting beside a deacon going through discipleship training. I was not a Christian at the time, but God allowed that experience to become very formative part of my spiritual growth later in life. By God’s grace that discipleship training experience created a love and appreciation for God’s Word.
Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. Colossians 3:17
I absolutely love serving as a volunteer at One Night. This years event did not disappoint! By God’s grace we were able to serve the special needs community as well as their families and caregivers throughout the Tri-County.
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.