October 5, 2016

Who are you praying for? It seems to me that as a Christian we can always be praying for those around us, that God would move in their life and guide them, strengthen them, heal them, etc. Are you praying for someone who does not know God or is far from God. Why not jot down 2-3 people on a note card and begin to pray for them every day. I used to pray for my granddad often and was told that he came to have peace with God in the last days of his life. While you pray for these people, offer to bring them to church and then take them to lunch (just don't rail on the preacher at lunch, LOL).
I have enjoyed teaching our combined Sunday School class for the past couple of weeks. In two weeks we are going to talk about using our spiriutal gifts (yes you have at least one, probably more!). You can print out this test and take it, https://www.lifeway.com/lwc/files/lwcF_PDF_Discover_Your_Spiritual_Gifts.pdf, or go to http://giftstest.com/test and take an online version. Our goal is to have everyone in the church take a spiritual gifts test, because when we use our gifts, we find our purpose in life.
If you love to save money on your budget, you may like this post! Everyone like FREE COUPONS! http://www.iwasbrokenowimnot.com/budget-boosters 
I was very moved by this blog post by Joni Eareckson Tada and hope you are as well. http://www.aholyexperience.com/2016/10/when-god-says-no/ 
Have a great week, you all are a joy to know and serve!

Pastor Chris

September 21, 2016

What IF...it is a great question to ask. What if we changed our church culture where it was the norm that everyone brought guests on a consistent basis to worship? What if we had 30 children show up on Sunday? What if we doubled our attendance in 4 years? Who would that bring to church, what needs would they have, what new opportunites of service would that bring us? All great questions that only start if we think with a possibility framework. Some might say that the Bible would call that a faith framework.
I am very excited to be givning the Sunday Bible Study teachers a much needed sabbatical for the next five weeks. We will all be in Bible Study together, please take a look at the 2nd Chapter entitled Grace for this week's lesson (There are several extra books in the Discovery Class). We will meet in the Discovery Class, look forward to seeing you there.
I attached a summary from a podcast I listened to about leadership. The interview was with Dan Reiland, who was John Maxwell's #2 guy for years. He was asked what were the top 5 leadership lessons he learned from John over the years. I thought you might enjoy.
If you are stuck, need to make a decision or work through an issue, let me know. Life Coaching is a great tool to help you move forward, we can visit over the phone and within a few minutes you will be able to see a plan that fits your specific need emerge. Shoot me an email if you are interested! I would love to serve.
This was an interesting podcast about types of dying churches. http://thomrainer.com/2016/09/four-models-dying-churches-rainer-leadership-259/ 
One thing I know (if you listen to the above) is that I don't want to be a church that dies. There are too many people in our neighborhood that need Jesus. Would you begin to pray for those people? Would you also bring a friend this Sunday to church, they will love it!
Have a great week, let me know how I might pray for you!
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