Let’s Get Blogging

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Let’s Get Blogging

  • Blogging is a great way to share information and keep others informed of things going on. It is also a place to share ideas and thoughts about things. It is also “time-consuming”. It takes time for me to pool my thoughts and type them up to post them on a blog. But I am going to try it!  It is crazy how difficult it is to keep things informative and yet short when blogging. It will take me more time and effort to keep my blog short than it will to just type out some thoughts. I will work at refining that and also at providing good info. I hope you will find my blog to be useful and will visit it often. So, let’s get blogging!

Upcoming Events

  • This Upward season has been absolutely amazing! What makes it amazing, people do. Most of our volunteer staff believe in Upward and the reasons behind it. Please let them know how much you appreciate all they do. Upward is a 3-month mission project and it does wear you down. So, pray and ask the Lord to continue to supply our volunteers with passion and with the rest they need.
  • Upward Award’s Night! Pray, Pray, Pray!  Can God move in a big way at Upward Award’s Night? Yes, He can! Pray that everything goes smoothly and that hearts are changed!
  • Youth Encountering Christ Weekend is March 13-15 at Natchez Trace State Park. This is a 3-day retreat for our youth. Every youth in our church should make an effort to attend.  Young people attending this retreat falls on the shoulders of our parents.  Parents! Please see the value in this weekend of spiritual growth and relationship building. This is where those things happen.

Discipleship

  • Many of our Calvary members are trying to read through the Bible in a year. Several started their reading plan on January 1.  I have been doing this along with them and so far I have been able to keep up. There has been once or twice I had to read 2 days worth in 1 day. The amount of information that I have read through in Genesis, Exodus, and Leviticus has been eye-opening. I have read through the Bible before, but each time I do I discover new things that correct some of my own thinking.  I am challenged to see things the way God sees them and I realize how strayed the world has made me in some areas.  Take the time, start today, read the Bible through!

Personal Book Reading

  • I am currently reading several books, but this post is a quick look at some information I discovered in “The Great Evangelical Recession: 6 Factors That Will Crash The American Church…and How to Prepare”. According to this book and I believe other signs around us, WE ARE IN BIG TROUBLE! Research is being done on how much of the American population represents “Evangelical Christians”. I don’t have time to go into a long summary, but here is what I have learned so far.  Research filtered out everyone who says that they are born-again Christians and everyone who says they are born-again Christians and live like it on a daily basis. Those that live out what they say represent about 7 to 8 percent of the American population. I will leave you with that to ponder!

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Our Young Men Need Men

This past weekend we had our first Guy’s Retreat!  This was a great opportunity to spend some time with teenage guys and to teach them things like grilling, hunting, automotive maintenance and how to safely use power tools.  The funny thing to me was that this came across as a great idea and needs to be done more!  Why does that strike me funny?  Because those should be staples of men’s lives taught by dad, granddad or other father figures during those young impressionable year’s of a boy’s life.  I know that there are going to be some exceptions, but that’s just it.  It should be exceptions, instead it seemed to be the norm in most of the young men that participated this past weekend.  They understood many of the concepts, they knew these things were done by somebody, but many of them didn’t have a clue about some of the common things we went over.  They didn’t understand cleaning out the charcoal grate, piling up the charcoal to light and get a burn started, that a car even had a spare tire someone, (and why it was so tiny!) or that hunting could be so much fun!  By the way, our young men need to work out more muscles than the ones in their thumbs, not one of them could break loose a lug nut on a wheel.  It is no wonder our society is in such a “dependency on others” mindset!  We are not passing on “Life Skills” to our children.  We have got do more in our “Family Time” then just play sports and have vacations.  Family time could also be cooking together, washing clothes together, changing the oil in the car together, building something together, gardening together, doing the dishes together. etc.  I just thought I would share a little bit of my experience this past weekend.  By the way, the fellas loved it!!!!  Enjoy the Fullness of Life with your family!

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Easter and the Cross

Easter is this weekend!  Are you looking forward to it?  Have you ever wondered when the cross shifted from a symbol of condemnation to a symbol of hope?  I know that the death of Jesus on the cross is the point that mankind’s penalty of sin was forgiven for all who believe.  But when did the cross become such a treasured remembrance among the world of believers?  I ran across a devotional that gave some direction to the beginning. It is believed that a mother started it all.  Helena the mother of emperor Constantine was given the challenge to discover religious relics that would ignite passion in the people as they spread the gospel. The time was the fourth century and it is believed that Helena was brought to the location of where the 3 crosses where buried.  The discovery happened after Helena has a pagan temple destroyed on the holy site and a Christian temple built.  During the excavation the 3 crosses were discovered.  Rumor has it that a terminally ill lady from the community came to the area and touched all 3 crosses.  The first 2 she touched did not cause any change, but the third one she touched miraculously healed her body of her sickness.  Seeing this, Helena had that cross broken into splinters and miniature crosses to be spread all over the country and to awareness to the gospel of Jesus Christ.  As this effort ignited passion in Christians, the cross became a symbol of hope for the rest of eternity.  Just something to think about as Easter approaches! https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helena_(empress)

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