From the Pastor's Desk . . . January, 2018
What does it mean to be a member of CBC? We talk church, think church and attend church. We participate in worship services, prayer meetings, Bible studies, Sunday School, and even outreach activities. What does it all mean?
Sad to say, many of us are “playing church”.
The Church is the Body of Christ, and Calvary Baptist Church is part of our Lord’s Body. As the Body of Christ, we are:
- to study God’s Word so that we might grow in our knowledge and understanding of our Lord and His Will for our lives.
- to pray-to confess our sins, to make intercession for others, to express our praise and gratitude, and to bring our petitions to our Father.
- to worship because only God is worthy of our worship.
- to train and prepare to share our faith with others.
How long has it been since you personally shared your faith in Christ with some one?
How long has it been since someone walked the isle of our church for salvation?
How long has it been since “reaching the lost around us” was our FIRST priority?
Are we playing church?
Come Back to Christmas
When January comes along, we can continue that sense of comfort and warmth that comes at Christmas by returning to the Christmas story, which gives us two great promises: God understands you, and God can redeem you. I encourage people to make it a point to reread the Christmas story every month, and allow Christmas to be Christmas every month. We need to keep coming back to it.
—Max Lucado, Publishers Weekly interview
Prayer for a New Beginning
Dear Lord, touch me with your Spirit of truth so I may be honest about my sins and failures. Forgive me for treating your covenant lightly and at times ignoring it completely. Help me truly seek and know forgiveness for all the hurts I’ve caused, for harboring ill will and for any hardness of heart I may have. Please renew a right spirit within me that I may become more Christ-like and that my life may daily reveal your love and light.
In your name. Amen.
“God … does great things beyond our knowing. He says to the snow, ‘Fall to the earth’; likewise to his heavy, drenching rain. He shuts up all humankind indoors, so that all people may know his work” (Job 37:5-7, NABRE).
Snow, ice and cold can make winter a hassle. “Snow days” due to a blizzard may thrill students but usually inconvenience parents. But now and then, winter blankets the earth so heavily that it seems to quiet everything. We’re granted permission to hunker down at home, snuggle close with family or pets, enjoy a book or movie, make cocoa or cookies, and rest. It’s like a surprise sabbath — the gift of grace-time — when no one’s expected to get out the door or the driveway.
Perhaps indeed, as Job declared, God sees fit on such days to put our busyness on hold and shut us all indoors so we pause and remember his work — his place — in our lives. Praise God for snow days!
“Darkness cannot driveout darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love cando that.”
—Martin Luther King Jr.
“Kindness is like snow — it beautifieseverything it covers.”
“The greatest act of mercy that God performs isgiving the gift of faith.”
“A smile is a curvethat sets everything straight.”
“Ye know not what the Lord is working out ofthis, but ye shall know it hereafter.”
These articles and quotes are from the January 2018 issure of Commication Resources NewletterNewsletter.