building up others instead of ourselves

March 17, 2008

At some point in time I wrote about building each other up while gathering together.  What I was trying to get across at that point in time was the simple truth that when we gather together for the worship of God, say a Wednesday evening or Sunday morning, that we must look beyond our needs and interests to others.  That we must move beyond American consumerism and how things benefit me to how we can serve someone else.

This morning, as my family and I were reading through our passage in 1 Corinthians 10-11, I was reminded of this truth once again.  In fact, we read in chapter 10.23-24, and 31 that “All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable.  All things are lawful, but not all things build up.  Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbor…Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 

What Paul is trying to say that all things are lawful for us to do, but not all things that we do are actually profitable for us to do or build us up or others.  Not only is this the case, he reminds the people who received his letter to not seek out after their own needs, their own interests, or their own desires, but to seek out the good of your neighbor.  Who is your neighbor?  In a Biblical sense, our neighbors are everybody.  Finally, everything that we do must not be done for our own honor and self, but for the glory of God. 

Ask yourselves these questions: “Am I more concerned about my own good or the good of my neighbor?,” “Am I more concerned about myself and honor rather than God and His glory?,” “Are my actions profitable and do they build up others or is what I do more about me, myself, and I?” 

Remember, I am not promoting Nike and saying, “Just Do It.”  We must always keep in front of us the grace of God that empowers us to live the life that He has called us to live.  We cannot have the Christian community that God desires for us to have apart from what He has done for us in Christ Jesus. 


weekly update

March 15, 2008

Recently we have had the privilege of having Pastor Keith Cobb speak at our Wednesday evening gatherings.  Personally, I have enjoyed listening to him talk about loving and fearing God.  I’m looking forward to what he will bring next week!

Since Pastor has come out to speak, we have gotten away from our usual routine, but that is O.K.  For those of you that look forward to the small group time, we will be moving back to them in a couple of weeks. 

Last week we had the opportunity of using our new nerf finger blasters that we purchased through www.recfx.com.  It seems as if they went over well with the group and I spoke with a couple of people that enjoyed using them.  If you are reading this, did you like the finger blasters? 

This week we took advantage of the weather outside and played some kickball.  After I kicked the ball, I ran around the bases without my shoes on, but what took the cake as the most memorable moment was Michael Perrow’s expertise base running.  After kicking the ball, Michael ran towards third base instead of first.  Whoops! 

Outside of the miscellaneous activity that has been taking place, I had the opportunity to meet some new people and hang-out at McDonald’s.  In the future I look forward to spending more time outside of the church building making new friends, following-up with old one’s, and seeing many come to Jesus Christ.     

Remember, this coming Wednesday will be our last time gathering together for March.  Since public schools are going on Spring Break so are we for the 26th of March. 

Also, get ready for our new series “Survivor,” which kick’s off on the 2nd of April.

I would like to hear from you about some of your memories from March.  When you get the chance, why don’t you let me know what is going on. 


irregular book of the month

March 11, 2008

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At the beginning of this year I said that I would read and report back on a book about culture, youth issues, contemporary trends, and parenting to name a few.  Well, so far I have just posted on one book and not that extensively.  For this month, which makes me two out of three, I have decided to read Neal Gabler’s Life, the Movie: How Entertainment Conqured Reality

Currently I have read just the first chapter, which was well worth the cost of the book (even considering that I got it used for less than $1!).  Since I have just begun reading the book I cannot personally provide a full synopsis on it, but let me share with you from the front cover so that you will better understand what this book is about.

And I quote, “Starting in the nineteenth-century America with the theatrics of the popular stage and the sensations of the popular press, Gabler traces the phenomenal rise of Entertainment as it challenges high culture.  He also shows how entertainment…

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survivor challenge update and other announcements

March 10, 2008

Beginning on Wednesday, the 2nd of April, we will begin our new series on the “Survivor: Outline, Outlove, Outlive, and Outshine.”  The first week anticipate a time of hanging-out, making team names, cheers, and a debriefing on what to expect and how to earn points.  There will be weekly prize giveaways, a team prize at the end of the series, and an individual prize to the person who brings in the most people.  May we see many come to see and believe in Jesus Christ during this time and find a home to worship the one true and living God!

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Here are some other important announcements:

March 22nd – Service Saturday – We will be spending the majority of our time at Andrew Jackson Middle School cleaning-up their track and field as well as the portion of Big Tyler Road in front of the school. 

March 26th – Spring Break – There will be NO gathering this Wednesday.   

March 30th – Family and Youth Sunday at 10:40 A.M.   

March 30th – Bowling at Nitro Towne and Country from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.

May 2nd – Paintballing at Scary Creek Paintball and Games from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. (more information will be provided later)


building up others while gathering together

March 7, 2008

It’s amazing how American consumerism has infiltrated the church.  All of us tend to think like a consumer rather we like to admit it or not.  We either explicitly or implicitly ask ourselves, “How am I benefited from this product or service?  What does it do for me?  How is my life enriched because of it?” 

Honestly, these questions and more are important to ask when purchasing a product, like groceries, movies, video games, and/or sodas, or service, such as life insurance, medical assistance, or tutoring. 

However, to ask such questions in regards to the church can be damaging to ourselves as well as others. 

For instance…

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