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Thursday, March 30, 2006

Devotionals for April

Hey friends & family,

Two ladies in the choir came up with a wonderful idea in preparation for our Easter musical. They asked the choir members to write a devotional which would be compiled for everyone in the Worship Ministry to read leading up to Easter. The devotions are based on songs from the musical and how they speak to us personally. Vicky asked last night at rehearsal if we'd be willing to post some of those for the next couple weeks. Therefore, we invite you along on this journey as we prepare our hearts for Easter, and our musical. Be sure to come enjoy the culmination of several months of musical practices, spiritual growth and likemindedness on Easter weekend! We're expecting great things!

Pastor Mike

I was sitting alone in Mike’s parents’ den on Christmas Eve afternoon. The “boys” were all out having a big time and Mike’s mom was at the store. I was flipping channels and stopped on a Christmas pageant when I noticed the words “God is working out His plan” being projected onto a scrim behind two soloists. I was moved to tears as the duet and choir began to sing. It was just what I needed to be reminded of...God has a plan...His plans are so much bigger than I can understand or imagine...and He is working out HIS plan!
It was a message I wanted our entire church family to hear! I watched the credits hoping to find out the name of the song. No luck. I didn’t know if someone in their church had written it or not, but I had to get my hands on that song! I went on line to the church’s website hoping to see information about their musical. No luck! I wrote down the church’s phone number with plans to contact them on Monday to find out more.
Little did I know that God was using the song in Janice’s life, too! When we got to church the next day, Janice had placed a Christmas CD on Mike’s desk with a note that there was a song on there that she thought we needed to do. Guess what song it was? “His Plan”! As it turns out, Carol Cymbala had written it and it had been recorded on the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir’s Christmas project. Isn’t God amazing!
That Christmas Sunday morning I had no idea what would lie ahead in the coming weeks. But I knew that God was in control. The simple phrase “God is working out His plan” began playing over and over in my mind, as God would remind me of His sovereignty in my life and in the life of the church. Can we trust Him and His plans for our lives and for our church? Of course we can! It’s a message everyone needs to hear...No matter what comes our way, God is working out His plan!

Melinda McAdory

Monday, March 27, 2006

Pastor Scott's Influence On Our Lives

I am constantly reminded of the amazing influence Pastor Scott had and continues to have on so many lives. His miracle continues, in the lives of his family, his friends and the people that are touched through this site. This guestbook entry was posted last week, but it somehow seems more fitting to post it right here:

Vicki and family,
I have been recently thinking about how Pastor Scott has impacted my life and thought I'd share something with you. Not only did he bring God's Word to help in daily difficulties, he also brought a word that continues to affect me in a wonderful way. When the movie "The Passion of the Christ " came out, Pastor Scott encouraged the congregation to use this movie as an outreach to those who were unchurched. I had planned to go with some friends (who were already christians), but somehow those plans didn't work out. At the time, I had a friend named David who I felt could use this movie and its message because he wasn't a christian. I followed God's leading which came through Pastor Scott and invited David to see this movie with me. Needless to say, David became a christian in May 2004. Through Pastor Scott's messages, David has grown tremendously in his faith. In November 2004, due to God's work through Pastor Scott and other avenues, I married David. God has blessed me with the best man I could ever have hoped for. I just wanted y'all to know how much Pastor Scott has impacted our lives. We'll never know how many lives he has touched because of his obedience to God, but I am sure just as in my case, they are many and those impacted by Pastor Scott tend to impact other lives for God's Kingdom. Thank you for sharing him with us. We pray for you, Vicki, and your family all the time. We love you.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Spring

I have felt down today. In contemplating the source of this emotional struggle I realized it was because Spring is not being ushered in with the vibrancy and warmth one would imagine. It is gray and cool. I was out earlier and not one drop of sunshine hit me. The most green that is visible comes from the pollen covering my car. Then I received a telephone call from my Mom and received a paradigm shift. She thought I would like to know that Northern Kentucky is bracing for 5-7 inches of snow tonight and tomorrow. My perspective immediately snapped and I realized perhaps it wasn’t such a bad day after all.

Spiritually I find myself doing the same thing from time to time. I lament and whine at the dreariness of my predicament. I complain to the Lord about why I am forced to suffer so. Then a phone call reveals unexpected, bad news for someone else and I realize my life is not all that bad. I wish I could always remember that despite the “weather” around me God is the source of my joy. He is the warm, Spring breeze, the smell of fresh flowers, and the vibrant colors of life.

“Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell. Then will I go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight. I will praise you with the harp, O God, my God. Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” – Psalm 43:3-5

Pastor Gary

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Belief

I have been reminded recently both theoretically and practically that YOU CANNOT LIVE DIFFERENTLY THAN YOU BELIEVE. I can say I love my wife, but if I say mean things to her, never spend time with her, or am unfaithful to her then my love is only words. True love is expressed in action.

The same is true of our relationship with Christ. If I say I trust Him with my life, but worry and fret and am constantly burdened down by the load of life then where is the trust? Likewise, we can say we trust Him for our salvation proclaiming that He is "Lord of our lives," but if we do not live in obedience to His Word then our expression of faith is only words.

The truth is - YOU CANNOT LIVE DIFFERNTLY THAN YOU BELIEVE. So what does your "living" say about your "believing"? Perhaps it is time to put your faith into action!

Pastor Gary

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

VISION

The teenagers have been working through Dallas Willard's, Renovation of the Heart, on Wednesday nights. It's focus is becoming men and women of God. A great reminder is that it does not begin with our attempts to "clean up" our lives of "fix" our bad behavior. Being who God wants you to be is a heart issue. What is inside always comes out! It can only remain hidden so long.

Tonight saw first hand the importance of having good vision! We tried to perform some crazy tasks with limited or no vision at all. They were extremely difficult....in fact, it took a lot longer than I had planned. Nevertheless, it was a great reminder that we must see where we are going.

Where will your life go if you continue on the path you are traveling right now? Where will your current goals take you? Where will you be lead by your current group of friends? How will your current relationship with others affect your future? What about your current relationship with God? If we are going to arrive at the goal God desires for us then we must have clear focus on where He wants us to be. And where he wants us to be is right by His side. It's not about good behavior or church attendance. It is about living in an intmate relationship with God. Once you are there EVERYTHING else will fall into place. Examine your vision today. What is your focus? What are you goals? Where does God factor in?

Pastor Gary

God's Road Map

My new job has me driving a lot around the beautiful states of South Carolina and Georgia. I was very excited my first week to see that I was going to Denmark. Hot Dog! This is a great job! The only Denmark I knew of was in another country, not in South Carolina. I got to Denmark using Map Quest, which is now my best friend. Map Quest gives me all the directions to get from one place to another.

But even with Map Quest, I got lost yesterday. Somehow coming from Barnwell, I missed a turn and ended up in Blackville. Not much out there but pretty countryside.

Each step of the way, I thank the Lord for His help and guidance. It is thru the Holy Spirit that I can sense God's direction in my life. The Holy Spirit and Map Quest they are kinda alike. They give you directions to get from one place (or situation) in our lives to another. With the Holy Spirit as my guide unlike with Map Quest all my pathways and turns are right because the map leads me to God.

Do you need direction in your life? Why get lost in the woods, when you could be climbing a mountain top with God?

Praying that this is a great day for you.

Love you ,

Vicky