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We’re off to a good start!  A number of small groups are now in full-stride.  I would like to personally thank those who are involved in leading and promoting these efforts.

 

Several thoughts:

 

*Don’t forget to invite new participants.  I know this is difficult for the groups going through specific studies such as “The Five Love Languages” and “Experiencing God.”  But remember there are strategic times that would be perfect to add to your group, such as the last week of your existing study.  Or perhaps it would help when finished with the present course to give yourself several weeks of general Bible study allowing time to invite new folks into your group before you begin your new topic or book.

 

*Also, make every effort to bring these new folks into the fellowship here at Comite.  We desire to strengthen our Church through this new outreach.  Please make this a priority.

 

*Most important, never forget to share Christ in your small groups!  This is vital and if you need any assistance in this area the staff would love to help!

 

*Also, leaders, please share all prayer requests with the Church staff so that we might pray in concert with your group.  We would also like to pass these requests along to our new prayer group (they meet every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month in the Prayer Room at 4 p.m.)  The requests can be emailed to the Church Office on a weekly basis.

 

*Remember, our desire is to keep these groups fresh and growing – so think, spin-off!  How can your group create and assist in growing a new group?

 

*Last, but by no means least, pray!  Pray for God to show us where He is working so that we may join Him.  Your group or any and all of the groups may become the very catalyst for revival here at Comite.

 

I’m excited about the potential of our Small Groups and am praying for new ones to begin all the time.  God can do great things through this endeavor if we believe and follow His Spirit’s leading!

 

– Dale

 
Lent? PDF Print

How do you practice your faith?  For many Baptists this might sound like a strange question.  Given thought, one might answer: prayer, Bible study, worship.  All of these are good answers.  Consider though, the possibility of other ways that our God the Holy Spirit might deepen our walk with Him.  One such possibility, I believe, is found in observing Lent.  Although the concept is somewhat foreign to most Baptists, it’s well worth your investigation and possible participation.

 

When I think of Lent, I think of withdrawing with Jesus.  As Jesus withdrew into the wilderness for forty days of fasting and preparation, we too (at least during these forty days) withdraw from the world to a greater degree in order to possibly hear more clearly the voice of our Lord.

 

We may choose to look at this time as a period of sacrifice in our lives – one in which we give over something dear to us expressing to our greater Love that nothing is more precious to us than Him.  Or we could possibly see this time as an opportunity for intensifying our pursuit of God’s will in our lives by increasing our prayers and meditation.

 

However you may choose to – or not to – observe this time is between you and your loving Lord.  But you will do well to remember that this time frame is designed specifically to point us toward the sacrifice of Christ for our redemption which culminates in the celebrating of His victory over our death.  So maybe, just a thought . . . maybe, it’s worth the effort?

 

– Dale

 

 
PLEASANT OPPOSITION PDF Print

 

 

The gospel writer Luke tells us in his witness of Jesus that there came a time when Jesus was “fiercely opposed.”  The opposition came from the most religious among the people, the teachers of the law and Pharisees.  They opposed him because they had much to lose.  Their very existence depended upon strict adherence to not only the written law but also all the oral rituals as well.  Jesus seemed unimpressed with their station and expertise.  So naturally, they hated him.  Privately, I’m sure this hatred was displayed openly with people of like mind.  But publicly their distaste for Jesus and his message took the form of tests and challenges.  This indeed was their way, but Jesus knew there was much more than academic debate contained within their questions.  He understood the motives behind the masks.

 

Have you ever stopped to consider the possibility that you are being fiercely opposed in your commitment to follow Jesus?  The opposition may be overt, expressing itself completely in the open.  But more likely it's subtle and has been growing right along with your faith for sometime.  The vines of “greed” (although we don’t really use that term) and “pleasures” are just two among many that control the way we grow.  We can only commit so much to God because most of it’s already been spoken for.  The questions the sages of our era ask are not, “which is the greatest commandment,” or “who is my neighbor” but different altogether.  Questions asked by clever adds that whisper, “Don't you deserve this?”  “Wouldn't you like to go here and experience this?”  Or one of the most insidious of all, “You’re not a good parent if you don’t give your child this opportunity!”  Whatever “this” is!

 

We need not be opposed by gruff, stiff-necked, God-hating atheists.  No, not when we’ve been carefully planted in the fertile beds of discontent and pleasure-seeking-after all we deserve it, right?

 

How is your commitment to Jesus being opposed?  Ask Him, you may be shocked by the answers!

 

–Dale

 

 

 

 
WHAT WE HAVE HERE IS A FAILURE TO SURRENDER PDF Print

Confounding our efforts in drawing folks to Jesus is quite frankly, ourselves.  Ouch! It’s true more than we would care to admit.  Our flesh, our rights, our own ideas about how things should be are much of the time a Christian repellent.  People wonder: what difference does it make to be a follower of Jesus?  To be honest, in the midst of church turmoil this thought crosses my mind occasionally.  What difference should it make? 

I have never met a Christian who didn’t judge; yet Jesus tells His followers, “Judge not.”  We usually have a tendency to hate someone, somewhere and more often than naught it’s someone we know.  Yet Scripture teaches that our love is to be superhuman, to the point that we are to love even our enemies. 

These and other instructions would be impressive if accomplished, right?  One pastor says he daily prays the prayer, “Lord, let me not make it harder for someone to know you today.”  That’s a good prayer!  Help me not to get in the way today.

Reliance is the key.  Jesus knew we were spiritual klutzes, so He gives us assistance.  To tap into that enormous power though, we must be willing to surrender.  That, my friend, is where the loop begins anew.  If you have trouble getting out of the way, it probably stems from a failure to surrender! 

Sometimes, giving up is actually winning.

– Dale

 
GOD SO LOVED PDF Print

“For God so loved the world that He gave . . .”  God’s amazing love is expressed in His generosity.  Giving us Himself so that we might have life . . . and then giving us His task – which is sharing the knowledge of Him and His great love with the world.  Paul writes, “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in?  And how can they believe in the one whom they have not heard?  And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?  And how can they preach unless they are sent?  As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’”

We mirror God’s great love to the world and express love for our fellow man by sharing the faith we have in Christ Jesus.  Breathing in the Word and then living it out in view of the world causes our witness to contain power – to have a believability about it!  This allows us to be heard, because our words are seen to carry weight.  The realness of these words are only felt in as much as we believe them ourselves.  Only love felt can be properly expressed.

For our God so loved this world that He first gave us His Son and then He gave us filled with His Son!  So in reality, you and I are God’s expression to the world of His great love.  That’s cause for pause!

Live out your faith!

– Dale

 
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