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February 20, 2018, 5:49 PM

More.....


This Week's Word is: MORE!!!

One day as I was visiting my family in my home town I drove past a church that had a sign  and on that sign was one of those "cute" statements meant to catch your attention and to make you think.  I drove by it, slowed down to read it.  Turned around to drive by again and pulled into the parking lot to think about it.  I know that the church, the Pastor and the whoever put up the sign meant well but it was so wrong.  I almost couldn't believe it.  It was only four words long.  But it almost made me cry.  I knew what they were trying to say - but it showed me one of the biggest flaws in the way most church's and perhaps most Christians think.  The phrase?  So simple.  So understandable.  Are you ready?    Here it is in big bold letters:  THE SIN OF MORE!


I am sure that the sermon that week was focusing on the sin of greed.  But the sentence?  Well consider this from John 10:10: "I am come that they might have life, and that might have it MORE abundantly."  Or this one from Romans 8:37: No, in all these things we are MORE than conquerors."  And then there is this one from our scripture for Sunday:  Now to him who is able to do immeasurably MORE than all we ask or IMAGINE"  (Ephesians 3:20)


Now none of these sound like sin do they?  That word more - its been banging around in my head for years now.  We in the church need to be celebrating MORE.  

MORE LOVE, MORE GRACE, MORE POWER, MORE HOPE.  MORE JESUS. 

MORE.... now that's this week's word!




January 30, 2018, 11:48 AM

EXTRAVAGANCE



This Week's Word is:  EXTRAVAGANCE!!!

I love this week's word!  We don't use it much in church circles, at least not as a "good" thing.  Usually in church circles we hear this word and cringe - it usually means we have overspent the budget, or bought something unnecessary or the like.  We cringe because the church never seems to have enough (but somehow God always sees us through) and to think we have been "EXTRAVAGANT" seems sinful. 

But I want you to know that this word is not sinful.  It is not unnecessary.  It is not something we should avoid at all cost.  It is in fact something we are experiencing all the time in our midst, as we worship, as we study, as we sing and even as we serve in our world and community.  For every day, every hour, every minute in the grace of God we are experience his EXTRAVAGANT LOVE! 

This is so very important for us as we begin this month of Love and Compassion.  For love moves us to compassion.  EXTRAVAGANT LOVE moves us to EXTRAVAGANT ACTION!   We so often as a church live with an attitude of poverty, of poorness, of being without.  And it is easy to see why we do that.  But our God does not live in poverty - he lives in riches.  Poverty is a state of mind more than a state of being.  Some of the richest people I have ever known have been have been the "brokest people on the street."  And some of the richest (by the worlds standard" people have been absolutely bankrupt in every way but financially.  The difference?  I believe the difference is in WHO knows God's EXTRAVAGANT LOVE.  

What do you think? 

Looking forward to seeing you Sunday!  Experience God's EXTRAVAGANT love in our midst! 

See you Sunday!
Pastor David

 




January 24, 2018, 10:01 AM

Living By Intention



This Week's Word is:  INTENTION!!!

Our word this week is INTENTION!  This word is really important when it comes to developing our faith life together at First Christian Church!  Intention means on purpose.  We are going to do mission and ministry on purpose, with INTENTION!

One of the things this means is that sometimes we are going to put off doing things because we want to do them right the first time and only have to do them once.  I am referring to the fact that our congregational meeting has been put off because the nominating committee has not quite finished its work, there were some misunderstandings between the committee, the Pastor and other leaders.  So rather than having to do things twice, create hard feelings, or cause problems down the road we have chosen to put it back at least two weeks.  I apologize for this change.

As we started this year I talked about developing our Discipleship at FCC.  What I mean by this is by discovering and addressing our spiritual needs at FCC.  We have really addressed this already in our Bible Study area.  The two new studies - "Walk the Talk" and "I Am a Church Member" both have had great attendance and participation. The third option is our early Sunday morning class led by Bill Washburne where they study straight from the scriptures.  I want you to know that it is not too late for you to be a part of one or all of these.  All you have to do is show up!    You know - that is where intention begins - the decision and the act to show up!

Looking forward to seeing you Sunday!  Make it your INTENTION to be there! 




January 17, 2018, 9:37 AM

This Week's Word: Anniversary!


Happy Anniversary! 

Well – I have been here almost exactly a year.  In that time we have worked hard to accomplish several things:

  1. We have worked hard to get to know one another.  Over 200 one on one conversations held in homes, coffee shops, the office, and elsewhere.  

       2.  We have worked hard to create a vision, a motto, and a sense of mission.  The vision to date is straight from scripture –

       FCC-JC is CHANGING LIVES through WORSHIP filled DISCIPLESHIP,

from JUNCTION CITY, OR  to the ends of the EARTH!

The motto came from almost a year of identifying who we really are, what we are really about as a church – and came from our experience as a church during September’s “Back to Church” event – where we concluded that FCC-JC – is A PLACE TO BELONG!    

All along the journey we have worked hard to refine, rev up and renew our worship services and  create more opportunity for Discipleship Development.  We have spent time focusing our prayers life but more is needed.  Our sense of mission is still being discovered as we are now focusing on spiritual growth, fellowship and discovering what GOD seems to be calling us to do. We have revamped our Elders ministry to include not just a shut-in ministry  but also a flock ministry where every family in the congregation had a care giving Elder.  

  1. We have worked hard to reach out to our community in multiple ways.
    • We have held two concerts that have been well received.
    • We have made more pb and j sandwiches for Bunches of Lunches than imaginable.
    • We have delivered goods to the Eugene Mission at Christmas and the Junction City Outreach in November.
    • We have collected offerings and given money to multiple places in the name of Jesus.
    • We participated in the Scandinavian Festival and had our most successful year financially ever.
    • We hosted the most financially most successful Holiday Bazaar ever.
    • We have hosted 2 fabulously fun Drop and Shops (movie nights) that brought children into the building to meet us.

This list could go on and on but you get the picture.  We are reaching out to our community – we are the “church that invites!” which is truly to goal. 

So what do we need to do this year?

  1. We need to focus on preparing, planning and loving children.I believe that we need to create a new plan and new children’s ministry options.A plan is coming for doing this very important task.We have an opportunity.
  2. We need to focus on becoming an inviting church – because being a place to belong is only important for those who are already “inside”We need training in hosting, greeting, acceptingand identifying who needs inviting.We need training in welcoming and in sharing the gospel.
  3. We need to pray. We need to pray together.We need to pray at home with our families.We need to pray for the church, for the world, for our friends, for our futures, for our families.When God’s people pray, lives are changed.I need people to pray for me.To keep the vision clear.To speak God’s word clearly.To love God first and foremost.We need to pray in small groups and in large groups.We need to expect our prayers to be answered.We can never be too BUSY to pray.

In our first year together we have done some awesome work together.  But in year two we need to be MORE!  We need to fall MORE in love with Jesus and to love one another with our whole hearts, minds and being.   In year two we need to discover who we have been equipped and gifted by God for ministry.  What are our gifts according to God’s gift to us?  In year two we need to step out of our comfort zone and lift one another up – and invite them in to this place – A PLACE TO BELONG!

Happy Anniversary!  That's this week's word!

 




November 30, 1999, 12:00 AM



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