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We are a community of faith seeking to know Christ and make Him known in all we say and do.

Pastor Bill's Reflections

Bill Young

“I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” Philippians 3:8

I read recently of a pastor that shared this story: “While I was pastoring a church early in my ministry, my 7 year old daughter Libby asked me, ‘Dad, are we famous?’ To which I replied, ‘No, Libby, we’re not famous.’ She thought for a moment and then said rather indignantly, ‘Well, we would be if more people knew about us!’”

Poor Libby! Only 7 years old and already struggling with what many of us struggle with throughout life: Who recognizes us, and are we getting the recognition we think we deserve?

Our desire for recognition wouldn’t be such a problem if it didn’t tend to replace Jesus as the focus of our attention. But being absorbed with ourselves crowds Him out of the picture.

Life cannot be all about us and all about Jesus at the same time. This makes Paul’s statement that he counted “everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ” (Phil. 3:8 ESV) strategically important. Faced with a choice between himself and Jesus, Paul intentionally discarded the things that would draw attention to himself so he could concentrate on knowing and experiencing Jesus (see verses 7-8, 10).

For us, the decision is the same. Will we live to draw attention to ourselves? Or will we focus on the privilege of knowing and experiencing Jesus more intimately?

Lord, thank You for reminding me of the value of knowing You more intimately. Help me to keep myself out of the way as I pursue a deeper walk with You.

The question is raised: Do our choices bring honor to God or to us?

Hope and Peace to you all!



SUNDAY SCHEDULE

  • Adult Class - 8:45 AM
  • Worship - 10 AM (Nursery available for infant and toddlers)
  • Sunday School 10 AM
    4 Years - 2nd Grade (Participate in worship through childrens talk, then dismiss to classrooms)
  • Fellowship Time after Worship
  • Youth Choir practice - 11:15 AM

OCTOBER EVENTS

  • Sunday, October 5
    World Communion Sunday
    10:00 AM Worship Service
  • Saturday, October 11
    Fall church clean up day
    8:00 AM
  • Sunday, October 19
    Variety Show
    5:00 PM
  • Wednesday, October 22
    Ladies Luncheon
    12 Noon



Coming October 12

Sermon & Small Group Series
Discovering My Calling: What On Earth Am I Here For?
Commit to grow in the knowledge of God's purpose for your life!


OUR SERMONS


August, 10 2014 - "Don't Upset the Vegans"
Pastor Bill Young's sermon is based in Matthew 18:21-35 and Romans 14:1-12. These verses talk about the differences found within the body of Christ, His Church. We need to set aside small differences and judgements of other's motives and work together to reach the world for Christ and minister to each other.

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COMING OCTOBER 19

The Spectacular Variety Show!
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5 PM

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