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06/01/18

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THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH June 1, 2018

Yes - There are Outsiders, and they’re Listening!

Insiders. Outsiders. These are words that have been used for years to designate, well, those on the inside and those on the outside. Perhaps some of you have even read the coming of age novel about this very life dynamic - “The Outsiders.” I would imagine that most, if not all of us, have at some time in our lives felt that we were in one of these groups – by design or default. And this isn’t lost on the Bible as well. On five occasions in his writings, the Apostle Paul refers to unbelievers as “outsiders” - literally, “the ones outside.” For Paul’s purposes; those living outside of Christ. I would like to look at one of those passages today – Colossians 4:5,6.

5 Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.
6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

There are two brief observations I would like to share with you today about the “Outsider.” In short, our Walk and our Talk.

02/23/18

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THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH February 23, 2018

“Billy’s Doesn’t Live Here Anymore – He Has A New Home!”

This week the Rev. William “Billy” Franklin Graham, Jr., rested from his earthly labors and entered into the glories of the Savior that he preached to thousands upon thousands. Inadequately said - He will be missed. His legacy, in short, will be that of faithfully proclaiming the message of the Gospel “in season and out of season.” I would imagine the reception line is still going!

I remember watching a number of his crusades as a youth – during what we would call “prime-time hours” today. Shortly after our marriage, Nedra and I attended a crusade in Cincinnati. Gathered in with those memories is one of listening to Billy preaching on the radio as I rode in the back of a station wagon following a fishing trip with friends. To this day I’m still a little confused why my friends even listened to it! But the message of grace and heaven clearly sounded from the speakers.

02/16/18

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THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH February 16, 2018

When The Heart Struggles To Hold More Tears

I don’t want or need to see more pictures. I don’t want or need to read more stories. I don’t want or need to live with the prospect of the next shooting – be it a school, church, or concert. And, I certainly don’t want or need to hear another debate about gun control! My heart, like yours, is full, and breaking.

The compound fractures from Genesis 3 continue to echo in our world. And along with those echoes a penetrating truth pierces through the darkness of falleness, “It wasn’t supposed to be this way.”

But it is.

And, until sin meets its final death and destruction our world will continue to display the reality of the lyric we sing,

In every dark, distressful hour When sin and Satan join their power

There can be no question that this “joining” is behind the dreadful events of Wednesday; and every event like it. Whenever, in the sovereignty of God, the “thief comes to steal and kill and destroy” we will, regrettably read more stories like this. Satan is liar and murderer. Knowing his ultimate outcome, his desire is not only to bring others with him to hell, but to bring that same hell to earth. That is the reality of what we see in places like Parkland, Florida.

02/09/18

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THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH February 9, 2018

The Apathy of Atrophy

at·ro·phy

“decrease in size or wasting away of a body part or tissue - atrophy of muscles”

The start of this week marked the beginning of my earnest attempt to prepare for my next surgical makeover – new knees! In actuality, it should have begun several weeks ago, but things got in the way. Well, that’s what I’m using as a pitiful pass on why I’ve waited till now. Fortunately, I think there’s been a bit of residual rehab readiness from my recent hip surgery. However, the commencement of this activity has revealed a number of things – things, in fact, that I’ve known for a while.

Along with working on some leg muscle groups I decided it might be wise to incorporate a little upper-body exercise as well to help with that whole getting around thing following surgery. Remembering earlier days – apparently not very well – I dropped to the floor to do a couple sets of good old fashion push-ups! Sadly, I found out pretty quickly that the words “couple” and “sets” should have never crossed my mind! Muscles once able to perform this rather routine exercise rebelled. For a moment, I thought I heard laughter emanating from my arms and shoulders! Due to lack of regular exercise my body has experienced atrophy. Regrettably, there has been a “decrease in size or wasting away of a body part of tissue.” I know what I need to do and I have begun the process. It’s only a start, but you have to start somewhere.

02/02/18

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THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH February 2, 2018

My Life in the Shadows

By Punxsutawney Phil

Well, they let me out this morning for my annual debut. Otherwise it’s solitary confinement for the rest of the year! Although over the year I’ve tunneled an excursion route for more trips out on the town. Shhhhh - Don’t tell the mayor!

It was a nice crowd as usual – lots of media. For a moment, which is about all I get, I actually thought I spotted Bill Murray! You know it wasn’t a bad little movie except for a couple of tiny, little details – like it wasn’t ME and they didn’t even filmed it HERE! The studios decided on a little town in northern Illinois – Woodstock. No, not that Woodstock; the other one. Still, this Groundhog Day thing - all in all, it’s a pretty nice gig one day a year. I especially like all the guys wearing top hats and overcoats; makes it kind of classy – especially if you’re a Groundhog. Let’s be honest we’re not exactly on the top-ten list for College mascots. But, it is MY Day! The meaning and history of Groundhog Day is pretty interesting, if you get into that kind of stuff. Might be something cool you could do with kids – just Google me!

01/26/18

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THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH January 26, 2018

(P)Salty Language

Words matter. Every single word we use to paint our explanations or descriptions matter – every one. With that in mind, reports of the language used in a meeting between our President and those of Congress caught the attention of not only our country but the global community as well. My point today is not judge the merits of the language used in that meeting – or, was not used in that meeting. Though if factual, it was a sad display. Even though we know that individuals are sinful, we have reason to expect more out of those who lead us; irrespective of the arena – be it civil or church. Isn’t sadly true that all of us have wished for an opportunity to retract words untimely spoken – whatever the variety? My point today will simply be that our words matter – and they deserve our utmost attention.

Having spent four years in the Navy my ears were regularly subjected to – shall we say – colorful language. Because of that, regrettably, there isn’t too much that shocks me today – and that’s sad in many respects. Don’t get me wrong; I greatly detest the use of words that neither glorifies our Maker or those made in His image. At same time, if I’m being honest with myself - and you - I have to admit that in a given moment an errant expletive has found an avenue from my heart to my lips all too quickly. Once more, an additional regret.

01/19/18

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THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH January 19, 2018

CPC MINISTRY INFORMATION

SUNDAY'S SERMON
Title:
“You and You Alone” Text: Romans 15:5,6
Elder Jim Roszell

NURSERY VOLUNTEERS MEETING – This Sunday, January 21st following Morning Worship, there will be a short meeting in the nursery room for all nursery volunteers prior to Sunday School. If you are on the Nursery Schedule, please plan to attend

SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR ALL AGES – Following morning Worship

SIERRA LEONE MISSION TRIP – Items for Sierra Leone are being collected. There are two suitcases in the foyer to receive supplies for Kid’s Camp, School supplies and Office supplies for Makeni World Hope office. List of needed supplies are on table as well

TUESDAY MORNING LADIES BIBLE STUDY – This overview of the Old Testament led by Pastor Bob Clark, will resume on January 23rd and meets Tuesdays from 8:30-10:00 a.m. in the church fireplace area.

ROCK SOLID MEAL MINISTRY – meets Tuesday, January 23rd at 4:15 p.m. If you would like to help serve, please contact Aaron or Emily Fredrick

01/12/18

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THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH January 12, 2018

“God’s Sovereignty and Grandpas”

“The king's heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He will.” Proverbs 21:1

I won’t be here next week. After worship on Sunday I’ll be flying to San Angelo, Texas, to begin a week of “active duty” grand parenting for the Adam and Holly Clark family. But, I won’t be taking any of my old Navy uniforms. First, it’s an Air Force Base, and second, well, let’s be real here - it’s been a few years since they fit!!! Though I might be able to find a hat. Instead, I’ll be in my blue-jean civvies!

Some time in late January, we hope, the household belongings will follow the Adam Clark family to Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH – less than an hour away! Adam will be there for the next three years. Wow, how does that happen? There are approximately 100 Air Force bases around the world – last count around 59 in the US. When we were told of Adam’s potential opportunities, Dayton wasn’t even on our radar. We found out later that Adam and Holly had actually requested Wright Patt – that was a little surprising as well. Especially, when you consider that the Air Force has some pretty attractive locations in the states, as well as around the world. But to get Dayton? No way does that happen. But it did – and Grandpa is headed into action!

01/05/18

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THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

January 5, 2018

 

Praying With Paul

 

Happy New Year - it’s 2018!  We can look forward to another year of God’s good grace based on His faithfulness in the past and promise of the same for the future.  We do so because of our biblically informed understanding of His Sovereignty – He is in control.  But along with our appreciation for God’s rule and reign in our lives we also know that wedded to His sovereignty is our responsibility.  Simply put, “the God who ordains the ends ordains the means to those ends.”  And included in those ordained means is the grace of prayer.  Paul knew this truth and prayer saturated his life and ministry, specifically, prayer for the Church.

 

Starting this Sunday I will begin a new preaching series on Paul’s Prayers for the Church.  In virtually every letter that Paul wrote to the church communities of his day he included prayers for them.  And, I believe that an examination of those prayers will be beneficial for our church today.  As you read his epistles, Paul is addressing real issues affecting each individual church - Christ and Salvation; the Formation and Function of the Church; Christ’s Return; Christian Life and the World; and others.

12/29/17

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THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

December 29, 2017

 

God Of The New

 

Did you receive some new “things” on Christmas?  Sure, we all did!  Christmas is all about something that is “new” – our new relationship with the Father through His Son applied by the Spirit.  In so many ways the close connection between Christmas and the New Year is very fitting.  We focus so intently on the incarnation of Jesus and then turn quickly to the prospect of living out the New Year in our new life – with incarnational truth!

 

The Bible is full of new things.  From the newness of the first creation in Genesis to the re-creation of the New Heavens and Earth in Revelation, the scriptures showcase the wonder of God’s work in new things.  Paul certainly captures that for us in 2 Corinthians 5:17

 

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.

The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

 

Anyone in Christ is a new creation – we need to let that soak in!  In Christ, with Christ, we have a new life!  And we have this further assurance from the same Apostle:

12/22/17

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THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

December 22, 2017

 

CPC MINISTRY INFORMATION

 

SUNDAY'S SERMON

Title:  “Let’s Go!”

Text:   Luke 2:8-19

Pastor Bob Clark

   

SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR ALL AGES – There will be no Sunday School classes this week or next

RED POINSETTIA PLANTS – Thank you to those who purchased a poinsettia plant in memory or in honor of someone special. See today’s insert for the list of names. You may take your Poinsettias home Christmas Eve following Worship

CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE Sunday, December 24th at 6pm

OFFICE HOURS – The Church office will be closed on December 25th & 26th in observance of Christmas

ROCK SOLID MEAL MINISTRY meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 4:15pm at Rock Solid. This month, we meet on December 26th. Please see Aaron and Emily Fredrick if you would like to help with this ministry

Youth Christmas Overnight – Thursday, December 28th the Youth Group will meet at the church at 6pm. We will see the new Star Wars movie, have a gift exchange, and play lots of games. Breakfast will be at 7am and pick up will be from 7:30am until 8am. See Jeff if you have any questions.

12/15/17

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THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

December 15, 2017

 

 

The Cloths of Christ(mas)

 

If there is one line that almost everyone knows from the Christmas Story it’s this one,

“…because there was no room for them in the inn.”

Luke 2:7(KJV)

 

Where exactly in Bethlehem Mary gave birth to Jesus is up for grabs after that.  Even the mention of a manger doesn’t settle things conclusively for us.  One suggested location was a nearby cave to the Inn where guests may have boarded their beasts of burden.  If that setting is on the shortlist of possible birthing suites, then there may be some interesting connections between Christ’s birth and death.

 

“And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.”

Luke 2:7(ESV)

 

So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices,

as is the burial custom of the Jews. 

Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden,

and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. 

12/8/17

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THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

December 8, 2017

 

 

“And That’s The Way It Is”

 

I’ve just about reached my limit on TV news – which is a difficult admission for me.  I can be a “news junkie.”  But I’m growing tired of the shouting and silliness that masquerades as news.  Here’s a real “News Alert” for some channels – your news alert from yesterday is not a “news alert” today!

 

You see, I grew up with Walter, David, and Chet.  Well, let me rephrase that.  I grew up watching the evening news with Walter Cronkite, David Brinkley and Chet Huntley.   Though broadcasted from competing networks, and undoubtedly with some slant, there was clearly something different about the news “back in the day.” – something better, in my opinion.  I mean Cronkite was even known as “Uncle Walter.”

 

That’s why I enjoy the Advent season and the Christmas so much.  It’s the only news that is truly good news; everyday!  And it’s over 2000 years old!

 

“And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news

12/01/17

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THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

December 1, 2017

 

An Intentional Advent

 

Can you believe it - Advent is here!  And the joyous events of the next week in the life of our church give clear evidence of that; beginning with this Sunday!  The Christmas season can be a very busy, busy time - for individuals, families, and churches.  I often feel the pace pick up a bit after we “turn the corner” of the Thanksgiving weekend – and this year was no different.   I’m wondering, did you have a sense of that as well?

 

All of that said; let me ask you another question? 

 

Do ever feel like your celebration of Advent is more accidental than it is intentional?  

 

We often hear the question, “What’s in your wallet?”  Don’t worry, I’m not going there today.  But I would like to frame a related question to that thought and my question from above – here it is.

 

“What’s On Your Christmas Calendar?”

 

I’m a little sheepish even asking that question because I know only too well my own propensity to just “let Christmas happen!”  And while life can often use the spice of spontaneity, there is also a good argument for “planned” spontaneity.  Though on the surface that phrase may appear to be oxymoronic, for those who just say a silent “yes” when they read it – well, it makes perfect sense to them!

11/22/17

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THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

November 22, 2017

 

 “Where Are The Nine?”

Scripture is replete with passages that speak to “giving thanks.”  Appropriately, it’s one of the dominant themes throughout the Bible that turns our attention to the work of God in our lives.   Like a watchman on the wall, the call to thankfulness warns us against the danger of ingratitude and selfishness.  The physician, turned gospel writer, Luke, recorded for us an event that illustrated this truth from the very life of Him who “went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” (Acts 10:38)  I’m sure you’ll remember this story.

Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back,  praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus' feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine?  Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?”  And he said to him, “Rise and go your way;  your faith has made you well.”

11/17/17

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THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

November 17, 2017

 

 

Giving Thanks – Don’t Miss Your Opportunity!

           

As I was doing some research today for a “Thanksgiving” article I stumbled upon the feeding of the 5,000.  Now that was a thanks-giving meal!  And in all of the details supplied through the various gospel accounts, each takes time to record a very important feature – giving thanks for an underwhelming supply of bread and fish. 

 

Here’s a brief epilogue to John’s account found in chapter six:

 

22 On the next day the crowd that remained on the other side of the sea

saw that there had been only one boat there, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. 

23 Other boats from Tiberias came near the place where they had eaten

 the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24 So when the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor his disciples, they themselves got into the boats

and went to Capernaum, seeking Jesus.

11/10/17

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THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

November 10, 2017

 

A Better Day is Coming

Like some of you I was watching TV last Sunday when the breaking news of the mass shooting in Texas swept across the bottom of my screen.  I immediately turned to a news station for more information.  And like all of you, what I learned as the story developed broke my heart and grieved my soul.  

Since that time, I have also discovered another emotion stirring in my heart – it is one of anger.  However, in honesty, it is a mixed anger – one that both righteous, but in other moments, unrighteous.   It is a righteous anger in that I truly believe that the evil displayed last Sunday angers a holy, just, and loving God.  Regrettably, though, my anger has moments that reflect my own personal feelings as I process the ignorance and arrogance of those who, while waxing eloquent about the misapplied sentiment of prayer and its effectiveness, have little to no understanding about the Sovereignty of God or the truth of His Word.  But then I stop and think – why would they?

11/03/17

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THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH November 3, 2017

FALL BACK! - More Than Just Setting The Clock

Well, it’s here. The night we’ve all been waiting for since March 12. It’s time to “fall back” and get even! That’s right - your elusive hour asleep awaits you this Sunday, November 6, at 2 a.m. But remember, you only get it back if you go to bed on time.

And, along with the time change we’re also encouraged to coordinate another activity with its arrival; a safety-check in our home. For both the Spring and Fall observance of daylight savings we’re supposed to check/change our smoke alarm batteries; a very good idea. One that grants some peace of mind that makes that extra hour of sleep a little more peaceful. But if you want to take that peace of mind to the next level here are few PB suggestions that may help you make it to “Spring Forward.”

- Replace the carbon-monoxide detector batteries. If you don’t have one, get one!
- Replace the furnace filter, and be sure that you have enough to get through the winter. (If you haven’t had your furnace service lately you may want to consider scheduling a service call – that whole “ounce

10/27/17

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THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH October 27, 2017

What Is Reformation Day All About?

As I have done in the past, I’m going to use an article from another writer to highlight a particular subject – the Reformation. This year marks the 500 Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, October 31, 1517. I hope you’ll take the time to read this article by Robert Rothwell that briefly explores the life and legacy of Luther. Our prayer should be that the rediscovery of the Gospel and its manifold truths in Luther’s day would ignite another movement in the Lord’s people today.

By Robert Rothwell - Oct 29, 2014

An Article from Ligonier Ministries

On October 31, much of the culture will be focused on candy and things that go bump in the night. Protestants, however, have something far more significant to celebrate on October 31. It’s Reformation day, which commemorates what was perhaps the greatest move of God’s Spirit since the days of the Apostles. But what is the significance of Reformation Day, and how should we consider the events it commemorates?

10/20/17

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THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

October 20, 2017

 

 

It’s What’s Inside That Counts

 

I have a new hip!  I haven’t seen the x-ray yet, but I know it’s in there.  And, so far, things seem to working pretty well.  My surgeon did a great job - they tell me I’m making good progress and by all accounts should have a full recovery.  Yes, there will be limitations along the way, but the prognosis looks good - especially if I remain patient and do what I’m supposed to do!  Until I “cross over Jordan” every step I take will be with the assistance of a replacement part.  Without that replacement part, the quality of life wasn’t looking very bright. Truly, it is an amazing time to be alive. But I’m dependent on more than just a new hip for this life.

 

Years ago, the Lord replaced a heart of stone with a heart of flesh; He replaced an old nature with a new nature.  And in doing so He placed within me something I would need for the rest of my life – His Holy Spirit.  There’s no x-ray to confirm His presence, but I know He’s there.  More importantly, I know that I need Him every day to get through this life.  As Jesus said, I can do nothing without Him.


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