For the next six Sundays we are going to focus on the life of King David. Some of you might be asking why? How can we relate to a man who lived 3000 years ago and who was a king? I would have to agree when David was walking this earth it was a totally different place than what we know today.
The world might have changed, but I must ask have our hearts changed?
Is there less violence and war since the days of David? Is there less adultery and broken families since the days of David? The answer is simply no. Studying the life of David is very fruitful for our lives and spiritual formation here in the 21st century.
For the next couple of weeks we will see God’s grace work in David’s life. David will have triumphs and down falls and will face and praise and criticism like we do in our daily lives.
I do not know about you, but I am excited to read and teach about the life of King David. I want to challenge everyone in the next few weeks to read 1st and 2nd Samuel as we are learning about him on Sundays.
Let the life of this shepherd boy, artist, warrior, outlaw, king, adulterer, murder, and failed parent who was desperately after God’s heart engulf your life. He was a saint who burnt through grace like a 747 jet burns through jet fuel. He was a person, just like us, who is a sinner in need of God’s grace.
I love this verse. It gives us a vision for the future. The future of the church is not us who are in it today. It is the ones who are in elementary school, middle school, and high school who are going to carry the church on.
This is why we are kicking off Orange kids and Quench Student ministries this coming Wednesday, Orange starting at 4pm and Quench starting at 7pm.
It is our continued mission to reach our youth in Marion County, specifically in Florence. Most of the youth in Florence do not attend church and do not have a clear understand on who God and if you were to ask what Christ meant they would probably say it was Jesus’ last name.
CCF is committed to connect and invest in Orange and Quench with the hope that God will do a work in our community. We hope that through the kids we will be able to connect with their parents and start developing meaningful relationships between these families and our church community.
If you feel called to help it is not too late to join the team. We still have a need for people to supply some snacks. If you like to bake, cook, or have extra condiments lying around home we could use them for the kids and youth.
I am excited to get these two ministries off the ground and running. And I hope you are too!!
- Wednesday Night Orange Kids and Quench Student Ministry planning meeting on Wednesday August 15th at 7pm at CCF. Be there if you want to impact the lives of Pre-K to 12 grade students for Christ!
- Men’s Tuesday morning Coffee and Prayer. 6:30am at the world famous Town & Country Cafe located off of Highway 77 in Florence, KS.
- This month we are setting a offering plate in the back to give a extra gift for the Vesterberg Family. They are missionaries we support in Honduras and they will be visiting us in October. Lets continue to support them with our prayers and this extra gift.
Acts 2:43-47 (The Message) Everyone around was in awe—all those wonders and signs done through the apostles! And all the believers lived in a wonderful harmony, holding everything in common. They sold whatever they owned and pooled their resources so that each person’s need was met. They followed a daily discipline of worship in the Temple followed by meals at home, every meal a celebration, exuberant and joyful, as they praised God. People in general liked what they saw. Every day their number grew as God added those who were saved.
I believe the church’s place in the community is to be the reflection of Jesus. First way is by being the first to serve. The church should be the one giving the bail outs. Giving hope, love, and peace to the communities they are in. Acts like mowing the lawn of a widow, helping out with groceries when someone lost a job, and being the place to give someone a hand when times are tough. Sometimes just visiting and sharing meal or coffee can be an act of serving, lending an ear is more important than lending your car. Jesus teaches us to be the people to show mercy to the person who is suffering and feeling the injustices of a broken world. What better way to teach the ways of Jesus, other than small groups and worship experiences, than showing the body of Christ, His bride the Church, cares when we serve and act like their possessions are not their own but they belong to God.
Sharing a weekly with your neighbors…
Lending your car or truck…
Doing things that are counter cultural for the Kingdom…
The church’s purpose in the community is also to communicate the way of Jesus by teaching. The church should felicitate the discussion, instead of stunt it. Make it welcoming and purposeful to seekers and ever growing and challenging for followers. It is dangerous to make church the same old same old because it can become irrelevant.
Keeping it fresh and exciting with new discoveries on how to follow the Way of Jesus and helping people develop their story of redemption and salvation will help the church be ever relevant for today and tomorrow.
- Wednesday, August 1st at 7pm we are having our first Orange Kids and Quench Student Ministries meeting. If you are interested in impacting the lives of our young people here in Florence, please attend and see how you can help in these ministries.
- Tuesday, August 21st at 6:30am we will be starting our weekly men’s prayer and coffee meeting. Location will be announced soon!!
Hope you all have a GREAT week and we will see you all on Sunday!!
GRACE and PEACE!