May | June 2011
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Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and onearth has been given to me. Thereore go and make disciples o allnations, baptizing them in the name o the Father and o the Sonand o the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I havecommanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very endo the age.”Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)
To teach those we reach how to live in the Kingdom o God NOW asapprentices o Jesus Christ.
To invite people to receive Jesus Christ and incorporate them into Hisamily, acilitate their spiritual growth into His image, cultivate theirministry in His Kingdom, in order to celebrate the joy o God’s glory.
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Senior PastorSteve CobbMinister o ChildrenLisa BricePastor o WorshipKerry BuckDirector o IT and MediaJohn CookExecutive PastorJoe DavisWorship and Technical AssociatePhillip DavisPreschool Ministry AssistantAnne DeBruhlBusiness and Financial AssistantSally GerraldAdministrative AssistantAnnette HillEducation AssistantStephanie HoltMinister o PreschoolMarion HowellCommunications and Oce ManagerCara KimbroughPastor o Lie Groups and SOARRob PateFacilities AssistantMarcus PiggsDirector o HOPE NetworkJackie PuzReceptionistJane QuidleyDirector o Sports Outreach and RecreationRandal QuidleyAssociate PastorDarryl RadordBusiness AdministratorBarbara SaundersPastor o StudentsJason SmithKitchen CoordinatorPenny SumrellFacilities AssistantDavid TurnerFacilities ManagerLenny ValentiPastor o Senior AdultsRay Whitby, Sr.Membership AssistantDonna Wind
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When the Going Gets Rough, the Rough Get Rejoicing
What do you call two doctors? A paradox. A paradox isan apparent contradiction that upon closer scrutiny canbe resolved. There are divine paradoxes. We see unseenthings. We conquer by yielding. We rest under a yoke.We’re exalted by being humble. We’re wise by being aool. We’re strong when we’re weak. We’re made greatby becoming little. We’re made chie by being a servant.We live by dying.Peter introduces us to another divine paradox (I Peter1:6,7). We can rejoice in the Lord while enduring trials.(v. 6) The Christian lie is a mixed bag. We somehowhave the capacity to rejoice in our salvation whilesimultaneously suering the grie o trials. Any discussionon this paradox has to begin with the realization thatChristian joy doesn’t obliterate the grie o trials. I’mnot here to tell you how to be trial ree; there’s no suchexistence! Trials are painul, wearisome, and inevitable inthis lie. This is not a treatise on how to rejoice in the Lordtrial ree. This is a treatise on how to continue to rejoicein the Lord though trial burdened.What was the cause o their trials? Their trials (likeours) were many-colored, but their greatest dicultywas persecution. Their social status had changed. Theworld was annoyed with them. Former riends werenow ignoring them, criticizing them, and bad-mouthingthem to others. All the trials we endure are dicult, but Isuppose that relational trials are the worst. Nobody likesto be misunderstood, rejected, or hated. “Nothing ismore trying than this misunderstanding on the parto other people, and it becomes still more dicult i ithappens to be someone who is near and dear to you”(Martyn Lloyd-Jones). On planet earth, how couldanyone continue to rejoice in the Lord when enduringsuch grievous trials?Well, there’s nothing that will make enduring trials easy,but there is a perspective about trials that can lit youabove it. You can continue to rejoice in the Lord despitetrials when you realize that your trials are ordained o God (v. 6). The Greek construction, “you may have hadto”speaks o a diculty in your lie necessary to God’spurpose or you. “I one molecule in the universe isoutside the sovereignty o God, God is not sovereign”(Ephesians 1:11). Don’t get mad at people, Satan, orcircumstances; get mad at God. Trials are ordained o God. Nothing comes your way except by divine decreeor divine permission. It’s or your good. It’s or yourpreparation. It’s or God’s purpose and glory. You say, “Idon’t understand it.” I’m not asking you to understandit, I’m asking you to accept it. When you realize that yourtrials are a git rom God, you will be liberated to rejoicein the Lord despite them.You can also continue to rejoice in the Lord despite trialswhen you realize that your trials certiy your aith (v. 7). The teacher, mechanic, and plumber must be certied todo their jobs. Their certication is the proo that they aregenuine teachers, mechanics, and plumbers. Faith thatglories God must be genuine (Hebrews 11:6). Our trustin the Lord is rened until it is real. Steve Brown identiesthe usual process we go through when learning to trustGod. Initially, he says, “We trust God when we don’t haveany other choice.” He’s being a bit cynical, but this isoten true. We ret, mull, converse, and manipulate untilwe’ve exhausted all our means; then we begrudginglytrust God. God’s initial ordained trials place you inpredicaments that leave you no choice but to trust Him. Then he says, “When you have to trust God, you learn youcan trust God.” The vulnerability o waiting on God tocome through when He’s the only hope you have cannotbe overstated. It is the “miracle grow”o the Christianlie (James 1:4). Have you arrived at the place where youknow you can trust Him? I not, don’t worry about it. Youwill. God will make sure you have to trust Him until yourealize you can trust Him.Finally, he says, “When you realize you can trust Him, youwill trust Him.” I don’t trust people. I’m a natural bornskeptic. I hate placing mysel in a position to have todepend on anyone. This has caused me diculty in myrelationship with God. I can’t count the times I’ve hadto trust Him because I had no other choice. I’ve hated itevery time. But now, several years later, it’s less dicult. There’s no need to ght it. I must trust Him. He hastaught me I can trust Him. I will trust Him more. I’m stillgrowing. Trials are extremely dicult, but instructive.You can continue to rejoice in the Lord despite trialswhen you realize that your trials are ordained o God andcertiy your aith.I love being your pastor,
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