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Pastor's Update for Fall 2012

Here's an update I shared at our quarterly business meeting last Sunday, including some praises and upcoming prayer needs for our church...

Fall is here! As the days grow shorter and students head back to school, fall is a good time to stop and review our ministry goals for the coming year. A couple weeks ago, I met with our deacons for our annual prayer and planning retreat. Here are some opportunities we see on the horizon and invite you to pray with us:
With Gordon Gill and Dan Bentley stepping down from deacon ministry for health and scheduling reasons, we plan to add one or two new deacons to our ministry team next year. We look forward to presenting these names for consideration as we get closer. Shepherding and care for the Body of Christ is a high priority for our leaders. We have updated our Care Group Ministry and Prayer Chain, and are encouraging every member to belong to a Small Group at the church (e.g. Life Groups, Wednesday night study, 29 Palms Bible Study, Men’s or…

Every Prophecy of the Bible

Here's a great book currently free on NOOK and Kindle: Every Prophecy of the Bible: Clear Explanations for Uncertain Times by John F. Walvoord.

This book is basically a commentary on biblical prophecy. It is particularly helpful because it sets each prophecy in its historical context, harmonizes it with other prophecies, then sets it within a premillennial, pretribulational eschatology.

 For example, here is the explanation of the Valley of Dry Bones prophecy:
“Ezekiel 37:11–14. Having given Ezekiel the vision, the Lord now interpreted it for him. In the interpretation, Ezekiel was informed that the bones represented Israel. Her hopeless, dried condition illustrated her hopelessness of ever being restored. In response to this, God promised to bring her back from death and to the land of Israel. God would put His Holy Spirit in her, and she would be settled in her own land. The Lord said, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and …

Small Groups

Whenever I teach a membership class at our church, I encourage each member to get involved and not stay on the sidelines. If you have a humble and teachable heart, you will grow rapidly by doing three things in the local church. We call these the "A-B-Cs" of church membership:

Attend our Sunday morning worship service (Ac. 2:42; 20:7). This is the highlight of our week. it is a time to express our love for God as a corporate body, listen to expository preaching, give our offerings, observe the ordinances, sing, pray, and fellowship together.

Belong to a Small Group. Sunday worship is great, but we also grow through deeper relationships and relevant teaching in a smaller setting (Heb. 10:24-25).

Connect to a Ministry and use your spiritual gift to serve others (Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Cor. 12:4-11; 1 Pet. 4:10-11). Find at least one ministry where you can begin serving as soon as possible. These may include music ministry, office help, maintenance, ushering, audio/visual, social coordi…

Things I Wish They Told Me at College Orientation

I came across an interesting article this morning on the Boundless webzine.

Chelsey Nugteren shares some things she wishes she knew when starting college. Might seem like common sense, but these are great reminders for any student...

1. Grades still matter

2. Use your summers and breaks wisely

3. Make good friends

4. Find a church and stay there

5. Get a mentor

9/27/12 Update: Here's the second half of Chelsey's list. You can read the full articles here and here.

6. Summer/semester lovin' aint as harmless as Sandy and Danny make it seem
7. Get involved
8. Capitalize on travel opportunities
9. Serve/volunteer
10. Pray. Pray. Pray

Are there any lessons you would add to this list?Are any of these different for the online learning environment?

HT: Tim Challies