We’re making some changes to the scheduling of some of our yearly “big” events. One change is that WOW Weekend and Disciple Now will happen every other year; that means that after this year, the next WOW Weekend and Disciple Now will be in 2010.
In the years that we do not have these events, we will either go to camp in the summer, or do a major mission trip. For next summer, we have been invited to go to camp, at Camp Buckner in Marble Falls, with Graceway Baptist Church, from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The dates for camp in 2009 will be July 20 – 24, and it is going to be a great week.
By doing “either/or”, we can take the budget money from the event we’re not doing that year and put it towards the one we are doing. This can result in bringing the price you pay down, or we can add some special extras that we could not afford before, or maybe both. So enjoy WOW Weekend and Disciple Now this year, and mark your calendar and plan to go to camp July 20-24 next year!
James 3:1-12 deals with our speech, and the fact that it is a clear indicator of our own spiritual health (see James 1:26). The tongue, though a small part of the body, has great power to wound and even destroy. It is like fire, which can both benefit and kill, depending on how it’s controlled.
We all have not only found ourselves in trouble because of words we have spoken, but have been on the receiving end of words that wounded us, and though they do heal over time, these wounds never completely go away. This should make us more careful about the words we speak.
Harsh words, gossip, lying, and outbursts of anger have no place in the life of a follower of Jesus. But the words are only a symptom of the condition of the heart. When we develop deep roots in God’s Word and abide with Him daily, and also remind ourselves of the gospel – that God granted us mercy instead of justice, based on the work of Christ at the cross of Calvary – the result is an overflow from our heart that will “impart grace to the hearers” (Eph. 4:29).
This video, “For Those Who Have Been Hurt by Words”, features Paul Tripp, who will be speaking at the Desiring God National Conference later this month.
September 17th at Matt & Nola’s
September 24th at Brenda Shelton’s
When Nehemiah was told about the condition of Jerusalem’s wall, it had actually been that way for over 100 years. People had long been traveling back and forth to and from the city, so this was likely not a new revelation to him; rather, for him it had always been that way. It seems that rather than new information, God granted Nehemiah a new heart, and a new burden.
We are too often just like Nehemiah; we all have friends, relatives, co-workers, etc., who don’t know Christ, and are bound for hell. But that’s just the way they are, and we have grown used to it. We’re not burdened like we ought to be, aware of the true sense of urgency in giving them the gospel and praying that the Holy Spirit will open their eyes, grant them repentance, and bring them to Christ.
How can you gain a fresh burden to share Christ?
1. Get Real: Deal with sin in your own life.
Have you received Christ yourself? Are you fighting sin in your own life daily, seeking to live a holy life? Would the people you work with and go to school with describe you the same way as those at church? Are you real?
2. Get Serious: Be a follower of Jesus.
Are you daily seeking to grow in Christ through spiritual disciplines? Do you desire to know Him more, to spend time in His Word and in prayer? Are you seeking to be conformed to the image of Christ every day?
3. Get A Burden: Change your heart.
All believers are commanded to share the gospel of Christ; it is not an optional activity. If you do not have a burden for the lost, ask God to change your heart and create in you a desire to be used by Him to see the lost come to Christ.
At first, Joseph and Daniel both had very little influence, if any at all. But they were faithful, and God used them to do big things. If you will be faithful – Get Real, Get Serious, and Get A Burden – He will use you to bring people to Christ, and that will be a blessing to you, and bring great glory to Him.