- The results start when you do. It’s easy to think about getting healthy, it’s hard work to actually start getting healthy. That’s why we challenged everyone to read the New Testament this month and we had a ton of people who celebrated completing it yesterday. Whatever God is calling you to do, remember…the results start when you start working the plan!
- Following Jesus is all about letting Him do work IN you so that He can do work THROUGH you. That’s why we spend time listening for God’s voice, breathing in His Spirit so we can breathe out His Will. Apart from His power, we’ll only ever have potential, so let’s release control and experience the full power of what He’s planned for us!
- You can’t un-sin…you can only re-pent. Satan wants us to spend all our time trying to sort out the mess he helped us make, but God calls us to walk away from it and re-pent…to let Him fix the mess. He’s the only one who can fix it anyway and He did just that through the cross and the resurrection, so give up trying to fix everything you’ve done and boldly walk forward into what you’re about to do!
- Whatever held you captive will always fight to keep you captive. But the great new is – you don’t have to fight the battle! God wants to come between you and the enemy and if we’ll let him, He’ll make sure that we never have to fight that battle again. Even more…while He’s fighting the battle, He’s parting the sea for you to walk through. He’s sending you on a new journey but He promises you’ll never walk alone!
- Let the victories of today become the foundation of tomorrow. In the future, when your children ask you…tell them how great God is! God’s vision for your future is that you reproduce yourself by discipling someone else, so quit hogging all the victories for yourself and start leveraging them for the next generation!
- God is doing something awesome in Carl Junction and you definitely want to be a part of it! I know…God is good all the time…but there are moments in our lives when it just feels like God is especially present and moving. Well, this is one of those times for me, I believe God has brought us all together for His purpose and we’re feeling more and more like a family on a mission all the time. Hopefully, you’re already joining us for Sunday mornings and evenings, but here are a couple of special opportunities that are happening right away:
- Church Picnic @ CYOKAMO // All healthy families play together! Sure, we have a mission and, yes, we work hard, but we also need to just stop and laugh sometimes. This Sunday (September 6) is the perfect day for playing and laughing, so join us to worship in the morning and then join us at Camp CYOKAMO for an afternoon with the family!
- Fall Electives // We’re kicking off our Fall Electives on September 16, so make plans now to jump into one and invite the Father to speak to you. All electives start at 6:30 pm, with a meal beforehand at 5:30 pm. If you haven’t picked one out yet, here’s the list again:
- “Family On Mission” led by Adam Jones
- “Brand: New” led by Mike Skelley
- “Where Are The Miracles?” led be Dr. Garland Bare
- This weekend is going to be exceptional! We’re in Week 2 of our series called “One Body” and this is a week you don’t want to miss. Our first week was powerful and our second week is going to be incredibly empowering to the people of God! When we breathe in God’s Spirit, we breathe out His Will and things we could never have imagined begin happening. So come respirate with us this Sunday!
- If you’ve been working on the Bible Reading Plan and you’re a bit behind, don’t stress and quit…just keep reading at your pace! The goal is to be consistently eating the Bread of Life…not to just check the box for reading the New Testament. So keep reading, keep listening, and keep growing!
Jews living in Israel 3,000 years ago knew all about sacrifice. The idea of worship being a band, a preacher, communion in disposable cups and maybe an entertaining video would have seemed utterly preposterous. To them, worship was all about an animal, a knife and a lot of blood. Worship without sacrifice was unthinkable. Because in that sacrifice, they gained forgiveness from their sins. They gained the opportunity for a better life. They found a miracle in the sacrifice.
Jesus had the perfect life in heaven. Everything revolved around Him and everything was centered on His pleasure. Angels served His every need and focused on His every desire. And He sacrificed all of that to be born as a baby in a dirty stable in Bethlehem. It might be the most illogical move in the history of…well, everything. He had absolutely no motivation for the sacrifice other than His deep love for His creation – for you. And in that sacrifice, in the Christmas story, we find the miracle of God coming to touch and change the lives of His people.
When that baby boy hit 30 years old, He left His life of carpentry and began teaching. He started doing miracles and gathering disciples around Him. Three years later, He was arrested, beaten, tried and sentenced to death on a cross. The Lamb of God, a cross and a lot of blood combined to make the biggest sacrifice mankind had ever known. In it, we gain hope and forgiveness and life. A miracle. A sacrifice. Once again, they go together.
Fast forward a few years and read that “sacrifice” word again. Paul wrote a letter to the church and said, “Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is true worship” (Romans 12:1). Paul did some simple math here and came up with this equation… You + Sacrifice = Worship = Miracle
History shows us that miracles accompany sacrifices of worship. So the question would be… “Do you want a miracle?” And if you say, “yes,” what are you sacrificing?
Don’t forget these 3 statements…
1. Worship is action.
2. Miracles come packaged in sacrifice.
3. Actions speak louder than words.
This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”
God’s plan might not happen tomorrow, it might take seventy years (or more) but He is intentional about keeping His promise to you…
- His promise that He will never leave you, rather, He will come to you.
- His promise that He will bring you back to the place you were meant to be in.
- His promise that He will prosper you…
maybeprobably not with fame, money or comfort, but with joy, hope and a full life.
- His promise that He will be found when you look for Him.
- And His promise that He will rescue you when you most need it and least realize it.
There’s nothing accidental about God at all. He created the world for you to live in, He created a body for you to grow in, He gave you breath to move, He gave you a job to do and He has been preparing a reward for your retirement. There’s nothing accidental about that at all. God has been intentionally giving you opportunities to experience everything He has made you for.
The problem is that we often prefer to live accidentally. We have an aversion to plans and a dislike for anything that hints of intentionality. There’s less pressure if we don’t commit and there’s less stress to hit a goal if it doesn’t exist. So we live our lives day-to-day, hiding from the troublesome fact that we were made in the image of God – in the image of an intentional God.
CCCJ’s vision is to give God glory by making disciples of all nations.
Everything we do in our gatherings and in our relationships begins with the desire to reflect glory back to the Father. And every plan we make is to help us as a body walk into an opportunity to make more disciples who will help bring the Kingdom to Carl Junction, to Missouri, and to the rest of the world.
Then the LORD said [to Abraham], “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.”
Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. Abraham and Sarah were already very old, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?”
Then the LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son.”
Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.”
But he said, “Yes, you did laugh.”
God makes outrageous statements. Through history He has consistently called His people to a vision that seems completely impossible.
And our response is often to scoff…
- “I could never preach.”
- “I could never lead those people.”
- “I could never get out of debt.”
- “I could never reconcile with my wife.”
- “I could never expect my kids to commit to church.”