A Mudder Birthday

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Recently Bette Jo was talking with the leader of one of the Cub Scout groups that meets at our church about their first ever Mudder Race they were hosting on the campus. He invited our boys to come by and enjoy the mud that day. Bette mentioned that it was Owen’s birthday that day and we had planned a party for him, so maybe next time. He replied, “Why not have the party here and let all his friends run the Mudder?” 
Well, you don’t get that opportunity every day, so we took him up on the offer!
It was a great day! Thanks to Tim K and his staff for allowing us to join them. Owen and his friends loved the mud and the climbing and running — all finished off by cake and hot dogs!

Getting hosed down by the fireman!

Over & Under!

And through!

Across!

Up a soapy slippery hill!

 

Into the MUD BOX!

Into the MUD BOX!

What it looks like when you come out of the mud box!

Bette Jo can’t resist the fun!

Neither could Grant!

Owen’s muddy friends!

Into the icy wading pool

Crawling through more mud pits!

Working together to move the big tires.

MORE over and under and through!

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Snapple Confirms God’s Word

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So I’m preaching through Psalm 90 this morning. Verse 10 says, “As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, or if due to strength, eighty years.” 

I didn't realize how in tune God was with Snapple's Real Facts!Then I pop the top of a Snapple Peach Ice Tea and happen to check out the “Real Fact” inside the lid!

“With an average life expectancy of 81.2 years, the people of Okinawa, Japan live the longest.”

How cool is that! Right in line with God’s Word!!

Would Jesus Hang Out with Porn Stars?

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“Later, Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. But when the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with such scum?” (Mt. 9:10-11)

Jesus constantly confused those who watched Him in His day. He still confuses those of us who read about Him today.

He did what the majority felt He shouldn’t. And He didn’t do what they thought He should.

Today I read a story about a pastor that is acting like Jesus.

Craig Gross is the founder of XXXChurch.com. They consider themselves, “The number one Christian porn site.” But they aren’t limited to a web presence. They also set up booths at the largest porn conventions in the nation with banners that read, “Jesus loves Porn Stars.” Their goal is to help people break free from porn addiction and to help porn stars break free from the porn industry.

What got my attention today was an article on the ABC news website entitled, “Ron Jeremy and Anti-Porn XXXchurch Pastor, America’s Ultimate Odd Couple.” Under the headline was a photo of the world’s most famous porn star, Ron Jeremy, sitting next to Craig Gross.

The article goes on to tell the story of how these two men have become unlikely friends. The quote I love the most is from a recent phone call when Jeremy was near death:

 ‘Craig, are you free for a couple hours?’ He goes, ‘yeah.’ ‘Are you still close to God?’ He goes, ‘last time I checked.’ ‘Well, I would like you and him to come down to Cedar Sinai Hospital, I’m going through a life-threatening operation,'” Jeremy said.

“There was something different,” Gross said. “He said, ‘Craig, I’m scared, and I don’t want to die.’ And he said, ‘will you pray for me?'”

I’m still processing this story. But there is a lot I like about it.

I like that the Christian never let the sin of the sinner get in the way of building a relationship with the sinner.

I like that the Gospel appears to be believable and real to the sinner and that is only true because they share a relationship that allows the sinner to see and know the Christian — and ultimately, to see and know the Savior.

I like it that the Christian didn’t allow the criticism and fear of other church-goers to stop him from befriending the sinner.

I like that the Christian’s behavior mimics and reflects the behavior of the Savior.

I can’t say it enough — our walk with Christ impacts those who are watching. Too often that impact is discouragement. But in this case that impact is inspiring! Thanks Craig Gross!

Yeah, I think Jesus would have hung out with porn stars.

You can read the whole article here.

PS: I just happened to watch a segment that Nightline did about XXXChurch in 2008. In it they interview Ron Jeremy and Craig Gross together. They challenge Craig about whether he has had an effect on Ron. To which Craig replies, “Not yet.” How cool to see that impact 5 years later. You can see the interview here. The comment I refer to is at the 6:19 mark. 

I’ve Told Untruths From the Pulpit!

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Yes, it’s true!

I’ve said things in sermons and from the pulpit that are not true. And I’m probably not even aware of most of them.

But today I learned of one untruth I’m glad to report to you and repent of.

On more than one occasion I’ve reported a “fact” that in fact was not a “fact” at all! I’ve said that Christians experience as much divorce as non-Christians.

Well that’s not true.

Ed Stetzer just posted a great post that reveals otherwise.

Specifically, the research shows that couples who are active in their faith are much less likely to divorce. Catholic couples were 31% less likely to divorce; Protestant couples 35% less likely; and Jewish couples 97% less likely, which in itself is quite impressive, I must say.

So what does this mean for you, for me, and for our churches? I see three takeaways: There will unfortunately still be divorce; discipleship is an integral part of marriage; and we must be careful when quoting statistics.

Click over to his blog and read the rest of his comments. It’s good stuff.

Psalm 23 & Tragedy: Afterthoughts & Other Things 5/16/13

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Hello Church!

This past Sunday I mentioned six questions to consider as we apply Psalm 23 and the statement, “The Lord is my Shepherd” to our lives. If I didn’t give you enough time to copy them down during the sermon here they are again:

  • Do I really belong to Him?
  • Do I really recognize His right to me?
  • Do I respond to His authority and acknowledge His ownership?
  • Do I find freedom and complete fulfillment in this arrangement?
  • Do I sense deep contentment because I am under His direction?
  • Do I know rest and peace in belonging to Him?

After the service one of you came to me and told me how Psalm 23 had become meaningful during an extended hospital stay. I LOVE hearing stories of how God’s Word comes true in our lives. Keep sharing those stories!!

Debbie Sweigard shared with us during our worship time the deep meaning the song “Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies)” has had on her life. You can view the video she shared with her sister-in-law by clicking on this link.

This week we learned the tragic death of Megan Garvin. Many of us know her folks, Cam & Mary Garvin. Cam was a pastor at Bible Fellowship Church, Yardley for years. More recently he has been serving with Corporate Chaplains of America. Mary is a teacher’s aide at Goodnoe Elementary School in Council Rock School District. Megan was a graduate of Council Rock, then later graduated from Cairn University in 2011. She has been teaching 3rd grade in the Domincan Republic at Santiago Christian Academy since 2011. On Tuesday she died from injuries she suffered from a car accident. Services are pending for sometime next week. NBC10 did a great segment on Megan and her faith Thursday night. If you would like to watch it click here.

As a church we understand what it means to lose a young person. So please remember to pray for Cam & Mary and their three sons. Also keep Bible Fellowship in prayer — their leaders and the people who know and love the Garvin family.

This Sunday we’ll be studying Psalm 90 together. So dwell deeply in that psalm until we come together as a church family this Sunday.

Pastor Tim

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