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Top Tweets in the Last Six Months!

As I looked at these I noticed many of them occured more than 2 months ago so I thought I would share with our new followers.  I hope they are an encouragement to you.  God bless!

#10 Jewish word 4 “obey” = ‘to listen’. NT Greek word 4 obedience, hypakouein, literally means ‘to listen carefully’ Obedience = submit 2 Word –Aug 1

#9 Perfectionism is the enemy of creation, as extreme self-solitude is the enemy of well-being. –John Updike — Jul 31

#8 Sometimes I try to do God’s job; It causes a lot of anxiety. Thank you Lord for being in control! …Retweet if u agree — Nov 26

#7 God will not give up on you; don’t give up on yourself! — Dec 05

#6 Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him! How I’ve proved him o’er & o’er Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus! O 4 grace 2 trust Him more! -For Mildred Kothe –Jan 7

#5 2 Cor 4:8-12 Hope, because although u face troubles, you are not 4saken. Actually you face these troubles because Jesus is alive within u –May 23

#4 God gave us weaknesses, so our gaps fit perfectly (ie. jigsaw puzzle) into the body of Christ. For He is our strength. Don’t try this alone! –Aug 02

#3 Do your best; trust Me for the rest. – God –Aug 19

#2 Without #God, all we are predestined for is the grave. Thank you Lord for saving us from #death! #Grace #Salvation #Jesus –Jan 25

#1 Ed Dobson, you are an inspiration.   http://t.co/eW3rvqmu     No “poor me” thoughts for me today. Thank you! — Oct 18

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Small Group Men’s Bible Studies Forming!!

 Have you desired to just be around a few good friends that know you?  You might share a joke,  or something your kids are going through, or anything in between.  Then you’ve come to the  right place.

We are establishing small groups for the new year.  Small groups are the essence of this ministry and they are what allows us to ‘do life together’.  The setting might be different but we always spend some time in fellowship, Bible study, and prayer.

Interested?  Well, let us know by adding a comment to this post!

Image courtesy of: http://www.clovisevfree.org/

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Men’s Retreat with PriorityOne

Great weekend everyone! We had our largest group ever, 16 people. One member of our group, Curtis, was baptized in the lake! We had a great time getting to know each other. It’s great to have good Christian friends. For those that couldn’t join us – we missed you!

Just posted some pictures on our facebook group. http://www.facebook.com/groups/43848377913/  Hope you enjoy. Here are just a few:

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Finally, in the spirit of the weekend, here are 10 things I learned:
(1) Alhassan can play a mean game of frisbee golf.  After one of my throws he said “you aren’t very athletic are you?”  Thank brother!
(2) A letter in Vinny Coniglio’s last name is silent. Do you know which one?  Hint: It’s not the ‘C’
(3) John snores
(4) If you take a long time to drink your milkshake … make sure no one is around to continue to bring it up all weekend.
(5) Alhassan once shaved his head and John would for a $1000, any takers?
(6) Robert can’t drive a nail while wearing a blindfold, sunglasses and a funny hat
(7) Although it may have felt like it, we didn’t set a world record for the longest time between sinking a ball (other than the cue ball) in billards.
(8) Yves is fearless – zip line, swing, rope course …. bring it on!

(9) When you get baptized in Lake Champion, the Holy Spirit turns your potbelly into a six pack (Curtis)!

and #10….
(10) Yes Vinny, the water fountain works!

Come join us for one of our small groups this week.  Either Thursday evening or Saturday morning.  Send a note to learn more.

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God’s Response to Our Wounds

The Situation: We are all Wounded

  • We are all impacted by our parents. Their actions, their example and their love.
  • Since they are imperfect (like us), we are wounded.
  • These wounds leave us unsure about ourselves and afraid that we will be exposed as less then what we appear to be.
  • They are a lie, that says we are unworthy or not valuable.
  • Like any lie or half truth, it can cause us to respond incorrectly.
  • Even Jesus needed to hear words of affirmation from his father.

You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased  – Luke 3:22

God’s Response
Galatians 4:4-7
“But when the fullness of time had come. God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.” (ESV)

Joshua 1:9
“…Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you where you go.”

Psalm 139:7-10
“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”

Proverbs 3:11-12
”My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in” (NIV)

Hebrews 12:7
“Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father?”

Proverbs 17:6
“The glory of children is their father” (NKJV)

Study Questions

  1. What words or thoughts strike you in the verses above?
  2. How has God affirmed you in a way your father didn’t or couldn’t?
  3. What implications does this have on us, as fathers?
  4. How can we pray for you as a father? For your son or daughter?