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Cross Training Summer Camp

cross-trainingThe CrossTraining philosophy combines children with teens and adults putting them in a challenging, high adventure environment in order to teach them spiritual truths. This year our theme is “Bold Faith: Getting Out of the Boat”, where we’ll talk about courage, faith, and stepping out of our comfort zones. Throughout the week, each camper will discover leadership traits such as goal setting, team work, listening skills, self-discipline, overcoming fears, and the reward of serving others. We want to come alongside you and help equip your child for life’s adventures while they make new friends and experience new challenges.

Cross Training

Proverbs

The book of Proverbs contains a wealth of practical wisdom for everyday living. The 15 lessons of this Bible study on Proverbs explore the book’s timeless teachings and helpful guidelines on many aspects of personal conduct, including goodness and sin, friendships and family, and life and death. Includes study aids and discussion questions.  Personal study is needed between meetings.

Please plan to join us Wednesday, September 13 from 7:00 – 8:30PM in the Men’s Fellowship Room (conference room).  The study will be led by Phil Friesen.  Fresh snacks and coffee provided!  To register: see Grady Wortman, or contact him: grady.wortman@gmail.com   Books are available at a group rate of $9.00.

Football Appetizer Dinner

BRING YOUR BEST GAME NIGHT APPETIZER!

Quarterly, we want to gather as a church, have a great meal together, and think about where God is taking us!  So, in the same vein as our Winter Chili Cook Off and our Spring Fiesta Night, we want to gather around some wings, meatballs, mini-tacos, mini-hot dogs, cheese balls, nachos, ribs and beer  (Wait!  This is a Baptist church… no beer!)  And we want to look ahead at some things that are coming up this fall.  For this event, we will introduce our Small Group leaders and talk about how we can all get invested in the Body of Christ.

This will be a fun night of food, fellowship and vision casting!  Hope to see you there! Sign-up on the yellow card or online.

Perspective – August 30

Can I confess something to you? I dislike mopey, despondent songs… even Christian ones.   I was listening to one this morning on YouTube.  It was a Christian band of hipsters from the Northwest, sitting on the beach moaning about something… I couldn’t understand the words.  (I’m starting to sound like an old man now!).

My attitude is not right… I know.  I’m being harsh and unsympathetic.  But why does this bother me so much?  I mean, as we’re reading through the Psalms, King David pours out his heart to God many times in distress and I’m not annoyed by that.  I guess when he does it, it seems appropriate.  When a hipster does it, I’m thinking: “What could you possibly have to complain about?  Look at the rest of the world!”  That’s unkind, I know.  I’m being a jerk.  We are not all given the same level of trials, and what might seem like an insignificant bump in the road to one would be a crushing blow to another.  Fair enough.

But maybe here is the balancing truth…, the Psalms have BOTH cries of anguish and shouts of praise.  Neither one is a lifestyle or identity, but rather a season.

As we read through the Psalms for this week (Psalms 91-95) look for times when the Psalmist calls us to be “glad” (92:4) or “sing for joy” (95:1) or “come before his presence with thanksgiving” (95:2).

In the next section, Psalms 96-100 this call to joy is especially pronounced… “sing to the Lord a new song” (96:1), “let the heavens be glad and let the earth rejoice” (96:11), “the Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice” (97:1), “shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; break forth and sing for joy and sing praises” (98:4) and “serve the Lord with gladness” (100:2).

So maybe here’s what we need to embrace.  There will be times of despair in our lives when we lose our way… when we can’t see the sun and all seems bleak.  But again, this must be a season not a lifestyle.  There must also be times of whooping it up to the King of Kings!  For if we don’t do that, our cries of despair have no meaning.  When complaining becomes the defining characteristic of our lives, then its not healthy or good. I suppose too, the converse is true.  If we don’t know how to cry out to the Lord and feel like we need to pretend everything’s great when it isn’t, something’s wrong there too.

So let’s come to the Lord with ALL our heart.  Let’s bend our hearts towards thanksgiving and praise.  That should be the norm.  Then when trials come, our painful cries will be put into the context of a thankful heart.

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