From the cross our Lord was taking care of His mother. After all that He had already experienced and the agony He was going through at the time, He looked down at the woman who bore Him. I am sure He knew that His wasn’t the only heart breaking! In compassion He told the apostle John to take care of Mary, and to treat her as if she was his own mother.
When a child hurts, a caring mother’s heart also hurts. Conversely, there is no joy and pride equal to that of a mother who celebrates her child’s accomplishments. Today we celebrate this high calling to motherhood. Ladies, I pray that this day will be the fuel you need to press on. May your family rise and bless you!
“As goes the family, so goes the nation” is a quote that I have heard many times, and I believe it to be true. One of the saddest statements in the Bible is found in Judges 2:10, “After them another generation rose up who did not know the Lord or the works He had done for Israel.”
The book of Proverbs has much to say about what we are to know as worshipers of God. What many do not realize is that it is primarily a book compose of words from a father to his son(s) about how to live their lives in a way that pleases God. It outlines the personal benefits of loving and obeying God. May our faith and our families be strengthened as we probe the proverbs.
As a more seasoned pastor one of the things that I love to see is young adults involved in ministry. Such is the case with some of our collegiate students who served at Beach Reach during Spring Break.
A couple of weeks ago the church held an outreach at Album Park where we saw 538 registrations and eleven documented salvations.
In the midst of all of that there was a small group of people helping a church member clean up some rental property.
This morning we will celebrate these and possibly other ministry events by way of testimony. Such times of testimony were common throughout the New Testament. I hope that we will not just be blessed by what we hear, but also motivated to do whatever we can to do the work of the ministry.
Have you ever heard someone say, in effect, “I am such a mixed bag of emotions”? Perhaps you have felt that way yourself at times. On the one hand there is this emotion of excitement, and on the other hand is the emotion of fear.
As Jesus entered Jerusalem for the last time do you think that He may have been going through the same thing? People are celebrating His entrance, shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David; BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD; Hosanna in the highest!” (Matthew 21:9). I am sure Jesus was embracing this, but at the same time He knew that this week would end in His torturous death; but the death would lead to His victorious resurrection!
As you deal with your emotions try to reflect on what Jesus was going through during this last week. He can understand what you are going through, and He is with you!
On Sunday, March 10th our Transition Team presented three men to serve as our initial team of elders. These three men and their wives are Rob and Rebecca Ayers, Jonathan and Tianna Bowden, and Larry and Kay Wilkins. Our Transition Team is united and excited about these men and the service that they already render to the church, as well as how God will use them in the future. Please be very much in prayer for these men and their wives, and for the church in the days ahead. You will see them involved in the services in the days ahead.
When Nehemiah was given the task of rebuilding the broken down wall of Jerusalem there were several factors that had to be dealt with. In reading this Old Testament account you easily see that the job required evaluating, planning, securing supplies, preparing, executing, and team-work. In the process they also had to deal with internal and external struggles. All of these factors are evident.
One less evident factor was that which required them to quit looking backwards and begin to look forwards. Someone once said that it is okay to glance in your rear-view mirror while going down the road, but fixating on what is behind you will keep you from seeing what is ahead of you!
As we work together to rebuild discipleship and a kingdom mindset at Scotsdale, we must look back only long enough to learn from our past; but we must also keep looking forward to how God wants to use us for His kingdom agenda.
Christian leaders love –at least that is how it is supposed to be! How do we know this? The Bible tells us so. John 3:16 says that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…” In John 13:15 Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” This is exactly what Jesus did—He laid down His life for us. Paul wrote that Jesus’ sacrificial death was the demonstration of God’s love for us. The apostle John wrote, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God…”
In February the country celebrates Valentine’s Day, referring to more of an erotic kind of love. God’s love for us is so much more complete than that! His is a selfless, sacrificial love. He commands us to love each other in the same way. During this year as we focus on “REBUILDING” God’s kingdom, let’s remember that the greatest commandment God gave to us is to love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength; and to love others as we love ourselves.
Here is a quote from our Southern Baptist Convention president, J.D. Greear – “Intentional evangelism has always been a defining characteristic of Southern Baptist missions. On any given weekend five million Southern Baptists gather to worship around the country. Can you imagine the impact if every one of them asked God each day to let him or her lead one person to Christ next year? Who’s your one?”
Imagine what it would be like for you to see someone being baptized as a new follower of Jesus, and to be able to say, “That was my one!” Imagine what it would be like to see one or more persons being baptized nearly every week because we were intentional about sharing God’s good news story with others!
Dear church family, WE MUST REBUILD! That will not happen by just wanting it to happen. It will happen when want meets action. Let’s do this for God’s glory.
Hebrews 1:2 says, “In these last days God has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the whole world.” GOD HAS SPOKEN! Wow, what a wonderful reality! Not only has God spoken in the past, but He continues to speak to us through Jesus.
During this Christmas Season I am going to bring a series of messages to show you, using the account of Christ’s advent, how God continues to speak to His children today. Our God is an AWESOME God who has an AWESOME love for us, and that was demonstrated through His Son Jesus Christ! I pray that this series and this Christmas Season will draw us all closer to our loving Heavenly Father.
[Editor’s Note: sermons are available on our Facebook page under the Videos tab.]
Israel, the Promised Land, the Holy Land! On October 13, 2018, some of our church members will fly away from El Paso for a ten-day tour of Israel. If you are interested in making this trip brochures are available in the Visitor’s Center. Please read ALL contents of the brochure carefully. Here is a brief run-down on dates and payment (per person) schedule:
• August 13, 2017 – Registration Form and $350 deposit due (make checks payable to Calvary Chapel New Orleans, 2315 No. Woodlawn Ave., Suite 200, Metarie, LA. 70001).
• February 13, 2018 – 2nd payment of $1,000
• June 13, 2018 – – 3rd payment of $1000
• August 13, 2018 – Final payment of balance due