Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Turkey Bowl III

Well, The Day of Turkey has ended, and Turkey Bowl III has played out.

The final score?

Faith Fusion 21
Mean Machine 6

Congrats to Mike Wade, Jacob McQuaine, Caitlin Everett, Brandy Dillion, Drew & Nathan Roethlisberger, Ryan, Bill R. Sr., Dennis Craft, Mr. Craft, Kelly Dillion, Max Ross, Ryan (Betty's Grandson), and Jeffrey Hibbert.

It was a great game, and we look forward to next year!

Enjoy the pics!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Making the Right Choice

Flood Zone Recap
Sunday, November 12, 2006

Last week we talked about how God has a specific direction for our lives, for us to look like the masterpieces he's created us to be. We have to head down the right path to end up looking like that masterpiece, and we have to make the right decisions. So, how do we make those right decisions?

Questions to Ask Yourself When Making Decisions:

1. Have you prayed about it according to God's will? (Matthew 26:36-42, 1 Kings 18:18-40)

2. Are you making your decision based on Biblical reasons and Biblical priorities? (Matthew 6:33-34, Philippians 3:3, 7-11)

3. Are you compormising your faith? (Luke 19:2-10, Matthew 26:69-74)

4. Are you using your talents and gifts God has given you? (Matthew 25:14-30, Romans 12:3-8)

5. Are you respecting or neglecting your other God-given responsibilities? (Hebrews 10:23-25, 2 Timothy 2:3-5, Titus 2:1-10, Proverbs 31, Ephesians 5:15-33)

6. Are you trusting the Holy Spirit's guidance? (Acts 8:26-31, John 16:13-14)

Excited about Sorrow

Bible Study Recap
Wednesday November 8, 2006
2 Corinthians 7:1-12

Here is a quick recap of the main points from last Wednesday's Bible Study!

What is true repentance?

1. True repentance is encouraged by Godly REBUKE. (v8)
2. True repentance cannot exist without GODLY SORROW. (v8-10)
3. True repentance is always followed by ACTION. (v11)

Rebuke is not fun, but it is necesary. If we do not experience rebuke, either by a trusted Christian brother or sister or by the Holy Spirit, then we don't hav the opportunity for restoration and healing.

Sin is hard on our lives. It stresses us and depresses us. We should be happy to have our sin exposed and rebuked and rejoice in the Godly sorrow that it produces. Why? Because that is what leads to true repentance, healing (salvation), and action.

In the words of Derek Webb from the intro to his song "I Repent" on the album "The House Show":
"The best thing that could ever happen to anybody in this room, the best thing, is that your sin would be literally exposed on the 5:00 news...in order that I could not, I did not even have the option to hid from you anymore. In order that I had nothing but Jesus to grasp onto, because that's all I've got anyway."