Communication Problems?

1-1-2024
C. Hayden
 
Ever since Al Gore’s invention of the internet (tongue in cheek, ha-ha), we have jettisoned ourselves, not only into
the information age, but also into the communication age. Cellphones have put the ability to communicate with
each other in more ways, with faster speeds, and with almost any person living in any country around world at the
speed of light and with the touch of just a few buttons. But while we have the technology to communicate with
others in ever increasingly efficient and eclectic methods, it is our own sinful human deficiency that keeps us from
being able to communicate, understand, and play nicely with others.
One of the reasons Rob Jones, long time member and elder of Central Christian Church is coming on
board as a full-time Associate Pastor is to maximize our ability to communicate with one another. I personally
think we do a good job in communicating with our members and leaders. Right now, we send messages and
information through:
1) Flocknote messages sent out regularly (a program-based email and cellphone text-message program),
2) Bi-monthly newsletters (sent to are members & attendees receiving through email & snail mail),
3) Homebound newsletters sent out monthly,
4) Flyers and information postcards found throughout the Church,
5) A pray line email sent out to the Church when members & attendees are in need,
6) Scrolling messages before and sometimes during services (on the big screen), and
7) Announcements delivered at the beginning of services.
It is curious when, at times, someone will come up to me letting me know that they were unaware about an event
or opportunity. We’re not perfect though and sometimes we miss some things. Well, maybe Pastor Rob will be
able to help make sure information no longer falls through the cracks. We will
keep trying to better our communication efforts.
The Bible makes it very clear that communication is vitally
important. Important for us to consistently communicate with our Lord
and vitally important if we are to receive direction and guidance through our
listening to God Himself. The apostle John writes in 1 John 5:13, “These
things I have written to you who believe…that you may know that you have
eternal life and that you may continue to believe…” The whole Bible is God communicating to the people of the
world who He is, where and why we are here, God’s great love for us and what the future holds for all who believe
on His Name (and what is waiting for those who do not).
The Lord wants to speak to you, and He wants you to speak to Him. He invented the method by which
this is done. God sent His Son, the Logos (the Word) and His Holy Spirit by which communication between you and
God Himself can happen. Won’t you speak to Him today? He loves you and wants to talk to you. He is waiting.
 
Be blessed even more you wonderful children of God!!
Pastor Chris

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God Is Love

12-15-2023
C. Hayden
 
by Bill Bright from “God: 13 Steps to Discovering His Attributes”
“May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love really is” (Ephesians 3:17-18)
 
God is the source of all love. It flows out of the great reservoir of His goodness. Love permeates all of His attributes. While people sometimes violate standards of honesty, righteousness, and morality to please others, God never compromises His integrity, His love is unconditional. It is not based on how good you are or what you do to please Him. He loves you because He is God and you are His creation. God’s love never fails. The psalmist proclaims, “The Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever” (Psalm 100:5). God’s love will not be terminated because of disappointment or a change of heart. He defines love,He generates love, and He demonstrates what true love looks like.
 
John explains,  “This is real love. It is not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” (1 John 4:10). Jesus gave His life on your behalf. He could not have sacrificed any more. God’s love for you is supreme. We, in turn, are to love God wholeheartedly. Jesus declared: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment” (Matthew 22:37-38). God in His sovereignty, has created us to find our greatest joy and fulfillment in loving Him.
 
“Nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39)
 
God also enables us to be channels of His supernatural love. On our own, we are incapable of loving as we should, but God has for us an unending supply off His divine love. It is for us to claim, to enjoy, and to share with others. When believers begin to love God, love their neighbors as themselves, and love their enemies, society will change for the better. Then the world today, as in the first century, will marvel when they see and experience the transforming power of God’s love.
 
Be blessed even more you wonderful children of God!!
Pastor Chris
 

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A Big Pile of Thanks

12-1-2023
C. Hayden
 
In a few days we will be entering into the advent season, celebrating one of Christianity’s most holy times of the
year. But before we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, marked by much gift giving and families gathering
around tables filled with yummy culinary delights, it behooves us to remember the many blessings we have already
received. I have been looking through the store circulars that the local paper (The Tab), brings us each month. I
look through these advertisements to find items that might be a good gift to buy for one of my family members
(mostly my grandchildren) for our Christmas gift-giving time. As I perused the ads, one thing I noticed. There
wasn’t much I found that I really wanted for myself, and there was absolutely nothing that I needed. God has so
sufficiently provided for my needs that every year I seem to have more and more difficulty what to tell others to
get me for Christmas. Not everyone is as fortunate as me. There are some real needs out there.
In this country, we have truly been blessed. This is just one reason that we should be thankful. Scripture
tells us again and again to give thanks unto the Lord. In fact, the concept of giving thanks is spoken of almost 150
times throughout the Old and New Testaments. Below is just a few:
Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks
to God the Father through him.
Psalm 100:1-5 A Psalm for giving thanks. Make a joyful noise to the L ORD , all
the earth! Serve the L ORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know
that the L ORD , he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people,
and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with
praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the L ORD is good; his steadfast
love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and
supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Psalm 107:1 Oh give thanks to the L ORD , for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!
I know that all of us go through difficulty at times and some situations can make it difficult to be thankful.
But God isn’t asking us to be thankful FOR all things, He instructs us to be thankful IN all things. He knows that in
this world we will experience tribulation. But He also tells us to be of good cheer and many times be thankful, for
He has overcome this world, He has set the captives free, and He is coming back to set all things right (John 16:33,
Isaiah 61:1, Revelations 21:5).
 
Be blessed even more you wonderful children of God!!
Pastor Chris

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