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Giving to People “Where they Stand”

If you’re ever looking for some good reading choices to strengthen your faith and encourage your Christian walk, picking up a good Christian biography is definitely a good bet. There are a host of good biographies out there on missionaries, preachers, Christian farmers – soldiers – and even Christian home-makers. John Piper even does a series of sermons that are Christian biographies that are absolutely amazing.

In a biography on the famous Christian writer and literary critic G.K. Chesterton, I found an awesome testimony on the kind of “givers” we should be for the Lord Jesus Christ. It ties in perfectly with the very thing our pastor is talking about this week on his blog. The author writes this about how Chesterton gives money to beggars:

“He seems so frivolous and so careless, but he gives money to beggars, not friviously or carelessly, but because he believes in giving money to beggars, and giving it to them “where they stand”. He says he knows perfectly well all the arguments against giving money to beggars. But he finds those to be precisely the arguments for giving money to them. If beggars are lazy or deceptive or wanting a drink, he knows only too well his own lack of motivation, his own dishonesty, his own thirst. He doesn’t believe in “scientific charity” because that is too easy, as easy as writing a check. He believes in “promiscuous charity” because that is really difficult. “It means the most dark and terrible of all human actions — talking to a man. In fact, I know of nothing more difficult than really talking to the poor men we meet.” He says that if we really believed in democracy, we would not be debating about what we should do with the poor; the poor would be debating about what to do with us.” – from Common Sense 101: Lessons from G.K. Chesterton, by Dale Ahlquist

Death – Sermon Jam by Paul Washer

This video is amazingly powerful. Jesus is such a mighty King, and such a great Savior!

Cross Training (Ct) Starts this Sunday @ 9:45am

Did Jesus really have to die on a Cross to pay for our sin? Was it really God’s plan from all along? What’s the big deal with sin, forgiveness, and stuff like that anyways? How come pastors are always saying “the Gospel” is so important and so powerful? Can what happened at the Cross really change MY life?

Starting this Sunday morning at 9:45am in the YouthRoom, we’re going to start answering questions just like that. We’re calling the series “Cross Training”, because it’s gonna be all about training our minds and hearts in the truth, power, and conviction that we find in the Cross of our Lord. The effects of what Jesus Christ accomplished at the Cross press into every single aspect of our entire life. The fact that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was crucified on two wooden beams on a hill outside of Jerusalem has everything to do with the fact that you are sitting at a computer reading this post right now. No death was ever like His death. No life was ever like His life. No power was ever like His power. Just as the song says, He really does

[Break] the power of canceled sin,
He sets the prisoner free;
His blood can make the foulest clean,
His blood availed for me

To keep up with the lessons and the study, you’ll be getting your own Cross Training binder that you can add to every week, and allow you to use for your own studies when we get finished this semester. Plan on coming Sunday, and let us look to the Cross together and see the power of the King who chose to die there for us.

“And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.” –¬†(Col 2:13-14)

DNow “Resolved” Recap

This year’s Disciple Now officially came to an end yesterday morning. Not only did the 3 inches of snow not stop us, it was just another addition to an absolutely awesome weekend! Our Youth group turned out in force on Friday afternoon for a DNow weekend that showed us that God is resolved to save sinners by the person and work of Jesus Christ, and that because of the power of God’s spirit within us, Christians can and should be resolved to follow Him with all our hearts.

The Lord showed himself gracious yet again with providing amazing small group leaders to lead the small group Bible studies at our host homes, and powerful teaching and preaching by our weekend’s speakers. Our worship time with the band was convicting and humbling as we considered that “What we proclaim is not ourselves”, and our service opportunity at the homeless shelter was a great opportunity to put that to practice. Many youth shared their excitement over what God had begun to do in their hearts this weekend, and all of us were encouraged to see the power of God at work through the study of His Word.

The good news for us is that God not only works on DNow weekends (of course), but has been at work from eternity past, beginning, continuing, and eventually finishing the good work that he has purposed to do in us. There is nothing more awesome than a God like our God, and there is no hope like the hope that He has given us in Jesus Christ. “Thank you Lord, that you resolved to save sinners at your cross. Amen.”

(For more pictures click here and there are more coming soon!)


Disciple Now — “Resolved”: THIS WEEKEND! What you need to know…

That’s right — this year’s Disciple Now is this weekend (January 8-10th)! There is snow in the forecast and a million other awesome things planned to help us press in to know the Lord Jesus better this weekend. With school starting back and the rush of the holidays behind us, this is a perfect time to get our hearts and minds back on the ¬†most important thing in the universe: knowing God! We’ve got some awesome teaching planned, solid time for hanging out and plenty of opportunity to make this a weekend that will change your life. You are not going to want to miss it!

Where to be and When: The DNow weekend kicks off this Friday (January 8th) at 5pm at New Heights Baptist Church. You can meet us there OR you can drop your stuff off at our church, FBC Fairdale, at 4.30pm and ride with us to New Heights.

What to bring: You MUST bring your signed medical release form (you can print one off under the “Forms” link at the top of this page or you can pick up a copy this Wednesday at church). Also you will need $30 to cover the weekend (food, tshirt, lodging, etc.) If money is an issue, come anyways and let one of our leaders know and we’ll get you covered. We never want any youth to miss any event because of money. Our Church is more than willing to help you out. We just need to know. And finally you need to bring: a Bible, pencil/pen, notebook, sleeping bag, pillow, personal products, towels, and a weekend’s worth of clothes.

If you have any questions, email me or come to the YouthRoom Wednesday night and ask Drew.

See y’all on Friday!!!!


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