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          Our country is approaching a holiday that has been dedicated to being thankful.  Specifically, it was set aside for our nation to be thankful to God for His mercy and grace, His healing and His love for us.  As the years have passed, much of the country has turned this time of reflection and thankfulness to God into another materialistic focus.  This Thanksgiving Day, may the people of God continue to stand true and give honor and gratitude to the One that is worthy. My challenge to you is this. Take the time to pen down a list of all the blessings that God has bestowed upon you.  Prayerfully look at this continually growing list and begin to praise God for all He has done. When you begin to focus on what God has done, the things of this world will grow distant and unnecessary. For we serve a God that has done all things well!


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          I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone that took part in our fall festival.  Our church family was able to reach out to our community and give them the gospel in many different ways.  Almost 200 meals were served. Hundreds of tracts were placed in the hands of people that needed the gospel.  The gospel was being shared in the form of music to all that were present. Last but not least, several of you were able to share the gospel in person to many people.  Distributing the gospel was the goal for this fall festival. Thank you for giving your time, talent and treasures to allow this goal to be accomplished! This outreach is not accomplished unless you are willing to serve.  This outreach is not accomplished without being ready to proclaim your Savior! Now, let us enjoy our time to worship and give the glory and praise to Jesus!


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          Recommendations are very common in each of our lives!  We seek out to find a new establishment to dine or a new destination to vacation.  We search for others that have already experienced the restaurant or vacation destiny.  We inquire about the dishes that are served or the greatest photo opt while vacationing, what is there to do, where would we stay?  These recommendations carry influence in our lives. We consider where the recommendation originates, then decide the best option! When we experience a great establishment, we want to give our review and recommendation!  We should be just as excited to give our review and recommendation about church as well! This is a place where God is moving and lives are being changed! Tell your friends and family about how great the God we serve is and how we are privileged to meet with Him in our church!  I am sure they will be interested in your recommendation!


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          It is a joy to serve the Lord.  The Bible tells us to serve the Lord with gladness!  The Hebrew word for gladness is used 93 times and is contextually connected to praise the majority of those times.  Many times, this is due to God delivering His people from something they could not deliver themselves from! As we look at our service for the Lord, is it truly done with gladness?  One definition denotes gleeful joy! Now is not the time to look as if we are defeated! We may have difficult battles and the attacks may mount up against us, but may we remember that we have already won!  We are encouraged in the Word of God that we are more than conquerors through Jesus Christ! Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world! We serve with glee, joy, gladness and tell the world how great is the Savior of the world!  The day of the Lord is rapidly approaching, serve the Lord with gladness until He comes!


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          Last Sunday, a few of the teenagers and younger children were playing around the church.  I heard them running down the hallways and finding places in the church to hide. I heard another counting as the many scurried off to find their hiding place.  The popular game of Hide and Seek was in full swing. I thought I might join, but thought better of it when I observed the speed in which the others whisked by me in the hallway.  I know what some are thinking, “Children shouldn’t play in the church”. To me, that is like saying, “Children shouldn’t have fun at church!” Instead, let us receive a lesson from the youth of our congregation.  I am not suggesting we all start playing hide and seek, but maybe we should hide more in the church and seek more in the church. What if the altar was our base as it should be. What if we truly began to seek God and hide His Words and find comfort in the house of God.  That it might just change the world! Your It!


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Word association is an interesting game to play.  It allows you to understand how people think and reasons for the attached thought process.  Pause for a moment and think of this word, ministry. What comes to your mind? If we are honest, most will think of a preacher, the deacons of the church, one that prays for others, the choir, or someone that will sing a special.  Each of these answers are correct, but is that what it is limited to? May I ask you, do you have a ministry? The word ministry means service. The above listed are in fact services, but there are many other avenues to serve the Lord.  As a Christian, we should all be in some type of service for Jesus. A service that will further the kingdom of God. We are all in the ministry. We all are to go and tell the world about Jesus Christ! God has given each of us talents and abilities and He expects us to serve Him with them.  Your ministry can be the difference in another’s eternity. Go now Christian, make the most of your ministry.


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          Emotions are powerful.  Emojis have been invented to express emotions of a person’s state of mind.  In the age of texting, some simply send one of these emojis as a response. But emotions can be deceiving in  many ways. Emotions can blind a person from rationality. Emotion can spur a person into action. Emotion can control our actions.  But as a Christian, we are commanded to be controlled by the Holy Spirit and follow the leading of God in our life. Our emotion at times can lead us to a path of despair and feel as if God no longer is near nor cares.  Child of God, this could be no further than the truth. God does care and He is good! Our circumstances influence our emotion but circumstances do not influence God. He is steadfast, true and loving no matter the circumstances we face.  Do not allow the enemy to turn your eyes on the circumstances and make emotion your ruler. Trust that the same Jesus is with us each step of the way.


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It is no secret that we believe that God is the Creator of this universe.  We believe God used the power of His Word to create all things great and small.  We tend to leave the creation process at that time and give no thought to what He continues to create for each of us everyday day.  Each morning, God creates a spectacular scene for us to enjoy as the sun He created blooms into full view. There are bursts of blue, pink, purple with touches of thin lined, white clouds that demonstrate a new day is dawning.  The sunrise is never the same, the clouds are not placed in the same place, the purple may be more brilliant than the pink on any given day. When considering the entire world, the sunrise is not the same in every place. He creates these masterpieces constantly.  Yet He still has time for you and I. He can make a beautiful sunrise in your heart today. Open up your heart today, and let a little sunshine in.


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          How far is your reach? Recently, there was an item that I was reaching for and I could only get my fingertips to the surface of the item.  It came to mind how hard I was stretching to reach that desired item. Do I stretch myself for the Lord? Do we try to extend our reach for Jesus or are we content with watching some things pass by without reaching for them?    Is your reach limited to a few people in your home? Is it limited to those people that are in your family? It may be limited to those people that we attend church with each worship service at our church. But our reach should be much further than those that enter into these four walls.  Yes, reach what is here but do we reach to touch others for Jesus’ sake every day? Our ministry has been given to us to use for the glory of God. Our ministry should not begin and end with the worship services, it must be a part of our everyday life! So go on and reach another this week.  Stretch to see just how far you can be used!


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          Day by day we live our life in light of what is most important to each of individual.  We place the emphasis on that which is important to us. If sports are important to an individual, then emphasis, time, money and energy will be placed on those sports.  There is no shortage of objects that fight to gain our attention. It can range from sports, careers, healthy living, our front yard, home, family or hobbies. You can fill in the blank for what is important to you.  If you question what that is in your life, then ask, “Where have I spent my time, talent, money and interest this week?” Your answer will not take long to appear. Where is your Bible, prayer time and worship of God?  The Christian has no greater important task or object than these. Take time to place God on the top of your emphasis list this week. I assure you that God will be there with open arms!


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          The past week has been a fast paced, whirlwind here at Calvary.  The Time Lab was in full swing and we hosted over forty children throughout the week.  These precious few days of teaching the Word of God will not be forgotten! We had children from ages four to fourteen singing, playing and learning about Jesus Christ our Savior!  It was wonderful! We saw God move in the lives of some of these young people in such a short time. Please keep these children in your prayers as God continues to work in their lives.  There are some that God really began a great work in and He will complete it! Our prayer is God will be glorified by the VBS and the seeds that were planted God will water and bring to eternal life!  


Pastor’s Pen – VBS!

 
          Yes!! We have a time machine in the sanctuary. Do not fret, we will not be operating the time machine during service! Displayed on the platform and around the church today are the amazing talents and abilities that God has blessed our church family with. We kick off VBS today to reach out to the community and lost souls. As we spent time canvassing the community, many people were interested in this time of learning about the One and only Savior of the world! This excites me to know we can reach these young lives for eternity! Each morning at 8 AM, our VBS team and volunteers will be meeting for prayer and devotional time. Remember these faithful workers this week in your prayers and especially that we might reach a lost soul and see eternity changed in the lives of these young children, then reach their family for Christ as well!! It’s time for VBS!!


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Homecoming!! This has always been an exciting day for me! Even as a child I looked forward to Homecoming day at church! Today, I look forward again to this wonderful time with the people of God. The sweet fellowship that the family of God possesses because of the common person of the Holy Spirit dwelling in each to witness to one another! Then, of course there is the food! Most will associate homecoming with delicious foods and delectable desserts. While this is a bonus, it is not truly the reason for coming to church today. Jesus told a group of people to not labor for the meat that perishes, but for the meat that will endure to everlasting life (Jn 6:27). That is the true reason for coming into the worship service today. Let us sing praises to the Lord, worship God as we hear sweet melodies lifting up the name above all names. Then the main course, the Word of God!! Let us hear from God and worship Him!


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          Today is another special day for many people! We have set this day aside to be able to celebrate and give thanks for our fathers! I personally am so very thankful for the father that God has given me. A leader of our family, a spiritual influence in my life and an example to the type of father that I should be to my family. Fathers, you are the leader of your household. You are the men that should stand and lead your family in this world, teaching them to walk after the footsteps of the Lord, seek the Word of God for the abundant truths it contains and place an emphasis on the importance of the relationship each member of your family should have with Christ. It is wonderful to have an active dad to play, teach you to throw a ball, or even to sit at tea time with your daughter. The fathers most important role is to teach their family to serve, love and seek the Lord! And may we thank our heavenly Father for our dad! 


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          I have been privileged to be able to spend time with wonderful people of God! Some have been preachers, teachers, prayer warriors and those that sing the praises of the worthy Lamb of God. I have had opportunity to observe these great men and women of God in good times and in tough times. It has been to my great joy to hearing the accounts of those blessed by the hand of God. There has been one common theme among each testimony told. God has been faithful and will continue to be faithful! When pondering many passages of Scripture, we find people that are blatantly unfaithful to the Lord and yet we see the faithfulness of the Lord in every account. God was faithful to those in the times of the Bible and God has been faithful to those saints that have testified of His goodness and mercy in recent years! He has not changed! Therefore, you and I can count on God to continue to be faithful! No matter the storm, no matter the fight, I have a faithful friend that will never leave me nor forsake me!