Fall has finally fallen! The temperatures have dropped and a new season is upon us. I love the chill in the morning, the lower humidity and the crunch of leaves under foot. As a church, we have entered into a new season as well…we’ve seen new people joining, healthy growth in our members and we’re ready to begin a growth project for our facilities. All this as we enter into one of the busier seasons of the church. It’s exciting and daunting all at the same time. Sometimes it feels as if things could “fall” apart at any moment. I’m reminded of Paul when he writes:
“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”
It could all “fall” apart at any moment, because living a life following God puts us in a place of constant danger…in a position of possible “falling” or failing at any moment…a place of “always being given over to death for Christ’s sake.” And yet Paul goes on to write:
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
We don’t have to lose heart because of our circumstances. Though we are surrounded by death at every turn, danger around every corner, potential “fall” and “fallenness” everywhere we look. God renews us inwardly everyday…and besides this is only temporary…light and momentary. But we are heading toward something eternal.
So be encouraged in this season of busy-ness and change, of trial and sometimes painful growth. Let’s fix our eyes, not on what we can see, but rather on the unseen beauty of Jesus our Hope and Salvation!
We just a few days away from our annual Fall Festival!
Join us this Saturday at 11am to 4pm for games, food, bounce houses, face painting and more!
Please join us on October 31st at 6pm for our community trunk-or-treat. This is an awesome, safe, family friendly way to enjoy some awesome candy and costumes!
The word kingdom may stir up various images in your mind. Maybe you think about Shakespeare and Queen Elizabeth, King Arthur and his round table, or maybe you just think about your last binge watch of Game of Thrones. Whatever the case may be, when we look into God’s Word we find the Kingdom of Israel united as one, that then becomes divided into a northern and southern kingdom.
Many other kingdoms come and go, even enslaving God’s people from time to time, until we reach the New Testament where Jesus begins to preach and teach about the Kingdom of God. What is this Kingdom that Jesus speaks about? And how does our understanding of it have relevance in our day and age? In our upcoming 6-week series we will learn more about The Kingdom of God, what it is, why it matters, and how we can be a part of it. Hope to see you at the Creek for this important series!
Jon us starting Sunday September 30th as we start a 6 week series studying the unending Kingdom of God.
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Shoal Creek invites children ages 4 to 18 to join us starting Monday July 9th at 6:30PM for Game ON! Our 2018 Vacation Bible School. VBS will be Monday-Friday 6:30PM to 8:30PM daily.
What: Shoal Creek 2018 Vacation Bible School – Game ON!
When: Starting Monday July 9th at 6:30PM. Continuing daily from 6:30PM to 8:30PM (Monday-Friday) – Family fun night is Friday July 13th!
Where: 4967 Fincher Rd, Canton, GA 30114
Who: Kids ages 4 to 18
LifeWay’s 2018 VBS invites kids to grab their megaphones, lace up their cleats, and tune up their instruments. As they fill up the offensive line, sideline, and drumline, your players, cheerleaders, and band members will realize God has given them His ultimate playbook. He wants them to join His team, train hard, celebrate salvation, and encourage one another. Get in the spirit today with Game On! VBS.
We now have the Passion week in our rear view mirror – the celebration has given way once again to the everyday realities of life. But should the Passion be a rear view event, or should it be front and center of our everyday lives? I know every year we say it, “We celebrate Easter every day…”; but is that true in reality? We live in a culture that enjoys when people get enflamed with passion for many different things, sports, hobbies, eating, fishing, learning…you name it people can get fired up and passionate about it. But the world also loves to see an ardent, “on fire” person go up in flames…as Lokey in Thor Ragnarok says, “Easier to let it burn.” When someone flames out, it reassures us that we have made the right choice in remaining passionless, in order not to burn out.
But God has given us a Passion, His Holy Spirit, that empowers us, motivates and moves us…consumes us, “For our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:29) That Passion, when kept in the proper place…front and center, orders and directs all other passions. The center driving Passion for us? I think it just made it to our rear view mirror.
“You have to start somewhere,” or so the saying goes. Everything has to have a beginning. The perfect example? This is my first blog post. It exists now (or will when I finish writing it), because you’re reading it (hopefully). But in order for it to exist, it had to be thought about, written, then posted (with a whole lot of behind the scenes computer script working in the background!). Maybe you are ready to start a new job, or to begin “a new phase of life,” or to “turn over a new leaf.” Maybe, you are searching for hope, or looking for answers…
For whatever reason, you find yourself reading a blog on a church website from someone you may have never even met. Maybe the thing you need to hear is just this, “start somewhere.” When I look back for a starting point, the place I inevitably wind up is: “In the beginning, God…” The gospel writer John, picks up on this idea when he wrote: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” This “Word” (God) spoke the universe into existence. This “God” revealed Himself to us in words that we know today as the Holy Bible.
Need a place to begin? Start somewhere.
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Important upcoming dates for March and April:
- March 9th – Movie Night at 6:30PM
- March 11th – Church Conference after morning service
- March 25th – Breakfast at 9:00AM
- April 1st – Deacons Meeting at 8:30AM
- April 8th – Church Conference after morning service
- April 13th – Movie Night at 6:30PM
- April 22nd – Breakfast at 9:00AM
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