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Half the Old Testament is the word Remember. No, that’s not true. It’s 48%. I just rounded up. As Israel forgot, so do we. Today’s insert is a simple reminder of some of the standards we work to maintain as we sing for the Lord. My prayer is that you […]

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Great response… Now off to work!

January 11th, 2011

What a great response we had to the Preaching Rally meeting last Sunday night.  The signup sheets were filling up fast and everyone seemed eager to get involved any way that they could.  It’s such a blessing to work with people who do not have to be coerced, and your excitement and anticipation is absolutely relieving!  It is not as if I was expecting anything else, but it is comforting to know that things will be done this year to the best of our ability with little drive from me.  Each chief already has lots of good ideas for his or her area, and with plenty of helpers, each detail should have its due attention.  Our preparation will include many things, and the signup sheets will stay in the foyer for just a while longer.

We’ve tried to emphasize that we desire to give attention to every detail, not in a heavy-handed and micro-managing mindset but because we believe God would be pleased.  Our God is a being of order.  No one can study any subject very long without coming to the conclusion that God has a purpose and plan in everything that he does.  Because he orders his universe with detail, wouldn’t it seem logical that we pay attention to the details that are involved in our ministry?  Big things are made up of small things put together, and with every Calvary Baptist Church member in his or her place, I believe we can stand before God after this event is through and honestly say we did what we could and allowed Him to bring the results.  Let’s not ignore the details and just hope God works despite our laziness.  We certainly can’t fabricate the moving of the Holy Spirit, but God’s power to move hearts doesn’t exempt us from any preparation and work!

With all this preparation we desire to see many goals accomplished.  For the teens, specifically, we can pray that they:

  1. See how good God has been to them
  2. Give up their silly (compared to Christ’s goodness) strongholds
  3. Give their lives, ambitions, wills, and daily life to God

For our church, we desire the following:

  1. Catch the essence of what we’re trying to accomplish
  2. 100% participation
  3. Continue to give attention to detail
  4. Impression of excellence

What an incredible blessing it is for us to be a small part of something that has the potential to change a young person’s life!  With an eternal perspective and putting on the eyes of faith like Caleb had (remember that message from Pastor a few weeks ago?), lets “attack” this Preaching Rally with all the fervor and might that we believe God would have us muster.  If a person makes a spiritual decision and considers it “priceless,” no amount of work or money would be too much to ask from us.

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