Posted by: pastortomvabeach | August 19, 2019

Thought For The Week August 25, 2019

Once again, one of my favorite Christian commentators has written an article that expresses almost exactly my view on, what I believe, is a crucial subject for Christians who want to really influence today’s world.  The article, Christians, put a filter on your lips!, was posted by Dr. Michael Brown on August 16.  I’ll let you read some of his thoughts then make a brief comment.

“The psalmist once prayed, Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips (Psalm 141:3 NIV).  It’s a prayer we would all do well to pray today.  More than ever, we need a filter for our words, a guard over our mouths.  We are so reckless in our comments, so rash in our tweets.  We post whatever we think, in a blur, as quickly as we can type or dictate the words.  We fail to filter, fail to think through, fail to process, fail to evaluate.  Yet Scripture constantly warns about the danger of rash speech.

“Just consider this small sampling of relevant verses: Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin (Proverbs 13:3 NIV).  When there are many words, sin is unavoidable, but the one who controls his lips is prudent (Proverbs 10:19 CSB).  Even a fool is considered wise when he keeps silent – discerning, when he seals his lips (Proverbs 17:28 CSB).  Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him (Proverbs 29:20 ESV)

“Can you imagine how different the internet would look if we heeded these words?  Yet Jesus said this: I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak (Matthew 12:36 ESV).  Chew on that for a moment (or, better still, chew on Jesus’ words for an hour, or a day; or even better, chew on them for the rest of your life).

“Can I be completely candid with you?  I am a communicator. I produce a lot of words.  In book form, I’ve written roughly 3 million words.  On average, every year, I write more than 200,000 words in op-ed columns.  For more than 11 years, I’ve done one to two hours of live, talk radio, five days a week.  In addition, I preach sermons or teach classes several hundred times each year.  And yet I can honestly say that I filter every word I write and speak.  Consequently, I stand behind what I’ve written in books and in columns and what I’ve said on the air and in sermons.  But I have often failed when it comes to social media and emails, writing back too quickly, responding too aggressively, failing to process my words before I send them out, with no ability to take them back.  Do you fail here as well?

“Proverbs 12:18 states, The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing (NIV).  And Proverbs 15:1 teaches, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger (NIV).  Yet our words are so often like daggers, harsh and cutting and destructive.  All too rarely do our words build up, heal, restore and edify.  And we are so quick to air our opinions, no matter how damaging they might be.  Do we care that we just slandered someone without evidence? Are we that irresponsible?  Would we like it if people were posting similar speculation about us, for the whole world to see?

“I’m fully aware that President Trump and a host of others send out reckless tweets.  But they are not my role models, and I do not follow their examples.  I’m fully aware that the internet is abuzz with all kinds of speculation about virtually everything.  But as followers of Jesus, we are called to a different standard.  As Paul wrote, Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” (Ephesians 4:29 NIV).

“In the Bible, one of the characteristics of a fool (meaning someone lacking moral judgment, not someone lacking intelligence) is that a fool speaks too quickly.  A thought comes into his mind, and he blurts it out.  He has no filter on his lips (or pen or keyboard).  As Proverbs states, A chattering fool comes to ruin…the mouth of a fool invites ruin…the mouth of the fool gushes folly…every fool is quick to quarrel (Proverbs 10:8, 14; 15:2; 20:3).

“Like fools, we too are quick to quarrel, quick to take offense, quick to make superficial judgments, quick to spout words.  What has become of wisdom?  Of self-restraint?  And how is it that we know the motivations of other people’s hearts better than they know themselves?

“I have addressed the subject of our internet communication many times before…But once again, I make this fresh appeal. Let us be godly in our speech.  Not only is the world watching, but God is watching.  When it is time to speak, then by all means speak.  But speak the truth.  And speak the truth in love.  And speak the truth in wisdom.  The stakes are very high.  Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits (Proverbs 18:21 ESV).”

Like Dr. Brown, I do a lot of writing and speaking.  I participate on Facebook and many of my readers are my “friends” there.  Because the world is watching (everyone on Facebook, at least) I am very selective about what I post or repost.  I refuse to post any meme, regardless of how funny or true it may be if it includes profanity or sexually suggestive language or anything that might damage a Christian’s testimony.

I have wondered, when I see posts that come from Christians, whether they have taken any thought of what kinds of messages they are sending to their non-believing friends.  The same goes for emails, texts, and, yes, to actual words we speak to people.  Making Jesus Known involves every facet of our lives, personal interactions with others, social media contacts, and conduct that we approve of either by participation or by insinuation (things we post).

Am I perfect?  Absolutely not!  I have sent emails, shared posts, even said things that I wish I could pull back in.  The problem is that once it’s out there, it’s like tooth paste, impossible to get back in the tube!

Would it be too much to ask for all of us to pray as the Psalmist prayed, Lord put a guard on my mouth (tweets, emails, Facebook, Instagram, etc)?  And remember what Jesus said about careless words!  Just a thought.

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Posted by: pastortomvabeach | August 19, 2019

Christian Chapel Assembly of God Calendar of Events

Sunday Morning Schedule
Study Groups (adults/teens) at 9 AM
Young Ambassadors (children 3-11) at 9 AM
Worship at 10:30 AM
Nursery for children age 2 and under
Children’s Ministry for children age 3 through 6th grade. Children will be dismissed after singing to a service tailored to their age groups.

Baptism in The Holy Spirit
Class continues through Sunday August 25.  Rev. Joe Campbell (Assembly of God licensed minister) will share the rich biblical foundation for experiencing the overflow of the Spirit.  Students will learn why this promise is for every Christian and be encouraged as they seek the baptism.

Kid’s Day and Family Olympics
Sunday, September 8.  We will honor all children, infant through 17 year of age with donuts and juice, sweet gifts, and special drawings.  After the service we will share in fellowship as we Picnic on the Grounds.  Following the picnic we will begin our annual Family Olympic Games.  Now is the time to begin forming your team, practicing your hula hoop and seed spitting, and preparing to walk away with the trophy.  The only rule is that each family team must have at least one pre-teen on the team.  It’s OK to recruit  a pre-teen if you don’t have one in your family.  

Life Groups Summer Break
Life Groups will be on break until October.  Summer is a great time to meet some new friends at church and connect with a Life Group.

Zumba Summer Break
Ladies Zumba will be on break until September.  If you need information about Zumba please contact Jean Crabb at 757-427-9371 or email ccagvb01@gmail.com.

Life Group Revolution
We are in the process of renewing and revising our vision for small groups that help people like you connect with people like you who you like to be with and who will challenge you as you challenge them to live out your faith in Jesus.  We have discovered that a one-size-fits-all approach to small groups may not actually fit all.  Because of that we are working on developing a ministry where you can find a type of group that fits your schedule and needs.  Look for more on this as we move through September and into October.

Christian Chapel Membership
If you have been a regular at Christian Chapel we are grateful for your fellowship and ministry participation. Being regular, we encourage you to apply for official membership with this local body. The standard of membership is actually pretty simple:
1. Show evidence of being saved by trusting in Jesus Christ (John 1:12)
2. Show evidence of a consistent Christian life by practicing Christian disciplines and avoiding obvious sin as a lifestyle.
3. Fully agree with the tenets of faith in our By-laws (the 16 Fundamental Beliefs of the Assemblies of God).
4. Be willing to regularly support the church financially according to your ability.
To become a member simply fill out an application and hand it to pastor Tom, Doug, Cheryl, or one of the deacons or staff members. Thanks again for you commitment to this local church and Making Jesus Known.

Sunday Morning Growth Groups
Sundays: 9-10 a.m.  Small groups designed to learn Bible truth and application in a
setting that is non-threatening, friendly, and suited to every taste.  We currently have groups for everyone: age 3-11, Teens, Adult Men, Adult Women, and Adult Mixed.  These groups help individuals grow in bible knowledge and application so that we can better Make Jesus Known in our everyday life situations.

RISE Student Ministries – Christian Chapel Youth
RISE, a group for teens, ages 12 to 18 meets every Friday from 7 pm to 9 pm., to teach our teens to live for Christ in their current context and prepare them to live as Christian adults when that day comes.

Website.
Check out our new website at http://www.ccagvb.com. Please tell us if there is anything we can do to make our website better.

On-Line Giving
You can now make donations on our website and even designate your offerings. Just go to the website and click on “Giving”. You’ll find the on-line giving link at the bottom of that page.

Pastor’s Email
Please address all email to: pastortom.ccag@gmail.com

Christian Chapel Email
Our new email address for all church coorespondence is ccagvb01@gmail.com.  Please discontinue using ccagvb@verizon.net and change to the new address.

Posted by: pastortomvabeach | August 19, 2019

Bible Reading for August 26-September 1

8/26      2Chronicles 1, 2, 3       1Corinthians 16
8/27      2Chronicles 4, 5, 6       2Corinthians 1
8/28      2Chronicles 7, 8, 9       2Corinthians 2
8/29      2Chronicles 10, 11, 12 2Corinthians 3
8/30      2Chronicles 13, 14        2Corinthians 4
8/31      2Chronicles 15, 16        2Corinthians 5
9/1        2Chronicles 17,18         2Corinthians 6

Posted by: pastortomvabeach | August 14, 2019

Thought For The Week August 18, 2019

In recent weeks, two well known Christian figures have apparently abandoned the faith and done so very openly and vocally.  Hillsong songwriter, Marty Sampson, and Joshua Harris, former pastor and author of I Kissed Dating Good-bye have decided that the Christian faith is no longer valid and are telling those who will listen why they’ve left.

An article on the Cogent Christianity website caught my attention.  John Cooper, lead singer for the Christian rock band, Skillet, wrote a Facebook post that directly addressed this situation and highlighted the need for Christians to stay grounded in a truth-driven faith over an emotion-driven one. Here is a portion of his post entitled, What In God’s Name Is Happening In Christianity.

“Ok I’m saying it.  Because it’s too important not to.  What is happening in Christianity?  More and more of our outspoken leaders or influencers who were once “faces” of the faith are falling away.  And at the same time they are being very vocal and bold about it.  Shockingly they still want to influence others (for what purpose?) as they announce that they are leaving the faith.  I’ll state my conclusion, then I’ll state some rebuttals to statements I’ve read by some of them.  I never judge people outside of my faith…That is not my place.  However, when it comes to people within my faith, there must be a measure of loyalty…and accountability to each other and the Word of God.

“My conclusion for (all of us Christians): We must STOP making worship leaders, thought leaders or influencers, or cool…or ‘relevant’ people the most influential people in Christendom (that includes people like me).  I’ve been saying for 20 years…that we are in a dangerous place when the church is looking to 20 year old worship singers as our source of truth.  We now have a church culture that learns who God is from singing modern praise songs rather than from the teachings of the Word…singers and musicians are good at communicating emotion and feeling.  We create a moment and a vehicle for God to speak.  However, singers are not always the best people to write solid bible truth and doctrine.  Sometimes we are too young, ignorant of Scripture, unaware, or unconcerned about the purity of scripture and the holiness of the God we…sing to.

“I have a few specific thoughts and rebuttals to statements made by recently disavowed church influencers.  First of all, I am stunned that the seemingly most important thing for these leaders who have lost their faith is to make such a bold new stance.  Basically saying, ‘I’ve been living and preaching boldly something for 20 years and led generations of people with my teachings and now I no longer believe it.  Therefore I’m going to boldly and loudly tell people it was all wrong while I boldly and loudly lead people to my next truth.’  I’m perplexed why they aren’t embarrassed?  Humbled?  Ashamed, fearful, confused?  Why be so eager to continue leading people when you clearly don’t know where you are headed?

“My second thought is, why do people act like ‘being real’ covers a multitude of sins?  As if someone is courageous simply for sharing virally every thought or dark place.  That’s not courageous.  It’s cavalier.  Have they considered the ramifications?  As if they are the harbingers of truth, saying. ‘I used to think one way and practice it and preach it, but now I’ve learned all the new truth and will start practicing and preaching it.’  So the influencers become the voice for truth in whatever stage of life and whatever evolution takes place in their thinking.

“Thirdly, there is a common thread running through these leaders/influencers that basically says that ‘no one else is talking about the REAL stuff.’  This is just flatly false.  I…read…a renowned worship leader’s statement, ‘How could a God of love send people to hell?  No one talks about it.’  As if he is the first person to ask this?  Brother, you are not that unique.  The church has wrestled with this for 1500 years.  There’s like a billion books written on the topic.  Just because you don’t get the answer you want doesn’t mean that we are unwilling to wrestle with it.  We wrestle with Scripture until we are transformed by the renewing of our minds.

“Lastly, and most shocking, as these influencers disavow their faith, they always end their statements with their ‘new insight/new truth’ that is basically a regurgitation of Jesus’ words.  It’s truly bizarre and ironic.  They’ll say ‘I’m disavowing my faith but remember, love people, be generous, forgive others.’  Ummm, why?  That is actually not human nature.  No child is ever born and says, ‘I just want to love others before myself, to turn the other cheek, to give my money away to others in need.’  Those are Bible principles taught by a prophet/Priest/king…who wants us to live by a higher standard…not an earthly standard, but…‘Kingdom of God’ standard.  If Jesus is not the truth and the Word of God is not absolute, then by preaching Jesus’ teachings you are endorsing the words of a madman…who said, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’  He also said he was alive before Abraham and to see him was to see God because he was one with God.  Why then would a disavowed Christian leader promote ‘generosity is good?’  How would you know what is good without Jesus’ teachings?  And will your ideas of what is ‘good’ be different from year to year based on your experience, culture trends, poplular opinion, etc., and furthermore will you continue year by year to lead others into your idea of goodness even though it is not absolute?

“It is time for the church to rediscover the preeminence of the Word.  And to value the teaching of the Word.  We need to value truth over feeling.  Truth over emotion.  And what we are seeing now is the result of the church raising up influencers who did not supremely value truth, who have led a generation who also do not believe in the supremacy of truth.  And now those disavowed leaders are proudly still leading and influencing boldly AWAY from the truth.

“Is it any wonder that some of our disavowed Christian leaders are letting go of the absolute truth of the Bible and subsequently their lives are falling apart?  Further and further they are sinking in the sea all the while shouting ‘now I’ve found the truth!  Follow me!!’  Brothers and sisters in the faith…pastors, teachers, worship leaders, influencers, I implore you, please, please, in your search for relevancy for the gospel, let us NOT find creative ways to shape God’s word into the image of our culture by stifling inconvenient truths.  But rather let us hold on even tighter to the anchor of the living Word of God.  For He changes NOT. The grass withers and the flowers fade away, but the word of our God stands forever. (Isaiah 40:8)”

Beloved, this is why every believer needs to be personally grounded in the Word.  The enemy uses whatever means he can to lead us astray.  We must hold fast to God’s Word so that popular ideas that sound good do not cause us to slip.  This is why we urge everyone to become a student of God’s Word, why we encourage everyone to be involved with a small group of like minded believers who share their insights and questions about following the Lord.  Let us listen to Jesus and His Word rather than idolizing celebrities who may or may not have a good grasp of the truth.  Just a thought.

Posted by: pastortomvabeach | August 14, 2019

Christian Chapel Assembly of God Calendar of Events

Sunday Morning Schedule
Study Groups (adults/teens) at 9 AM
Young Ambassadors (children 3-11) at 9 AM
Worship at 10:30 AM
Nursery for children age 2 and under
Children’s Ministry for children age 3 through 6th grade. Children will be dismissed after singing to a service tailored to their age groups.

Baptism in The Holy Spirit
Class continues through Sunday August 28.  Rev. Joe Campbell (Assembly of God licensed minister) will share the rich biblical foundation for experiencing the overflow of the Spirit.  Students will learn why this promise is for every Christian and be encouraged as they seek the baptism.

Water Baptism
Sunday, August 18, during the morning worship service.  If you have not been water baptized since you trusted in Jesus, this is you opportunity.  Please contact the church office at 757-427-9371 or ccagvb01@gmail.com so we can include you.

Kid’s Day and Family Olympics
Sunday, September 8.  We will honor all children, infant through 17 year of age with donuts and juice, sweet gifts, and special drawings.  After the service we will share in fellowship as we Picnic on the Grounds.  Following the picnic we will begin our annual Family Olympic Games.  Now is the time to begin forming your team, practicing your hula hoop and seed spitting, and preparing to walk away with the trophy.  The only rule is that each family team must have at least one pre-teen on the team.  It’s OK to recruit  a pre-teen if you don’t have one in your family.  

Life Groups Summer Break
Life Groups will be on break until October.  Summer is a great time to meet some new friends at church and connect with a Life Group.

Zumba Summer Break
Ladies Zumba will be on break until September.  If you need information about Zumba please contact Jean Crabb at 757-427-9371 or email ccagvb01@gmail.com.

Life Group Revolution
We are in the process of renewing and revising our vision for small groups that help people like you connect with people like you who you like to be with and who will challenge you as you challenge them to live out your faith in Jesus.  We have discovered that a one-size-fits-all approach to small groups may not actually fit all.  Because of that we are working on developing a ministry where you can find a type of group that fits your schedule and needs.  Look for more on this as we move through September and into October.

Christian Chapel Membership
If you have been a regular at Christian Chapel we are grateful for your fellowship and ministry participation. Being regular, we encourage you to apply for official membership with this local body. The standard of membership is actually pretty simple:
1. Show evidence of being saved by trusting in Jesus Christ (John 1:12)
2. Show evidence of a consistent Christian life by practicing Christian disciplines and avoiding obvious sin as a lifestyle.
3. Fully agree with the tenets of faith in our By-laws (the 16 Fundamental Beliefs of the Assemblies of God).
4. Be willing to regularly support the church financially according to your ability.
To become a member simply fill out an application and hand it to pastor Tom, Doug, Cheryl, or one of the deacons or staff members. Thanks again for you commitment to this local church and Making Jesus Known.

Sunday Morning Growth Groups
Sundays: 9-10 a.m.  Small groups designed to learn Bible truth and application in a
setting that is non-threatening, friendly, and suited to every taste.  We currently have groups for everyone: age 3-11, Teens, Adult Men, Adult Women, and Adult Mixed.  These groups help individuals grow in bible knowledge and application so that we can better Make Jesus Known in our everyday life situations.

RISE Student Ministries – Christian Chapel Youth
RISE, a group for teens, ages 12 to 18 meets every Friday from 7 pm to 9 pm., to teach our teens to live for Christ in their current context and prepare them to live as Christian adults when that day comes.

Website.
Check out our new website at http://www.ccagvb.com. Please tell us if there is anything we can do to make our website better.

On-Line Giving
You can now make donations on our website and even designate your offerings. Just go to the website and click on “Giving”. You’ll find the on-line giving link at the bottom of that page.

Pastor’s Email
Please address all email to: pastortom.ccag@gmail.com

Christian Chapel Email
Our new email address for all church coorespondence is ccagvb01@gmail.com.  Please discontinue using ccagvb@verizon.net and change to the new address.

Posted by: pastortomvabeach | August 14, 2019

Bible Reading for August 19-25

8/19      Psalms 73, 85                           1Corinthians 11:17-34
8/20      Psalms 87, 88                           1Corinthians 12
8/21      1Chronicles 17, 18, 19              1Corinthians 13
8/22      1Chronicles 20, 21, 22              1Corinthians 14:1-20
8/23      1Chronicles 23, 24, 25              1Corinthians 14:21-40
8/24      1Chronicles 26, 27                    1Corinthians 15:1-28
8/25      1Chronicles 28, 29                    1Corinthians 15:29-58

Posted by: pastortomvabeach | August 6, 2019

Thought For The Week August 11, 2019

Events last weekend in San Antonio, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, left our nation grieving once again and wondering what, if anything can be done to curb the rash of violence that seems to be unending.  In pondering this, I felt like we, as Christians, should be able to say something that might help.  One of my favorite Christian commentators, Dr. Michael Brown, wrote about this on Tuesday.  I think he has some pertinent ideas that are worth reading and considering.  So I pass on his article, Is America Too Sick to Recover?

“As the host of a daily, talk radio show, on Monday-Friday I receive an email from a Christian news service highlighting the top 7-8 stories of the day.  This week, on Monday, the first three stories were: 1) White Supremacist Kills 20 at Walmart; 2) Socialist Shoots 9 in Dayton; 3) 25 Shot and Killed in Chicago in 4 Hours. How do we respond to news like this?

“To be sure, these tragic shootings are just the tiny tip of a massive iceberg of violence and murder.  And violence and murder are themselves just tips of an even bigger iceberg of national sin and rebellion and dysfunction.  But these shootings reveal the ugly underbelly of our society, and we cannot deny that we are very sick as a nation.

“The optimist, of course, will point to the many wonderful qualities of America.  To the many sacrificial acts of Americans.  To the many heroes in our midst, most of them unsung.  And the optimist would be right.  There are many wonderful Americans and many great things about our nation.

“But when a doctor tells you that you have cancer, the doctor doesn’t also say, ‘But you’re hearing and eyesight are good, so don’t be discouraged!’  Instead, the doctor tells you how serious the diagnosis is and gives you the best plan to fight it.  Today, we need that serious diagnosis.  Today, we need to consult with the Great Physician.  He is the only one who can heal our wounds.

“Does that mean that we close our eyes and ignore the social dynamics that may have contributed to these horrific acts of bloodshed?  Certainly not.

“Let’s have honest conversations about all the relevant (or, possibly relevant) issues.  Let’s talk about mental health.  About the breakdown of the family.  About gun control.  About the president’s rhetoric.  About the leftwing media’s mischaracterization and exaggeration of the president’s rhetoric.  About the condition of our inner cities.  About racism.  About immigration.  Let’s sort out the relevant from the irrelevant, the real from the imagined.  Let’s put it all on the table for evaluation.

“But at the end of the day, there are no social band-aids that will heal the wounds of the grieving and the wounded or bridge our political divides.  There are no political solutions that will cure the ills that lie at the root of our society.  And while some will despise the call to prayer, in the end, there is nothing better we can do.

“One of my colleagues is the pastor of a large congregation that believes in praying for the sick.  But he teaches his people that if they encounter a medical emergency, they should call 911 and then pray.  In other words, he doesn’t want them to be irresponsible, praying for the victim of a car crash for 10 minutes before calling 911.  That 10 minutes might be the difference between life and death.  But he also knows that plenty of times the best emergency services cannot save someone’s life.  For that dying person, divine intervention is their only hope.  Either God heals them, or they’re gone.  It’s the same with America today. Either God heals us and brings us to repentance, or we face national collapse.

“Let us, then, do everything we can on the ground to address the myriad problems we face, which means transcending partisan politics.  At the same time, let’s recognize that there is not a political leader on the planet who can fix America.  The very thought of it is absurd. (Just trying filling in the blank with your favorite politician, as in, ‘So and so will fix America.’  Right!)  Neither political party can heal America’s wounds, nor will the media make us healthy.  We don’t need a prophet to tell us that.

“The reality is that the only hope for a healthy America comes from above, from our Creator, our Redeemer, our Savior.  America certainly needs saving.

But America is a nation of more than 330 million people, and the thought of seeing national transformation and awakening is daunting.  Can this massive ship really be turned?  With man, it is impossible.  Totally and hopelessly impossible.  But with God, it can certainly be done.  That’s why we fall on our faces and pray.

“But let’s not just pray for God to have mercy on America.  Let’s pray that God will have mercy on the Church of America, on we who are called to be salt and light.  Let’s turn to Him in repentance for our many sins – for our indifference; for our carnality; for our divisions; for our sexual sins; for our financial scandals; for our hardness of heart.

“And then let’s then sharpen our focus even more as we pray, ‘Lord, have mercy on me!  Start the awakening in my own life.  Here and now, I repent for my guilt and sin.’  If we truly cry out, day and night until the breakthrough comes, God will answer our prayers.  The hour is late, but not too late.  The question is: How will we respond?”

As I read Dr. Brown’s comments, I wonder, how  many times do we need to hear God’s command from II Chronicles 7:14, If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.  Beloved friends, our nation needs to be healed from the undercurrent of hatred, rage, hopelessness, and violence and no government program or initiative will ever do that.  Turning to God is our only hope.

Let’s pray for those who are lonely, angry, displaced, hurting; for those who don’t know that God loves them and Jesus can replace that hopelessness with life and hope.  Let’s be part of the solution as God’s people.  Pray, repent, call on Him to heal.  Just a thought.

Posted by: pastortomvabeach | August 6, 2019

Christian Chapel Assembly of God Calendar of Events

Sunday Morning Schedule
Study Groups (adults/teens) at 9 AM
Young Ambassadors (children 3-11) at 9 AM
Worship at 10:30 AM
Nursery for children age 2 and under
Children’s Ministry for children age 3 through 6th grade. Children will be dismissed after singing to a service tailored to their age groups.

Baptism in The Holy Spirit
Class continues through Sunday August 28.  Rev. Joe Campbell (Assembly of God licensed minister) will share the rich biblical foundation for experiencing the overflow of the Spirit.  Students will learn why this promise is for every Christian and be encouraged as they seek the baptism.

Water Baptism
Sunday, August 18, during the morning worship service.  If you have not been water baptized since you trusted in Jesus, this is you opportunity.  Please contact the church office at 757-427-9371 or ccagvb01@gmail.com so we can include you.

Kid’s Day and Family Olympics
Sunday, September 8.  We will honor all children, infant through 17 year of age with donuts and juice, sweet gifts, and special drawings.  After the service we will share in fellowship as we Picnic on the Grounds.  Following the picnic we will begin our annual Family Olympic Games.  Now is the time to begin forming your team, practicing your hula hoop and seed spitting, and preparing to walk away with the trophy.  The only rule is that each family team must have at least one pre-teen on the team.  It’s OK to recruit  a pre-teen if you don’t have one in your family.  

Life Groups Summer Break
Life Groups will be on break until September.  Summer is a great time to meet some new friends at church and connect with a Life Group.

Zumba Summer Break
Ladies Zumba will be on break until September.  If you need information about Zumba please contact Jean Crabb at 757-427-9371 or email ccagvb01@gmail.com.

Sermon Based Life Groups
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be able to study out what you hear on Sunday morning or to discuss it with a few close friends from church? What might that do for you in terms of helping you live out and apply the teaching from the Bible? Have you ever wanted to know that you had a few people in the church you were really close to and could count on? Sermon-based Life Groups are the answer! We currently have eight groups that meet in homes throughout the community. We will form more groups as leaders are trained and available. If you are interested in connecting with a Life Group call the office at 757-427-9371 or email Pastor Cheryl Pickford at cpickford@live.com.

Christian Chapel Membership
If you have been a regular at Christian Chapel we are grateful for your fellowship and ministry participation. Being regular, we encourage you to apply for official membership with this local body. The standard of membership is actually pretty simple:
1. Show evidence of being saved by trusting in Jesus Christ (John 1:12)
2. Show evidence of a consistent Christian life by practicing Christian disciplines and avoiding obvious sin as a lifestyle.
3. Fully agree with the tenets of faith in our By-laws (the 16 Fundamental Beliefs of the Assemblies of God).
4. Be willing to regularly support the church financially according to your ability.
To become a member simply fill out an application and hand it to pastor Tom, Doug, Cheryl, or one of the deacons or staff members. Thanks again for you commitment to this local church and Making Jesus Known.

Sunday Morning Growth Groups
Sundays: 9-10 a.m.  Small groups designed to learn Bible truth and application in a
setting that is non-threatening, friendly, and suited to every taste.  We currently have groups for everyone: age 3-11, Teens, Adult Men, Adult Women, and Adult Mixed.  These groups help individuals grow in bible knowledge and application so that we can better Make Jesus Known in our everyday life situations.

RISE Student Ministries – Christian Chapel Youth
RISE, a group for teens, ages 12 to 18 meets every Friday from 7 pm to 9 pm., to teach our teens to live for Christ in their current context and prepare them to live as Christian adults when that day comes.

Website.
Check out our new website at http://www.ccagvb.com. Please tell us if there is anything we can do to make our website better.

On-Line Giving
You can now make donations on our website and even designate your offerings. Just go to the website and click on “Giving”. You’ll find the on-line giving link at the bottom of that page.

Pastor’s Email
Please address all email to: pastortom.ccag@gmail.com

Christian Chapel Email
Our new email address for all church coorespondence is ccagvb01@gmail.com.  Please discontinue using ccagvb@verizon.net and change to the new address.

Posted by: pastortomvabeach | August 6, 2019

Bible Reading for August 12-18

8/12      1Chronicles 4, 5, 6                                           1Corinthians 7:1-19
8/13      1Chronicles 7, 8, 9                                           1Corinthians 7:20-40
8/14      1Chronicles 10, 11, 12                                      1Corinthians 8
8/15      1Chronicles 13, 14, 15                                      1Corinthians 9
8/16      1Chronicles 16             Psalms 42, 44               1Corinthians 10:1-18
8/17                                          Psalms 45, 46, 47         1Corinthians 10:19-33
8/18                                          Psalms 48, 49, 50         1Corinthians 11:1-16

Posted by: pastortomvabeach | July 30, 2019

Thought For The Week August 4, 2019

We spent some time last Sunday focusing on spiritual gifts and explored the truth that God gives everyone who believes in Christ at least one and, very likely, more than one spiritual gift which He expects us to use within the context of our local churches and communities to build up the church and Make Jesus Known.

I want to key in on one aspect of the gifts He gives us and repeat something I mentioned on Sunday.  Romans 12:5 says, we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.  “Member” used here literally means “limb” as in a part of the human body.  When Paul says we are members of one another, he is telling us that we belong to each other, in the same way that you fingers and toes belong to your whole body.  So that means that I belong to you and you belong to me and we all belong to each other.

So if God gives me gifts to use, those gifts are meant to benefit everyone else, not myself.  My gifts, in the truest sense, don’t belong to me, they belong to you and everyone else and vice versa.  So if I choose not to use my gifts because I don’t feel like getting involved; or I don’t think I’m mature enough, know enough, trained well enough, or whatever; or I feel I’ve earned a rest since I’ve been serving along time already; or I never get connected at any one church well enough to serve; or whatever, I’m actually stealing what belongs to you and everyone else.

Not using my gifts means that I am not being a good steward of this marvelous spiritual ability God has given me.  In the parable of the talents, Jesus had some pretty harsh words for the servants who sat on their talents without using them (Matthew 25:26-27).  He said that servant was wicked and lazy.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to hear that from the Lord, if I can help it.

I mentioned a quote from R.A. Torrey, evangelist, pastor, educator, and writer of the late 19th and early 20th century.  He said regarding using spiritual gifts, “Great emphasis needs be on this, for many Christians seek the baptism in the Holy Spirit for personal ecstasy and rapture.  They go to meetings and report the wonderful blessings they received.  But when you watch them, it is difficult to see that they are any more useful to their pastors and churches than they were before.”  Spiritual gifts are not meant to give us excitement or happiness, nor are they status symbols.  They don’t make us any more special or spiritual or in love with God.  They don’t mean that we have somehow arrived spiritually.

Friends we are all equally important to the body of Christ.  Your gifts are not a badge of honor for you but a box of tools for your church.  When we all use our gifts as God intends, our churches grow and we seriously impact our communities.  It’s up to us.  Are we going to make a difference for the Lord and make Jesus known?  We can do it because we all have all the gifts necessary.  We just have to use them.

The only question is, have you found your job, where your gifts fit?  If you have, maybe you can look around and help someone who needs a bit of encouragement in finding where they fit.  If you haven’t, talk to someone you see who is serving and ask how you can get involved.  It will bless you because you will be blessing others.  Just a thought.

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