Posted by: pastortomvabeach | June 11, 2019

Thought For The Week June 16, 2019

Dedicating babies and young children to the Lord is one of the most enjoyable things I have experienced as a local church pastor.  I fully believe what the Psalmist said, Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.  Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior’s hands. How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them!  He will not be put to shame when he confronts his accusers at the city gates. (Psalm 127:3-5).

I can’t think of any experience in life that has been as rewarding, challenging, and fulfilling as being a dad other than maybe leading someone to Christ.  My three children have been to me exactly what the Psalmist says.  They are a reward but for what I am not sure.  I didn’t do anything to deserve the privilege of caring for them and seeing them grow.  In that respect they are certainly a gift, a gift I could never have earned, almost as good as salvation.

As a young man my kids were truly like arrows in my hands.  They enabled me to pursue a career so that I could adequately provide for them and they were there to fill my life with pleasant times when any enemy tried to bring me down.  As I reflect on all of the stressful times of being a father, it’s actually hard to remember many.  That’s because the intense joy I have known from seeing my kids through all the stages of life has completely hidden the frustrating and hair pulling times every parent faces.

Among all the experiences in life, my family, my wife and children, have brought the greatest sense of God’s grace and peace.  Though I haven’t always made all the best decisions and certainly failed in many areas of fatherhood, I feel like a success because I sense the love coming back to me from my children.

They are now all adults, even have adult children, but the joy of fatherhood goes on.  I would not change anything about the life God has given me or the kids He so graciously gave me.  They have been a gift and continue to spark awe as we go through life as best friends.

I hope every dad will be blessed this week as the kids celebrate a day in their honor.  Where would we be without dads, even dads like me, who don’t always get it right?  Happy Father’s Day to all.  Just a thought.

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Posted by: pastortomvabeach | June 11, 2019

Christian Chapel Assembly of God Calendar of Events

Father’s Day
This Sunday, June 16, is Father’s Day.  We will honor every dad with refreshments before the 10:30 a.m. service (donuts and coffee or juice).  In addition every dad who attends  the service will receive a gift and be eligible for one of three drawings for a $50.00 prepaid Visa card.  Dads need the Lord as much as moms so why not invite a friend or neighbor to come to church and be honored?

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.

Children’s Wing Re-Opening
Repairs are complete and all children’s activities will resume in the Children’s Wing on Sunday, June 16.  We are extremely grateful to all those who worked so hard moving furnishings and supplies, painting, cleaning carpet, chairs, and toys, and making this happen.  God bless you!

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 | June 11, 2019

Bible Reading for June 17-23

6/17      Proverbs 19, 20, 21                 Acts 3
6/18      Proverbs 22, 23, 24                 Acts 4:1-22
6/19      Proverbs 25, 26                        Acts 4:23-37
6/20      Proverbs 27, 28, 29                 Acts 5:1-21
6/21      Proverbs 30, 31                       Acts 5:22-42
6/22      Song 1, 2, 3                               Acts 6
6/23      Song 4, 5                                   Acts 7:1-21

Posted by: pastortomvabeach | June 3, 2019

Thought For The Week June 9, 2019

By now the entire nation has heard the horrific news about the senseless atrocity that happened in our city of Virginia Beach on Friday, May 31.  I can’t add anything to the story but hope I can offer some thoughts to help us process these sorts of incidents and continue to faithfully trust our loving God.

I heard someone say that this sort of thing might be expected in other cities in Virginia but never in Virginia Beach.  We have a reputation here of being one of the safest cities of our size in the nation.  For a city of nearly half a million people, Virginia Beach feels much like a small town in America.  For the most part, residents are kind, generous, helpful, and want to keep our city safe and pleasant for everyone.  This event was doubly upsetting because it seemed to happen where one would least expect it.

All that being said, we must remember that Jesus, commenting on two incidents in which innocent people had been killed said, Do you think those Galileans were worse sinners than all the other people from Galilee?  Is that why they suffered?  Not at all!  And what about the eighteen people who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them?  Were they the worst sinners in Jerusalem? No. (Luke 13:1-5).  His point is that we live in a fallen world and unthinkable things can happen to anyone, not just to those in places where we think it’s most likely to happen.  It is only by God’s grace that any of us is spared from the pain of terrible circumstances.

In both instances, Jesus related the physical situation to our spiritual situation saying, you will perish, too, unless you repent of your sins and turn to God.  This is not to say that every sinner will meet an untimely end but that spiritual life comes from repentance and faith in Christ.  Ultimately physical death is not the greatest calamity we face.  It is spiritual death and separation from God that is more dreadful.

Finally, there is a promise that Jesus made that most of us would rather not remember.  John records it in John 16:33; Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.  It’s really no surprise that these kinds of things happen, again, since we live in a sin-damaged world.  That’s the nature of this fallen world.

Now it may seem that I am being kind of fatalistic and negative in my thinking but my reasoning for sharing this is actually to encourage us.  Yes, Jesus said that bad things would happen in this world, but in the same verse He said, I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me.  How are we to have peace if the world is full of trials and sorrows?  We can have peace because of the rest of the verse, take heart, because I have overcome the world.

Though we live in the world, the world is not our forever home nor a place to be feared.  Jesus defeated the power of sin and death by taking the sin of the world upon Himself and carrying it to Calvary.  His death opened the door to salvation for us and His resurrection proved His claim to victory.  We do not have to fear the uncertainties of life and live in despair because of the fallen nature of the world.  Trusting in Jesus lifts us above all of the bad things that can happen here.  We can experience real joy even when things are not going as well as we would like or even far worse than we want.

On Sunday, June 2, the Lord spoke a word to us during worship.  It was from Psalm 27, The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?  How fitting is it that, that in the wake of such a fearful act, God would come to His people and remind us that in our relationship with Him, we have nothing to fear.  Even death itself need not alarm us.  While we certainly abhor such evil actions and pray fervently that things like this never happen again, we understand that our God, our Savior, Jesus Christ, is with us no matter what life brings.  We can trust Him and live our lives in confidence and peace.

If you have any opportunity to minister to someone who witnessed this atrocity or knows one or more of the victims or those who do, let the Holy Spirit enable you to be a stable and comforting presence for their lives.  Try to be Jesus for them.  Just a thought.

Posted by: pastortomvabeach | June 3, 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.

Graduate Recognition
Sunday, June 9, during the morning worship we will honor all graduates.  If you or a member of your family is graduating, please contact the office at 757-427-9371 to let us know.  We don’t want to miss anyone.

Children’s Ministry Relocation
Repairs are nearly complete and we plan to move back into the Children’s Wing by the middle of June.  It’s been a long time coming so we’re excited about getting back into our newly renovated spaces.

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 | June 3, 2019

Bible Reading for June 10-16

6/10     1Kings 3, 4   Proverbs 1                 John 19:1-22
6/11                             Proverbs 2, 3, 4         John 19:23-42
6/12                             Proverbs 5, 6, 7         John 20
6/13                             Proverbs 8, 9             John 21
6/14                             Proverbs 10, 11, 12   Acts 1
6/15                             Proverbs 13, 14, 15   Acts 2:1-21
6/16                             Proverbs 16, 17, 18   Acts 2:22-47

Posted by: pastortomvabeach | May 21, 2019

Thought For The Week May 26, 2019

As some of you may know, Lilia and I were on vacation the first two weeks of May.  We attended the college graduation of our second grandson, Noah, and caught up with many family members in the great state of Nebraska.  It was fun and relaxing but it is always nice to be able to sleep in your own bed and not feel strange opening the refrigerator.  What I mean is, it’s really great to be home.

Many thanks to Pastor Mike and Pastor Cheryl for handling the preaching and to Pastor Doug for keeping a watchful eye on all of the administrative and logistical needs of the body while we were away.  I always know our fellowship is in good hands.  I thank them and I hope you do, too.

One of my favorite devotional writers, Dr. Tony Evans, posted a short but worthwhile note last week that I want to share with you.  Though the message he presents is or should be very well known to any Christian, it is always beneficial to call it to mind and never forget the truths contained in it.  Here is Dr. Evans’ devotional entitled Jesus, God With Us.

“Jesus is God with us in every way.  If you want to get to know the names of Jesus, just get to know the names of God, because Jesus is the fulfillment of every name of God.  And He has come as Immanuel, ‘God with us,’ in order to reveal God to us.  Should you ever become confused about who God is and what He is like, all you have to do is remember Immanuel.

‘Why did God send Immanuel to us, rather than just reveal Himself as He is?  God is transcendent in nature.  He sits outside our realm.  He is infinitely distinct from His creation—in another zone.  And yet, God wanted to be with us.  He desired to dwell among us.  And this could only occur through the hypostatic union, through the merging of two natures into one person (Jesus) that remain unmixed forever.  Jesus is both divine and human, which is why Jesus can be called both the Son of God and the Son of Man.

“Hebrews 10:5‑7, gives insight into the purpose and plan of Immanuel.  When Christ came into the world, He said, Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased.  Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—I have come to do your will, my God’ (NIV).

“First, Jesus said, ‘Sacrifice and offering you did not desire… with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased’—though they were offered in accordance with the Law.  Second, He said, ‘Here I am… I have come to do your will.’  He sets aside the first to establish the second.

“The incarnation came to be in order that the Father’s will would be carried out.  A perfect sacrifice was made for the sins of humanity.  And in the midst of that incarnational gift, we discover that God placed Himself into a context where we could come to know Him in a more personal, intimate way.

“He is ‘God with us.’  He is God with you.  From the beginning of the world to its end, there is no place you can look and not see God revealed through Jesus.  He is everywhere.  Colossians 1:17 summarizes the breadth and magnitude of Him better than any other verse: He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

I love the way Dr. Evans gets to the heart of the message.  I think it is very good for us to be reminded regularly who Jesus really is because in the freedom of our salvation relationship with Him, we can tend to forget that He is truly and fully God in every way.  That makes His sacrifice so much more powerful to me.  Have you had any interaction lately with “God with us, Immanuel, Jesus the Son of God, our Savior.”  The best thing we can do is stay close to Him.  Just a thought to ponder as you look forward to the leisure of summer.

Posted by: pastortomvabeach | May 21, 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.

All Church Picnic
Sunday, June 2, immediately following service.  We will meet at Redwing Park and barbecue, fellowship, play games, and enjoy each other’s company.  Please plan to bring the whole family.  Bring your favorite meat to throw on the BBQ along with your special side dishes and desserts.  This is always a fun day with good people.

Graduate Recognition
Sunday, June 9, during the morning worship we will honor all graduates.  If you or a member of your family is graduating, please contact the office at 757-427-9371 to let us know.  We don’t want to miss anyone.

Children’s Ministry Relocation
Repairs are nearly complete and we plan to move back into the Children’s Wing by the middle of June.  It’s been a long time coming so we’re excited about getting back into our newly renovated spaces.

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 | May 21, 2019

Bible Reading for May 27-June 2

 

5/27    Psalms 20, 21, 22                John 10:1-21
5/28    Psalms 24, 25, 26                John 10:22-42
5/29    Psalms 27, 28, 29                John 11:1-29
5/30    Psalms 31, 35                      John 11:30-57
5/31    Psalms 36, 37, 38                John 12:1-26
6/1       Psalms 39, 40, 41                John 12:27-50
6/2       Psalms 53, 55, 58                John 13:1-20

Posted by: pastortomvabeach | April 23, 2019

Thought For The Week April 28, 2019

Peter wrote, Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.  But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. (I Peter 4:12-13)  The context a few verses later reveals that the trial and suffering to which he referred were persecutions that had arisen against Christians.

Jesus, Himself, said you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. (Mark 13:13) and God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. (Matthew 5:11).  Because of this, it should not shock us when something like what happened on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka occurs.

Yes, the cruelty and brutality of this malicious act is shocking to our senses and elicits our deepest revulsion and horror.  As a follower of Jesus, I simply can’t imagine someone with enough hatred inside to justify in their mind not only blowing themselves up but wantonly killing innocent people who have done nothing to them.

That part is shocking but the fact that it happened and is happening all around the world was never surprising to Jesus’ followers.  The reality is that preaching Jesus has always, even from the infancy of the church, been offensive.  That’s why the apostles and early believers were killed and that’s why, to this day, Christians are being martyred for their faith, driven from the public square, and vilified in many circles as evil.

We, in the United States, have not yet been exposed to the full effects of Christian persecution but there are many signs that it won’t be far off.  Preaching the Bible is labeled as hate speech in many circles.  Christians have been sued or otherwise taken to court for exercising their faith in the marketplaces of life.  The direction our culture is headed is towards a day when many kinds of persecution will no longer be a crime but practicing our faith openly will be.

The cowardly and venomous act of the Islamic terrorists in Sri Lanka might be a wake up call for some Christians but it really should not be since Christianity is the most heavily persecuted faith in the world, so we should already be aware.  What we can learn from this is that we must stand with our brothers and sisters around the world in faith, sadness, and, even more so, in passionate resolve that we will continue to trust in Jesus regardless of what the world throws at us.

Historically, Christianity has thrived and grown the most during the worst periods of anti-Christian activity.  Satan thinks he can stop the march of Jesus Christ in reaching those who need His love and forgiveness by doing violence against the church, but he is mistaken.  The devil is not on the offensive, the church is!  Jesus said, the gates of hell will not prevail against the church.  We know that when persecution against the church increases, it must be because Jesus is making a difference and the devil is on the run.

So let’s pray for our Christian family in Sri Lanka, let’s mourn and grieve with them, but let’s also determine to continue to trust and live for Jesus while we Make Jesus Known as much as we possible can.  Our weapon is the Word of God and prayer and the love of Jesus for everyone even our persecutors.  Peter said we can rejoice insofar as you (we) share Christ’s sufferings, and It is no shame to suffer for being a Christian.  Praise God for the privilege of being called by his name! (I Peter 4:16).  It is pretty easy to act on those instructions when we are not the ones under such severe persecution so let’s pray that those who face such suffering may be able to be strong in the Lord and that we may do the same, when and if it happens to us.

Remember, Jesus is alive and He loves you in every circumstance.  He is always there with and for you.  Just a thought.

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