Posted by: pastortomvabeach | November 20, 2019

Christian Chapel Assembly of God Calendar of Events

Thanksgiving Candlelight Service.
Sunday, November 24, 10:30 a.m.  Come for the special candlelight service where we share testimonies of God’s goodness and join together in the Lord’s Supper.  This service is always an intimate and moving time to hear what God has done during the past year.  Prepare your testimony so you can be audible, brief and Christ-centered.

Operation Christmas Child.
Now is the time to begin stuffing your shoe boxes so a child who would not typically receive a Christmas gift can be blessed.  Each child also receives a presentation of the gospel and an invitation to a follow-up discipleship class.  Turn in date is Sunday, November 24, right here at Christian Chapel.  Will you bless one or more children this year?

Thanksgiving Food Baskets
We are gathering food items to fill baskets of food for people right in our area who are less fortunate than we are.  Please get you items to the church by Sunday, November 24, so we can prepare the baskets for pick-up the week before Thanksgiving.  You can bless someone who may not get a Thanksgiving meal.

Special Business Meeting to Choose the Next Pastor!
On Sunday, December 8, immediately following the 10-30 a.m. service a special business meeting will be held for the purpose of a vote by the membership to choose the next pastor.  The Deacon Board has nominated a candidate to serve in that position.  He will speak at the morning service at 10:30 a.m.  Everyone who is part of Christian Chapel should plan to attend.

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.

Life Groups Launch
Life Groups are back in session.  Check the Life Group listing on the back wall of the Worship Center to find a Life Group that will be a good fit for you and your family.  If you need help, find Peter Graves and he will help you find a place to land.

Zumba
Ladies Zumba every Tuesday, from 6-7 p.m.  All ladies are welcome regardless of level of fitness.  You will love the friendship and real workout.  For more information please contact Jean Crabb at 757-427-9371 or email ccagvb01@gmail.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 | November 20, 2019

Bible Reading for November 25-December 1

11/25   Ezekiel 24, 25, 26      1Peter 2
11/26   Ezekiel 27, 28, 29      1Peter 3
11/27   Ezekiel 30, 31, 32      1Peter 4
11/28   Ezekiel 33, 34            1Peter 5
11/29   Ezekiel 35, 36            2Peter 1
11/30   Ezekiel 37, 38, 39      2Peter 2
12/1     Ezekiel 40, 41            2Peter 3

Posted by: pastortomvabeach | November 13, 2019

Thought For The Week November 17, 2019

This past Sunday the third member of a class who completed a college course in Expository Preaching took his final exam in the course by writing and preaching an expository message to our church.  Our youth pastor, Donny, demonstrated what he learned in the course of study and had a clear proposition about unity in the church with several well thought out points to back up that idea.

Unity in the church, he shared, has been undermined historically by doctrinal disputes and preferential leanings which has fragmented Christianity to the point that Donny noted there are now over 34,000 “Christian” denominations worldwide.  That should disturb us so that we cry out to the Lord to restore the unity Jesus prayed for in John 17.

I would like to look at this idea of unity from a more local level and suggest that it is not doctrine or necessarily preference that most often threatens unity in the local church or in families.  My opinion is that unresolved hurts, unforgiveness, and bitterness are very likely the biggest threat to unity that we face in a very real, day to day sense.

When one Christian hurts another Christian either intentionally or by mistake, it can create a falling-out between people that interferes with every aspect of life both in the church and apart from the church.  Left unresolved these hurts can grow in scale and lead to further damage even bringing others into the situation.  Things like this can lead to family feuds, church splits, and people leaving the faith.

I think this is why Jesus was so pointed and clear about the absolute importance of forgiving those who hurt us regardless of the circumstance.  Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?”  Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.” Matthew 18:21-22.

I want you to notice that the issue is between “brothers”, those who are the closest to us.  So often the most damaging hurts are inflicted by those we are related to, those with whom we should have the most secure and peaceful relationships.  Jesus’ response to Peter did not mean to limit forgiveness to 49 times but to show the unlimited range of our need to forgive.

In another setting Jesus tied answers to prayer to our readiness to forgive.  Right after telling the disciples that they would receive whatever they ask in prayer, if they believe, He said this, And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. (Mark 11:24-26).  I would conclude from that statement that it would be futile to think that God will answer our prayers if we harbor unforgiveness in our hearts against anyone.

Someone may respond to this, “But you don’t know how badly I’ve been hurt.”  My answer to that is to consider how badly Jesus was hurt when He called on the Father to forgive those who crucified Him.  God demonstrated the idea of unlimited forgiveness in giving Jesus to die on the cross so He could forgive every rebellion, every rejection, every ungodly action that every human has done.  He took the first step because forgiveness heals wounds.

That’s why forgiveness is so important for Christians and churches.  If one person in a family holds some grudge against someone else, it can cause clouds to form over every family gathering.  In the same way, if one or more in a church are holding on to hurts caused by one or more in the same church, every time the church gathers there is a dark cloud hovering over that assembly.  How can there be any breakthrough in worship and intimacy with God if we are holding bitter feelings towards one another?

On a completely different note, forgiveness is not for the one who caused or is perceived to have caused the hurt.  It is for the one who was hurt.  As long as one holds that pain inside and allows it to continue, they are the one suffering.  In the parable of the unforgiving servant (Matthew 18:23-35) Jesus said the unforgiving servant would be handed over to the torturers until everything was paid.  Isn’t that what happens when we harbor a grudge and hesitate to forgive?  Every time we think about the one who “owes” us, every time we see them, it’s as if someone is torturing us.  Anger, pain, and festering wounds cause us torture.

Forgiveness releases us from that pain and anguish.  It’s not saying that we weren’t hurt, but that we choose not to hold it against the one who did the hurting.  They no longer “owe” us anything.  Once we settle that, our hearts can rest.

And back to the original idea, what do feelings like this do to a local church body if one or some or many members are holding grudges against one or more in that body?  Can there ever be real unity in worship and service if we can’t reconcile and have peace with one another?  I think not.

So, if you are having difficulty with forgiving someone, whether it’s something major or if it is something that just keeps on happening, what do you think the Lord would have you do?  Ephesians 4:32 says, Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.  I think forgiveness is the best thing and likely one of the most needed things we, as Christians, must do.  It is good for you and it is good for your church.  Why not try it and see what happens?  Just a thought.

Posted by: pastortomvabeach | November 13, 2019

Christian Chapel Assembly of God Calendar of Events

Special Business Meeting to Choose the Next Pastor!
On Sunday, December 8, immediately following the 10-30 a.m. service a special business meeting will be held for the purpose of a vote by the membership to choose the next pastor.  The Deacon Board has nominated a candidate to serve in that position.  He will speak at the morning service at 10:30 a.m.  Everyone who is part of Christian Chapel should plan to attend.

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.

Life Groups Launch
Life Groups are back in session.  Check the Life Group listing on the back wall of the Worship Center to find a Life Group that will be a good fit for you and your family.  If you need help, find Peter Graves and he will help you find a place to land.

Operation Christmas Child.
Now is the time to begin stuffing your shoe boxes so a child who would not typically receive a Christmas gift can be blessed.  Each child also receives a presentation of the gospel and an invitation to a follow-up discipleship class.  Turn in date is Sunday, November 24, right here at Christian Chapel.  Will you bless one or more children this year?

Thanksgiving Food Baskets
We are gathering food items to fill baskets of food for people right in our area who are less fortunate than we are.  Please get you items to the church by Sunday, November 24, so we can prepare the baskets for pick-up the week before Thanksgiving.  You can bless someone who may not get a Thanksgiving meal.

Thanksgiving Candlelight Service.
Sunday, November 24, 10:30 a.m.  Come for the special candlelight service where we share testimonies of God’s goodness and join together in the Lord’s Supper.  This service is always an intimate and moving time to hear what God has done during the past year.  Prepare your testimony so you can be audible, brief and Christ-centered.

Zumba
Ladies Zumba every Tuesday, from 6-7 p.m.  All ladies are welcome regardless of level of fitness.  You will love the friendship and real workout.  For more information please contact Jean Crabb at 757-427-9371 or email ccagvb01@gmail.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, and Adult Women..  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 | November 13, 2019

Bible Reading for November 18-24

11/18   Ezekiel 8, 9, 10           1Timothy 5
11/19   Ezekiel 11, 12, 13       1Timothy 6
11/20   Ezekiel 14, 15                         2Timothy 1
11/21   Ezekiel 16, 17                         2Timothy 2
11/22   Ezekiel 18, 19                         2Timothy 3
11/23   Ezekiel 20, 21                         2Timothy 4
11/24   Ezekiel 22, 23                         1Peter 1

Posted by: pastortomvabeach | November 5, 2019

Thought For The Week November 10, 2019

I just returned from a two week vacation.  That’s the reason no “thought” was published the last two weeks.  One of the first duties I had after returning was to chair a Deacon Board meeting called to decide on a candidate to serve as pastor after I retire.  I can tell you that it is a welcome relief to finally be the point of choosing the candidate.  It’s been long and stressful.  Let me share a short devotional written by one of my favorite Christian leaders, Dr. Tony Evans.  The title is Jesus Has Got You In His Hands.

“Have you ever flown in a plane in the middle of a storm?  I have.  Cups spilled, overhead compartments burst open, and people screamed all around me.  I’ve never been one to be afraid of flying, but in those times even the stoutest among us buckle up and pay attention.

“The story is told of a flight that hit some unusual turbulence, tossing the airplane side to side in strong gusts of wind.  Clouds looked more like coal.  Lightning hit nearby.  An eerie silence settled over the passengers in between their shrieks and screams.  No one felt safe.

“Except for one small child.  He sat there preoccupied with his notebook and pen, drawing a picture of himself climbing a tree on a sun-filled day.  To look at him you never would have guessed he was on a plane in the middle of a storm.  A passenger nearby noticed him and wondered how he could feel so calm, so she asked the young boy, ‘Aren’t you afraid?’   He just looked up from his paper for a moment, smiled, and said, ‘No.’  ’Why not?’ the lady prodded, fingers gripping her seat.  ‘Because my dad is the pilot,’ he answered matter-of-factly then returned to his drawing.  Sometimes life seems out of control, but knowing who sits at the controls ought to usher in a heart of peace.

“The word peace gets used a lot, but we often misunderstand its real meaning.  In the Middle East, peace stands for something more like a truce bringing a temporary reprieve from war.  To a young mother, it could stand for that hour when the toddlers take their naps.  Peace means different things to different people.

“The peace Jesus offers is like no other.  His peace produces internal calm in the midst of external chaos.  We experience His peace when we trade in our fears of the storm for a healthy fear and reverence of Him.  When we shift our gaze from the sea to the Savior, peace ensues.

“Paul told us to respond to God’s peace the same way the storm responded to Jesus that night on the Sea of Galilee. And let the peace of the Messiah … control your hearts (Colossians 3:15).  The Greek word used for control means ‘to umpire.’  We all know what an umpire does.  He declares the way things are.  Whatever he says it is—a ball, a strike, an out, or a run—that’s what it is.

“Likewise, whatever Jesus says about a matter, that’s what it is. It’s settled.  So when He says, Be courageous!  I have conquered the world. (John 16:33), it’s settled, and we should respond accordingly—with courage.

“Your world may be falling apart, but you don’t have to fall apart with it.  You can’t always control what happens to you or into what storms you may fly, but you do have control over how you respond.  Responding to Jesus’ presence and power in your life allows you to let go of your fear and replace it with peace—His peace.  It doesn’t mean you won’t have problems, but it does mean your problems won’t have you.

“Relationships may falter.  Jobs may cease.  Health may decline.  The economy could continue to dip and turn.  But Jesus says, ‘Silence! Be still!’  You can rest comfortably on your cushion, because He’s got you in His hands.”

The transition from one pastor to another can seem like an unsettling time.  What’s the new guy going to be like?  Will I like his preaching?  Will he make lost of changes?  What’s going to happen to our church?  This is the time to listen to Jesus.  When He says, “Peace, be still,” the winds die down, the waves subside, the clouds open up, and the Son shines!  We can trust Him to take us through this transition time to the other side of the lake.  He has us in His hands.

Whatever you are going through right now, will you let him calm the storm and fill your heart with peace?  I know He’s there, you know He’s there, so rest in His hands.  Just a thought.

Posted by: pastortomvabeach | November 5, 2019

Christian Chapel Assembly of God Calendar of Events

Special Business Meeting to Choose the Next Pastor!
On Sunday, December 8, immediately following the 10-30 a.m. service a special business meeting will be held for the purpose of a vote by the membership to choose the next pastor.  The Deacon Board has nominated a candidae to serve in that position.  He will speak at the morning service at 10:30 a.m.  Everyone who is part of Christian Chapel should plan to attend.

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.

Life Groups Launch
Life Groups are back in session.  Check the Life Group listing on the back wall of the Worship Center to find a Life Group that will be a good fit for you and your family.  If you need help, find Peter Graves and he will help you find a place to land.

Operation Christmas Child.
Now is the time to begin stuffing your shoe boxes so a child who would not typically receive a Christmas gift can be blessed.  Each child also receives a presentation of the gospel and an invitation to a follow-up discipleship class.  Turn in date is Sunday, November 24, right here at Christian Chapel.  Will you bless one or more children this year?

Thanksgiving Food Baskets
We are gathering food items to fill baskets of food for people right in our area who are less fortunate than we are.  Please get you items to the church by Sunday, November 24, so we can prepare the baskets for pick-up the week before Thanksgiving.  You can bless someone who may not get a Thanksgiving meal.

Thanksgiving Candlelight Service.
Sunday, November 24, 10:30 a.m.  Come for the special candlelight service where we share testimonies of God’s goodness and join together in the Lord’s Supper.  This service is always an intimate and moving time to hear what God has done during the past year.  Prepare your testimony so you can be audible, brief and Christ-centered.

Zumba
Ladies Zumba every Tuesday, from 6-7 p.m.  All ladies are welcome regardless of level of fitness.  You will love the friendship and real workout.  For more information please contact Jean Crabb at 757-427-9371 or email ccagvb01@gmail.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 | November 5, 2019

Bible Reading for November 11-17

11/11                           Daniel 3, 4                  Titus 2
11/12                           Daniel 5, 6, 7              Titus 3
11/13                           Daniel 8, 9, 10            Philemon
11/14                           Daniel 11, 12              1Timothy 1
11/15   Psalms 137  Ezekiel 1, 2                 1Timothy 2
11/16                           Ezekiel 3, 4                 1Timothy 3
11/17                           Ezekiel 5, 6, 7             1Timothy 4

Posted by: pastortomvabeach | October 15, 2019

Bible Reading for October 21-November 10

I will be on vacation from October 21 to November 3, so I am including the Bible reading for the next three weeks.

10/21   Jeremiah 7, 8, 26                   Acts 28
10/22   Jeremiah 9, 10, 14                 Colossians 1
10/23   Jeremiah 15, 16, 17               Colossians 2
10/24   Jeremiah 18, 19                     Colossians 3
10/25   Jeremiah 20, 35, 36               Colossians 4
10/26   Jeremiah 25, 45, 46               Hebrews 1
10/27   Jeremiah 47, 48                     Hebrews 2
10/28   Jeremiah 49, 13, 22               Hebrews 3
10/29   Jeremiah 23, 24                     Hebrews 4
10/30   Jeremiah 27, 28, 29               Hebrews 5
10/31   Jeremiah 50                           Hebrews 6
11/1     Jeremiah 51, 30                     Hebrews 7
11/2     Jeremiah 31, 32                     Hebrews 8
11/3     Jeremiah 33, 21                     Hebrews 9
11/4     Jeremiah 34, 37, 38               Hebrews 10:1-18
11/5     Jeremiah 39, 52, 40               Hebrews 10:19-39
11/6     Jeremiah 41, 42                     Hebrews 11:1-19
11/7     Jeremiah 43, 44                     Hebrews 11:20-40
11/8     Lamentations 1, 2                  Hebrews 12
11/9     Lamentations 3, 4, 5              Hebrews 13
11/10   2Chronicles 36                      Daniel 1, 2                  Titus 1

 

 

Posted by: pastortomvabeach | October 15, 2019

Thought For The Week October 20, 2019

Last Sunday we were privileged to host Toby DeBause, the president of the Crisis Pregnancy Center of Tidewater in our opening meeting of this year’s Missions Celebration.  Toby shared the mission of Jesus as He Himself declared it.  Quoting from Isaiah 61, he said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19).

He rightly said that if this was Jesus’ mission, it ought to be and is, our mission.  Proclaiming the good news is exactly what Jesus told his disciples (and us) to do just before He went back to heaven. Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20).  We say that this way, Make Jesus Known!

This is our mission statement at Christian Chapel.  We are directed by God to Make Jesus Known when we gather, when we go home, when we go to work, when we are out in the marketplaces of life, and as a part of our lifestyle.

Jesus also said we would be His witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8).  Since all of us can’t go to the ends of the earth, many of us must be those who send those who go.  We do that by supporting missionaries who go through prayer, encouragement, and finances.

This is the purpose of our annual Missions Celebration.  Every year in October we highlight missionaries and then ask our congregation, as individuals and families, to make a Faith Promise to help support missions in the coming year.

A Faith Promise is me saying, “Lord, I want to help make you known all over the world by helping with my finances.”  I want to be a sender and a part of what you are doing through these men and women wherever they may be.  A Faith Promise is not a portion of your regular giving (tithe and offering) to the local church.  The Lord expects us to fully support what our own church is doing locally.  The Faith Promise is over and above that regular giving.

Paul says the Macedonians gave, according to their ability and beyond their ability, to help support his missions efforts.  “According to my ability” means what I know I have extra to give beyond my regular giving, so that can be part of my Faith Promise.  “Beyond my ability” means funds that I don’t have but that I know God can supply, if I will be faithful and give that as part of my Faith Promise.

It has amazed me over the years how God can supply money that I know I don’t have so I can make a Faith Promise that is more than I can give.  The way I handle it is, whatever comes into my hands that is more than my normal income (bonus, insurance reimbursement, inheritance, honorarium, etc.), I automatically trust that it came from God to take care of my Faith Promise.  So until my Faith Promise is completely fulfilled, I give it directly to missions.  I don’t even think of using it for myself.

You would be absolutely surprised what God can move through your hands if you will make that commitment to pass it on to missions.  Dan Betzer says, “God will always give more through you than He will give to you, if you will be faithful to pass it on to His kingdom work, missions.”  The Lord has proved that over and over for me and Lilia.

So how big is your faith?  Is it big enough to make a Faith Promise that will keep you up at night, a Faith Promise that you will only be able to fulfill if God gives you something much greater than your income would support?  Are you willing to pray and really trust God if He tells you to promise more than you ever imagined you could afford?  That’s a Faith Promise.  By faith, believing God will give it to me, I promise that I will pass that on to help support missions through my church.

If you really pray, He will answer, and His answer might scare you.  Be ready because this Sunday we get to make God-sized Faith Promises!  Just a thought.

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