Posted by: pastortomvabeach | July 22, 2019

Bible Reading for July 29-August 4


7/29      Psalms 106, 111, 112                1Thessalonians 2
7/30      Psalms 113, 114, 115                1Thessalonians 3
7/31      Psalms 116, 117, 118                1Thessalonians 4
8/1        Psalms 119:1-88                       1Thessalonians 5
8/2        Psalms 119:89-176                    2Thessalonians 1
8/3        Psalms 120, 121, 122                2Thessalonians 2
8/4        Psalms 123, 124, 125                2Thessalonians 3

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Posted by: pastortomvabeach | July 16, 2019

Thought For The Week July 21, 2019

I read an intriguing article last week by Blake Laberee, who is a husband and father and the lead pastor of a Baptist Church in the Pacific Northwest.  The article was entitled When Church Is Optional, You Set Up Your Kids to Fail.  Pastor Labaree poses some very challenging and searching questions that parents and all Christians today face.  This is a lengthy article, and I don’t want anyone to miss the point by leaving something out so I’m going to divide it into part 1 and part 2.  Hopefully, part 1 will whet your appetite for part 2.  Here’s the first part:

“’Hey Pastor, I just wanted to let you know that we won’t be at church for the next three months because my girl is playing ball and they have games on Sunday and practices throughout the week.’  My heart sank into my stomach. I wouldn’t call it shock, because I had heard this statement, or at least something like this, dozens of times from different parents over the years. Sports, plays, bands, fundraisers, on and on went the list of programs and distractions that would inevitably take the family out of church for a season.

“’Well, let me encourage you to reconsider that,’ I began.  But there was no talking him down. I explained in a hushed tone the importance of his role as a father to set the standard for his children.  I talked about the importance of putting the Lord first.  I talked about the importance of attending the local church (Heb 13:17).  But, standing before me was a father and husband who, instead of leading his family in holiness, was choosing to inflict them with spiritual wounds.

“’Well, they are saved, so what else is there?’ he said, jovially.  I felt my face go flush.  ‘What else is there?’ I asked.  ‘Life!  The Gospel is for all of life; not just a “get-out-of-hell-free” card.  Being here as a family will do far more for them in the long run than this sport. Trust me.’  He snapped back, this time with a more serious tone, ‘Well, they [his kids] need to learn teamwork and stuff.’ We exchanged a few more words and then he walked out – his children and wife in tow.  We saw the kids at a couple more youth events and then never again.

“Pastorally I still ache thinking about that exchange and others like it.  As a believer who considers the gathering of the saints as a commanded, valuable, necessary privilege of grace; I had always struggled with these talks – I suppose I still do.  I am stupefied at how readily professing believers throw God on the backburner – especially when the heart of their children is on the line.

“Where did we go wrong?  How can we sing on Sunday morning that Jesus is my ‘all-in-all’ and then decide to sacrifice the glorious, life-giving truths of the Gospel on the bloody altar of hobbies?  At what point did so many professing Christian parents exchange the instruction, ‘Keep your eyes on Jesus’ for ‘Keep your eyes on the ball?’ 

“Oh great, another blog post about the evils of hobbies.  I should say this, there is nothing inherently wrong with sports or any other kind of hobby, so long as it doesn’t violate God’s law.  I am a huge Phillies baseball fan and an avid hunter (If you didn’t dislike me up to this point – you probably do now).  I wrestled with the tensions between hobbies and church for years.  Swinging from one end of the pendulum – it doesn’t matter, to the other – all hobbies are evil and pull people away from God.  I would like to think today, through studying God’s Word, I now have a more biblical understanding.

“I do not believe that skipping out on the Lord’s Day services is ever appropriate unless divinely organized (sickness, hospitalization, etc.).  Sunday is a special day for God’s people and ought not be treated like a second Saturday.  This means that hobbies should fall second to the things of God.  This thought is certainly counter-cultural.  My unsaved family thinks I’m crazy, because every hunting season I come down out of the mountains with my wife and daughters, shower at a truck stop, and attend the service at a small rural church in the nearest town – effectively ‘wasting’ the entire day, and I love it every time.

“Admittedly, there are times when I am driving down the mountain pass and thoughts of the big muley bucks I’m missing out on trot through my mind, but then the truth hits me, Glorious are you [God], more majestic than the mountains full of prey (Psalm 76:4).  Hobbies and convenience are no reason to disobey clear commands (Hebrews 10:25) – not even hunting season.  I don’t ever want my girls thinking that we vacation from God.  I believe that the problem is not the sport or hobby itself – the problem is often the forgetfulness of the parents.”

That’s part 1.  I must say, Pastor Laberee’s comments brought up some strong feelings.  I’m sure that most of the readers would say the same.  I’ll reserve my comments on his ideas until you’ve had a chance to read part 2.  Stay tuned.  Meanwhile what do you think about his thoughts?  Just a thought.

Posted by: pastortomvabeach | July 16, 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.

Peru Missions Trip Fund Raiser
Sunday, July 21, immediately following worship, the missions team will coordinate our potluck fellowship.  Everyone is invited.  Please bring a dish to share and maybe a salad or dessert to go with it.  Donations will be received to help with trip expenses.  Everyone is invited to stay and fellowship.  Please ask the Lord how you can help with this trip.

Vacation Bible School
Wednesday through Friday, August 7-9, 6-8 p.m.  We are preparing to take the children on an adventure that helps them grow closer to Jesus.  All kids ages 3-11 are invited to attend. 

Baptism in The Holy Spirit
New class begins Sunday August 4 and runs for four weeks.  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. 

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 | July 16, 2019

Bible Reading for July 22-28

7/22     Psalms 33, 43, 66       Philippians 1
7/23     Psalms 67, 71             Philippians 2
7/24     Psalms 89, 92             Philippians 3
7/25     Psalms 93, 94, 95       Philippians 4
7/26     Psalms 96, 97, 98       Acts 17:1-15
7/27     Psalms 99, 100, 102   Acts 17:16-34
7/28     Psalms 104, 105         1Thessalonians 1

Posted by: pastortomvabeach | July 10, 2019

Thought For The Week July 15, 2019

I was praying on Sunday and felt the Lord tell me to read Isaiah 46.  As I read, I noticed that the main topic of the chapter was to tell Israel that there is no comparison between God (the true and living God) and the idols that were so prevalent in the pagan nations around them to which many of them had turned.

At first, I wondered if God had really lead me to read this or if it was just a random thought in my head.  Then I noticed two significant thoughts that were directed to Israel but very easily and clearly could apply to me and to Christian Chapel today.

The first applied to me, personally and came from verses 3-4 which read, Listen to me, descendants of Jacob, all you who remain in Israel.  I have cared for you since you were born.  Yes, I carried you before you were born. I will be your God throughout your lifetime—until your hair is white with age.  I made you, and I will care for you.  I will carry you along and save you.

I am in a transition period in life, looking at retiring soon and this verse spoke to me.  God reminded me how much He was the one who orchestrated everything in my life and ministry.  I truly have felt like I’ve been carried along as He puts the plans together and makes things happen that I could never do.  Knowing what He has done for me up to now, how can I not trust Him, as He said, to continue to carry me through this period of watching my hair turn white?  This verse was a great source of comfort because the last several months have been quite stressful and, in many ways, uncertain.  Through all of that I can trust Him.

The second thought applied to my church, our church, and, for many of you readers, your church.  The transition here is also difficult for many of us.  We don’t know for certain what’s coming, but listen to verse 9-10, Remember the things I have done in the past. For I alone am God!  I am God, and there is none like me.  Only I can tell you the future before it even happens.  Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish.

Did you catch that?  Remember what God has done in the past and let Him be God!  No one else knows the future before it ever happens but we can trust Him to take care of things the best way because it’s His way.  I believe that God has a fantastic plan for the future of our church.  Remember that it’s really not our church, it’s His church!

As we think about our personal and corporate futures, do you think God is big enough to take us there and watch over us through the process?  Do you think He knows enough to fit things together for the best?  I am so glad that He shows up at just the right time with a word that gives me peace.

What about you?  Is there something about today or tomorrow that makes you a bit jittery or uncertain?  Are you wondering where God is taking you or your church?  Read over Isaiah 46:3-4 and 9-10, and see if, just maybe, God will say something to you that gives you some reassurance and rest in your spirit.  Just a thought.

Posted by: pastortomvabeach | July 10, 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.

Peru Missions Trip Fund Raiser
Sunday, July 21, immediately following worship, the missions team will coordinate our potluck fellowship.  Everyone is invited.  Please bring a dish to share and maybe a salad or dessert to go with it.  Donations will be received to help with trip expenses.  Everyone is invited to stay and fellowship.  Please ask the Lord how you can help with this trip.

Vacation Bible School
Wednesday through Friday, August 7-9, 6-8 p.m.  We are preparing to take the children on an adventure that helps them grow closer to Jesus.  All kids ages 3-11 are invited to attend.   

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 | July 10, 2019

Bible Reading for July 15-21

7/15    Amos 7, 8, 9                         Galatians 2
7/16    2Kings 15, 16                       Galatians 3
7/17    2Kings 17,18                        Galatians 4
7/18    2Kings 19, 20, 21                Galatians 5
7/19    2Kings 22, 23                       Galatians 6
7/20    2Kings 24, 25                       Acts 16:1-21
7/21    Psalms 1, 2, 10                    Acts 16:22-40

Posted by: pastortomvabeach | July 1, 2019

Thought For The Week July 7, 2019

I received an interesting article from one of our church members this week that I want to pass on to everyone.  The article was anonymous but it certainly is worthy of prayerful consideration.  I’ll share it all with you and then make a comment.

“I grew up a preacher’s kid and was involved in church until my mid-20s.   However, as I grew older and, in my mind, wiser, I started to see behind the curtain a bit.  And what I saw, I didn’t like.  Over time, I stopped attending church.

“I didn’t like the hypocrisy of seeing people say one thing, yet do another.  I didn’t like the legalism or judgmental attitude of others.  Over time, I settled into a mindset that I could have a great walk with God and a relationship with Jesus as long as I kept my quiet time and my prayer life alive.  Are you currently at this point?

“Occasionally, I would venture out and visit a church here and there.  But I never felt completely comfortable with one aspect or another.  There was always something that kept me away.  I used all kinds of excuses.  I was tired after a long week of work or I needed to spend time with my family.  But I never used these excuses when it was something I wanted to do, like work out at the gym or take a vacation.  Basically, I had used one excuse or another to not get involved in any church.

“Then it hit me! I finally came to realize and understand that behind my own curtain, I was a hypocrite too.  Yes, you read it right!  Behind my own curtain, I was judging others for their attitudes and their behavior and I was exactly like them.

“Here’s the truth: everyone is a hypocrite.  Everyone is a sinner who has issues.  Every church has issues.  You know why?  Because churches are run by humans, and humans are hypocrites (aka sinners).  However, at this point in my life there was a HUGE difference between them and me.  They were at least trying to serve God and build the Kingdom.

“Being out of church really started to weigh on me.  I knew I had to adjust my attitude, get right with God, and get involved.  Today, I’m actively involved in my church.  Sure, I still see people doing and saying things that I don’t necessarily agree with.  I’m also 100 percent sure others say the exact same thing about me.

“I want to encourage you to stop the excuses.  It’s time to get right with God and it’s time to get involved in a Bible-believing, Bible-teaching church.”

The part of this short article that really hit me was where the author said that he was as hypocritical and judgmental as anyone in the church but the big difference was that they were at least trying to serve God and build the kingdom.

Did it ever occur to you that we are all people who have been saved by grace, who sometimes (maybe a lot of the time) fall back into our old sinful patterns and act like we haven’t been changed by Jesus?  Did it ever occur to you that a significant part of walking with the Lord is submitting to His authority so that He can gradually change us into what He wants us to be?  And did it ever occur to you that the best place for any of us to truly experience the process of change (sanctification) is in vital connection to a local church where we can “try to serve God and build the kingdom”?

Friends, the fact that you are reading this “thought” kind of tells me that you are connected to either our local church or another one somewhere else.  But do you make excuses for irregular or sporadic attendance or for not really getting involved in activities at the church that promote your spiritual growth (like serving in ministry or attending a Life Group)?  Those excuses hold as little water as the author’s excuses for never attending a church.

I agree with whoever wrote this little article.  It is time to stop making excuses for those things we do that prevent or hamper our contribution to our own spiritual growth and to that of others (when you are missing someone who needs you misses out).  So what’s been your excuse?  Does it hold water?  Just a thought.

Posted by: pastortomvabeach | July 1, 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.

Peru Missions Trip Fund Raiser
Sunday, July 21, immediately following worship, the missions team will serve lunch to everyone.  Donations will be received to help with trip expenses.  Everyone is invited to stay and fellowship.  Please ask the Lord how you can help with this trip.

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 email address for all church correspondence is ccagvb01@gmail.com.

Posted by: pastortomvabeach | July 1, 2019

Bible Reading for July 8-14

7/8       2Kings 4, 5, 6                         James 2
7/9       2Kings 7, 8, 9                         James 3
7/10     2Kings 10, 11, 12                   James 4
7/11     2Kings 13, 14                         James 5
7/12     Jonah 1, 2, 3, 4                      Acts 15:1-21
7/13     Amos 1, 2, 3                            Acts 15:22-41
7/14     Amos 4, 5, 6                            Galatians 1

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