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Pastor’s Prayer Prompt

Written by Jerry Carlisle. Posted in Pastor's Blog

What would you do on Sunday morning in church if you were tapped on the shoulder and heard a voice saying, “Excuse me, you seem to be occupying my seat!”

Kierkegaard’s metaphor for the experience of worship is that every worship participant actually belongs on the “stage” declaring their devotion to an “audience of One,” who is the Lord Himself. Those who serve in the role of “worship leaders” are assigned the task of “prompters,” who feed lines and cues to those on the stage with the hushed tones of “stage whispers.”

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God won’t waste a minute

Written by Jerry Carlisle. Posted in Pastor's Blog

As we experience the excitement and enthusiasm of DiscipleNow weekend, God’s Kingdom expands! King Jesus rules hearts and lives and homes in new ways because of how our young people have responded to Him. As they have surrendered more and more of their lives to His Lordship, they come to know Him, His ways, and His will for their lives. I am so grateful for Lisa Gorman and David Scott for their leadership in making DNow a wonderful reality. Encourage our youth, their parents, and those who work with them at every opportunity—who knows what God will do?

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Envisioning our future together

Written by Jerry Carlisle. Posted in Pastor's Blog

Thanks to all who participated in the Strategic Planning Listening Sessions! Your insights and input are vital to the process of sensing the Lord’s guidance for our church in the months and years ahead. As we considered the goals adopted by the Church Council, we dreamed and vented. We shared grand dreams and deep feelings. We passed along the gist of other discussions. Every recorded comment was collected, prayerfully considered and taken seriously. That couldn’t happen without your participation!

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The Big Picture of God’s Word through the generations

Written by Jerry Carlisle. Posted in Pastor's Blog

In this article last week, I discussed the importance of the first goal of our church’s Strategic Plan—leading our members to spend time interacting with God through His Word each day. It’s the only way we can live according to His will. I trust you will begin making a two-way conversation with God a part of your daily routine. That is the most important “Listening Session” you’ll ever experience!

Consider our second goal:

Loving God as a biblical congregation, we intend to engage our members with the comprehensive message of the Bible.

The Carlisle translation? Your pastor wants you to see the Big Picture of God’s Word through the generations.

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We live to bring glory to God

Written by Jerry Carlisle. Posted in Pastor's Blog

We live to bring glory to God as we obey the Great Commandment: Loving God . . .

You’ll immediately recognize that phrase as the first line of our church mission statement. Who decided that “loving God” is “the Great Commandment?” That would be Jesus! When asked, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment?” Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). Jesus, of course, was quoting Deuteronomy 6:5.