Archives for August 2014

Wisdom

Solomon was known for his wisdom. In 1Kings 3:4-9, the Lord appeared before him and said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” Solomon famously answers, “…give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”

As a new school year begins, this should be our prayer for our kids. May they seek and desire a “discerning heart” and the ability to “distinguish between right and wrong.”

As a new pastor is sought, this should be our prayer for our nominating committee. May they seek and desire a “discerning heart” and the ability to “distinguish between right and wrong.”

As a new chapter in the life of CPC begins, this should be our prayer for one another. May we may seek and desire a “discerning heart” and the ability to “distinguish between right and wrong.”

If we could ask God for anything, would we be as wise as Solomon was, and ask for more wisdom?

(this week from Tim Walsh)Proverbs450

Keys To a Dynamic Church Proclaiming Christ

Text:  Acts 5:17-42 by Brian Lindman

https://s3.amazonaws.com/cpcsermons/8-24.mp3

LINK to PowerPoint HERE

Inescapable Love

“When the Lord began to speak through Hosea, the Lord said to him, “Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness to the Lord.” So he married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.” Hosea 1:2-3

Most of you know that my FAVORITE book of the Bible is Hosea. I could probably give you an entire sermon on all the great stuff contained within. My number one reason is that the first few chapters show us what wrath we deserve for straying from God, but it also shows us what God gives us instead: mercy and compassion.

At the end of the day we all stray in some way, and yet God always comes after us.

I encourage you to read Hosea 1-2 and see for yourself!

(this week’s devotion from Alex Miranda)

inescapable love

Satan Is Real, “The Father of Lies”

by Pastor David Rockness

Sermon Audio
https://s3.amazonaws.com/cpcsermons/8-17.mp3

PRAY

(this week from Bryan Jurkowski)

During my years with you, I shared an acrostic that I have often used for praying. It is one I learned from my former pastor, Stuart Briscoe, and I sometimes go back to.
I usually go back to it when my prayer life becomes focused on something important in my life or in someone else’s life. I go back to it so that my prayer life doesn’t become a one-issue prayer life and lose God as its center. Please understand it’s good and natural that when something happens in our lives that we focus on praying on that thing. However I go back to this acrostic so that I remember there still are other things to pray for in my life; things that I should not and need not to forget to pray for. I also want to keep the focus on Him.

Here is the acrostic. It is the letters PRAY:
P stands for praise, which includes Thanksgiving.
R stands for repentance. Of deeds in thoughts and attitudes.
A stands for ask for others. To make sure I remember to pray not only for me.
Y stands for yourself. It is good that this comes last because normally in our prayer lives this is the category that always comes first.

This little acrostic helps me keep focus and balance in my prayer life even when I am under stress. It has helped me and I hope it will help you.
-BryanPray in puzzle pieces1

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