Archives for November 2014

Tim Osterlund Guest Speaker December 7 2014

Tim Osterlund will be speaking Sunday December 7.

Tim Osterlund started preaching in youth meetings when he was 16 years old and through the years he has had the opportunity to pastor  in the U.S. and to preach the Gospel on four continents.  Upon retirement from business he had the opportunity to join BEE World (Biblical Education by Extension) and use his Spiritual gift of teaching pastors in the restricted house church in Asia.  With 5 million pastors in restricted (persecuted) countries with no Biblical or theological training there is a tremendous need to train these dedicated people in the Scriptures.  Working in an “under the radar” capacity, Tim travels to Asia 4 – 5 times a year teaching these Christian leaders.  In fact he just recently returned having once again experiencing God’s blessing and protection.


Psalm 92:1 “It is good to give thanks to the LORD and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;” (NKJV)

This is without question my favorite time of year. I always get excited about the trees changing, the awesome sunrises, sunsets and cooler temperatures. As a kid growing up in the Adirondack Mountains I knew that the hunting and trapping was just around the corner. It also meant that it was the time for the harvest. For me, the harvest was a love/hate scenario. You see I didn’t mind picking corn or digging potatoes, but I really disliked stacking hay in those hot, sweaty, chaff filled storage barns. The saving grace to the months of harvesting for me was always Thanksgiving Day. That was a day when all of the farms closed and the families gathered to give thanks to our God for all of the many blessings we had. Not that we had a lot of material stuff that is of the world but to truly praise the Lord for what he has given us through our faithfulness to Him. My favorite verse in Psalms really covers this thought when is says “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.” Psalms 100:1-5 (KJV).
Lately, I think Satan has a stronghold on Thanksgiving. Have you noticed that? Retail merchants don’t play it up any more like they did when I was a kid. They seem to skip right by Thanksgiving and go from Halloween straight into Christmas, even to the extent of denying their own employees the opportunity to pause and reflect on their blessings of life. I guess Psalm 95:2, “Let us come before him with thanksgiving” (KJV) doesn’t apply to retail merchants on Thanksgiving Day now-a-days. As Americans and Christians we really have cause for gratitude. I even have to remind myself of this at times. We so easily get caught up in the lust for more stuff; a bigger house, better car, new clothes and the latest gadgets. Or, set around the table stuffing down the Turkey all the while complaining about our jobs and how people have wronged us. Then I reflect on my travels to third world countries, where I’ve seen real poverty and real gratitude on the part of the Christians there and think to myself that we need to readjust our gratitude gauges. To me Thanksgiving Day is so much more than turkey and football; it’s an attitude. God loves to hear from us; He takes great pleasure in receiving our thanks and our love. He cares so deeply about everything that affects our lives. So this Thanksgiving Day, like every other day, talk to Him. Tell Him whatever is on your heart. He understands and wants to meet your needs right where you’re at. Matthew 6:25 says, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothes?” (NIV) Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs, and He will give you all you need from day to day if you will just live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.

(this week from Wayne Metcalf)



by Tony Hayden 11/23/2014

Keys To A Dynamic Church – The Church As Ministry Launch Pad

by Brian Lindman
Acts 13:1-5 and 16:1-15

Link to PowerPoint

Let Your Light Shine

Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and
glorify your Father in heaven.”
These are the words of Jesus found in the opening section of the Sermon on the Mount where I believe Jesus introduces us to our mission, a mission that remains consistent throughout the New Testament mirrored by Jesus’ subsequent teachings, detailed by the early apostles, and brought to a glorious conclusion in the Book of Revelation.It is generally accepted that Jesus was primarily addressing his disciples in the Sermon on the Mount yet at the conclusion of the Sermon on the Mount we come to know that the surrounding community was taking in this scene on the hillside as well.

“the crowds were amazed at His teaching … large crowds followed Him.” (Matthew 7:28& 8:1)

So standing on a hill, Jesus illustrated His mission for us by comparing His followers to a city on a hill sending out rays of light for all to see bringing glory to God!

So I think two lessons we can take away from this text as our mission given by Christ are these:  one is that a key role of believers and by extension the church at large, is to Glorify God; and the second is that His people should reflect His light attracting new followers of Christ.

But how would that work in Florida where we do not have any “hills”.  CPC is filled with lively, friendly, loving people and offers inspirational teaching, worship and fellowship.  Yet many in our community may never experience what we do because people are often hesitant to cross the doorway of a church building.  So how can we accomplish this mission Jesus assigned to us?  We can let our light shine outside the walls of our building.  We can reflect Jesus anywhere we meet people.  That does not always require preaching; just demonstrating Christ’s love in some tangible way.  Eventually some may be interested in coming to hear what we have to say.

As a church we send out rays of light through our outreaches.  An example is the “Winter Celebration” this Saturday.  Many of our neighbors in the surrounding communities will drive onto our property for the very first time!  Our guests will be met by our smiling members serving at this event whose only agenda is to offer a free, fun, enjoyable evening for the families in our neighborhood as a practical demonstration of Jesus love.  That may seem like a small thing but it is an important first step for many people to come closer to Jesus.  This is not hard mission for us, in fact it is fun, and everyone is qualified to join His mission!

Prayer:  “Jesus as I begin this day I accept your mission to shine for you and bring glory to you.  I rely on your guidance to show me ways to be a light to someone today and to rely on the power of the Holy Spirit to accomplish your will this day.  Amen   

(this week’s devotion from Scott Gerhart)