It amazes me how tiring the ministry can be. How frustrating and draining both physically and emotionally it can be fighting the fight. To see defeat when victory should be the only result and to hear discouragement when God’s word and His ministry to us is the very source of true encouragement. Yes, ministry can be tiring.
But I can’t tell you how encouraged I am by those involved in Christ’s kingdom work at Center Hill. The countless hours by ministry workers in teaching, building, singing, counseling, cleaning, giving, discipling, calling, writing, ‘teching’, cooking, visiting, praying……..ministering, is a Pastor’s delight. Please know that I do not take any of it for granted, “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you”.
I have recently seen in the eyes of some of you a weariness. I’m concerned but at the same time grateful that you are so committed to Christ and the ministry at Center Hill that you work as hard and pour so much of yourselves into your calling that you grow tired. God has called us to battle, to minister and that at times is messy and drains us of our energy both emotionally and physically. It is then, by His strength alone, that we move forward. And that my friend is how it should be.
I don’t believe that I exaggerate the picture, I’m worn at times and so are you. Take a few minutes and let the music and the words of Tenth Avenue North and the truth of God, encourage you. As much as this song is written to a weary world needing Christ it also applies to the Christian warrior. Remember, redemption wins and the struggle does end. May the Lord find us faithful.
soli deo gloria!
Ocean City Bible Conference registration begins April 13th. This year the dates are September 13-16. It fills up fast, so if you are planning on attending register early.
This year’s theme “The greatest Letter ever written” Paul’s letter to Rome. Visit their Facebook page or website for list of speakers including Bruce Ware and Todd Friel.
soli deo gloria
Beginning this Wednesday night, April 1, at 5:30 we will be offering a DVD driven course from Christian Counseling and Education Foundation entitled “Instruments in the Redeemers Hands”. We are offering this seminar to only ladies at this time as it is a continuing education course for our ladies involved in our church’s jail ministry. Consider attending as it will transform your thinking about how people change and how we can effect change in the lives of others!
Here is the description of the course right from CCEF.
“In the Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands DVD Seminar, Paul Tripp and Tim Lane outline biblical, Christ-centered principles that equip participants for personal ministry to others. The 12-session seminar applies the principles in the Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands Study Guide and offers an overview of the process of biblical change that will transform the way you think about helping others.”
Soli Deo Gloria
Notice, notice, notice.
We have changed the day of our men’s ministry, “Metal to Metal” from every first and third Tuesday of the month to every first and third Monday of each month. Still at 6:30 but the days have changed.
We have been enjoying RC Sproul’s Dust to Glory for several months now and it is been very good. We have numerous teen boys who have joined us, and they even participate in the discussion. How cool and amazing is that?
Hope to see you on Monday night at 6:30.
soli deo gloria
Hey Center Hill, how many times have you heard this from our pulpit?
Follow this link for truth.
soli deo gloria
In an effort to reach most of our members and friends in the most efficient and timely manner we have started a new Facebook page. We can give quicker updates on cancellations and changes about church ministries and announce upcoming events.
Visit the page and like to get automatic post updates.
soli deo gloria
After discussing with the entire board this morning, we have decided to cancel services for tomorrow. The weather channel is calling for wind chill temperatures that we might not have seen in a decade or more. With 5 inches of new snow on top of the ice at the church, and 25 mph winds, we think that it is most prudent for our folks to stay home tomorrow. We have people travel to our church from as far as 45 miles from several directions. We have families with babies and elderly that would brave the weather if asked to and for that reason we don’t want to put people at risk when there is an alternative.
We as a board are encouraging all of you to see this as an occasion to have ‘family worship’. Lead your families in reading of the scriptures, singing of songs and prayer. Needless to say, this is as Biblical as the commandment not to forsake the gathering of ourselves together. The weather is not a ‘problem’ but an ‘opportunity’ to worship as families. In fact, I would love to hear of any special experiences tomorrow. So email if you want.
See you at Refresh on Wednesday.
God’s blessings upon you all.
As a culture we have taught our young people to follow their dreams, to pursue their career with vigor or fulfill their own ambitions of the “American Dream” as their chief end. Maybe not in those exact words but by our encouragement and tacit approval of their interests in temporal things alone, we have.
Have we instructed our children to act justly, mercifully and humbly (the book of Micah by the way) as their chief goal by both our words and actions? God in his providence has placed us as individuals in this time/space continuum we call life for His purpose and glory. Seek first His kingdom and every thing we need will be added unto us.
Here is a practical blog by Randy Alcorn that might help us when choosing to relocate or simply advising our kids in their own life choices with God’s purposes in mind. I hope you find it encouraging.
sola deo gloria
John MacArthur and the real meaning of Christmas. Receive the Jesus of Christmas and enjoy!