Apply What You Know

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On ESPN, there is a segment called “Did You Know?” It is a segment full of stats that you can either find interesting or you may think, “Why do they keep track of that?” Right now, we are going to have one of those segments.

Did you know… there are 1,189 chapters in the Bible? Did you know… the Bible is about 800,000 words long and if the average person reads 250-300 words per minute; it would take about 3,200 minutes or 54 hours to read the whole Bible. So… reading 15 hours per day = 4 days. Did you know… that if I heard a sermon from 1 chapter of the Bible per week, I would hear a sermon from each chapter of the Bible in 23 years?

Why am I giving you all these useless stats?

This past weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to go to CIY with about a dozen Jr. High students.  The speaker at the conference, Robert Watson, made an easy connection with our students and me. He said, “If you want to grow, apply what you know.”

I got to thinking about how much of the Bible I do know. Then I got to thinking about all the different messages I have heard and all the lessons I’ve learned along the way. I’m only 26, and feel like I have a pretty good understanding of what God tells us in His Word. Now obviously, we’re not likely to hear a sermon on Genesis 10, because we could care less that Cush was the father of a great warrior named Nimrod. So, we aren’t going to hear a sermon from every single chapter in the Bible.

With that being said, most sermons talk about the love of God. Sermons on the love of God are the most popular because that is probably one of the most important, if not the most important message in the Bible.

I say all of this because if we go back to, “If you want to grow, apply what you know.” Every one of us who has been in church maybe only two weeks could tell someone else about God’s love for us. We will get into these habits of just trying to better ourselves and understand every little thing about the Bible. What if we took a different direction of APPLYING what we have found in God’s scripture and going out and making disciples? The relationships all around us of people who don’t know God and reaching out to them is just as important as sitting here at church on a Sunday morning hearing a sermon.

Some of us have heard thousands of sermons, and I’m not saying that we need to stop having sermons on Sundays. I am saying to take what we know from all the sermons, all the lessons, all of the wisdom we have from reading scripture and take it out into the world.

“If you want to grow, APPLY what you know.”

 

God Bless,

Heath Clark

Youth & Family Minister     

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The Little Things!

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There are so many “little things” parents can intentionally talk about each day with kids that will help them grow; little reminders to start the day positively and enhance children’s outlook on the world around them.

Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Every day upon awakening, the first thought is “Good Morning Jesus!” This reminds us all that the day belongs to our Creator, Master, King!
  2. List 3 things you’re thankful for everyday. No duplications from day to day. I promise you’ll never run out!
  3. Remind kids to pick one person to perform a kindness for each day. True joy comes through authentic service to others!
  4. Take the time to point out something about God’s beautiful creation around us and talk about how we can take care of His creation!
  5. Pick a song you can all sing in the morning together! It could be a favorite VBS song or a praise song from Sunday worship!

 

I don’t know about you, but I can get caught up in the trials of our world and forget to focus on all the amazing blessings from God. Worshiping him through thanksgiving of all the “little things” around us helps kids to learn that every day belongs to our Savior, Jesus!

Mel

Say Thank You

parkview_christian_church_mediumThe other day I was going through some old files when I came across my ordination certificate. Confession, I thought I had lost it. The reason it was lost or, shall I say, misplaced in the first place is that it was in my file cabinet because I chose not to hang it on my wall. It’s not that I am not proud to be ordained.  Believe me those words ring out on the certificate that says, “To be set apart to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and is hereby cordially commended everywhere as a Minister of Christ”. Those are words I take very seriously, but those are also words that are not easy to live up to. 2 Timothy 2:15 is also on the certificate at the bottom. It says, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workmen, who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the Word of Truth. The words “worthy” and “approved” are always hard to live up to.

 

What I am most proud of when I look at it are the names signed on the certificate.  These men and the values that they uphold have been incredible in my life. They have been men that I am sure many times felt un-worthy of the Gospel or the grace that they have received. No one is perfect, but they were men that took a stand for the Kingdom. They were great mentors for me who supported me through tough times. Not all of them were paid ministers, but they were all ministers for the Gospel in their everyday lives. For that I thank them. Thank you for your example throughout the years of being faithful to your calling and most of all your Lord and Savior.

 

Some of these men have since gone on to be with the Lord.  I never really got a chance or, more correctly, took the time to thank them, and for that I will always have regret. So if you are reading this, my challenge to you would be look at some of the people in your life that made a difference and just take the time to say thank you. So with that said, thank you Blair Pride, Hursel Rose, George Pindell, Robert Turner, Al Ginn, Bob Miller, Thomas Friskney, David Conover, Dan Pence, and even my brother Kenny White who made the certificate (He had to have paid someone). I say with all sincerity that these men have all played a part in mentoring and discipling me. There have been others along the way and too many to list today.

 

The second challenge is for you to do the same for someone else. We must live our lives in such a way that we all become ministers of the Gospel. Present yourself to God as one approved and a workman who is not ashamed, but willing to stand up for the truth and be an example for someone else.

 

Brian

 

 

Hello PCC!

When it comes to your faith and your purpose here do you have a plan to fulfill the Great Commission that Jesus left for us? Or maybe you don’t know where to start. I am sure every one of us has been there in our life. We have a task that is so big we don’t even know where to begin. I believe we serve an incredible God who had the biggest task of all, which was coming to save all humanity. He chose to do this in the most humble of beginnings, always knowing what it would take to defeat death and save us. The great I Am came with the end result being John 3:16, so that all who believe in Him, follow and live for Him, have the gift of eternal life with Him. So what is the end result for us as His people? That only we get to go to heaven? Or that we share that news for all? The Church is the presence of Christ in this world daily. The task may seem great, but as a body of believers we want to help each other and walk along side each other.

We as a staff have decided to start a blog to help our families with one of the greatest tasks we have; being first and foremost a disciple to our family. I will be focusing on Discipleship and our culture. Dean will be focusing on leadership tips and principles. Healthy leadership is crucial to healthy discipleship. Mel will be focusing on preparing our kids to become lights in a dark world. We want to encourage parents as we strive to “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.”  Proverbs 22:6. Heath will be focusing on students and families to build community, and grow to build His kingdom.”

In Christ,

Brian