Discipleship

Last fall we initiated our Mid-Week service. The cornerstone ministry for that service is the Children’s ministry program called Good News Club. Chock full of Bible teaching and activities, the Good News Club is a wonderful investment in our children.

One of the things the Good News Club did to help defray the cost of student workbooks, teacher guide books, student awards, and supplies was to sell a nice quality ball point pen inscribed with “CALVARY CHAPEL AHWATUKEE” and its theme verse, “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path Psalm 119:105”.

Our heavenly Father wants us to grow up (2 Peter 3:18, Heb 5:11-14, 1 Cor 3:1-3). Mature believers are able to discern between good and evil and are not tossed around by the winds of false doctrine (Rom 10:17, 1 Tim 4:1, 2 Tim 4:1-4). Mature children also bear fruit (Ps 1:1-3, John 15:1-5, Gal 5:22-23). 

Especially in these crazy days before the Lord returns for His Bride, the clarion call to the Church is, “Watch! Be ready. Look up. And grow up.”

I want the very best. It does not really matter what we are talking about, I want the very best. Don’t you? Wanting the very best is only natural. It is also supernatural.

Before He ascended to the right hand of the Father in heaven, Jesus Christ said to His followers, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you, and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” (Matt 28:18-20)

The Church is a Hospital. 

There are billions of patients in the Hospital and thousands of interns. However, there is only One Attending Physician on staff. Also the Head of the Hospital completely responsible for heath care and administration, The Attending Physician does all the work and gets all the accolades. Nothing could be more fair.

When it comes to making household repairs, I am not very handy. I have a poor understanding of how things work so I am able to make minor repairs only. Nonetheless, I have learned that having the right tool makes a huge difference in the time required to do a job as well as in the quality of the result. There is a tool for every job and a job for every tool.

Several days ago, my wife, our three youngest children, and I returned to Arizona along with five others in our young fellowship from Calvary Chapel Ahwatukee’s first international mission trip. We spent an amazing week in Kino, Sonora, Mexico, and the surrounding villages. We helped with a church construction project and we took to the streets to pray for people and to share the hope we have in Jesus Christ. And the Lord changed OUR hearts forever.

God’s perfect creation was corrupted by a subtle deception. To make reconciliation possible (Is 59:1-2), Jesus Christ entered into the world (Phil 2:5-11). He came with a sword, not with peace (Matt 10:34-39), to call out a people unto Himself. To accomplish the heart surgery required (Eph 4:17-19), He used words that are sharper than any two-edged sword (Heb 4:12).

Words like:

repentance
sin
sinner
lost
saved
damnation
judgment 
hell
do
believe 
truth 
hypocrites
servant 
submit 
blood

The Internet is an incredibly powerful technology. Information can be sought and accessed locally, globally, and all points in between in a matter of seconds. Such power at our fingertips is made possible by an ingenious method of networking computers. With appropriate networking software and hardware, any computer can be linked into the network.

The cornerstone of the American consumer-based economy is the New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street. Stock prices and quarterly dividends are under continual scrutiny by institutional investors, who move billions of dollars between corporations competing for their funds. Results that vary from expectations can and do send shock waves through the investment community and corporate boardrooms.

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