"I humbled my soul with fasting" --Psalm 35:13b In Psalm 35 King David is crying out in agonized intercession to be rescued from his enemies. Part of David's prayer is that he has bowed-down his soul with fasting. It is widely accepted that our soul consists of our intellect, will, and emotions. According … Continue reading Fasting As A Form of Worship
This coming weekend we begin a new series entitled Thrive, which is a 6-week sermon series focused on how the power of the gospel grows spiritually and emotionally. Our spiritual health and our emotional health are not mutually exclusive, in fact as pastor and author Peter Scazzero points out, “It is impossible to be spiritually mature, while remaining … Continue reading What Is Emotional Health?
With input from the various assessments as well as Staff, Transformational Team, and other Leaders: We desire to simplify and get back to the basics as well as maximize our God-given opportunity to continue to unify CCC by humbly and prayerfully… Recommitting to be Christ-centered and gospel-saturated in all we do (1 Corinthians 15:1-4) Embracing … Continue reading CCC TRANSFORMATIONAL 2018 VISION STATEMENT
This is the season that we celebrate the coming of Jesus, who left the comfort, unity, and perfection of heaven to come into our brokenness that we could have access to a perfectly holy God. Without taking anything away from this supreme celebration, I would like to communicate what has been accomplished in and through … Continue reading Year End Update
This last weekend our guest preacher, Dr. Dave Miles, concluded his sermon with three practical steps to peace with God and others: Let conflict be your teacher Quit dirty fighting Let Jesus’ peace rule your life in the midst of chaos My reflection is that we, at CCC, over the last few years, have allowed … Continue reading Basic Conflict Resolution Guidelines
It took a lot of courage and humility to invite VitalChurch into CCC last July. God has been faithful to reveal both strengths to be celebrated as well as weaknesses to be addressed. If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; but when they attend to what He reveals, they … Continue reading 5-Month Update & Prayer Requests
The practice of slavery has developed in virtually every civilization known to humankind. Slavery in ancient Rome differed from its more modern forms in that it was not based on race. Nevertheless, it was an abusive and degrading institution. As much as two thirds of the Roman Empire were slaves during the 1st century -- … Continue reading Does the Bible Condone or Condemn Slavery?
Last weekend four NE regional church leaders interviewed several CCC elder nominee candidates. We are referring to them as the Pastoral Advisory Team (PAT). Their bios can be viewed here. There are two important decisions to note: The PAT made a strong recommendation that none of the former elders should move forward in the process … Continue reading Elder Update: The Role of an Elder at CCC
Communication Guidelines… Here at CCC we are making a fresh commitment to humble and respectful dialogue at all church information gatherings. (First, seek to understand THEN to be understood.) We want to listen well to one another. Church info gatherings cannot be a place to vent, pontificate, or push your view. There can be no “mindreading” or … Continue reading All Church Transformation Season Q&A (4-Month Review)
A single event on a single day changed the world. It was October 31, 1517. Brother Martin [Luther], a monk and a scholar, had struggled for years with his church, the [Roman Catholic] church. He had been greatly disturbed by an unprecedented indulgence sale. [An indulgence is a payment to the Catholic Church that purchased … Continue reading 500th Anniversary of Reformation Day