March 31, 2009

Hello Friends,

I’m extremely excited about our church’s upcoming 25th Anniversary celebration coming up this June 28th. Seems hard to believe it’s been 25 years …..in doggie years that’s like ….well…a very long time.

The theme for the celebration hasn’t quite landed on the front lobe of my brain….but for a working title we could call it “Yesterday and Today”. Some of the friends who will be helping us celebrate the day….Jeff Stockford (RCC’s first worship leader ) Robyn Liner (songwriter/author/worship leader and pastor’s wife) and Jesse Spradley (son of Robert and Diana Spradley / now worship pastor at Jubilee Christian Fellowship in Denver Colorado) and a few more yet to be named (that’s a clever way to say….we’re still working on it !)

It all begins on Friday night with a Worship Concert…..(with Mark Stahl and the RCC Band along with Jeff , Robyn and Jesse sharing both new songs and some classic ones too.

On Saturday, graduates from RCCS will be having a reunion on the campus….and Sunday we’ll celebrate with hundreds of RCC friends both old and new….25 years of changed lives…all for the glory of God !

Consider this a personal invitation from me to you — to join us for a weekend of celebration……..we’re gonna have a blast!

JIM

It’s a rainy Thursday but still a beautiful day both inside and out! Are there challenges facing me today? You bet. Are there obstacles that stand in my way between where I am and where I need to be? Absolutely. So what else is new?

The Apostle Paul told us that we are destined for trials if we desire to live a godly life in Christ. Trials are not to be avoided; they are to be fully embraced. The book of James tells us to “consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds, knowing that the testing of our faith produces perseverance. It goes on to say “perseverance must finish it’s work, so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 

The goal for each of us then as followers of Christ is to be mature and complete, with nothing lacking in our arsenal. If tests and trials are God’s means to develop us and shape our lives –so be it! There’s no one I’d rather be sculpted by than by the Lord himself.

March 23, 2009

Hey guys,…….catching up on the blog….today I’m officially a ” texter” if that makes any sense. I guess it’s never too late to catch up to the rest of the world ! Been meeting to write for quite some time.
For all my facebook friends out there…..let me tell you for certain….God is good all the time ! I don’t say that because I’m a pastor…..I say it because I’m a devout follower of Christ. The christian life is not an easy life— but it’s still the best life of all .
Enjoying my day out of the office with Janet. Picked up some good books to dive into , picked up a salad for lunch and now I’m catching up on some writing ( with ESPN in the backround /keeping up with the NCAA tourney).
Hanging out with my boys as Janet heads out to RCC’s ” Ladies Night Out”. The girls are getting ready to head out of town for the Ladies Encounter Weekend coming up in a few weeks. If it’s have as good as the Men’s…watch out……
JIM