March 2017

   Have you heard about “The Case for Christ”?  It is a book based on the spiritual journey of Lee Strobel.  Lee was a reporter for the Chicago Tribune and an avowed atheist.  When his wife Leslie became a born-again Christian, Lee contemplated divorce.  Instead, he applied his journalistic skills to researching the truth about Jesus.  His goal was to prove that Jesus was a fraud and hoax.  In his investigation he was convicted by the mountain of evidence and the witness of his wife, and Lee Strobel has become one of the best defenders of Christ today.

   This March, we will begin “The Case for Christ” 4-week campaign leading up to Easter Sunday. A movie by the same title will be released nationally Palm Sunday weekend.  Churches around the country are using this campaign as a way to invite lost people to think about Christ, see the movie, and come to the church Easter Sunday (if not before!).  There will be small group studies as well to which you may invite your friends.

   My challenge is to think about whom you will invite to be a part of this outreach effort.  A neighbor?  A friend?  A stranger you will meet in the coming days?  The world needs Jesus, and someone in your life is just waiting to be invited to worship by you.

   Joanna Jespersen and I are planning an evangelism training event after the 11am service on Sunday, March 26th.  There will be a track for children and a track for youth/adults.  Please sign-up for the lunch and training at the Info Center, and let’s make this Easter this best one yet!

 

Your servant in Christ,

Pastor Craig

February 2017

Dear Church Family,

In this month of Valentine’s, it seems to me the world needs people who are more loving.  In fact, we’ve been in a sermon series on leaving a legacy of love.  Have you noticed how many people seem to be angry, upset, disappointed, and critical?  Those are all natural emotions, but if that’s all we are feeling then we will seldom have a positive impact for Christ.  What are some practical tips for showing more love?

Start at the Source.  Jesus Christ wants to fill you with His love every day.  If we start our day with the news, we are likely to be tainted by negativity.  If we begin with Bible study and prayer, we are likely to be refreshed and refilled for the day ahead; especially, if we think about applying a particular verse of Scripture each day.

 Seek to Serve.  Jesus doesn’t fill us to be filled.  He fills us up so we can pour it out to others.  Look for opportunities to help people every day, and you will find God working through you to bless others.  They’ll repay your kindness by loving and appreciating you in return.

Soak up the Sentiment.  Are you hanging out with people who pull you up or down?  If you want to be more loving, find a few friends who inspire you by their example.  Paul needed a Barnabas, and we do, too.  The best place to find one is at church!

Let’s commit to show more love this month, and not just to our Valentine.  Let’s show Christ’s love to the world.  We’ll be blessed and leave the world a better place for Him!

Your servant in Christ,

Pastor Craig

 

January 2017

Dear Church Family,

   Can you believe it’s already 2017? The other day, I heard that one of my childhood friends turned 50. I thought to myself, “Wow, I can’t believe how old he is!” Then it dawned on me, I’ll turn 50 in 2017!

   Time flies whether we like it or not. Henry Twells wrote a poem called “Time’s Paces.” In it, he says, “When as a child I laughed and wept, Time crept.  When as a youth I waxed more bold, Time strolled.  When I became a full grown man, Time ran. When older still I daily grew, Time flew. Soon I shall find, in passing on, Time gone. O Christ! wilt Thou have saved me then? Amen.

   Twells writes the last verse as a question. Fortunately, we don’t have to wonder or worry about our salvation. John writes in 1 John 5:13, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” Jesus said about us in John 10:28, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.”

   Time passes whether we want it to or not. Yet, our salvation is securely kept in Christ’s hands, not ours. We can know for certain that we are saved, and saved for an eternity. So embrace the New Year! No matter how old you turn, you’ll never run out of time to be with Him.

Your servant in Christ,

Pastor Craig 

 

December 2016

Dear Church Family,

     As we gear up for the hustle and bustle of Christmas, I wanted to let you know about an exciting, new ministry we started through our Community Center. In a partnership with Sharing Life Ministries in Mesquite, we have opened up a food pantry to distribute canned foods and dry goods to families needing assistance with food. The food pantry is operated on Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. in our Community Center located across the street at Oates and La Prada. We also offer a short Bible study and distribute clothes during that time as well. So far, we are on track to give food to over 100 people a week!

     I also wanted to remind you of our Christmas schedule for TWO SUNDAYS ONLY. On December 18th, we will have Sunday School/Connection Groups at 9:45 a.m. and our Christmas show in one worship service at 11 a.m. On Christmas morning, we will only have one worship service at 11 a.m. with no SS/CG. The Christmas Eve service will be at 5 p.m.

     Thank you for having the vision of connecting people at Christ at Shiloh Terrace. From soccer, to our new food pantry, to our Christmas worship, we are sowing seeds of the Gospel that will reap a harvest in due season for Jesus!

 

Your servant in Christ,

Pastor Craig