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All In for a Deeper Life…

08.13.17 | by Ray Jones

    516 Student Ministry

    Today is Promotion Sunday! |  We are looking forward to a great new year!

    Today is the last day to RSVP for the VIP Meeting |  on August 20 at 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall. We need to have a count for food preparation, so please drop your card off in a 516 box or email: today!

    Tonight | C-Nights at 6:00 PM in the Meeting Room. A small group Bible study where you can connect deeper with others.

    Wednesday | Gym opens at 5:30 PM

    Gravity (6th- 8th grade) |  Meets upstairs at  6:00 PM in the RFC Meeting Room for Worship. 

    Elevate (9th- 12th grade) |  Meets upstairs at 7:00 PM in the RFC Meeting Room for Worship. 

    Attention Middle School Students | Gravity Beach Retreat is September 22nd -24th at Laguna Beach Resort in Panama City Beach, Fl. Cost is $100 for students and $75 for adults that would like to attend.Pick-up a brochure today! Registration Deadline is August 27.

    Truth Seekers Student Children’s Ministry

    TODAY is Promotion Sunday | Parent, be sure to meet with new teachers and find out how you can be a classroom helper.  Bible Study starts at 9:45 AM.  

    RA/GA Kickoff |  August 20 from 6:00-7:15 PM. This is children’s mission education including campouts, lock-ins, service projects and fun events for grades 1st-5th.  GA Girls meet in room E-207.  RA Boys meet in room D-203.  

    Awesome August Kids Rally | Monday, August 21 at 6:30 PM for Grades 1-5. Special Camp Pastor and worship leader Greg Klapp aka “Rev. Gadget” will be our guest.  This will be our Back-to-School event with pizza and tons of fun!  Parents, please escort kids to the gym.

    Men’s Ministry

    Prayer Breakfast | August 19 at 8:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall. Sign-up at by clicking on the banner.

    Women’s Ministry

    Retreat at Lake Eufaula | September 22 6:00 PM - September 23 2:00 PM. Cost $90, double occupancy and all meals. $50 deposit due by August 20th. Limited availability. Sign-up at the table outside the gym or the church office.  Event Theme: Know, Believe, Live Scripture.


    All In for a Deeper Life…

    In Luke 18:29-30 Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life.” Jesus wasn’t suggesting that relationships were insignificant or unimportant. His emphasis rather, was on the importance of the kingdom of God and the kind of commitment to it, above all things.

    Many believers in Christ speak of a desire for a deeper life but fail to make the “All In” kind of commitment to experience that life. In an article for   Quartz, Charles Chu writes that the average American engaged in social media spends over 608 hours a year reading, responding and reacting to various social media outlets. That is a fairly significant amount of time. And if you add to it the amount of time spent watching TV, 1642 hours a year, you end up with a total of 2250 hours. Wow, that is like 94 days a year! Let me make it more practical. If that same amount of time were applied to reading, the average American could read 1,000 books a year. While I know that it is unrealistic to expect a person to read that much, it isn’t unrealistic to think about how each of us might better use the time that we have been given by God.

    Can you imagine what would happen in our relationship with God if we spent as much time getting to know Him as on Social Media? No, I am not against social media except when it robs us of serious time with God and engagement in the priorities of His kingdom. Being “All In for a Deeper Life” is about committing ourselves to God above all other things. It’s about a deep commitment to God in spite of life’s storms, it’s about a deep commitment to serve God and it is about a deep commitment to God until Jesus returns.

    With that in mind, I will begin a new series today to encourage each of us to be “All In” for God, for His work and for His Eternal Kingdom. This is the key to a deeper life.

    Awesome August… Last Monday was a great kick-off to our annual Awesome August month. And tomorrow evening at 6:30 pm we will continue with Dr. Ronnie Floyd. Dr. Floyd recently served as the President of our Southern Baptist Convention. He is currently the Senior Pastor at FBC Fayetteville, Arkansas and Cross Church in Rogers, Arkansas—two outstanding and leading Churches in our nation. He is a gifted leader and communicator and will challenge us with a powerful message from God’s Word. Also remember dinner begins at 5:00 PM for those interested and with reservations… call first thing in the morning if you would like to join the dinner and do not already have reservations.

    My Foundations… series continues tonight. Join us as we continue examining who our church is, what our church believes and where our church is headed.

    Special Thanks… again to all those who helped make last Sunday’s entrance into our renewed worship center a success. God has been good to us and remember, He is always trying to take us someplace new. I love being your Pastor!

    For God’s Glory Alone,