No doubt, one of the most difficult parts of being a Christian is learning to forgive those who have hurt us. It is especially painful when we are hurt by someone close to us. How should we handle it? David says in Psalm 55, " If an enemy were insulting me, I could endure it; if a foe were rising against me, I could hide. But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend." Ouch! Worse than the offence is the bitterness that comes when we are not able tot let go. So how does one release it? It's a challenge. So let's look at a few of the really good reasons to forgive.
Colossians 3:13 says: "Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone, even as Christ forgave you. " We are commanded to forgive. Also, we don't want to lose friends, "Whoever covers an offence seeks love, but whoever repeats a matter separates friends." Proverbs 17:9
The reasons to forgive are many but forgiving others can still be a hurtful process. So, next time the arrow of insult pierces your heart, consider the source and separate the sin from the friend. This way we can --"Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ forgave you." Ephesians 4:32
Love you Church, Pastor
Dear Church Family,
As all of you know, this has been a very hard and challenging week for our city. We want to start by saying thank you for being so concerned and generous over the past few days. I believe it to be true that character is revealed during hard times and, once again, our church family and our community have shown Godly character! We also want to encourage you to continue to look for ways to give, serve, and help those who are trying to pick up the pieces of a broken life. Let me encourage you with this thought; "God knows where we are in this moment. We must but learn to trust Him, in trusting, we eventually see that God is using our trials and difficulties to bring us to a place of surrender and to glorify our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!" The renewal of all things is the most beautiful, hopeful, and glorious promise ever made in any store, religion, or philosophy. In Christ it is real and it is ours! All praise to the One who will one day make all things new!!
Love, David and Penny
Dear Church Family,
During this Christmas season I want to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas! There is a wonderful Scripture found in Isaiah 9:6 "For Unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
While there is a lot to unpack in this scripture, I wanted to take a moment to focus on the fact that Jesus came as our Prince of Peace. If there is anything this world needs today, it is the realization that Jesus Christ came yo bring peace. The Bible tell us that there is a peace that passes all understanding in the Philippians 4:7 "...and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
Truth is, this kind of peace is what each of us really need. People's lives are filled with much turmoil and tribulation. The peace that we can know as people of God does not necessarily mean the absence of conflict, but it does mean we have confidence even through the storms of life.
May God richly bless you and Merry Christmas,
From David, Penny, and out Staff Families.
My family and I would like to take this opportunity to express our deepest appreciation and thanks for the kindness you have shown to us during this past month, for showing your love and support to us. Your cards, notes, letters, meals, and gifts have been so kind and generous.
We also want to say thank you to the Appreciation Committee, you put so much thought and effort into making the night so amazing! The service was so encouraging getting to hear Bro. Dale Haynes and the special music. Overall, it was such an encouraging time for us.
Penny and I often express to each other our thanks to the Lord who has called us to be just a small part of what He is doing here at Center Point. It has been our great joy to serve here with you over the last 21 years. We are ever mindful of the honor of being called “Pastor”. We believe it is vitally important that we as God’s servants are always mindful of WHO has called us into this ministry, as well as remembering the reason He called us!
Lives are being changed. Souls are being saved and the Kingdom of God is being advanced in this area, and we are thrilled and excited that you have chosen to partner with us as we continue to grow and reach out into the harvest field which is ripe. But to your credit, you have made our ministry more effective because of your love and sacrifice. We look forward to even greater things in the future as God enables us together to impact our community and world for the sake of the Gospel!
Again, thank you!
Blessings in Christ, David, Penny, and Elijah
Dear Church Family,
As we move away for the "lazy, hot days of summer," and begin to focus on the fall season, I wanted to take just a moment to remind all of us the value there is in living lives of service for the Lord.
Each of you are an important part of this church. I'd like to encourage you to stay involved or to get involved in an area of ministry! I'm reminded of the time Jesus knelt before 12 pair of feet and washed the as an example of what He was calling his disciples to do.
John 13:14-17 "Now that I, your Lord and teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them."
Please be in prayer about how you can get involved in a ministry soon!
Blessings in Christ, Pastor
Dear Church Family,
Your Pastor and Stewardship Committee pray this note finds you well.
It is such an amazing privilege to be a part of the family of God. Truly we are excited to see all that God has been doing at Center Point and the souls that have been saved to the glory of God. But with all this excitement comes responsibility to continue doing our part to do as Jesus tells in Mark 16:15 "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every nation..." Our community is one of the parts God has called us to reach and with your help, we are able to do just that, one family at a time.
We are believing God for more souls, so we are asking you to help us prepare for the new families that will come. With the construction of our new sanctuary, we had to remove our old playground, now we are asking for help to build a new playground.
Would you playfully consider the amount that God would have you give at this time? Thank you for your faithful support of the ministries at CPBC, we also ask that you continue to pray for God's wisdom as we move forward.
Blessing in Christ,
Your Stewardship Committee and Pastor
Dear Church Family,
I pray that you are doing well. It is so hard to believe that in just a few days our summer break will come to a close and our kids will return to school. As a parent, I have mixed emotions about this. I would just encourage all of us to take advantage of the moments we have with our families. One of the best ways to do that is by setting the right example at home and by being faithful to worship and serve with your church family. We have many exciting ministry opportunities that we are praying you get involved in. I also want to encourage you to circle September 8th on your calendar, as we celebrate Homecoming and 177 years of God's faithfulness to our church family. We are privileged this year to have Jimmy Jackson, former pastor of Whitesburg Baptist Church, preaching for us at Homecoming. Praying you have a great close to your summer, and we look forward to all of us being back together in worship very soon.
Dear Church Family,
As we move into the summer, we are looking forward to all that God is continuing to do through the ministries at Center Point. I hope you are praying about how you can be involved in serving.
Time is one of those things we all have. We might feel as if we have very little time to spare, but reality is, we ALL have the same amount of time in a day. It is up to us HOW we spend our time! I want to encourage you to consider the ministries of your church as you "budget" your time this summer. We tend to make time for the things we consider to be important, whether it be things that benefit us, our family, or our church.
We are praying that you and your family have a great summer!
Dear Church Family!
As the Summer draws near, and we move toward the vacation season, I hope you are excited to be part of what God is doing here at Center Point. I hope you are looking forward to even greater things in the months ahead.
In recent weeks, the importance of being faithful has been on my heart. As I hope you know, I’m not referring to vacations, required work activities, or other unavoidable conflicts that arise from time to time that affect our attendance. The Bible makes it very clear that as we see the last days approaching, our desire should be to be in fellowship together on a more increasing basis. One cannot look at the events of this world very long without realizing we are in the last days.
The Bible also gives us great warning regarding our love for God, and the danger of allowing that love to grow cold. I truly believe one of the greatest ways to keep our love for the Lord on fire is to spend time in His presence, together. When we are faithful to the church, it feeds our passion and desire to be involved in ministry, and our desire to see souls saved through the church. We have so many opportunities for ministry available, especially in the areas of youth and children.
Dads and Moms… I encourage you to set aside time for Sunday School, Sunday evening church (Youth Group), and Wednesday Children’s Programs. As we have shared so many times, our children can only get to church when we bring them. They will consider God’s house only as important as we do. Dad and Mom, and these tendencies will increase (good or bad) as they get older.
Faithfulness is important for so many reasons: –Ministry Effectiveness – Evangelism – Connection to Church Family. These are just a few ways faithfulness is essential, and I’m sure you can think of many others. Bottom line is we need each other, and the more we connect with each other, the stronger we will be as a church family, and the more effective we will be in reaching our community.
Dear Church Family,
I hope you and your family are doing well. As the weather begins to warm up and we all do are best to get caught up in our yards, that can only mean one thing: that we are again blessed to celebrate the hope of our risen Savior! May we all take time this Easter season to say thank you to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and I hope our gratitude will cause us to share our faith with others.
As we head into this Easter season, I want to challenge each of us to begin to invite others to join us here each Lord's Day. I read that up to 70% of unchurched people would attend if they were invited! So many in our city are walking around in darkness and waiting for someone to lead them out! Truly the fields are white unto harvest.
As always we are praying for you and your family!