Pastoral Blog


 

Tweets from God

My Child… You may not know me, but I know everything about you…Psalm 139:1 I know when you sit down and when you rise up…Psalm 139:2 I am familiar with all your ways…Psalm 139:3 Even the very hairs on your head are numbered…Matthew 10:29-31 For you were made in my image…Genesis 1:27 In me you…

Grace/Works Continuum

On October 2, Mike Cramer explained how the gospel of grace can free us to WORK in ways that honor God, redeem culture, and inject the love of Jesus into our vocation. We are saved by the works of Jesus.  And, then, we work.  Check out this graphic as a visual demonstration of how the…

Hope & Reconciliation

Julie Bernstein is hosting… A Night of Hope & Reconciliation: For the City, Through the Arts  This event takes place here in our church building on Saturday, October 1st.  Doors open / Art exhibition with refreshments at 6pm, Concert at 7pm.  Space / seating is limited so pre-ordering tickets is recommended to guarantee a seat…

Spiritual Pride

Undetected Spiritual Pride In Bill’s sermon on Sunday, July 31st, he referenced teaching by Jonathan Edwards on seven signs of spiritual pride.  Edwards, 1703-1758, a bright comet of theological insight and rigor, still influences today’s church through his writing ministry. The article below is found in it’s original in the Works of Jonathan Edwards, Volume One,…

Game Plan for Worry

Responding to Worry See the linked article below for practical help when worry crowds your soul – a response to Bill Copeland’s sermon on May 29, 2016. A Game Plan for Worry, by noted Christian Counselor, David Powlison.          

Generosity & Simplicity

Generosity & Simplicity The sermon on May 22, 2016 was from Luke 12:13-21 in our Lord, Teach Us series.  Jesus taught us how greed comes from a wrongly directed hunger.  Greed arises, then, from our idolatry (Col. 3:5) and takes our eyes off Christ.   The ultimate goal for discipleship in this area is to replace…

Cultivate loving relationships

On Sunday, Oct 25th, Bill spoke about a disciple’s relationships,  namely that they would be defined by love.   As Jesus said, A new command I give you:  Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another (John 13:34-35)….

Thanks Offerings

Celebrating God’s faithfulness in discipling! Thanks Offerings –  As a church we purpose to grow deeper in our discipling relationships, both within the body and out in the community.  As we begin this new chapter, we want to celebrate and remember the fruit of friendships that have  brought us thus far in our walk.  We also…

Update from Julie’s Tour

Our worship leader, Julie Bernstein, just returned from a tour of the Midwest in support of her new album “You Are My Joy.”  Julie toured with other local leaders in ministry (Tucker MacDonald, Michael Coleman, Jessie Gonzalez, Matt Bernstein, Anna Lou Bernstein) and recently published two blog entries chronicling their time on the road.  Many…

New Logo

We’re excited for our new logo, one that captures where we’ve been, who we are, and where, by God’s grace, we’ll be going.               ***THANK YOU to IconDesign and Jeff Martin for the graphic design work  

Submission and Civil Disobedience

Peter’s not a hypocrite. At least, that’s what I tried to show in Sunday’s sermon (6/14/15).  The text, 1 Peter 2:13-17 calls for submission, for the Lord’s sake, to human authorities – and yet Peter himself had defied the Sanhedrin some 25-30 years earlier (Acts 4:1-22). The question of submission gets our attention (and raises our…

Living

LIFE. Ours belongs to God through Jesus, and yet plays out in a culture very different than His Kingdom. We are foreigners. Resident aliens. How will we live? What are we living for? How do the lives of those who follow Jesus intersect with a culture steeped in its own patterns that often war against…

Lament

Body Life All communities of faith need time when public repentance and lament are needed. Perhaps you missed the response to yesterday’s sermon.  We looked at the paradox of a suffering servant from Isaiah 53, and what it reveals for us and in us.  We have a Crucified Savior – how then shall we live? We felt like…

Isaiah 9:8 – 10:34

This entry provides context for Sunday’s sermon on Isaiah 10:20-21. Read and pray carefully through Isaiah 9:8 – 10:34.   We generally struggle with passages of judgment like this one.  In vivid ways we often don’t encounter in casual readings of Scripture, we read here of God’s anger towards sin – and toward those who…

Navigating Isaiah 7-12

You’ve managed to wake up early enough.  You’ve fixed a cup of coffee, just right.  You’ve made your way to your favorite chair.  There’s a peace in the home.  Then, since we’re working through these chapters together as a church family, you open Isaiah 7 and…   weeds.  Tangled.  Mess.  Confusion. What is going on…

Garden Project Update

Time for an update on the Garden Project!   We thought a brief update was in store.    Since doing a church-wide blessing at the site in early spring, I’m excited to report that much progress has been made.  Having started with one simple garden box and having each member pour water and prayer symbolically into…

Absence makes the heart grow fonder?

Mark 4:26-29             Yeah, I’ve heard the saying “absence makes the heart grow fonder” a million times, but it always seemed to apply to someone else.  18 years ago this past June, we welcomed our first-born son into the world.  And as if with one ‘snap’ of the finger, the years flew by to the…

Learning Curves

If you’ve been to cvilleccc.org before, surely you notice the site’s new design?  We’ve been working hard to redesign the website to capture a snapshot of who we are for those looking for a church family, while keeping the information and tools available to those who are already a part of CCC.   A bulk of…

Throw the Sick a Party

‘Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”’ -Luke 5:31-32  

Work of the Cross

Perhaps you remember this image from last Sunday. Remember, that once we have accepted our salvation in Christ Jesus, that we have come to place “D,” and are fully justified in his sight. This is the WORK of the cross. But we’re not done! We still have to live out our Christian existence, conforming ourselves…

Gospel Obedience

Given how packed and rich the text of yesterday’s sermon (Phil 2:14-18), I submit the following as a brief supplement to 2:16-18 as we had to speed on by.  Certainly these verses are no less important! We saw that Gospel obedience looks like being pure and blameless, and that this is a fruit of Christ…