Learning and Living the God-centered life

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Shoe Boxes and the Gospel

We had a great participation last night at Operation Christmas Child. This is a “shout out” to our wonderful missions leader JEANETTE BICKET! Everything was so well planned and organized that all we had to do was show up and follow the bouncing ball.

If you stop by the “LEARNING” section of our website you can check out the pictures from last night. Also your roving reporter Pastor B. was able to get some interviews with folks on the floor. You can check out the interviews by simply clicking on:
Don Lane

Steve Brown

Ann Roberts

For those that didn’t get a chance to go last night I hope at some point you can participate in this worldwide ministry. Each year there seems to be a unique story told about how a shoe box was instrumental in bringing a child or a family to Christ. Isn’t it good to know that the God we love and serve uses us in these types of ways in order that we might participate in His kingdom work.


Operation Christmas Child

This coming Thursday night the “Living and Learning” class will be going to Operation Christmas Child to sort, assemble and help with distribution of shoe boxes worldwide. This is part of Samaritan’s Purse, which is a ministry headed by Franklin Graham. Thanks to Jeanette Bicket for her excellent leadership with all the details and the overall organization of this event for our class. For more information on this wonderful ministry that was birthed right here in Charlotte, NC simply click on this LINK. (Takes a minute or two to load)

Christmas Party 2009

Last night we had our class Christmas party. The room, decorations, ambiance all made for an evening that was elegant and restful at the most hectic time of the year. Again I want to thank Karen Sheats and the team with her that put together all the details and work for last night. The main meal consisted of lasagna, salad and rolls. And then desserts such as cheesecake, pecan pie, chocolate cake with coffee, tea and water to drink. There was great fellowship and after the meal we gathered around the piano, to sing Christmas Carols. Thanks to Nancy Brown for providing our music last night. There was only one small incident from our wonderful Christmas celebration last night. It seems that a PARTY CRASHER was spotted by our class security. This person was quickly assisted from the room and the building for further questioning. We then concluded the evening with a Christmas devotion. Last night I suggested three words to consider during this Christmas season as they relate to the most important Christmas story of all time.

The verses and devotion tonight will be summarized in the following way;
  • PLAN

Dr. Luke writes two books of the Bible for us, the gospel of Luke and the book of Acts. His goal is to build a bridge between the Old and New Testament.

And the way he does it as follows:
In the gospel of Luke he builds the bridge from the OT to Jesus, this is bridge building phase 1. Whereas in the book of Acts he builds the bridge from Jesus to the apostle Paul, which is phase 2 and in doing so launches us into Romans to Revelation. But the key to understand the bridge is the PLAN, which make up our third word for this devotion. The plan Luke will teach to us in this phase 1 plan from the OT to Jesus will be “the kingdom of God.” So now lets see in our devotion how Person and Purpose fit into this plan that Luke teaches.

Read Luke 1:30-33
Luke 1:30 The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God.
Luke 1:31 “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus.
Luke 1:32 “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David;
Luke 1:33 and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.”

Luke is teaching us right here that Jesus is the King Read More...

Being in community

When we have community activities I am going to put under the “Living” section of our website. As time allows check out the pictures from our Fall Picnic. Just to whet your appetite, we have two of the participants in the horse shoe championships of Charlotte, NC.

Denny “the dangerous” Crowder and Bruce “the leaner” Blackmon

Food, Fun and Fellowship

On Saturday we met over at Betty Park/Shelter #2 for a fall picnic. It was a bit chilly but that did not deter the throwing of football, game of horseshoes and the proverbial strapping on of the food bag. In other words there was plenty to eat. As you heard on Sunday the new reigning horseshoe champions are Jim Duckworth and Bruce Blackmon. And just to set the records straight, I had to provide paper towels, because some of the guys at the horseshoe court got dirt under their finger nails.

Thanks much to Jennifer Krueger and those that helped with preparation and all the details. These are opportunities that we need to take advantage of as we build community in our class. It is wonderful to see one another on Sunday but the times when we are away from church are great to develop other friendships in the body of Christ.

Here is a short collection of photos and if others have some pictures from our Saturday picnic then just send them to me and I will post.

Just click on this LINK.

Women's Social

This photo and note from Christa Moose who has been busy organizing activities for our community this summer.

Our ladies in SS met this morning  for brunch and a time of sharing testimonies. It was a very powerful time. About 10 ladies attended.

Trip to Billy Graham Library

This summer has been full of activity for our class thanks to the planning and leadership efforts of Christa Moose. She would not want me to thank her publicly but please allow me to do just that...THANK YOU CHRISTA!!!

Last week some in our class took a trip to the Billy Graham Library. If you want to see some more of the photos simply click on this LINK.

I scream, you scream...

And to complete the phrase “we all scream for ice cream.” Well, that is exactly what happened on Sunday night with our Learning and Living community. Thanks to Christa Moose once again for her wonderful organizational skills and to the Staff’s who graciously open their home for an ice cream social.

Christa sent some photos of the group, so when you get a chance click on this LINK and check them out!
You will need Quicktime in order to download slideshow movie. If you don’t have Quicktime then go to this LINK. But if you don’t have Quicktime and don’t feel comfortable with downloading and installing, then no problem simply go to this LINK.

Community Update

Ministry at Habitat

Carl Barthelson has been involved with the Habitat Restore Ministry for the last 2 years. Thanks to Carl for heading this up in our class and to those who came out and served. Hopefully this will be the start of another opportunity for our SS community to be involved in kingdom building in Charlotte.

Care Group 2009

As Care Groups start to meet and fellowship please feel free to send any pictures or video clips. Here is a sample for our get together last night at Tom and Terri’s house. The food was good and the our time of prayer and fellowship was equally nourishing. Blessings

Care Group 2009 from Pastor B. on Vimeo.