Archive for August, 2007

August 28, 2007

Premarital Class starting Soon!

Are you getting married? NewSpring is teaching a 5 week class for engaged couples to help them be better prepared for marriage. Last April I had the privilege of teaching NewSpring’s first premarital class to 25 engaged couples. We are getting ready to begin this 5 week class again, starting on Wednesday September 19th.

This class was so much fun to teach and be a part of, and I can’t wait to do it again. If you or anyone you know is getting married, we would love for you/them to join us.

During the sessions we will discuss many subjects, including God’s plan and purposes for marriage, marital roles and responsibilities, communication skills and conflict resolution. We will also be discussing many expectations people have for marriage including…how to fight fair, how to meet each others needs, dealing with in-laws, daily life (yes ladies, we will tell him he has to help you around the house), children, how to grow spiritually together, work expectations, how to deal with money, wedding and honeymoon expectations

Date: Begins Wednesday, September 19th
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Cost: $25
Register: Email Lanna Coates, Assistant to Outreach Pastor, at lanna.coates@newspring.cc

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August 27, 2007

God’s Call – concluding thoughts from Oswald Chambers

I was reading some passages by this guy, who I have a great appreciation and respect for, and thought they were a good conclusion to studying about God’s call on our lives.

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August 23, 2007

God’s Call – Part 5

What do I need to understand to follow through on God’s call in my life?

1. God wants your availability, not just your abilities.

1 Timothy 1:12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service.

God will provide you with what you need and strengthen you for what He has appointed you to.  God does not always call the equipped, but He always equips the called.

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August 21, 2007

Email Q&A

Here are more great questions we have received through email at NewSpring Church

1. How do you guys view non-religious people?

We love non-religious people. I do not believe that Christianity is a religion. Religion is man’s attempt to reach God. Christianity is God’s attempt to reach man. Christianity is all about a relationship with Christ. Jesus was not religious and often offended religious people and attracted people to Himself that were far from God.

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August 20, 2007

Food Drive Update

What an amazing day!  We just finished unoading all of the food that our church donated yesterday.  This church is amazing! NewSpring, you went above and beyond in being generous and meeting a need in our community.  We collected a lot of different items yesterday, but I am sure that there is no more macaroni and cheese left in any grocery store within a 50 mile radius of this town.  I think we collected enough macaroni and cheese to give a box of it to every man, woman, and child in South Carolina!

When we initially planned to do this, we were going to do a food drive to meet the needs of the Salvation Army…then we heard the pantry at the Soup Kitchen was bare so we decided to share the food with them also.  We were able to do way more than we initially planned because of the generosity we saw yesterday.  Here are some stats about our food drive…

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August 17, 2007

Food Drive

I am so excited about the way we are going to reach out and meet a need in our community this weekend. This Sunday, during all 4 services, we are collecting food for the Salvation Army and Anderson Soup Kitchen. If you didn’t get to read Perry’s post on why we are doing this yet, Here it is again…

Let’s Step Up BIG TIME This Sunday

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August 16, 2007

God’s Call – Part 4

God has called you to make an impact. You feel a restlessness inside your spirit. You have an inner desire to follow God in a specific way. You have the confirmation and encouragment from other godly people who sense that you may be called. So how do you prepare for what God is calling you to do?

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August 15, 2007

Why get married?

Why get married? That is a question that many of us never think about. Marriage is just what you do. You meet someone, fall in love, and then get married. Most people get married because their parents did, their friends are, and that is just what is expected. When we look at marriage as just something we do as a result of a natural progression, many times we can enter into it without knowing what we are aiming at. And if you don’t know what you are aiming for, you will never hit the goal. This is the reason that many people are frustrated in marriage. They don’t know the purpose behind being married and what God wants them to accomplish in marriage. You can’t be successful unless you know what you are aiming at. God’s design for marriage gives us a specific purpose, goals and a direction to follow with our spouse.

Why should I do marriage God’s way?

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August 14, 2007

Email Follow-up

I have had several churches ask me recently about how we handle questions we get through email each week. The main question we get asked is about how we choose to respond or not respond to each email we receive.

We try to respond to all genuine questions we receive in 24 to 48 hours. We usually do not answer attacking emails from people that do not attend our church or from people that have their minds made up and are trying to pick a fight. We will answer a question if it is genuine, even if it is somewhat critical. We will always answer an email if they come from someone that attends our church or has genuine concern. Many times the reason an email can be critical is because the person had a misconception about something that was done or said, and clarifying the truth to them in a loving way will solve the misconception. Occasionally the most proper response to anonymous, antagonistic emails is no response at all.

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August 11, 2007

God’s Call – Part 3

How do you know when you’re not called to something?

1) By family (spouse, parents, your uncle who is a pastor, etc.).

Your family may help confirm a call that God as placed on your life, but they should not be the driving force behind your thoughts about entering into a ministry. Listen to their advice if they are mature spiritually, but be wary if they put a guilt trip on you, or they are too forceful with their plans for your life.

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