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September 2019

2019-09-08 Message- Before You Build

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What You Build Matters

We work on lots of projects, big and small. Think about the last project you worked on. How did it turn out? Sometimes, of course, the project may not have turned out! Ordinary set-backs, unanticipated obstacles, or our own inactions or distractions, may leave the project incomplete. We want to stay with it. Sometimes we can’t, or won’t. What do we do?

Luke 14:24-33

In this week’s message from Luke 14:25-33 titled, Before You Build, we will hear Jesus set some pretty tough expectations for those who follow him. Really tough. There is no discount discipleship. No coupons to reduce our costs. Following Jesus means, well, following Jesus 100%. What did Jesus mean when he said to love him morethan our family? (Yes, he said that. But it doesn’t mean what you may first think.) Jesus says our possessions (time, energy, attention, health, finances) must never get in our way. What prompted Jesus to talk about a builder who couldn’t finish the house, or the king anticipating the cost of doing battle?

How Much Does It Cost To Join In the Mission of Cold Spring Church?

Well, only your time, energy, and attention! What does it cost us to follow Jesus? The short answer is, everything! But the good news is that Jesus has paid the cost and we have been equipped to complete the tasks God has given us to do, given you and me to do. No spiritual procrastination for us! Let’s get it done because when Jesus starts something, you can be sure he will finish it! Find out how you can complete your life’s projects, too, this week at Cold Spring Church.

  • Let’s Count the Cost, and invest in the future
  • Let’s Secure the Foundation and build confidently
  • Let’s Stick to the Plan, because God is sticking with us!

“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).

2019-09-08 Message for Kids- Cross Carrying Plan For A Great School Year Life

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Summer 2020 (Yes, 2020!)

Hi kids! Imagine its summertime, not this past summer, but next summer! Imagine its June 2020. Describe your school year that just completed! Wow. What would really ensure a great school year? That’s correct! Starting each day with a good breakfast! But there’s more. How about breakfast for you inner spirit!

Starting the year off, starting each day off, with God and carrying the cross of Jesus with you. What does it mean to carry Jesus cross? It means taking responsibility for our work, play, our words and actions. Sometimes we start something, like, cleaning our room! Or, remembering to do our homework right after school. Or, listening to our caregivers, or being kind to our classmates, friendly to new kids we meet. We start off good. But, sometimes we go off plan. Forget to follow through. Maybe get a little lazy! Or, tired.

So let’s make sure June 2020 is a time to celebrate a great school year by starting today to stick to the plan. Jesus was with a bunch of people and he said, that is you want to follow me, you need to “carry your cross.” Do you have a cross? Well, think of the cross as our responsibilities. The cross was Jesus responsibility when he died on the cross to forgive our sins and give us a fantastic life! In gratitude, we carry our cross, too. Here, I even have a real cross for each of you to remind you of the cross Jesus carried.

The Future Starts Tomorrow

For example, every very morning, you can say, Good Morning, God! It may sound a but corny, but really, God is waiting for you every morning. Really, God wants to spend the day with you! And Jesus wants us to carry his cross (we know he loves us that much) and for us to carry our own cross (we want to stick to our plan), and as we listen to our parents, grandparents, great grandparents, teachers, we will learn, grow, and enjoy God’s very best for us. So, let’s stick to the plan… make it a great new school year and get ready for June 2020 when we will say it was all worth living every day following Jesus!

Thanks for being with me, today.

2019-09-01 Message- Stacking-Up Mission Hospitality

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We sometimes overlook, or misunderstand, the revolutionary character of Jesus’ message. This week’s text from Luke 14:1, 7-14, is worth taking a closer look. Jesus’ advice was to, “not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors to your luncheons, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid.” Instead Jesus declares that his followers (that’s us!) should invite those who have no hope of ever repaying their host— those he so-called “the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.” In other words, those so-called outcasts who can never promote their hosts’ status, and whose presence at table will most likely pull down their host’s standing in the community social structure. Wow. Hospitality occurs when the stranger and neighbor and the excluded are intentionally invited and included! All are welcome means, well, ALL are welcomed (and intentionally invited, sought out, and brought!).

Jesus is describing a whole new model of hospitality. How could our worship, concerts, dinners, bazaars, and all other community-facing events become more seed-planting, farming-style, and hospitality-driven? Let’s consider our amazing events to be interconnected… and stack them up, one on top of the other, each connected to the other, so that together they become cascading opportunities to welcome the stranger, reach out to neighbors, and in the end, embrace God’s own love for us all. Let’s not overlook God’s seeking out of us, welcoming us into the abundant life through Christ!This Fall, let’s stack-up our events in authentic and humble hospitality. God’s love… for all! (Who will you invite?!)