I would appreciate the prayer support of my church family this coming Monday and Tuesday as I lead the meeting of the Colorado Baptist Convention Executive Board. A most important item on the agenda is my announcement of the 7 member Executive Director Search Team on Monday afternoon. Currently, Dr. Mark Edlund serves in that capacity. He has announced his retirement effective July of this year. As president of the state convention, I am tasked with appointing a search team. After months of prayerful consideration, I now am prepared to announce at our Monday meeting the 7 members. Please be in prayer for them as they conduct a nation-wide search for the next Colorado Baptist Executive Director.
Our Circle Drive Church family possesses the spiritual DNA of giving/generosity, and "lives out" II Corinthians 9:7: "So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for GOD loves a cheerful giver." II Corinthians 8:4 is another verse that reminds me of our church family: "For I bear witness that according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely willing." When I reflect upon GOD's wonderful people here, I am reminded of I Chronicles 29:9: "Then the people rejoiced, for they had offered willingly, because with a loyal heart they had offered willingly to the LORD..."
The Thanksgiving Feast 2016 is now history! I praise our great GOD for His people called "Circle Drive Baptist Church." This wonderful church family has again hosted this annual event. Over 100 members of CDBC served in some capacity today. These servants, as well as our church as a whole, donated 43 turkeys, 106 pies, 121 mens coats, 94 women's coats, and 179 kid's coats, along with caps, gloves, and other winter apparel. The total number of persons served today was 581. What a privilege and joy it was to serve every person who attended. I know some of our members shared the gospel with attendees today. I had the joy of sharing the plan of salvation with a 21 year old.
Proposition 106 will legalize physician assisted suicide and reinforce the existing suicide culture in Colorado. I encourage you to watch the following video (https://vimeo.com/187920038) about Jason and Kara Tippett. They moved to Colorado several years ago. After moving here, Kara was diagnosed with cancer. In 2015, she passed away to heaven. In this video clip of about 2 minutes, Jason reflects on the life and death of his wife. It is powerful, and is a reminder that Proposition 106 devalues life and violates Holy Scripture. I would like to thank a member of CDBC, Jeff Husted, who brought this video to my attention. I have viewed it, and found it both to be powerful and very moving. Please click the site above and view the video for yourself.
I praise GOD for CDBC'S Harvest Festival, which was held at our new 35 acre property at the southwest corner of Marksheffel and Bradley Roads this past Sunday. We started at 2:00 pm (actually some people arrived at 1:45 pm), and concluded at 5:00 pm. The event was amazing. Everything was free for our church family and families in our community. We had food, inflatables, a whole assortment of fun games, a very popular hay ride, and also gave away lots of candy (of course)! It was quite a remarkable sight to see so many children and their parents, most of whom I did not know. We estimated our attendance by cars. With 212 parked cars, if the average was 3 persons per car (and that is the lowest estimate), then we had an attendance of 636. If the average was 4 persons per car, then we had an attendance of 848.
Dr. J. D. Greear has written a book titled “Gaining by Losing: Why the Future Belongs to Churches That Send.” In his book, he declares that JESUS pointed to sending, not gathering, as the key to reaching the world with the gospel. He tells us that bringing in large groups of people to hear a message is good, but training up disciples and sending them out is better.