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.
I am inviting all members and attenders of Circle Drive to attend a one hour prayer event tomorrow night (Wednesday, October 26) from 6:15 - 7:15 pm in the chapel. We have so much to pray about! We will spend time praying for ourselves, praying for others, praying for our church, praying for our nation, praying for the upcoming elections, and praying for brokenness, repentance, revival, extraordinary prayer, fasting, spiritual awakening, and then a resurgence of passion to take the gospel to all ethnicities.
The book of Acts presents the story of the miraculous spread of the gospel. Literally thousands of people repented and believed. Churches were planted in places like Galatia, Corinth, Philippi, and Rome. In this book of the Bible, we read the amazing accounts of conversions: the apostle Paul on the road to Damascus; Lydia, the seller of purple from the city of Thyatira; the Philippian jailor and his entire family; Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, along with his household. We also read about the persecution of believers: Stephen was stoned to death; Peter and John were put into custody; Paul was stoned at Lystra; the Jews set the whole city of Thessalonica in an uproar and attacked the house of Jason.
As you well know, on September 11, 2001, terrorists struck America, leaving a total of 2,996 people dead and more than 6,000 injured. It was the deadliest terrorist attack in American and world history.
For the past several weeks, members of our Circle Drive church family have responded to our request for school supplies for Will Rogers Elementary School. Our church has been incredibly blessed to be in partnership with this school, which is only about one mile south of our church campus.
Thom Rainer of LifeWay Christian Resources recently shared a survey of thousands of unchurched non-Christians. As his team tabulated the results, he came to discover 7 things non-Christians are saying:
We are so blessed with a wonderful ministry team/staff at Circle Drive. GOD has given us great spiritual chemistry! Yet, as usually occurs every so often, staff transitions do occur. So today I share with you two staff transitions.
I want to invite members, attenders, and guests to join us for a special churchwide Memorial Day picnic tomorrow morning after our worship service. We will meet across the street at the park. We are hosting this picnic both in honor of active duty military, as well as those who have previously served in the military. Here are the details: