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.
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.