A GOOD WAY TO START!

Dear CCC Family & Friends,

Below please find a prayer and a plan to start reading the Bible regularly
(homework):

“Father, in Jesus’ name, I thank You and bring You into remembrance of Your
Word.  Your Word have I hid in my heart that I would not sin against You,
Your Word is Life to me and Health to my flesh.  Your Word is a Lamp to my
feet and a Light to my path.

Holy Spirit, You are my Teacher, my Guide, my Comforter, You bring to my
remembrance what Jesus spoke and You empower the words that I speak because I choose to speak Your Words and You watch over Your Words to perform them!

Help me now to learn and to remember.  I thank You now for my faith
increasing because Your Word says that faith comes by hearing the Word of
God!

In Jesus’ name I pray this.

Amen.”

There are many “formulas” as to “how to start to read or how you should read God’s Word.”  To be blunt, I just want you to pick one and start reading! 

Reading the Word of God out loud is a really good thing to do!

When you read God’s Word these things WILL happen:

.    Your faith will increase.

.    You will learn about God as a person.

.    He expresses His will (yes, you can know Gods’ will).

.    The main way God “speaks to His people” is through His Word.

.    You gain health for your entire body/soul.

.    Your mind is renewed.

.    And about 100 other good things.

Start with the book of John chapter 1. 

1) Here you will discover about the Eternity of Jesus, His deity, His part
in creation. 

2) You will be introduced into being “born of the Spirit.”

3) You will have it explained to you how “the Word became flesh and dwelt
among us”.

Next move onto Genesis chapter 1. 

This is a truly rich in content chapter.  Imagine, here is the first time
the Triune Godhead shows up in scripture!   

1) The creation.

2) Genetics.

3) Adam and Eve. 

4) The concept of God’s family. 

5) Authority and Dominion. 

Now continue in this manner. Read the entire books listed, in this order:

.   John

.   Mathew 

.   Mark

.   Luke

.   John (yes, again)

.   Acts 

.   Romans

The above reading will take TIME.  This is NOT a sprint. 

Here is your homework and preparation:

1)     Get a journal of any sort.  Don’t worry about fancy, being perfect, making mistakes, getting words wrong, grammar or spelling!  You will miss days, get over it and move on.  This is a discipline, like working out.  As
you read, don’t be in a hurry, stop and listen, write down what you “hear.”
God loves to share and reveal His Word to us.

2)     Try and set a “time of day” for being with Him. 

a)Find your “quiet place” and practice being still. 

b) Establish boundaries with the family about this special time. 

c) Be kind, patient, understanding and flexible.especially with yourself.

3)     Pray.  Pray with your spouse, a teammate and especially by yourself. 

I believe this will help; it helped me.  I still have my moments of not
doing it quite right (whatever that means).  Our God says that “He will draw
close to those that draw close to Him.”  That’s all I need to know!!!

I count you twice, 

PG

Prayer for a Pandemic

Dear CCC Family,

To say that I miss seeing each of you in person is a real understatement!
We are doing all we can to stay connected during this time of “stretching.”

Please join us for our live-stream broadcasts on Sundays (starting at
10:30am) on our website ( <http://www.cccrpv.orgwww.cccrpv.org) and /or
our Community Christian Church Facebook page.  We start off with worship
then we partake of communion finishing with a teaching.

Our broadcasting is a true success, and we look forward to God continuing to bless our endeavors as we seek Him!

This is a great time to ask those that don’t attend to join and get to know us. 

Blessings, 

PG

P.S.  We will let you know when we will start our Tuesday night bible studies. Check our website for updates!


Prayer for a Pandemic

by Cameron Bellm

May we who are merely inconvenienced,

remember those whose lives are at stake.

May we who have no risk factors

remember those most vulnerable.

May we who have the luxury of working from home

remember those who must choose

between preserving their health or making their rent.

May we who have the flexibility 

to care for our children when their schools close

remember those who have no options.

May we who have to cancel our trips

remember those that have no safe place to go.

May we who are losing our margin money 

in the tumult of the economic market

remember those who have no margin at all.

May we who settle in for a quarantine at home

remember those who have no home.

As fear grips our country,

let us choose love.

During this time when we cannot physically 

wrap our arms around each other,

Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace

 of God to our neighbors.

Amen.