Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Prayers Needed!!

Please pray for Stacy Warren and her family. Stacy is our pastor's wife who recently has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Please pray for healing, strength and courage to the entire family.

Visit my pastor's (Dr.Jeff Warren) blog: www.liveforgiven.org

James 5:15- "And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven." Matthew 21:22- “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."

"Faith is the most important quality of a prayer that God answers. Faith is that quality that trusts in and clings to God. Faith attracts God. Without faith it is impossible to please God. It is the raw material upon which the answers to our prayers are produced. Need and circumstances do not move God as much as faith. Jesus has promised that whatsoever we ask, if we believe, it shall be granted us. (http://www.lausanneworldpulse.com/perspectives.php/593/01-2007?pg=all)"

Friday, August 15, 2008

Golf Tournament Fundraiser

Golf Tournament Fundraiser

McKinney, TX ((10/11/08!!))

4 Man Scrambles at $65 per person.

Mulligans will be $5. A mulligan is a "do-over" shot and must be purchased before round begins. Par 5 Adv. Hole will be $15. Want to get closer to the hole? You can buy it!

Awards will be given for 1st Place, Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin. There will be a Raffle Drawing with donated prizes including free dinner at restaurants, free rounds of golf at various golf courses, free hair cuts, and more in the works! There will also be a Silent Auction including golf services, 2 one-year subscriptions to Avid Golfer Magazine (with free rounds of golf at 21 various DFW golf courses) each an $800 value, and 2 passes to Six Flags in Arlington, Tx! We are currently working on 2nd place & 3rd place prizes.

A free $25 gift card to Golf Etc. will be given to every participant. And one lucky participant will randomly get a $200 gift card to Golf Etc. so make sure you check out Golf Etc. soon after the tournament! Golf Etc. is next door to Genghis Grill in McKinney.

Early Registration ends October 1, 2008. Please make checks payable to "Tonya Winchester Irrevocable Trust" or "Tonya Winchester SN Trust." Each participant will need to fill out a form that can be mailed, e-mailed, or faxed. Volunteers are needed. THANK YOU!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Why is there EVIL & SUFFERING?

"There may be several reasons for suffering. A major factor is our fallen, sinful world. Because of sin, throughout the ages, the perfection and goodness of the world is tainted. We experience illness, disease, natural disasters, hunger, and all types of suffering.

As mortals, we cannot know all of God's reasons. But, God loves us enough to give us free will. We are not robots. As a result, people make mistakes. People turn away from God's perfect goodness through sin.

Thus, our own choices sometimes produce evil over good. It is impossible for God to have created man with free will and evil not be a consequence. Also, the choices of others can produce suffering. The consequences of bad choices sometimes affect not only the person who makes the wrong choice but also their family, friends, and sometimes even society.

The Old and New Testaments make it clear that suffering can be a result of God's discipline in our lives—similar to the discipline a loving parent has for his child. So, too, can God discipline us. Hebrews 12:10-11 illustrates this point: "...but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it."

Suffering is God's megaphone to a deaf world. Suffering can produce benefits greater than the suffering itself. It can strengthen people, lead people to faith, help us to appreciate the good, and be a tool to influence others. Indeed, suffering can mold us. "Suffering produces perseverance... character... hope...." (Romans 5:3-5) "...though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed" (1 Peter 1:5-7). The actual trials of faith are worthwhile and precious as is faith itself! Our faith is strengthened as we rely on Christ to see us through troubling times

It is the knowledge that God sent His only son to suffer and die for us that our sins are forgiven and that our ultimate suffering will be relieved. God is "not only aware of suffering—he feels it. No pain or suffering has ever come to us that has not first passed through the heart and hand of God... (Isaiah 53:3)."

Christianity is the only religion or worldview that has an answer to evil and suffering."

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Prayers Needed

Please pray for Jesse. He is 16 years old and was in a 4-wheeler accident. Apparently he hit a tree and has sustained some brain injuries--they don't know the extent of his injuries yet. His family was with him at the time of the accident. He had just told his mom "This is the most fun I've ever had in my life". That is the last she has heard from him. He is in surgery right now.

Please pray for Jesse, his mom Tawni, father Brad, their other 3 boys and the physicians caring for him!!

1 Peter 1:5-7
"...who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed."