Series on Holy Spirit Starts Sunday

I have been looking forward for quite some time sharing with you about the Holy Spirit.   My relationship with the Holy Spirit has been one of the most important parts of my spiritual development.   I want you to know the Holy Spirit personally, and as we walk with Him, you will see His refreshing activity in your life.   This Sunday’s message is called The Person of the Holy Spirit.

 

Southern Baptist Now Have Two Names

The Southern Baptist, the largest Protestant denomination with headquarters in Nashville, will retain it’s name – kind of.   “After months of speculation, a task force recommended that the Southern Baptist Convention retain its historic name.  But the task force also recommended that local churches that don’t like the name Southern Baptist use the name Great Commission Baptists .”  You can read the full article from the Tennessean by clicking here.

Like every other person outside of their group, I think the Southern Baptist should change their name for the obvious reasons.  First, the “Southern” designation links the movement back to it’s pre-Civil War opposition to the abolition of slavery.  In addition, the name “Southern” communicates a regional bias to the South that is contrary to the evangelical fervor of this movement.

I predict most people reaching people under age 60 will start using the term “Great Commission Baptist”, while churches orientated to an older congregation will stick to the “Southern Baptist” term.

Remembering George Washington

Tennessee Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey e-mailed this beautiful tribute to President George Washington on President’s Day (2.20.12):

George Washington, our first President, was born February 22, 1732 and it is today, the third Monday of February, that we formally honor him.

The father of his county, George Washington was a man of great moral courage. His decision, as a former British soldier and respected member of colonial society, to join the cause of Revolution was made at great personal risk. Were the Revolution against the crown to fail, he would have not only lost his wealth and position in society but, most assuredly, his life. But revolt he did and the rest, as they say, is history.

As our new experiment of democracy threatened to end just as soon as it had begun under the Articles of Confederation, Washington again answered the call to serve. Presiding over the writing and ratification of the Constitution, Washington became our President.

So universally beloved, Washington could have easily parlayed his popularity into asserting absolute power over our new republic. Instead he rejected — time and time again — the trappings of supreme executive power. He set a precedent and a standard that every president has sought to meet since then. Seldom do you see such selflessness and forethought in leaders today.

In an age where petty partisan political battles prevent our leaders — in the namesake city of first President no less — from accomplishing the basic tasks required of them, I think a good dose of reflection on the life and leadership of Washington could do wonders. – Ron Ramsey

Full article can be found by clicking here

Praying for my single friends today, that they realize that marriage and romance is not the answer to happiness in life. Praying for all my married friends to have a deeper love than the commercialism of one day.

Aaron's Angle

If your single, don’t feel like you are missing out on Valentines.  God has a plan for your life, and it very well could include a future marriage.  However, your life is great with or without a mate.  God has a plan for you as an individual, and today is the day to embrace that.

So many people who have married simply to have a spouse, and have not waited for a good mate, have regretted their short-sited decision.   It’s much worse to be in a bad marriage then it is to have temporary times of loneliness as a single.  If you do marry someday, you will look back on all the wasted energy you spent fretting over your singleness with regret.  In fact, there may be some days you will actually miss the solitude and simplicity of being single.  Singleness is a gift, not a disease.

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RT Kendall at CIL

Author and speaker RT Kendall will be speaking at CIL in both the 9:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. service on Sunday, February 19th.   After 25 years of pastor of the world-famous Westminster Chapel in London for 25 years, Dr. Kendall now travels the world ministering from his home in Hendersonville.   He will be speaking on one of his most popular subjects and books called Total Forgiveness.

Marriage Teaching this Wednesday Night

Starting this Wednesday (February 8), we will continue our focus on marriage with a video teaching on marriage.   We’ll have live Praise and Worship as we typically do, but will show a video teaching on marriage during the message time.  Jimmy Evans will be teaching Seven Great Traits of Every Marriage.

Join me at 6:30 p.m. for a night to invest in your future or current marriage.