Taking Up Our Cross

“Every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before…” the lyrics of a gospel chorus. Often times in recent months it has been my joy to encourage others to not be so bold to declare future victories, but rather to purpose victory one day at a time with Jesus. 

With intentional focus on today there is the reward of giving more diligent attention to happenings in the present. The immediate takes on greater importance. Persons in our "now" sphere are more significant. Issues at hand are more likely to be given diligent attention.

The dreamer trades practicality for stars. Wisdom sees the stars and dreams but knows the value of diligence in the present. The mundane is often necessary to achieve the dream.

Thomas Edison was on the verge of inventing the incandescent bulb. His laboratory burned. In the early hours before dawn it is said someone found him lying on a table sleeping. They questioned him how he could sleep while his lab burned. He replied: "Soon it will be daylight and time to go to work!"

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We are giving a “shout out” to “Hoops for High Flyers!” For the second year in a row Coach Mitch Minor headed a team for a free basketball clinic for community youth. Skill building. Behavior teaching. Spiritual guidance. It was an awesome day. Prayer. Ending with a full meal for youth and all leaders.  Participants begged parents to allow them to stay longer.

Investing. Believing in future dividends. Thanks, Mitch and TEAM!

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On November 14, we will host the Charlottesville committee that works with refugees. This group of highly skilled people includes educators, therapists, doctors, nurses, psychologists, linguists, et al. I am a participant in this ongoing dialogue of how to best serve those from other countries who have suffered greatly and been brought to the United States to begin a new life.  We will provide lunch. This is mission outreach to our community.

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On November 16, Saturday 3-4:30 PM we will host Bruce Deel, CEO of City of Refuge in Atlanta (cityofrefugeatl.org). His is a phenomenal story of miraculous intervention. Bruce has recently published a book about the adventure. There are opinions the book could make the New York Times Bestseller list.  Everyone is welcome to attend the Saturday meeting and participate in a leadership discussion. 

In fact, youth and parents who attend this meeting will be given priority to filling spaces for a summer  missions trip to the City of Refuge.

Sunday AM Bruce will speak in both morning services. You will rejoice as you hear stories of redemption. We will have the opportunity to learn about and participate in this bold mission project. ********************************************************

Last evening Laila and I became aware of a young man who is a missionary to Nepal. His is an American Caucasian who speaks the Nepalese language. We are inviting him to speak with our Nepalese congregation of about 50 people when he returns to the U.S. in late November.

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We are pressing into the harvest. Our prayer is that every person who attends Covenant will be a tither, missionary-giver and serve in a particular and specific place of ministry that strengthens the Body. We believe this is our hour…our time…that God has his hand upon us as a congregation to serve our congregation, our community and our world. 

The future for Covenant will be measured by our willingness to trust, give and serve. The coming months will shape our thoughts and hearts. The vision will be as bold as we choose to make it! God is looking for a people who are humble of heart and willing to take up their cross and follow Jesus. We want to be in the front of the harvest in these prophetic times.

This coming Sunday I plan to complete the four-part series on The Great Commission with emphasis on the “Uttermost”. Join with us in worship and fellowship.

Much love

Pastor Bare

Acts 1:8 “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

Covenant Church