The Passion of Decaying Teeth Restored

So, I followed the technician into the room where the dentist and his assistant were involved in a very active conversation. As I entered Doc called me over and without missing a beat, the conversation continued with me included.

I was there to get a temporary cap (or crown) replaced with a permanent one. The Doc instead, called my attention to a series of tooth x-rays (high quality and in color) that he had been working on and pointed out, that due to this NEW polymer a tooth could be almost fully restored to its original quality, while leaving much of the good part of the tooth intact. The pictures he showed me were from the before, after, and during mode. I’m not gonna lie, pictures of decaying teeth are not very appealing. Even the splendor of the restored tooth, while very magnificent still did little to change my impression of the whole conversation.

However, what did strike me was the dentist’s great passion for fixing teeth. His great passion for helping his patients experience the best dental care possible. His passion for restoring what was truly unsalvageable to such a pristine condition.

This Sunday morning Josh Hunt will share with us his passion for doubling groups and reaching people with the gospel through small groups. I pray that we will grasp his passion for seeing the gospel restore life to people whose lives seem to be unsalvageable. May we have a greater passion for the gospel and its ability to provide us with the best life possible. I can’t wait!

We Labor Together With God, Wes

What Is The Cost?

I got a text this morning. A very important piece of paper was lost and maybe it flew out the vehicle door when it opened and the person got out or in as they attended Wednesday Night Bible Study. The text asked me to keep my eyes open in case I might spot it.

After I got to The Ridge and parked, I started to look around and headed down toward the road. Well, first I attempted to discern which direction the wind was blowing. As I walked toward the road, I did see a rather large piece of paper in a ditch by the road. Upon arrival, I determined this was the aforementioned “important paper.” However, it was mired down in the mud, which fortunately kept it from “easing on down the road.” After a few moments of contemplation, there was no doubt; I would have to take at least one-step into the sludge to retrieve it. I firmly planted my foot into the muck and almost came out of my shoe, picked it up and successfully pulled my foot and shoe back to solid ground. Yes, foot, shoe, and a rather deep coating of the mire!

A very successful task completed but not without cost. The cost of time looking, the cost of time cleaning, the cost of uncertainty whether the paper would be located. I was happy to help. I was able to clean my shoe and the paper I found was indeed the one that was lost. It was worth the cost

Here’s the challenge: What’s the cost of reaching people with the gospel and are we willing to pay it?

We Labor Together With God, Wes

Small Groups – Good for Thee; Not for Me!

Scripture reminds us that we need to be in relationships for our personal and spiritual growth. In the midst of this fragmented and persecuted world, we desperately need to be connected!

Are you thinking this is great for thee, but not for me? Perhaps you are struggling with a very busy full plate in life. A plate overfilled with mounds of things that you need to do and are responsible for in your life. Perhaps, they are overflowing your dish. We all struggle with the demands of our career and all of the frustrations and stress placed on us, such as goals, deadlines, and workflow.

Then there are our family obligations, taking the kids to school, picking them up here and there, dealing with all of their demands and obligations too. Then maybe you are already volunteering for something in the church or community. Maybe you are juggling work and school and family, to the point there is not a free minute in your week.

Then you are asked, “Hey, why don’t you join our small group?” What??? I do not have the time! I cannot possibly commit to anything else. I am overloaded and overwhelmed! Well, to be honest, then you are the person who needs to be in a small group the most!

We ALL need a place to grow, and we as humans in a relationship with Jesus grow best in community with people who love and care for us!

We Labor Together With God, Wes

6 Reasons Sunday School Small Groups Rock!

1. Sunday School Small Groups (SSSG) improve your Bible knowledge. When you know and understand God’s Word, you are more likely to obey it.

2. SSSG, assist your spiritual growth. Think of Sunday School teachers and class members who have modeled the Christian life. Most importantly, spiritual growth often occurs best in the context of small group Bible study.

3. SSSG provide a “place to belong.” In a Sunday School class you are known, personally recognized and transparency is more likely to occur. You can share needs and concerns. As you participate, you become part of the group.

4. SSSG help you build meaningful relationships. You meet people, learn their names, hear their stories, and meet their families. You share fellowship times with class members. You minister alongside others.

5. SSSG provide opportunities to serve and minister. Contacts with sometimes “unchurched prospects” gives you the privilege of sharing your faith. You show the love of Jesus by ministering to class members who have needs.

6. SSSG have a place for the whole family. In one trip to church, your entire family can participate in the important purposes of Bible study, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, worship, and evangelism.

We will recognize Sunday School Small Group Workers Sunday, February 25, @ 10:15 am.

We Labor Together With God, Wes