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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Boiling Springs Today Magazine

I had the opportunity to write an article in the Boiling Springs Today Magazine under the headline "Paper Pulpit". This opportunity is the result of our contacts from the Movies In The Park events. I don't do a whole lot of writing and never for any publication. I used this opportunity to present an idea that we will be working through in the Sunday morning messages over the next three weeks without using any scripture or ideas that will be presented on Sundays. The following is that article;

I would like to introduce myself. My name is Ryan Bishop. I was born 39 years ago in North Florida and moved to the upstate in March of 2000. I am a church planter with the N.A.M.B. My style may be a bit different than you are used to so try to hang with me through the end of the page. Forgive me if you are reading this and you don't attend church, but I am writing from the expectation that those who take the time to read this will likely be church attenders.

From time to time I catch myself checking and rechecking my appearance in the morning before I go out. This is not due to vanity. For those who know me, most are currently shocked to hear that I have a mirror. The reason I double check on certain days is because I am meeting someone new. I hate to shave, I forget to brush my hair and I would generally rather not ask my wife if my clothes match. The horror on her face as she says "Did you wear that?" is just priceless. I check and recheck to be sure I actually brushed my hair. Just call it morning amnesia; a complete loss of short term memory as I move through the fog that is morning. In God's word we find James commenting on this very problem.

James 1:22-24 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.

Christians are prone to believers amnesia. This disorder has many root causes not the least of which is to see God's Word (which is the only good reason to attend church) as optional. When we hear God's Word and subsequently dismiss it as antiquated we slip into the trap that James was describing.

James gives the warning not to deceive ourselves. A fair question is, "What is this deceit that he is warning about?"

The deception comes when we claim to belong to God and do not follow His instructions found in the Bible. This is no different than the "Oprah" plan for finding God. She incorrectly suggests that you can just set off on a course in the general direction of what you believe to be God and in the end achieve a connection with God. The truth is that the God created in your head will only lead you to a relationship with a better "spiritualesque" YOU.

When you see parts of God's Word as optional or negotiable you cease to be part of Christendom. You have simply created a new religion with a Christian feel.

My encouragement to you is to move through this life making the most of every moment, trusting God at every turn and never negotiating with the truth found in the Bible.

Great Summer Behind Us!

It has been a good summer for Threshold Church. We are finally about to get off the ground with everything including My Groups. "My Groups" are our in home Bible Studies. 

This summer we offered three Movie In The Park Events for the community and all three were a great success. 

A number of area businesses participated in the events through giving away gift cards. Movies in the Park allowed me to get to know some great people in business in our community. 

We had four supporters that were over the top with their giving.  Cook Family Chiropractic, Anytime Fitness, Chic-Fil-A and Boiling Springs Furniture.

We had other sponsors that participated in every movie. Cowboy Connection, Chernagans and Boiling Springs Auto Spa. Many others participated in one or more of the movie dates. 

As part of the last movie we were able to collect school supplies and give away the supplies to those in need.

We also had the opportunity to serve breakfast to the teachers of the 9th Grade Campus during the planning time.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Having Another Movie

This Friday we will be showing The Tale of Despereaux at the Boiling Springs Community Park. Free Sno-Cones and inflatables begin at 5:30. We may see some afternoon rain but as long as it is not raining at start time the movie will start at approx. 8:30. School supplies are still needed for many in our area. Please bring supplies as you are able.