Newsletter for March 2003
Brothers & Sisters,
& I recently made a trip to Colorado Springs to begin organizing
Festival í03, a Festival of Tabernacles celebration. We have
been truly blessed by God this year with a wonderful hotel
and meeting facilities for the Festival this fall. This yearís Festival
will be Saturday, Oct. 11th through Saturday the 18th.
have reserved meeting space & sleeping rooms at the Wyndham
in Colorado Springs, 5580 Tech Center Drive.
Grill-Northern Californian & Italian cuisine
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í03 rate is a bargain at $75.00 per night for 1 to 4 people per
room. The Wyndham is generously giving us a complimentary full buffet
breakfast each morning in Gratziís Restaurant (a $12.95 + tax value)!
719-260-1800 & ask for the Christian Church of Godís
Festival í03 special rate. Veronica will be setting up a link at
our website at www.christianchurchofgod.org
so that you can make reservations directly over the Internet if
will be planned soon. We will have a planning session for all of
you interested in helping with planning. Some of the possibilities
include a Pikes Peak Bike Ride, Pikes Peak Cog Railway, Cheyenne
Mountain Zoo, Horseback Riding, Dinner at the Flying W Ranch, a
trip to the Royal Gorge, Seven Falls, Garden of the Gods, Cave of
the Winds. The Air Force Academy, Focus on the Family and Cowboy
Hall of Fame, Olympic Training Facility and Cripple Creek are other
sites worth visiting.
will have an exciting array of special guest speakers this year
& the Church of God 7th Day in Denver may be joining
us for one of the Sabbaths. Looking forward to your help & participation
enhancing this yearís Festival experience!
Justice, and the "American way"
a blessed country, we as Americans have received and enjoy many
of those blessings. Along with the prosperity doled out to America
has been a natural by-product, the attitude of superiority. This
short article is not a political statement, but I wonder if we as
American Christians realize how much our attitude is affected by
this American attitude of pre-eminence?
We often wonder
why much of the world hates us, and for good reason the fact is
many do hate America. Little wonder given the overall attitude the
majority of Americanís exhibit. Please understand I am not saying
that our way is incorrect, I think we have been given the most wonderful
system know to man (it is however not Godís system)!
is are Christians also affected by the American attitude, and more
specifically how does this background affect our mindset towards
the truth of understanding that God has blessed us with?
God gave great
blessings to America, no question about that fact. God also has
given to us a very precious blessing in understanding His truth.
We know that His word is truth; we have been blessed with the knowledge
of that truth. If we are following the American way it will lead
us into the wrong attitude, an attitude of moral supremacy.
I think many
of the problems that the Christians as a whole experience come about
from an attitude of moral supremacy, which is just a nice way of
this problem and react to it, in a variety of ways. Some abandon
the truth, thinking this will solve the problem, but it doesnít
Ė doing so only creates additional problems. Our purpose today is
not to examine this issue but instead to look at a more productive
method of addressing the prevailing American attitude of superiority
that has such a negative impact on Christianity.
Jesus told us
that the truth would make us free, and it will Ė but only if we
accept the truth with an attitude of gratitude and humility. This
is critical, knowing the truth will only benefit us if we accept
the truth in humility. The knowledge of the truth doesnít provide
us with any moral or other superiority; the truth is there to show
us the nature of God. As we learn more about God, we should become
even more humbled. It is self-righteousness that leads us down the
path of moral superiority. The truth should lead us to humility.
and love provide all glimmers of any righteousness we may have,
it is not of our doing or understanding.
It is time to
revisit the words of the Apostle Paul in his letter to the church
at Ephesus, particularly the 4th chapter. Paul urges
us (God preserved these words for our edification) to walk in a
manner worthy of our calling Ė with all humility, gentleness, patience,
showing forbearance to one another in love. This is the exact opposite
of the attitude of I am better than you!
Read then entire
chapter it is timely for us, and verse 15 instructs us to speak
the truth, but notice how we are to speak the truth.
Truth, in particular
Godís truth is a wonderful blessing; let us not insult the glorious
grace of God by thinking this gift from God somehow makes us superior,
the truth should humble us before each other and before God. I urge
you to read and take to heart the truth of God, donít abandon the
truth at the same time; donít allow yourself to abandon God by having
the American attitude of moral superiority.
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