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Five Studies of Christ's Power
Sunday Mornings at 9:30am and 10:45am "What Kind of Jesus Do You Have In Your Boat?"
by Tom Goodman
September 5, 2007

Do you simply respect Jesus, or do you revere him?  The difference impacts your ability to face your fears.

The disciples discovered this on the night they were caught out in the open sea on a little boat.  They woke up Jesus in a panic, shouting, "Lord, we're going to drown!"

Jesus made his way to the bow and said to the wind and waves, "Be quiet."  It was as if our Lord regarded this violent storm as nothing more than a yapping mutt that needed scolding.  Immediately the storm died down, and the disciples whispered to each other in astonished gasps, "What kind of man is this?"

Well?  What kind of Jesus do you have in your boat?  Is he simply an inspiring teacher of moral truths, or is he the world's Master who controls everything by his command?  You tell me your answer to that question, and I'll tell you how you will respond to your next crisis.

We'll look at that story in this Sunday's study of the Gospel of Matthew.  This Sunday we begin a five-week series called "Smackdown!"  We'll look at five awesome stories about Christ's awesome power.  Join us for our 9:30am Bold Service or our 10:45am Smooth Service, or listen online when the sermon is posted Monday.

Also, spread the word about our new Kids Music Theater!  KMT meets from 5:30 to 7:00pm while adults are in one of the Hillcrest Institute classes or the PraiseHill worship service.  Your kids (age 4 through Grade 5) will learn music skills and prepare for a stage performance of a Christmas musical called "Angels Aware."  I believe parents will see the value of KMT just as they see the value of Upward Basketball.  Upward builds kids' confidence through sports, and KMT will build kids' confidence through music and performance.  I'm excited about what Lynn Chappell and her team have put together!  Bring your children and their friends to the first night this Sunday!  For more information, contact the church office at 345-3771.

Finally, join us in prayer as we begin our Connection Campaign this Sunday.  We'll begin a five-week operation to call 10,000 households in our area with the aim of finding 200 interested in connecting with our church.  Lift the effort to God in prayer!


Links to Your World (From my weblog, "Get Anchored")

Good for her!  Beauty contestant Lauren Caitlin Upton turns her infamy into fun on this geography quiz from People magazine!

God Took the Wheel:  How God restored the marriage of Alan and Denise Jackson.

Dream Big (But Be Faithful in Little).

"Does the life of the Spirit, summed up in the Beatitudes of Jesus, rob one of the ability to lead effectively in a fallen world?"  Russell Moore, reflecting on a recent Newsweek piece about Mike Huckabee's "too nice" campaign for the White House.

See more links at my weblog, "Get Anchored" (click here).

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