Time Zones — and the People of God

June 12, 2011

This morning I woke up in Phoenix, AZ  — in a time zone three hours behind NC.

In a different place with the clock showing a different time, yet I know the People of God at Calvary are gathering together right now.

I was able to watch the 8:15 service and listened to Steve Hardy preach.  I’ve just finished watching Elevate and listening to Steven Ackley.  Soon, I will be able to watch Calvary West and hear Matt Capps preach. 

Three preachers, three sermons, same topic —serving and shepherding the People of God—challenging them to pray.

I am grateful for these men and for the opportunity God has given me to serve with them.  I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the People of God with great men of God.  I am thankful the opportunity to stay in touch.

Our Schedule:  If you’d like to stay in touch with us, we are at the Southern Baptist Convention in Phoenix (Toburens, Hipps, Manns and Chapmans).  The Pastor’s Conference meets Sunday night/Monday and the Convention is Tuesday and Wednesday.   

You can watch them both online     http://www.sbcannualmeeting.net/sbc11/default.asp

As the summer begins, I encourage you to stay in touch. Rest, take time with your family but remember no matter where you go you can stay in touch with Calvary and you can use this opportunity to pray for the People of God in a different way.

Treasure and the Heart

June 6, 2011

Here’s my prayerful response to Luke 12:32-34

Eternal God. 

You are the great SHEPHERD of the sheep.  I desperately need You to guide me and lead me and I trust You completely!

Father, it is my great privilege to call You “Abba, FATHER” and I know that You love me and want what’s best for me.

Since You are the KING of the universe—I know You can handle anything…how I long for You to be the King of all the kingdoms of my heart.

You are known as the One who GIVES—I know that I can do nothing to earn Your favor or Your blessing.  I receive Your gift of eternal life and I know that…

You DELIGHT in giving to me… so I should delight in giving.  Freely I have received—freely I will give. 

I set my heart on You as the only true treasure. 

You alone can satisfy the longings of my heart—I find great pleasure in seeing You as my eternal treasure.


Luke 12:32-34

Don’t be afraid, little flock, because your Father delights to give you the kingdom.  Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Make money-bags for yourselves that won’t grow old, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Getting Ready for Sunday

June 3, 2011

As I look back over the sermon for Sunday (Lay Up Treasures in Heaven), I am really excited about God’s Word for Calvary this week.

As you get ready for Sunday, I would like to ask you to consider a couple of things:

1.   Pray for us (Will Toburen and me) …as we prepare to preach God’s Word.

2.  Read theses passages and prayerfully prepare your heart to listen to the voice of God as we gather.

Luke 12:32-34;   Matt. 6:19-21Matt. 10:8  Luke 16:10-12

Be of good cheer?

June 3, 2011

Tuesday morning I decided to read Spurgeon’s daily devotional (you can find it online by clicking here).

The meditation was based on John 16:33 and I found it especially encouraging.  I have been reading it every day this week…and I thought I would share part of it with you today…

How can I look to be at home in the enemy’s country, joyful while in exile, or comfortable in a wilderness? This is not my rest. This is the place of the furnace, and the forge, and the hammer….

I note how He bids me “be of good cheer.” Alas! I am far too apt to be downcast. My spirit soon sinks when I am sorely tried. But I must not give way to this feeling. When my Lord bids me cheer up I must not dare to be cast down.

What is the argument which He uses to encourage me? Why, it is His own victory. He says, “I have overcome the world.” His battle was much more severe than mine. I have not yet resisted unto blood.

Why do I despair of overcoming? See, my soul, the enemy has been once overcome. I fight with a beaten foe. O world, Jesus has already vanquished thee; and in me, by His grace, He will overcome thee again. Therefore am I of good cheer and sing unto my conquering Lord.

(taken from Spurgeon’s daily devotion, Tuesday May 31st–you can read daily online here)