By Pastor Tim Hodge
Oct 19, 2014
1 Timothy 5:17, “The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching” (NIV).
Today is a special day at Crossroads World Outreach Center (CWOC). This is the day we will honor those who serve in pastoral capacities in this ministry. I consider myself blessed by having these folks to work with in the Kingdom of God. They serve in various capacities and help me with giving spiritual oversight to the sheep that God has seen fit to entrust to our care. They assist in visitation, counseling, planning, implementation, prayer, preaching, teaching, and a variety of other venues of ministry. Today, we honor (alphabetically) Betty Franks, Kim Hodge, Marcia Kolberg, Teresa McCurry, Ashlyn Oren, Michelle Prevatte, Alex Scott, and Jeannine Scott.
On the first Sunday of October 2008, Kim and I came for what we thought was a ‘visit’ to CWOC. This ministry was entering into a transition of leadership in the position of Senior Pastor. Dr. Jesse Simmons, the previous Senior Pastor, had been after me (harassing or hounding – whichever you want to call it – I type while smiling) to come and visit. His words were, “I have about twelve resumes on my desk. Yours is not one of them, but God keeps speaking your name.” Out of respect for Dr. Simmons, I eventually conceded to come for a ‘visit’ and share with this congregation what I perceived to be a word from the Lord concerning its future. I had no inclination that the Hodge family would be a part of that future. But God…. Continue reading
Sunday, October 19
9:30 a.m. Church Open for Prayer (Sanctuary)
Morning Worship Celebration
Nursery (Ages 0-18 mos.)
Toddlers (Ages 18 mos.- 2 yrs.)
CWOC All Stars
Tuesday, October 21
6:00 p.m. Fitness / Zumba Class (Activity Center)(Ladies only)
Wednesday, October 22
6:00 a.m. Prayer (Sanctuary)
6:30 p.m. Prayer (Sanctuary)
Children’s Ministry (Classroom)
Youth Ministry (Activity Center)
Adults – Sanctuary
Thursday, October 23
6:00 p.m. Fitness / Zumba Class (Activity Center) (Ladies only)
Friday, October 24
6:00 a.m. Prayer (Sanctuary)
Oct 19 Shannon Frye and Parker Frye
Oct 22 Shannon Frye
Sunday, Oct 19
Ages 3 – 12 Jacob Oren and Brenda Perez
Wednesday, Oct 22
Ages 3 – 12 C.E. and Marti Chavis
A sign-up sheet is located at the Welcome Center
For more details, please see Pastor Ashlyn Oren
M3 will meet today at 5:30 p.m. The discussion will be on Matthew, Chapter 27 and Nehemiah, Chapter 8.
See you there!
(Activity Center will be reserved from 5:30p.m. – 7:30p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.)
The Outreach Ministry is in need of some clean plastic grocery bags to use when giving away food. Thanks Pastor Betty Franks
FUNDRAISER for JOYCE CHAVIS
Joyce Chavis has been having some health issues for over a year. She has another knee surgery coming up soon. Please help us reduce some of the financial burden she has right now.
When: Saturday, November 8, 2014
Time: 7:30 a.m. till 2:00 p.m.
Where: Crossroads World Outreach Center, Activity Center (rain or shine)
If you have items to donate, please call Karen Wiggins , Marti Chavis or Lynn Bundrick
If you would like to make a donation to the fundraiser, please see one of the ladies listed above.
We’re praying for God’s awesome healing power on her.
We’re believing by faith that she will be walking soon!
By Pastor Tim Hodge
Oct 12, 2014
Matthew 3:1-6, NKJV
“In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, (v2) and saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!’ (v3) For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying: ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord; Make His paths straight.’ (v4) Now John himself was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey. (v5) Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him (v6) and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.”
Matthew 3:13-17, NKJV
“Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. (v14) And John tried to prevent Him, saying, ‘I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?’ (v15) But Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.’ Then he allowed Him. (v16) When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. (v17) And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’”
Today is a special day here at Crossroads World Outreach Center (CWOC). Following the morning service, we will have a BAPTISMAL SERVICE.
I love to conduct baptisms. One of the reasons is because I always take the opportunity to TEACH what the process/experience is all about. Too often in the religious world we ‘do’ things out of ceremonial, perfunctory duty. However, there are beautiful aspects of ceremonies such as marriage, communion, and baptism that the Holy Spirit wants us to experience in a full, rich, insightful, and fulfilling way. With that in mind, allow me to peel back the layers of baptism and give you some insight into this life-changing ceremony.
First, as we see in the above passages referenced, John the Baptist was conducting his ministry at the JORDAN River. The name “JORDAN” is defined in its original Hebrew language as ‘DESCENDER.’ During the seasons of rain and when the snows were melting from the mountains, the Jordan River had very swift currents that would literally sweep people away if they weren’t careful. Hence the term ‘DESCENDER’ means it will pull people down under its currents and to their death. Therefore, with this in mind, the Jordan River was symbolic of ‘DEATH.’ When a person is baptized (being immersed in the water) it is an outward expression of going down into death – dying to self, sin, and the things of this world.
Second, God honors a person going through the experience of baptism. Jesus did not begin His earthly ministry UNTIL He was baptized by John. In verses 16 and 17 from the above passage, we see that when Jesus was brought up from the water that (1) the Holy Spirit came upon Him in the form of a dove [and everything Jesus did or a miraculous nature from that day forward He did by the power and presence of the Holy Spirit] and (2) God the Father spoke audibly from Heaven and confirmed His Son.
When we go through the ceremonial procession of baptism we should experience encounters from the God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. New seasons, new anointing, new experiences, and new encounters with God should be expected following baptism. With every acceptable sacrifice God gives a divine response. God loves us so dearly. When we offer ourselves to Him at a heightened degree we should yearn in our hearts for an interaction of the Holy Spirit like we’ve never experienced before and we should passionately cry out for confirmation from our Heavenly Father. Continue reading