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Future Hope 001 I love quotes. Here are a few about hope and the future, some are great truths – some aren’t. But they all should make us think. On Sunday we will look at a guy faced with a hopeless situation, who changed the future through the grace of God. It should give us hope for our future too. Happy reading.

 

1.  "Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." -- Philosopher and theologian Søren Kierkegaard

2.  I like this similar quote better - "Problems look a whole lot smaller in the rearview mirror than they do through the windshield." -- Anchor Group leader Clay Holderman

3. "I never think of the future - it comes soon enough." -- Albert Einstein

4. "Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God." Corrie ten Boom, Ravensbrück concentration camp survivor.

5. "There is no pit so deep that He [God] is not deeper still." -- Betsie ten Boom, Corrie’s sister, while dying at Ravensbrück concentration camp

6.  "No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may." -- Gautama Buddha, Sayings of Buddha

7. "The future is uncertain but the end is always near." -- Jim Morrison

8. "Our mistrust of the future makes it hard to give up the past." -- Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor

9. "It was amazing how you could get so far from where you'd planned, and yet find it was exactly where you needed to be." -- Sarah Dessen, What Happened to Goodbye

10. "I realized that there's a big difference between deciding to leave and knowing where to go." -- Robyn Schneider, The Beginning of Everything

11.  "I asked for deliverance. He gave me endurance.

I asked for release. He gave me His peace.

I asked to be pain free. He gave me His strength.

What I didn't realize was that

I was really asking for hope.

And He gave me Himself." -- Author Chad Barrett

 

See you Sunday,

Dan

 

 AnchorPoint Grand Opening!

Have you seen the new sign yet? I was hoping for a Cuban sign-spinner, but this was the best we could do. We are off and running this Sunday at 10am. It’s our 7th week together, and also our grand opening. Here are some ways you can help make it a success:

  •  Pray for the service and invite a friend! We have more invite cards at the church if you want some.
  •  Give the best parking spaces to someone else. Think of it as a free gym membership. Check out the overflow room in the Annex.
  •  We now have video hooked up, so you can grab a drink, a chair, and lose the remote - just like home.
  •  Once the children are dismissed, there should be plenty of room in the Worship Center if you want to switch.
  •  Give the best seats to someone else. This means cram in to the middle of the row if you don’t have to get out during the service, or sit WAY up front if you come early.
  •  Don’t talk to your friends until you have welcomed someone new first. Good friends will forgive you. Maybe.
  •  Bring one of your favorite recipes for the potluck. Preferably chocolate…

Thanks for your help, and please don’t forget to pray. We really desire to be a gospel-centered family impacting our community for Christ, and this is just the beginning!

Dan

despicable 3 villain picThere’s something about other people having a sense of entitlement that totally bugs me. This may bother you, but I’m entitled to my opinion. 

A baby throwing a tantrum when not being picked up can be cute. But by the terrible twos, when the TV gets shoved off the shelf because you wouldn’t let little Suzie watch Despicable Me 3 for the 18th time in a row, it isn't so funny anymore. 

Unless it’s my grandkids. 

We were all infected with Entitlement Sickness when Adam and Eve ate the fruit. Our government owes us X, our work owes us Y, and our church owes us Z. We forget what we really deserve. Hell. Anything else is grace.  

And that brings us to church, a community of people trying to be Christ-followers while living in an entitlement culture. We should live like those who were entitled to hell, but forgiven by God, and by grace given life. But it’s difficult to worship when someone takes my parking spot, sits in my seat, and leads music from the 80s. The 70s were better. And, truth is, you can drive a short distance and find a church where they aren’t currently struggling with finding room for kids and adults, or service length and volume - and mercy, will we ever be able write a check out to Anchor Point instead of the old church? How long can it take? 

The new bank account is a government thing; we have to wait for the State to get back to us on the consolidation paperwork. So, in the meantime, keep using the Kiosk, and writing checks to one of the old churches.  

Here is a suggestion. Don’t think of yourself as a member of AnchorPoint. Consider yourself an owner. If you join a gym, when the elliptical breaks, you tell the owner on your way out. It’s her problem. But, if you own the elliptical in your garage and it breaks - you fix it. 

This is your church.  Last Sunday there were some issues in the service. Some wrote notes about those concerns (THANK YOU), and we're working to fix them.  But, as an owner, if it is a concern you can fix, have at it.  The trash you see in the parking lot is your trash, go ahead and pick it up.  The visitors that need a place to sit are your visitors; move in or help them out.  The facility that needs to be clean on Sunday is your facility - email if you can come early once a week to help get it ready.

We do want to improve; we have plenty of growing pains. But, in the meantime remember, all we are really entitled to is hell. God took that for us, so we get to come together to worship Him. Sometimes we have to cram in. Sometimes it’s too loud or too cold or too long. I get that. But let’s find a way to worship together as we try to fix what’s broken, thanking God that we don’t get the one thing we are really entitled to. 

Hope to see you Sunday – with more things fixed! 

Pastor Dan

godisGod is Able
 
A few months ago, right about the time we all decided to merge churches, I received a request to have a special speaker come in for this week. I have to admit, I was skeptical.
 
I didn’t yet know Jon King, who recommended him, and this guy, Ron Bouthillette, is from New Hampshire. Can we trust people from out east? People whose last names we can’t pronounce? People recommended by a keyboard player?
 
I’ve gotten to know Ron over email. He’s been a source of advice and encouragement to me through our merger process. He also recommended first two, and now three books. The first book, How Your Church Family Works, is worth a buck a page. Mercy was it helpful and fun to read – I’ve already ordered more to give away. The next book is helpful, both for working through change in church and in getting sleep at night. The last one is fun again – thanks Ron!
 
OK, here is the scoop on Ron, and why his wisdom has proven so helpful. Ron was not only Jon’s pastor and friend, but now is the Lead Pastor at The Bridge Community Church in Milford, NH. He is also the Adjunct Professor of Practical Theology at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary – hence the help in our merger.
 
Ron also has a bunch of degrees, children, and grandchildren. But, you will get to learn all that on Sunday, when he speaks on: God is Able. Meanwhile, as God would have it, Ron was coming here the same weekend JoLynn and I were planning to go to Camp Peniel’s 70th anniversary in Marble Falls Texas. Lord willing, that is where we are now.
 
See you in a week, let me know how Sunday went!
 
Dan

NehemiahWhat does God want from me? How can I know His will for my life? What if I miss it? If I marry the wrong person, will the rest of my life be worthless? What if I go to the wrong school, buy the wrong car, or wear the wrong shirt? He won’t ask me to do stuff I don’t want to do, will He? 
It’s amazing how small we can make our God, thinking that He can restore the Earth, but can’t restore our lives. Sometimes we are afraid of surrendering to God, believing that He somehow wants to make our lives miserable.  
Is that really God? Could not, and would not, He create us just right to accomplish His will for our lives? 
This week we will be in Nehemiah 2, when he goes from prayer to action, from being a cupbearer to the King to the leader of the rebuilding of Jerusalem. It’s fun stuff, a cool story, and a great example for our own lives. Hope you can join us.
 See you Sunday
Dan