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Bob Thune back at Okoboji Bible Conference

Greetings from the 77th Annual Okoboji Lakes Bible and Missionary Conference! This conference has become an annual trip for our family that we look forward to every year. What a blessing to hear from our former Senior Pastor at CCC, Bob Thune. Bob spoke at the Sunday morning service and stepped on to the platform trim and fit and not looking a day older than when he left CCC 7 years ago. He was engaging, as always, and shared 10 key things that the Lord has taught him over the years. These insights ranged from the importance of Integrity and Eternity, to the importance of the proclamation of the Gospel, to the importance of cherishing your spouse, as he so obviously does Ruthie. One of the most significant things that I, personally, took away was when he spoke about the secret of life being wrapped up in “the New Covenant.” He talked about the quest for all of us to find a sense of adequacy in our lives. He said, “a sense of adequacy begins with acknowledging that we can’t find it in ourselves. It must be found in Christ.”

As most of you know, Bob has been the Pastor of Southwest Community Church in Indian Wells, CA since he left Christ Community. He shared some of his personal journey over the last few weeks as he is now transitioning out of that role officially at the end of August. His comments on the subject were a testament to how Pastor Bob has modeled all of the aforementioned integrity, eternal perspective and Godliness over the years–and continues to do so. The comments evolved from one of his points, which was that “It’s not about me.” He graciously said that God IS doing something at Southwest Community Church and powerfully and humbly proclaimed that “The Mission is more important than any man.”

Well, at CCC we feel like God’s Mission for us is to make Disciples of Jesus Christ for Kingdom Impact. May God bless us as we do that, and may God bless Bob and Ruthie Thune as they enter the next chapter of their lives.

Brian Smith