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You Have a Calling

Confession: There was a time in my life that my career was the most important thing to me. Climbing the corporate ladder, being respected in my work and earning a big pay check were the most important things to me. My prideful ambition blinded me to what really matters in life. Then I got a calling and that changed everything.

Many of you reading this have a career but do you have a calling? Now, here’s the thing about a career and a calling, and this comes from my own experience…a career is about advancing yourself and a calling is about serving God. I wonder, which one is more important to you? You see, your life is more than just being a C-Level Executive. It is more than working 60 hours a week to get a project done because you fear being viewed as less capable if you don’t complete the project before the deadline. Your life is about more than the number of people who work under you or the title printed on your business card. Your life is about your calling.

The Bible tells the story of a young Jewish girl named Esther who had a career as queen of Persia, but it turns out God had something way more important for her, she had a calling. A man named Haman was enraged when Esther’s cousin Mordecai refused to kneel down and pay honor to Haman. Instead of killing only Mordecai, Haman looked for a way to destroy all of Mordecai’s people, the Jews (Esther 3:5-6). Upon hearing this, Mordecai sent some of the most challenging statements to Queen Esther. “Do not think because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this” (Esther 4:12-14). Just like that, Esther had received her calling to be part of God’s plan to save His people.

You think you have an amazing career and the truth might be that you do have an amazing career. However, if you search the depths of your being, you will see that you have something more important than your career, you have a calling. Often we attempt to disqualify ourselves from our calling, we’re afraid, we’re prideful, or our success in our career is more important to us. So, don’t let your fear, pride, or success in your career blind you to what God says your life is really about.

“Today I shall behave, as if this is the day I will be remembered.” Dr. Seuss

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)

Men’s Trip to Mali

Date: January 27 – Feb 5, 2017

Cost: $2,900

Need: 5 – 7 people

In partnership with the C&MA Malian church, CCC will send a team (MEN only) to inoculate cattle, goats, and sheep to remove Malian villages. This is used as a way to introduce remote Malians to local church Pastors.

This team will spend three full days inoculating up to 6,000 cattle, goats, and sheep by providing deworming medication. For Malian farmers their animals are often their most valuable investment and this act of love provides opportunity for a local Malian Pastor to share the gospel with hundreds of villagers who have not previously heard about Jesus.

This will be a trip only for men to provide a unique opportunity for men to grow together as disciples, led by Veterinarian and team leader Jerry Busselman.

All short-term mission teams receive training on items such as how to raise support, get passports, understand the culture, health precautions, foreign travel, and much more. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Eric Carpenter / (402) 938.1538 / ericc@cccomaha.org.

To apply for this team, please download the Short-term missions application: PDF or Word Document.

Men’s Book Study 2 Health

Join a men’s ten-week book study on understanding poverty in Village One.

Mondays/ 9-10:30 AM/ 6.27-9.5/ Starbucks at 114th and Dodge/ To learn more, contact Eric Carpenter/ eric@cccomaha.org/ 402.938.1538

Encourage a Father this Father’s Day

Good People:

As you know, Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 19th. I know that all of you are not father’s, but you each know a father. This week, I want to challenge you to encourage a father. This could be done by a kind word, a Bible verse, an inspiring quote (see below), a note, a prayer, a hug, a smile, a high five, or a sports guy chest bump. You decide, but find a father who deserves or needs to be encouraged this week.

My prescription for success is based on something my father always used to tell me: You should never try to be better than someone else, but you should never cease trying to be the best you can be. – John Wooden

One night a father overheard his son pray: “Dear God, Make me the kind of man my Daddy is.” Later that night, the Father prayed, “Dear God, Make me the kind of man my son wants me to be.” – unknown

His heritage to his children wasn’t words or possessions, but an unspoken treasure, the treasure of his example as a man and a father. – Will Rogers Jr.

A father is neither an anchor to hold us back, nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way. – Unknown

He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. – Clarence Budington Kelland

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me. – Jim Valvano

“The righteous man walks in his integrity; his children are blessed after him.” – Proverbs 20:7

The father only builds, never destroys. – Douglas MacArthur

A father is his daughters first love and his sons first hero. – Unknown

A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society. – Billy Graham

Thank you for taking the time this week to encourage a father!

Blessings,
~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)

“Today I shall behave, as if this is the day I will be remembered.” – Dr. Seuss

“I am…”

“I am” are two of the most powerful words.  For what you put after them shapes your reality.  So, what words would you put after “I am”?  What is the reality you see about yourself?  “I am…”

Jesus understood who he was and we see this in the “I am” statements recorded in John’s gospel.  Jesus said, “I am the bread of life” (John 6:35), “I am the gate for the sheep” (John 10:7), “I am the good shepherd” (John 10:11), “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12), “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25-26), “I am the way the truth and the life” (John 14:6), “I am the vine” (John 15:5).  For Jesus, there was no doubt in the reality of who he was and he lived his life in that reality.

So, who are you?  What is your “I am” statement?  I am a father.  I am husband.  I am a friend.  Maybe your “I am” statement is found in you occupation:  I am a success.  I am a vice president at ABC Corp.  I am a teacher.  I am a preacher.  Perhaps you have a negative view of who you are and the perceived reality that shapes your “I am” statement goes something like this:  I am a failure.  I am ugly.

Here’s the thing, for those of us who are in Christ, the reality of who we are goes far beyond our “I am” statements or what the world says I am.  You see, in Christ “I am…”

  • I am loved – “I have loved you with an everlasting love” – Jeremiah 31:3
  • I am a child of God“See what great love the Father has lavished upon us that we should be called children of God!” – 1 John 3:1
  • I am forgiven – “He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; ‘by his wounds you have been healed.’” – 1 Peter 2:24
  • I am righteous“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:21
  • I am set apart“You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession.” – 1 Peter 2:9
  • I am bold“Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold” – 2 Corinthians 3:12
  • I am never alone “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” – Deuteronomy 31:8

Friends, there should be no doubt in your reality of who you are.  As the psalmist writes, I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14).  Let that “I am” statement shape your reality.

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)

Global Summit Men’s Event

Pastor Daniel Diallo and Pastor Daouda Zonou, Pastors and Professors at Bethel Bible College in Mali, will be with our men’s ministry for a breakfast in the Student Center on Saturday, June 11th from 8 – 9 :30 AM. The key topic will be, “When does a boy become a man?” All men are invited as are high school age young men. Bagels, donuts, yogurt, coffee and juice will be provided.

Watch: CCC Global Summit – When does a boy become a man? – https://vimeo.com/168144729 (Password: CCCman)

The Way to the Father

I would like to begin by asking you a question: How many ways are there to get to God? Perhaps a better way to ask the question is: How do you get to the Father? Are there many ways or one way? Does the way to the Father happen by being a good person and doing good works? What do you think?

In the sixth “I am” statement found in John’s gospel, Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). You see, many ways to the Father do not exist, there is only one way and that way is Jesus (John 10:7-9). He is the way to God because he is the truth of God (John 1:14) and the life of God (John 1:4). Jesus is the one who gives the promise of life, eternal life, life with the Father to all who believe in Him (John 11:25-26).

Now many will argue that this way is too narrow, but the truth is that this way is wide enough for the whole world, if the world chooses to accept it. So, instead of worrying about how limited it sounds to have only one way to the Father, perhaps we should be grateful that God has provided a sure way to get to Him.

So, since Jesus is the way, do you feel you are on a bumpy dead-end street or on the interstate? Why? How would you respond to someone who said, “There are many ways to God”?

~ Tim Hall
https://twitter.com/1timothy12
(I encourage feedback, questions & comments – email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)