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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)

Jesus: The Resurrection and the Life

“I am the resurrection and the life.” – John 11:26

Have you really thought how important it is to have a proper belief of Jesus? With His fifth “I am” statement, Jesus challenges us to look deep at our belief in Him. It is through a personal belief in Jesus and what He has done that resurrection and eternal life our possible. “He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” – Jesus (John 11:25).

Too many people believe it is about who you are or what you do that will get you eternal life, but it’s not about those things; it is about what you believe. Whoever believes in Christ has spiritual life that death cannot overcome or lessen in any way. When we realize Jesus’ power and how wonderful his offer to us is, how can we help but commit our lives to him!

To quote Jesus, “Do you believe this?” (John 11:26) To those of us who believe this, what a wonderful assurance and certainty we have: “Because I live, you also will live.” – Jesus (John 14:19)

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

Jesus: The Good Shepherd

In his life, Jesus had no doubt who he was and he shows this understanding by using a series of “I am” statements found in John’s gospel. My favorite and, for me, the most impactful “I am” statement used by Jesus is, “I am the Good Shepherd” (John 10:11).

This “I am” statement when read alongside what Jesus said in the Parable of the Lost Sheep (Luke 15:1:7) changed my relationship with him. Through the parable, the reader sees a God who tenderly searches for sinners and then forgives them. This is the kind of love that brought Jesus to earth to search for lost people and save them. I don’t know about you, but I have been lost many times in my life and am so grateful that I have a Good Shepherd who is willing to come after me and find me. But not only is this Good Shepherd willing to find me, this Good Shepherd loves me with such a great love that he is willing to lay down his life for me. That is a life changing love and that is the kind of love that Jesus has for you and for me.

So, what sin are you lost in? Is there an addiction you can’t beat? Is there an inappropriate relationship in your life? Perhaps it’s your pride. Whatever it is, you don’t have to hide from Jesus. You don’t have to be lost any longer. Cry out and let the Good Shepherd hear you. Find rest in His grace, mercy, and love for you.

“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now I’m found.” – John Newton
“Amazing love, how can it be? That you, my King, would die for me.” – Billy James Foote

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

A Time To Go

For many of you, this time of year is a time to celebrate graduations with friends and loved ones. This Friday, my family will be celebrating the graduation of our son from pre-school. Graduation marks a time in the lives of our children when they are called to go. Some will be going from pre-school to elementary. Others will be going from elementary school to middle school. You child may be going to high school from middle; some from high school to college and college to graduate school. Then, for some of you, your children will be going out into the world and getting a job. “Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!”― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

So, I started thinking, rarely in the Bible does God tell us to just “stay”. He doesn’t say to us, “I know you’re comfortable right where you are. Just stay here in the familiarity and safety of your life.” No, no, no. God calls us to go. He told Abraham, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to a land I will show you” (Genesis 12:1). To Moses, God said, “I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt” (Exodus 3:10). Jonah was told to, “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it” (Jonah 1:2). The Apostle Paul was told to, “..get up and go…” (Acts 9:6). Jesus tells the disciples to “go” (Matthew 28:19) and He calls our children to go.

As they go, the primary goal is not what job they will have or what city they will live in, who they will marry or how big of a house they will have. No, the primary goal as they go is the person they turn into – becoming a magnificent person in His image with the character of Jesus.

When God called Moses to go to Pharaoh and bring His people out of Israel, Moses doubted that he was the right person to go and do this. He asked God, “Who am I that I should go?” God responded with the greatest promise in the Bible, “I will be with you” (Genesis 3:12). As our children are preparing to go, they may be filled with fear, confusion, insecurity and doubt. When this happens, as parents we should be quick to share the same truth and promise God shared with Moses. You are not alone! God will be with you! “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord you God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).

“You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so… get on your way!”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

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

Oil Change Ministry

CCC Men are Going All In!
On Saturday, May 7 a group of men serving in the oil change ministry provided car services for single moms. My men’s small group was asked if we could wash and vacuum their cars on this mother’s day weekend. You can see we were quite the crew.


Thanks CCC men for making a difference for the single mom’s over Mother’s Day weekend.

Jesus is the Gate

“This is the gate of the Lord through which the righteous may enter.” Psalm 118:20

“Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep” (John 10:7). This is the third “I am” statement by Jesus as he uses these statements to provide insight into Himself.

One thing that shepherds did to protect their sheep from predators was to sleep in the gateway of the pen. They would literally be the gate for the sheep to enter and leave the pen. In this “I am” statement, Jesus portrays himself as the gate. He is the entrance to the pen (John 10:9) that leads to proper pasture for the sheep and for us, the proper pasture is salvation, “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved” (John 10:9).

I imagine that this is a challenging statement for many to read. It is challenging because we are part of a culture that relies on our own abilities to get things. You want that promotion at work so you rely on yourself and your work ethic to get it. “Self” is not the way to salvation. You see, it isn’t about you being a nice person or a good person or a hard worker. It is not about who you are or what you do it is about what you believe. Jesus said that, “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved”. It is through belief in Jesus that we are able to approach the Father and partake in God’s salvation. The apostle Paul writes, “…it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes” Romans 1:16.

So friends do not let your “I am” statement be about what you do. Rather, let your “I am” statement be a statement about whom you believe in. When we believe in Jesus we receive forgiveness of our sins (Acts 10:43) and are able to enter through the Gate and be saved.

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