Friday, January 7, 2011

Friday Five

1. This Sunday We Start a New Message Series: “What Jesus Said About Salvation & Eternal Life.” Many of us will be surprised to discover that we really DON”T KNOW what HE said. Rather, we only know what organized religion has taught us; some watered down mish mash of easy believism, or either a set of legalistic church rules. Yet, the simple clarity of Jesus’ words cuts through the fogbank and will leave you spellbound and deeply challenged. Your belief system might be shaken, but at the end of the day you will know what Jesus Himself had to say about it.

2. This Sunday’s Message – “The Straight & Narrow Way” (which is Part 1 of the new message series). According to Jesus most of humanity is on a journey that leads to destruction. Fewer people are on the road that leads to life, which is a strict and narrow way. Jesus demolishes the idea that there is more than one way to heaven and He offers no encouragment to those who believe there is. These words, found in Matthew 7:13-14, are some of the strongest Jesus ever spoke.

3. Offering Time. We are moving the offering time to the end of the song service, which is just before teaching time. We will worship in song and in the lifting of our hands. Then we will worship with our giving and the bringing of gifts.

4. Budget Reduction. We are cutting expenses and still have more to do. We will continue to do this until we get our tend-line back where it needs to be.

5. The New Normal. The new normal at PCC for 2011 is going to be a strong emphasis upon financial stewardship. Most churches do a very good job at this and we can do better.

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