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Songs for Sunday – 7/19/2020

Our typical Songs for Sunday will follow this important announcement for Christ Community Church.

Dear CCC Family:

Proverbs 15:7 says, “The lips of the wise broadcast knowledge, but not so the heart of fools.” In troubling times such as these, there is a temptation to keep some knowledge to ourselves. But some information needs to be shared, so we wanted to reach out and let everyone know that we have had a few church members diagnosed with Covid-19 over the past week. These members are taking all recommended precautions and are currently quarantined.

We still hold that church is essential, so CCC will still be open on Sunday for those wanting to gather in person. Those gathering in person need to understand that our social distancing and disinfecting measures are in place for a reason and need to be respected and followed. And, for those who decide it is best for themselves and their families to gather in their homes utilizing our online streaming resources, that is understandable.

While we hold that church is essential, the Sunday morning worship time will be our only in-person service until we announce otherwise. Wednesday services will still be provided via online streaming resources.

So, where does that leave us? There are a few responses that need to take place over the coming days:

  1. Pray for God to heal those who have contracted this virus – our members and around our city, county, state, country, and world.
  2. Pray about how God would lead your family to respond in regard to Sunday.
  3. Whether you gather in person or in your home, make sure that you reach out to your brothers and sisters in Christ. We have plenty of resources at our fingertips to communicate with others. If someone crosses your mind, pray for them before calling, texting, or messaging them to remind them that they are not alone.

We love you and are praying for you all,

CCC Pastors

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These are truly unprecedented times for us. We have never experienced anything like this – in health, economic, political, or general human nature – in our life times. But God is not surprised.

Psalm 139:13-16 gives us some context:

For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
When I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.

Amen. God knew all of our days before we were even conceived in the womb. And God knows where we are and our need now. When teaching His disciples how to pray, Jesus reminded the that the “Father knows what you need before you ask Him” (Matthew 6:8).

He knows what He need, and He is with us in the midst of whatever we are going through. He is Emmanuel, God with us. And that’s just what we need. And His presence in our lives gives us hope through the good times and the darkest of times.

Romans 5:3-5 tells us of that hope in the midst of suffering:

Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

That is good news and what we’ll be singing about this Sunday.

These verses were on my heart as the worship set came together:

  • Psalm 139:13-16 – above
  • Romans 5:3-5 – above
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Here are our songs:

I hope to see you with us, whether you gather in person, in the parking lot via speaker, or on Facebook or YouTube live!

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Songs for Sunday – 7/12/2020

I have heard various references – meant seriously as well as joking – that 2020 will be a year that will never be forgotten. In saying that, the people reference Covid-19, social distancing, cash shortages, murder hornets, murderous police officers, destructive and murderous riots, monuments, social justice, economic collapse, the Anti-Christ, the mark of the beast – the list keeps on going and grows in intensity as it continues.

I cannot speak of where exactly this year is going. So much information and misinformation goes out in volumes that one cannot keep up. Social media allows for people to share their fears and bias without reading or regard for what is going on outside of one’s heart – or at least their thumbs and smart phone. BUT I can assure you of something: God is still on His throne.

Psalm 119:92 says, “If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.”

It is a time for the Church to pull back on the reins of our fear and remember that our fears and we are not Lord! We need to stop looking at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, the Grenada Star, the Clarion Ledger, the governor, or the president to be our Savior or to settle the fear in our hearts. None of them from Zuckerberg to Trump can save you. None of them can settle your fear. BUT, if we focus our hearts on the Savior and make His Word our delight, we will move from fear to hope.

Look at Titus 3:1-7 and see if the Word of God does not cover where we are and what we need to remember:

Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, to show perfect courtesy toward all people. For we ourselves were once foolish disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. BUT when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

It covers the spectrum of emotion and fear and puts it all at the feet of the Savior. We need a reminder that we need less screen time and more knee time. We need a reminder that we do not need a phone to keep us connected but that we need to be connected to Christ (John 15:5). We do not need another report from the media but to repent to the Most High God.

And that’s what we are going to do as a church this Sunday. We are going to lift up our voices together to the Most High. We are going to worship Him in His triune splendor and ask Him to fill us with His Spirit, love us with His Father’s heart, and lift our eyes to our Resurrected King Jesus – to cast all our anxieties and fear on Him.

These verses were on my heart as the worship set came together this week:

  • Titus 3:1-7 (above)
  • Matthew 11:28-30 – [Jesus said] “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
  • 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.

Here are our songs:

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Songs for Sunday – 7/5/2020

“This is the end – for me the beginning.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer spent the end of his life in a Nazi concentration camp. The teachings of the gospel and the Nazi indoctrination were contrary to one another. For this reason, Hitler sought ferociously to weed the gospel out of Germany – the gospel, not church or religion for there was still much of both remaining.

On his last day, he preached – right there in the concentration camp. It makes me wonder what text I would choose if I knew I was preaching my last. Bonhoeffer’s was 1 Peter 1:3:

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Christ from the dead….”

What a powerful image! While He preached, a British RAF pilot stood in the doorway, keeping the Nazi officers who would escort Bonhoeffer to his death at bay. He preached and glorified the Savior whom he would see with his own eyes moments later. As he was submitting himself to the Nazi soldiers, he uttered the above mentioned quote: “This is the end – for me the beginning.”

That is so powerful and inspirational. But we need to look past Bonhoeffer to the God how inspired him to live in such a way – to die in such a way. One does not submit to death with joy unless he has hope. And the hope found in the Word of God changes lives still today.

We have a Savior who – though He was crucified and died – is alive! And because of that fact, our hope is living. Religion will not do that for a person. Ancient texts do not do that for us. Only a resurrected King can accomplish that, and He is worthy of our trust, love, and worship!

This Sunday, we will be focusing on the hope that comes from only Jesus! We will start by looking at Jesus as our Rescuer and Savior. We will look at Him being the promised Messiah. We will look at the His rich mercy was poured out for us on the cross. And we will celebrate the hope that is found in Him!

So, if you are struggling, downhearted, or just otherwise not-put-together, you will not be put to shame if you follow after Jesus. He will give you hope and rest in Him!

These verses were on my heart as the worship set came together this week:

  • Isaiah 61:1 – The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound….
  • Psalm 34:4 – I sought the LORD, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears.
  • Colossians 2:13-14 – And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by cancelling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This He set aside, nailing it to the cross.
  • 1 Peter 1:3 (see above)

Here are our songs:

I hope to see you with us, whether you gather in person, in the parking lot via speaker, or on Facebook or YouTube live!

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Songs for Sunday – 6/28/2020

If I were to ask you what the most well-known Bible verse is, you would probably say John 3:16. It has been seen on signs in sports arenas and even shown up on the paint on faces of ball players in the games. It has been featured on countless t-shirts and yard signs. But is it written on your heart?

Let’s look at this verse with fresh eyes today:

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Or, perhaps, more familiarly:

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

This is gospel truth. It’s also one of the easiest things for the Church to take for granted. At Jesus Saves Bro last Thursday, Big John recounted talking to some youth who – even though they had been “churched” – did not know how to be saved. He said that we need to be reminded about what the main thing is supposed to be. Our main thing is Jesus and telling people how to receive Him.

We need to be reminded of these things so that we can tell others!

God loved people enough to send His Son to die in their place. He didn’t send Him to die for good people – there aren’t any (Romans 3:10, 23). No, He sent Him to die in the place of sinners because of love (Romans 5:8). This “world” and “people” are not hypothetical – they are us. That’s right: you and me and the people we see every day. We are sinners, and the “wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). Because or our sin, we deserve that death – we’ve earned it. But here’s where the good news comes in: “the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”.

How can we receive such a gift? What makes us worthy? First, the Bible makes it clear that there is nothing that makes us worthy of the gift. But that’s how gifts work. Gifts are not based on the worth of the recipient; they are based on the love of the giver. Second, John 3:16 tells us how to receive the gift: “…whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life”. All you have to do to receive the gift is to believe in the giver and confess Him as Lord.

Romans 10:9 says,

“…because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

Believe upon Him, pray to Him and seek Him out and He shall be found. Romans 10:13 gives us confidence in this:

“For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

That’s good news! And that’s exactly what we’re singing about this Sunday! You can see all the verses that were on my heart as the worship set came together in the commentary above.

Here are our songs:

I hope to see you with us, whether you gather in person, in the parking lot via speaker, or on Facebook or YouTube live!

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Songs for Sunday – 6/14/2020

There has been a verse on my mind this week – Nahum 1:7:

The Lord is good,
a stronghold in the day of trouble;
He knows those who take refuge in Him.

That verse is comforting.

First, it is comforting because it reminds us of the goodness of God. He is good whether times are good or not. He is good whether we feel it or not. He is righteous and holy and something completely different than everything we have to offer.

Second, it is comforting because – when everything is not good with us – He is still God. He is a stronghold, or a fortress. We can turn to Him in our times of deepest need. His care and love are unparalleled.

And, finally, it is comforting because, while He is God and is our fortress, He is personally involved with His children. He knows us. I do not mean that He knows who we are or that we are casual acquaintances. He knows those who take refuge in Him. He knows those who put their trust, faith, and belief in Him alone.

And that’s good news because we need to be known. It’s good news because – no matter what is going on in your life – we have have someone to turn to who can handle whatever it is. We have the privilege of getting to seek out the Most High and Him respond knowingly with love and care for us.

These verses were on my heart this week as the worship set came together:

  • Nahum 1:7 – see above
  • Psalm 95:1-7a – Oh, come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In His hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountain are His also. The sea is His, for He made it, and His hands formed the dry land. Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand.
  • Colossians 2:13-14 – And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by cancelling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This He set aside, nailing it to the cross.

And that’s what we’re singing about this week! Our great God is good and cares for us. He has made a way for us and wants us to trust in Him. He has paid the price for us and wants us to lay our burdens at His feet and trust in Him as our refuge and our salvation!

Here are our songs:

I hope to see you with us, whether you gather in person, in the parking lot via speaker, or on Facebook or YouTube live!

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Songs for Sunday – 6/7/2020

As I sit here typing this out today, I am excited about Sunday. Aren’t you?

Sunday is not a regular day for followers of Christ. Every Sunday is Easter for us, reminding us how Jesus rose from the dead so many years ago. And, since He is risen, He has had a standing appointment with His people for generations. We should be as excited every week as we are on Easter Sunday. Jesus is alive. He is risen, just as He said.

Covid-19 has not changed this, but, rather than letting my words stir you up, let God’s Word speak for itself. Check out Isaiah 25:8:

“He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of His people He will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken.”

While this was a future event for Isaiah, it is reality for us! That’s right: death has been swallowed up, defeated by Christ on the cross and in His empty tomb! That’s good news! He has paid the price for us and freed us from sin and the grave and given us His Life!

But that’s not all. Isaiah’s prophecy has future promises for us. It points to the future we see in Revelation 21:3-4:

“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.'”

And that’s what we’re singing about this week. We are rejoicing in the victory that Christ has already won! We are recognizing the shackles and chains that come from sin and celebrating the God who breaks chains and brings freedom! Praise God that there is power in His Name and that He has made a Way for lost sinners – dead in their trespasses and sins – are made alive and receive eternal life by grace through faith in Him. Amen!

These verses were on my heart this week as the worship set came together:

  • Psalm 107:1-2, 14-15 — Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from trouble…. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and burst their bonds apart. Let them thank the Lord for His steadfast love, for His wondrous works to the children of man!”
  • Acts 4:12 — And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
  • Psalm 145:9 — The Lord is good to all, and His mercy is over all that He has made.

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Songs for Sunday – 5/31/2020

Who am I?

This is one of the biggest questions for people all over the world. We struggle with finding, knowing, and living in our own identities. So many things in the world try and define us and give us an identity that is artificial to us – or that produces an artificial nature in us.

So, what gives us our identities? Our jobs? Our families? Our successes? Our failures? Who or what can define us?

Genesis 1:26-27 says:

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

Creation gives us at least a peak at our original identity as God intended it, but a lot has happened since “the beginning”. I know, for me, I try to allow my failures to define me to the point that I do not even notice my strengths. I have struggled with letting work and other people define me. And, somewhere along the way, I lost myself for a number of years. I forgot that I am made in the image of God – that I am His.

This is where the gospel – the good news – comes into play. All of Creation is messed up because of sin, but there is redemption to be found in Christ Jesus. He took our sin to the cross and makes us new again – not “good as new” but genuinely new creations in Him (2 Corinthians 5:17-21).

Who He says we are matters. It matters more than any voice around, because He created us. Jesus in John 8:34-36 says,

“Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

And that’s what we’re singing about this week. We are singing about being washed clean from our sins and resting in the identity that we are given in Christ. We are reminding ourselves that we have reason to praise King Jesus because He has saved us and given us everlasting life. And we can join in with the angels in heaven and sing to him, telling Him that He is holy and worthy and mighty and adore Him together!

These verses were on my heart as the worship set came together this week:

  • Psalm 51:2 — Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!
  • Psalm 51:7 — Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
  • Jeremiah 33:8 — [God says] I will cleanse them from all the guilt of their sin against me, and I will forgive the guild of their sin and rebellion against me.
  • 1 John 1:9 — If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
  • Titus 3:4-5 — But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit….

Here are our songs:

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Songs for Sunday – 5/24/2020

If we are truly honest with ourselves, we are often afraid. We are afraid of losing things, people, and control. We are afraid of the future, and we are afraid of the past. Thankfully, we do not have to muster the strength to master our fear. We can submit to Jesus as Master and trust in His strength instead.

Psalm 46:1-2:

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah

I may put on a brave face, but I am often afraid. This surprises my kiddos, at least for a few more years. It boggles their mind that Daddy is afraid of anything because – to them – I am a source of strength. They look to me and Candice whenever they are afraid, and they expect us to be able to fix everything. Honestly, I am probably more afraid of them realizing that I am not as strong or smart or cool than I am of a lot of things.

The good news of the gospel is that my kids do not need me to take away their fear. They need me to invest the gospel in their lives. They need the Savior spoken of in the gospel to take away their sin and make them His own. Jesus is a much better Savior than me. He is much better at calming fears, too.

The Almighty, Sovereign, Holy God of the Universe is our “refuge and strength”. And He has a plan for us. All we have to do is trust Him.

And that’s what we’re singing about this week: trusting that Emmanuel (God with us) has made a way for us through His death and resurrection. May we lift up our hearts to the Great I Am and trust that, if He can conquer death, hell, and the grave, our fears pale in comparison to His glory, majesty, strength, and holiness.

These verses were on my heart as the worship set came together this week:

  • Psalm 46 – I want us to read the whole psalm together, but I will pick out a few verses for us to peruse today.
    • v 1 – God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
    • vv. 6-7 – The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
    • v. 10 – “Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
  • Revelation 17:14 – They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with Him are called and chosen and faithful.”

Our Resurrected King has won the victory. And He loves us and is always with us.

Here are our songs:

I hope to see you with us, whether you gather in person, in the parking lot via speaker, or on Facebook or YouTube live!

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Songs for Sunday – 5/17/2020

Throughout my life, there have been times where I have just wanted to get away from all the hustle and bustle. Those times have been thoroughly satisfied. I want some hustle. I need some bustle – whatever that is!

Extended periods of isolation bring me down. Even though I really identify myself as an introvert, I find that I need the community that comes with being part of the body of Christ. Without that connection to the body, I find that my mind goes back to all the things that bring shame and condemnation. I find it harder to “set [my] mind on things that are above, not on things that are on earth” (Colossians 3:2). I find myself forgetting that there is “there is…no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). I find myself forgetting His grace.

The good news is that there is grace to be found – abundant, overflowing grace! And it’s all to be found hoping in Christ.

That’s what we’ll be singing about this Sunday – the grace and love of Christ that overcomes all of our sin and draws us into relationship with Christ!

These verses were on my heart as the worship set came together this week:

  • Lamentations 3:22-24 — The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in Him.”
  • Romans 3:22b-25 — For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by His blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in His divine forbearance He had passed over former sins.
  • Romans 5:8 — …but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

No matter what the day brings us, God has fresh mercy, grace, and love for us every day. The best part of waking up is not Folgers in your coffee cup, it’s the fresh embrace of a loving Savior, ready for whatever situation you find yourself experiencing!

Here are our songs:

I hope to see you with us, whether you gather in person, in the parking lot via speaker, or on Facebook or YouTube live!

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Songs for Sunday – 5/10/2020

This Sunday is a big deal. We get to gather together – with appropriate social distancing and guidelines and such. But think about that: we get to gather. Every Sunday is a big deal because 1) it serves as a reminder for the Resurrection, and 2) it reminds us that God makes us part of something bigger than ourselves.

This is good news for us because we are all facing things that we cannot handle alone. Don’t get me wrong: the people sitting in the worship center with you (all sufficiently distanced, of course) cannot solve your problems or end your suffering. But we gather together in worship of the One who can, and ultimately will.

I wish I could tell you that there will be a time on Earth where suffering will not be the norm, but I would be lying. The farther we get away from the Fall, the worse things will continue to grow. But, the farther we get away from the Fall, the closer we get to the return of Christ! And He has not left us alone in our trials and suffering.

That’s what we’re singing to Him about this Sunday!

These verses were on my heart as the worship set came together this week:

  • Psalm 30:5 — For His anger is but for a moment, and His favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
  • 2 Corinthians 12:9 — But He (Jesus) said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
  • 1 Peter 5:6-7 — Humble yourselves, therefore, under the might hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.

That’s good news! We will have sorrow, sadness, and even suffering, but that’s when our Savior steps in and takes care of us for His glory. It may last a long night, but there is a Day when it will all be good because then we’ll be with Him.

Here are our songs:

I hope to see you with us, whether you gather in person, in the parking lot via speaker, or on Facebook or YouTube live!