Another successful Financial Peace University class completed it’s ninth and final lesson this week.
And we are so excited for everyone who joined us and learned the Dave Ramsey Baby Steps – a framework for financial success that over the last 25 years has proven effective for countless millions of families across the United States and around the world.
We are proud to offer this course to everyone in our church family and in our community. The information this course teaches changes lives, as it has already for our dedicated Fall 2017 class members seen here above. Our thanks to each of you for making this class so much fun to lead. Your enthusiasm, questions, and support for each other was inspiring to see. We wish you every success and a speedy path to Baby Step 7.
Our thanks also goes out to our church Elders, Bill Powell and Eddie Perez for their support and participation in this endeavor: Eddie for being our Co-coordinator and making this class possible in the first place, and to Bill and his wife Fran for being with us throughout the course, offering their support, wisdom, candor, and insight during those critical small group breakout sessions.
We are already planning a January 2018 class and hope to be able to offer this course many more times in the future – God willing. Until then…
Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter,
like a bird from the snare of the fowler.
Proverbs 6:5 – NIV
In this week’s lesson, Bob talks about the things that we worry about: what makes us anxious. He then shows us how Jesus helps us to worry less through scripture. Reading from Matthew and Philippians, Bob gives us some wonderful scriptural tools to think about when we feel anxious about the future.
Matthew 6:25 – 27
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
Philippians 4:4 – 7 (some scripture to live by)
Rejoice in the Lord, I will say it again, Rejoice. 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, with prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
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In this week’s sermon, Bob talks about the history off halloween and why we dress up so as not to be recognized by the spirits. However, we do want to be recognized for our other day to day costume of Christ Jesus – don’t we?
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In this week’s lesson, Bob talks about Labor day, collaboration, and the Tabernacle (a model of which you can see to the left).
Reading from Exodus and John, Bob brings the story of the building of the Tabernacle to life: describing how the people worked together under Moses’ direction of God’s commands.
Exodus 25: Offerings for the Tabernacle
The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from everyone whose heart prompts them to give.3 These are the offerings you are to receive from them: gold, silver and bronze;4 blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen; goat hair; 5 ram skins dyed red and another type of durable leather; acacia wood; 6 olive oil for the light; spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense; 7 and onyx stones and other gems to be mounted on the ephod and breastpiece.
8 “Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them. 9 Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you.
In this week’s message, Bob talks about the importance of staying focussed on the mission. Using an excellent and distdurbing example story about a lifeboat station and how people are not saved when the mission focus is lost: we learn how it is possible to drift from the original mission and at what cost.
“People need to be saved.” Bob Kolodner – 2017-08-27
Mathew 10:24 – 25
24 “The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25 It is enough for students to be like their teachers, and servants like their masters. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebul, how much more the members of his household!
Love the Lord Your God
6 These are the commands, decrees and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, 2 so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the Lord your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life. 3 Hear, Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, promised you.
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
Brothers and Sisters, please welcome Jon Mullican from Hope Network, a Texas based organization whose mission is to help guide churches and mentor ministers based upon assessments of a church’s mission and goals.
And it has been a most uplifting and rewarding weekend working with Jon and taking a close look at our Church. Over the last couple of days Jon has been meeting with Bob K, the Elders and members of the congregation to help us understand what are the core strength of our Church.
After today’s service [Sunday 20th August], we [the congregation] met with Jon and through a series of breakout small groups, we thought about questions Jon asked us to discuss: questions design to reveal how God works through the congregation and what are our greatest strengths. This was a well attended event and it really was a wonderful and rewarding afternoon.
The results were very up-lifting. Jon presented at the end of the meeting by asking us about the answers we discussed in the small groups. As it turns out, Warrenton Church of Christ’s greatest strengths are as follows:
- Fellowship – a strong sense of community and connectivity within the church membership
- Family / Genuine / Authenticity – an overall sense that this church really cares about its members like true family: according to Jon this is a rare and special quality.
- Pastor Bob – a huge asset to the Church, Church Family, and surrounding community as a mentor, spiritual guide, teacher, and counselor: willing to help whoever he can in whatever way he can. Amen.
- Love : Acceptance – a sincere love and acceptance of folks from all walks of life in this church – no one feels they do not belong to this family.
- Connected – a true sense of community within the membership – like real family.
- Spiritual Depth – a sense of true spiritual depth within the family, nothing superficial or fake.
Our thanks to Jon for his perspective, guidance and encouragement this weekend. Sometimes it’s important to stop, step back and ask ourselves “what’s right?”, rather than “what’s wrong?”. Jon’s visit has definitely helped us to refocus on what is good, unique and special about this church and the wonderful fellowship we share with each other through Christ Jesus. He has helped remind us that the Warrenton Church of Christ truly is fellowship, family, and love. Safe travels dear brother: your new friends here at Warrenton wish you continued success in your mission.
“What we’re going to focus on this morning is that first sermon after Jesus is raised from the dead, and that first response to the good news, on that first day when the gospel is preached” – Bob K. 2017-05-28
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
In another excellent lesson, our dear brother and Minister Bob Kolodner walks us thoughtfully and slowly through the book of Acts examining the events around Pentecost some 50 days after Jesus has been crusified and resurrected.
In an oratory rich in scripture and powerful in message, Bob reminds us the importance of studying the word of God.
“If we’re going to say ‘as You wish’ to Jesus, then this is what Jesus desires. Jesus wants transformed lives, He doesn’t want pew sitters: He doesn’t want people who are cultural Christians: He doesn’t want people who are just in it for the goodies – He wants disciples.” Bob K. 2017-05-28
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Sunday May 21st – Warrenton Church of Christ celebrates the completion of our first Financial Peace University course
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Yes brothers and sisters, it was our joy and privilege to graduate the very first Financial Peace University class offered by the Warrenton Church of Christ. Seen above are our newly graduated spring class of 2017 and we are so proud of each of them. This was a nine week long course that teaches us how to manage money God’s way: and boy is that an awesome concept in today’s world. In this class we learned how to save for emergencies, eliminate debt from our lives permanently (the borrower is slave to the lender), take out the right kind of insurance to protect our families, save for our kid’s collage, build wealth for retirement and ultimately how to give generously and be an excellent steward with God’s money. As Dave Ramsey puts it, you will learn how to live like no one else, so later you can live, and give, like no one else.
On this last day we all watched one of the most powerful lessons in the course. Titled “The Great Misunderstanding”, Dave illustrates how we are but stewards of God’s money. We don’t own it, because everything belongs to God, so it’s up to us to do right with that which God entrusts us. After the class video finished, the room was silent for some moments as we all tried to absorb the powerful message Dave had just delivered. It was awesome and like this entire course – potentially life changing. We wrapped up the day with the certificate presentations, some cake and sparkling Cider. It has been a wonderful experience as we have seen the class members grow, learn, encourage each other and share their experiences and excitement for the future now that they know the path to financial peace.
We plan to offer this class again in the fall, so if you missed enrollment this time, be sure to join us for the next WCOC offering of Financial Peace University. God bless you all.
In this sermon podcast Bob takes a close look at the concept of grace. What does it mean? Is it some blank check from God to do whatever we please? Or are there boundaries to this concept, and if so what are they? Once more Bob brilliantly unravels the mysteries surrounding grace through his choice of scripture as selection of which you can see below as taken from Epg.
To learn more, click the Read More button to listen to this most excellent sermon: Why Grace Matters
Ephesians 2: 1 – 9 (NIV)
Made Alive in Christ
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
In this week’s lesson, our dear brother Sean Treadway preaches about the importance of hope. In the wake of personal tragedy, Sean delivers an incredible lesson that underscores just how critical hope is to us all. The hope that Jesus brings us cannot be overstated and Sean underlines this again and again, referencing Psalms and scripture that vividly illustrate how hope has been the salvation of so many key figures in the bible and how this is true for each of us today.
Romans Chapter 5: 3 – 5 “And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the holy spirit who was given to us. (King James).
“Let’s learn to put our hope in the One who is ever lasting, and I can promise you – because of the word of God – because of what the book says, He will never leave us, and He will never forsake us, and He will help us make it through all of our trials throughout this life.” Sean Treadway, 5/7/2017
“With hope, we can get through the most difficult times in our lives.” Sean Treadway, 5/7/2017
Brothers and Sisters, we are truly blessed as a family to have not just one, but now two gifted preachers in our midst. Please keep Sean and his family in your prayers as we walk with him and with Jesus at this time. What a gift he has given us today, as from his heart and from his own pain he teaches us how to endure tremendous loss with the hope that God gives us through our lord Christ Jesus. There are so many of our Brothers and Sisters suffering from this pain, this very hour, and Sean’s message is an awesome reminder to seek hope through our most gracious heavenly father.
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