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Time to start over…

…and I am looking forward to it.
This year as a part of my quiet time I decided to read the Bible through, Genesis to Revelation, except I started in Acts. (Those from my ClearView family know why I started in Acts.) I read from the New Living Translation that was published with additional devotional thoughts on the worship themes. On Monday I finished the last chapter of John and on Tuesday I started again, this time in Genesis…I am looking forward to it. I am going to read from a Bible that is arranged in chronological order. No matter what order…it is God’s Word and I learn more about Him the more I listen for His voice as I read.

New Building Tours…Sunday, October 5

I have heard it said often about
ClearView that she was placed on this stretch of road in Franklin for this time. And that God has a
plan for her, far beyond what we could dream. Not only have I heard this said
but I have said it, because I believe it. 


As we come near to the end of
this next phase of construction, I am even more fully convinced that God’s plan
for ClearView is far greater than we could ever imagine.


The projected completion date
of the next phase is around December 1, 2008. Almost daily I get the opportunity to walk
through the construction site and throughout the
process I wished it had been possible to take the people of ClearView with me.  Well, the building is now at a point that we
can take you through to see the progress.


On Sunday, October 5 from 2:00 – 4:30 PM you are invited to come to
ClearView and take a guided tour through the construction site. 

Tours will be about 30 minutes in length and will run continuously, every 10-15
minutes throughout the 2 ½ hour period. 
Anyone middle school age and older is invited to attend.  For safety reasons we cannot give tours to
anyone below grade 6.  All children must
be accompanied by a parent or other adult.


I am glad we get to do this…I
think you will be surprised at what God is giving us to be stewards of.

Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by A Relentless God

Over the last two days I have
finished reading a book by Francis Chan titled Crazy Love. In this short
book Chan challenges his readers to live a crazy life for Christ.  But what is crazy is that he is really
calling believers back to the simplicity of the gospel. When asked how what he
presents as content in this book is different from other calls for change to
the church, Chan responds with this statement: “I’m going back to scripture and
seeing what the church was in its simplest form and trying to recreate that in
my own church. I’m not coming up with anything new. I’m calling people to go
back to the way it was.”


Another time Chan was asked: Do
you think God calls you (all Christ followers) to live a radical, crazy life?
His response:  “It’s not that this
lifestyle should be crazy to us. It should be the only thing that makes sense….
The crazy ones are the ones who live life like there is no God. To me that is


The book is really a challenge
to the perceived and sought after “American Dream,” and it is even more
challenging to us who live in such an affluent county.  The same can be said of the area of the
country where Chan leads a congregation…southern California. I was challenged by the book and
am trying to listen closely to how God wants me to respond to what I read. 


God must be trying to tell me
something…only a few days ago I listened to a podcast that the pastor of the
Church at Brookhills in Birmingham,
Alabama delivered titled:  What
the Gospel Demands
.  In this message
there was also a call to be radical for Christ that goes against our
comfortable American lifestyle.


Having a crazy love for God and
the things of God does call us to live radically different lives from what is
the norm.  Chan says this of the church
he leads and of how they are trying to live: 
“It’s exhilarating to be part of a group of believers who are willing to
think biblically rather than conventionally, to be part of a body where radical
living is becoming the norm.”


Shouldn’t we as Christ followers
be radically different from the world we live in?

For Your Glory

O to be counted worthy of a calling in Your name

I rest my plans, my future, in the promise that You gave

That each tomorrow You have ordered, filled with hope; covered in grace

An unworthy future, humbly accepted with thanks.

For Your glory I surrender; in Your name I will serve

Guide my footsteps in your footprints; may my life reflect Your Word

copyright Michael H. Smith/Terry Welborn

Spiritual Fitness

"A private relationship
of worshiping God is the greatest essential element of spiritual fitness."

Oswald Chambers

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