September has arrived and it’s time to get into the fall mind-set. Good bye to the Summer of 2014. One reason why Fall takes place is so that we can refocus on growing in the grace and knowledge of God’s Word! Ministry small groups are for all to benefit from as they kick off in the Fall. This could be the most productive September for you and me in years, if we want it to be. Would you pray about being faithful in attending and praying for our Fall Meetings, that have been planned for the growth of each of us? Besides our regularly scheduled meetings, the Fall line-up is as follows:
1). Men’s Monday Dinner will take place on the fourth Monday of the month at 6 pm.
I’m looking forward to the meals our in-house, church chefs, Paul Montoya and Ruben Santa Cruz, will be lavishing in front of us!
2). Second Tuesdays. Tucson Pastors and Leaders meeting at 11am in our café. Pray for our city. Dr. Roger Daniels, the statewide director of New Life Counseling, will be conducting a workshop on “The Ministry of Conflict.”
3). First Wednesday of the month at 10 am – church planting and missions, which includes a meal. Our first guest speaker will be Dave Jelle, who attends Grace Fellowship in Vail, Arizona. Dave will be sharing about his mission trip to Alaska this summer. He’ll show the beauty of the area but also will hear about the need for missions in our northern hemisphere. Come and listen to why he traveled so far to make a difference for the sake of the Kingdom. Dave will also share the need for missions beyond Tucson!
4). On Saturday mornings at 10a, in the DHBC library, Kim Gutierrez will lead our ladies on becoming a Titus Two woman of God. Don’t wait too long to order your study book with either Kim or Liz.
Another reason why Fall takes place is so that we can touch lives and build meaningful relationships to the glory of God!
Relationship with Christ, what does it mean?
By Oswald Chambers
Till we all come . . unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ. — Ephesians 4:13
Rehabilitation means the putting back of the whole human race into the relationship God designed it to be in, and this is what Jesus Christ did in Redemption. The Church ceases to be a spiritual society when it is on the look-out for the development of its own organization. The rehabilitation of the human race rests on Jesus Christ’s plan means the realization of Jesus Christ in corporate life as well as in individual life. Jesus Christ sent apostles and teachers for this purpose – that the corporate Personality might be realized. We are not here to develop a spiritual life of our own, or to enjoy spiritual retirement; we are here so to realize Jesus Christ that the Body of Christ may be built up.
Am I building up the Body of Christ, or am I looking for my own personal development only? The essential thing is my personal relationship to Jesus Christ “That I may know Him.” To fulfil God’s design means entire abandonment to Him. Whenever I want things for myself, the relationship is distorted. It will be a big humiliation to realize that I have not been concerned about realizing Jesus Christ, but only about realizing what He has done for me.
What are we putting first in our lives?
Keep on, then, seeking first the kingdom and his righteousness.—Matt. 6:33.
Jesus told his listeners what specific action on their part would demonstrate their inner desire to serve God wholeheartedly. Indeed, by what we put first in our life, we make manifest what we are desiring, thinking, and planning deep down in our heart. Examining our priorities in life is thus a tangible way to check whether we are serving God with a complete heart. (1 Chron. 28:9) We have wisely accepted Jesus’ invitation to be his followers and are now serving God every day. In this way, we demonstrate how we feel in our heart about God. Yet, even though we are active in the congregation, we still need to be aware of a potential risk to our heart condition. What is it? Jesus revealed that danger, saying: “No man that has put his hand to a plow and looks at the things behind is well fitted for the kingdom of God.”—Luke 9:62.
God’s Little Devotional Bible
Many people see abundant spring Rain as a great blessing to farmers, especially if the rain comes after plants have sprouted and are several Inches tall. What they don’t realize is that even a short drought can have a devastating effect on a crop of seedlings that has received too much rain.
Why? because during frequent rains, The young plants are not required to push their roots deeper into the soil in search of water. If a drought occurs later, plants with shallow root systems will quickly die.
We often receive abundance in our lives–Rich fellowship, Great teaching, Thorough “Soakings” of spiritual blessings. Yet, when stress or tragedy enters our lives, we may find ourselves thinking God has abandoned us or is unfaithful. The fear is, we have allowed the easiness Of our lives to keep us from pushing our spiritual roots deeper. We have allowed others to spoon-feed us, rather than develop our own deep personal relationship with God through prayer and study of His Word
Only the deeply rooted are able to endure hard times without wilting. The best advice is to Enjoy the “rain” while seeking to grow even closer to Him.
“For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren.” Romans 8:29
When We Stumble and Fall
We all stumble many times.—James. 3:2.
Perhaps you have used the words “stumble” and “fall” interchangeably to describe a spiritual condition. These Bible expressions can, but do not always, have the same sense. For instance, notice the wording of Proverbs 24:16: “The righteous one may fall even seven times, and he will certainly get up; but the wicked ones will be made to stumble by calamity.” God will not allow those trusting in him to stumble or to experience a fall—an adversity or a setback in their worship—from which they cannot recover. We are assured that God will help us “get up” so that we can continue giving him our utmost devotion. How comforting that is for all who love God deeply from the heart! For those ‘loving God’s law,’ no stumbling block exists that can permanently knock the m out of the race for life.
Those who love Your law have great peace,
And nothing causes them to stumble. —Ps. 119:165.
Let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near. Heb. 10:24, 25.
God is pleased with all those “seeking refuge in him”; hence, even after our coming to know God, we want to continue regularly associating with the congregation of others who know him. (Nah. 1:7) In a world filled with discouragement, we are wise to surround ourselves with fellow Christians What are the benefits? You will find in the congregation individuals who will incite you “to love and fine works.” The mutual love Paul wrote about it to the Hebrews, he calls for a brotherhood, a community of like-minded worshipers, a congregation. Displaying this kind of love involves interacting with other Christians, which we can do by regularly attending meetings and participating in them.
Men & Women’s Ministry
by James Kling
God has placed us within the body of Christ to grow, serve, learn, and use our gifts for his kingdom. Ladies and gentleman, come join us at D H B C and discover ways to influence others and say yes to God’s call on your life. Learning to be friends help us travel through life, offering support, laughter, and often a good dose of reality
Book of the Month
By Pastor Gutierrez
Whitney’s classic, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life—the most accessible and biblical introduction. I can go on record as urging all Christians to read what Don Whitney has written; indeed, to read it three times over, with a month’s interval (certainly not less, and ideally, I think, not more) between each reading. This will not only make the book sink in, but will also give you a realistic picture of your seriousness, or lack of it, as Jesus’ disciple.
By Thomas M. Huston
Lord, give us our daily bread, and for those who lack. Keep our eyes lifted up to the white fields and to the Lord of the harvest, who is able to send the needed laborers. Grant to us some share in the labor.