Archive for July, 2007

30
Jul
07

Vacation Thanks

Wow, I have so much to write about and many people to thank as I return from vacation.

First, I want to thank the choice people of CrossPoint for allowing me some much needed time off. I needed the break, and now I am ready to return to the weekly routine of preaching God’s Word and casting God’s vision for CrossPoint.

I want to express gratitude to Mandi Logan and Jason Motte for writing my blog in my absence. I knew they would do an excellent job. Well done. You inspired us.

As for John Thweatt, I have issued a LIFETIME BAN from JUSTONEMORE.INFO as well as from the CrossPoint campus. He will never be allowed, ever again, to write in my absence or to preach for my people. He is a reprobate, and we should pray for him to some day be saved.

As for Vaughn Harris, his blogs were most insightful. I especially appreciated his video from John Piper. We are both big Piper fans. However, when he used his pastor’s blog to write sweet, syrupy, and mushy things about his wife, then that is where I had to draw the line. I have no problem with a man bragging about his wife; other men would be wise to follow Vaughn’s example. His using my blog to do that kind of thing got me in some hot water with my wife, nonetheless. Immediately, she inquired why I have never written about her. Vonda said, “You’ve written about your kids, about your church, and I think even about your mother, but you have never written anything about me on your blog.”

Thanks a lot, Vaughn.

Indoor Picnic


What did you think about the indoor picnic? CrossPoint showed her true colors when she kicked into Plan B and moved the picnic indoors. Aren’t you thankful we have the new dining hall to accommodate our growing family?

Wasn’t it awesome to witness 10 new believers professed their faith in Christ through baptism?

And, for those who took the tour, what did you think about the second building in our Phase II project?

The building is awesome, isn’t it? The more I tour the facility, the more I see it’s potential. Get ready CrossPoint, the moment we open the building we will never be the same.

Poem

I promised to provide you the poem from yesterday’s message yesterday. Every time I read it, I am reminded of how God used those thoughts in my life in 1998. I trust it influences you as well.

When God Wants to Drill a Man
Author Unknown

When God wants to drill a man,
and thrill a man;
When God wants to mold a man
to the play the noblest part;
when He yearns with all His heart
to create so great and bold a man
that all the world should be amazed
Watch His methods, watch His ways!

How He ruthlessly perfects
whom He royally elects!

How He hammers him and hurts him
and with mighty blows converts him
into trial shapes of clay which
only God understands;
while his tortured heart is crying
And he lifts beseeching hands!

How He bends but never breaks
when His good he undertakes;
how He uses who He chooses;
and with every purpose fuses him;
by every act induces him
to try His splendor out—
God knows what He’s about.

And, finally…

I am curious. Who is going to fast this week? And, what are you fasting? I want to hear from you AFTER your fast, so that it may be done in secret. Remember, the reward is MORE…not less.

Advertisements
28
Jul
07

Hugs For Everyone!!

posted by Vaughn Harris, webmaster for justonemore.info and member of CrossPoint Church in Argo, AL
Based on our site report from the past 24-48 hours, people have visited this site from Florida, Arizona, Missouri, South Carolina, Illinois, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Georgia, and, of course, Alabama. Please don’t let this scare you. We do not spy on you. We only use this meter to track the locations of our readers so we can better serve you and so that we don’t fall into a rut of writing about things from which people outside of CrossPoint could not benefit.
So, to everyone, wherever you are, I leave you with a big hug and a video by one of my favorite music groups, The Dave Matthews Band.
27
Jul
07

You Never, Never, Never, Never, Never, Never, Never, Never Outgrow Your Need for the Gospel!!

posted by Vaughn Harris, webmaster for justonemore.info and member of CrossPoint Church in Argo, AL
On my last day as guest blogger(actually I have a surprise for you tomorrow), I wanted to share with you a great video of one of my heroes. John Piper is the Preaching Pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN. He has a little website at desiringGod.org but is more well known for writing a book or fifty. I love this guy. I hope you enjoy this. Check back tomorrow for a Saturday fun blog.

You can never outgrow your need for the gospel. Get it through your head!!!

26
Jul
07

About My Wife

posted by Vaughn Harris, webmaster for justonemore.info and member of CrossPoint Church in Argo, AL
My beautiful wife, Ambre, and I will be celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary on December 7. I am reminded on a daily basis how much of a great responsibility being a parent is. Since I started working from my home office, I see my wife and what she does day in and day out. We are truly blessed that Ambre, my beautiful wife, has been able to stay home with our three children. If you don’t yet know, our third child is due on February 5, 2008. I’ll be the first to say that our finances would be much better if Ambre could work. But, knowing that every little advancement and growth spurt Bryant and Gavin have, Ambre is the first to see it. That is awesome to me. There’s no price tag you can put on watching first-hand the development of your child. I believe that God has blessed our efforts and commitment and will continue doing so.
I wanted to take a moment to profess my love for my wife to everyone who reads this blog. As I hear all too often of men walking out on their wife and family, I want my wife to know that I am more in love with her today than I ever have been. I am fully and most affectionately committed to our friendship, relationship, and marriage until death separates us. I will be drastic as necessary so I never put myself into a situation where my fidelity, loyalty, and faithfulness to her could ever be questioned or compromised. I want my relationship with my wife to be a firm example to my boys of how Christ loves the church and how to treat a woman. I am committed to displaying such a Godly example to them that they won’t settle for just any girl, but a Godly woman that is radically in love with Jesus. I want my wife’s life to be the example of the type of woman that my boys will desire in a mate. I am committed to being the spiritual leader in my home. Never will my wife be put in the situation where she is “dragging” me to church. I want my wife to know that I am committed to her happiness and well-being. Although we now have roles as parents, I am committed to not forgetting our role as husband and wife. I don’t want our last child to move out of the house then look at my wife and say, “Who are you?” I am committed to continuing to pursue her as I did when dating her. I am committed to dating her through our marriage. (Guys, your wife will love it if you call her and ask her out on a date just like when you were pursuing her before you got married. They dig that!!!) I have bought into the philosophy that spending money on babysitters now is cheaper than spending money on divorce attorneys later.
So, Ambre, I love you with all my heart and I’m looking forward to growing old with you. I want the only thing that can separate us to be death. And even when it tries, it will have a fight on its hands!”
I just wanted to brag a little bit on my wife and how much I appreciate her and what she is doing for our family. She is a true blessing that I am honored to spend my life with her. By the way, if God ever tells you to donate your vacation cottage for weekend getaway for a young couple, please email me. 🙂
25
Jul
07

First justonemore.info Poll

posted by Vaughn Harris, webmaster for justonemore.info and member of CrossPoint Church in Argo, AL
I used to hate trying to figure out things on the computer. But over the past couple of years I have learned to embrace technology. Technology is now my friend. It can be used for good and for evil. I am determined to use technology for the cause of advancing God’s kingdom.
One cool tool is the use of web polls. To the right, you will discover justonemore.info’s first web poll. Please take a moment to look at it and participate. This will give us valuable feedback to make sure we serve you and equip you better for ministry.
Keep it real!!
24
Jul
07

Can You Do It?

posted by Vaughn Harris, webmaster of justonemore.info and member of CrossPoint Church in Argo, AL

As some of you may know, I love investing time with our students. Understand this: Our youth are NOT the “church of tomorrow”; they’re the church of TODAY!! If you study some of the great revivals in history, they started with young people! Folks, let me tell you this: Our students are ON FIRE for GOD!!! They fire me up every time I’m around them. They genuinely weep over their lost friends. They burn with desire to know God in a deep, intimate level. I’m not talking about a short-lived “warm and fuzzy” that takes place on the last night of church camp when everybody cries, hugs each other, and sings “Friends Are Friends Forever”. These students take up their cross daily and follow Him and quite frankly, it challenges me to grow deeper in my spiritual walk. This transformation may surprise you especially if you knew the sinful lifestyle of some of these students a year ago. I’ve heard many first-hand accounts about how within the past year, God has delivered some of our students out of premarital sex, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, etc. I get pumped up just thinking about it!!

The other night at a student home group meeting, I told my group that as leaders, they must be prepared to share the plan of salvation and they must also be able to counsel someone on what to do once that person prays to receive Christ. So many churches share the plan of salvation, but never follow up after someone prays to receive Christ. I was taken aback when I asked who knew how to lead someone through the plan of salvation. No one knew!! I then posed a question that I pretty much knew that answer: Who knows what to tell someone after they pray to receive Christ? These questions immediately prompted one of the leaders of the small group to call a mandatory meeting for all small groups. At this meeting, which had near perfect attendance, out students were trained on how to lead someone through the plan of salvation. They were then trained on how to counsel someone after they pray to receive Christ. In that part of the training, baptism was discussed heavily. So many times we think that our faith in Christ is a personal and private issue when in reality He has called us all to go public, and the main way we go public is through our baptism. I clearly explained to the group that baptism is something done AFTER salvation and that you only need to be water baptized if you have not been baptized since receiving Christ. After the training session our student leaders were spontaneously asked who in that group had not been baptized. Lets put it this way: Very soon there will be 5 or 6 student leaders that will publicly identify themselves with Christ by being immersed in the water grave as a symbol of what Christ did for them on the cross!!

Here’s my question: Can you lead someone through the plan of salvation? Can you give someone Godly counsel on the steps to take after they pray to receive Christ? Have you been water baptized by immersion? Some of the students that needed to be baptized in that group were infant baptized in a Catholic church, sprinkled in a Methodist church, and had been baptized prior to assuring their salvation. Can you relate with one of these students? My challenge to you is this: Be ready to share the plan of salvation and also be ready to give steps to help spiritual growth for new believers. Mark 16:16 plainly talks about baptism. Have you been immersed? If not, I challenge you to join some of our students in water baptism at out church-wide picnic on July 29. Let us celebrate with you as you obey Jesus’ commandment to be baptized.

23
Jul
07

What Do YOU Expect?

posted by Vaughn Harris, webmaster of justonemore.info and member of CrossPoint Church in Argo, AL
Over the years I have developed certain expectations. I expect my service at a restaurant to be excellent. I expect my car to start when I get into it each morning (sometimes I get let down). I expect my boys to get along most of the time. Nothing extravagant, nothing life changing, just some expectations I have embraced over the years. I’m sure there are many, many more but these are just a few.
A few months ago, two teen girls invited a friend to our church for the first time. This friend did not walk into our student ministry in possession of a relationship with Christ and probably didn’t expect to leave with one. But as we worshiped, as we loved each other, as the word of God was opened, God did something in this girls’ life that caused her to surrender her life to Christ. The girls who brought her said, “I am really surprised. I just didn’t expect it. This is awesome!”
In my heart I thought, “Why not?” Why didn’t you expect God’s love to come through? Why didn’t you expect the power of the Gospel to penetrate her soul? Why didn’t you expect the Jesus we love and serve to become her friend? Why didn’t you expect the Holy Spirit to draw this girl to the Savior?
Many Christians I know who share Christ do not expect a life to change, but they are mildly optimistic. If we even attempt, we cringe when we share Christ, we timidly invite people to church, and we hem haw at opportunities when we should be saying, “I know SOMEONE who can help.” In other words we know what God can do, were just not sure He will. We know what God wants to do, we’re just not sure that He will.
Let’s look at what Paul wrote:

“What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.”

I Corinthians 3:5-7 ESV

These words are saturated with expectation. He is saying, when someone plants and someone waters – GOD DOES SOMETHING! All farmers have the expectation of plant, water, grow. They know they plant and water and then wait with EXPECTATION. Jesus told us the same thing when He said, “…the fields are white and ready – go harvest”. We must expect a harvest.
What would happen if everyone who knows Jesus suddenly thought, “Wow, I have the gospel and it is the power of for salvation. I EXPECT when I share it, something in the eternal realm is happening and God is bringing His power to bear upon the hearts of people trapped in darkness, I EXPECT Him to win.” Would having this expectation alter how often we share Christ with others? Would having this expectation alter how we bring people to church? Would having this expectation help define and clarify our role in the process?
I have learned that when I EXPECT God to do something in someone’s life, I see opportunities for God to show up as opposed to people who would never believe. When I EXPECT God to do something in someone’s life, my prayer life is more focused on God and His will being done here on earth than my needs being met. When I EXPECT God to do something in someone’s life, I see my role as to either plant or water and then to fully trust that God will cause growth. When I EXPECT God to do something in someone’s life, I ignore what I might have to lose in sharing Christ and develop a passion for what others might have to gain. When I EXPECT God to do something in someone’s life, I become less surprised by what God does and become more amazed by who He is.