Monthly Archives: July 2012

Finding Encouragement

You can’t give what you ain’t got.

That was the sermon in a nutshell yesterday.

Our focus for the morning was the biblical mandate to ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER                           (1 Thessalonians 5:11). Here is the line of reasoning: You cannot encourage others if you are not encouraged yourself! Discouraged people are not able to encourage others. The primary source for us to find encouragement is the word of God. Therefore, in order for us to be actively encouraging one another we must be people of the Word. We must regularly be reading God’s word – to fill ourselves in order to overflow with encouragement to bless others.

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4

In yesterday’s worship services I had some ACC folks share a Scripture verse that has been an encouragement to them. The verses that were shared are listed below. Read them prayerfully and carefully and allow God to encourage you today! It is probably exactly what you need!

I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort? Galatians 3:2-3

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Colossians 3:1-2

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.            Proverbs 3:5-6

But he 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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:15-17

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35, 37-39

I hope that was like a cup of cold water to your thirsty soul! Reading your bible regularly is the most important thing you can do to grow spiritually.

I pray for you – that you might find tremendous strength and comfort from the Word of God!

Peace, Dave

5 Random Thoughts on a Friday

1 – I’m pumped for the Olympics! Looking forward to the opening ceremony tonight.

2 – Our Honduras Mission Trip is just around the corner. Would you help us fill some suitcases of medical supplies? You can read more about it here. This Sunday, 7/29 is the last day to donate.

3 – I’ve recently been reading the book Prayer Coach by James Nicodem. I highly recommend it. Lots of great, very practical, suggestions to kick start your prayer life.

4 – We’re taking students to the Michigan Sand Dunes today (Warren Dunes State Park). It’s a great day trip. Lots of fun playing/hiking on the dunes, hanging out at the beach, and there’s a pretty sweet clay pit you can mess around in as well.

5 – I LOVE Chick-fil-a. There’s a lot of rumor/slander floating around about the company. The bottom line, they are a Christian company and they happen to oppose gay-marriage. I imagine there are a lot of business owners (Christian or not) that oppose gay-marriage. Should we boycott them? Should they be banned from obtaining business license?



Honduras 2012!

In about 2 1/2 weeks ACC will be sending a team of 23 people to Honduras August 1-8 for an intense time of ministry in the name of Christ! We will be helping to run a medical clinic, working at an orphanage, doing concrete work, and sharing the good news of Christ. We are excited, nervous, and hopeful – all at once! Please pray for us during these days we are gone.

We hope to bring many trunks of medical supplies with us. These supplies are essential to our mission. Would you help us? Bring in your own donations. Approach your own doctors or dentists office and ask for their support. Talk to your neighbors, co-workers, friends, and family. You could pick up their donations and bring them to the church for them!

Please consider helping the team by donating any of the following items. Please drop your items off in room 110 by July 29.
 Children’s Chewable (not gummy) Vitamins
 Adult Multivitamins
 Tylenol (Extra Strength – 500 mg, children’s drops)
 Loratadine (Claritin – 10mg)
 Antacid Tablets (Tums, Maalox)
 Zantac or Pepcid
 Naproxen (Alleve)
 Lice Shampoo
 No Tangle Spray
 Adult Shampoo (NO baby shampoo)
 Hair Conditioner
 Hair Gel (the boys love to have their hair spiked)
 Wide tooth combs
 Girl’s Hair Accessories (Headbands, Pony Tail Holders, Barrettes)
 Hand Mirrors
 Financial donations will be used for optical supplies or treatment and for the purchase of
prescription medications. Please make checks payable to Arlington Countryside Church and write “Honduras” on the memo line of the check.
Please contact Ann Dobrowski with questions or concerns

Thanks so much for your generosity!



Racine Half Ironman

I can’t believe it’s almost here! It seemed so far away when I signed up in November. This Sunday, 7/15, I will be competing in my first ever triathlon. I’ll be racing the Ironman 70.3 – Racine, WI. Training began January 1st, so it’s been 6.5 months of work to get ready for this race. The race consists of  a 1.2 mile swim, then a 56 mile bike ride, and finishes up with a 13.1 mile run (half marathon).  I’ll begin the race around 8am and hope to be done by 2pm. Although, if it’s hot and humid, all time goals are out and I’ll just focus on finishing on my feet :). I’m super excited, but nervous. I know I can comfortably do each of the distances, but the cumulative affect of doing them back to back to back is new territory. I’ll be racing with my friends Chris and Bill, and with my brother (Nick) and Dad (Mike). We’d appreciate your prayers. You can pray for:

  • Safety – traveling to and from, and during the race
  • Health – no last minute colds/viruses
  • Endurance – we’re well trained, but it’s a long race
  • Good weather/conditions – calm waters in Lake MI, low humidity, no rain/storms.

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I fell in love with endurance sports (specifically distance running) 3 years ago when I began running to lose weight. 3 years ago, this is a race that I only dreamed of being able to do. I’m so thankful for the opportunity I’ve had to train with good friends and family and look forward to completing the journey together on Sunday.




Looking for a great read?


I just re-read a book (for about the 10th time) that is outstanding – exciting, encouraging, gross (in places), faith-building, challenging – but best of all…TRUE!


The book is Bruchko by Bruce Olson. It’s the incredible account of the author going into the jungles of South America, as a 19 year old, to reach a stone-aged tribe named the Motilones. God’s power and miraculous provision is constantly evident. Bruce was sure of his calling from God and he pursued that calling with his entire being. Despite being physically attacked and tortured, extreme physical illness, and even being kidnapped by Communist guerillas – he remained faithful to sharing the good news of Christ.


In preparation for our trip to Honduras, our entire team read this book. I’d encourage you to do the same. This book will be one you find hard to put down. If you do read it – tell me what you think!




@Home Mission Trip

Last week, we did a local mission trip with some of our high school students. Each day we met at the church, spent time together in God’s Word, did some work projects around the church, and then spent the afternoon helping out at a local day camp for poverty kids. It was an awesome week! I was so impressed with how hard our students worked. Many of them were challenged physically and emotionally by the experience, yet they stuck with it and stepped up to the plate each day. One student was so frustrated at the end of the day on Wednesday that he contemplated not coming back Thursday and Friday. I was so happy to see him Thursday morning with a smile on a his face and a totally new attitude. The same student was in tears as he said goodbye to the kids on Friday. 2 other students rearranged their work schedules so that they wouldn’t have to miss as much of the week as they were originally scheduled to. As a reward for their hard work, we spent the weekend in the Wisconsin Dells. It was the perfect way to end the week. We had tons of fun at Noah’s Ark Waterpark and at Devil’s Lake State Park. Overall, the trip was a huge success.



That’s What He Said

This morning I read a post so wise and strategic that I wanted to share it with you.


It’s written by Michael Hyatt, Chairman of Thomas Nelson Publishers. I follow him on Twitter (!/michaelhyatt) and read his blog regularly.


Read his insightful thoughts here:


I realized I too fight the same three-headed dragon every day.

I must be much more intentional in this fight; lately I’ve been getting my butt kicked!


How about you?