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Book Review


I recently finished reading One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow by Scot McKnight.  I had previously read another book of his, The Jesus Creed.  One.Life challenged my life and thinking, as I consistently considered: How will I use my one and only life to build God’s kingdom?  What does it look like to follow Christ in every area of my life?

McKnight is a professor yet writes in a readable manner.  I appreciated the historical insights into Jewish culture, some that were new to me.  The book effectively bridges the gap between history and current times.

Here are the top 7 things I learned:

1) The Christian life is not simply about fervently pursuing personal piety.  Instead of being known for what I abstain from, I should be known for positively putting my faith into action.

2) When Jesus talked about the kingdom of God, contemporary Jews looked for a king, land, and citizens.  Today when I hear the phrase “kingdom of God,” I usually think of an internal experience.  The literal anticipation of the establishment of God’s kingdom gives renewed hope for today and ultimately the future.

3) I am to become a person who loves God and others.  Jesus’ kingdom vision is for the world to be filled with people who are noted by one word: love.  I thus need to treat everyone as my neighbor and see each person as someone loved by God.

4) As a fallen person, my natural default is to pursue the “iLife,” not the kingdom life. Instead of living the defeat of the cross, I live for constant triumph (70). 

5) A good question to ask for every decision I make is “What is the wise thing to do?”

6) I need the Holy Spirit because no matter how hard I try, I’m unloving, unjust, and unpeaceful.  It’s too easy to wrongly think I can just stop sinning

7) The mundane matters to God, including things that are every day and routine. 

I definitely recommend One.Life to challenge your walk with God.  Perhaps we can have a discussion or study group of this title at ACC in the near future!

Guest Blogger,

Allison Bies

Dealing with Betrayal

On Thursday night, at Pit Stop (middle school youth group), I wrapped up a teaching series called When Things Get Ugly. We spent the past couple weeks talking about some of the more nasty parts of relationships. I wanted to share with you some of my thoughts from last night’s lesson on dealing with betrayal…what should we do when someone violates our trust. I focused on 3 important steps:

  • Deal with the Anger. Psalm 4:4 tells us “In your anger do not sin”. Anger is a strong emotion and can very easily lead us into decisions that we regret. When responding to someone who has betrayed us a couple things can help us to avoid straying into sin.
    1 – Delay your response. Don’t fire back, give it some time so that you can settle down a bit and respond more appropriately. Type that email, but don’t send it yet. Wait until tomorrow to make that phone call.
    2 – Stick to the issue, don’t attack the person. When discussing the problem, don’t attack their character, simply let them know how there action negatively affected you and the pain it has caused you. When you stick to the issue rather than the person you’re less likely to stir up a defensive response.
  • Choose to forgive. Ephesians 4:32 says “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” When we understand how much God has forgiven us, we understand that we’ll never be asked to forgive someone more than we’ve been forgiven. Choosing to hold a grudge (not forgive) only harms us. It holds us down and robs us of joy. A couple suggestions to help with this decision.
    1 – Confess your bitterness to God. Bitterness is sin. When we confess it to God and ask him to work on our hearts, we’re taking the first step on the path to forgiveness.
    2 – Say the words “I release you from the way you hurt me”. Maybe you can’t say it to their face yet. That’s fine, start by saying it to yourself. Repeat it as often as necessary. Eventually your emotions will get in line with your will.
  • Seek Reconciliation. II Corinthians 5:18 says “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation”. Forgiveness says I don’t hold that against you anymore, but reconciliation is the restoring of that relationship. It’s the repairing part. A couple suggestions to help with this
    1 – Start small. You’re not doing either of you any good if you act like nothing happened. Start spending time together again and rebuilding trust.
    2 – Don’t bring up the past. If you said you forgive them, show that you mean it by not bringing it up again. It’s not that you forget that it happened, it’s that no good comes from bringing it up again. You’ve forgiven them, time to stop making them pay for it.

Wherever you’re at on your spiritual journey, I hope that you’ll follow the Father’s example and learn to deal with Betrayal in a way that honors Him.


From the Pages of Facebook

The following image has been all over my facebook feed this past week.
Quote about judging
What do you think? Agree or disagree
?I find it interesting for 2 reasons.
1 – I agree with the statement that judging others is more of a indictment of our own character than it is of their character. I appreciate it for that idea.
2 – The number of likes, comments, and shares on Facebook suggest that this statement really strikes a cultural nerve. I see here a rallying cry for our culture. A culture that is determined to justify sin. “Don?t judge me!” is the underlying message. “I can live however I want to live. If you have a problem with that, it?s your problem, not mine.” As a believer in absolute truth and the authority of God?s word, I don?t appreciate this sentiment. The human heart is wicked and deceptive. We need an outside perspective on our behavior. God has given us that perspective in His word. Where the word is clear, we can be clear. In those cases, a judgement of someone?s actions is most certainly an indictment against them. Don?t get me wrong…As followers of Christ we need to be clear about sin, but we need to do so in a loving, respectful way.

Not Goodbye, Just See You Later

August always has me saying “See You Later” to students. It?s the nature of youth ministry, teens don?t stay in high school forever (although some try ;)). This month, our graduates are taking the next step on their journey into adulthood. For many of them, that means moving away to college. For others, it means staying at home and attending a community college, or getting a job. Whatever their next step is, they?ve transitioned out of the youth ministry and into adult ministry. It?s a transition that is so key. The stats are staggering. A large majority of students that regularly attend church through their high school years, leave the church during their college years. (Here?s a link to some great resources on this topic).
As a ministry, we get a short time with them (7 years if we?re lucky and they start in 6th grade). During that time it?s our goal to help them take ownership of their faith. Their faith needs to move from something their family does, to something they do. As they enter these formative college years, it?s our prayer that they would continue to walk with Christ. Please join me in praying that this transition is not “goodbye”, but just “see you later”

Volunteer Heroes

The storm raced through here like a freight train on Monday morning. I watched in awe from a window here at the church. The wind was driving the rain so hard that I was feeling a mist through the closed window!
It looked and felt like a tornado (one of my life goals is to be an eyewitness to a tornado!) but, alas, there was no funnel. Nevertheless it tore up many of the trees on our church property. Green leaves were stripped off and littering the ground. Huge branches were everywhere; the kind of branches that you need a chainsaw to clear.
That is when our volunteer heroes showed up. Rick Abbott, Adrin Smith and Paul Swan arrived and spent the better part of their day picking up – dragging – cutting branches. In the 90 degree heat. No pay. Very little thanks. (Okay, they did get free Gatorade.) They were indeed very manly men.
I love it! That is the spirit of servanthood. Jesus modeled it. Rick, Adrin and Paul modeled it. He asks us to model it. Numerous people here at ACC model it – including the dozens of volunteers running our Day Camp this week.
The church is the quintessential volunteer organization. Without your generous, sacrificial involvement – we are nothing. So I thank God for every one of you that faithfully volunteers at ACC. All of you rock!
May God continue to increase the number of those committed to humbly serving.??Peace,??Dave??

Car Races, BBQs, & Memorials

What is Memorial Day weekend for you? Is it the start of summer vacation? Time to spend with family and friends? A three day weekend
?Chances are it?s a lot of things. Perhaps the most widely observed non-religious holiday in the US, much has developed around this day. Whatever your plans are for this weekend, I hope you?ll take time to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

Preparing for Easter

As Easter draws near, I imagine many of you are busy getting ready – dying eggs, making meal preparations, doing some shopping, maybe even making travel plans. I regularly read the Family Matters Blog and thought they had a great post this morning about how to help your family prepare for Easter. I hope you?ll check it out and make plans to join us at ACC for our Good Friday and Easter Services.

Upward 09-10

This week was the start of Upward Basketball and Cheerleading Practices. It was a very exciting week as players met their coaches and teammates for the first time, got their uniforms, and started preparing for their first game on Saturday, January 23rd. We have about 150 kids signed up this year and have seen growth in just about every age division. The ACC gym will be heavily used for the next 3 months. We appreciate your prayers for safety and for many people to hear and respond to the Gospel message.


Have you found a place to contribute to the success of Upward? Here are some ways to get involved:


-Prayer Team
?-Concession Stand Worker
?-Awards Program
?-Game Day Set up or Clean up
?-Come enjoy a hot dog, watch a game, & talk to some new people


Contact the church office for more information or to sign up.