For the average household on Thanksgiving, the spread of food is incredible at best – multiple pies, more than one meat option, and multiple other choices to round off a spread that could a feed an army. The funny thing is, there is usually not an army to eat it. Even with a band of twenty people there are lots of leftovers that you will eat on for days. So many leftovers, that you get sick of it after a few days of eating it again and again. Then there is the age-old phrase that everyone says, “I ate too much”.
Then every family has their own traditions. Macy’s Day Parade is a staple for many American households. Football games are in abundance to the point that even the biggest fan can get an overload. Some people even grab some of the family and head out to the backyard to play the biggest game of the year: “The Turkey Bowl”. You may be the one who has to make multiple trips to multiple houses in one day and once again you say: “I ate too much”.
All of these are wonderful happenings. And don’t get me wrong, I partook in most of these this past Thanksgiving Day. And yes, I even ate too much!
But is this Thanksgiving? Is this truly giving thanks? For centuries, cultures have used feast and celebration to surround days of remembrance. In ages past, the Israelites filled their year with days of remembrance to mark the goodness and faithfulness of their God. Sharing and partaking of the goodness of God’s bounty is a wonderful way to mark the many blessings God has poured upon us. It is biblical and was even mandated in the Old Testament by our God to His chosen people. However, the Israelites forgot why they held these feast and days of remembrance. They become just mere traditions. But I can’t help wonder if we, as American Christians, have forgotten how to be thankful and why it is we of all people should be most thankful. We are rich. The poorest of us are many times richer than most in this world. The Thanksgiving holiday has become steeped in tradition and tradition, without heartfelt understanding of why we celebrate, produces apathy.
It is because of the Gospel that we as believers should be most thankful. That fact that “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” is reason alone to make a believer the most grateful and humble individual on the earth. If we were to receive nothing more than grace this side of heaven, we have more to be thankful for than anyone. This Thanksgiving holiday, I have been hit with a fresh awareness and conviction of how ungrateful I can be for the salvation of Christ. So many times my attitude does not reflect gratitude. As I sat around watching the family enjoy one another and say the usual “I ate too much”, I realize that I do not want to celebrate Thanksgiving per usual this year. As we move into this Christmas season, I want to be rekindled with joy and adoration that “All I have is Christ”. I want to hunger and thirst afresh for righteousness. Because I know that the more I partake in the feast that Christ offers, I will never say that I have eaten too much.
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving day! One of the best days of the year. Everyone has their traditions: family, football, food. There is also no end to the abundant blessings that we can be thankful for. But do you see all the blessings? Are you missing them because you don’t see blessings from God’s perspective? Join Daniel and Charles as they discuss their family traditions and why the gospel changes their perspective on what is a true blessing…
For years I have dreamed of and prayed for the opportunity to work with my family to touch the next generation for Christ. In the grace and providence of God, I have watched as Vision4Living Ministries has been born and opportunities for growth and expansion have been given. Our heart for the Gospel, the local church and it’s leaders, and the family unit have been used by God to lead us into ministry that continues to grow.
The past year has brought significant growth to Vision4Living Ministries which has increased the demands of time and energy. The year to come is full, and gratefully so. We have been asked to hold a Family Leadership Conference in Tampa, FL in February. Just a few weeks later we will hold our first Legacy Conference (April 24-26) in Evansville, Indiana. Along with these, our seventh annual Passion4Christ Summit will be held on October 22 – 26.
As we work through these events, we will continue to produce our weekly podcast, Cross Talk, write regular blogs, and work on a book we hope to publish in the not so distant future. 2013 also brought us the blessing of serving and encouraging local pastors and Christian leaders in our area in a more involved way. All of this lies before us as we continue to work at full-time jobs and involve ourselves in the ministry of our own local church. All of our resources are offered for free or at a greatly reduced cost, so that as many as possible may benefit from them.
During the entire month of December and leading into January, we will be focusing on financial preparation for going through the doors the Lord is opening and fulfilling the vision of touching and changing the next generation
for Christ. We have set a goal of $50,000 to be raised in the month of December. While this is a substantial goal, we are asking you to pray with us and, if the Lord leads and provides, to give towards this goal.
Below is a list of the needs this money will be used to address.
~ Cross Talk podcast production – $500
~ Insurance to cover V4L & its board in legal matters – $2,500
~ New website to meet the demands of changing technology – $3,000
~ New office and administrative equipment – $4,000
~ Staff salaries to focus on productivity & open doors – $40,000
Time is short, opportunities are great, and our God is sufficient. We will thank Him for however He may choose to use us, and we thank Him for you and however He may be pleased to use you in the work of the Gospel.
To Him alone be glory,
President, Vision4Living Ministries
What could possibly be the ‘Landmarks’ that we are destroying today? Is there application for us? Daniel and Charles discuss the modern day relevance of not removing the ancient landmarks. Join them on CrossTalk today.
The year is 2110. Your great, great grandchild has just received a text from her mother giving her the new security code (which changes daily) so she can enter the house after school. She receives the text via a cerebral computer chip. The chip is designed to act upon thought command and displays the text on the back of her eye. She returns the text by telling the chip, with her thoughts, what she wants to say.
What does the future hold for our descendants? What incredible advances in technology that bring comfort and convenience will they view as normal? Some things we cannot even imagine.
But more importantly, what will be the spiritual state of your descendants 75, 150, or 200 years from now? What will 2110 hold spiritually for your descendants? Will they be following Christ and living lives that honor Him? What can you do to have an impact on them for Christ?
We cannot know with certainty what kind of lives our descendants will live, but we can leave a legacy that God may be pleased to use to influence them for Christ and His glory. We can, by God’s grace, give them “the heritage of the godly”.
What are the essential elements of a lasting spiritual legacy? What are the things we must not fail to pass own to our descendants? In April of 2014, we are going to look at some of these biblical elements. We are inviting you to join us as we face the challenge to “Love Your God”. Are you, can you, will you leave a lasting legacy? May God, by His grace, make it so.
Yours for the next generation,
President, Vision4Living Ministries
Twitter: @PastorCavanaugh | Email: [email protected]
How many conferences have you been to? I am sure that you have heard of many, been to many, and received the reports of how wonderful they were. Every conference or retreat is the best one ever! However, if you look over the years and the conferences you have been to, how much can you really recall that you heard or learned?
I could give you a glowing report of #P4C13. It was good. The fellowship was deep and refreshing, as always. The food was good. And, it was the most people we had every had at a P4C Summit [126 people total]. The preaching was even incredible and challenging. But, I do not want to give you another glowing report. I want to tell you how the teaching has turned into application.
Passion4Christ’s theme this year was ‘The Body: God’s Plan for the Church’. It was our desire to stir and cultivate in the heart of those who attended a renewed love for the bride that Christ loves so much. We wanted people to walk away with a biblical vision to love that which Christ loves – His body. And we wanted to put flesh and bones to it. The church is not just some nebulous idea but organic and living. It is communal with a purpose of living and spreading the gospel to the far reaches of the world. It is the living, breathing, and functional local church in the communities across our land and the world. We wanted people to go back to their communities and churches and be the church.
I have to say, the response to this year’s theme was incredible. I just didn’t hear people talking about how great it was, I heard testimonies of people actually applying being the church. Facebook and Twitter were alive with the hashtag #P4C13 as people shared testimony of how they were returning and being the church. They were giving actual examples, which is awesome! Now that’s a great conference: an event were the Spirit of God moves upon the people as they return to live and be what they learned from biblical and powerful preaching of God’s word! That encourages and gets me excited!
So, I encourage you to take the time to listen to the messages from #P4C13. They are available to you as a free download here. Don’t just listen to the messages. Receive from the preached word and go be the church. Apply what you learn. Learn to be effective in the place that God has sovereignly placed you in. Don’t just be a hearer of the word – be a doer!
Several week ago, we delved into what has been lost in our churches and society since the foundations have been destroyed. However, we only covered part of what has been lost. So, we are picking up where we left off with ‘Lost: Part 2’. We apologize for the delay [due to traveling and events] but join us was we continue to walk through Psalm 78 and discover what it means to pass on the foundation of the gospel to the next generation.
The much anticipated #P4C13 sessions are now available for your listening pleasure. Please feel free to pass these along to others. To download, click the link and push download. We hope that you are strengthened in your view of the precious gift God has given us in the church, whether you are hearing these messages for the first time or re-listening to them. Enjoy!
Director, Vision4Living Ministries
* Formality or Reality: the Ordinances of the Church – Charles Cavanaugh
[Is being rerecorded]
*Please note that we are rerecording ‘Formality or Reality: the Ordinances of the Church’ by Charles Cavanaugh due to some technical difficulties. You also may notice some of the above audios have minor glitches. We apologize. Thanks for bearing with our audio troubles we experienced during #P4C13.
We experienced an incredible working of the Lord among His people at #P4C13. Lives were radically changed and local churches across the globe will be strengthened as the attendees go forth to be the church. Join Daniel & Charles as they give a personal recount of how God worked.
We’ve pulled a few favorite tweets and Facebook posts with the hastag #P4C13 to give you an overview of last week from the perspective our attendees and staff. Enjoy!
Leah (Twitter): GOD’S ways work. —Mr. Novotny #P4C13
Sarah (Facebook): “Can you trace all of your convictions back to Christ?”
– Ryan Fullerton | #p4c13
Amanda (Twitter): So much I could say about #P4C13. More than would fit in 140 characters. Been rebuked & encouraged & have a lot to think over and pray about
Amanda (Facebook): Really missing my #p4c13 people. I am beyond blessed and grateful to have gone. But still missing that glimpse of what Paul writes about in being the body of Christ where everyone is sincerely and passionately striving heavenward. Acts 2:44
Ruth (Facebook): “The church is to (have) Reverence/fear towards our LORD. Jesus is not our “Buddy”, He is our LORD! Complete allegiance to Christ.” -Ryan Fullerton #P4C13
Leah (Twitter): Teaching to change lives is not about turning heads. It’s about turning hearts. —Mr. Novotny #P4C13
Aaron (Twitter): Loved P4C a lot to think about and do #p4c13
Rebecca (Facebook): What a fantastic week! #p4c13 was such a special time. And, if you weren’t there this year… there’s always next year!
Ruth (Facebook): “(As a Christian,) You already have the Marriage, that Marriage points to! In Christ!!” -Ryan Fullerton #P4C13
Richard (Twitter): Be strong in grace, teaching, and mentoring within the Body of Christ Dewey Novotny #P4C13
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