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” Hope Springs Eternal “…

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016 in Events, From The Pastor's Desk | 0 comments

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As I sit at the pastor’s desk thinking about “Words of Hope” that might be springing forth for the summer months of June and July, I can’t help but think how quickly spring has changed over to summer. It got me thinking about this past spring and the phrase that kept running through my mind was “Hope Springs Eternal”…

It sounds like something from the pages of God’s word, doesn’t it? One of those half-truths like, “Cleanliness is next to Godliness”… And “God doesn’t give us more than we can handle”… Biblical half-truths are those sayings that sound like they come from the pages of Scripture but really don’t…

And so even as scriptural as “Hope Springs Eternal” sounds, the whole truth, (as opposed to the half-truth) is that the phrase was actually coined by Alexander Pope in his poem “An Essay on Man”.

While I agree that it is true that hope does indeed spring eternal, the point that Alexander Pope is trying to make is a little bit different than the eternal nature of hope that springs up from the words of Scripture. For the poet “Hope Springs Eternal” means that people will continue to hope even though they have evidence that things cannot possibly turn out the way they want and they will keep on hoping, no matter what the odds.

The truth of the Scriptures is in the real hope that it reveals… The eternal hope revealed in the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus… That is where true hope is revealed… That is the hope that springs up eternally…

Let’s look at Titus 3:4-7, “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.” (emphasis mine)

The hope that the writer is referring to is a hope that is not dependent upon any odds or upon anything that we might or might not do… The true hope that springs eternal is poured out upon us generously through Jesus Christ our Lord as a gift of God’s grace.

The hope that springs eternal springs up in us as we believe in Jesus Christ as the source of our hope. Look what Jesus shares with his friend as she was grieving over the loss of a loved one in John 11:25, “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;”

When we come to trust, to hope, and to place our very lives into the hands of Jesus as our only hope, rivers of living water spring up within us… “Hope Springs Eternal” from within our very soul… This according to the gospel writer John as he shares in chapter 7 verse 38, “Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”

My prayer for us this summer is that we would grasp the eternal nature of the hope that springs forth from Jesus… My prayer for us always is that we would allow that very same hope to spring from within us and pour forth into a world that can sometimes seem hopeless and so desperately needs the hope that only Jesus can provide…

Hope truly does spring eternal… May it spring forth from you… today and always… in Jesus’ name…

Blessings,

Pastor Wayne

Music Fest 2016

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Blessings | 0 comments

Music Fest Poster Inland

CenterPoint Christian Fellowship Church will be sponsoring

their Annual “Community Music-Fest” on Saturday, August 13, 2016 from 11am to 8

PM, at CenterPoint Plaza – 8021 St. Rt. 12, Barneveld, NY.  There will be a variety of

music throughout the day from: PETE ROSE, 4 EVER 1, CINCINNATI CREEK,

INLAND, DONNA MUCKS, PAULA BAILEY & COMPANY, AND THE MARK BOLOS

BAND. The entire event is free of charge and open to the public, with free parking.

Free food and drinks will be available throughout the day, as well as a children’s

activity area including face painting, puppet shows, a petting zoo, pony rides, and

more. Seating will be available in the bandstand area or you may bring your own lawn

chair / blanket.

THIS EVENT IS HELD RAIN OR SHINE UTILIZING THE NEW CENTERPOINT PAVILION!

There will also be a FREE BACK TO SCHOOL BACKPACK GIVEAWAY for school aged children in attendance.

All are encouraged to come out and participate in this community event.

We are also asking that each attendee consider a donation of a non-perishable food

item for the “Feed Our Vets” program of Utica. There will be a designated drop off point

for these donations at the event.

Please call (315) 725-3127 or visit us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/CenterpointChristianFellowshipChurch for more information or directions.

The Towel and The Twelve

Posted by on Mar 26, 2016 in Ministry | 0 comments

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Holy Maundy Thursday 3/24/16

The Towel and The Twelve

Written by : Kathy Peters

Growth Groups

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Ministry | 0 comments

Over these past few months CenterPoint Christian Fellowship Church has been

experiencing an increase in our Growth-Group Ministry. We believe that real

discipleship and growth occurs in deliberate, consistent, biblical-based affinity

groups of 6-10 each. These Growth-Groups continue to do more & be more than

what we can possibly do or be during large corporate worship gatherings on

Sunday mornings. Our groups have recently been utilizing a common DVD based

learning & growing experience. We would love to see these groups expanded to

include other individualized affinity groups that would meet on Wed. evenings as

we currently do, led by a group leader, who would guide & direct the gatherings

in prayer, accountability, and love. Our prayer is that we would be able to

accommodate as many as possible with the ultimate goal of everyone associated

with CenterPoint Church involved in a Growth-Group in some way. This is an

opportunity for us to truly do life together, to grow together, to encourage and

pray for one another.

Please feel free to ask Pastor Wayne or any member of the CenterPoint leadership team any questions that you might have…  additional contact by email : centerpointcf@gmail.com or through Facebook is highly recommended.

Thank you so much for your time, your consideration, and your input – it is a tremendously valuable part of this process as we go forward together.