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A Seat at the Table
Aug 03, 2021
A Seat at the Table”
By Kelly Leffel, wife of Ryan Leffel, Woodmont’s Worship Pastor
 
Our family recently had the privilege of attending Hope Heals Camp for the first time. What is Hope Heals Camp? It is “a week-long experience and year-round community of over 2,000 friends who are choosing to show up to their good/hard stories each day.” Special needs individuals, families living with disability and countless volunteers attend camp. This amazing concept was birthed from tragedy in the life of the Wolf family when Katherine, a wife and young mom, suffered a near-fatal brainstem stroke that left her severely disabled. This also left her husband Jay to care for his wife and young son. Yet, that wasn’t the end of the journey…God is writing a beautiful new story for their family, and fortunately they have chosen to come along side other families living with disability. Precious volunteers are invited to step into our world and serve the disabled and their families. Hope Heals believes, “the best ministry is mutual, and the strongest communities blur the lines between who is serving and who is being served”. Encouragement, blessing, rest and HOPE are found within the Hope Heals community.
 
I wish I could go into more detail about what Hope Heals Camp means, but honestly words won’t do it justice, and truthfully, I’m still attempting to digest all that was poured into me and presented to our family. However, if I had to give a description it would be this…a taste of Heaven. The Luke 14 Banquet was just that, a glimpse of Heaven. What is a Luke 14 Banquet you ask? I doubt I can adequately describe its beauty and significance, but here it goes.
 
Camp is in session from Monday afternoon until Friday morning, with the highlight being Thursday evening at the Luke 14 banquet. The banquet is based off of the Parable of the Great Banquet found in Luke 14:12-24. Picture a camp style dining hall transformed with flowers and lights and flowers and table settings and more flowers, every detail considered and lavishly planned for the guests. A delicious meal where dessert is served first because we shouldn’t wait to celebrate! Under each plate is a word such as loved, seen, chosen and cherished…all descriptions of God’s feelings toward His children. Add in hundreds of people…young, old, disabled, healthy, weak, rich, poor… all those created in the image of God. And finally, imagine hearts that have a connection with one another, a connection of suffering, trial, loss, BUT also hearts filled with love, joy and the HOPE of Jesus. Again, a small taste of Heaven.
 
A seat at the table for everyone is at the forefront of Hope Heals Camp. And of course for a family like ours that is a true blessing, because let’s be honest, the world isn’t really made for those who are disabled. (But please let me say that you, Woodmont Baptist Church, have done an amazing job welcoming Harrison…meeting his needs and loving him. Hope Murphy and her team have always made it possible for Harrison to be included and for that we are grateful!) But back to “a seat at the table”. What if I/we approached sought out those who are tired, frustrated, different than us, walking thru a hard time, etc. and invited them to join us? What if we looked past our differences and saw that all those created in the image of God needed to hear His good news, especially in their suffering? What if we chose to serve others, even when it doesn’t make sense? What if we chose to give more of our time and resources to bless someone else? What if we chose to look someone in the eye and deeply connect with them in their suffering? What if we share the good/hard stories that God is writing in our own lives with those who need to hear it? “And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.” -Luke 14:23
 
For more information about this ministry visit www.hopeheals.com

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What is Love?
Jul 27, 2021
The first fruit of the spirit that Galatians mentions, is love. What is love and why is it so important in the Christian life?
 
1.  WHAT IS LOVE?
1 Cor. 14:4-8
Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not arrogant, is not rude, is not self-seeking, is not irritable, and does not keep a record of wrongs. Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends”
 
Listen to the qualities of love:
Love is patient- Love rises above pettiness and it is generous in the way it treats others. It is easy to love when people are lovable; how difficult it can be when people injure or attack us.
 
Love never simmers with jealousy- How do we react when other Christians receive blessing or benefits we lack? Are we envious, jealous?
 
Love does not boast or be proud- Being boastful or prideful refers to the inward feeling of being “puffed up” and the outward display of self-importance. These people are easily noticeable because they think a lot of themselves and want to be noticed.
 
Love is selfless and gracious- True Christian love seeks only the good of others and is unselfish.
 
Love is not provoked, nor does it harbor evil thoughts- Christian love shows no irritation, but our sinful flesh often does. Love forgives and keeps no record of any wrong doings.
 
Love gives victory- Through Christ’s love in us, we can bear up under anything that comes, looks for the best in all things, and remains steadfast in difficult times.
 
Colossians 3:12-14
12 “Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and dearly loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a grievance against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you are also to forgive. 14 Above all, put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity”
 
17 “And whatever you do in word or deed, do in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him”
 
Love is described again in Phil 2:3-4, this is our practical take home of what we can do, what love is to us… Do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility consider others more important than yourselves. Everyone should look NOT to his own interests, but rather to the interests of others”
 
 
2.  WHAT LOVE IS NOT!
You hear the word love thrown around by everybody but most people in this world that talk about “loving people” or “being loving” have no idea what love really is. Most people think to go along and accept anything a person does or says is the most loving thing. I want to read a few quotes from an article I read entitled “How does God’s love differ from the world’s”
 
a. “Many times, the world’s idea of love is to love those who can further your career or those from whom you can get something that you need. This is not a godly love.”
 
b. “Worldly love is selfish, self-serving, and cares more for what it gets from a relationship than what it gives to that relationshipMany marriages and friendships fail because this is the type of love the participants exhibit.”
 
 
c.   “Many times, worldly love is fickle. Those who claim they love us are there during the good times, but are conspicuously absent when the going gets rough. God will not leave us in the tough times. Jesus promise is, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5 ESV).”
 
d.  Worldly love is oftentimes impersonal; it attempts to mimic true love by giving money instead of offering someone a shoulder to lean on. It calls itself ‘tolerant’ while overlooking all kinds of sinful and destructive behavior in the name of ‘love’. Only by knowing God, His character, and His Word, can we hope to understand even a small part of just how great God’s love is.” 
 
Romans 5:7-8
For rarely will someone die for a just person — though for a good person perhaps someone might even dare to die. 8 But God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
 
Jesus Christ, God in human flesh, endured the pain of the cross (Hebrews 12:2) because He loves us. Jesus gave up His place with God in heaven in order to come down to earth, experience humility, shame, suffering, and death; so that anyone who trusts in Him will be forgiven of their sins and can enjoy the close personal relationship with Him for which they were created. It is astonishing that He did this voluntarily; motivated by His love for us.
 
1 Corinthians 13:1-3
If I speak human or angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries and knowledge, and if I have all faith so that I can move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give away all my possessions, and if I give over my body in order to boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.
 
John 13:35
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
 
Jarod

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Vacation Bible School
Jun 30, 2021

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL. What thoughts and memories come to your mind when you hear those three words? Bible stories? Stories of missionaries? Certain songs? Crafts? Cookies and Koolaid? Red Rover Red Rover? The Farmer in the Dell? (I know, I know, I’m showing my age!!) As a child, our VBS was two weeks long, and I enjoyed every minute of it. I learned so many Bible verses and loved the stories. I still have a button box made from an oatmeal box in VBS. That thing has been an antique for longer than I care to remember.

This week is VBS at Woodmont and if you aren’t here to see the happy faces, hear the joy, and feel the excitement, I wish you could be. Woodmont’s mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ from all generations that will make disciples of all nations in all generations for God’s glory. VBS is one special way our mission is being carried out. Jesus said in Mark 10:14-15, “Let the little children come to me. Don’t stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (CSB) This week, people of different generations are bringing children to Jesus as seeds are being planted in their minds. Be in prayer that these seeds will result in children one day coming to know Christ as their Savior and that this will flow over into family members who may be lost. What an opportunity to share the gospel not only with our church family, but also with our community who may not attend church or have a personal relationship with Jesus. Please pray for each child, each family represented, and each teacher and volunteer who is a part of VBS. And for a pastor who cares enough about this generation to dress up with a black beard and glasses, carry a shovel, and dig deep into God’s Word to plant seeds in the fertile soil of these little minds.

Becky Daugherty

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Zephaniah 3:17
Jun 16, 2021
The Lord your God is among you, a warrior who saves.
He will rejoice over you with gladness.
He will be quiet in his love.
He will delight in you with singing.
 
Zephaniah 3:17
 
Zephaniah 3:17 is one of my most favorite scriptures in all of the Bible. I am often reminded of it in moments of sadness and despair. This short verse has a lot to say, and it does not take a multi-degreed biblical scholar to understand it.
 
  1. First, God reminds us that He is present. Often times in our darkest moments we cannot sense His presence, but rest assured He is with us. (Deuteronomy 31:6, Hebrews 13:5 CSB) Knowing He is present should give us the strength and courage to press on.
  2. Second, God is fighting for our salvation. What a picture this is of His incredible love for us. He is not just sitting back hoping we come to saving faith, he is battling for us.
  3. Third, God rejoices over us. The human race has mastered criticism so it is rare that we feel loved and valued by those around us. (Psalm 147:11 CSB) God’s love for us is so great that He sacrificed His only son for us. He is cheering us on to victory!
  4. Fourth, His love is tender. God does not withhold discipline, but He always assures us of His love toward us. (Psalm 147:3, Luke 1:78-79) When my spirit is overwhelmed with life God often wraps His loving arms around me reassuring me He has not left me alone.
  5. Fifth, He sings over us. As a worship pastor that spends a lot of time singing it is amazing to know that my God sings over me. God rejoices over us when we faithfully follow Him.
 
What verse or passage does God bring to your mind in your low moments in life?
 
Ryan Leffel

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Comfort in Christ
May 26, 2021
We are given God’s word to deal with every aspect of life from birth, to how we should live as Christians, to how we should deal with certain things that will arise in our lifetime, and also to how we should think about death and cope with it when loved ones pass away.
 
In 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Paul is seeking to comfort the Christians at Thessalonica as he writes,
 
 13    But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope.
 14     For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.
 15     For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep.
 16     For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
 17     Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.
 18     Therefore comfort one another with these words.
 
Paul says look, I want you to be informed that one day Jesus is coming back and those who have already gone to be with the Lord and those of you who are still alive at His return will all be with Jesus forever. Some of the Christians at this time were scared that their loved ones who died would miss the glory of Christ's return. But we know that the Bible teaches our souls go directly to be with the Lord when we die. Paul explains to them that, if we believe the Gospel, that Jesus died and rose again, then believe also that He will come back for His bride one day. The dead in Christ will also rise (our earthly body that has been laid in the grave) and the living at the time will be gathered all together. He says in light of what you have you have heard here… encourage one another with these words.
 
We have a hope that non-believers do not have. We have hope beyond the grave because we know that the death of this body only means that we are present with our Savior.
 
The encouragement, the eager anticipation is, that we get to spend eternity with Jesus. When it talks about us being gathered all together I know we will see loved ones and friends who died in Christ before us and we will all be reunited together with Jesus.
 
In John 11:26-26: Jesus tells Lazarus' sister Martha, I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live. Everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
 
We know that our hope is in the gospel, the good news of Jesus dying for ours sins, being raised again on the third day, and defeating death forever. God offers salvation to those repent of their sins, believe that God raised Jesus from the dead, and humbly surrender their lives to Him. I am so thankful for the gift of salvation and we need to seek encouragement from God in His word. What a glorious day that will be when we get to see Jesus!
 
1 Corinthians 2:9 says, What no eye has seen, nor ear has heard, and no human heart has conceived—God has prepared these things for those who love him
 
I envy those that have gone before us, because they are seeing Jesus face to face right now and experiencing all God has prepared for His children that He loves dearly
Just imagine the JOY we will experience when we are welcomed home by Jesus and He says, “WELL DONE MY GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT”
 
Jarod

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