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A walk down memory lane… (part 1)

August 23, 2010

It’s been a while since this Sunday School blog was updated.  I was looking through some old posts and was just amazed at how God is working in the lives of members of the YMYF Sunday School class.  In 2006 Devin and I really felt God calling us to start a newlywed class at LBC.  Here’s a picture of the first group. 🙂 {October 2006 at the Whittington’s…side note…no one had kids!  Now just the people in this picture have a total of NINE children! ha ha!}

A year later the class had doubled in size.

{July 2007 at the lake with the Glovers.}

{October 2007 – Halloween at the Mathias’}

In 2008 a few more couples joined our YMYF class and more babies were coming into the picture!  This was a challenging year for our class.  God was really showing us how important it is to be there for one another as we had a family deal with the death of a child while another was struggling with major marriage problems.

{May 2008 – Baby shower for the Mathias family – I think 4 people are pregnant in this picture. 🙂 }

{July 2008 – Lake with the Glovers}

Check back next week for Part 2…2009 and 2010!  These were major years of growth for YMYF at LBC.  God is so good!!!  I am so thankful for you all!

How did the YMYF class begin?

May 6, 2010

Below is this first in a series of interviews with myself, Todd, and others in the Sunday school class about various topics.  Look out for the upcoming videos soon.

College Class

April 19, 2010

Something for you and your spouse to consider: I heard today that the college ministry is looking for two couple teachers to take over teaching duties since Jerry Freeman is now working with senior adults.  We love sending people from our class back out into the ministry of the church. If you and your spouse are interested in serving our church by teaching the college class and want some more information, let me know.  Kathy and I did it for two years before starting our YMYF class and had a great time teaching there.

Will you and your spouse consider jumping in and getting your hands dirty?

– Devin

J.C. Ryle – Growth in Grace

April 1, 2010

“When I speak of growth in grace, I do not for a moment mean that a believer’s interest in Christ can grow. I do not mean that he can grow in safety, acceptance with God, or security. I do not mean that he can ever be more justified, more pardoned, more forgiven, more at peace with God than he is the first moment that he believes. I hold firmly that the justification of a believer is a finished, perfect, and complete work and that the weakest saint (though he may not know and feel it) is as completely justified as the strongest. I hold firmly that our election, calling, and standing in Christ admit of no degrees, increase, or diminution. If any one dreams that by growth in grace I mean growth in justification, he is utterly mistaken about the whole point I am considering. I would go to the stake (God helping me) for the glorious truth that, in the matter of justification before God, every believer is complete in Christ (Col. 2: 10). Nothing can be added to his justification from the moment he believes and nothing taken away.

When I speak of growth in grace, I only mean increase in the degree, size, strength, vigour, and power of the graces which the Holy Spirit plants in a believer’s heart. I hold that every one of those graces admits of growth, progress and increase. I hold that repentance, faith, hope, love, humility, zeal, courage, and the like may be little or great, strong or weak, vigorous or feeble and may vary greatly in the same man at different periods of his life. When I speak of a man growing in grace, I mean simply this: that his sense of sin is becoming deeper, his faith stronger, his hope brighter, his love more extensive, his spiritual mindedness more marked. He feels more of the power of godliness in his own heart; he manifests more of it in his life; he is going on from strength to strength, from faith to faith, and from grace to grace. I leave it to others to describe such a man’s condition by any words they please. For myself, I think the truest and best account of him is this: he is growing in grace.”

– J.C. Ryle

Mark Driscoll – The Importance of Theology

March 25, 2010

This is Crazy…so check it out!

March 5, 2010

C.S. Lewis quote

February 12, 2010

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. ” – C.S. Lewis – (“Is Theology Poetry?”)