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Over the course of the last several years, the Lord has been very kind to CLF.  It’s been a joy to serve this church and watch as God has worked among us.  One of the verses that I’ve kept at the forefront of my thinking has been Psalm 115:1, which says, “Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!”  The Lord has been kind to give us wisdom, to help us resolve conflicts, add/subtract ministries, and given us the courage to share the gospel.  My hope, as a leader and then for our church, is that our posture would be one of humility and dependence on the Risen Christ.  

A couple of thoughts regarding Sunday’s sermon:

  • Just my opinion (and I say this before our review), but the 8:30 sermon was a little more fluid and smooth than the 10:30 sermon.  For some reason, I couldn’t control my “outdoor” voice in the 2nd service Sunday.  I was projecting my voice more than I did in the 1st service.  My prayer is that was not a distraction to the content.  
  • This was sent to me by our friend Bruce Wells, this morning:  “A thought from yesterday’s message:  I want to go to heaven so it is not surprising that I want to go to church every Sunday.”  So, so true.  
  • I have really enjoyed the sermons through 1 Corinthians 11-14.  I have grown, personally.  I have been challenged.  And I have been filled with fresh faith in believing in God’s work in His Church.  That’s encouraging.  I hope you have as well.  

Looking ahead:

We’re going to step out of 1 Corinthians until September.  I know, I know, we’re just about finished.  But chapter 15-16 have several things in them that I don’t want to rush and I think it’s a good time to push the pause button.  

So, beginning this coming Sunday, we’re starting a series called, “Favorite Texts”.  It will be fun and encouraging.  The goal of this series is to hear sermons from some of the speakers’ favorite texts.  This coming Sunday, we’ll begin in Romans 11:33-36.  This summer, we’ll hear sermons from James 1 and 3; Mark 4:35-41; Hebrews 1:1-4; John 1:35-39; 2 Corinthians 5:14-21; Colossians 2:16-23; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Peter 1:3-12; Ephesians 1:15-23.  There will be 1-2 more that we’re working on, but this is a great lineup of texts.  Can’t wait. 

Sermons on the Mound:

Sunday, June 27, at 10:30, we’re gathering at One Champion Field (aka:  Legion Field) for one church service.  We’re only doing this 3 times this summer:  June 27, July 18, and August 29.  We’d ask you to not only attend, but bring friends.  We’ve planned texts for those services to match with outreach.  And only doing one service means, our entire church will be together for 1 service!  I can’t wait for Sunday!

From the Cheap Seats:

  • This story from ESPN on the Virginia catcher hitting his 1st homer in the College World Series is one reason why I love sports:
  • This week, 2 high school basketball coaches, who attend CLF, will be coaching their respective teams in the 1A Basketball Culmination Week Championships.  James Ellis, who’s coached Days Creek: FOREVER and Brian Ferguson, who coaches UVC are on separate sides of the bracket and could meet in the final.  Great coaches and godly men!  Proud of these men and grateful they go to our church!  
  • If you want to watch really good baseball…watch the College World Series.  There is something pure and right about the game being played in Omaha.  It’s a bucket list trip for me.  I’m glad it’s on ESPN.  

To watch or listen to the sermon described in this post, please click here.

Have a great week!

In Christ, 

Dave York

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Posture in the Gospel

In both sermons I thought, “with the treasure that I have in Christ, why do I not read God’s word more and pray more often?”  My prayer is that I will apply the things I’ve heard from these two wonderful men.  


After the Ballpark

Sunday was amazing.  When we go to the baseball field, I get the unique privilege being in the 1st base dugout until it’s time to preach.  The viewpoint from down there is awesome.  I can hear the crowd singing, see the entirety of the group, and watch.

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