Isn’t prayer a wonderful thing? The world hates us. The world denies Him. But nothing can come in between our relationship with Jesus Christ.
The board met this week and we have some very exciting additions for next year. I’m going to leave you hanging though as we are still ironing out a few things. But one of them I can tell you. For our kick off meeting we are having a fish fry. To make sure we have enough fish, several CAST members will be going out on Jan 18 and Feb 1 for a crappie outing. Meet Ricky Russell at 8:00 both days at Big Bear if you are able to help. I will have all the details and the schedule posted by early next week. Stay safe this weekend.
Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at CAST Ministries. Take a moment today to reflect all that is important in your life, and then give thanks to God. Have a blessed day.
The image above and the verse below is as much for me as it is for you. With the recent passage of this immoral and grotesque marriage law in the state that I live, I feel beat down. Trying to get those who support this to understand God’s way, and then getting persecuted for it absolutely drains me. I don’t take the meaning of persecuted lightly. I’m not enduring even a fraction of what Jesus did, but it’s still hard. I really like this picture, this is what we need most in this country and in our lives. The verse below is a good reminder and an inspiration when your down. If you have any thoughts, please post them.
“The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous.”
Life never gets any easier. I didn’t even realize until Wednesday of this last week that I didn’t post a blog. Since I just started this I am cutting myself some slack, and I hope that you will too. But in correlation with what my pastor preached about yesterday, I want to talk about us not standing up for Christ. This has been on my mind for quite some time. I have even done devotions on this topic at our events. Why are we so afraid to speak up in favor of our Lord and savior? Brother Ricky Russell did a devotion back in the spring about how it seems like Christians are always on the defensive. We should be on the offensive. Many of the laws and the pushing out of God, if you will, is because we were too afraid to speak our minds. We might ruffle some feathers, make coworkers angry, family members angry. I always notice on Facebook that when I post something that is in favor of the Lord, I get very few likes. Why is that? Do you only want to support Him when in church? What will our excuse be when we are face to face with the Lord? God tells us that if we deny Him on this earth, He will deny us on judgment day. Now don’t get me wrong. Throwing insults to nonbelievers and losing your temper is not the way to go. But if you do it in His name with true love it will be alright. Even if the world calls us names and insults us. We can’t get upset with them for what they don’t know. Stand strong and keep spreading the good news.
On another quick note, the board is trying to find a date to go over plans for next year. Stay tuned, and please be praying for us as we map out the next season.
As I sit here with the clock nearing the ten o’clock hour, I wondered if promising a weekly blog was such a good idea. I’m sure it is, but as we all know, nothing is easy. My Monday has been like most of yours I’m sure, really crazy and long. But we always have so much to be thankful for. Yesterday at church we had the Lord’s Supper. How many of you have just gone through the motions of the eating of the bread and drinking the grape juice? I hope you have not, but it is our human nature to just go through the motions. I had a conversation with my wife this weekend. We got on the subject of bad things happening to good people. Like mass shootings, especially those that involved small children. The reason these things have to happen is because of our sin. It isn’t necessarily the sin of the people involved. But all of our sins. And I truly believe the more sin we allow, the more we push God out of world, country, and individual lives, the more of these tragedies we will see.
Nothing is promised to us. God has never promised us that our kids would out live their parents. He has never promised that we wouldn’t get sick. Sometimes things happen to bring us closer to Him. Sometimes just to remind us that He is in control. But sometimes it is just necessary because of our sin. At the end of the day, we all deserve spiritual death.
But Jesus paid the price. He let them humiliate Him, curse Him, crucify Him. All because of what you and I have done, and will do. So when we take that bread it is a reminder of Jesus’s flesh, and the pain that He endured for all of us. And when you drink the juice, remind yourself of the blood that was poured out for the forgiveness of our sins. And the best part, Jesus defeated death as He arose 3 days later. All Jesus really wants is for us to accept Him as Lord and Savior. He wants a relationship with us. It’s not enough to show up for church and sit on a pew. It’s not enough to pray when you want something. I know myself that I fail in many ways. Sometimes I forget to pray before I leave the house in the mornings. And their are many more. But one thing I do, I think of Him every second of the day. I consult with Him all through day. I thank Him for everything good that happens to me and my family. I challenge you to carry Jesus in your heart all day everyday. If you truly do that, you will be amazed at how much more peace you will find in your life. And it will also be much easier to resist temptation. God Bless, and have a great week.
Last night we completed the 2103 season with our end of the year banquet. We enjoyed a great meal and fellowship. I handed out plaques to our classic winners. Then we were blessed with the word from Chris Wells. This was Chris’s second time speaking at our banquet, he did a magnificent job as always. Thanks Chris for coming. Chris will be at Mt. Zion starting this Sunday and will be preaching there through Wed. And then next Sunday morning the 27th he will be at Cane Creek Baptist in Wickliffe. That Sunday night he is preaching at Rosebower Baptist. So several opportunities are there to still see him.
Now that the season is complete it is time to focus on next year. The board and myself will be meeting in the coming weeks to work on the schedule and discuss any changes that need to be made. If anyone has any suggestions, feel free to send them me at email@example.com and we will look at them. If their are any members not getting my emails, please let know so I can add you to the list.
We are going to start something new next week. I am planning on doing a blog every Monday at least through the winter. I hope to get some of my other board members on board as well. I will discuss spiritual issues, fishing topics, current events, and whatever happens to be on my mind at the time. I don’t know if anyone cares what I think, LOL, but it will be here on the website. Hopefully some of you will follow. We will be in touch soon with the schedule for next year and any changes. So keep checking with us. God Bless
We had 19 kids for last weeks kids derby. The fishing was a little slow due to the cold front that passed through the night before. But the kids found a few fish that were still hungry. Every child left with a bible and was introduced the Gospel. And no child left hungry. Thanks to everyone who helped and donated fishing items. Thanks to Cane Creek Baptist members who helped with the kids. And a special thanks to Southland Baptist for allowing us to use their ranch, and for providing transportation. We are working on a slideshow so please check back with us. Here are few pictures to get us started.
“O eternal and everlasting God, I presume to present myself this morning before thy Divine majesty, beseeching thee to accept of my humble and hearty thanks, that it hath pleased thy great goodness to keep and preserve me the night past from all the dangers poor mortals are subject to, and has given me sweet and pleasant sleep, whereby I find my body refreshed and comforted for performing the duties of this day, in which I beseech thee to defend me from all perils of body and soul…” George Washington
We had a lot of fun today at our 4th annual CAST Church Leasdership Appreciation Tournament. Their was a total of 22 fishermen and 11 boats. Eleven churches were represented. We had 6 pastors as well as sunday school teachers, deacons, and a trustee. Every one caught fish today, but getting quality bites was the hard part. Not a single limit was brought to the scales. But all is good, everyone had fun and enjoyed the fellowship. The moring was started like always, with devotion and prayer. We had some specific request today for prayer. And for the devotion, envy was the topic. I think envy is something that many of us have had at some point. If you have ever envied something or somebody, you are not alone. But, we must turn to the Lord when this happens and get our focus back on Him. Proverbs 14:30 says, envy rots the soul. You should also read Is 26:11. A true heart of God rejoices when others are blessed.
As for the fishing, the heaviest sack today was caught by Chuck Russell and his Pastor of Christian Fellowship, Richie Clendenin. They had 3 fish that weighed 13lbs. 13 oz. In 2nd place was Ricky Russell and Steve Turner who is Pastor of Cane Creek Baptist. Ricky and Steve brought in 3 fish at 8lbs. 13 oz. The Church Leader with the biggest fish was caught by Pastor Richie Clendenin with a 6lb. 9 oz. largemouth. And that was also the biggest fish of all the anglers. Great job guys. See below for all of the results and pictures from today.
Place Total Fish Total Wt. lbs.-oz. Big Fish
3 13-13 6-9
3 8-13 3.Ricky Bunch
4 8-10 4.Brent Lanier
2 4-10 5.Chris Braun
2 4-5 6.Matt Carter
2 3-14 Tim Yates
1 DNW Edd Roe
1 DNW Andy Crabtree