I Watched!

I watched last night’s Town Hall Debate between Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. In light of recent revelations about both of them, I was interested in listening to their explanations and answers.

Unfortunately specifics were hard to hear – because neither candidate seemed to offer much beyond what they repeat numerous times a week in their ‘stump’ speeches. Of course asking a question regarding how to change Obama Care might require more than 120 seconds – unless soundbites are all that one is hoping to hear!

I came away saddened and disappointed. Saddened because political discourse is no longer about ideas but rather about personality and character. Disappointed because instead of hearing clear differences between alternative futures I heard nothing to bolster any confidence about the future of the American representative form of government,


Spiritual Warfare

On Wednesday evenings during our Adult Bible Study and Prayer meeting we are studying Ephesians 6:10-20. Here are some additional verses to memorize as we grow in our understanding of the spiritual war raging round us:

The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Mark 10:45)
God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Rom. 5:8)
The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom. 6:23)
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Rom. 8:1)
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? (Rom. 8:32)
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteous- ness of God. (2 Cor. 5:21)
You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. (2 Cor. 8:9)
The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. (1 Tim. 1:15)
In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:10)
Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. (Rev. 5:9)

Praying for Umpqua Community College

This week marks the beginning of classes for a new academic year at Umpqua Community College. Yesterday in our worship service we prayed for the following requests. Please use these requests to guide your prayer for the students, staff, and faculty at UCC as they continue the healing process.

PRAYING FOR UMPQUA COMMUNITY COLLEGE SEPTEMBER 25, 2016 October 1, 2015, has forever changed our lives. Since classes had only begun a few days previously students, faculty and staff were still learning to navigate a new school year. Gunshots rang out and in just a few minutes 9 students had been killed and some 17 other students had been injured by the gunfire. The culprit also died as police responded. September 26, 2016 will be the beginning of a new school year for UCC. As students, faculty and staff come together tomorrow please pray for the following requests (submitted by various faculty at staff at UCC): Continued healing- physical, emotional, spiritual Courage and strength for those whose memories are making this a difficult transition Members of the Board of Trustee’s as they move forward in achieving the mission of the college Dr. Debra Thatcher, new president of UCC (she began on July 1, 2016) Safety and security around and on campus For students to be able to learn For unity among faculty and staff


Here is a link to an article I found helpful…http://www.albertmohler.com/2016/09/12/terror-teaches-learned-anything-3/


Yesterday, September 11 was the 15th anniversary of the terror attacks of Sept 11, 2001. In memory of those who died on that day, and those who have sacrificed their lives serving our country during these years of the war on terror we spent time praying for our country. Here is the prayer guide we shared:

PRAYER GUIDE SEPTEMBER 11, 2016 For the next few moments pray with those gathered around your table. Feel free to pray out loud, being aware of others praying at other tables, or pray silently using the following prayer thoughts:

LORD, I humble myself to seek You above all other things in my life “and [if] My people who are called by My name humble themselves, pray and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14, HCSB)

I will turn from my sin and self-effort: “Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in His holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not set his mind on what is false, and who has not sworn deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.” (Psalm 24:3–5, HCSB)

I will yield to God’s Lordship and the fullness of the Holy Spirit: “Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in His holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not set his mind on what is false, and who has not sworn deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.” (Psalm 24:3–5, HCSB) “Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in His holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not set his mind on what is false, and who has not sworn deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.” (Psalm 24:3–5, HCSB)

LORD, I/We pray that biblical foundations would be restored in our lives…

that our marriages and families would honor You…

that our schools would be protected from the evil one and that believers who work in our schools will be empowered to share their faith with students and other staff and faculty.

I/We pray that Your people who live in the nation known as the United States, would turn to You, that they would learnt o seek You, and that You would enable all to see the truth and grace that are available in Jesus Christ.

LORD, We cry to you, seeking to be freshly filled with Your Holy Spirit so that our lives would clearly reflect Your presence and that our words would be spoken in such a way that Your presence and power are magnified.


MATTHEW 1!:28-30

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Peterson, Eugene H. The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 2005.

Today is Labor Day! Enjoy a day of physical rest and take some time to celebrate the ‘rest’ that God gives us through Jesus Christ!


august 28Yesterday was a remarkable and notable day for Community Baptist Church. Pastor Steve & Cindy celebrated 25 years of ministry here in Winston. Pastor Steve also turned 60 earlier in August and he and Cindy celebrated 40 years of marriage on August 2. Community Baptist Church also acknowledged 30 years of service to central Douglas County, Oregon.

We had a wonderful time of worship and feasting!

Here’s to the next 30 years!


Today we mark milestones. Our church is nearly 30 years old! Pastor Steve and Cindy have been serving here 25 years! They are still celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary and Pastor Steve is still baffled as how he got to be 60 earlier this month.

Join us at 10:00 for a continental breakfast and then at 11:00am for Worship. Then stay for lunch…tri-tip, baked potatoes and all the side dishes you could imagine!

5 ways you can help Louisiana flood survivors

  1. Pray — The thousands of survivors who are homeless and whose homes have sustained damage need your prayers. First responders, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers, church pastors who are giving aid and the many others helping need prayer as well. Also pray that as they serve, Baptist volunteers and chaplains will have opportunities to share the hope of Jesus with flood survivors and those serving alongside them and that many would come to know the Lord.
  2. Donate — Rather than sending items which may or may not be useful to survivors or flood response personnel, send financial assistance which can be used for the most urgent needs at hand. To aid in Southern Baptist Disaster Relief efforts you can donate to the Louisiana Baptist Convention(louisianabaptists.org/donateDR#give) or to the North American Mission Board (donations.namb.net/dr).
  3. Send — While financial donations give disaster officials ultimate flexibility, certain supplies have been requested by Louisiana Baptist Disaster Relief leaders. Before sending supplies, visitlouisianabaptists.org and view the “supplies needed” list on thedisaster relief page. There is also a list of locations where supplies can be sent or dropped off. Check with your state Baptist convention office to see if they are collecting items to send to Louisiana to assist with flood relief.
  4. Volunteer — Thousands of homes will need mud-out work before they can be restored and lived in again. If you would like to volunteer to help, visit the Louisiana Baptist Disaster Relief page for a list of times and locations where training will take place.
  5. Prepare — Be prepared to serve when future disasters occur. Contact your state Baptist convention for information about when they will be providing Disaster Relief training. Once you become certified, you will be called to serve when immediate needs arise, instead of having to wait to receive training.

July 31

GOOD MORNING! Hope you are planning of joining us today:
9:30am Family Bible Study
11:00 am Morning Worship
12:15pm Quarterly Fellowship Meal
1:00pm Quarterly Business Meeting

Here are the notes for this morning’s message:

The Bible is not simply a random collection of books compiled over thousands of years by a multitude of authors. The Bible is one story, one account of God’s self-revelation which has a plot, which has a structure, which has a beginning and an ending. The culmination of God’s story line is found in the self-revelation of God as Jesus Christ – which is the heartbeat of the gospels and fuels the rest of the NT.

Our church’s motto: God’s Word Transforming God’s World suggests that we live in a world that is not quite what God envisioned when He created it. Though the high point of God’s story is the appearance of Jesus Christ the end of the story is wrapped up in Jesus’ return – His triumphant return which marks the beginning of God’s re-creation, or transformation of the world.

The Biblical record clearly indicates that God works through His people, people like Abraham and Sarah…


  1. Faith is a call to separation

Genesis 12:1–3

The reason for Abraham’s faith is spelled out in vs 10:

For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

  1. Faith is best nurtured in community

One of the insights shared by our author has to do with the faith of Sarah – vs. 11. The main subject of vs. 10 is still the proper noun ‘Abraham’ from vs 8.

  1. Faith looks past the present

Vs 10 and 12 present Abraham and Sarah – and their immediate offspring – as the kind of people whose lives are not dictated by the past or even the present. People of faith are presented in God’s Word as people whose lives are not bound by their past mistakes, their past failures, their past sin but people who look forward, people who live their lives focused on what God is going to do.