Thank you DCC

As a result of your ministry, men will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you.”                                                                                                         2 Corinthians 9-13-14 
 
Delaware Christian Church I have no other words to say but OBRIGADO (A.K.A) –  THANK YOU!!!! 
 

Last night as my family was getting ready to go to bed I asked Laura; “Do you think Jesus thought his name was glorified this weekend?”

Laura looked at me and said YES! and returned me the question “Do you think Jesus thought his name was glorified this weekend?” I looked at her and answered YES! 

I ask you D.C.C. do you think Jesus Christ was glorified this weekend? 

It was a very emotional weekend but it was an amazing weekend, where every one who walked through our doors were loved and cared for as Jesus has commanded us too. 

The Wallace and the Fellure Family was very thankful for all that you did for them. They were in awe of how gracious, loving and hospitable you are D.C.C. In the midst of chaos, pain and suffering you brought them peace and comfort. 

Last night the pastors were very complementary about our services of hospitality, generosity and worship. We elevated the Community Worship Service to a whole new level!! D.C.C your excellence and humility impacted the other churches positively. 

 

You ROCK D.C.C!!!! 

 

Together we can do so much for the Kingdom of God.

 

P.S – You might have wondered why you did not receive an email with the invitation to serve in this weekend’s events.  Our fist communication went out to the current pool of volunteers of Host Ministry, Coffee Ministry, Greeters Ministry, Helping Hands Ministry, Deacons and Elders. If in the future you would like to partner with us in ministering to our community your first step is being part of the ministries of the church. I would encourage you to join in and to serve in our ministries. 

 

Be Blessed
Sam Rosa


The Reality of God’s Purposes

“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
 
I love this verse and the encouragement it provides for the followers of God, but like many of us, I usually forget to read it in its proper context. If I read it on its own, I can mistakenly assume that God just wants me to be happy and successful (according to MY terms). But when MY dreams do not pan out, this gets confusing. However, when I put it together with the “before and after” verses, it offers so much more clarity.
 
This verse comes out of a letter from the prophet Jeremiah to the Jews living in exile in ancient Babylon (modern day Iraq if you need a visual). In chapter 28, we are introduced to the prophet Hananiah, who was offering the Jews false hope. His message was that their exile would not last long, and God would very soon deliver them from captivity. Apparently, this was not the message that God had been sending through other prophets, like Jeremiah. Hananiah died for his false prophecy. Jeremiah’s message to the Jews in chapter 29? Unpack your bags and settle in. You are going to be captives here in Babylon for 70 years. That doesn’t sound very encouraging, does it? At first glance,
 
Jeremiah’s prophecy makes it appear like God has it out to get the Jews. Not so. Read on. Verses 10-14 say that God has every intention of fulfilling his promises and has a plan to bring them prosperity. Part of the problem may have been that they did not define prosperity the same way God did. That certainly can be my problem too.
 
So what can I learn from these verses?
 
1. Be realistic about my current circumstances. This does not mean I stop praying for God to move or change my situation. But if stay focused on what I do not have, I will miss out on what I do have already. This is the key to contentment.
 
2. Grow where I am planted. I can recognize the opportunities God has given me where I am, using even the most difficult situations. Jeremiah instructed the Jews to use their exile as an opportunity to pray and promote peace in the land where they were living. They had the unique privilege of being a Godly example to the world around them. I should follow the same pattern.
 
3. Distinguish God’s plans for me vs. others’ plans for me. Just because a person in my circle of influence, including those I consider Godly counsel, gives me advice, does not necessarily mean it comes from God. We are guided in Scripture (Acts 17:11) to test the instructions of those in our Christian circle against the Word of God to make sure it is correct. Sometimes well-meaning, and typically wise Christians offer advice that really is based more upon opinion than instruction from God, and simply may not be meant for me. I need to pray for discernment, seek the Scriptures myself, and rely on the Holy Spirit to help me discover whether or not the counsel given is God’s intent for my life.
 
The good news is that God does have a plan for my life. I have learned that I have to stay focused on God’s will for me in order to remain content, because He knows me so much better than I know myself.
 
-Sarah Roberts, Worship Director


Finding A Match

A few evenings ago my two sons, my father and I sat down to play a game of match. I am sure many of you have played this game before. Let me tell you, four guys playing this game it can be intense, competitive and exciting. My four year old son, Drake, was so excited every time he found a match! He would scream, his face would be red and you could see the veins popping out of his neck and his hands would just create this crazy excited motion. This game is all about flipping two cards trying to match them. It takes memorization to remember where each match is located. We had so much fun just looking for that one match!
 
Luke 19:10 says “For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost.” Jesus came to this earth looking for you. He came to live a life of example, love and sacrifice. God has sent Jesus on a primary mission to save the lost. In this chapter Jesus spent time with a man by the name of Zacchaeus. Every time I hear the story of Zacchaeus I am reminded of the children’s song that I grew up singing that Zacchaeus was a wee little man☺. I would like to encourage you to read about the story of Zacchaeus.
 
What does this have to do with finding a match and excitement? First, Jesus found Zacchaeus. He knew his name and said “come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” This is proof that Jesus wanted to spend his time with those that did not know him and those who wanted to know more about him. Secondly, Zacchaeus was excited and filled with joy! He came right down from the tree and knew that Jesus was Lord.
 
During this time of year we focus on the coming of our Lord Jesus who was born of a virgin. Laying in a manger swaddled so tight. God made a covenant with Abraham many years before the birth of Jesus that he would bless many people. Jesus came from the family line of Abraham. God knew that he would need to send His son one day to save the lost. How have you been blessed by Jesus? Does that bring you joy?
 
When I watch my son’s play this match game and become so excited, I see the joy in their spirit, I see Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus was so joyful when he received Jesus this day. When we choose to receive Jesus, HE is where we find Joy. Sam mentioned in his sermon last Sunday “joy is found when living a life that pleases God.”
 
Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee!
 
In Christ,
Cory Smith


Special Delivery

Have you ever read a story from the bible and felt like you were in a similar situation.  I would almost go out on a limb to say that we can all relate to some of the stories we read in Scriptures.  One story that I’ve been reading and studying over the last couple days surrounds the life of Jacob and Esau.  Even in the womb they were fighting to the point that Rebekah sought God to ask why this was happening, God told her “two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you shall be divided; the one shall be stronger than the other, the older shall serve the younger”Genesis 25:23.  As you read through Genesis 25-28 you’ll see that Jacob lured Esau into selling his birthright since he was the firstborn, and then even tricked Isaac his father into blessing him.  Now I know what you might be thinking, how can you relate to this story?  You see because of sin we have sold our birthright.  Christmas season is a time of celebrating and a reminder that with the birth of Jesus hope came into this world and our birthright restored.  We have been redeemed and we are no longer walking in darkness but children of the light but somehow we fail to walk in this truth.

Jacob tricked his father to bless him and then in fear of his life from his brother…he fled.  Jacob trusted God and prayed to the God of heaven, he would even wrestle with God because he feared for his life.  God physically give Jacob a limp as a reminder that he should lean on God for his deliverance and after 20 years of hiding from his brother… Jacob and Esau reconciled.  Christmas is about hope, it’s a reminder of the hope that we have in Jesus and it should be a comfort to you if you have accepted the hope that He offers.  This Christmas season, what is it that you are wrestling with?  How can you lean into God and trust that He will deliver you?  Maybe over the course of this year you have battled, landed some blows and have even taken some as well.  What is your reminder that God has delivered you and will continue to deliver you in the face of the trials you are facing?  Focus on the hope that Jesus offers for a better tomorrow, focus on the joy He brings to your heart, focus on the love He has for you evident by His sacrifice, focus on the peace He provides in times of chaos and focus on Him above all else for He is the reason for the season.  Let your focus be on Him and allow Jesus to be Jesus.
 
What are you wrestling with in your darkest hour?
Give it to God and lean into His power
Trust in the deliverance that only He can bring
For we serve a God who can conquer anything
Bring your trials and at His feet let them lay
He has a special delivery awaiting you today
Father give us strength and guide our path
Help us to stay in your light and avoid sin’s wrath
Jesus our hope for this Christmas, a gift that heaven sent
He is the reason for the season of advent
 
Danny Boodoo
In Christ


Fasting

“And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face that your fasting may not be seen by others, but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you”

Matthew 6:16-18

“Is not this the fast that I choose:
 to loose the bonds of wickedness,
 to undo the straps of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
 and to break every yoke?
 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry
 and bring the homeless and poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover him,
 and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?”
Isaiah 58:6-7
 
I think you would agree with the statement that I am about to make, “Fasting is the most neglected, the least-cherished and the least-performed spiritual discipline.”
 
There is an interesting indifference towards this practice but reality is Jesus assumed that his followers would practice it. In the New Testament Jesus gave instruction on prayer when he said these words “And 
when [not if] you pray…” but he also gave instruction on fasting by using the same words “And when 
you fast…”
 
If Jesus expected and knew of the importance of prayer in the life of His disciples, I think it’s safe to assume (based on His use of words) that He foresaw the need and expected us to fast also.
Fasting is an expected discipline in the life Christ’s followers.
 
Jesus did not make fasting a ruling, but certainly He entrusted and demonstrated it with his own life. This is one of the aspects of Jesus’ life that I really appreciate. He never asks us to do something that He was not willing to do it Himself.
 
Jesus felt it necessary to fast, so we must understand we are not meant to avoid it.
 
It’s really amazing that fasting is such a rare practice in the life of the Church. Fasting is mentioned in the Bible more times than important topics like; baptism (fasting is mentioned 77 times while baptism is mentioned 75 times).
 
I do have a theory about why we avoid fasting so much. Because it cuts so very deep into the grain of our flesh desires, self-indulgent, lifestyles. There is a component to fasting that calls for self-sacrifice, which is so hard to do.
 
It’s not only self-sacrifice that I believe keeps us from fasting. I think that lack of understanding is a major player in our avoidance of this spiritual practice.
 

Here are three clarifying thoughts on fasting:

  • Fasting is refraining from food.  Many have advocated the refrain from other things in the place of food. “I am fasting from Facebook this year, I am fasting TV, I am fasting technology…. ” but Biblically, we are to fast from food for this simple reason: Food is something we need, not merely something we want.
  • Fasting is for a specified period of time. Since we are talking about food it’s important to highlight the fact that fasting is a temporary thing and ought to be performed and adapted to any physical/healthy condition you might have. You can fast for a morning, you can fast for a day, you can fast from sunup to sundown, you can fast for a week, or you can fast for a morning every day of a week. Fasting must only be long enough to feel it physically, to feel the weakness and hunger pains that remind you of your weakness and your utter dependence upon God.
  • Fasting is for the purpose of prayer.  Fasting is one of prayers companions. David reminds us of that in Psalm 35:13-14. Fasting is something you can add to your prayer life. You fast in those times you earnestly desire to seek God, the presence of God, the will of God, the power of God, and the forgiveness of God. If it is worth pleading with God about it, it’s worth fasting about it.
 
Let me finish this blog with an important thought about prayer based on the Matthew and Isaiah passage you read in the beginning of this post.
 
Fasting can easily drift into self-righteousness and self-absorption in the life of a disciple of Jesus. Fasting can also create a sense of self-importance and superiority leading to spiritual abuse and judgment. The verses above remind us that if fasting does not lead to compassion, mercy and love towards others it has moved from spiritual disciplines to just flat-out works. Christians do not live by works. Christians live by faith and dependence on Jesus Christ. The words of Isaiah and Jesus in Matthew ought to be at the center of any teaching on fasting for it reminds us that “
Fasting is not about us and what we give up in fasting should be given, redirected as a blessing to others. In Fasting a person’s whole being is responding to the Christian call of self-sacrifice and service towards others”.
 
Sam Rosa
Be Blessed.


Your Worse Fear

On my way to work each day I pass over the bridge at Alum Creek and almost every time when I approach the bridge…my worst fear rushes over me. Drowning! Is it just me or does anyone else have the fear of flipping their car into the water and being trapped and unable to escape then eventually drowning? Whatever it may be, each of us has something that we fear. But for a non-swimmer like myself, drowning is at the top of the list. One day after I passed the bridge another thought came to mind…I may not be facing my worst fear of physically drowning, however spiritually I face my worst fear everyday…because if I’m not careful I can easily drown spiritually because we face a real enemy.  
 
Imagine that drowning is also your worst fear; you are driving across the bridge and another vehicle hits you and suddenly your vehicle plunges into the water – what used to be your worst nightmare has now become a reality. How would you react? Would you panic? Scream maybe? As you sit in the vehicle watching it slowly fill up with water starting to sink so does your hope.  The mind starts to race and your emotions heightens because the end may be near. However in an instant, someone reaches down and pulls you out of the car brings you to safety saving your life. How relieved would you feel? How much hope for the future will you now have. How many things that once flashed before your eyes with regret are now put into perspective. This is what we need to recognize as Christians – that the enemy comes at us from all angles over and over in waves and waves attempting to drown us to keep us in the undertow of life, to distract us in our walk with the Lord. If we’re not careful we can easily be lost in our selfish desires that we begin to lose our identity in Christ. Lucky for us, there is a life+guard on duty and He walks on water.
 
We were all dead because of sin, slowly drowning in this temporary life into an eternity of hopelessness, but Jesus Christ, God’s Son, stepped down from His heavenly place and reached down to rescue and redeem us, giving us new hope for a future with Him in eternity. We were all unconscious spiritually but Scriptures comfort us in knowing that …if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come. – 2 Corinthians 5:17.  So we rise up from the watery grave conscious and aware of the spiritual battle ahead, we put on our wetsuit which is the amour of Christ and get ready for our swim. No matter how far you sink, remember, Jesus came and swam these waters as well…For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. – Hebrews 4:15-16 so He is the one who you hold on and lean into when you feel like you’re drowning, slipping under. Don’t get caught in the waves of life and begin to lose hope, keep treading water and head toward the shore because the shoreline is where the reward is and everything else is a just ripple effect “…for He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. – 1 John 4:4.
 
Danny Boodoo


Fall Is Upon Us

What do you think of when I say that fall is upon us? The season fall brings so much excitement for me.  I am excited for what God is providing in my life.  Fall for me brings leaves on the ground, sweatshirt weather, smell of cookouts during football games-Did I say FOOTBALL!!  I’m sure the Buckeye fans are ready to get the season started, however, I as a Michigan fan am ready to chant “Go Blue”!  This time of year is so much fun.  Fall brings a new school year for students which brings anxiousness and excitement.

I am so excited for the fall season to begin at DCC! There are so many opportunities that are planned for DCC to grow as a community but also for you and I to build relationships.

The Men’s Ministry kicked off the fall season this past weekend with a campout at Camp Wakatomika in Danville, Ohio. There were approximately 20 men who went to the campout.  We had a blast competing in Cornhole and Euchre tournaments, eating fabulous-stomach filling meals, late night conversation, paintball and most importantly worship and praise to our Heavenly Father.  If you didn’t get a chance to go, I hope you will be able to attend the next campout!  Men YOU are invited.

Not only does the men have activities planned but the Women’s Ministry has a really cool event planned for the ladies at DCC and surrounding community. Ladies, on behalf of the Women’s ministry I want to invite you to a night of fun, relaxation, enjoyment that you so deserve.  September 23rd, JJ Heller and Melissa Spoelstra will be at DCC to provide a concert for you.  This concert is open to only women.  The night is centered on Ecclesiastes 3:11 “He has made everything beautiful.”  Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through dccwired.org.  You will not want to miss out on this evening!

Men and women I want to encourage you to be involved in these ministries. The leaders have a passion to create opportunity for you to grow spiritually and relationally.


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DCC Leadership Blog

Recently, I was given a list of church members and how long they have attended DCC. I was blown away by the number of members who have faithfully served DCC for over 10 years. Looking over the names, I see so many stories God has been a part of and guided through many journeys. I can only imagine the countless relationships that these families have seen and now have developed lifelong friendships after coming through the doors of DCC. My family has been a part of DCC for 14 years now, which is unimaginable, and I love this family as much as the one I was born into many year ago. Walking these doors those many years ago, I would have never imagined the journey in personal and spiritual growth that has happened in my life. Our newest journey at DCC is exciting as we are seeing new faces every week. A question that is rattling around in my head is, why do families stay at one church for 10 years or more? Although it may be different for those at DCC in this time frame, I believe it comes back to the last sermon series on relationships and family. In the book of Acts, the first church had a mutual love for each other and for Christ. Acts 2:44 states, “And all who believed were together and had all things in common.” This made them standout from other faiths and attractive to those hearing the Good News.  So, what would it take for you to want to grow in Christ and start putting roots deep into DCC? Only you can answer this question for your family, but I will say, as this family at DCC grows we will need you, just as Christ used the church of Acts, to create relationship with those nearby that are lost and welcome them to the family of Jesus. 
 
Dan Vroegop



 

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