Faced with a choice to continue living in a household of abuse or hit the streets, Tory Sanders left his home in south Dallas at the age of 15, never to live with his family again. After a childhood filled with drug running, alcohol and abuse, adulthood didn’t prove any easier for Sanders, who hit rock bottom when he lost his job, was in a severe car accident and became homeless within a short period of time. Through the power of surrender in Christ, Sanders found that his story wasn’t defined by the hard times he had faced. “It doesn’t matter low you get; it’s how you recover,” Sanders said.
Fall is such an exciting time in Texas! School begins, cooler weather rolls in, and the crack of football pads can be heard all over the state, from neighborhood rec fields to school campuses, and even at AT&T Stadium. I love fall! Another thing to get excited and motivated about is the kickoff of our fall ministries and events.
Cottonwood's fall schedule has something for everyone to get involved in to grow in their faith no matter where you are in your relationship with Christ. Students have to study to learn the material to pass the test and move on to the next grade. Athletes have to train and practice the fundamentals to become better, faster, and stronger with the skills needed to compete and win. Likewise as Christians, we need to train ourselves in the things of the Lord so that we can stand strong when we go through life's trials and so that we can faithfully minister to others in Jesus' name.
1 Timothy 4:7-10 gives us something to think about and follow regarding this...
"Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe."
As a church, let's all seek to be involved in some fall ministries and events to receive training in godliness. Let's grow and develop our faith this fall because of the blessed hope we have in Christ. Let's encourage one other as we labor and strive for the Lord's sake realizing that what we do holds promise not only for the present but for all eternity. My prayer is that this fall would be a time that we can truly grow deeper in our relationship with Christ and be faithful ministers and witnesses for Him in our communities, places of work, schools, sports teams, and homes.
Did you like our Mom's Day song that we debuted on Mother's Day? Listen again!
For those who missed it Sunday, Samuel Orlando was a guest worship leader in worship on Compassion Sunday. He is a former Compassion International child who was rescued from poverty in Jesus' name and now lives his life for Christ as a recording engineer, artist, and Compassion International spokesperson. Watch his testimony and see how wonderful the Lord has been to him and so many other children sponsored through Compassion. See http://compassion.com to sponsor a child.
*Update - 4-13-16 -Support Cottonwood Creek Beach - We need your help getting Cottonwood Creek Beach up and running! While the supplies were donated, we still need to cover permit fees and construction costs.
Allen, TX, March 24, 2016– The Village at Fairview has donated the equipment from their former sand volleyball park to Cottonwood Creek Church of Allen, TX. “We at Cottonwood Creek, like others in the area, were disappointed in hearing that the sand volleyball courts at the Village at Fairview had to be removed,” Executive Pastor Scott Sanford said. “Knowing these courts were important to Collin County, we contacted The Village at Fairview and they graciously donated all the equipment to us. We are now in the process of relocating the equipment and raising the remaining funds needed to rebuild the sand volleyball courts on our church campus. Once open, the courts will be free and open to the community to use.”