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Brokenness

Married for 34 years, Dave and Sue Marsh have experienced great joys in their marriage as well as times of brokenness. Recently, Sue’s mother came to live with them and this changed their world. Little did they know that the stress was building up from the daily care and doctor appointments that they were now faced with.

“Love in marriage is hard,” Dave said. “It’s work. You never get to that point were it is automatic.”

After the loss of her mother and a cancer diagnosis, all of the stress came crashing down and Sue needed Dave to show her love her in a different way. Hear about the 6 ways in which Dave showed Sue love:

A Message from Dave

"Sue and I were not anticipating the tremendous response to the interview video we did for the Cottonwood #RelationshipGoals series.  We’re grateful that so many found it beneficial. A lot of people have asked for the “6 things” Sue gave me that I could do to love her better, so they could improve their own marriage.  Since we did the video to help marriages and families, we now feel like we need to follow up for those people."

Read the rest on Dave and Sue’s blog here.

The Power of Surrender

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 Guide 2016

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.

Blessings,

John Mark

 

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