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Are Emotions Your Master or Servant?
As our beloved church enters another period where we are without a senior pastor, we have before us unprecedented challenges and opportunities. How we deal with those depends in great part upon the spiritual maturity demonstrated by all those who call Jesus Lord. One prominent author has suggested that there is no such thing as spiritual maturity without a corresponding emotional maturity. Simply put, emotions make poor masters, but useful servants. Let me challenge you in this crucial time in the life of our church to attend to increasingly becoming a healthier person emotionally. This is an important issue for both young and old, for we are continually bombarded with emotions.
No less a tragic figure than Vincent Van Gogh once wrote, “Let’s not forget that the little emotions are the great captains of our lives and we obey them without realizing it.” Being able to recognize and name our emotions is often the first step in keeping executive control over our choices. All too often persons allow their thinking and decision-making processes to be unduly influenced, even hijacked, by these “little emotions” which become the “great captains.”
While I believe that God does not desire to do His deepest work in the shallowest parts of our lives, we must be clear that it was God who created emotions. Loving Him with all of our “hearts, souls, and minds” surely means loving God with our emotions. Yet just as we experience the “holy emotions” (joy, peace, compassion) as did Jesus, we also experience the “human emotions” that our Lord knew as well. Living in a broken and fallen world, he knew grief and sorrow, through no fault of his own. Jesus, just as we do, experienced godly anger at times. He knew the pain and anxiety that came with sweating blood in the Garden of Gethsemane even as he contemplated the Cross.
In addition to holy and human emotions, there are also “unholy emotions.” In this realm exist the ugly distortions that sin, self, and Satan conspire to create. Among fleshly and poisonous emotions are found malice, bitterness, lusts of every sort, selfish ambition, envy, jealousy and the like. Even romantic love and infatuation, precariously situated on selfish wants and desires, represent a twisted caricature of godly delight. Motivated by our own gratification, lust masquerades to make a compelling case for allowing something that should be the caboose to instead serve as the engine of a healthy relationship. Lovers beware! The temporary insanity created by the drug of romance may be the breeding ground of relational impulsivity.
As we walk through these next months without a senior pastor, let me encourage you to invite the Lord into your emotional life. May he take every thought captive in obedience to Christ and may our rational, logical and godly thinking lead to emotions that are manageable and encouraging.
Dr. Scott Wigginton, Counseling Pastor
270-465-8115 Ext. 216
Senior Pastor Search Committee Vote
There will be a special called business meeting at the end of the July 23rd worship service. At that time a secret ballot vote for the Senior Pastor Search Committee will take place. All church members are asked to vote for up to 7 candidates. The 7 individuals with the most votes will constitute the committee.
July 23: Will Burgess, Associate Pastor of Youth
Attention All Fishermen!
CBC will have a FISH FRY this fall. We need your help. We need your FISH! As you catch fish this summer, please put some of it away to help with the fish fry. If you have any question, feel free to contact Brad Lauer, Discipleship Pastor: email@example.com or call 270-465-8115.
Wednesday, July 12
6:15PM, Prayer Meeting
7:00PM, Worship Choir Rehearsal
Sunday, July 16
9:00AM, Worship: Mark Graham
(No Kids XP)
10:30AM, Sunday School
6:00PM, Worship: Mark Graham
Monday, July 17
12:00PM, Young at Heart Potluck Lunch
Vital Signs: July 9
Sunday School: 383
Prison Ministry: 29
Budget Goal YTD: $673,871.25
Budget Receipts YTD: $646,504.86
Over/(Under) Budget Goal: $(27,366.39)
Ways to Give @ CBC
MyCBC: Over the past few months you have seen the ad for our new church app – MyCBC. Did you know that you can give through this app? All you have to do is follow the directions and set it up. Search “Campbellsville Baptist Church” in the app store. It only takes about 60 seconds.
Text to Give: From your smartphone/tablet follow these simple instructions:
- Open your texting/messaging app on your phone
- Text the number 30131
- In the message box type CBCGiving $(the amount you wish to give).
- If you have not set up the MyCBC app, you will be sent a link that takes you to a screen to input your payment info. You only have to do this one time.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the church office.