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    Ministry, Missions and Multi-Cultural Momentum This Sunday and Beyond!

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    You’ve probably heard the expression “Be careful what you pray for?”
    Well, as a pastor, I’ve also learned, “Be grateful what you preach for.” (Yes, I realize that’s poor grammar)
    This past Wednesday, I was so grateful to our children’s ministry, hospitality and kitchen teams, and other servant leaders who made our Cambridge Spring Resurrection Play & Celebration an incredible success. As I told our audience, Easter is not just one day, but a year-round celebration of our Savior’s love.
    Several of you came to support the kids along with many parents as over 75 plus folks joined the Cambridge family for dinner, children’s play and/or reception afterwards.
    And here’s the cool part.. Our church was full of children and adults from several different back-grounds, cultures and walks of life.
    Here’s an even cooler part – This Sunday is Compassion Sunday and an emphasis on international ministry.  Our guest preacher is a familiar face and our brother-in-Christ Ebenezer Quaynor from Ghana Africa who will joined by his wonderful family (wife Stella & children Louisa, ‘BJ’ and Duke).
    I think God laid it on my heart that we are moving in the right direction with our vision to be a multi-cultural church.  Between last Sunday, last night and this coming Sunday, there were and/or will be members and guests who are white, African-American, Hispanic, Asian, Haitian, Jamaican, African and a beautiful blend of race.
    I want to encourage you to join us This Sunday for worship at 10:30 AM (or better yet begin with coffee, pastries and Sunday school at 9:15).
    As some of you know, I’ll miss out on this wonderful worship as my bride and I will be joining other family members at our daughter’s college graduation.
    Please give Pastor Ebenezer, his family and our guests a warm greeting from me.  Thank you again for your faithful attendance and service to our Lord and Savior.
    In Christ alone,
    Win
    Pastor Win Davis 
    Cell/Text: 804-306-7406
    And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV)

    Holy Bunnies, Beans, Peeps and Eggs?

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    Dear Cambridge Family & Friends,

    As I begin this week I find myself in Ukrops, er, I mean Martins to do my banking at First Market, er, I mean Union Bank & Trust (I’m sure the Martins/Union people are fine folks, but I really miss that Ukrop family). Behind me, the displays are packed with all the trimmings of Easter. There are at least a half-dozen types of chocolate bunnies ranging from the ‘traditional’ hollow to a special dark chocolate bunny (for the health conscious I guess). And then there are at least as many types of Easter eggs. There are of course chocolate covered eggs, coconut eggs, ‘Gummy’ eggs (Yuck!), and even ‘Angry Bird’ eggs.

    I have to hand it to the Hershey Company, who has created both Easter Eggs and Easter Bunnies made of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. There’s a plethora of colored Peeps (Double yuck!) and of course Jelly Beans (both gourmet and generic), which got me to thinking, “I wonder what brand President Reagan ate and did the Secret Service have to pre-consume a few of them ‘in the interest of national security.’” I actually didn’t see any of those malt filled speckled eggs (my favorite BTW, in case anyone wants to butter up…or sugar up the pastor). The display also featured Easter lilies, and thrown in for good measure was a ‘Gluten-Free’ Passover cake (I’m assuming it was also yeast free for the Celiac Children of Israel). Now I’m sure no one is surprised that nowhere amongst the retail Easter goodies were any signs of the Easter or Resurrection Day that the gazillion Christians around the world celebrate. I was hoping to at least find a chocolate cross (but again, remember it’s no longer Ukrops. Let it go Win). I got to thinking, “Where could I go to see all the trimmings of Easter?” Well certainly churches of course. If you ride around Richmond, you’ll see some nice crosses soon to be draped in the purple shroud to indicate the death and resurrection of Jesus the ‘King’ (that’s why they’re purple BTW – as that is the traditional color of royalty).

    Ironically, right beside a few of the crosses, are marquees announcing the dates for upcoming ‘Easter Egg Hunts,’ which is actually a pretty clever way to help children transition from bunnies to believers. I can also go to LifeWay or other Christian bookstores and see displays from the moment I pull into the parking lot as window displays proclaim the presence of Jesus, or at least a lot of cool Jesus stuff. Finally, I stood looking at the one place that seemed to have the most potential for attracting people who didn’t know Jesus, to consider his life-changing power and influence. That place was anywhere, any place, any room, that had a mirror.

    Research and personal experience reveals that Holy Week, that is, the week that begins with Palm Sunday, includes Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and culminates with Easter Sunday, is one of the greatest times that folks are open to an invitation to church (Of course at Cambridge, Holy Week also includes our delicious Easter Ham Dinner and other Wednesday night Bible studies and children/youth activities).

    This Holy week, I want to encourage you to invite a friend who either doesn’t know Jesus and/or has been struggling with their faith walk, family, kids, work, school and/or just life. I assure you, you are so much more important to the true celebration of Easter than any Easter egg, bunny, bean or Peep!

    In Christ alone,

    Pastor Win Davis

    “Ah, look at all the lonely people”

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    I posted a mini-blog on my Facebook page that read, “This morning as I sat in our church all alone on my first official day as pastor (because we cancelled service due to hazardous weather conditions), I thought of an old Beatles lyric that states “Father McKenzie, writing the words of a sermon that no one will hear…”

    As I reflected, I actually concluded that that’s not true in my case.

    My sermon was written to glorify God so certainly He heard it as I researched, wrote and rehearsed, and perhaps I needed to hear its message “When We Hate to Love.” I will also deliver it in a couple of weeks to a much less sparse sanctuary, Lord willing. Yeah. Lord willing.” My post was flooded with ‘Likes,’ from about as diverse a group of people as you can imagine. From pastors and Baptist association executives to a young adult, who was recently released from jail and working diligently to turn his life around. Ironically, I thought “These are all my friends.” Not just on a surface level as seems to be the case with many Facebook enthusiasts who are determined to see how many friends that can accumulate via social media.

    These are actually people that I know personally, have had meaningful conversations with, been mentored by, shared coffee or a meal with, prayed with and for, and in a few cases shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ with. As I begin my tenure as your interim pastor, it occurs to me that I need more friends. Not Facebook friends mind you, but more meaningful conversations with all of you, perhaps a cup of coffee or meal, definitely an opportunity to pray with and for you, and in a few cases share what Jesus Christ has done in my life and what He is doing in yours.

    As a church family, ‘we’ also need more friends. When one of my daughters was younger, her favorite Bible verse was, A friend loves at all times (Proverbs 17:17a NIV) As I look around our community, I see a great deal of needs. It has been my privilege to minister with many of you to several of these families and folks. Our church has provided food and financial support, counseling resources, medical care and even shelter in the case of our CARITAS partnership. In the 25th chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus admonishes His followers to minister to others as though we are ministering to Him, and in many cases, we have done just that.

    There is a greater need however. All of these folks need The Bread of Life more than food and Living Water more than ice tea and lemonade. If we are truly called (and we are) to be the friend’s of Jesus by befriending the lost and bringing them to the foot of the Cross we need to seek out “all the lonely people.” We need to pray that the Holy Spirit will guide us to those who will stand alone without Jesus on the Day of Judgment, and be the greatest friend they will ever have, by boldly sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and what He has done in our lives.

    Won’t you join me…friend.

    In Christ alone,

    Pastor Win Davis

     

    Someone Worth Losing Everything For

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    The Men’s Fellowship has completed their first discussion session of chapter 1 of the book “Radical.”  It was challenging, to say the least.  We agreed with what David Platt says is the “Christian spin on the American dream” (p. 13) and that our lives are spent “fulfilling the American dream instead of giving our...

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    What Does It Mean to Be Radical for Jesus?

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    The men in our church have begun meeting on Sunday mornings to read and discuss the book, Radical, by David Platt. Now as one who grew up in the anti-war era of the 1960’s, the term “radical” was used to describe those crazy guys running around protesting the war in Vietnam and burning things...

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    Nothing in Comparison

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    Whenever I want a perspective that is Biblical yet not too theological, I turn to C.S.Lewis.  He so very often cuts through the fluff and gets right down to the bone of the issue.  Here’s one quote I have framed on my desk: “In God you come up against something which is in every respect...

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    Wednesday Nights are Great at Cambridge Baptist!

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    Join us on Wednesday nights starting at 6:00 for dinner!

    At 6:30 there are activities for kids of all ages and adults!

    TeamKid for preschool – 5th grade.
    Youth for 6th-12th graders.
    The Pastor’s Bible Study is our adult study for the evening.

    Choir practice starts at 8:00…

    A nursery is available for younger children.
    Bus Transportation is available.
    Please contact the office or Kelley McLean by Tuesday.

    We can’t wait to see you for dinner!

    Lava Island VBS

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    Everyone Lives By Faith

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    “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2

    Corinthians 5:7)

    In our study of the book of Genesis on

    Wednesday nights, we took a break and

    watched the movie, “Evolution vs. God:

    Shaking the Foundations of Faith” by Ray

    Comfort. Contrary to what you might think,

    the movie doesn’t shake the foundation of

    faith in a divine Creator, but they would do well

    to honestly look at how much faith they have in

    a belief system they can neither prove or

    observe. “People disbelieve in Jesus Christ

    because they have made up their minds not to

    believe. And they do that because to admit

    that He is Lord would require wholesale lifestyle

    changes, and that’s what they are unwilling to

    do.” (McKeever)

     

    Pastor Jay