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    Cambridge Spring Resurrection Celebration

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    And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. ~ Mathew 18:3
    These beautiful children learned and retold the story of Jesus birth, his miracles, crucifixion and resurrection. It is a true and beautiful love story for all time, for every day – not just Christmas or Easter.

     

     

    A Time to Look Back and a Time to Move Forward

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    There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: (Eccl 3:1 NIV)  May is a month for Mom, meaningful memories, milestones, and moving forward.  (How’s that for alliteration?)  Pastors love May because it’s part of the Holy trinity of church attendance (i.e. Mother’s Day, which is 3rd – only...

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    United We Stand and Together We Remember This Sunday

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    Dear Cambridge Family & Friends,

    United States Marine Sergeant Jeremiah ‘Jerms’McGraw had a smile that would light up a room.  He was a confident young main, who generously doled out “Yes sir,” and “Yes Ma’am” to those of us who were older and/or in positions of authority.  He and his best buddy Mike came to our house and played games, although I’m sure two young single men could have certainly found more exciting things to do than hang out with an old pastor and his wife.  He visited our young adult Sunday school class and from his insight, I have no doubt he had trusted his life to Jesus Christ.

    On September 10, 2009 ‘Jerms’ died serving his country during an airborne training exercise as he was readying himself with his unit for deployment to the Middle East.
    During this Sunday’s Service, we will pause for a moment of silence to remember ‘Jerms’ and all those who have given their lives serving our country. We will also sing ‘Eternal Father, Strong to Save,’ often referred to as the Navy Hymn as our Offertory.
    If you are aware of any other folks who have been part of and/or participated with our Cambridge family, and/or members of your family, who gave their life serving our country, that you would like for me to recognize during our service,  please call me or send me a personal email.
    Garvey will be leading our praise team with some of your favorite praise songs and Betty Ann will be providing special music as well as leading a classic hymn during our Invitation.  My message ‘Judea Juxtaposition’ will focus on unifying our  efforts and service to our Lord Jesus, despite our differences.
    Worship begins at 10:30 AM, but why not spend as much time as possible in the House of the Lord by joining us for coffee and Sunday school at 9:15.  (Our early morning men’s group will NOT be meeting because of the holiday weekend).
    I look forward to seeing you and the friends you invite to our loving Cambridge family.
    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!