August 2017 Newsletter
Save The Date:
August 14- Volusia County Schools return
August 10th- Flagler County & St. Johns County schools return
As we look ahead to the 2017/2018 school year ahead, please pray for our children across the state and nation as they go back to school. Also, keep teachers and parents in your prayers as well. We are approaching the peak of Hurricane Season and so we ask that you would pray, if the Lord wills, that He would direct any coming storms away from our shore and pray for the safety of others if a storm should arrive!
Our Fall Fundraiser for 2017 will take place September 13th, 14th, and 15th. Mark your calendars and join with us in prayer, that the Lord would provide to keep this ministry going strong! You can pledge your support at anytime on our support page or give us a call during our fundraiser dates: 386-757-9094 or 888-756-9094
Hold Fast To The Trunk Of The Tree
By Bill Powell
I had the pleasure of taking a vacation to California in June. I took some awesome pictures along the Pacific Coast Highway. Nobody can paint a picture like the Lord Almighty. Just a word of advice if you talk to me don’t ask how my vacation was. You might get stuck with me showing you all my pictures. I take a lot of pictures, Lol. Two other highlights of the trip were visiting the Sequoia National Forest and the Redwood Forest. The picture with this article I took at the Sequoia National Forest.
Remember the expression, “you can’t see the forest for the trees”? Many of the trees were so big, like the General Sherman in the picture, that you can’t see past it to see the forest. The massive trees reminded me of a sermon I heard many years ago. The sermon was about how we need to stick to the trunk of the tree. It is so easy to get out on the branches. You may get out on one that’s not too sturdy. Some of the trees I saw were over 300 feet tall. Be careful to not get caught out on a limb.
Let me carve out for you The Cornerstone description of the trunk of the tree. A tree is comprised of the roots, trunk, bark and branches. I liken the trunk of the tree including the roots the essentials of the Christian faith. The essentials are:God made heaven and earth and He is a triune God, the Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit each one co-equal and co-substantial but one God. Jesus is the God man born of a virgin lived a perfect life, died on the cross, and rose from the dead. He left us an example that we should walk in His steps. He became a propitiation, (atonement) for sinners to any who would repent and believe on Him. He promised He will return again as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The Bible is His inspired, inerrant Word and our instruction manual to teach us about God and His plan and purpose for mankind. It is profitable for doctrine, correction, re- proof and instruction in righteousness.
Like the General Sherman we at the Cornerstone are going to stand tall and hold on to the trunk of the tree, (the essentials of the Christian faith). Every program we air will not all agree on every point of doctrine. Actually we don’t agree with every word from every Bible teacher, however they all agree on the essentials. The branches are important to every tree but not always essential. Limbs break and die, leaves fall but as long as the tree is rooted, water- ed, escapes the fires of life and the winds that blows, it will survive. We intend to stay rooted and will be careful to avoid the fires of hell and not be tossed around by every wind of doctrine but hold fast to that which is true. With your help we will survive and until His return continue to do our part towards the great commission. Thanks to all of you who support us through your prayers and financial support. Together with the Lords guidance we make a difference. Matt. 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be pro- claimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.