August 2017 Newsletter

Save The Date:

August 14- Volusia County Schools return

August 10th- Flagler County & St. Johns County schools return

Prayer Corner

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!

Coming Up

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.


Salad Bar Decor (Confessions of A Kale Hater)

By Chris Johnson

“That’s disgusting!” Those were the words my four-year-old quipped as he looked at my chicken pot pie. He scanned the variety of mixed veggies and chicken and turned away in disgust. While it was funny to hear him spout out those words and make an about-face towards the living room, we quickly pointed out to him the importance of being very careful with his words. Words might not be sticks and stones but they can absolutely hurt people. If we’re honest, we would have to agree that nearly every time someone is offended it has something to do with an exchange of words followed by an action or deed. Now I’ll admit that’s no giant revelation, but this is a serious matter. The Apostle Paul penned some excellent words to the Colossians believers when he wrote, “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” (Col. 4:6) King David’s prayer to the Lord was humbling and instructive in Psalm 19:14. It reads, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.”

Think of the last time you said something that you knew, or maybe you didn’t realize, was destined to be offensive. Many will chalk up their verbal strikes as playful or joking, but even so, were they helpful, encouraging and right? Remember Paul’s words, “so that we may know how to answer everyone.” Not long ago I made a comment to my sister-in-law about her plate full of kale. I commented something along the lines of “Oh, how’s the garnish?” (I mean, when I was a small boy kale decorated the salad bar. It wasn’t the actual salad.) We both laughed and went on with our activities but we’re those words really necessary? Now lest you think I’m just plain and boring with no sense of humor let me assure you that’s not the case at all. In fact I love to enjoy hearty conversation with a bit of sarcasm and friendly fire. However, I can attest that sadly, sometimes I get carried away. Before I know it I’ve said something I regret, something that hurt another person and worse, something that offended the Lord Jesus Christ! Then, faced with the reality of my sin, I must confess to God and those I’ve upset. I’m so grateful for the gift of repentance and forgiveness, but as we grow in grace we ought also to grow in maturity in this area too.

Instead of jests and jibes we ought to always be looking for ways to encourage one another and build each other up. I Thessalonians 5:11 wisely counsels us to do just that and to be honest- it’s really not that hard. Sure, it might take some heart transformation and mind alteration so as to think rightly about our relationship with others and our conversational lexicon. But we’d be wise to seek the Holy Spirit’s grace to bring about such change. After all, we’re called to grow in Christ- likeness, and that certainly doesn’t come about by possessing, sharpening and unleashing a loose tongue. We all sin in this area from time to time, some (me) more than others (my sweet wife), but that doesn’t change the fact that humility before the Lord and men will lead us into grace-infused new beginnings and vocal victories. As we meditate upon Scriptures like Colossians 4:6 and Psalm 19:14 there will most certainly be a change of heart and mind. After all, that’s exactly what Romans 12:2 promises!


Life Savers

By Denisha Stearns

I really love summer- the warmth, the beach, and the longer days to get more done. I have one problem, though: it is harder to enjoy my chocolate. In summer, I can’t chance saving any random piece in the car or in the bottom of my purse even. (Ladies, you know what I am talking about). Clarence Crane knew that as a big problem as well, which is why he created Life Savers candy in 1912. He wanted to make something enjoyable that wouldn’t melt in the summer heat. He created the different-flavored candies in the shape of life preservers so that people would think of the round-ringed life preservers used to save people who had fallen from boats.

Now, I never had to be thrown a round-ringed life preserver even when I fell from a boat (another story entirely), but I did grow up eating Life Savers. I bought them at the corner store with my allowance and got them in bundles in my stocking at Christmas. They were to me a tasty treat, yet I didn’t really think much about their shape until I became a mom. After having performed the Heimlich maneuver on my three year-old son who was choking on a piece of hard candy, I thought that the hole in the middle of Life Savers was to keep kids from asphyxiating.