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Vacation Bible School

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Vacation Bible School is just around the corner! We at City Church are excited for all of you coming this year to our sports themed VBS. If you haven’t registered yet, you can do so HERE

Hope to see you there!

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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Tornado hits Acuna, Mexico, May 25, 2015

Monday, May 25 was not your typical Monday. First of all it was Memorial Day and we had a houseful of family visiting from out of town. The rains have been plentiful in Del Rio this year. We have not ran the sprinklers in over a month, yet we our lawn is lush which and dark green.

This day began with heavy thunderstorms with a magnificent lightning show. The smell of coffee began to permeate the house, and breakfast was about to begin, when I was asked from a friend via text if we had power on at our house, since they had not. I said we did and we invited them over for coffee and breakfast. As we finished up around 9 am, I received notice if I seen the pictures of the tornado damage in Acuna, Mexico which is 6 miles to the south of us. I had not, so we started an internet search and the pictures were very alarming.

I sent out an alert to our church family about collecting supplies, and the race was on to see if a trip over the border was possible in order of us to help where ever we could. A group of 10 of us set out armed with cases of water and cases of ready to eat meals. We left my wife back at the church to collect supplies that would be trickling in, since we are a collection point for the community. We were able to giveaway supplies to the families hardest hit. Here are a few pictures that I took while over there.

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13 people have been confirmed dead, and many more hundreds injured. Reports are still coming in and there are missing people. As I was there i was interviewed by a Mexican news station. I was able to speak with a few of those who lost everything and they conveyed to me that the tornado lasted a brief 10 seconds. I later found out that it was only 6 seconds.

Please pray for the community of Acuna and the sister city here in Del Rio, Texas. Pray that we are able to minister in Christ’s name and be the hands and feet of Jesus.

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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Church Unity Breakdown

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Today’s post consists of 14 reasons for church unity breakdown. This is from Thom Rainer’s blog

I pray that you are part of the solution at your church instead of part of the problem.

  1. Gossip. Church members talk about one another instead of talking to one another. Paul calls church members who gossip people “filled with all unrighteousness” (Romans 1:29, HCSB).
  2. Actions cloaked in darkness. I recently heard of a church personnel committee and a few church staff members who worked in darkness to fire a pastor without ever meeting with him first or giving him reasons for his dismissal. Then they refused to respond to church members who were asking questions.
  3. Failure to confront church bullies. Some church members seek power in a church they can’t get elsewhere. They are devious and dangerous. They must be courageously confronted.
  4. Self-serving church members. Some church members insist on getting their way for everything from worship style to the order of the worship service. Biblical church membership, however, is selfless and more concerned about others.
  5. Lack of prayer. A church that does not pray together is likely to fragment into special interest groups.
  6. Fear of confrontation. Too many church members would rather sweep problems under the rug than deal with them. I know of one church where two deacons were known to be having affairs. No one wanted to deal with it.
  7. Adopting the hypercritical spirit of culture. This reality is especially true in blogs and social media. I’ve seen many pastors attacked publicly on Twitter and Facebook.
  8. Low expectations. Many churches have no clear guidelines on what it means to be a part of the body of Christ. If you expect little from members, that’s exactly what you’ll get. And some of them will use their idle time to gossip, criticize, and tear down.
  9. No church discipline. The majority of churches with which I have familiarity have no process for church discipline, or they have a process in place in theory only.
  10. Churches known more for what they are against rather than what they are for. This negativity becomes pervasive in the congregation and destroys church unity.
  11. Fear of losing members. I am familiar with one church plagued by a spirit of divisiveness by one particular member. No members have confronted him because they don’t want to lose one of the biggest givers in the church.
  12. Failure to be evangelistic. I have never known a church member who is both evangelistic and divisive.
  13. Power groups. Sometimes the bullies in the church get allies to form power groups. They may be informal groups, or they can be formal groups like elders, deacons, staff, or personnel committees.
  14. The silent and fearful majority. One church member said it is not always good to know the truth. Such a statement is unbiblical and symptomatic of members who let evil exist because they are afraid to confront it.

One of the greatest problems in our churches is the breakdown of church unity. It is insidious, debilitating, and destructive.

Paul urged us “to walk worthy of the calling you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, accepting one another in love, diligently keep the unity of the Spirit with the peace that binds us” (Ephesians 4: 1-3, HCSB).

Jesus said in John 13:35: “By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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Shoe Drive

Del Rio, Texas is one of the most unique places in America. It has most all the amenities anyone could want, like shopping, hospital, schools, college, churches, etc., yet it is 3 hours from the closest major airport. There is a lot of need here even for basic human needs, like food, clothing, and shelter.

So, our church along with other area churches, is collecting new tennis shoes in partnership with the Del Rio Back to School Health Fair. We have set a goal of 1,000 pairs of shoes. If you would like to help in anyway (shoes, financial, etc.,) please contact me and let’s make a real difference for the children as the head back to school in August.

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Bring a new pair of tennis shoes to church, sizes 10y-5 by Aug 1, 2015, and you will be supporting your local community.

This shoe drive is in partnership with Annual Back to School Health Fair, August 7, 2015, 10 am – 1 pm

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

 

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imarriage seminar

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Beginning on Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015, Lucy & I will be leading couples through a new marriage seminar entitled imarriage. I am excited to teach this all important study by Andy Stanley.

Here is a small description: Standing at the altar, we all had a picture of what our marriage would look like. The problem is this picture of marriage results in expectations that we unload on our spouse. The weight of these expectations can rob your marriage of love and joy. As a spouse you never feel like you measure up and you never feel like you are good enough. So what are you to do with your expectations? You can’t deny them, because most expectations started out as God-given desires. This series explains that you must learn to transform your expectations and look to God if you are to experience marriage as it was designed.

Our families are under heavy attack in our culture today. The family nucleus begins with the marriage. Without a covenant marriage, the family suffers. When the family suffers, society in general suffer as well. Confusion sets in over the smallest of all concerns like, “what is the definition of marriage?” It seems pretty simple that a marriage is defined as a union between a man and a woman. But now with 51 gender options available on Facebook, its no wonder there is so much confusion. Gender is a role, not a sex option, which is what you are at birth. Therefore it is agreed that you are male or female for a question like “what sex are you?”, but when it comes to a gender role, society says you can be anything you want to be.

So, without going further into more details, I think you can see the real issue is the identity of a marriage. We as Christians should hold to the Biblical view of a marriage being exclusive to one male married to one female for life. If we can determine that, then the family has a fighting chance to succeed. That is why my wife and I go to great lengths to do marriage enrichment and marriage coaching whenever we can. It is important!

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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Churches less evangelistic today than ever before

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This post comes from Thom Rainer:

By almost any metric, the churches in our nation are much less evangelistic today than they were in the recent past. In my own denomination, we are reaching non-Christians only half as effectively as we were 50 years ago (we measure membership to annual baptisms). The trend is disturbing.

We certainly see the pattern in the early church where “every day the Lord added to them those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47). In too many of our churches today, the congregations are reaching no one for Christ in the course of an entire year.

The Poll

I conducted an unscientific Twitter poll recently to see what church leaders and church members thought of this trend, My specific question was: “Why do you think many churches aren’t as evangelistic as they once were?”

The responses arrived quickly and in great numbers, both in public tweets and in direct messages to me. Indeed, I was still receiving responses four days after I sent my Twitter question.

The Results

The response was highly informative for me. Here are the top fifteen responses listed in order of frequency:

  1. Christians have no sense of urgency to reach lost people.
  2. Many Christians and church members do not befriend and spend time with lost persons.
  3. Many Christians and church members are lazy and apathetic.
  4. We are more known for what we are against than what we are for.
  5. Our churches have an ineffective evangelistic strategy of “you come” rather than “we go.”
  6. Many church members think that evangelism is the role of the pastor and paid staff.
  7. Church membership today is more about getting my needs met rather than reaching the lost.
  8. Church members are in a retreat mode as culture becomes more worldly and unbiblical.
  9. Many church members don’t really believe that Christ is the only way of salvation.
  10. Our churches are no longer houses of prayer equipped to reach the lost.
  11. Churches have lost their focus on making disciples who will thus be equipped and motivated to reach the lost.
  12. Christians do not want to share the truth of the gospel for fear they will offend others. Political correctness is too commonplace even among Christians.
  13. Most churches have unregenerate members who have not received Christ themselves.
  14. Some churches have theological systems that do not encourage evangelism
  15. Our churches have too many activities; they are too busy to do the things that really matter.

What’s the solution? Let me know what you think? send me an email larryfloyd@fbcdelrio.com

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

  1. Our churches have too many activities; they are too busy to do the things that really matter.

So What Is the Solution?

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100 Blog Post

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Today marks the 100 blog post since moving to Del Rio, Texas in October of 2013. The time has gone by rather quickly. Our family has adjusted from our first days of indoctrination to the area. We had become quite acquainted with our Weatherford, Texas surroundings, after more than a 10 year church staff life, home life, and community life. Moving to another area of the state was not really on our radar, thinking God would open a door of service in the multitude of churches located in the Metroplex of the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.

But God, you know, has His agenda that usually has nothing to do with our agenda. He doesn’t even check our calendar to see if we are going to be available for His next assignment. He is the One that does the calling, the opening, and the assigning. So, He did it. He opened up a place of service that has been an absolute blessing. It has been all Him! He has created an atmosphere of unusual growth, health, and fun (you can have fun at church)!

So, as we enter into 18 months of service, I wonder what God wants to do next? Only He knows! I am ok with that. He has done a pretty good job so far, so I bet he will continue to do so

Stay in the Light, 1 John 1:7,

Pastor Larry

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