BULLETIN

The Salvation Package

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

salvation-page-001We say it often in Christian circles. “I’m saved.” “I’m a Christian.” But if we’re not careful, we can utter the phrase with the same alacrity as we would the weather.

Perhaps at times it behooves us to pull over, park, and take a longer look at the sights of our great salvation. As we do, we will be reminded that “I’m saved” is a jaw-dropping sight.

It’s a sight which God alone has crafted. Our salvation has been master-planned by the Creator-God of the universe. And it’s not a static, point-in-time event, but a movement in which God flawlessly carries out his eternal decree. It began in eternity past, snowballs throughout time, and will crescendo in eternity future.

Here is a brief glance at what it means to be a Christian. This is our salvation package.

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CHANGE

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

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Addictions can be a source of significant destruction individuals’ lives. Families can be broken, lives lost, finances drained, and criminal activity propagated in the wake of addictive behavior. To make matters worse, true change out of personal addiction can be immensely difficult. For these reasons, care for individuals in such situations requires a wise approach, which accurately diagnoses the problem, and, consequently, proposes a sound solution.

The proposed diagnosis and solution to addiction is from a biblical viewpoint. While it is beyond the scope of this paper, it is assumed that the God of the Bible is the Creator, God, and Savior of all humanity. Further, it is assumed that the 66 books of the Bible are sufficient for all things pertaining to life and godliness, including addictions.

Cornerstone Church offers the holistic faith-based addictions counseling program in Teton County. We offering group meetings every Friday from 7-8:30 pm starting June 23rd. Meetings are located at 50 West Broadway, B-1 (In the Pink Garter Plaza underneath Pinky G’s Pizza). The curriculum is based on Mark Shaw’s books, Relapse and The Heart of Addiction. We also offer free individual addiction counseling by appointment. More information on receiving individual counseling can be found here.

For a full description of the program, please click here. Contact Matt Mumma with any questions (matt@cornerstonejh.com). 

Every Christian a Minister

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

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We live in a day of outsourcing. As a society, we outsource things like our lawn, home improvement, childcare, shopping, cooking, and more. Sometimes this can be good, sometimes not so much.

When it comes to the Christian life, there is one thing that God has commanded us to not outsource; the work of the ministry. Every Christian is commanded by God to participate in this privileged work.

 

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Addiction Seminar

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

 

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Addictions can be a source of significant destruction individuals’ lives. Families can be broken, lives lost, finances drained, and criminal activity propagated in the wake of addictive behavior. To make matters worse, true change out of personal addiction can be immensely difficult. For these reasons, care for individuals in such situations requires a wise approach, which accurately diagnoses the problem, and, consequently, proposes a sound solution.

Join us on May 20th from 9 am-1 pm to find out what God says in His Word about all types of addictions. The seminar is free.

Seminar taught by Cornerstone’s counseling pastor Matt Mumma, M.A. Biblical Counseling, Level 2 ACBC certified

Sleep Disorders & the Glory of God

Monday, May 8th, 2017

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We hear it time and again. “Most adults need 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night.” “Not getting enough shuteye is a serious problem that can threaten your health and safety.” “Be a good steward of your body by sleeping eight hours.”

Good suggestions, no doubt. But for those who suffer with sleep disorders, it’s a cruel tease. By sleep disorder, we’re not talking about getting four or five hours of sleep a few nights per week, but never getting a good chunk in a span of months. Ask someone with a sleep disorder when the last time they got six or seven hours of sleep, and they’ll be thinking back to a different decade.

With sleeplessness comes unique suffering. The side-effects tend to be many, complex, and severe. It can be hard to understand. Perhaps at times, we could benefit to brush up on both the struggles and glories of sleep disorders.

Whether you battle with sleeplessness or care for someone who does, here are a few thoughts on sleep disorders and the glory of God:

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The biblical church discipline process described in Matthew 18:15-20 is often messy, costly, and accompanied by damage. The pain experienced is typically unmatched when a professing believer must be publicly put out of the local church.

Even so, when practiced biblically, it is consistent with biblical love, care, and obedience to Christ. It is that sacred process where the holiness of God is upheld, the purity of the church maintained, and the value of souls practiced. Mark Dever rightly says that church discipline is “a loving, provocative, attractive, distinct, respectful, gracious act of obedience and mercy, and that it helps to build a church that brings glory to God.” A friend of mine personally experienced that very thing. He was biblically disciplined out of a large church and to this day he confesses that it was one of the best things that ever happened to him.

But more importantly, it’s a non-negotiable matter in God’s kind of church. Robust confessions of faith such as the Belgic, Scottish, and Heidelberg Catechism rightly identified church discipline as a sine qua non ingredient of a local church.

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The Privilege is All Ours

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

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An unusual amount of professional athletes reside in the town where I live. The adventurous mountain terrain attract them. Big name brands in the outdoor sports industry gobble up some of the most talented skiers, snowboarders, and mountaineers for sponsorship and association. And there seems to be a common theme among these individuals: they carry a sense of privilege when it comes to association with the most prestigious brands in the sports industry. They carry an unapologetic honor when it comes to the names that they represent on their skis, jackets, helmets, shoes, packs, and more. And though their respective sports involve hard work, it does not seem to dampen that sense of honor in who they represent.

I’ve wondered sometimes if I live with that sense of privilege with something far more significant than a professional skier sponsorship. If I’m honest, I have not. In fact, it’s often been the opposite. My own self-preferring ways combined with an entitlement-saturated culture mix to poison the great sense of privilege that it is to be a follower of Jesus Christ.

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It’s a question that arises often. “What is a parachurch ministry?” The “para” in parachurch comes from the Greek preposition which can communicate, “alongside” or “beside.” Generally, a parachurch ministry is a Christian-based organization which seeks to come alongside the New Testament local church in a variety of ways. There are a myriad of wonderful parachurch ministries for which God’s people should be grateful.

But many parachurch ministries functionally remove the “para” from their doings. They would be better called, “huper” (“above, beyond”) or “antichurch” (“instead of, against”) ministries.

Some of the common problems with parachurch ministries include:

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Helping Kids Handle Conflict

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

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Whether we serve in a youth group, have kids of our own, or we are educators, almost all of us will interact with kids. And chances are, those interactions will involve helping them navigate conflict. Johnny will scuffle with Joey in youth group. Suzie will offend Sally in class. At some point, the kids in our lives will likely be on one end or the other of misunderstanding, mocking, exclusion, accidents, hurt, and more. These are huge opportunities for us to tenderly and wisely shepherd them in how to handle the inevitable.

Not much will change when they grow up. Conflict will only increase. Consequences are more severe. So, we have a responsibility to shape the next generation in wisely handling the inescapable conflicts of life.

Whether toddlers or teens, here are a few considerations as we help kids handle conflict. The first few are theological, the last few are more practical.

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Quarter Cookout 2017

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

Cornerstone’s annual Quarter Cookout is one of our main outreach events in which we strive to display the Gospel in our love for our community, our love for Christ, and the direct proclamation of his Good News to the individuals at the event.

This year’s Quarter Cookout will be on Saturday, March 14th, starting at 12pm (setup at 10am-11:30am) and ending around 5-6pm.  There are a number of ways in which we need some helping hands – please use the form below or