November 2, 2012

Dwight's Monthly Letter - November 2012

I want to thank all of you who call NewPointe your home. NewPointe is amazing place where we have the freedom to be able to talk about things from a biblical view that most people are scared to talk about or don’t feel safe enough to approach.

This past month we tackled some of those issues: Abuse, Poverty, Homosexuality, and Pornography. Thanks for helping me create a safe place where you and your friends can hear a dangerous message, a place where grace and truth flow freely. It’s what our world is yearning for.

This Sunday we are kicking off a new series called The Cure for the Common Life. Think about this with me . . . the living God lives inside every person who has trusted Jesus Christ as their personal savior, and there is nothing common about Him. I Corinthians 12:7 (The Message) tells us that “Each person is given something to do that shows who God is”. WOW! That doesn’t sound like a common life.

A survey done years ago by Dr. Anthony Campolo asked fifty people over the age of 95, “If you could live your life over again, what would you do differently?” These are the top three answers he received: 1) I would reflect more 2) I would risk more 3) I would do more things that would live on after I am dead. 

I encourage all of us to focus on these three answers. REFLECT - Socrates said that a life not examined is a life not worth living. RISK - what are you doing that if God would die, though I know that is impossible, you would have to stop doing? LIVE ON - Are you leaving an inheritance or a legacy? What is it about your life that will live on long after you’ve died? What are you doing that is of eternal value?

In conjunction with this series, I’m asking you to commit the next 40 days to growing your faith by getting the Word of God into your life. We are making a 40-Day Devotional available, and I’m asking you to read this devotional on a daily basis.

Two final things: Be sure to vote. We live in the greatest country in the world, and we all have a responsibility to help place the best leader in position; do this with prayer and a sober mind. Second, we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving in a few weeks. Take time to pause and make a list of all the things you’re thankful for. It’s a great way to honor God, those around you, and eliminate a sense of entitlement that we each battle.