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Hello Calvary Ruidoso!

   On Sunday I asked if you all knew the vision of Calvary Chapel Ruidoso. I didn’t wait for an answer, however, the blank stare in your eyes gave me a strong indication you had no idea. What you may be suprised to know, is that as I considered that question, I had no idea either. The last few years have turned into a time in which I was just going through the motions: have a message ready on Sunday, have a bible study on Wednesday with engaging questions, and try to keep a men’s group afloat as we challenge each other to live for God. In other words, I was doing what I was supposed to be doing, rather than what I was inspired to do.

  Thank God for new beginnings! The greater vision at Calvary Chapel Ruidoso is simply to love God, love each other, and love the lost. We place a strong emphasis on the teaching of God's Word in order that that vision will be realized in the context of God's glory by seeking to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.

   Having said that, I believe God has a specific work to do in us this year. I believe He desires for us to be a community: a community of “Born Again” men, women and children that seek Him together. While it is true that each one of us is a temple of God in whom God’s spirit dwells; it is also true that we are simply one brick in a greater building that is called God's church and the Body of Christ. Paul tells the Corinthians that:

   “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” (1 Corinthians 12:4–7, ESV)  

 We are blessed in order that others might be blessed through us to the glory of God.

   Our challenge this year is to discover together how God intends us to serve here at Calvary Ruidoso. I look forward to seeing how God will grow each one of us to a place of maturity in Christ, so that we might be effective vessels of His Glory.

Pastor John

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