Cedars Celebrate 11th Anniversary
all things happen through prayer
Good morning family. Happy New Year!
As I reflect on what the cross means to me on this first day of the new year, I can’t help but think of our Lord’s faithfulness. It was about this time just a couple of years ago when I found my self wrestling with whether I truly believe scriptures like Luke 1:37 “For nothing is impossible with my God” or 1 Cor 2:9 “ however, as it is written: No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”.
I decided to begin praying what I called “my impossible prayer”. What was one thing knew that if I saw happened it would be a pure miracle. What was one thing that to be honest didn’t believe would ever happen? So I decided to pray for my then 83 year old father to become a disciple. You see in my mind. I had no hope or vision that he would ever changed. He seemed forever stuck in his critical and selfish ways. He didn’t like people. He didn’t see his need to change. On top he is legally blind and can no longer read print.
I knew God was calling me to believe no matter how many promises God has made, they are “yes” in Christ so I began to pray. To be perfectly honest, many times, It has difficult to pray that somehow some way he would he would eventually become a Christian. Whenever we were in Richmond visiting him, he wouldn’t even come to church with us.
Mom who is a disciple in the Richmond Va church would often get into these very emotional conversations with him. Usually they would even with my mother in tears saying “I know they isn’t any marriage in him but I want you there with me”. After begging and pleading my dad, he finally agreed to let my mom pray with him everyday. My mom would prayed and he would listen. Then one day, he decided to pray. God was slowly massaging his heart. Many months later, he finally agree to sit down with brothers from my mother’s bible talk. God provided him with a special machine that would allow him to read the bible. I saw him radically changed. Everytime I would call my parents house, they dad was about to have another bible study. Then it finally happened, on Dec 23rd 2013 he was baptized into Christ.
In conclusion our God is faithful. In 2017 I believe God will do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.
On September 11, 2016 (Grandparents Day), the Mature Ministry of the Greater Baltimore Church of Christ (GBCOC) led the church’s first ever Sunday service. We participated in every aspect of the worship from leading the songs, welcoming members and visitors, sharing for the Communion, encouraging for the contribution, and sharing our conversion stories. Our service opened with a praise dance by senior members of a dance troupe from Baltimore. The response was encouraging, (an article about our “WISDOM SERVICE” appeared in Discipleship Today.)
On November 20, we held a meeting for church members 55 and over in order to resurrect the ministry of 2012/2013. The response was encouraging and we currently have 20 members. We are calling it the Mature Ministry but the name could change to something a bit more “catchy.” We are organized to serve and support the Church by sharing our experiences, knowledge, skills and talents; by continuing to share our faith; by leading by example; by helping one another and others to grow spiritually; and just by making a difference.