No Debt, No Sweat Christian Money Management Seminar Featuring Steve Diggs

 No Debt, No Sweat Christian Money Management Seminar

Steve Diggs has presented the No Debt No Sweat! Live Seminar at nearly 500 churches, colleges, conferences, lectureships, conventions, businesses, professional groups, non-profits, and other venues nationwide.
Aimed at 3 groups:

1) The seminar is perfect for the great majority of Christians who are presently in financial turmoil–and overcome by materialism. These people need a successful plan for getting out of debt, controlling their spending, improving their marriages, and learning to do a budget–and begin giving God’s way. No Debt, No Sweat! teaches the importance of bringing Biblical principles to money matters.

2) Also for people who have invested wisely–and are looking for great tips on how to save for college and retirement, teach their kids about money, and learn about Biblical giving.

3) Our unsaved friends. Often people who won’t come to a church service are thrilled to attend a NDNS! Seminar–where they learn about their money and Jesus!

Steve’s style is humorous and upbeat–yet very Biblical. Although Steve deals with tough topics—he always exudes hope and grace. The goal: regular chuckles with an occasional belly laugh.

His positive, hope filled approach is a welcome breath of fresh air for people who are burdened and broken by the stress of too much debt. His approach is confessional because that’s the best way to touch other people who are hurting. Steve speaks to the hearts of people who have too much month left at the end of their money.

Benefits of a No Debt No Sweat! Seminar

A No Debt No Sweat! Seminar shows God’s people how to use God’s money God’s way-Christians are freed from the bondage of “stuffaholism.”

1. Christians learn how kill the Debt Monster -and begin giving like we should by developing spending plans (budgets) that really work.

2. Romance is restored in marriages.

3. People learn to save for college and prepare to retire with dignity.

4. The seminar is also seeker-friendly. It’s an ideal way to reach our unsaved friends. Churches that invite their communities broaden their outreach and build credibility. This approach opens peoples’ hearts to the Ultimate Message.

5. It is both humorous and confessional-yet profoundly Biblical.

6. NDNS! Seminars “softens the beachhead” for churches that may want to offer an on-going small group study in Godly money management.

7. People learn that there is real hope-a brighter future.

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November 15, 2015

Session 1  (Kickoff)

at the Clarendon church of Christ

9:30-1025 AM

 

Session 2

at the Clarendon College Fine Arts Auditorium

6:30-8:00 pm

 

November 16, 2015

Session 3 at the Clarendon College Fine Arts Auditorium

6:30-7:40 pm

 

Session 4 at the Clarendon College Fine Arts Auditorium

7:50-8:50 pm

ReTooled and ReFueled – Christian Life Seminar Featuring Steve Diggs

Scan0001-233x300 What Is “The Leadership Summit”?

 This is a special opportunity designed to help your men discover the principles of biblical leadership and mentoring. Steve will help the audience accept their God-given role as the leaders in their families and the church.

  • Younger men will find these concepts to be eye-opening…a direct challenge to our secular culture that uses all it’s efforts to emasculate them.
  • More mature men will leave feeling like they’ve been given fresh horses for the journey ahead…and a challenge to finish strong.

In a world that sends confusing messages about manhood, “The Leadership Summit” is a breath of fresh air. Your men will be taught, challenged and encouraged. They will leave renewed, refueled, and re-fired! Simply put, your men will leave this event energized with solid biblical reasons to see less tunnel…and more light.

What is taught at “The Leadership Summit”?

 Steve is happy to tailor your event to your specific needs. However, he generally presents 12 “Thought Sparklers” in the course of 3 sessions:

  • The Mind of a Leader
  • The Heart of a Leader
  • The Attitude of a Leader

Some of the topics:

  • What does “Servant Leadership” look like?
  • How to find yours (and your church’s) “Sweet Spot”
  • Today’s church in a “branding driven” culture
  • Today’s grow-ingest churches…and the “extinction factor”
  • Dealing with the Two Great Killers of Leaders: Apathy & Cynicism
  • The “Why Factor”: The difference between growing and shrinking churches
  • Why leaders (and churches) plateau…and how to beat it
  • Making leadership a team sport
  • The “System Concept”: What Great Churches Do Differently
  • The 9 Signs of a Healthy Church…and how to lead the way
  • Grumbling Blocks vs. Stumbling Blocks
  • The “3 Right A’s” (Attitude, Atmosphere, Alternative)
  • Going from growth to personal holiness

How is “The Leadership Summit” presented?

 Most churches elect to present the seminar in one of three formats:

  • All 3 sessions on Saturday with a sandwich lunch between the second and third sessions.
  • The first session on Friday evening with the second and third sessions on Saturday morning.
  • Use the entire event as a Men’s Retreat.
  • Tailored to your specific needs.

Steve’s style is humorous, upbeat…and visual. He uses multi-media (power point, video, audience participation, etc.) to draw all the guys in…and keep them alert and engaged. To this end, each session generally includes a breakout period at the end when the men discuss specific topics and solutions.

Of course, if you wish, Steve is happy to teach or preach on Sunday morning following “The Leadership Summit.”

When?  November 14, 2015

Where” the Clarendon church of Christ Family Life Center

Targeted Audience: Area Preachers, Elders, Deacons and any who aspire to being a leader in their congregation. (RSVP)

  • Session #1: “The MIND of a Leader” – Saturday morning about 10:00 am.
  • Session #2: “The MIND of a Leader” – 10:50-11:30 am
  • Lunch: 11:30-12:00 pm
  • Session #3: “The MIND of a Leader” – 12:00-1:00 pm

Kinlichee Building Plans Update, as of 1 Sep 2015

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Greetings from the body of Christ in Clarendon,

On August 22, 2015, 13 men from our congregation plus, one from Shallowater, one from Texline, and one from Memphis, TX assembled 23 exterior and interior walls for the church building at Kinlichee, Arizona. Please see the pictures of the assembly work and the building attached to this letter.

Our next phase will be to take those pre-assembled frames to Kinlichee, Arizona on 16 September 2015. We will then erect those frames, install the roof trusses, siding, roof, the electrical wiring, insulation, doors and windows. We want to make sure that we enclose the building before the winter. Our plan is to install all that and come back home on 20 September 2015. A very ambitious schedule and a very ambitious work plan.

We will have two different groups going out to Kinlichee; one will leave from David McAnear’s house at 7:00 AM on 16 September and then the other group will leave at 4:30 PM on the 17th. We are in need of volunteers that can help us complete this plan by the 20th. If you can go with us, we will take care of the expenses or you can meet us there. Either way we would be happy to have you help us out.

Originally we set a budget of about $20,000 for the building. We estimate that we could go over that budget by almost $5000. This is due to some design changes to the building. One of the major changes was that we decided to increase the size of the building. We elected to proceed on faith. We have faith the Lord will provide.

Also, we are still planning to have Cory Landolt come to Clarendon and do the morning Bible class and speak during a Sunday morning worship service. (Please see my previous letter for more information about Cory). Our Bible class starts at 9:30 and worship services start at 10:30. This will introduce him to our congregation and our area. We invite everyone from our area congregations to come and hear Cory speak.

This young man has worked on the Navajo Reservation and wishes to return there after he finishes attending preaching school at Bear Valley School of Preaching. This would be an excellent time to meet him in person and find out more about him. Cory will be here on 27 September 2015. We invite anyone who can to come hear this young man.
Please see our website for the previous news items regarding the reservation and the work being done on behalf of the Kinlichee congregation. Our website is www.clarendoncofc.org, the articles will be in the Recent Articles section. If you have any questions regarding our plans please contact us. The church’s phone number is 806-874-2495 or email ccofchrist@amaonline.com.

In His Service,

Will Thompson

Elder, Clarendon church of Christ

 

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Kinlichee Building Plans Update and Other News

August 11, 2015

Greetings from the body of Christ in Clarendon,

 

On July 14-18, 2015, six men from the church in Clarendon, along with Dan Keele, Edison Gruber, the members from the Kinlichee congregation, Jeff Foster from the church in Gallup, and the youth group from the University church of Christ in Abilene, Texas, completed the second phase of our building plans.  We now have a foundation and flooring.  Also, thanks to the youth group from the University church of Christ of Abilene, we also have the area around the site cleaned up and much of the debris from the old buildings removed.  Please see the pictures of the work and the building attached to this letter.

 

Our foundation is securely fastened to the bedrock, which is only a few feet down in the ground.  Due to the cost of cement, we used 4 X 4 metal beams, 2 X 12’s and 2 X 8’s to construct a very stable foundation for the flooring.  The congregation from Gallup provided the concrete and steel beam piers on which the foundation was welded.

 

The dimensions of the building will be a 48’ X 24’and will contain the assembly area, a classroom, a small kitchen, and a bathroom.  They have been meeting in a worn out double wide trailer.  The new building will help energize the congregation and show the community that this is not an abandoned work.  Their current bathroom is located in a separate building, like an outhouse.  The new building will allow them to have access to bathroom facilities without going outside to this building.

 

The youth group was able to dig a trench for the plumbing and electrical wiring for the new building, remove an old tool shed, and demolish about 35 yards of a concrete sidewalk.  They were also helpful with the construction.  Without their help we probably would not have been able to finish the foundation and floor.

 

Our next phase will begin at 7:30 AM on 22 August 2015 at the farm of David McAnear, our chief engineer.  We will begin building the wall sections that will be transported next month to Kinlichee.  We have tentatively set September 15-19  as the assembly day for the walls at Kinlichee.  If you would like to be a part of the construction (in Clarendon) or the assembly (in Kinlichee), please contact us.  We are always looking for help.

 

Our other phases will be to complete a roof, electrical and plumbing installation, complete the interior, and then work on the sidewalk and entry area.

 

On July 24-26, we returned to the reservation to attend the American Indian Mission Seminar held at Hogback, New Mexico.  It was uplifting to hear of all the work that was being done on the Navajo Reservation for the cause of Christ.  Several of the congregations are involved in expansion plans and various community outreach efforts.  There were also efforts from outside of the reservation to enlist both financial and physical help with the work.

 

During the seminar we were introduced to Cory Landolt, a young man studying at Bear Valley School of Preaching.  He has completed his first term with a grade of all A’s.  When he completes his training he wants to be a preacher on the reservation.  He has been assisting Terry Laurence at the Fort Defiance, AZ church of Christ.  He has fallen in love with the people and the work on the reservation.  However, Cory is struggling to get support to continue his studies.  He represents an opportunity to have another evangelist on the reservation.  The efforts to evangelize on the reservation are directly linked to the number of evangelists there.  The more workers there are on the reservation the more successful the effort.  If you are interested in learning more about Cory please contact us for his references and contact information.

 

We are planning to have Cory come to Clarendon to speak during a Sunday morning service.  This will introduce him to our congregation and our area.  We invite others from our area congregations to come and hear Cory speak.  This would be an excellent time to meet him in person and find out more about him.  When we have the exact date scheduled we will let everyone know.

 

If you have any questions regarding our plans please contact us.  The church’s phone number is 806-874-2495 or email ccofchrist@amaonline.com.

 

In His Service,

 

Will Thompson

Elder, Clarendon church of Christ

Kinlichee Arizona Building Plans

Greetings from the body of Christ in Clarendon,

On behalf of the mission team, members, deacons, and the elders at Clarendon, I want to take this opportunity to tell you of our current plans regarding the church building at Kinlichee, Arizona on the Navajo Reservation. I have copied a satellite photo of the current church grounds, please see attachment 1.

This past year the church at Clarendon, along with the church at Gallup, New Mexico began making plans to replace the building that burned down about 4 years ago. The original building was completely destroyed. Since that time we have discussed several building plans, but each plan contained its own shortcomings and was dropped.

As a point of reference I have attached photos of the building that was destroyed by fire and the current meeting building, see attachment 2. The current building is a 40+ year old double wide mobile home with many structural defects. It was suggested that we should repair that building but after careful consideration and prayer we have elected to replace it.

This spring, thanks to one of our brothers, David McAnear, and the preacher at Gallup, Jeff Foster, we have a workable plan. In this letter you will find the construction plans for the new building, see attachments 3 and 4. We believe it will provide the church at Kinlichee with everything they will need to minister to the community as well as provide an excellent meeting place for the body. Since vacation bible schools are important to the Navajo people, we also believe it will play an important role in being able to host many VBS’s in the future. This is something that has not occurred in the Kinlichee community for many years.

Our goal is to build the proposed building for less than $19,000. In order to keep the costs down we plan to reuse many of the furnishings from the existing building, such as tables, chairs, pellet stove, refrigerator and stove. The foundation is a pier and beam foundation, we had looked into a slab but the cost of that was twice the cost of the building. We intend to install ceiling fans for cooling in the summer. We plan to continue to use the existing pellet stove to provide heating in the winter.

Jeff Foster is overseeing the foundation construction and it will be started next week. Our intent is to complete this building over the summer. We hope to pre-build the framework of the walls here at Clarendon and then transport them to Kinlichee. The truss will be purchased prefabricated at Gallup and then delivered on site. Once all of the framework is built and delivered, we will erect and complete the building. We hope to have firm dates soon and we will send them out at that time.

We ask for your prayers on behalf of these plans and most of all that this facility can be used to promote the Gospel on the Reservation. If would like to contribute with labor or financially, we welcome your support.

If you have any questions regarding our plans please contact us. The church’s phone number is 806-874-2495 or email ccofchrist@amaonline.com.

In His Service,

Will Thompson
Elder, Clarendon church of ChristKinlicheePlansLetter

FAITHFUL OF GOD OR TROUBLEMAKERS?

(1 Kings 18:17-18) “Then it happened, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said to him, “Is that you, O troubler of Israel?” And he answered, “I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father’s house have, in that you have forsaken the commandments of the LORD and have followed the Baals.”
Isn’t it odd that throughout history, God’s faithful will be accused of making trouble instead of the real trouble makers? Even more odd is that often it is God’s own people who assassinate the character of those trying to teach and keep the faithful word of God. Throughout the book of Acts, Paul was accused of: blasphemy, taking non-Jews into the temple, causing riots, etc. He was guilty of none of these but because of his teachings, his own Jewish brethren hated him. Some tried to kill him!
Of course these things are used to accomplish God’s will. Jesus taught the truth and He was rejected and crucified. His death and resurrection served to give us all a chance of going to heaven. Paul’s treatment by his brethren, led him to Rome to do mission work from the King’s own household! The hardships of faithful followers of God have often been used to advance the Kingdom of God. But woe to those who cause the hardships!
It doesn’t matter what people think. God will judge whether we were faithful to Him or troublemakers. Let us all walk with the faithful as they shall walk with God, one day, eternally.
Chris

WHAT GOD EXPECTS FROM HIS PREACHERS

(2 Timothy 4:1-2) “I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.”
Paul told Timothy to preach the word. We know how Paul defines “the word” from Galatians. (Galatians 1:6-8) “I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.” Paul defines the word or gospel as knowable and doable. How do I know that? He said that he had preached the gospel to the Galatians and if someone told them differently, the Galatians should treat the false teachers as being accursed. Paul said basically to judge what one person taught against what he taught and if they didn’t line up, the other fellow was teaching a perverted gospel. That is my job and yours today. I have to preach the word only. That means scripture for everything I say as a minister.
Paul also said in 2Timothy 4 that the word is to be taught and that there was no wrong time for it. Marshall Keebles was quoted as saying “preach it when they likes it and when they don’t.” Paul said to convince when you preach. That can only be done with Biblical lessons instead of stories. He said to rebuke and exhort. Preaching requires encouragement and sometimes it means “stepping on toes.” He said it requires longsuffering. How long? Preach until the message is rejected. When the door is closed, move on to the next one.
Why did Paul give such dire instructions to Timothy? (2 Timothy 4:3-4) “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” Paul was telling Timothy that there will be times when folks just don’t want the truth. That is a truth that is as old as recorded time. Hear the words of Jesus: Matthew 23:37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!” Remember Stephen in Acts? They killed him also when he taught the truth. Jesus’ Jewish brethren chose a murderer over Him because of His message. His own people!
Think of Paul as His brethren tried to kill him over the message he preached. Often it isn’t the world that is the impediment to preachers but some of his brethren. Yet, God expects the word to be preached whether it is heeded or not. God has told His preachers at times that they won’t be listened to but they must go. (Ezekiel 3:4-7) Then He said to me: “Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak with My words to them. “For you are not sent to a people of unfamiliar speech and of hard language, but to the house of Israel, “not to many people of unfamiliar speech and of hard language, whose words you cannot understand. Surely, had I sent you to them, they would have listened to you. “But the house of Israel will not listen to you, because they will not listen to Me; for all the house of Israel are impudent and hard-hearted.” God told Ezekiel to go but that they weren’t going to listen!
God’s preacher has one of the most wonderful jobs, on one hand. Proclaiming His word and telling of His Son is an honor. Sadly, the world, and often, his own people will persecute him for doing so. No one makes us do it. Despite our many flaws, most of us do it because God demands it and because we love others’ souls. Remember that sometime when you clearly see your preacher’s flaws. He will (or should) be willing to teach you the truth at all costs.

HOMOSEXUALITY, WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY?

(Matthew 19:2-9) And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them there. The Pharisees also came to Him, testing Him, and saying to Him, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for just any reason?” And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ “and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? “So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” They said to Him, “Why then did Moses command to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?” He said to them, “Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. “And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.”
Often this scripture is pointed to concerning the Lord’s divorce and remarriage law. Divorce is not allowed by the Lord except for sexual immorality (infidelity[ sex, whether with another male, female, or beast]). But, this scripture can be used to show who may have a marriage when those promoting gay marriage voice their opinions. I’ve heard the argument that: “Jesus never addressed the subject of gay marriage.” But He did!
Jesus, speaking to the Pharisees, gave by implication, who marriage is for. If God wanted or allowed men and men or women and women to marry, then why doesn’t Jesus mention it? He defines marriage as male and female, over and over (underlined above). God forbid it in the Old Testament. Jesus defines marriage as being between a man and woman. Why would He have to say specifically that men can’t marry men or women can’t marry women? Because it is already a settled law and principle with God. It is described in the Bible as an abomination. Leviticus 18:22 ‘You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.’ It was already established as wrong as: murder, lying, idolatry, etc. Some things are timeless with God and this is one of those. No matter how many folks might vote or opine in favor of gay marriage, God and the Lord don’t allow for it. As I wrote last week, “Choose you this day…..” Either we will serve the true God or man. There really isn’t much more to say about it. There are many more passages in the Bible, and none of them allow for homosexuality, but there are many that explicitly condemn it and others that implicitly remove it as a possibility in God’s eyes. Who do you stand with, God or man?

CHOOSE YOU THIS DAY

(Joshua 24:15) “And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
The children of Israel often “waffled” back and forth between where they had been and where they should be, spiritually and physically speaking. Often, under Moses the people would have some hard times and long for the “good old days” back in Egypt where they had full bellies. They would forget that they weren’t free to worship God as they wanted. Even under Joshua a few, it seems, looked back with longing. I believe many if not all knew that it was wrong to allow themselves to be pulled away from God while still claiming to be of God and wanting His blessings. Imagine the heartache of Moses and Joshua as their own physical and spiritual brethren would choose the ways of the world over them and God!
That happens with God’s people today in many ways. From materialism to false teachers, some Christians will choose the wrong instead of the right while appearing to be faithful brethren. It is either one way or the other! Joshua nailed it when he told his brethren to “choose you this day..” Two things here: 1. You have to make a choice, God or man. 2. It is urgent; do it today! Right now! Remember Ananias when he asked Paul, “Why tarriest thou?” He was telling Paul, do the right thing right now.
My prayer for all is that we always do what is right and not tarry. It’s never too early to be right with God, but we can wait until there is no time left. –Chris

PLEASE TALK TO ME!

That should be our plea to one another as brethren. Especially if something is on your mind concerning me, please, just talk to me. I’ve had brethren who have given me constructive criticism over the years and always it was appreciated. I may not have appreciated it at that moment, but when I thought it over, I knew they were trying to be helpful.
Often in congregations, people have different ideas and opinions over things. They feel strongly about some things and wish others would respect it. The problem often is, they don’t know about your ideas, opinions, feelings, etc. The reason is because you or I have never told them. Often we don’t want to cause a fuss or anything. That can be worse if we feel so strongly over something that we start to feel resentment and then that can grow to words said that shouldn’t have. We are all afraid to offend. We must get over that to maintain the health and unity of our congregations.
Matthew 18:15-18 is a good passage to look at in this situation. Now, this scripture, admittedly, is for private offenses, but the principle can be applied to others. If there is a problem, private or public, communication is warranted. Problems can’t be fixed if one or more parties are in the dark about it. They may not see the problem or offense. Instead of letting it irritate us or build up resentment, why not just go speak to our brothers or sisters? This is the scriptural remedy. The more comfortable we become with each other, the more we will be unified and better equipped for the works of the church. The devil loves when we don’t communicate so that he might help cast confusion and doubt on the situation.
Sometimes, as the minister, one party will come to me about a situation that is troubling them. I am glad to serve in any way, but, wouldn’t it be better if each party might contact the one(s) that the issue is with? Whenever there is a middle party added, the more chance for a misunderstanding is added. No matter how hard I try, sometimes something is lost in the translation. When we speak to one another, we can see the other’s expression and sincerity. I can’t convey that to others.
I do appreciate when people reach out to me because it shows that they care and want everything right. I would just say that we should cut the middle guy (me) out and go to the person we need to talk to. I’m here to help, but there are Biblical and proper procedures that we are to use. God bless….Chris