Thoughts on life, leadership and the movement called the church by Brian C. Hughes, Senior Pastor

by Brian C. Hughes, Senior Pastor

Friday, February 15, 2008

Can You Help?

The Production Team needs one of these for a film project we are working on . If you have one we could borrow for a few days, we'd be grateful.

Please leave a comment with contact info or contact the church office...thanks!!!!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Randy Lawson Concert

Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 8th - it's time for the Randy Lawson Memorial Concert!

Randy was an outstanding member of our community who loved softball, loved his family, and loved his church. Randy lost a valiant battle with cancer, but his spirit lives on in the lives of his friends and family members. We've chosen to honor his desire to see God's work continue through Powhatan Community Church by assembling some outstanding musicians to provide a night of fun and great music! Last year's event was memorable - undoubtedly this year's will be the same!

We've added a new twist this year and invited a few special guests. Appomattox is an incredible bluegrass band made up of local musicians, many of whom have played professionally for years! Several guys from Appomattox call PCC home, including Don Grubb and Carlisle Bowling. They will open the concert at 6:30 p.m. - don't be late!

Another very special guest is Audrey Hatcher Woodhams; Audrey is a Powhatan native who followed God's leading to use her unique musical gifts as a songwriter and singer. She has achieved success and is well-known as a powerful and skilled writer and worship leader. It is a tremendous privilege to welcome Audrey to celebrate with us at PCC! Find out more about Audrey here and here; take advantage of the free downloads she offers on her website! Her music will bless you...

The PCC band will revisit several of our best-loved songs from the past year or two, and that's always exciting! We hope that you'll take the opportunity to enjoy the band yourself, and also to invite friends and family to experience PCC in a different format.

Tickets are on sale now in between Sunday services at PHS; they are also available at Kidazlat.

You can email if you have any questions. Tickets are limited to first-come, first-serve, and we anticipate selling out before March 8th - so don't delay!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Who are you...really?

Today, we talked about the critical subject of being a new creation. 2 Cor. 5:17 says, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" (NIV). But we also acknowledged the nagging temptations. If I am a new creation and if the old one is gone, why is it that I still struggle with some of the temptations from my 'old' self? I referred to Paul's letter to the Romans and read a good sized section of chapter 7. I didn't have it on the screen, and several people asked me about the reference in the hallway after the service. thought I would give it to you here, in case you are one of those who needed it:

Romans 7:15-8:2 (exerpts, NIV) I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do... [17] As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. [18] I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. [19] For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do--this I keep on doing. [20] Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. [21] So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. [22] For in my inner being I delight in God's law; [23] but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. [24] What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? [25] Thanks be to God--through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God's law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin. [8:1] Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, [2] because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.

I know plenty of people who struggle with their past - their history, what their parents did to them, what they did to others, what they did to themselves. We should hold our heads high - not because we're proud of our actions, but because we are not who we used to be. You can claim that truth because it's a promise God made to every person who makes Jesus Christ the Lord of their lives.

I enjoy every Sunday, but today was an especially great day...