Rev. Cliff WarnerCliffNotes


March 9, 2009

1. Ella, Good Facts
2. Soul Food
3. Surf Report
4. Potent Quotables
5. March-ing On


Ella Sophia St. Cyr
[wisdom from another world]

3.3.09 (10:33pm)
Born on both “Square-Root” Day and “Girl’s Day” (“HinaMatsura” in Japan):

8 lbs, 10 oz.
21.25″ (inches long)
Blue-ish/Grey eyes
Favorite Hobby: Sleeping! (with a close tie for 2nd between Eating & Crying)
Favorite Food: Colostrum
Single (won’t really be dating until she’s 35)
Hero: Stephanie Jo St Cyr, the toughest & most loving woman in the world!
Who she wants to meet: all of the Students of Christ Church


Serious Sin

We may not admit it out loud, but I think most of us carry around with us a kind of rating scale for sin. We all know the big ones: rape, murder, adultery, etc. But our list of “little” ones is very different: lying to parents, impure thoughts, envy, gossip, arrogance. Eh, everybody does them. Not a big deal. We’re all forgiven, right?
It’s tough to carry that attitude toward sin (even little ones) too far into Hebrews 12. Today’s verse should grab us by the shirt and shake us up a little:
“In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.” (Hebrews 12:4)
It’s possible the writer is referring to a resistance against “sinful men” or persecution, but it starts a passage about how seriously God takes sin in the lives of Christians.
One thing it tells me is that I should be struggling against my sin. I don’t know how often we do that. The point isn’t that we should be perfectly sinless already; we’re still growing. The point is that we should be in the fight. We should expect it to be a fight. We should expect the “want” to sin to fight back every time we stand up and say, “No, I’m going the other way.”
Then this crazy idea: Whether facing persecution or facing down my own sinful desires, the fight is against sin and it can get bloody. Pain and blood always raise the stakes of a fight. Are we just in the fight against our own sin until it gets inconvenient — or even when it gets deeply painful?
Think: What’s the furthest you’ve ever gone in standing up against your own desire to sin?

Pray: Ask God to help you come up with braver and bolder strategies for saying no to sin.

Do: Pick a sin or two you struggle with and write down a new battle plan for winning your next encounter with that impulse.

** A Daily Devotional from, copyright 2009 Youth Specialties/Zondervan. Used by permission.


– Street Fighter Movie Review

~ Review of Brisingr by Christopher Paolini

~”PATHWAYS” Seminar – Austin, TX (March 28th)
Youth Track Participants
For young people (9-12 grade) with an interest in Christian discipleship, spiritual practice, and church leadership,
$45–standard rate
$40–early bird rate (must register before March 15th!)
Fee includes tuition, program materials, bag, breaks, and lunch.
Adult Track Participants:
Volunteer youth leaders, parents, youth pastors and directors, senior and solo pastors, CE committee members, anyone interested in ministry with youth.
Standard rate–$80 per person
Early bird rate–$65 per person (if registered before March 15th)
Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church


“I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.”
~ Socrates

“Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.”
~ Anne Frank

5. March-ing On

March 2009
14 – Deadline for “PATHWAYS” Seminar Early Bird rate
15 – Urban Plungers … Plunge-On!
Birthday of both Stephanie St Cyr AND Cliff Warner!
16 – spring bRIZeak!
17 – spring bRIZeak!
18 – spring bRIZeak!
19 – spring bRIZeak!
20 – spring bRIZeak!
21 – spring bRIZeak!
22 – Urban Plungers keep getting Plungy-wit-it!

28 – “PATHWAYS” Seminar * – for serious Students of Christ AND adults
who care about those Students!
29 – Service-Opportunity! = Student “Take-Down” after worship (12:30)
(no this is neither a self-defense class nor a wrestling tournament)
and immediately followed by…
(kidding… Stephane’s Lunch is ON US… if available ?!)
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*All “surf report” internet links and “potent quotables” are provided for informational purposes, and do not necessarily imply endorsement by Christ Church of Austin.