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Oh Be J yful news

august 2012

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In Joshua 1: 8-9 it is written, “ Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” If I look at this verse in light of John 5:39 could it be said that the prosperity and success for Joshua comes by the One that the “Book of Law” points to —Jesus? Was it not by the hand of the “commander of the army of the Lord” that Joshua found success? Joshua’s obedience was not just to some word/truth but also to the person of that word who made it a reality in his life. As important as the scriptures are, it is the author who

Thanks to God for the refreshing rains that were so desperately needed. Keep those who have lost so much from the devastation of fires in your prayers. Lord have mercy!

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have heard the scriptures compared to a perfectly cut diamond in that the beauty of God’s truth is found in looking at the many facets of His truth and not just one. Or, in how the light of Christ refracts through the scriptures to reveal more and more of the quality, depth and precision of God’s word for making known His will, ways and purposes. As the diamond’s beauty is not quite as evident to it’s owner based on the quality of light (natural vs. artificial) that is refracted through it, so is the beauty of God’s word seldom made evident except by the light of Christ. Jesus said in John 5:39, “You diligently study the scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” The truth of eternal life was there in the scriptures but it was Christ Himself and light of Christ that would make that truth alive, active and effectual in the heart of the reader or hearer.



As we look at the Gospel of Luke on Sunday mornings during the message time and the book of Romans in Sunday School I am continuously amazed at how the scriptures (both OT and NT) point to and testify about Jesus. They set the stage for our great need for Jesus to not only save us but to also show us the way, the truth and the life though Him in order to live our lives out this side of heaven. It is the light of Christ that shines through the written word to bring forth its many facets of beauty and intrigue. May the Spirit of Christ illuminate our heart and mind to God’s word that we may always be pointed to Jesus. I would like to thank everyone who helped and participated in another successful VBS and 4th of July community picnic. Together in Christ we were able to bring a witness of God’s love to our community and visitors.

Stay safe as you enjoy the out of doors….. the fire dangers are still high. In His love and service,


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Oh Be Joyful exists to bring glory to God through the ministry of reconciliation as outlined in Colossians 1:18 and 2 Corinthians 5:11-21. To be reconciled to God through Jesus Christ, to sustain a vital relationship with Him, to be used of God to bring all people into this same relationship, to live in love and reconciliation with one another. As a church, we strive to be about the ministry of reconciliation through six areas: Ministry of Equipping Ministry of Harvest Ministry of Healing & Recovery Ministry of Retreat Ministry of Service Ministry of Worship To find out more about the mission of OBJ and the ministry of reconciliation, please visit or

Different Masks of Anger the real pain of our heart? James gives the answer in 1:19, “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring the righteous life that God desires.” Sometimes we need to share with someone the painful memories we have stored in our hearts and learn the truth stored in the innermost part of our soul. All the anger management skills won’t help control our anger if the deep wounds are not exposed and brought into the light for healing. Anger in itself is not a sin as many believe. It is what we do with our anger that will lead to healing or to sinful behavior. A question we must ask ourselves when anger

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Anger presents itself in different ways. It can be expressed as outward anger such as rage. But it can also go underground and be expressed in depression or anxiety. Anger is like an engine warning light in your car. When the light is on, it is important to look under the hood to see what the real problem is. We may overreact to a simple incident in anger, but if looked at closely, can be traced to a buried hurt or a painful event. We may also see or experience something where injustice is occurring and anger rises up. Psalm 4:4 says, In your anger do not sin, when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent. It is possible to be angry and not to sin but we must not let our anger go underground or spew out in rage above ground. How can we learn to allow anger to reveal

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rises up is “What am I really upset about?” If you cannot figure it out on your own, find a trusted friend, pastor, or counselor to help you discover what is really under the hood. Anger then can be used for good and not for harm. How do you handle your anger? Hopefully you can allow God to reveal the submerged emotions and bring them out so the masks of anger can be removed. Reconciliation Resources mission is to minister Christ’s healing power through prayer, counseling, proclamation of God’s truth and caring support. Luke 4:18-19 For more information on individual counseling in which OBJ offers three free sessions, contact Cindy Chamberland at 901-1695.

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careandshare food bank ministry

Drop by for emergency and supplemental food for yourself or someone else in need on the first Thursday of the month from 4-5:30 p.m. in the OBJ basement. Any support is always welcome. Contact Heidi Duryea at 349-7465 or OBJ at 349-6237.

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CB Community Youth

Contact Courtney Kirby, CB Community Youth Minister (865)406-6876 • •

Feed my sheep My favorite reference to service is in the Gospel of Mark:

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Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.” – John 21:17 Here at The New Adam’s House we have 2 men now in Phase Three. The primary criteria for entering Phase 3 is: at least 90 days in sober living and completion of steps 4 and 5. Steps 4 and 5 are the most challenging Inventory steps and can be equated to Baptism by Fire. True recovery begins when a person confronts the challenges of past discretions, and with the help of Jesus, makes amends to people where necessary. I lift these men up to you, along with the others at NAH, as a reason to truly Celebrate Recovery! The next step for these two men is into Service. And it begins will helping the men that are just getting started at The New Adam’s House.

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Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” Mark 9:35 PHASE THREE: SERVICE Once the resident enters this phase they will begin to work with others to help them in their recovery. During this phase the resident will lead other men in The New Adam’s House in work and in meetings.” -The New Adam’s House Handbook


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I love this time of year. I mean, I absolutely love it. Every April Janna and I look to each other and question why we have chosen to live in Crested Butte because life seems to have left our little village. The ground is brown and muddy and barren and everyone in their right mind has left town for warmer climates. It’s a depressing time. And then June rolls around and the leaves begin to clothe the trees and the ground turns green and lush. Not long after that, the flowers in my garden come out in brilliant splashes of red, yellow, blue and purple. It is then that Janna and I look at each other and are reminded of why we we call this place home...because in the summer, there is no better place to live. And town is alive in more ways than one. Every Sunday the sanctuary of our little mountain church is packed wall to wall with visitors and second homeowners who bless us by choosing to worship with us. It’s a marked difference from the lean times of April or May and it is most welcome. As Crested Butte is full of life during the summer there is a neverending list of things to do, people to see and fun to be had. On any given week I play no less than five shows and work three different jobs all while trying to catch up with old friends who are back in town. All this life, all this frenetic pacing, is both a blessing and curse. There is a story in 1 Kings of the Lord sending Elijah to a mount and there Elijah experiences a great storm and an earthquake and a fire. Throughout that scripture says the Lord was not in those things. But after the fire was a still small voice. And the still small voice was the Lord’s. It is a challenge for me personally to hear God’s whisper in the midst of the constant barrage of distractions that life can provide at this time of year. Our visitors come here to escape all that noise, hopefully to find respite in quiet. Our locals may deal with something entirely different during the summer. Whoever you may be, join me in taking moments, ever so brief moments, to seek out God’s still small voice. If you are on vacation here, praise God for the quiet. If you live here and are struggling to keep your head above water, know that His voice is there if you have the ears to hear. May we all have ears to hear.

In the third year of operation The New Adam’s House has tremendous cause to Celebrate. The guys here are busy holding down their jobs, staying sober, making their meetings and being good stewards. However, this ministry needs support in order to keep giving, and serving those in need. The New Adam’s House is funded through participant’s fees and the generous donations of gracious people like yourselves as God leads. Please contact The New Adam’s House ( if you would like to contribute to this wonderful ministry. Funding is needed for: General Operating Expenses, Salaries, Utilities, Intake and Fee Scholarships, Capital Improvements, as well as Individual Sponsorship for men from challenging backgrounds.

sign up for fellowship hosting Wendy and Jerry Beukelman is the new OBJ Sunday Fellowship Host Coordinator. They will be monitoring the SignUp Genius list to see if there are any Sundays needing a Host to volunteer and will be contacting folks to serve whenever a date is unclaimed. Please help OBJ and Wendy and Jerry out and sign up.

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Sunday Schedule: 7:30 a.m. - Intercessory Prayer (in OBJ Café) 8 a.m. - Adult Bible Study 8 a.m. - Worship Team Practice 9 a.m. - Worship Service 9:30 a.m. - Children’s Sunday School (midway through service) 10:15 a.m. - Post-Service Fellowship Ladies Bible Study: Thursday - 9 a.m. (OBJ Lounge - Childcare provided) care and share foodbank: First Thursday of the Month - 4-5:30 p.m. (OBJ Basement) celebrate recovery worship: Thursday - 6 p.m. (OBJ Sanctuary)

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Oh Be Joyful Church • in christ PO Box 175 (Mailing)/625 Maroon Avenue (Physical & Shipping) Crested Butte, CO 81224 • (970)349-6237 • (Jim Kunes) • (Bulletin/Newsletter) •

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Crested Butte Community Youth Ministry - Courtney Kirby, Director • (865)406-6876

Jim Kunes - Elder/Pastor Al Van Dyke - Elder/Trustee/Treasurer Mark Ewing - Elder/Trustee Chris Gibson - Elder Tyler Hansen - Elder/Worship Pastor Annette Runion - Minister of Sunday School

New Adam’s House - Chris Gibson, Director • (970)596-6633

Oh Be Joyful Church was established in 1982 and is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention


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august prayer needs Barb Hammond, Jason Valle and others in our community and church body with health struggles. CB Community Youth Ministry New Adam’s House Ministry Care & Share Foodbank Ministry Reconciliation Resource Ministry The Kunes Family - as they nuture our OBJ Family The OBJ team of Elders Our Marriages and Families OBJ Sunday School Team OBJ Worship Team Our Members, Associate Members and Visitors Out members & friends in missions throughout the world: David and Linsey Gardeen - Ecuador Todd Kunes - South America Harol and Coni Knepper - Tanzania Bill and Patty Bokelman - Israel Shaw Family - Peru Iserman Family - France Ives Family - Argentina

OBJ August 2012 Newsletter  

The August newsletter for Oh Be joyful Church