Archive for March, 2011

Sunday Rewind

Posted: March 30, 2011 in thoughts

How do God’s people strengthen us?  Three key ways based off of the repeated words “joy”, “comfort”, and “grieve” found in 2 Corinthians 7:2-16.

1) GOD’S PEOPLE REJOICE WHEN AFFLICTED…God’s people strengthen us when we see them rejoice in the midst of suffering

2) GOD’S PEOPLE ENCOURAGE THE DISCOURAGED….God’s people encourage us when they personally comfort us

3) GOD’S PEOPLE GROW WHEN GRIEVED…God’s people strengthen us when we see them grow from grieving over their sin

Check out Mark’s sermon @

In class we looked at Joshua’s vision of the pre-incarnate Christ in Joshua 5.  There we see Christ as a Warrior King, according to W.A. Criswell.  We also see Him as a covenant keeper as He was fulfilling His promise to Abraham and the Israelite people in giving them the Promised Land.   It was God that gave the Israelites victory over Jericho, and the rest of the land.  By the end of Joshua, we saw that the land had been conquered and Joshua was leading the people to renew their covenant with God.  We talked about the struggles the Israelite’s had and the idols they served…and how we need to ask the same question today.  What struggles do we have and what idols are in our lives that keep us from being completely surrendered to serving God. 

Jason will be teaching from Judges this week.  Thanks JB.  Ya’ll have a great class.







What’s Going on in April?

Posted: March 30, 2011 in news

A lot going on in April…here are a few reminders:

April 3…class is in room 232

April 3…Family Time lunch after church

April 10…cookin’ burgers and brats for the college folk

April 15…Men at the Cross from 6:00-10:45 @ Cape First

April 16…church workday 7-3

April 16…Journey to the Cross

April 23…Easter

I will be out of town this weekend…I think Drew is going to head up the planning for the college feeding (right Drew???).  I will get the burgers and brats.

See ya’ll on the 10th.


March Insanity

Posted: March 29, 2011 in Class Fun

Only two people, Drew and JB, had a team in the Final Four–crazy!!  Here is the result of our bracket challenge:

1 Drew Witvoet 66        
2 John Brey 58        
3 Alex Ogburn 54        
3 Jason Bandermann 54        
5 mark mayhew 53        
5 Mike Ford 53        
7 Jason Stephens 50        
7 Mark Anderson 50        
9 Emily Witvoet 49        
9 Whitney Bandermann 49        
11 Matthew Ewasko 48        
12 mike greene 45        
13 Kevin Coffee 44        
14 Ryan Bandermann 43        

Mr. Wit”foot”, when we are eating burgers and brats with the college gang on Sunday, April 10th–I am going to grill you a nice, juicy steak!  Bro. Mark said that was the prize for the winner.  How do you like your steak?  A1, or just a knife and fork–let me know!


Bandermann Grub

Posted: March 28, 2011 in Ministry


Thanks for cookin’ up (or buyin’ up) some food for Ryan and Whitney. 

Their address is:  2534 Lynwood Dr in Cape.  Phone number is 576-2168.

Here is the meal schedule:

Monday 3/28:  Moran’s…Wednesday 3/30:  Ewasko’s…Friday 4/1:  Underwood’s…Sunday 4/3:  Witvoet’s…Tuesday 4/5:  Ford’s

Thursday 4/7:  Greene’s…Saturday 4/9:  Wilson’s…Monday 4/11:  Mayhew’s…Thursday 4/14:  Bandermann’s

A) 2935 Lynwood Hills Dr, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701-8408 US
    1. Start out going WEST on LYNWOOD HILLS DR toward OLD JACKSON RD.  (go 0.05 miles)
    2. Take the 1st LEFT onto OLD JACKSON RD.  (go 0.12 miles)
    3. Turn LEFT onto N KINGSHIGHWAY/I-55-LOOP/US-61/MO-34.  (go 1.23 miles)
    4. Turn LEFT onto VICTORIA ST.
      – VICTORIA ST is just past THOMAS DR
  (go 0.11 miles)
    5. VICTORIA ST becomes LEROY DR.  (go 0.14 miles)
    6. Turn LEFT onto DAVID ST.
      – If you reach DELWIN ST you’ve gone a little too far
  (go 0.28 miles)
    7. Turn RIGHT onto LYNNWOOD DR.
      – If you reach MELROSE AVE you’ve gone a little too far
  (go 0.08 miles)
    8. 2534 LYNNWOOD DR is on the LEFT.
      – Your destination is just past LONGVIEW DR
      – If you reach DELWIN ST you’ve gone a little too far
  (go 0 miles)
B) 2534 Lynnwood Dr, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701-2355 US
>> TOTAL ESTIMATED TIME: 4 minutes | DISTANCE: 2.01 miles

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Hope those directions are right!!!


Sunday Lesson: Joshua

Posted: March 25, 2011 in Upcoming lessons

Sunday we will look at Joshua 5-6 and 24.  Here is what we will study/discuss…

The Conquest of the Land

After leading the Israelites across the Jordan River, Joshua is now ready to fight his first battle and take the Promised Land.  Before he leads the people to victory, however, he encounters a curious figure.  Read Joshua 5:13-6:27

  • Why was the ground holy where Joshua was standing?  (For some possible reasons, see Exodus 3:1-10, Leviticus 25:23, Joshua 1:6)
  • Joshua asked what message the man had for him (5:14).  What was the man’s message from the Lord (5:15, 6:2-5)?  What was the significance of this message? 
  • What was this encounter with the commander of the Lord’s army meant to teach Joshua?

Applied to us today…

  • What does Joshua’s encounter with the commander of the Lord’s army teach us about God and His character?
  • What relevance does this portrait of God have for our daily lives?  What difference should it make on how you approach the biggest struggles and challenges you face today?
  • What do we unintentionally communicate to God when we totally neglect this aspect of His character?

Israel’s continued loyalty to Yahweh

Read Joshua 24.

  • What is the significance of Shechem, the geographical location of this meeting? See Genesis 12:1-7, 35:4; Joshua 8:30-35.
  • How many times is the personal pronoun “I” used by God in reference to himself in verses 1-13?  Why is this significant?
  • Why does God recount the people’s history in verses 1-13?  What point is He trying to make to the people?
  • According to verses 14-15 how should the people respond? 
  • How many times is the word “serve” used in verses 14-33?  In light of what God has done in verses 1-13 why is this the appropriate response?
  • Within the context what does it mean for the Israelites to “serve” the Lord?
  • According to verses 16-18 why did the Israelites choose to serve the Lord?
  • Why do you think Joshua tells the people what he does in verses 19-20 in response to 24:16-18?

 Applied to us today…

  • What challenges would the people of Israel face that would make it difficult to keep the promise they made in verses 16 and 24?  What about you?  What daily challenges are you presented with that make it difficult to serve the Lord and easy to forsake Him?
  • Joshua challenged the people of Israel to make a firm commitment regarding whom they were going to serve (v. 15) – either the one true Lord or the many idols and “gods” in the land.  What current day idols or “gods” are you often tempted to serve?
  • One reason the people were motivated to continue to serve the one true God, rather than the many gods of the land, is because they remembered God’s past faithfulness to deliver and fight for them.  What motivates you to continue to serve God rather than the idols of today?

See you Sunday, or for tea on Saturday…


What is Your Favorite…?

Posted: March 24, 2011 in Fun Stuff

Ok…I just got done running–your heard me right…running.  As I was swiftly moving down the street, I couldn’t help but notice the smell of fresh cut grass.  Good stuff. 

Spring to me means mowing the yard, longer days, and March Madness.  Summer is good for food on the grill, family vacation at the beach, golf, and lightning bugs with the kids.  Fall is great for the leaves, football, and cool weather.  And winter is great for ducks, Memphis basketball, and Christmas.

So what is your favorite season and why.  Share it with us all.


Men’s Group

Posted: March 24, 2011 in Men Stuff


Tomorrow we will meet at Panera @ 6:00 am to discuss chapter six from Disciplines of a Godly Man.  This chapter looks at discipline of the mind–an extremely important and relevant chapter in today’s culture.

See you for a bearclaw or power-sandwich in the morning–and the all important cup of coffee!