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Faithfulness to All Generations

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Dear West Cabarrus Family,

Nine years in a movie theater and two years in an elementary school and all the time saving and believing God for lands and buildings, but more importantly, never forgetting to share the Gospel to neighbors and the nations…the result…..a community of believers known as West Cabarrus Church.  Multiple salvations, restored marriages, freedom from addictions, called to ministry and called to missions, this is the true blessing of watching God build His Church. 

Reading the Torah (the first five books of the O.T.) recently, I have seen God time and time again, tell his people to never forget the mighty acts that He had done for them in the past. So it is for West Cabarrus Church on the occasion of our 30th Anniversary. We are here because of God and God alone. He has done great things! 

That instant congregation that gathered as a result of 20751 phone calls in January of 1990, finding 2058 families who wanted to learn of a new church, with 231 showing up to the first service on Palm Sunday in 1991 was a people that God wanted to use to touch the world. With mustard seed faith, mountains were moved, and miracles happened. This is the word we tell our children and grandchildren.

As we believed then, we also believe now. What more can He do through a people who dare to believe? It is not enough to look back and give Him glory. We must look ahead and believe in His blessing for this generation too. I want this generation to see new miracles as well. There is so much more that awaits this fellowship if we just believe.

In the movie theater and elementary school was a worshipping bunch of people who dared to believe God and He rewarded their faith. West Cabarrus Church has resources that so many other churches only dream about. This group of people have touched the world for Jesus.

We are not done. There are more miracles ahead, and more people to be won.

“One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.” - Psalm 145:4

Dr. Terry Faulkenbury
Founding Pastor

in Hope

Having Joy Though Living in a Society Filled with Anxiety

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As unrest fills our screens, anxiety can fill the heart. Hard news, deep anger, and desperation regularly flood our social media. If not careful, one's emotions will gravitate towards negativity and anxiety from the burdens of this world. However, as a believer, we can have joy though living in a society filled with anxiety. How?

Nehemiah 8:10b reads, "The joy of the Lord is my strength."  This statement was proclaimed about 50 years after the Israelites were allowed to return from their 70 years captivity in Babylonia. Humanly speaking, they had reason to live with fear and anxiety. Even as they gained the freedom to return home, only a small percentage made the long trek back. Once in their country, they faced more unrest because of their now war-torn land and hostile neighbors. Protective city walls needed rebuilding. Homes needed repair. Hearts needed mending.

This group of Israelites gathered to hear God's Word. A priest named Ezra read aloud a large portion of the Old Testament. As the children of Israel listened to the Word of God, they were convicted and began to weep.

Nehemiah and Ezra encouraged God's people by explaining that this is not a time of weeping. This is a time to celebrate because the people of God now had the Bible and were worshipping God. At this moment, Nehemiah stood and declared, "The Joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10b (ESV)

This same joy is available to each of us as believers when we feel unrest, anxiety, and loss. We, too, can listen to God's word. We, too, must confess any sin. We, too, can receive the same Biblical joy. This joy is different from the world's happiness. It is an understanding of the promises of God. It is a deep trust in Christ and His goodness regardless of what is happening in the society around us. Biblical joy is the confidence to follow Him and press forward. Rick Warren defines this joy as: “Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright, and the determined choice to praise God in every situation.”

God gives His people an unexplainable hope because He is our joy. We can have His assurance because He is in control of the details of our life. From this trust in the Lord and His goodness, we can live with peace. Though the media might scare you, though our society is filled with anxiety, live with joy. The truth is "the joy of the Lord is your strength." He knows every detail which concerns you. You can trust Him and move forward in joy today.

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