Game Time

We have been “keeping score” and when this vision was adopted, we consisted of 39 churches in two languages. Currently our Association has a membership of 98 churches reaching 25 languages. In addition, we have a network partnership with 54 churches for a total of 152 churches that we currently serve! This number does not count the countless church planters who are out there that we are working with that are in the process of starting new churches. So, What’s Next? I’m glad you asked! We have a Strategic Focus Team that has been meeting for several months to address this question. Our next meeting is Thursday, May 16 from 8 am until noon at the Associational office. You are welcome to join us! While we have much to celebrate, the work is not complete! One Fifth of the population of metro Atlanta lives around our churches. With the booming economic growth of East Metro Atlanta which includes the largest movie studio in the state and a Facebook plant, we must take a look and determine what God wants us to do? Where do we go from here? We are working on a BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) that can only be accomplished if God is right in the middle of it all! What we do know is that what we have done in the past won’t be sufficient for the future. Our conversations have moved to continuing to start and strengthen churches with a focus on discipleship that will allow us to raise up leaders in our context that we can deploy to our mission field. Our future is greater than our past! Share with me your thoughts, your input is needed. Call me or email me at lcheek@stonemountianbaptistassociation.org.

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Trust in The Lord

It’s simple. It’s short. Yet it’s incredibly powerful. Proverbs 3:5-6 is one of the most familiar passages in the Bible–with good reason. It sets forth a life-changing truth that is worthy of our attention. Spend three minutes reading this article, and see if you agree. Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Trust in the Lord.

It starts with trust. Any real relationship has to start with some level of trust. It’s the only way a friendship will endure. It’s the only way a marriage will work out. It’s the simple reason why an employer hires workers, or why the workers stay employed. It’s all about trust. Trust in the Lord, however, takes on an entirely new dimension. This is our trust in an eternal, all-powerful, all-wise, all-loving God. He is worthy of our trust. The trust is important, not just because of who God is, but because of the way in which we must trust him: with all your heart. It involves every fiber of your being. That’s the kind of trust we can have in God–a complete, unshakable, deep, abiding trust.   Read part 2, Don’t Lean On Your Understanding


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Do Not Lean on Your Own Understanding

Read part 1 first, Trust In The Lord. Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.  

Don’t Lean on Your Understanding

The verse involves a positive–something you must do. But it also involves a negative–something you must not do. Don’t lean on your own understanding. Basically, the verse is telling us that we ought not to be self-reliant. We cannot pursue a course of action, a financial decision, a business move, a relationship, or an educational choice, simply based on our own understanding. It must be founded in our trust in God. Self-reliance is such a deceptive trap. We begin to pride ourselves in something–our savvy, our looks, our intellect, our spirituality, our family, whatever. And when we do, it takes away our trust in the Lord. It has become trust in self. The result is a dangerous compromise that will lead to destruction.


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