The Waiting Game
While we wait for Michelle’s sister to recover from her liver transplant surgery, we have been doing a lot of praying. There have been complications and she is still in critical condition.
We know we are not the only ones praying through a difficult situation right now. Many of you have been really “going through it” recently. So,whatever the hurt, pain, concern…here is the promise I go back to over and over again.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (7) And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
If you missed this weekend at Community, I want to encourage you to check out this week’s beginning to our series: ON THE MOVE. You can find it on Vimeo, or right here on our website.
This next week, we have a very special guest going to join us. He is one of the top motocross riders in the world. His name is Shane McElrath. You’ll want to invite everyone you know…and some you don’t!
Here’s where we started with week one. The Bible makes clear and repeated claims Jesus is God in the flesh. It also claims He is the ONLY way to salvation. While to some it may sound “exclusive”, it is absolutely not. Jesus gave His life on the cross for EVERYONE. His invitation is to EVERYONE.
The Good News is simple: there IS a way to salvation. His name is Jesus!!
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12 NIV)
This is for the birds!
Do birds worry? Do birds stress about their day? Apparently, they don’t. At least Jesus, who knows a thing or two about His creation, says they don’t worry much at all.
On top of that, Jesus suggestions we should see them as a healthy reminder that our worry isn’t helping us at all. We’re in God’s hands. He cares for us, and in fact, we are more important to Him than the birds He takes care of on a daily basis.
“If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.” (Matthew 6:25-26 MSG)
Attention to Details
“Heaven and Earth were finished, down to the last detail.” (Genesis 2:1 MSG)
It’s quite interesting when you take the time to investigate the detail in nature. God’s design and attention to detail is simply amazing.
Don’t think for a moment the details of your current season have missed His attention. He’s on it!
Prepping for Something Special
This past week we shot our LifeGroup videos at a sweet little cabin in Pine Cove. I’m really excited about this new series, “ON THE MOVE!”
It’s a critical and exciting time for Community with our new Children’s Center about completed. So please, let me challenge you to do these three things:
1-PRAY. Pray for the children and their families who will be impacted as our new building is opened in the next few weeks.
2-PARTICIPATE. Be a part of what’s going on every weekend at Community for this 3 week series. And, if you haven’t already, join a LifeGroup and be a part of something truly encouraging.
3-PASS IT ON! Invite someone this week to join you for one of our three weekend services. There’s nothing better than seeing someone you care about begin to take significant steps of faith. Go for it. Get out there. Invite someone!
“Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God’s Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present. There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.” (Philippians 1:3-6 MSG)