Thursday, December 20, 2007

here it comes // Friday E-Devotion

Proverbs 21:21 (nlt) --- Whoever pursues righteousness and unfailing love will find life, righteousness, and honor.
I love this season of Christmas.  The Celebrations.  Family and friends.  Church and all the stuff about our great and gracious God.  It is all about Him.
I also love to watch God work.  Saw Him answer some pretty cool stuff this week along with provide bigger vision for The Community Fellowship.  Pursuing God is awesome.  It is fun and filled with all types of adventures.  Faith filled and more.
January begins a new day at The Community as we start The Great Adventure '08 which is a year long theme of chasing God and doing whatever He asks of us.  It won't be easy, but it is going to be off the hook.  Each piece of the puzzle that God continues to put in place teaches me about Him being in total control and about His desire to touch our world for His cause.  We just get to be a small part.  Think about it....the God of the universe came to earth so that the people on earth can spend forever with Him, God.  That is huge.
Matthew 6:33 (nlt) --- Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
The series we will begin in January is called "Chase the Lion" and is based on Mark Batterson's book In the Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day.   As I close today's devotion, here is the Lion Chaser's Maifesto :
Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death. Set God-sized goals. Pursue God-ordained passions. Go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention. Keep asking questions. Keep making mistakes. Keep seeking God. Stop pointing out problems and become part of the solution. Stop repeating the past and start creating the future. Stop playing it safe and start taking risks. Expand your horizons. Accumulate experiences. Consider the lilies. Enjoy the journey. Find every excuse you can to celebrate everything you can. Live like today is the first day and last day of your life. Don't let what's wrong with you keep you from worshipping what's right with God. Burn sinful bridges. Blaze a new trail. Criticize by creating. Worry less about what people think and more about what God thinks. Don't try to be who you're not. Be yourself. Laugh at yourself. Quit holding out. Quit holding back. Quit running away. Chase the lion!
This series and our new year is going to be awesome.  You won't want to miss a small group session, a community worship service or any part of it.  Pray now.  Invite others.  Ask God to give us souls...people to be saved as we press forward and seek Him!

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