Thursday, August 2, 2012

2 days till back2school

From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another.

I learned a fact about God years ago that continue to be show true over and over.  Henry Blackaby in his book Experiencing God wrote this: watch to see who God brings into your church to see what God wants to do in your church.

I believe that and have experienced it, but I’d like to take this to a new level.  Many of us look at our church and see it as a great force for God.  It is, yet we are so much stronger when we work with other churches and Christians that we don’t attend church with on a regular basis.  Maybe the statement really is this: watch to see who God brings into your life to see what God wants to do in your life.  Does that make sense to you?

For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen.

When you talk about church with a little “c”, it is about the local church where one group of people gather, serve and worship.  When you talk about Church with a big “C”, you are talking about all of God’s kids who worship in many different places and serve in all kinds of ways.  It is time that we take the focus off of doing our own thing or protecting our territory or competing with others.  It is time we join forces to serve God and make a difference in our world.

The back2school outreach that we are part of is just such an event.  There are 3 churches working together and people from many churches taking part in serving 1,500 students who signed up to be part.  It is amazing.  The last few months, weeks, days and even hours have been incredible.  People that I didn’t know a few weeks ago have added big pieces and prepare us to serve in greater ways.

Are you pushing the agenda of your church and seeking to grow the church you attend, or are you seeking to give glory to God and grow His church?  It is time to set aside the things that divide us and work together in the ways we agree and in how we can help people.  It is time to stop telling people what we are against and let people know what we, God’s church, are in favor of.  Stop isolating yourself and others and start being the church, a living and breathing example of who Jesus and what Jesus did.

God has more in store for you and His church than we often are aware of.  My prayer is that we will get on our heart what God has on His heart and begin doing what God has called us to do.  There are many people who need to see God.

And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had…all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved. 

back2school is doing just that.  We are sharing with those who have needs.  Each church and each person is using the gifts and skills God has given them to be part of the process and making this a huge success.  I can’t wait to see how God uses this event and how He continues to use His people.  This is gonna be awesome.  You can still join in!!!

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happy birthday, Julie

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