Mindful Monday Activity: God wants us to live hopeful, happy, and satisfied. Too often we succumb to fearful dread and unbelief of God's goodness. Yet God's word, the Bible, is full of the truth about God's heart towards us, the spiritually poor. Take a moment to reflect on Romans 15:13. Ask God to fill you with hope by the power of his Holy Spirit. You can ask God for faith to believe even when you may not see or FEEL him working in and around you... God's love doesn't waiver or change. His love is steadfast. Wishing you a hopeful and happy week in him.
Peter and John are walking to pray when they encounter a man who had been lame since birth. Although the man asks for some money, he receives something far more. He receives healing - not just physically but spiritually. This miracle was a sign, pointing to the kingdom of God. We are also called to be 'sign-makers', serving and loving and caring in a radical way that points people to Jesus' ongoing work in the world. Spend some time praying every day for opportunities to show the love of Jesus in the world. Look for those opportunities as you go about your day. When the Spirit leads you, respond...just as Peter and John did...and watch Jesus work!
Please join us this Saturday for our monthly prayer breakfast and church workday! Breakfast is served at 8:30 AM followed by a time of prayer. Then, we will join hands and hearts in doing the small chores that keep our building and grounds looking as beautiful as they do. We hope you’ll come enjoy this time with us!
When we look around, it can seem like the shadows of our World are prevailing. Sometimes we even feel like all we produce in thought and deed is darkness. Our message for you today is: take heart! The thing about darkness is that the instant light enters in, darkness is simply no more. In Psalm 139:11-12 David expresses his confidence in God's sovereignty over his darkness. He prays, "If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you." Light will ALWAYS overcome darkness!
On Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was given to the disciples. Crowds gathered to hear the good news spoken in their own languages. 3000 people became followers of Jesus! What an incredible event. The church, however, would be sustained by devotion to the ordinary means of grace that God had set up to them. They were devoted to the Word, they were devoted to each other, they were devoted to worship and prayer, they were devoted to service and sacrifice, and they were devoted to pursuing the mission of God. The Holy Spirit works through these ordinary means of obedience to keep our hearts centered on - orbiting around - Jesus.