Below the Hood:
Pastor Dave returned to the subject of the significance of the institutional church, focusing on the query: Why are churches the only “dealerships” certified and authorized to service the warranty from our “manufacturer,” God?
God is the a single who constructed the church. He supplied the structure of the church for His young children, a structure that has endured by way of millennia. Thank Him for not leaving us as orphans or islands. Thank Him for the church, broadly defined, and for our distinct church.
It is Jesus’ presence that tends to make the church a lot more than a creating and a lot more than a voluntary association of individuals. Ask God to open our eyes to see Jesus and the proof of his presence in our midst.
Pray for all of us for protection from a crucial spirit and for the maturity to comprehend that “certified and authorized” does not imply great. A buddy told me that various individuals have left her church mainly because they felt the congregation lacked really like. That saddened her, and she wondered why they didn’t remain and start off displaying and modeling the really like they felt was missing. Holy Spirit, when I see a flaw, a failure, a lack at Calvary, remind me to pray when I really feel like judging and to seek a way to contribute in a optimistic way.
Ask the Lord to motivate us to “hit the road” and take the gospel to other folks. Ask Him to open our eyes to possibilities to share the gospel even in smaller methods and give us the courage to bring Him into our conversations.
Calvary Loved ones
Our Junior Higher students head off to Winter Camp at Thousand Pines on Friday. Pray that this weekend will be actually transformational in their lives – not just a short-term, emotional “high” but a lasting enhance to their spiritual development. Pray that bonds of trust and caring will be strengthened amongst students and their leaders, and pray for security for all.
Pray for any in our midst who are feeling oppressed and discouraged by the several “downers” of life: hurt and suffering, death, tragedy, loneliness, the evil that appears so prevalent in our fallen planet, a sense of futility, healthful conviction reframed by the enemy as condemnation, and on and on. Ask God to show Himself to them currently and refill them with joy.
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