Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Thin Places

Tuesday August 31, 2010- Today was an interesting day in our weekly staff meeting. Out discussion drifted to what Celtic Christians refer to as, "thin places". First let me say that the thin places referred to are places where God(heaven, divinity)seem to touch earth. We began our discussion talking about Moses's experience at the burning bush. That had to be a place that was seared into his brain forever more. Just think back to the first real experience you had with God. It's pretty memorable, isn't it? This prompted us to think back on our personal thin places. The places where we have had undeniable touches from God. I've had thin places in church, walking in the woods, and even driving down the highway(it's much safer than texting). But the cool thing is that these thin places are real. We know this because God is sovereign and He's omnipresent(He's everywhere)but these places aren't definable because of God's location as much as by our awareness of His presence. Therefore, we are more sensitive of Him and these places become Holy. So where are your thin places? Think about it. And if you are feeling separated or distant from God right now, maybe all you need to do is, go back to your thin place and spend some time in God's presence.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Get your feet wet

August 12, 2010- This weekend is the last message in our series called, "God Talk". It has been an awesome time of seeing our relation with God through conversation. Many people have come to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. That alone makes everything we do worth it. Next week we begin a series called, "Mixology". I'm really excited about what God is going to do in this series. We are going to discuss the misconceptions that cause us miss out on all God has for us, simply because we don't have the correct view of theology. Hence "MIXOLOGY". Now some of these talks will not be based on theological stances that are so grey and controversial, but more along the lines of things that cause us to miss the most God has for us. Here's one example. Many of us view faith as a waiting game. If I have faith for something, then I need to just wait, and wait, and wait some more. But that is a misconception. How would you act if your waiter in a restaurant just stood there, not doing anything. Would that do you justice? That is how I view waiting on the Lord. When the children of Israel were going to cross the Jordan river, God gave instruction to Joshua to tell the priest.

" And the LORD said to Joshua, "Today I will begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Israel, so they may know that I am with you as I was with Moses. Tell the priests who carry the ark of the covenant: 'When you reach the edge of the Jordan's waters, go and stand in the river.' "

Joshua said to the Israelites, "Come here and listen to the words of the LORD your God. This is how you will know that the living God is among you and that he will certainly drive out before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites and Jebusites. See, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth will go into the Jordan ahead of you. Now then, choose twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe. And as soon as the priests who carry the ark of the LORD -the Lord of all the earth—set foot in the Jordan, its waters flowing downstream will be cut off and stand up in a heap."

So when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant went ahead of them. Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water's edge, the water from upstream stopped flowing."

Did you see that? The water stopped flowing after the priests stepped into the river. They didn't wait until the water stopped to walk, they stepped in. Many times God is just looking for someone who isn't afraid to get their feet wet. So what are you WAITING for. Get your feet wet!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

August 5, 2010- This weekend The City Church is having a special service that you don't want to miss. God Talk is a series on experiencing the power of prayer. And this weekend our focus is on children and young adults that are starting back to school. What better way to start the school year off, than praying for God's protection and favor in the lives of our children. Come out and join us inn praying for our children, teens, and young adults before they begin this school year. This will be a great opportunity to see things happen when you pray. Hope to see you Sunday.