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King Of Hearts: The Heart Of A Warrior - Friday

Posted on Fri, Jun 24, 2016

As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him.  (1 Samuel 17:48, NLT)
 
When my son was growing up I used to tell him, “You can’t win if you quit.” The only way to know the thrill of victory is to stay in the game, engage in the struggle and finish. That always takes courage. Someone rightly said, “Fortune favors the bold.”
 
David presents us with not only a portrait of courage, but also faith and leadership. God had promised the land to Israel and it was time to possess it. Goliath, of course, stood in the way. Interesting that after their verbal sparring, the Bible says that David ran toward Goliath. Imagine that! I wonder what Goliath thought when this armorless shepherd boy ran at him only with a sling and some stones!  
 
As we learned last weekend, David wasn’t just a shepherd boy; he was a slinger. He fired an alley-oop to God which struck Goliath in the forehead. It was more than a lucky shot. Goliath’s helmet had to cover his head and the only accessible area would’ve been his eyes and cheeks. Direct hit! Goliath fell facedown, and David finished him off with Goliath’s own sword. The Philistine armies’ hearts sank and they fled.  
 
I think it’s worth noting that David took Goliath’s armor, sword, and spear. Why? I think it was to prevent any other Philistine warrior from ever using those weapons against the armies of Israel again.
 
There’s a lesson here. When you defeat a giant, remember that you have an opportunity to encourage and embolden other believers. Your testimony defeats the enemy, removes his weapons from the battlefield, and strengthens others too. As people witness how God delivered you, they find strength and faith to fight their giants too. Sometimes It takes a village to defeat the many giants that come into our lives. That’s why we’re in this together. Aren’t you glad?
  • Don’t be afraid to fail, be afraid to quit. You can’t win if you quit.
  • How long has it been since you ran toward your problems, rather than away from them? 

Gary Black
Teaching Development Director

King Of Hearts: The Heart Of A Warrior - Thursday

Posted on Thu, Jun 23, 2016

For forty days, every morning and evening, the Philistine champion strutted in front of the Israelite army.  (1 Samuel 17:16, NLT)
 
God doesn’t look for superstars to do spectacular things. He looks for average people with above-average faith; people who are content to bloom where they’re planted, not people with big resumes, but big hearts. That’s why I love the story of David and Goliath.  
 
The entire Israeli army was afraid of Goliath. For forty days he mocked and ridiculed them. Read that again: forty days! You know something? If we tolerate a Goliath in our lives for too long, he’ll eventually take over, often without a fight. Henry Ford once said, “You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do.” How true. H.G. Wells said, “Once to every man and nation, comes a moment to decide.”
 
Enter David. He comes to the camp, hears Goliath mocking and volunteers. Then his brother criticized him and ridiculed him, and others did the same (1 Samuel 17:28-30).  
Ever notice how the people who aren’t willing to walk by faith are so highly critical of the people who are? Dale Carnegie used to say, “Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain, and most do!” David got a dose of that right off the bat, but to his credit, he persisted… and won!    
 
You’re chosen, friend, for greatness in the Kingdom of God. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, even those in your own family. Play to an audience of One. Lift up your eyes, giant-slayer! The God who made a miracle out of David, stands ready to make a miracle out of you!   
  • When God wants to do something great, He often calls someone who looks weak in the eyes of the world (1 Corinthians 1:27, NIV).God knows who you are and where you are. Be obedient and available… and when He calls your number, grab your sling!   

Gary Black
Teaching Development Director

King Of Hearts: The Heart Of A Warrior - Wednesday

Posted on Wed, Jun 22, 2016

I have [killed] both lions and bears, and I'll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God!  (1 Samuel 17:36, NLT)
 
Growing up in the suburbs of Louisville, KY, I loved the story of David and Goliath. My buddies and I acted it out. One of us would pretend to be Goliath and the others would throw a shower of dirt clods and knock the “giant” off the dirt pile. Not exactly the biblical script--but, nevertheless, it was great fun.  
 
In our Sunday school class at Beechland Baptist Church, Mr. Dougherty would let us act out Bible stories. (That’s the only way I stayed awake during class). I loved the David vs. Goliath story because I often felt like the underdog, and somehow Mr. Dougherty made me believe  I could someday be a winner.    
 
The only problem with the typical portrayal of the story of David and Goliath, is that it’s likely wrong! In my opinion, David wasn’t really the underdog. Here are three reasons I believe that:
  1. He was prepared. He wasn’t the scrawny, 98-pound weakling that popular culture makes him out to be. Instead, I sort of picture him as a mean free safety for a high school football team; wiry, chiseled, solid as a rock and fast as a gazelle. If he hit you on a dead run in the open field, well… you knew you’d been hit… and hurt.
  2. He was tested. As you’ll recall, David had killed a bear and a lion with his bare hands. I doubt that any other shepherd boy in Israel had a bear rug in his living room.
  3. He was true to himself. When Saul tried to load him up with heavy armor, David said, “I can’t wear this stuff. I’ve got to be me.” He didn’t need the world’s weapons to fight God’s battles because he knew God was on his side. As the old saying goes, “God, plus one, equals a majority.”
  • Do you understand your authority in Christ over life’s giants? We’re not tin soldiers, friends, we’re children of the King. God is for us (Romans 8:31). Stand and fight.  

Gary Black
Teaching Development Director

King Of Hearts: The Heart Of A Warrior - Tuesday

Posted on Tue, Jun 21, 2016

...the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands. (1 Samuel 17:47, NIV)
 
Most messages about the story of David and Goliath encourage us to name the giants we face in life (fear, worry, doubt, shame, etc.), then conclude with a reminder that God is bigger than our giants. But let’s not diminish the fact that facing giants is difficult and sometimes heartbreaking - the sudden death of a friend or loved one, a difficult medical diagnosis or catastrophic loss.
 
Here are some things truths to consider about Giant problems
  1. Don’t take them lightly. Goliath WAS a giant! Truth is that the Christian life isn’t a no-problem sort of life. Indeed, sometimes the victorious Christian life is barely being able to hold our nose above the water. Let’s be honest.  
  2. Facing giants requires serious effort, perseverance and discipline. It also requires great faith; maybe even great risk. God may not give you a victory over your giant instantaneously. He may only give you victory a day-at-a-time, or an hour-at-a-time. If you’ve ever overcome the giant of addiction, you understand.  
  3. Fighting giants can be very lonely. No one but David was willing to fight Goliath even though many others had greater military experience. It’s scary to face a giant alone, but it happens more often than we care to admit. To say it another way:  your Goliath is your Goliath. No one can fight him for you. It may be a lonely battle. Fight it anyway. 
I like David’s secret weapon. He said, “The battle is the Lord’s.” Now it’s one thing to believe that, and quite another to walk it out. Until we believe it enough to take action, faith gets us nowhere. (See James 2:17, NIV)
  • Are you stuck between faith and doubt… or faith and fear? Please choose faith.  
  • The best way to defeat fear is to expose yourself to it, not avoid it. Walk toward your Goliath, not away. God will do the rest. I promise.

Gary Black
Teaching Development Director

King Of Hearts: The Heart Of A Warrior - Monday

Posted on Mon, Jun 20, 2016

“Don't be ridiculous!" Saul replied. “There's no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win!” (1 Samuel 17:33 NLT)
 
Recently I was looking at a website that shared famous predictions that never came true. Here were some of the more notable ones:
  • Everything that can be invented has already been invented.-- Director of the U.S Patent Office, 1899.
  • I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.-- IBM Chairman 1943
  • With over fifteen types of foreign cars already on sale here, the Japanese auto industry isn’t likely to carve out a big share of the market for itself.-- Business Week, August 2, 1968.
  • Rock and Roll will be gone by June. -- Variety Magazine, 1955.
  • The Beatles have no future in show business. -- Decca Records Executive To Brian Epstein In 1962
If we’d lived near the valley of Elah in 1013 B.C., we would’ve surely heard a lot of people making another negative prediction: “The kid doesn’t have a chance.” Of course, the “kid” was David, eventual King of Israel, and on the other side of history, we see that all the pundits were totally wrong. The reason is simple: God is bigger than every giant.  
 
Five years ago today I went to the doctor and learned I had cancer. A month later I had surgery, followed by 18 months of treatments. No walk in the park, to be sure. Many of you have been there. But on that fateful day, as I walked back to my car, God gave me a verse. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him. And may you overflow with hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13, NIV)
 
Friends, I’ve found that to be absolutely true; a prediction that’s never wrong. Facing a giant today? Talk to the God of hope. He cares… and He’s bigger than every giant. 
  • Identify your giant. Call it out. Don’t deny it or ignore it.
  • Develop a plan of attack. We only hit what we aim at.  Aim at nothing and you’ll hit it every time.   

Gary Black
Teaching Development Director

King Of Hearts: The Heart Of A Shepherd - Friday

Posted on Fri, Jun 17, 2016

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”  1 Samuel 16:7
 
There have been some parts of my life where I feel like David - a completely inadequate, tiny, smelly shepherd. There are times when I feel like his brother Eliab - well-prepared and successful. Remember Eliab from earlier this week? He was the brother that everyone thought should be king based on his physical size and skills. But God decided to pick someone with the purest heart, not the best body or the sharpest mind. Throughout my life, whether I’m feeling adequate or inadequate, God is looking at my heart. When I’m in my greatest victory, God is checking my heart. When I’m in my greatest sin, God is checking my heart. Way before our prophet Samuel even knew about David, he heard God say that the next king would be a man who was “after His own heart,” a man who pursued what mattered to God. David’s work and faithfulness in the little things are what cultivated a heart that was able to be used by God. God doesn’t want to make us have good hearts if we don’t want them. The good news is that, if we’d like to be people who are also after God’s heart, He can, and will, help us get there. 
  • Having a good heart isn’t always easy and it doesn’t mean that we always do the right thing or feel the right way. David is proof of that! He wrote a lot of songs, called psalms, that express a wide-range of emotions. Take some time today to read Psalm 103 and Psalm 51 to see two very different sides of David’s heart. If you’re feeling brave, write out how your own heart is doing today and offer those thoughts to God. 

Stephanie Boxx
Student Ministry Volunteer Coordinator / Administrative Assistant - Richmond Road

King Of Hearts: The Heart Of A Shepherd - Thursday

Posted on Thu, Jun 16, 2016

One of the servants said to Saul, “One of Jesse’s sons from Bethlehem is a talented harp player. Not only that - he is a brave warrior, a man of war, and has good judgment. He is also a fine-looking young man, and the Lord is with him.”  1 Samuel 16:18
 
David, sheep smell and all, has now been identified as God’s choice for the next king of Israel. This means big things are in store for him. What this doesn’t mean is that he immediately packs his bags and heads for the palace. It would be years before that happened. In fact, David would fight some battles, get married, escape a murder plot, hide out in some caves, and write some dope poetry all before he’d get to sit on the throne. But just because David wasn’t wearing a crown didn’t mean that God wasn’t using him. Poor old Saul, he’s struggling. The Bible said that he was being tormented by a spirit and that the only thing that could help calm him down was some great music. And guess who just happens to be pretty great at the lyre (translation: tiny harp)? That’s right, future king David. David gets to head into the palace, hang out with the reigning king, and observe the royal life. I don’t think that’s a coincidence. Before David ruled the country, he had to learn how to be a good king. I wonder if David ever felt impatient and thought, “How am I stuck here playing slow jams for crazy Saul all day? Just let me rule!” God has been pretty clear this whole time that he has a very specific plan for David and for the kingdom of Israel. He’s preparing the way for David to be king and preparing his heart in the process. 
  • God helped prepare David for his rule as king by getting him into the palace to hang with Saul. How do you need God’s help to prepare you for what’s next in your life (new job, marriage, parenthood, moving, etc.)? 

Stephanie Boxx
Student Ministry Volunteer Coordinator / Administrative Assistant - Richmond Road

King Of Hearts: The Heart Of A Shepherd - Wednesday

Posted on Wed, Jun 15, 2016

Then Samuel asked, “Are these all the sons you have?” “There is still the youngest,” Jesse replied. “But he’s out in the fields watching the sheep and the goats.” 1 Samuel 16:11
 
Quick recap: King Saul is on his way out, the prophet Samuel is on the search for a new king among Jesse’s sons, and all of the present sons have been passed over for the job. Now we finally get to meet our boy, David. When Samuel asks, “Are these all the sons you have?” I imagine that he’s feeling a little like the Lord has sent him to the wrong place.
 
It turns out there is one more son - you guessed it, little David. He’s the baby of the family and he spends his time in the fields taking care of sheep. In those days, being a shepherd was not exactly the kind of job that you’d imagine a future king having. The hillsides of Bethlehem weren’t recruiting grounds for the fiercest warriors. In fact, shepherds were considered social outcasts. But just because society didn’t hold shepherds in high regard didn’t mean their work wasn’t important - it prepared David to be king! A shepherd’s days were long, building faithfulness. They were lonely, building connection with God. They were smelly and dirty, building humility. And because sheep are slow, kind of dumb, and basically helpless, their days were frustrating, building patience and gentleness. And who would make a better king than someone who was faithful, close to God, humble, patient, and gentle? 
  • God values work because it’s an opportunity for us to develop our character. Whether you love your job or not, every part of your work day is a chance for God to make you more like Jesus. Make a list of 5 things you don’t enjoy doing at your job or around the house and ask God to show you what you can learn from doing the hard stuff. 

Stephanie Boxx
Student Ministry Volunteer Coordinator / Administrative Assistant - Richmond Road

King Of Hearts: The Heart Of A Shepherd - Tuesday

Posted on Tue, Jun 14, 2016

In the same way all seven of Jesse’s sons were presented to Samuel. But Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen any of these.”  1 Samuel 16:10
 
We left off yesterday with our resident prophet Samuel on special assignment to find a replacement for the doomed King Saul. God tells Samuel to head to a town called Bethlehem and to look for a guy named Jesse. Jesse has a lot of sons and one of them in particular looks very fit to be the next king. His name is Eliab and he’s apparently the kind of guy who works out. In these days, kings weren’t the Prince William type of rulers. They didn’t hang out around the palace and do press conferences. They were warriors and leaders of vast armies so it was important that they were big and strong. These are your Crossfit committed, protein shake drinking guys. It looks like Eliab pretty much fits the criteria for a good king but to Samuel’s surprise, God rejects Eliab and tells Samuel to keep moving down the line of Jesse’s sons. I’d like to pause a moment here because I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for Eliab. Have you ever felt so certain that you deserved something but didn’t get it? Maybe you’ve worked hard to graduate college with a 4.0 GPA but you still couldn’t land a job. Or maybe you’ve eaten healthy and worked out and still been diagnosed with cancer. Or maybe you put in 30 years of service at your job and ended up getting let go due to a budget cut. Poor Eliab put in the work to be physically fit, he’s probably decently intelligent, he’s in the right place at the right time, it feels like the stars are aligning and then...nothing. 
  • Is there something in your life that you feel like you deserve but haven’t gotten? We’re going to discover why that sometimes happens to us later this week but in preparation for that day, take some time to share that thing with the Lord. 

Stephanie Boxx
Student Ministry Volunteer Coordinator / Administrative Assistant - Richmond Road

King Of Hearts: The Heart Of A Shepherd - Monday

Posted on Mon, Jun 13, 2016

Now the Lord said to Samuel, “You have mourned long enough for Saul. I have rejected him as king of Israel, so fill your flask with olive oil and go to Bethlehem. Find a man named Jesse who lives there, for I have selected one of his sons to be my king.” 1 Samuel 16:1
 
Movie theaters are my jam. I love a good story and the best movies I’ve seen stay with me long after I’ve scraped the bottom of the popcorn bucket. Over the next few weeks, we’re going to hear the story of a guy named David. His life was so nuts that it seemed more like a summer blockbuster than a documentary. This week, as we walk through the beginning of David’s journey to ruling the nation of Israel, let’s pay special attention to where our own experiences overlap with the characters in our story. In order to understand how David ended up as one of the most famous kings in human history, we’re going to back it up slightly to give ourselves a little context as to why Israel needed a new king in the first place. Previously, God had been the only King of Israel. After a long season of wandering and conquering new lands, the people felt like they need a human king to look to. Enter Saul, the first king of Israel. Saul starts out as a pretty decent leader but ends up letting all that power go to his head. He flagrantly dismisses the Lord’s commandments. The Bible actually says that the Lord regrets having made Saul king! (1 Samuel 15:10-11) Samuel, the writer of David’s story and a prophet who advised King Saul, is crushed. But God tells him it’s time to get up and get on with life. Israel needs a new king and God knows just where to find him. 
  • Take some time today to read 1 Samuel 16. It’ll help you see the big picture of what we’re talking about this week before we dive into the nitty gritty details! 

Stephanie Boxx
Student Ministry Volunteer Coordinator / Administrative Assistant - Richmond Road

What If ?- If We - Friday

Posted on Fri, Jun 10, 2016

Each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.  Acts 2:47
 
When I close my eyes I can still see the sanctuary of the Baptist church I grew up in: bright green carpet, maroon pews, brass chandeliers, a 100-seat choir, and a large wooden pulpit in the center of the stage. The preacher, Mike Rochelle, had an incredible gift for turning every sermon to the cross. Regardless of what topic he was preaching on, he always ended with a clear and strong appeal for people to give their life to Jesus. And those who made the decision were invited to walk down the aisle during the altar call.
 
Twenty years later I still remember the excitement and joy I felt as a student watching people walk toward the preacher and confess Christ. Now, as an adult, I work at a church where nearly every week we get to watch people enter into the baptistry, surrender their life to Jesus, and emerge from the water as a brand new creation. Since 2014, our church has seen more than 2,000 people give their lives to Jesus and commit themselves to God’s purposes. 2,000 people! Think about all those changed lives. 
 
But there are still countless people who need to hear. 80% of people living in Central Kentucky have no church home. 80% of the people you work with and interact with at the gym and sit next to at restaurants and pass as you drive through your neighborhood are disconnected from biblical community and disconnected from a close relationship with God. 80%
 
Who might God be calling you to reach out to, pray for, and to invite to church? It’s incredible that we’ve seen 2,000 people saved since 2014; but 2,000 is just a drop in the bucket compared to what God desires to do in the years to come! Let’s pray, live and share our faith with the expectation of God saving more people than we ever thought possible.
 
Action step: Ask God to open the door for you to invite a friend to church this weekend. 

Dan Hamel
Teaching Pastor

What If ?- If We - Thursday

Posted on Thu, Jun 09, 2016

 And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need.  
 
When God begins really working in a person's life, possessions become less and less important and people begin freely giving of their resources in order to advance God’s mission. It happened in the Book of Acts, and it happens again and again in our day, as well. 
 
Several years ago I was meeting on a regular basis with a successful businessman who attends Southland. He requested that every time we met together I ask him a direct and straightforward question: “Have you read the Bible every day this week?” It was a great accountability question. But after several meetings I told him, “There’s an additional question I’d like to start asking you each time we meet: “Is there sacrifice in your life?’” 
 
I explained my thought process: “Reading the Word should always lead to higher levels of commitment to God and higher levels of sacrifice in our lives. So, as important as it is to ask if you’re reading the Bible, it’s just as important to ask if you’re actually metabolizing what you’re reading and converting it into acts of love, obedience, and worship.”
 
After asking that question for several weeks, my friend felt convicted that he hadn’t been tithing. There were certain areas of sacrifice in his life, but not with regards to his finances. Entirely based upon the prompting of God, he wrote a check that week to make up for an entire year of tithing. And though it was a significant sacrifice, he wrote that check with joy. As this man gave more and more territory of his heart over to God, he ultimately gave more and more of his resources, too. 
 
How would you answer the question: “Is there sacrifice in your life?” When God showed up in the Book of Acts, He prompted people to higher levels of sacrifice and generosity than ever before. What might that look like for you and your family?
 
Action step: Ask God where there should be more sacrifice in your life.

Dan Hamel
Teaching Pastor

What If ?- If We - Wednesday

Posted on Wed, Jun 08, 2016

We all hear these people speaking in our own languages about the wonderful things God has done!” They stood there amazed and perplexed. “What can this mean?” they asked each other.  Acts 2:11-12
 
When God created the world, all people were united--they lived near the same area, spoke the same language, and related to one another effectively. Additionally, after God sent the flood to purge the world, all people were united--they lived near the same area, spoke the same language and related to one another effectively. But sadly, because of the sin and wickedness of the human heart, mankind used their unity for evil and conspired to make themselves like God by building a tower that reached to the skies. In response God said, “Come, let’s go down and confuse the people with different languages. Then they won’t be able to understand each other.” In that way, the Lord scattered them all over the world.” Genesis 11:7-8
 
So in one day the world went from being united and able to understand one another to being divided, separated, and no longer speaking the same language. And such was the case for a very, very long time. 
 
But everything changed during the feast of Pentecost. At Pentecost, people from all over the entire known world travelled to Jerusalem to worship. And when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles, people from all over the world, who spoke all different languages, were actually able to understand one another. 
 
What a day in world history! Not only had God come to dwell among His people through the Spirit, but the world was representatively gathered together in one place and, for the first time since the tower of Babel, everyone was finally able to effectively communicate. That’s what happens when God shows up. Walls come down. Division dissolves. People unite. Barriers and obstacles are removed by God’s mighty power. And, perhaps most importantly, Christ is exalted through His people’s unity. 
 
Action step: Pray for God to bring unity to Christians and churches throughout Central Kentucky.

Dan Hamel
Teaching Pastor

What If ?- If We - Tuesday

Posted on Tue, Jun 07, 2016

All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.  Acts 2:42
 
Shortly after beginning His public ministry, Jesus called 12 disciples to join Him in His mission. Jesus wanted to teach these men about God’s character and kingdom, and He also wanted to teach them how to live in God-centered community. 
 
I learned about the beauty and power of God-centered community for the first time during my college years. That’s where I met friends who were pursuing God with all their heart. Before long we formed a Life Group. We spent time praying together, encouraging one another, confessing sin to each other, and championing God’s work in each person’s life. 
 
When I came home after my freshman year, my dad asked me, “What’s been the best part of college so far?” I instantly said, “My friends.” He asked, “What’s made these friendships different than before?” I thought for a minute and then responded, “I feel like for the first time I’ve met people who are not only entirely committed to pursuing Jesus and becoming more like Him, they are also entirely committed to helping me pursue Jesus and become more like Him.”
 
When the Spirit descended on the day of Pentecost, one of the first results was dynamic, Christ-centered community. People began sharing their lives with one another, studying the Scriptures together, eating meals around the same table and seeking the Lord together in prayer. Christ calls His people to life in community. And He wants that community to help each person become fully devoted to Him.
 
Do you have a community like that? If so, take a few minutes today and thank God for the provision He’s given you. If not, take a few minutes today and ask God to help you establish that network of relationships. Also, click here to sign up for our next Life Group launch at Southland. 
 
Action step: Ask God to shape you into the type of person who can truly be an encouraging, edifying friend to others. 

Dan Hamel
Teaching Pastor

What If ?- If We - Monday

Posted on Mon, Jun 06, 2016

All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.  Acts 2:42
 
A few years ago I was in a conversation with an older man who had been attending Southland with his family for more than 30 years. When I asked about the sort of relationships he had formed at Southland, tears filled his eyes and he began to tell me a story:
 
“About three years ago my daughter, who was pregnant and living in Chicago at the time, went to the doctor’s office for a routine visit. But there were unexpected complications and within hours we learned that she was going to have to go into labor that day, and it was going to be a high risk delivery. My wife and I immediately jumped in the car and drove to Chicago as fast as we could. On our way we got on the phone and asked our Life Group to pray. We finally got to the hospital, and as we were sitting there in the hospital room with our heads bowed in prayer, we looked up and saw six friends from Southland, who had unexpectedly driven all the way to Chicago to be with us. We were speechless. And not only were we overwhelmed by their care and support, so were the doctors and nurses at the hospital. They kept asking, “Who are these people who would drive 6 hours for the birth of a friend’s grandchild? We’ve never seen anything like that before. If there was a church like that here, we’d go every week.”
 
The church is the best place on the planet to find strong community. When God shows up, relationships get deep. God gives us the power to love and care for one another in supernatural ways. 
 
Action step: Who is God asking you to be a great friend to in this season? What would it look like for you to be more committed and devoted to that relationship?

Dan Hamel
Teaching Pastor


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