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Uncommonwealth: Uncommon Risk - Tuesday

Posted on Tue, Jan 31, 2017

She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, and they have come to tell you how to be saved.” 
 
This went on day after day until Paul got so exasperated that he turned and said to the demon within her, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And instantly it left her. 
 
When I get exasperated, I am known to spout off some pretty irrational threats. Recently I became fed up with my daughter’s lack of initiative in caring for her new puppy, and I shot out a threat to return the little pup to the kennel from whence he came. Yet here we are, weeks later, and my daughter still has her puppy. I had to follow up with a humble admission that daddy was just grumpy and does not intend to excommunicate the dog.
 
As a parent I know empty threats or commands without follow-through are incredibly damaging. My children would quickly learn that I don’t mean what I say. Yet when there is firm authority behind our words, they do, indeed, carry great power.
 
It’s a risky move to proclaim healing in the name of Jesus. To confidently speak a miracle into being is only exciting if the miracle actually happens. What would have happened if Paul had commanded the demon in the name of Jesus and then… nothing? Paul would have been the laughingstock of the marketplace. People probably would have perceived it as Jesus’ failure as well as Paul’s. Considering the fact that Paul’s sole purpose in life was to show the world that Jesus is the true Messiah, this would be a devastating blow to his witness.
 
Yet he commands it. Boldly he speaks the miracle out loud, and it comes to pass. It is a confident faith that speaks freely the name and power of Jesus. Uncommon Risk leads to Uncommon Power.
 
  • What circumstance in your life needs a miracle? Write that request down and commit to praying for it, out loud, on a regular basis.

Dan Jackson
Campus Leader - Georgetown

Uncommonwealth: Uncommon Risk - Monday

Posted on Mon, Jan 30, 2017

One day as we were going down to the place of prayer, we met a slave girl who had a spirit that enabled her to tell the future. She earned a lot of money for her masters by telling fortunes.
 
It’s amazing what a little faith can do in the hands of a big God. Paul and Silas lived risky lives because of their faith in Jesus. For starters, they talked to people that you’re not supposed to talk to. A slave girl with a dark power enabling her to foretell the future would not typically be found in any Upstanding Citizens Club. Yet Paul and Silas took the time to meet her. They didn’t pass her by. They didn’t see her from afar. They didn’t hear about her from a neighbor whose mother’s friend talked about her at euchre night. They met her. 
 
Caring more about Jesus and His gospel than we do ourselves means that we must be willing to set ourselves aside for the sake of others. Few of us value much over our own reputations. Our pride cares intensely about what other people think of us, and it is our nature to protect and defend that reputation at all costs. It is this self-centered way of thinking that divides people into castes, classes, and cliques. 
 
Uncommon Risk leads to Uncommon Relationships. Would you risk your reputation to be seen with the lowest of the low? Would you risk your important agenda for a conversation with someone who has nothing to offer you but an interruption? Would you risk your tidy plans for an awkward and unpredictable interaction?
 
  • Who in your sphere of influence needs to hear about Jesus? Where in your community can you go to meet new people? Whether it is an individual, a neighborhood, an organization, a jail, a business, a school… write down the name or the place God is laying on your heart right now. Ask God to draw that person(s) to Himself, and ask Him to draw you towards them.

Dan Jackson
Campus Leader - Georgetown

Uncommonwealth: Uncommon Kindness - Friday

Posted on Fri, Jan 27, 2017

God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.
 
My parents are two of the kindest people I know. My Mom? She’s got hospitality down pat. Once, I brought a student, Norlishia, home for a family barbecue and my Mom told her to help herself to anything in the fridge. When I wandered into the kitchen, I found Norlishia eating pickles straight out of a jar. My Mom didn’t even bat an eyelash. And my Dad is great at the practical things. He can fix a broken car window, sharpen your kitchen knives, or build you a coffee table. He’s a hard worker and the money he makes at his job has helped the students I serve go to CIY, get school clothes, and have Christmas presents under their tree. My parents might not be the kind of people that can sweat it out with 6th graders at summer camp, but they’ve used their gifts to be kind to so many of the students who pass through our Church doors each week. This past weekend at Church, you may have seen the Haga’s story. A couple of times a month, they open their home to tons of young professionals - just so they can have a place to eat dinner and create friendships. The Haga’s dinner table is a great picture of how the church can work: everyone brings a little something for someone else to take. Some of us bring mashed potatoes, others bring the paper plates. Some of us pack backpacks each week, others buy the food to fill those backpacks. Some of us put on those hair nets and scoop rice, others get on a plane to deliver nutritious meals to our friends in Haiti. 
 
  • What do you have that you can bring to our Church table? If you’re not sure, ask someone who knows you well to help you identify your gifts and talents. Then browse our website for ways to use them!

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

Uncommonwealth: Uncommon Kindness - Thursday

Posted on Thu, Jan 26, 2017

Your kindness will reward you, but your cruelty will destroy you. 
 
In my opinion, the only way to spend a morning is in bed. Especially Saturday mornings. They are not for working or working out, they are not for sunrises or early risers. But there I was, stumbling into Panera at 9am on a Saturday morning. Emily had texted me earlier that week asking to talk and it was the only sliver of time that we both had free. I sat down across from her, my hands clinging to a coffee and hers wringing nervously. We didn’t really know each other then, but she was brave and laid out her life for me. Last week, a year after that sleepy Saturday morning, I walked into that same Panera and sat down across from Emily. We spent 3 hours huddled up, picking at loaves of bread and soggy paper cups. We celebrated how much Emily had grown this past year and she thanked me for helping her do that. On the drive home, I started to think about how much I had changed in this past year. Meeting with Emily had made me a better listener; it showed me how to commit to a friendship; it showed me that sometimes it’s really worth getting out of bed early, even on a Saturday. Earlier this week, we talked about how someone else’s kindness can change you but your own kindness towards others can change you too! When Jesus died for us, He set a precedent that we should also die. Most of us probably won’t be asked to physically stop breathing to meet that precedent, but we are all asked to let the selfish parts of ourselves suffocate. 
 
  • One of the best ways to get the die-to-yourself process started is to be interruptible. Say yes to one request that’s inconvenient to you this week - that might be your kid, your spouse, a friend, or a co-worker. Set aside something you need this week to meet theirs!

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

Uncommonwealth: Uncommon Kindness - Wednesday

Posted on Wed, Jan 25, 2017

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
 
Some people have a driveway to shovel after a snowstorm. We have a parking lot. My building has twelve little apartments and all of my neighbors are pals. We pick up each other’s mail when we’re on vacation and text each other when we hear a thump in the middle of the night. Everyone is nice but the guy in apartment 3 is a real winner. Last year, after a foot of snow fell overnight, I expected to be trapped for days. But when I wandered outside in the morning, the whole parking lot had been shoveled. I was free! It didn’t take long to figure out that Jeremy had done that. Jeremy is always doing stuff like that. Once, his wife called to tell me that he’d found my keys still in the outside lock of my door. He jumped my car battery when it was dead. I’ve knocked on his door to ask him to check my apartment for potential murderers and asked to borrow an HDMI cable and eaten some steak and beer cheese nachos that he made. Whenever I tell someone who knows Jeremy about the latest thing he’s done to help me out, they’re not surprised. Not even a little. In fact, most of the time they follow up my Jeremy story with one of their own! Jeremy isn’t a one-time act of kindness kind of guy. He doesn’t do kind things, he is kind. What’s the difference? I think when you do one or two kind things, then you’ve done some kind things. But when you are consistently kind, when you make it habit to be kind all the time, kindness becomes part of your character. 
 
  • Develop kind character by getting into the habit of thinking of others. If you haven’t already completed the challenge you took from the Uncommon Wall this weekend, make plans to do that today! 

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

Uncommonwealth: Uncommon Kindness - Tuesday

Posted on Tue, Jan 24, 2017

Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
 
I wish that today I was going to tell you a story about a time when I really loved my enemies, a time when I was the bigger man. But I’m the small man in this story; the really, teeny, tiny man. I’ve never been at a loss for words and sometimes, I share words that I shouldn’t. And more than one time my friend Chris, who also happens to be my boss, has been on the receiving end of my too many, too fiery words. And if there’s one person in your life who shouldn’t see the worst side of you, I’m going to say it’s your boss. But there I was, in his office, more often than I should’ve been. Chris told me the truth - the truth about my character, my actions, and my habits. And every time I’ve been reprimanded, Chris gave me a clear path to working through the way that I speak to people. That kindness, the tenderhearted forgiveness that Paul wrote about in Ephesians, has changed me. My words still don’t always come out exactly right, but I take a lot more time to think about what I’m saying these days. I’ve been able to discover why I can say unkind things. I’ve been given the chance to change how I see people. Kindness changes people. It changed me. That kind of kindness isn’t easy - it has to be consistent, long-term, and patient. If you’re willing to be that type of kind, you won’t just make someone’s day easier, you’ll help make them more like Jesus. 
 
  • If you’re willing to demonstrate the long-term kindness that changes people, then we can help you find a place to do that! 
  • Email Wende for more information on being kind to kids. Email me for more information on being kind to students. Email Janelle for more information on being kind to our neighbors. 

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

Uncommonwealth: Uncommon Kindness - Monday

Posted on Mon, Jan 23, 2017

When Jesus heard him, he stopped and said, “Tell him to come here.” So they called the blind man. “Cheer up,” they said. “Come on, he’s calling you!” 
 
Ding. The sound of the bell above the door made me look up. With one hand steadying the gas pump, I leaned around my car to see who had just walked out the door. A man with fancy dress shoes and extra-ironed khaki pants was clicking down the sidewalk. He had a white plastic convenience store bag in each hand. It wasn’t until he slowly began to move towards the building that I noticed another man slumped into the stuccoed wall, his grey sweatshirt blending in with the paint. In one smooth move, Khaki Pants pushed one of the bags into the man’s hands then quietly climbed into his truck and drove off. I wish ‘ol Khakis had stuck around to see that man’s face because it LIT UP. Christmas morning lit up. Just won the lottery lit up. It’s funny how that tiny moment from months ago is still burned into my brain. I can see that man’s eyes to this day, that surprised look that reminded me how much we all just want to be seen. Isn’t that the truth? We all just want to be seen. Recognized for the human beings that we are. And Khaki Pants? He was just on his way to work that morning, buying a Mountain Dew and a roll of powdered donuts. All he did was grab a couple of extra snacks for someone else and he was on his way. Being kind by helping someone feel seen and valued doesn’t always have to be a scheduled, committed thing. Sometimes it’s as simple as doing what you’d do for yourself, but times two - one for you and one for someone else! 
 
  • Use your everyday places to identify someone who might need to feel seen. Co-worker having a rough week? Pick them up a coffee when you’re stopping by Starbucks. Frazzled mom in the line behind you at McDonald’s? Pay for her Happy Meals while you’re buying your lunch! 

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

Uncommonwealth: Uncommon Generosity - Friday

Posted on Fri, Jan 20, 2017

They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.
 
Have you ever read this story in Luke when Jesus feeds 5,000 people with nothing more than a You Pick Two meal from Panera? He’s got a little bit of fish and a morsel of bread and somehow, beyond logic, He feeds over 5,000 people. And by the end of the whole thing, people are loosening their belts and turning away the dessert menu because they’re so full. But people weren’t just satisfied. The disciples actually collected more food than they started with after all was said and done. 
 
How does that happen? How do you start with a little, feed an army, then end with a lot? God. Pure and simple. I serve, He multiplies. My high school math teacher, Mrs. Servis, would say this is illogical. But it ain’t Mrs. Servis math. This is God math! He loves to lavish His love on us and multiply our efforts.
 
You’ve read about it all week. It’s about dying to your own desires and giving your life away in the form of time, your talent, or your treasure. God expects it from you, but He’s got good things in store for you when it does happen. And I love you so much that I want to make one last ask. How are you going to let God multiply you? Let me break it down one last time...
 
  • Break up your concept of giving into three different areas: Time, Talent, and Treasure. Write those three words down on a piece of paper and invite the Holy Spirit into the conversation. Where are you giving your time? How are you using your unique gifts that God gave you? Are you generous with your monetary resources? Ask God if there is one of these three areas that He’d like to increase with some uncommon generosity. 

Derrick Purvis
Harrodsburg Road Campus Leader / Formation Pastor

Uncommonwealth: Uncommon Generosity - Thursday

Posted on Thu, Jan 19, 2017

All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.
 
A few years back, I got invited on a camping trip with some guys from Southland. I didn’t really know many of them. But they knew I was into camping and kayaking and generously extended an invitation my way. We drove south with kayaks and camping gear loaded onto a bunch of pickup trucks (and my little station wagon) with the hopes of spending a few days living out of the boats, paddling, and fishing our way to a new campsite each day. 
 
On our second day there, I realized how unique the trip was. There were twelve guys in boats, having good, clean fun on a camping/fishing/paddling trip. They were talking about their lives, their faith, and their lures all in one conversation. You don’t see that much. So I posed the question, “How did this happen?” How did these guys know one another? How did they all happen to stumble upon these great relationships? And without fail, they all answered with the same word: Serving. 
 
These guys had met each other while serving in our Serve the City ministry and God had been producing fruit, not only to the people they served, but in their lives as well. Much of that fruit came in the form of these friendships. Fast-forward a few years later, and I’ve seen many of these guys get married, start families, and work through major life transitions. And you know what? Each of them has been right beside the others through every step. Their relationships are pure and good and fruitful. They served, and you know how God multiplied? In their relationships. And all of these guys over all of these years have become strong, faithful, and generous followers of Christ. But it all started with hopping in and serving in one of our ministries.
 
  • If generosity isn’t common in your life, serving is a great way to start. Are you serving in a ministry area? Stop by Connection Point this weekend and ask about ways to serve. 

Derrick Purvis
Harrodsburg Road Campus Leader / Formation Pastor

Uncommonwealth: Uncommon Generosity - Wednesday

Posted on Wed, Jan 18, 2017

“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the  Lord  Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”
 
Recently, I’ve been considering the possibility of upping my kids’ allowance. As of now, if they keep their rooms clean, put their dishes up after dinner, and get their homework finished all week, they get a dollar on Sunday. Just a dollar. I think I might be ripping them off. Is a single dollar a worthy allowance in 2017? I’m starting to think maybe not. We go to Walmart and there’s just nothing there for a dollar. We pace the aisles up and down, looking for something to fit in their tiny price range only to walk away disappointed. There’s always the option to save that dollar and put it with next week’s allowance but, truth be known, there’s nothing in these aisles for two dollars either! A dollar just doesn’t buy much anymore.
 
Unless, of course, you’re talking about the Dollar Club at Southland. Every week we ask everyone who comes to Southland to give an extra dollar above what they normally give. Then we take the number of people who come to Southland that weekend, assume they all gave a dollar, and suddenly our attendance number becomes our Dollar Club amount for the week. That amount is then given away, no strings attached, to folks in need in Central Kentucky.
 
You give a dollar. But God multiplies it into something enormous. He allows it to become so much more than a single dollar. And I don’t just mean in monetary value. The amount of life change that has come from the Dollar Club is absolutely incalculable. People have found Christ, restoration, and healing through that one dollar you gave. And God did it all. 
 
  • Where could you have that type of multiplication in your life? Is there an area where you could be giving your time or your treasures even more?
  • Take an opportunity to be generous this week. Maybe you’ll never see how God multiplies it. But that doesn’t matter. God’s word is truth. So leave an extra bit of cash for the waitress or in the offering bag. Sign up to spend a little more time volunteering or using your gifts that God has given you. Or get on our website and find an area to volunteer on a long-term basis. 

Derrick Purvis
Harrodsburg Road Campus Leader / Formation Pastor

Uncommonwealth: Uncommon Generosity - Tuesday

Posted on Tue, Jan 17, 2017

1 Timothy 6:6-10
But godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.
 
A friend of mine is always posting photos on Instagram of vinyl that he purchases at record stores. He and I have a shared passion for good music and, I have to admit, I have had some fleshly feelings of envy when I see his vinyl pics. I love the rich consideration that goes into purchasing that flat polyvinyl chloride disc and the sounds it brings to your ears when you lay it on the hi-fi. But, alas, a record collection is not meant to be for me.
 
I often say to myself, “You’re a good guy and you deserve to reward yourself with a nice treat like a new record on the occasion!”
 
But, my resilience prevails on this one. There is no way that I could maintain contentment through purchasing records. I would never be satisfied. I would lose self control. I would find myself selling my kids’ bikes and sneaking out at night to use the money to buy more records. I’d become obsessed with the hunt and selfish in my pursuits. 
 
Sometimes we lack satisfaction with our things. Sometimes there’s a void of satisfaction with our time. Sometimes it’s our relationships. It’s easy to struggle with discontent. The best way to deal with it?
 
Die to self. 
 
Jesus said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” If you can learn the discipline of denying yourself, of dying to yourself, then serving and giving will become second nature. 
 
  • A record collection is something I may have successfully denied myself. But I’ve got plenty of areas where I’m still selfish. What about you? Where have you given in to the temptation of self-satisfaction? Write it down and ask God where that may be keeping you from the practice of denying self.
  • Read this entire passage and ask God to begin a work of denying self in your life.  

Derrick Purvis
Harrodsburg Road Campus Leader / Formation Pastor

Uncommonwealth: Uncommon Generosity - Monday

Posted on Mon, Jan 16, 2017

All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.
 
I had a great lesson in giving from my seven-year-old a couple weeks back. He had received a new Nerf gun for Christmas and decided to buy thirty additional bullets with his extra Christmas money. Now, there are about seven boys in my neighborhood within a five-house radius who are in a never-ending Nerf war.  And, naturally, these foam bullets get lost everywhere. If Abe leaves the house with three bullets, it’s unlikely that he’s gonna return with any after a single battle. Thus, these bullets have become a hot commodity among the neighborhood younglings. 
 
So rolling out the front door with THIRTY bullets was going to make him unstoppable. He was about to be the Rambo or John McClane of the Nerf war. But wouldn’t you know it, when he came back through the door, he had merely three bullets in hand.
 
“Did you lose all of those bullets?!”
“No, I gave them away.”
I went into adult mode. “What?! Those were expensive! You spent all of your money on those, buddy! Why would you give them away?!”
“Well, a Nerf war isn’t any fun if no one else has any bullets.”
 
Bingo. My little guy had nailed it. He didn’t give away his bullets out of a heart of generosity or a conviction from Jon’s sermon. He truly believed that the game is more fun if they’re all on a level playing field. Life’s better when we share the wealth. Adult math tells us to keep all our stuff for a rainy day. Kid math isn’t math at all. Kids just want to play together. God’s generosity looks more like Abe’s than mine most of the time. 
 
  • What about you? Are there areas in your life where you find yourself clamoring to be on top instead of building others up? Is your thinking on money and resources more about what you have versus what others need? Ask God to speak to you this week about building uncommon generosity in your life.

Derrick Purvis
Harrodsburg Road Campus Leader / Formation Pastor

Uncommonwealth: Uncommon Love - Friday

Posted on Fri, Jan 13, 2017

Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. Pray for us, too, that God will give us many opportunities to speak about his mysterious plan concerning Christ. That is why I am here in chains. Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should.
Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.
 
I love looking at Acts 2:42-47 and seeing it as an inventory of sorts -- what “uncommon love” looks like in the life of the church. We deeply desire to be a church that faithfully teaches the Word, is a caring, loving, and supportive community, and is a place of prayer and worship--with a huge passion for extending hope so all can know and receive the love of Christ. 
 
As we commit to be completely devoted to these things, we will see the Lord’s work expand in our city and beyond! The world desperately needs to see the church be the church. What an incredible invitation for all of us. There is no place I would rather be!
 
In 2017, let’s all allow the Lord to increase and expand our devotion! I know we will see some incredible things this year as a Church. We know that the Holy Spirit empowers radical generosity and we know as we tap into the body of Christ we have unlimited resources to share the Good News!
 
We have an incredible opportunity in our places of work, in our schools, with our family, friends, and neighbors. 
 
One of the most powerful displays of the Holy Spirit in the life of the early Christians was the way they leveraged a contagious community to extend hope in radically different ways toward those in need - both in the community in which they worshiped as well as in the community where they lived.  
 
What will your role be? 
 
  • Pray and ask the Lord to show you what your personal growth area is in being an active contributor to Acts 2:42-27 in the life of our Church.
  • Share with a trusted friend how you would like to grow.

Michelle Frank
Staff Development

Uncommonwealth: Uncommon Love - Thursday

Posted on Thu, Jan 12, 2017

They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity - 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.
 
One of the greatest joys is being around a new believer! In Acts 2, we see new believers sharing their faith with those who did not know Christ. Evangelism, sharing the Good News, was spreading and expanding the early Church. People could see the life change. And, the church grew. 
 
A highlight for our family has been walking with our son’s friend, Ian. Their family has become really special to us. Ian was diagnosed with a grave condition a while back and was miraculously healed. The doctors and nurses were shocked by the results. While in his MRI, he felt someone touch his foot and he asked his mom if she touched his foot. She said, “no I didn’t.” It happened again, and she said, “It was not me.” Then he heard the words, “You are going to be okay.”
 
I remember them coming over to our house that night and we cried, prayed prayers of joy, and cried some more! Ian had such a hunger for the things of God. We kept watching him take steps in his journey and the biggest step came while he was at the CIY Student Conference, MOVE, this summer. While there, he made the decision to get baptized and ask Jesus into his life. So we all gathered at the pond to celebrate his decision in the waters of baptism this summer. 
 
We can see how the Lord added to the early church those who were being saved and we still see this today! We want to be a church that “generously extends hope” in any way. We want to be a church that embodies the love of Jesus and points others to Him. Who is in your sphere of influence? Who is someone you can be praying for?
 
  • Check out our Local/Global initiatives -- who can you serve with the love of Jesus? 
  • Pray for our Church to continue to be a light and a messenger of love.

Michelle Frank
Staff Development

Uncommonwealth: Uncommon Love - Wednesday

Posted on Wed, Jan 11, 2017

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.
 
I love this “sharing everything they had” life in the early church! I also love hearing about these kinds of experiences from people right here in our own Church. I asked a friend to share a bit about her Life Group and how “life together” has impacted their walk with Christ and shared community. Here is what she had to say:
 
“I’m not sure where I’d be without them. I’ve been a part of a life group for about ten years. There isn’t much that we haven’t been through together. We have gathered together around our dinner tables, at our kids performances and ball games, in hospital rooms, and in funeral homes, too. We celebrate holidays, like our annual White Elephant Christmas Party. We have established traditions like ‘Soup Sunday,’ and ‘Taco Tuesday.’ 
 
We’ve helped pay for hospital bills, performed Random Acts of Kindness, and we have packed shoeboxes of treasures for kids without Christmas presents. We babysit each other’s kids and cook in each other’s kitchens. We fight for each other, too--often battling through prayer, realizing that our connection deepens as we intercede for each other and believing that things will change because we have prayed in unity.
 
We have arrived at a beautiful place where there is genuine love and care for each others’ families. And with that devotion comes a fierce desire to hold one another up, to show up when there is a need, and to celebrate like crazy when there is reason to celebrate. It can be challenging and messy, but it’s always rewarding. It’s doing life...Together.”
 
I’ve heard it said that a healthy church is identified by its continual devotion to one another -- salvation, sharing in the things of God, sharing together in material things, and so much more! Authentic community is such a witness to a watching world. It truly does reflect the heart of God!
 
  • Pray for our Church today that we would embody strong biblical community.

Michelle Frank
Staff Development


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