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Sunday Replay 1.27.08

A much warmer day, sunshine, and smiling faces were everywhere!  It was Family Sunday at Jubilee…

The worship combo gave us an unexpected bluegrass-tinged rendition of “Power in the Blood” to get us started.  It was awesome!  You guys are doing great – every week I get comments from people about how much they are enjoying worship.  I appreciate your desire to honor God above all else.  Thank you for leading us into His presence…

We’re in week 4 of our “Life on Loan” church-wide experience.  Good reports continue to come in from the small groups, and many of you are saying you’re getting a lot from the messages.

Sunday’s message, “You Can’t Just Sit There,” took us through those pivotal verses in Ephesians 2:8-10.  We discovered that we are completely, totally saved by grace through faith.  God has forgiven us, redeemed us, cleansed us, and made us His children.  We are not saved by works, but we are saved forworks.  That means we are changing our perspective: We no longer live just for ourselves, but we are constantly looking for ways to connect our story with someone else’s story in ministry and service.  I closed with the story of Larry Walters, who attached 45 weather balloons to a lawn chair and floated around Los Angeles at 16,000 feet for about an hour back in 1982.  When a reporter asked him why he had done it, Walters’ reply was a classic: “Well, you can’t just sit there, can you?”  Living a “life on loan” means we can’t just sit there.  We’ve got to get involved in the lives of others to win souls for the Kingdom.

We ended our time together in the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, mindful of the enormous significance of a tiny portion of bread and a little cup.  Our salvation, victory over death, and our eternal existence is all represented in a couple of small things.  Incredible!

Have a blessed week!

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