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Sunday Replay 11.23.08

life-stewardship4“Rugged” is the word that comes to mind… It was the most challenging Sunday we’ve had in awhile – we seemed to be somewhat out of sync, equipment problems, late start, an unusual number of regulars MIA…  Plus, the enemy was definitely attacking some folks in their relationships…  But here’s what I know:  when the enemy is opposing what you’re doing, YOU’RE MOVING IN THE EXACT RIGHT DIRECTION!  “Resistance” is necessary for strength to increase and growth to come.

The worship band was walking a little wounded, but finished strong.  Thanks for hanging in there guys – I admire your faithfulness and willingness to let God use you for His Glory.

We finished our “Building a Life of Stewardship” message series, looking at the most practical teaching on stewardship and giving in the entire Bible: Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians.  There we discovered a principle: we reap what we sow, and in proportion to what we sow… a plan: we give, not by regulation, but by revelation.  We’re not called to compulsory giving by following a rule, but to give after we have “purposed” in our heart in partnership with the leading of God by His Holy Spirit… and the purpose:  our faithful giving activates the work of God in our lives – providing all we need, all the time, and replenishing our resources so we can continue to share with others!

We hosted our community for a Thanksgiving service Sunday evening, sponsored by our local ministerial association.  Our band led worship and did a FANTASTIC job.  Thanks to our ushers for taking on some extra duty and to all the Jubilee folks who came out.

We are so excited to have Kevin and Susan Fry with us next Sunday!  The Fry’s are our missionaries to Zimbabwe, where they run the Eden’s Children’s Village.  They have been first hand witnesses to a volatile time in Zimbabwe’s recent history, and faced many challenges at Eden.  I’m anxious to hear their update and find out what else we can do to support their Kingdom work.  Zimbabwe and Eden are our “uttermost part of the earth,” and we want to be faithful witnesses there!

Right after worship on Sunday, we will all share a big ol’ turkey dinner in The Dome – that’s exactly what you want 3 days after Thanksgiving, right?  Bring on the turkey legs and deviled eggs!

Have a great week and a blessed Thanksgiving holiday!

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