Wednesday, June 27, 2012

IGNITE Service!

Mark your calendars for next Saturday, July 7th at 6:30pm! There will be another IGNITE service at HOME. In fact, for those of you who don't know already, you can mark your calendar for every first Saturday of the month.
What is the IGNITE service? Well, it's not a church service, nor is it intended to be. It's a time for anyone and everyone who wants to spend more time connecting with God's heart. It's a time to connect with others in the community through worship, prayer, and learning together. We know you probably do this on Sundays too, but we want to make it clear that we're not trying to replace your church. It's just some BONUS time! :) But these people that come are from all walks of life, so that means YOU are definitely welcome. Don't let the Enemy try to convince you otherwise. We would LOVE to have you join us.

This time, the teaching will be on PRAYER. I don't know if you've noticed, but Jesus taught about prayer in the Gospels quite a bit. (Check out Luke 11 for example.) The fact that it's taught tells me that prayer isn't necessarily something that we naturally know how to do. Sure we know how to talk to others so we can talk to God, but I'm continuously discovering that prayer is SO much more than that.
Curious what else prayer entails besides talking to God? Come learn with us!
Saturday. July 7. 6:30pm.
ALL are welcome & wanted. Seriously. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Father's Day Reflections...

So Father’s Day has come and gone.What was/is your earthly father like?
Maybe this is an easy question for you to answer. Or maybe it brings feelings of grief or frustration or disappointment or even hatred.
Whatever feelings this question brings, I hope the reflection of it can eventually bring you around and point you to your heavenly Father.
Because He is the ultimate Father. And He’s always worth celebrating!
Why so? Well, I'm glad you asked because I would love to give you some Father-like attributes of God! :o)
{And I took the time to link all the verses to BibleGateway NLT version, so you should take the time to check them out!}
  • He loves & cares for you more than you will ever comprehend! (Eph 3:18-19)
  • He loves to GENEROUSLY give. (Luke 12:32 & Matt.7:11)
  • He is PROUD of who you are and who you are becoming! (Zeph. 3:17)
  • He is always thinking about you. ALWAYS. (Psalm139:17-18)
  • He wants to PROTECT you from harm and heartache. (Psalm18:30)
  • And He will HEAL you when you are hurting. (Jer. 3:22)
  • But He will also DISCIPLINE you in order to keep you from further pain. (Hebrews 12:6)
  • He loves to talk WITH (not just listen to) you about anything and everything. (Psalm 27:8)
  • He loves to TEACH you. (Psalm 143:10)
  • He loves child-like faith. Think of a 3 year old running and jumping into her daddy’s arms, 100% confident that he will catch her. (Luke18:16

How has God been a Father to YOU? Leave some comments if you so please! :o)

Come to HOME to reflect on this ultimate Father we have! Then stick around for some worship! (Check out the calendar for when there is live worship if you want.)
While you’re there talking WITH your Father, you could ask Him for a few things…And since we already covered that God LOVES to give to those who ask, here’s a few suggestions of what you could ask for:
  • Ask Him to reveal more of His Father-like attributes to you…and any other attributes as well.
  • Ask Him to reveal and fill the empty holes in your heart that your earthly father left open or that you’re trying to fill with something or person that just can't satisfy.
  • Ask Him to give you a child-like faith that is 100% confident He will catch you when you surrender.
  • If you’re a father, ask Him to help you become an even better father that points your children (& others) right to Him.
  • If you’re a mother, ask Him to strengthen your husband to be that kind of father, and ask Him to strengthen you to walk alongside your husband—supporting him every step of the way. 
Regardless of how this past Father's Day was for you, I hope that your next one will be full of joy, celebration, and delighting in your heavenly Father. And that you can thank God for what He taught you through your earthly father--whether that be mostly good or mostly bad.