Friday, August 31, 2012

Prophesying??

Tomorrow (Saturday) night is another Ignite Service! 
Join us at 6:30pm (or whenever you can come) for some worship, fellowship, and learning.

The teaching will be on prophesying. If you're around, you really don't wanna miss this! Check out 1 Corinthians 12-14. Do you find it somewhat ironic that one of the most quoted/preached on/memorized chapters in the Bible (The Love chapter) is squished between two chapters about prophesying and other spiritual gifts? Why do we miss this??

Possibly because the word prophesying in itself is a bit...weird. The root-word reminds me a prophet which makes me think of the Old Testament and the prophecies written in there. Many of those prophets were speaking of the future and definitely not all good things. Which logically, you would think prophesying is about fortune-telling with a spiritual twist or something, yes? It's a lot easier to talk about or preach on love than it is about fortune-telling!

But Paul puts it pretty plainly for us in 1 Corinthians 14:3. "But one who prophesies strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them." 

Sounds pretty great, huh? I mean, who doesn't want to be strengthened and encouraged and comforted? No matter where we are in our walk with God--mountain, valley, or somewhere in between--I believe everyone appreciates it.  
I know I do! 

Even if this word "prophesying" still makes you feel a little uncomfortable, I invite you to come to HOME tomorrow night anyway. Believe the Truth that God wants to help YOU in your walk with Him. He wants to provide you with strength and encouragement and comfort. See you tomorrow night!! It's gonna be a good time! :) 

If you can't make it Saturday night, check out the HOME website & sign up for prophecy on the 1st-3rd Monday nights. Here!


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Boldly Entering

So we've all heard the story of Jesus' death & resurrection, yes? Do you remember the part about the curtain in the Temple being torn in two? Do you realize what that actually means?! Check out Hebrews 10.

Verse 19 is awesome: "And so,(AKA-because of what was said in the previous 18 verses) dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus."

Read that verse again. And again. Let that Truth sink deep into your being. Jesus sacrificed for our sins & made us HOLY once & for all. This is not just so that we can get into heaven some day. This is a vital Truth for our life right now. We are not Old Testament Jews who need to have priests offer day and night sacrifices for our sins, who are living in constant guilt, and who can't talk with God. Christ is our perfect High Priest! He made it possible for us to have a RELATIONSHIP with our Heavenly Father again. He made it possible for us to go into the MOST HOLY PLACE and talk with and listen to our Creator and unconditional Lover. 

And verse 22 says: "Let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water."

Satan would love to try to convince you that you are not worthy of being in God's presence. He would love for you to keep your guilty conscience. He would love for you to stay as far away from Him as possible. 

It's been over 2000 years since Hebrews was written, and people are still living under the lie that we are guilty & unworthy of coming into God's presence. All of us hard-workers want to DO something in order to earn God's acceptance. But that's not grace. We need to accept Christ's perfect sacrifice one and for all. The author of Hebrews here is pretty straight-forward here. And I think it best to listen to him instead. :)

Can you relate??
Of course, God's Presence can be encountered anywhere, but we would LOVE for you to join us at HOME. While you're there, here's a few things you could do for starters:
  • Ask Christ's Holy Spirit to help you recognize when Satan is lying to you about your unworthiness in God's sight. 
  • Ask Him to help you accept His grace fully--to surrender your desire to do something to earn His presence. 
  • Ask Him to help you understand the Truth that you can BOLDLY ENTER into God's presence. (Just so you know, bold by definition means requiring or exhibiting courage and bravery. Because there's nothing to be afraid of. God DELIGHTS in you!) 
  • Ask Him to teach you how to go right into His presence with a SINCERE heart that FULLY TRUSTS Him. 
Our wonderful, loving Father will never force you go come into His Presence, but what a joy for both you and Him when you do come. So come (boldly)--He's been waiting for YOU! :)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Prayer Boards

On the west wall of our Prayer Room, we have added prayer request boards and prayer guides!

If you have a prayer request--no matter how big or small--we would love to join in prayer for you! We have two boards for two categories: Community (Prayer for something/someone local) and World (prayer for something/someone NOT local) Maybe you're wondering what exactly is the point of a prayer request--can't you simply pray the prayers on your own? Are the prayers more important to God if more people pray them? I don't think it works that way, but I DO know that God LOVES community & relationships. He loves it when His people come and join together in unity. Presenting prayer requests to each other and praying with and for one another allows us to humble ourselves, set aside our differences, and come before His throne as the Body of Christ.

Please don't believe the lie that your prayer request isn't important enough--anything that is on your heart is worth lifting up to the Father. Consider it that you're doing US a favor by allowing us to unite as a community to pray for you. You're helping us build up the Body of Christ!

So please come to HOME to add your requests to the board. (If you don't make it in very often, you can also e-mail us your prayer request and we will get it on the board for you!) While you're there, you can check out other requests that are on the board AND you can grab a prayer guide that will help you in prayer & intimacy with Jesus. Our Father is so kind to us to give us His Word that TELLS us what to pray for. These guides highlight different verses throughout the Bible that we can pray back to God. Check out a few of the posts below for more about prayer. (A Delightful Promise & Pray Ten Times More )

Hope to see you soon!