God is calling….Will you answer?
What an awesome God we have! We are so lucky to have this special relationship with Him, a loving, personal relationship with each one of us. Do we really understand what a gift that is in itself? If I have said it once, I have said it a hundred times: He meets us where we are in life and He Loves Us. He loves us so much that He refuses to leave us there. He wants us to become more like Jesus. This is our first and most basic calling as a Christian: How are my actions and the events of my daily life leading me closer to Jesus?
As we move into fall and the 2017 program year, I want to offer each of you a challenge….. Do Different This Year. Really focus on becoming more like Jesus. What is it that He is calling you to change or do to be more like Him? I’m glad you asked….. Maybe He is asking that you spend a little more time in His Word, by slowing down our busy lives and allowing Him and His love to become the center of our daily living.
Last year we had a Bible Study called THE STORY. It looked at God’s Upper Story (His plan to get us back after our fall) and our Lower Story (the events of our daily lives that God has given us to see His presence.) This year we are going to have a new Bible Study program that shows us how we can think, act, and be like Jesus. BELIEVE promises to be an enlightening series that will meet on Tuesday evening from 6:30-7:30pm. It is a great time to explore the way Jesus is so active in our daily lives. I hope that you will prayerfully consider attending.
As we grow as a congregation, it is in the direction toward Jesus, that we always want to go. Randy Frazee does a wonderful job of connecting the Scriptures to our daily lives. You will go away each week with a new insight or a new way of looking at the faith that you have grown up with.
I am personally excited about the way that a Bible Study brings our faith alive. It really gives us a chance to explain and explore the gift of becoming a new person in Christ. It would really make Jesus happy if you would become like Him.
Please sign up this week or next. We would like to put in the order for the books by the end of the month. Our first session will be Tuesday, September 13. This course will not cost you. Union Church is going to provide the books and the place. We just need enthusiastic participants like you!
When we grow in Christ ~the Spirit of God, the Presence of God~ comes to live within our hearts. He is now the center of our lives. Christ is, so to speak, the hub of the wheel, now creating movement in us, for Him.
See you there.
In Christ, Rev. Steve
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