Dear Church, We need….

Holy Spirit we need you to invade.

We need you to invade the church.

We need you to draw us with your strong strength.

We need you to soften that which has become hardened.

We need you to heal hearts.

We need you to strengthen marriages.

We need you to break bondages.

We need to be taught.

We need to remember whose we are.

We need to magnify Jesus.

We need to magnify in prayer.

We need to magnify in our speech.

We need to magnify in opportunities.

We need freedom.

We need your Word to explode into the core of our being.

We need barriers removed.

We need chains broken.

We need honesty.

We need transparency.

We need healing.

We need not desire to just do church.

We need to be Your church, Your body.

We need to bring you glory, praise and honor.

Please begin go draw us with your strong strength.

Right now.

May this time be Yours and Your alone.

How Do You Change The Story

How did people tell the story about their life before they met you? I grew up in the home of a homebuilder. There were people who sought my dads services to build their home. Once the home was complete they would either tell people “You need to let Jack Williams build your home” or they would say “Don’t let Jack Williams build your house”. He changed their story.

How would people you have encountered say you have changed their story. Have you made it better? Have you been an encouragement to them? Have you taught them anything they did not know? Have you been a drain on their life? You change the story of everyone you contact. You make decisions on how they tell others about how you changed their story.

Who are the people who have changed your story for good? Who was your favorite teacher and why? I remember a high school teacher Bill McBride. When he came to Central it seemed he was young and could relate. What he did was make history interesting for me. He changed my story about school. I loved his class (while still hating all the others). I would not skip his class. He made Macbeth come alive. He changed my story.

How are you changing the life story of people you come in contact with?

“They went on to spell out in detail the story of the Master—the entire family got in on this part. They never did get to bed that night. The jailer made them feel at home, dressed their wounds, and then—he couldn’t wait till morning!—was baptized, he and everyone in his family. There in his home, he had food set out for a festive meal. It was a night to remember: He and his entire family had put their trust in God; everyone in the house was in on the celebration.”

(Acts 16:32-34)

Jesus changed their story and when they told others about how He had changed their story it changed the story of those listening as well.

Finding Richness

Some things are so rich that you just have to slow down and enjoy them. A good steak, an eloquent dessert, a sunrise or sunset, the smile on a child’s face, the flow of water down a brook, the stars in the sky and more give us times of richness. Today, I have been reminded of the richness of God’s Word. As a group of men have been studying Colossians each Thursday morning at 6, we have again been reminded of the richness of God’s Word. How it feeds you, encourages you, challenges you, convicts you, deepens you, instructs you, rebukes you, teaches you, loves you, establishes you, builds you up and more are the lessons we learn. The roots of my spiritual life grow as I study God’s Word. The tap root goes deep as I memorize God’s Word. The firmness of my faith is strengthened by God’s Word.

If you are not in study of God’s Word, you are becoming weaker by the minute. If you don’t have time for God’s Word, your time really does not matter. If you think you do not need God’s Word, you are a fool.

When I am in God’s Word, I am able to fill up in Christ; thus, leaving no room for self. It is when I am away from God’s Word that self begins to grow and push Christ to the sidelines of my life.

Go get your Bible and get to know it and you will also get to know Christ.