We read it. We sing it. We pray it, but how much do we believe it, but how far will you go in trusting it? What am I talking about? The ability of God to do all things. To make a way out of no way. To open doors that did not appear to be there. To fix broken situations way beyond what we ever imagined. The truth is, yes we do serve a limitless God who can do far beyond the impossible; Genesis 1:1-28 validates that point. Some may argue, that was then, and this is now. God doesn’t do those kinds of things anymore, especially in my life. That thinking almost challenges God to do something to prove who he is and that he can still do what many believe he once did. Did you see what I did? I said many. Not you. Others. And perhaps maybe that is where the problem lies. Many are so busy looking for impressive manifestations of God’s abilities, that they miss what he is doing right in front of them. Of course, he can still move mountains, and cause the sea to rise up violently and destroy everything in it’s path. But I believe his greatest work today, is moving hearts of stone into a trusting loving relationship with him. And it all begins with Hebrews 11:6 “without faith it is impossible to please God.” Faith is the key ingredient in our trust when we need God to do the impossible. Faith solidifies our faith and gives it substance. Faith puts our spiritual lives on firm ground. Faith creates a belief against all the odds, and in the face of all opposition. It is our faith that causes us to hug the blood stained cross with cries of “thank you” on our lips. You struggle to see God move in your life? Check your faith. And yes whatever you need our God can and will provide. Blessings.
I always wondered who invented the 7th inning stretch in baseball, the game is almost over by then (in some cases-it is). Then I realized is serves as a crescendo builder for the drama of the big finish; which happens in the final few innings. In some ways, that is where we are this summer. We just emerged (and survived) Mission Possible, and after a short 7th inning stretch, we will be heading for an action packed, fun filled September. It all begins with our reverse car wash on September 1st here at the building. There is time to rearrange your schedule to participate in this event that will bless all, who come from the community to get their cars washed. And then, the following Saturday on Sept. 8th, we will once again head to “The Sawmill” to crown the Putt Putt champion for 2018; so bring your favorite putter (golf shoes optional) and let’s have a great time. What better way to follow up Putt Putt than with Praise In The Park 2, which takes place the following day on Sept 9th. After taking a week off to recuperate, we will bring all of our unwanted wares to the building, and have a big ginormous garage giveaway. That’s right. Everything will be free with no strings attached. Whew!! What a way to wind down a beautiful summer. So, enjoy your 7th inning stretch, and let’s all get prepared for a great dramatic finish- which is yet to come.
Mission Possible 2018 has come and gone. We began with great enthusiasm and ended with incredible fatigue. The middle of those two extremes were filled with lots of hard work and much sacrifice by many, to the praise and glory to the Kingdom of God. We touched many grateful people along this journey (which made our efforts even sweeter). I’m confident many emerged from this mission work with stories they will remember long after this year has passed. One of the constant mysteries of Mission Possible is beginning with knowns (where we are going to work, and what we are going to do) only to experience many unexpected moments that touch us- as only God can. As we seek to invest into our community, God will always fills our hearts with wonderful touching moments that show up when we extend our hearts, and look like Jesus.
Thank you to each and everyone of you for your tired less effort, and your desire to finish your task (regardless how you felt). It is because of dedicated hearts like these that made Mission Possible 2018 a success. Next year we are planning to make MP2019 an even greater success, so make plans to join us August 14-17, 2019 as we continue our march through this city proclaiming that “God is the God of this city.” Blessings.
One of the beautiful pictures in scripture, occurs when God calls Israel into battle against foreign pagan nations. One would think at first glance, God was being cruel to the foreign nation and unfair to his people in making them war against each other. In his infinite wisdom, he knew the pagan nations would impact his people and draw them away to follow after their pagan gods. However time after time as the picture unfolds, what we see is something totally different than what we expected. God always went before his people into battle and never left them to “fight” for their survival, on the contrary. The role of the people of God was to “mop up” after God himself defeated the foreign army. As a side note, the few times Israel was defeated in battle was either when “they decided” to fight an enemy without first consulting God, or their defeat was the will of God as punishment for their desire to follow after foreign Gods. The battle today belongs to the Lord. It is the same battle, and has always belonged to him. As we enter the streets of Port Huron this week we carry the flag of the Sovereign Lord of the Universe. He is the one and only God, and this battle is his as well. We represent him as light in a world of darkness. As righteousness in the face of evil. We gladly follow him into this battle with the song on our lips that he is the God of this city. This state. This nation. This world. Father we thank you for using us to glorify your name through our sweat and effort this week. We lift you up in our hearts and our lives to let the world know, “Our God Reigns!” Blessings.