“When Ephraim saw his sickness and Judah his wound, Ephraim went to Assyria and sent a delegation to the great king. But he cannot cure you or heal your wound.” (CSB – Read the chapter)
Where do you go when trouble comes? If you’re like me, you go to someone or something you believe can solve your problem. You go somewhere you think will be able to provide refuge until the trouble passes. Wherever or whomever this is says a lot about you. It says a lot about who you trust. It says a lot about what it is that has captured your heart. For Israel, what it said wasn’t good.
This past Sunday we took a look at the final piece of our identity as a church. We are a place designed by God to reach out into our community to advance His kingdom. God made us like this because He is for our community. He is for your community too. The church is to be for the world because our God loves the people in it. Keep reading to find out more.
We’re for Them
I’m not totally
sure if they still do them nowadays, but a few years ago both Lowe’s and Home
Depot had kids build days one Saturday each month. The projects were usually pretty cheesy, but
for the boys they were a lot of fun. It
was fun for us to get to see their excitement.
The setup was pretty much the same at both stores. There were several makeshift tables composed
of upside-down buckets and 8-foot shelf boards.
There were a couple of folks at a check-in table taking names and
handing out the build kits. Then, you
spread out at one of the work stations with a pair of safety goggles and got to
work. The kits themselves were generally
simple enough and with pretty clear instructions. All the pieces were pre-cut and all the nail
holes were pre-drilled. You just
followed the instructions and let the kids bang away with the little hammers
In this third part of our conversation about who God made us to be as a church, we talked about the fact that connecting and growing, while necessary, are not sufficient in and of themselves. Thank you for taking part in this conversation with us and reflecting on God’s design for your own community. Don’t miss next week as we put everything together and celebrate the thing that gives it all substance: The resurrection.
Have you ever had a secret that was simply too good to keep to yourself? It was news that you just weren’t going to be able not to share; you were just going to have to deal with the consequences later? Or perhaps make this more personal: Have you ever gotten a bit of good news that you couldn’t possibly have not shared with the world? In our social media-crazed world, some days it seems like most folks think everything is worth sharing. “I got a promotion!” “I ran a marathon!” “My kid is on the honor roll!” “My dog really like its new bed!” “I woke up this morning!” “I’m asleep now (my fingers are set on auto-post)!” What starts to happen is that as everything gets shared, it can begin to seem like really, nothing is worth sharing. I submit to you, though, that some things really are worth sharing. What’s more, some places are designed to help us do that. And I’m not talking about Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Read the rest…