Extending an invitation to a worship service can create nervous anxieties within some people. Some may experience sweaty palms, an accelerated heart beat, insecurity, the belief that “I can’t do it.” I recently read a blog written by Perry Noble that offered two things in regards to bringing someone with you to a service that I believe are helpful. It might help eleviate the anxieties. Here is what he had to share -
#1 – If you have someone on your mind, a person that you cannot stop thinking about ANYTIME someone mentions inviting someone to church – then that is God speaking to your heart! (The devil is NOT leading you to share Christ with them and/or invite them to church!) If God is calling you to it then He WILL LEAD YOU THROUGH IT!
Which leads to…
#2 – DO NOT SAY “NO” FOR THEM! All too often when I really did feel the Lord pressing into me to invite someone to church, whether it was a server in a restaurant or someone I have had a relationship with, I say “no” for them in my mind. Seriously, I battle thoughts like…
*”They would not be interested in coming to church.”
*”They will think I’m crazy if I talk to them about this.”
*”Maybe I will just pray that someone else will invite them.”
However, what I’ve discovered is that SOOOOOOOO many people are just one more invite away from attending a service.
We all know that FOUND PEOPLE FIND PEOPLE! With that in mind… let’s not say “no” for people when God is saying “yes” in regards to us inviting them to a service!!!
This Easter the message of the Gospel will be presented. My prayer is that those in attendance will hear the message and lives will be changed. Let’s all do our part in inviting those that God brings into our lives to join us.
I will be praying for you, please pray for me.
2013 is here! I am excited for a brand new year to begin. A new year is like a clean slate or a fresh blanket of snow – clean & unused. As our 2013 begins to roll out before us what will each day bring? Will we make the most of each new day, every passing moment? What will the new year bring? New opportunities, new relationships, growth, goals reached what’s ahead?
This Sunday I look forward to the services as I reveal our theme for 2013. I believe our theme is one that encourages all of us to experience a year of making the most of every opportunity, of living the life that God has for us, experiencing the abundant life that He has promised.
I hope you will make plans to be in one of our services.
Happy New Year!
We keep hearing about the impending “fiscal cliff” that our country is about to experience. The leaders of our government bickering back and forth, each placing blame on the other side, so-called compromises or solutions offered up and then rejected.
These are challenging times for our country. Everywhere you turn there are signs of despair and disappointment. Individuals, families, and even communities struggling to get by, wondering how they will survive. As Christmas day draws closer the possibility of a merry Christmas seems rather bleak for many.
I have no solution to offer as far as our economic situation. I am not going to enter into the blame game. We can place our hope and trust in the leaders of our country, hoping that they will come up with some kind of answers. I’m afraid the past reminds us how well that has worked (since my sarcasm).
What I do know is this – God is still on His throne. As we place our hope and trust in Him we will never be disappointed.
As one who has placed their hope and trust in God I have a responsibility to share with others of One who will be there for us no matter the situation we find ourselves in. If you are a Christ follower I would encourage you to join with me in sharing of the One who has the answers, the One who will never leave us, the One who provides a solid foundation, the One who offers hope even in dismal times.
On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand
As the election of 2012 comes to a close we are reminded once again of the great divide found within this country. We have always had our share of problems, but our history shows us that there was a time when people in spite of their differences came together to make this country strong. Rolling up their sleeves, setting their differences aside doing whatever was need in order that our country was able to move forward.
This is no longer true. Now there are angry, hurtful words expressed. Acts of hatred and violence towards fellow citizens are commonplace. Everyone seems to have their agenda and that’s all that is important. If you don’t like my agenda or agree with my beliefs, then you are ignorant and get out of my life.
This concerns and saddens me. Why? We need each other. The challenges and problems that our country faces will not be overcome as long as the division remains. The division is growing deeper and wider. Does anyone really care? Citizens, Christ followers, church will anyone step forward?
I believe Christ followers, the body of Chris must lead the way. I know that there are Christ followers on both sides. We are to be people of reconciliation, proponents of peace and love. We don’t have to agree on everything. But we can agree on this – we need each other. The God that created me is the same God that created my brother or sister who may have voted differently than I did.
One of the first things that you can and should be doing is praying for each other, for our leaders, and for the role that you are to play in destroying the division.
I Timothy 2:1
Today is the day that millions of people will cast their vote for the individual that they want to lead our country. Today is the day that people of all ages, of all walks of life, with varying beliefs and perspectives will come together for one purpose – to elect the one who will lead our country for the next four years. Today is the day that people will arise a few minutes earlier to go stand in long lines, to involve themselves in something that will only require a few minutes out of their day. Yet, this one act will have a lasting impact on our future.
Today is Election Day!
Today every registered voter has a great privilege and opportunity to make a difference. We have the privilege of having a say in who our elected officials are. We have an opportunity before us to join with millions of others in making a difference. Though I am only one among millions, my vote is important. It provides me with a voice. So, I along with countless others go to the polls to speak, to have our say.
Today is Election Day!
As the hours go by the excitement will continue to build. The anticipation will grow with every passing moment. The polls will close and nervous energy will fill the air. Media outlets will give their reports, exit polls will be given and discussed over and over again. Early figures creating greater excitement for some, while concern for others. At the end of this day some will celebrate and others will be saddened. Some will go to bed before the final votes are counted, wondering how it will all end up. Who will our President be? Will Congress be evenly divided?
Today is Election Day!
I have been going to the polls for many years. There have been times that my candidates won and times when they have not. One interesting thing – no matter who won those elections a new day always followed. I know that we are not guaranteed tomorrow, but if God chooses to bless us with tomorrow I know that I will do as God has instructed in His Word. Pray. I will arise tomorrow praying for those who lead me and the millions of others who live in this blessed country. Whether my candidate wins or loses I will pray and I would encourage all of my brothers and sisters in Christ to do the same.
Today is Election Day. Tomorrow is a new day.
“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone — for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” I Timothy 2:1-4
I hope that you are praying for our country as we draw closer to the General Election in November.