Way to Go, Church!
Wow! What a day at Edinbrook Church today! Two things stood out:
Especially meaningful to me was the “Our Fast, Their Food” offering. After fasting this past week, our people brought what money they saved from that and gave it for the hungry and suffering in Africa. As we paused to pray before we gave our offerings, I was overwhelmed by the presence of God in this simple act. While we all laid hands on our gifts, we prayed for God to bring, not only physical nourishment through these gifts, but spiritual life as well. I have not doubt that these simple gifts will reap a significant harvest on the Horn of Africa.
As we closed our worship time together, we offered the opportunity for children, youth, and adults to come to the front for a prayer of blessing upon their Leaps of Faith — that of stepping into the life of someone who needs to meet Jesus. In both hours, I was grateful for those who came forward, but the second service blew my mind. At least two-thirds of the entire congregation came forward. As we prayed, and then worshiped the Lord in spontaneous fashion, I thought, “This is what church is supposed to be like!”
I’m looking forward to all of us doing three things in the weeks ahead as we choose to be Lionhearted:
- Get to know God better and determine a plan to see that happen.
- Identify our Jordans and decide how we will cross them.
- Take a leap by stepping into the life of someone who needs to know Jesus.
I’ll have some encouragement and resources beginning tomorrow as we pursue these three follow-through actions.
Way to go, church!