Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. We hope you’ll join us tonight at 7 for a service of reflection and worship.
- Now that football is over, you’ve got a lot of curling to watch!
- You really really want to change your oil that weekend.
- You hate good food.
- You’re under 16. (Sorry!)
- You’re female. (But mark your calendars for women’s retreat, April 29-May 1!)
- Your neighbor is cleaning out their septic tank and you just can’t wait to help out.
- You want to spend that $90 on Slim Jims!
- You don’t like basketball…or pool…or volleyball…or ping-pong…
- You have a phobia of lake monsters.
- You don’t want to become a better version of yourself.
Convinced? Don’t click here and don’t register for men’s retreat, February 26-28! We definitely don’t want to see you there!
How do you make time to meet with God? Not only will spending time in the Word have positive impact on your life, it can also have a broader impact on the world around you, as Bill Hybels shares in this video:
All through 2015, we as a church prayed our Best Year Ever prayer:
I pray that you would work in me that I might reflect you more.
I pray that you work for me that I may be blessed by you.
I pray that you work through me that I may be an instrument of your love and grace.
I give you permission to work in me, for me, and through me according to your purpose.
We certainly saw plenty of change and growth throughout our church. We loved hearing stories from people who had experienced God at work in their lives, whether it was through a tithing challenge, a Bible reading plan, committing to praying more, or finally taking a step that broke an addiction.
Are you one of those people? Do you feel like a new person this year? Do you want to publicly declare your obedience to Christ? Then get baptized on Sunday!
If you already know you want to get baptized, we invite you to sign up here so we’re sure to have a towel for you! If you’re not certain yet, no worries – keep thinking and praying about it, and if you decide Sunday is the day you should hop in the pool, we’ll be ready to celebrate with you!
“I have a dear friend who is absolutely destroying her life. Between drug use and running away from her husband, kids and friends, things are looking quite grim. I don’t even know how to contact her at this point. It’s bad.
The problem I’m having is that I struggle in continuing to pray for her (as I have been for 10+ years)…I don’t want to hate God if he says “no” to what my heart desperately wants—for my friend to get her life together.
How do you keep praying for things that are so important to you that, if God says no, you’re afraid it will make you hate Him?”
How do you handle your prayers going unanswered? How do you keep praying in the face of doubt or fear? Maybe this response will help you.