We had a wonderful time at Grace and Tom’s and were blessed to go to their Vineyard church Sunday too. We had time on the water front and downtown Edmonds and then left yesterday morning at 5 am. We traveled 16 hours and over 700 miles since as we couldn’t get a room at Mountain Home so we went to Twin Falls.
Devotions for 9-19 from Gary Thomas “The Beautiful Fight.”
The church today is so often trying to engage our culture and trying to read the latest trend. But we can “become our culture’s truest friend by becoming more aware of the God who not only engages our culture but also inspires, critiques, and transforms it.” One of the best ways is to cooperate with God to develop a compelling life by being available to God and experience His fellowship, presence, and empowerment. When God lives through us, shines through us and overcomes our worst inclinations with His transformation- That’s compelling.
God wants to manifest His presence through us by his spirit. He feels enormous delight when we begin to resemble Him .
Rodney Stark said, “Typically people do not seek a faith; they encounter one through their ties to other people who already accept this faith.” What really drew people to the Christian faith in the first century was the way of life modeled by Christ’s followers-the reality of His presence in their lives, how they treated others, how they lived.
God wants to be not just the goal of our lives but the engine that takes us to the goal. Eph. 3:19 I pray “that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
May your day be blessed and will write as I am able. Sorry my e-mails are not able to be sent out. Blessings and love, Judy