Sunday, February 22 marks the beginning of our new series, "Live Like We're Dying", at Peace Haven!
In addition to this great step on the road to Easter, we have other new aspects of ministry that we will be unveiling that we are very excited about.
So why do a series about death? Isn't that kind of morbid? Can't we just be happy, happy, happy?
Well, yes, happiness is a nice part of our life experience, but it isn't always a 24/7 reality for the human condition. Life is indeed challenging at times and it can get down right messy much of the time (especially for those in ministry as we serve as spiritual janitors!). As we move toward Easter that is exactly what Jesus did. He lived like he was dying with the goal of bringing as much glory to the Father in the time allotted to him.
We will use this theme to really consider this Jesus that we freely profess and see if there is a deeper knowledge of God that can be found as we get past the surface of the basic story and consider key truths leading up to this season. Our goal once we consider these truths is to apply them in such a way that they make a tangible impact in our lives and advance us in our growth as Christ followers. Most people in society already know this phrase through songs sung by Kris Allen and Tim McGraw, so once again, we are seeking to follow the example of Paul who used the poetry of his time (Acts 17:28) to communicate effectively to his listeners.
In the days ahead it is our prayer that you will embrace the challenge to live like you are dying. Not perhaps from a terminal disease or other life circumstance, but simply by resolving to be crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20) and live our lives to the fullest for God's glory! Stay tuned in the weeks ahead as we consider the example of Christ who sought to make an eternal impact on the world around him by living like he was dying. #buckleup
When I began our time of service at Peace Haven people said:
1. It is a common occurrence when a pastor begins serving at a church that there is excitement and a renewal of the church's passion to thrive.
2. Don't start anything new at your church in the first six months. Just study people and the history of the church.
3. The honeymoon will end one day!
Well despite the many words of wisdom and proverbial sayings offered by the experts, God is blessing our new family at Peace Haven! I am amazed on a daily basis by how God is moving in the lives of people who are seeking Him. The wave of interest in the study of God's word, the call to do life together, and the call to be truly missional where we live are overwhelming at times!
A lady who had been a member for years approached me one Sunday asking if we were going to have an invitation. I told her that we always have an invitation, but it is not always a formal invitation. She then indicated to me that she believed that God was preparing to do something great among us here and she wanted to be a part of that!
What about you? We have adopted the saying "BUCKLE UP!" in our gatherings and on social media because we are convinced that God is up to something big! We don't fully know what this will look like, but people are renewing their walk with God and taking fresh steps of faith. They are sensing a fresh wind and a fresh fire of God at work in their lives and they are hungry for a MOVEMENT right here where they live that is a God-sized opening of the flood gates of God's mercy and love. So we challenge one another to "BUCKLE UP" and get ready for all that God has in store! Will you accept this challenge today?