Standing Firm


What a powerful day.  Loved it all around.

Our Scripture focus was 1 Peter 5:6-11.  As Peter concludes his letter, he reminds us of several truths that encourage us to stand firm in times of trouble.

We started the service with “Friend of God.”  To know that God cares for us (1 Pet. 5:7) is still an overwhelming thought for me.  After that, some of our Project Love kids and volunteers took the stage to lead us in a great Project Love song.  I was so thrilled to see our congregation clapping, stomping, waving, and singing.

We celebrated 10 years of Project Love’s ministry today which is unbelievable to me.  This church has been intentionally reaching out to students at risk for about 13 when Shake-n-Shine camp started.  We watched a great highlight reel from the last 10 years.  Bill Horvath did a great interview testimony of Sadarius.  He is such a great kid that has come up through Project Love and is now getting ready to be a teen volunteer.

We sang “God of This City” with pictures cascading on the walls of the ministry over the last 10 years.  “Greater things have yet to come, and greater things are still to be done in this city.”

Jeff’s message was powerful.  Too many good things to post, but I will try.

God cares enough to humble us.  Those things are not mutually exclusive.  He humbles us and he cares for us.

Satan wants us to focus upon our present situation more than our promised future.  He roars around like a lion trying to devour believers, but Jesus has promised that after a little while (and your life is a little while no matter how long you live), he is coming back to perfect, confirm, strengthen, and establish those who are his.

We ended the service with “Humble Yourselves” from the “Stand Firm” project.  Written from this passage, this was a powerful time of worship as the church sang out loudly: “There’s a King who has promised His returning, and then my suffering will finally be through, He’s coming for my soul, for my soul.”

It was so legit and passionate in there.  I have heard of so many great ways that God worked among us.  So great to be a part of what He is doing.

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