It was one of those Sundays when you just sensed it was going to be great day. We are studying the Beatitudes and this week was about being a Peacemaker. Steve Foxworth from Macon, GA spoke on the HHI Campus. He is the Executive Director of Sav a Life Ministries. We are good friends from a leadership camp we used to be involved with every summer together called IMPACT. Here was our setlist:
"All Because of Jesus" - Fee
VIDEO - LCC NEWS
"Hear our Praises" - Hillsongs
"Reign in Us" - Starfield
VIDEO - MESSAGE BUMPER
Time of Response - Communion/Giving Stations open
"Beatiful Lord" - Leeland
"Your Name" - Baloche
Luke and I led worship together. It has been a really long time since we have had the opportunity to lead together. Luke is a combination of Jack Johnson and Leeland all wrapped up in one person! I sensed that our musical offerings on Sunday were more than ever a response to God and His Grace. It was one of the days that I really sensed our people were engaging with God and things were happening in their hearts and minds between them and their Father.
Steve challenged us that true peace can only be found when we first have peace with God and then with others. He encouraged us that absolute peace will not occur until we are united with Christ in Heaven, but on earth, we should make every attempt to pursue peace when it is in our abilities to do so. He taught us three magical words that can always begin the peace process...I forgive you.
During our Time of Response, I challenged our church not to receive Communion in the service unworthily. If they had yet to seek out forgiveness with others as the Bible tells us, I ask them to refrain and to seek out forgiveness this week with those persons they need restoration with in their hearts (I Cor. 11:27-29;Matthew 5:23-24). There was a sense in the room of real reflection and contemplation on a personal level. As Luke sang "Beautiful Lord," I was personally so moved in my heart when I considered the amazing gift of Jesus as THE Reconciler to God for me.
I always encourage our congregation at the beginning of every Sunday service that they have made the right choice to begin their week focusing their heart and mind on Christ by choosing to participate in a Worship Service. I also pray very often over our church that we will not leave services the same people that we came into the service. It happened for me and I truly believe that this happened for many of our people as well.
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