Sunday Afternoon Ramblings

What a day at Debra Heights Wesleyan Church!

A special thanks, of course, goes out to everyone who helped with the breakfast. Whether you brought food, helped set up or clean up, thank you!

Thank you also to our greeter team for doing a wonderful job and to Taylor A for helping out in the nursery during the worship service.

As always, Adoration did an excellent job leading us into a spirit of worship. I must say that several of their songs have quickly become some of my insanely long list of favorites, and by the way everyone was singing today, some of yours, too! And can I just say that, when I find myself looking around and seeing the hands of people of all different ages raising in worship, it’s a great thing!

The message today was, in a word, powerful (if I say so myself). If you missed it, here’s the outline. The message that Jesus didn’t come to convict and condemn us for our sin – all the stuff that we’ve done that’s not quite right – but to save us from it all is truly revolutionary. And once we’ve chosen to believe in Jesus as our Savior, that is exactly what He does for us! Praise the Lord for a gospel which is astoundingly simple and yet unfathomably profound. And praise the Lord for moving in the hearts of a great number of men and women in the congregation today! Let us pray that each of these decisions to believe in Jesus and come into the light of what’s absolutely true and right to claim eternal life here and now will be followed up with actual action. And again, if you are one of those that stood during the service today, I can’t emphasize enough how important it is that you follow the instructions you were given, especially the finding of a great, Bible-preaching/teaching/doing church. If you can make it the DHWC, we would love to have you. If not, find a church home wherever you live.

This morning, we had 59 in worship. Every one of these people was invited by someone. Thanks to everyone who invited guests! And keep doing it! As Paul said in Romans 10, “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’” Consider yourself sent.

One more thing before I close today. In the bulletin, we listed a number of ministry opportunities coming up this summer. And there were a couple of others floating on the screen above. I am extremely excited about each of these opportunities, and I hope that you will prayerfully consider which of them God would have you get involved with. Regardless of who you are, you should be able to find something in there that you would feel comfortable doing. Go ahead and get involved with that! But I also want to encourage you to consider doing something that you maybe aren’t so comfortable doing. As in, something that will be a little bit of a stretch for you. A little bit beyond your comfort zone. After all, we’re not going to be effective at ministry if we simply stick to what’s comfortable.

Remember, Jesus died for your sin. But He raised again to life so that we could have eternal life that absolutely gushes forth! Have a blessed week, and be a blessing to others as well!

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