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Monday, January 13, 2014

Thoughts from the weekend

Thoughts from the weekend:

I can't tell you how thrilling it is to see parents and children in the Stone Church gym on Saturday mornings, participating in the ministry of Upward Basketball!

Most of the people participating are not from our church - truly it is a wonderful outreach to the community!

We encourage all of you to drop by and "meet and greet" those who come.

God is doing a great work!

I love it when God moves spontaneously.  At the end of the second service, a young lady came forward for prayer, and the Holy Spirit led us to open the appeal to everyone dealing with "rejection."

Many came down for prayer - and then what a powerful sense of worship and praise!

Truly, we can put Satan "under our feet" - with God's authority and power within us!

Wonderful seeing visitors yesterday - we encourage you to invite others to come to one of our services (if not a life group) - handing them the card stating that if they come and turn in the card - they will get a free $5.00 gift card to Dunkin' Donuts or Starbucks.

Our challenge is to invite and bring one person per month to a Stone Church service!

Friends, you can do this!  I believe in you!

This is a challenge for each one of us - those involved and a ministry and those who aren't!  We all have the responsibility to pick up our yearly theme of, "The Year of Outward Connection."

We are to share, we are to pray for folks to come to salvation and then we are to support them!

God is going to send his Spirit - and He does so - so that we might be His witnesses!

I am excited about 2014!

Our office staff is excited!

What I didn't get to yesterday in my teaching:

The Bible says in Ephesians 2:10, "We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works."

Our English word "poem" comes form the Greek word translated, "workmanship."

In other words, YOU are God's handcrafted work of art.

You are not an assembly line product, mass produced without thought.  You are a custom-designed, one of a kind, original masterpiece.

God deliberately shaped and formed you to serve him in a way that makes your ministry unique.

He carefully mixed the DNA cocktail that created you.  David praised God for this incredible personal attention to detail in Psalms 139:13,14, "You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb.  Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!  Your workmanship is marvelous."

As we said to ourselves yesterday, "God doesn't make junk."

Love you all.....

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