I’m not sure what I was thinking. But. I lived a portion of my life waiting for the brilliant moment when it all came together and it would be: “Life as it should be according to me.” I could see it–so close, but so far away from my reality.
And. Then. One day. I realized it’s what happens in me that delineates what life is all about. Not others. Not circumstances. Not the perfect moment. But, how my life goes is ultimately my response, regardless of everyone and everything in my life.
God is our shelter and our strength.
When troubles seem near, God is nearer, and He’s ready to help.
So why run and hide? (Psalm 46:1, The Voice).
No fear, no pacing, no biting fingernails.
When the earth spins out of control, we are sure and fearless.
When mountains crumble and the waters run wild, we are sure and fearless (Psalm 46:2, The Voice).
The True God never sleeps and always resides in the city of joy;
He makes it unstoppable, unshakable.
When it awakes at dawn, the True God has already been at work. (Psalm 46:5, The Voice).
“Be still, be calm, see, and understand I am the True God.
I am honored among all the nations.
I am honored over all the earth.” (Psalm 46:10, The Voice).
The take-away that I spoke about at MAXIMIZE this week is to develop a calm spirit. In other words, practice the discipline of being calm in the midst of it all, including the storms of life, by relentlessly trusting the unstoppable, unshakable work and presence of God. It’s a discipline of faith to be exercised each day.
Then. Life will not be based on what you and I think it should be. But. Upon my response to the Presence.
Now. I look backwards and see many brilliant moments–the moments I’ve seen the Light of this world break through it all–revealing there’s so much more to life than what can be seen or felt. It’s Perfection. And. Now. I know: “This is the Life!”
Listen, if you want to be a part of this exciting time–let us know. The easiest way is to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Pastor Kathy at email@example.com.
Anyone and everyone is welcome to attend.
We have ways for you to invest into this new work beyond attendance–here’s some ways with a form to fill out and submit:
1. Missionary team–those who take a leave of absence from their community of faith to serve one year as a part of the core team.
2. Core team–those who are the strength and the “backbone” of the beginning of the church–their combined DNA will be the DNA of the church. The big deal–is their presence, setting the attitude, believing The Red Door Community Church is necessary in the community and an amazing part of the work of God in this world!
3. Giving team–those who give of their time, talent, and/or resources to be a blessing by contributing to the work of impacting individuals, creating a community of faith, and blessing the community. Some who are a part of this team may rarely, if, ever actually attend but want to participate in this new work of God. (The Red Door Community Church defines blessed as to know the activity of God and to bless to be a part of the activity of God.)
4. Prayer team–those who pray. We are asking each to be willing to set their alarms for 9.13 am/pm (9.13–launch day) and to pray big and bold for the favor of God. Some who are a part of this team may rarely, if, ever actually attend but want to participate in the new work of God. We also will be adding a prayer list with specific needs of others.