Author: Jennifer Harper

Fusion Youth Bible Study

Fusion Youth’s Coffee & Bible study begins again on Sunday, February 4th at 9 AM for all students in 7th-12th grade in the office conference room. Until then, Fusion is part of our current Thrive Class with Dr. Kyle Collins, “Begin Within,” in the Community Center, 9:00 AM on Sundays.

Ever Feel Really “Out of It?”

I have….for instance, when I’m not exercising or sticking to my diet, and I just had a “run in” with a relative.    Have you ever felt like you’re just not worth much of anything?  Guess what, that was me this morning.  I came to work and started reading the prayer requests and praying for each one.  The Lord began to help me pray for each one and I began to sense His love and concern for each one in a very special way, giving me prayers to pray that my faith could believe.  My heart began to respond and feel His love and concern for all who are His (me included).  When you need a touch from the Lord, cry out for Him to touch someone in need, and you can get the blessing of His touch as well.

Why do we get so “down on ourselves,” when we don’t perform like we think we should?  His love sees through all the “stuff and fluff” and knows that we long to feel His touch and sense His presence.  Thank you Lord, that Your love is not limited by our ability to “feel” it.  When we believe that You and Your love is the same all the time, the correction is ours to make.  When we reach out to You for others, You can use our gesture to reach us in a way that we don’t open for ourselves.

Father, You will always find a way to reveal Yourself to a child in need.  Sometimes we just need to be aware and confess our need.  You are always ready to connect “Spirit to spirit” when we trust You more than our feelings.  However, You delight in refreshing us in all areas of our lives.  Help us to believe that we are one with You and each other in Your sight because of all You accomplished when You walked on earth and lived in a body like ours.  Thank you, Lord Jesus; You believe in us as we  grow and mature in our believing in You.

Ministry Through the Arts

Kids Thrive every Sunday at SWC!   Ministry Through the Arts offers children in K-6th grade an opportunity to develop their creative gifts for God’s glory.  This program offers ministry training in Worship Dance or the Chosen Kids’ Choir, Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM in the His Kidz auditorium, room 204.

Encased in Praise

In the Red Sea Rules, Robert J. Morgan writes, “If wisdom…is seeing things from God’s point of view, praise is the natural reaction to that viewpoint….praise and worship are the sand and cement that hold the bricks in place along life’s daily pathway.  Every segment of our day should be encased in praise.”  What a great challenge….As believers, we are exhorted to “take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ,” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).  I find that some days are better than others and I struggle to “live it out.”

Colossians 3:1-3 says, “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on things on the earth.  For you died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”

Our thoughts matter.  The direction of our thoughts has a huge impact on the direction of our lives.  Having a renewed mind is a daily choice for all of us, and offering praise to the Lord is a powerful, sustaining part of that work.  Our Father makes it possible through His Word and Spirit.

–JH

Showing Up…

I was reading an article by Reuben Morgan a few weeks ago, and in it, he expressed the following thought about God being present in our weekly worship services:

“God’s presence is robust.  He’s not nervous or timid, and He is always present, never failing, never out of time or out of action….It’s not a matter of asking did God show up to our meeting. The question to wrestle with is this:  did we show up to meet with God?”

I’ve experienced both kinds of Sundays over the years of belonging to Him…the days that I “show up” for worship and meeting Him, and the days I struggle…The great news is that God’s grace is big enough for both of those “days”…He will lift us from where we are to where He is, if we’re willing.

SWC, let’s “show up” to meet Him. See you Sunday…

–JH

What to Expect

 

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When you come to SWC on a Sunday morning, we hope you feel at home and we’d like to let you know what you can expect:

– A community full of welcoming people
– A come-as-you-are kind of church where jeans, shorts or a full suit are just fine
– Worship that is expressive and joyful
– The full message of the Word of God is taught
– Visual illustrations and great stories
– Age-appropriate ministry for children and youth

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