Set Up The Altars

Yesterday was an amazing day in the life of our church, baptizing nearly 30 people during our Sunday Worship Experience. It’a incredible to be a part of what God is doing at Covenant, i’m  so excited! In fact, I think that’s the general tone that I sense in our church right now, EXCITEMENT.  And here’s the truth, it’s OK to be excited about what God is doing in your church! It’s OK to be excited about seeing your friends come to Christ! It’s OK to be excited about your friends taking the next step in obedience by getting baptized. In fact it’s not just OK to be excited about these things, it’s important to be excited about What God has done.

Our Old Testament heroes had a tradition of setting up altars at specific times in their faith journey to show where and when God had moved. These, “markers”, were physical landmarks and reminders of Gods previous faithfulness. But they also served another purpose. See, while they did serve a purpose of showing what God HAD done, they also served as a reminder of what God was GOING to do. It was never the intent to set up an altar to what God had done, and then just stay there forever, it was also a call to move forward. To step into the, “next”. To celebrate what He has done and then look forward in excitement over what He is going to do. You see, Gods previous faithfulness is always the greatest indicator of His future provision. 

God has already done so much through our church and God has already been so faithful to us, and that’s why we say with confidence that the best is yet to come. And so we need to be a people that live in that. We need to be a people that celebrate that. We need to be a people that remember all that God has done, while looking ahead with excitement for what He is going to do by His grace.

Take some time today to meditate on what God has done, and then take a moment today to thank Him in advance for what He is about to do. Lets be a people who look ahead with great anticipation for how God is going to move while giving Him all the glory for what He has already done.

Baptism

 

Brown Baggin’

Don’t forget about the Brown Bag Food Drop happening tomorrow!  We need LOTS of volunteers to help deliver the bags on Sunday!!!!  Plan to join us for an hour after church to be the hands and feet of Jesus to our community!
Drop off your filled brown bag.  If you were unable to pick up a bag, feel free to grab your own.  Here is a list of the suggested groceries to fill your bag:  cereal grain bars, canned chili x2, canned fruit, tuna, canned soup with vegetables x2, peanut butter, macaroni & cheese, instant oatmeal, dry pasta, and spaghetti sauce.
Bring your family and Roll out with us as we deliver the bags!  We will give you a map to the community after church.  Meet us at the site and we will give you a couple of addresses and bags of food.  The community we are visiting is full of forgotten needs.  Many of the families and seniors literally do not know where they will get their next meal.  What an incredible opportunity we have to love them!

A Few Thoughts

Hey Covenant! Just a few quick things that have been on my mind this week…

1. Happy Thanksgiving! I love this time of year don’t you? Make sure to spend as much time with your family as possible! And dads, make sure to spend as much quality time with your kids as possible. Be sure to get outside and play with them, wrestle with them, build a fort or take your daughter out on a special date. Your wife is probably stressing out about at least one of two things at this point in the week. a.-The amount of food she is gonna have to cook to accommodate family or b. the traveling you are gonna have to endure to get to family! Either way, make sure to be extra helpful, understanding and loving to her this week!

2. I’ve been praying for you all week. Ive been praying that God would give you courage to just “Lob The Ball”, in a conversation. Remember, we want to hear those stories. Whenever you have one be sure to email them to mystory@covenantchurchonline.com so we can join in with you in celebrating all that God is doing!

3. Be a Bringer! We are wrapping up our, “Real Change”, series this Sunday. And I have to say that this has been one of the most powerful series in our Church to date. The amount of life change and generosity that we are seeing is phenomenal! God is doing some amazing things! But I also want to encourage you to not only show up this Sunday, but to Be a Bringer. Bring someone, anyone! Don’t just come alone! Remember we have the hope that this world is searching for. This Sunday especially we are going to be presenting the Gospel in a very very clear manner. So, don’t miss out, and be the change that you are looking for!

4. I am so in love with our church! I truly believe that God is aligning us to experience some AMAZING things in 2013. Be sure to keep Covenant in your prayers. Pray that God would enable us to reach more and more people for the Gospel of Christ.

See You Sunday!

-Pastor Travis

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