new vantage point

I’m normally leading Bible study on Sunday mornings but today we had a guest speaker and I got my kids to sit in to hear the sermon.  I sat in the last pew of the church so I was able to observe the congregation from a new vantage point.

A new member of our church gave a testimony – the prayers that we’d been praying for him and his family were answered this week.

I looked over to my left and saw the young mother that got baptised earlier this year.

A few rows ahead I saw the lady who’d just come to Christ two months ago and then seated next to her was the other woman whose life had been radically changed within the month.

Just before the offering, a new mother snuck in the back with her sleeping baby in her arms.  She is going to be baptised next month.  She was followed by her sister (who also got baptised earlier this year) and then her cousin and her soon to be cousin-in-law who are getting baptised as well and getting married in our church in a few weeks.

I couldn’t help but sit back in awe and praise God for using our church in the way since He closed the door on the previous chapter of our ministry.  It’s been such a blessing to see God at work and being a part of it.  Coming home excited and encouraged after church happened less often than not where we were last stationed so it’s a refreshing and welcomed change.

There’s a season for everything and right now, we are in the season of growth and multiplication.  It is good.  God is good.  All the time :).

– Ames –

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conflict

Conflict.

Not a fan of it.

In fact, I hate it.

Especially when it comes from within the body of Christ.  You’d think that of all people who should know to love people in spite of differing opinions it should be those who bear the name of Christ.  Perhaps that’s why it always feels 10 times worse when people let personality clashes or misunderstandings get in the way of unity in the Church.

I really, really don’t like dealing with conflict in the Church.  But perhaps as a leader, this is an area that I need to grow in.  A test that I need to pass before moving on to bigger and greater things.  *sigh*

So after a bit of a cry, I think I’ll be able to handle it…with God’s help…. tomorrow morning! :P

Lord, please give me Your wisdom.  Please give me give me Your grace.  We really need your help.

I pray for an open heart.  I pray for a willingness to work towards unity under You as the Head.

– Ames –

thankful

During our Sunday School class/cell group, one of my girls gave out a “I love church” while I was explaining something (I can’t quite remember what it was about).  That pretty much made my day :).  Then I headed into law school to see that one of the events the CLS is hosting was being advertised on the video screens.

Now that’s what I call awesome :).

♥ Ames

P.S. Quietly, last post was number 300!  Thanks to whoever’s been sharing the journey with me :).

the Church

When the Church is being the Church, when the Church is fulfilling it’s God’s given destiny, when the Church is living out it’s purpose on this earth, what a difference it can make.

Neighbourhoods transformed, cities changed, lives restored.

The Church is you and me.

♥ Ames

15 Reasons Why Community is Important …. {Even if You’ve Been Hurt} » A Holy Experience

15 Reasons Why Community is Important …. {Even if You’ve Been Hurt} » A Holy Experience.

1. Christ is the Body and He is Love and both can only exist in community

2. God’s people are given the ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5) and reconciliation begins first in our homes, down the street, in this pew, around the corner, in community — or we are ministers of misrepresentation.

12The Christian life is the compassionate, crucified, cruciformed lifeNot the comfortable life. Community is how God shapes His children into the image of Christ.

15. Every chance I have to love imperfect people is another chance to perfect His love in me. . This is a way to soar.

♥ Ames