Well, we had wondered if having Church 4 Chicks meet during Spring Break week would be worthwhile since so many of our regular attenders and volunteers would be out of town. I sensed yesterday morning that God wanted to do something special with a smaller, more intimate group, and so we prayed to that end.
Last night's topic in the series called "Why Can't We All Just Get Along?!" and in keeping with our main verse, Romans 12:18, which says, "As much as it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone," was LIVE OUT OF WHO GOD SAYS I AM. We looked at Romans 12:9-15 and the very long list of things that we can try to do in our own strength, power, will, etc. which will only lead to feelings of greater guilt, condemnation, and hopelessness when we, once again, don't measure up to the standard.
So, instead of trying to manufacture these character traits and actions on our own in an effort to please God, we discussed the other option: humbly realizing we can't do all those things, but that Christ can and will through us as we learn to trust Him, and as we realize He is in no hurry with any one of us. As Miles J. Stanford puts it in the Green Letters, "God is working from and for eternity."
As a bonus, I shared a brief clip from a video called "The TrueFaced Message" which is part of a larger study and series called "The TrueFaced Experience." John Lynch is the speaker in this video (which I'm including in this blog post for you), and I believe it will whet your appetite for the rest of the message which you'll be able to purchase at Church 4 Chicks on Tuesdays through April 28. (We'll have both the DVD's and CD's available.)
Take the next 3-4 minutes and watch the clip. You'll be glad you did.
Happy Easter to all of you! See you next week when we talk about "Choosing Our Friends Wisely" in our pursuit of doing what we can do in relationship to others. You might be surprised at what we talk about, and I know you won't want to miss out on the really great band that will be bringing the music! Bring a friend with you (we had 15 new ladies just last night!), grab a bite to eat and bring it to CCC, and be in your seat by 7 p.m. when we kick it off with door prizes!! :-)
You are Loved!!