James 4:8 reads, "Come near to God and he will come near to you." You are as close to God as you choose to be. Like any relationship, developing a deeper relationship with God takes desire, time and energy. Growing to know God more deeply must become a passion above all others. The Psalms are filled with examples of one's desire to know God deeply. David, in speaking of his passion to know God, used words like longing, yearning, thirsting and hungering. He craved God. Jacob's passion for God's blessing on His life was so intense that he wrestled with God all night. God isn't hurt or offended when we wrestle with him, because wrestling requires personal contact. It is a passionate activity, and God loves it when we are passionate with him.
So, how exactly do we "Grow to know God deeply"? Join us this Sunday at 9:30am, as we explore this third core value. Larry Annes will help us to explore what the Bible says about nurturing our faith and how we can be more intentional in growing up in our faith. Each of the four values we are looking at are related to one another. As we grow to know God more deeply it will cause us grow up in our worship of God, our connections to one another, and how share the Good News of the Gospel with others. As you prepare your minds and hearts for Sunday, pray this prayer: "Dear God, more than anything else, I want to get to know you more intimately." Join us this Sunday at 9:30am. Take time to draw close to God and watch as He fulfills His promise to draw near to you.
Following the service, our adult Sunday school class will continue its study in the book of Acts. Make plans to stick around after the service and experience Christian fellowship as we explore the life of the early church.
Note: Learn to connect with one another authentically as we collect beanies and scarfs for Tonya Erhardt. If you would like more information about this opportunity, you can email the church at email@example.com, or speak with Jo Leiby on Sunday.
Thank you for being a praying church.
See you Sunday.
Doug Boyd - Sr. Pastor