It’s a Beautiful Day to Be a Jesus Follower

The beauty and burden of Christian faith is that every believer shares the same responsibilities.  There is no hierarchy of who does and does not live the Gospel.  In our lives, during the week, as well as on a Sunday morning, each one of us are commissioned by Jesus Christ to welcome, serve, worship, and give.  Through simple acts of intentional warmth, we make Love real whether it is at the office park, or the parking lot at church.  And the paradox of Christian faith, is that we fill up by pouring out.  So when our faith begins to run dry, the first thing we must turn to is what I can do to share and show the love of Jesus to the people around me whether is at worship on Sunday or walking the dog on Tuesday.  

My prayer for you over the next few days is that you will have found some closer connection to God in your everyday chaos, and that your life can be lived victoriously even if the size of the storms in your life is not reduced.  Not to be totally cliche, but it really ISN’T the size of the storm that matters – it’s the size of our faith in God that changes everything.  See you Sunday at 9:15 or 10:45 AM as we come together to remind ourselves, refill ourselves, and pour out God’s goodness to one another!

This is big tent faith.

Elections are divisive by definition. But Jesus calls for unity.
At Big Life Community Church, we come together around Jesus.
It’s our sin that divides, simplifies complex ideas into caricatures, and condemns others… but Jesus calls us higher.

1) We all err and sin. None of us are “in the right.” We all miss the mark daily. Stay humble – when you feel pride or self-righteousness creeping in, return to humility. (Rom 3:23)
2) Put God first. Put loving (being charitable, serving) people next. This is God’s Commandment for believers. (Matt 22:36-40)
3) The enemy steals, kills, and destroys the evidence of God’s Spirit – love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Be careful to not be the voice of the enemy in tearing others down… regardless of whether you agree or disagree with the small amount you know about their perspective. (John 10:10, Gal 5:22-23)
4) Do not condemn those different than you – hint – it’s everyone. We believe there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ (Rom 8:1). If you find yourself buying into condemnation, immediately repent and turn your attention back to following and mirroring Jesus.
We believe as a Church organization, and as individual Jesus followers we are called to a BIG LIFE of faith, encouragement, and unapologetic positivity. As a Church, we are committed to both affirming the freedom God created us with as individuals, as well as always pointing to the high bar Jesus set for us and our relationships to God and to others. This means we offer grace and respect to one another as unique parts of the Body of Christ and encourage one another to turn towards Christ in all our decisions and life choices.
So this week especially, we celebrate God’s abundant hope for you. We pray blessing and encouragement over each of you right now as you read. We affirm Jesus’ call to love and serve and invite you into a closer walk with Him through studying the Word, and joining us in an ever expanding, bigger, GOOD life of servant hood, humility, and generosity.

Micro Prayers are the Key to Peace

Micro prayers can change your life.
Become a person of micro prayer: When you notice something, the beauty of a tree, the cool breeze, the sun and clear sky, someone in the car next to you, the fast food employee… say a micro prayer of thanks. “Thank you God for this moment / that tree / this weather / this sunshine / this car that safely transports me.” “I pray blessing on that person today.” “Thank you God for her/his work.”
These micro prayers will transform YOUR mind and perspective as well as positively impact the spiritual condition of the world around us!
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.