Dan and I have received many inspirational emails lately. I want to share a few with you.
“Pastor Dan, I have made my decision and asked Jesus to become a part of who I am. I have committed my life to Jesus. Thank you for visiting with me and helping me to answer some of my questions. I am going to trust that God will answer the rest.”
“Pastor Jon, I wanted to send you a quick note on how my experiences at Prairie Heights has been for me personally so far. Never in my life have I felt a higher power in my heart as I have these last few weeks. I grew up in a family where we did not go to church or practice believing in a god. I always felt uncomfortable going to church as I felt I did not know their way of worship and felt as though I was being judged. The day I walked into your church service a few weeks ago, I began listening to the music and feeling no judgment at all. I knew I had finally found a church for me. I love that there is no drawn out formalities just great music and a wonderful sermon each week. Today was the first time in my adult life I have taken communion. You can imagine how I felt when I read on the screen that “we did not have to be a member to take communion.” I always dreaded this phase in the service at any other church as I knew I would have to remain seated. So I took communion today and felt so comfortable talking to God thru prayer. This is a huge accomplishment for me. I truly felt like crying as this was a spiritual breakthrough for me. Thank you for having Prairie Heights in our community and allowing me to find a higher power.”
“Just a quick note to tell you how much we have appreciated finding Prairie Heights Church. We have been searching for a place that we feel comfortable where we are at in our faith journey and are encouraged to continue it. Our family has been through some very difficult years. I know there is a God and He is good, but it has taken me a long time to say that again and I have to admit I still question it every day – but I’m working on it and with the help of Prairie Heights as our church home, hope to grow in my faith every day. I just wanted to thank you for starting a church like Prairie Heights that we can feel excited and encouraged to go to every week.”
My wife, Teri, sent me this email: “Jon, as you have been teaching about Christ’s Scenes Investigated, I have loved learning more about the different scenes in Jesus’ life. My water bottle that was handed out in church is in my purse so every time I pick it up and realize it is heavier than normal, I take that bottle out and read “Are there opportunities in my life that are drawing me closer to God? What about away from God?” As I have been thinking and praying about this, God has been asking me to dig a little deeper, to investigate my Life, my Heart! Are there hurts from the past that I have not worked through, are there things in my life that I don’t understand and I blame God or am mad at God for? Today I read 1 Samuel 16:7. “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” When people judge by outward appearance alone, they may overlook amazing qualities in people. Appearance doesn’t reveal what people are really like or what their true value is. God judges by faith and character, not appearances. And because only God can see the inside, only He knows our hearts. While everyone can see our face, only you and God know what your heart really looks like. What steps am I taking to improv e the attitude of my heart? And are there steps I can take to help others that I know have some things on their hearts they need to work through? For me, reading the Bible is key! I have to stay in God’s Word or life seems to tilt a little too far off course. Being in a Life Group is another key component for me. I love to be in a group of women who share their hearts and help each other with the inside, not judge the outside. So as this Christmas season zips past me, God reminds me again and again, stay focused on the heart and not the outward appearances.”