I read some great verses in the Bible this morning. Matthew 10 is so powerful. Jesus sent His disciples out to boldly serve others. He believed they could do great things and today Jesus believes in, chooses, and trusts us to do great things for Him! He gave us a mission to see the Fargo-Moorhead and surrounding area transformed for God’s glory! And we are seeing God help us do just that. We are His ambassadors and His tools that He is expanding His family with. Jesus told His disciples to start with the “lost sheep of Israel” (in other words, start with those you already know and have things in common with).
Yesterday after service I met a co-worker of a PHCC member and the co-worker’s son. Her co-worker had invited her to PHCC. She thanked me for the service and told me how much it meant to her and they would be back. My wife, Teri, talked to a young mom who has been working on Sundays but she was so excited to come to church yesterday. I talked to 2 young men with wives and children. Bringing their family to church regularly is a brand-new thing for them. Both of them shared with me how much Prairie Heights has meant to them and to their family. For the first time in their lives they see a relationship with God growing in their lives and a foundation for their family. Both of them told me how excited they are for some life groups and connection groups they are participating in. It thrilled me! I visited with two other men who have recently started attending PHCC and they were telling me what a blessing the services have been to their lives and faith journey. They shared with me ways they are participating and feel like a long-time part of the PHCC family! A friend of mine from the area has recently been in church. What a thrill for me to see him bring his family to church! All of these people were invited by friends (some were invited many times) and all of them, prior to coming to PHCC, seldom attended church.
Jesus told His disciples “Freely you have received, freely give!” We have received so much. We are blessed to be a part of and witness what God is doing in Fargo-Moorhead. The harvest is happening all around us. I invite you to be an active participant and investor in what God is doing. The suitcase project is gaining momentum! I heard of someone who talked to his company and his company is donating 2 suitcases! I talked to someone who is so disappointed he won’t be in town on May 23rd when the suitcases and offerings are dedicated to our Heavenly Father. Two years ago if you would have told him that he would be disappointed he was missing church he would have said you are CRAZY! Yesterday, over $5,000 in pledges and gifts were given to Crank It Up! to help Prairie Heights move forward with a ministry center. These are inspiring days! Thank you for asking God how He wants you to give. I know God has a financial miracle in store for us.
The other Bible passage I read this morning is Romans 10. Paul said “My heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved.” That is the prayer of my heart for every person in our area. He goes on to say he sees people doing things for God (attending church, helping out, etc.) but they don’t personally know and follow God but “the word is near you…and…if you confess with your mouth “Jesus is Lord” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Christianity is a relationship not a religion. It is asking Him for forgiveness for your rebellion, trusting in and receiving Christ and His Holy Spirit and allowing Him to lead you, teach you, discipline you, love you, and humbly obeying. It’s a fun journey to be on.
Thanks for letting me share what God taught me today! Make every day count with those closest to you in life. Have a great week and see you on Mother’s Day.