I missed seeing you and being with you this past Sunday. Pastor Steve Hoffman and I traded spots this past Sunday. Steve is the senior pastor at the Fergus Falls Church of the Nazarene. In the Fergus Falls area their church is known as “The Naz.” In a much smaller community than Fargo-Moorhead, the Naz has grown a lot in the 9 years Steve has led their church and they are similar in size to Prairie Heights. I had a great time sharing God’s Word in each of their 3 services. It was exciting to see how God is using their church to go and make disciples and make a positive impact in this region of the world. It was clear they have a heart to love all people and share Christ with others. They are a church that is very generous financially in giving to global mission projects and also to help meet the needs of those in their community. That was inspiring and encouraging for me to see.
I have heard from a number of people what a great service we had at PHCC. I heard about a circle of people who gathered together and prayed to receive Christ as their Savior after service was over. At Prairie Heights we are seeing people’s lives transformed and in turn they are simply inviting and leading others to know Christ like they do. It really is rather simple even though we try to make it complicated. God invites and prepares every follower of His for significant ministry. You don’t have to have a degree in religion or be a “pastor”. We recently had a life group leader who was asked to lead a memorial service. I was so excited to hear about this. We have leaders and members of life groups who are caring for the needs of those around them, visiting people in the hospital, making meals, helping people move, serving and representing God in all sorts of ways (many of which I am not even aware of!). And I am so proud of each of you. I pray PHCC will never be a church where people “sit” and wait for and watch the pastors do ministry. Instead, together as the body of Christ, when we see a need we will ask God if there is a way He wants us to help meet that need. We will make our time, our talents, and our finances available for God to use for His glory.
This Sunday is Father’s Day! I pray our Father’s house will be full throughout FM and the world! I am excited to share with you “The Power of Vision.” God has a vision, a dream, for your life. We read about it in 2 Corinthians 5:11, 14, 15, 20, 21. I have discovered 3 blindfolds that block out the vision God has for our lives. Here are some Scriptures you can read this week that will share these roadblocks with you: Acts 5:1-11, 1 Samuel 17, Hebrews 12:1-4, and Galatians 5. Let’s all come with our hearts open to receive what God wants to share with us.
I know there are several of you with hearts that are heavy today. There is grief and loss or potential loss in your life. I want you to know that I hurt for you. This morning I thought a lot about the situations I am aware of. I prayed for God’s peace, presence, strength, and love to be very close to you. I love you and am glad God has brought our lives together.