Malachi 3:15-17 says “Those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored his name. “They will be mine,” says the Lord Almighty, “in the day when I make up my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as in compassion a man spares his son who serves him.”
There is something incredible about followers of Christ gathering together to learn and grow and worship our Lord. As part of the first ever outdoorsmen group outing I will never forget sitting in an icehouse reading the Bible together and talking with two men for almost 2 hours about perseverance and some of the battles we face. From an outside perspective you would look at the three of us and think we don’t have much in common. But in Christ we have everything in common. I watched as my son’s heart for others grew as he fished with men being open and transparent. I am thankful for the opportunity to be part of a church committed to building honest, authentic relationships.
Music Sunday was a blast. God was there and He touched many lives. I enjoyed reading every response we received on our website poll. The stories and comments were powerful. I am thankful for the dedicated worship leaders God has blessed our church worth. I am thankful for all of the “behind the scenes” servants. We are part of an amazing church fueled by God’s Spirit. Last year on Music Sunday we had 400 people attend a Sunday service for the first time ever. This year there were 580 people and the Sunday before there were 605 people (first time we have ever had 600 people). Every person is valuable in God’s sight. Prairie Heights has over 70,000 “members”. Today at lunch I began talking with our waiter and after learning more about him, I asked him if he knew someone. He said he not only knew him but they were good friends. I told him I was a pastor at Prairie Heights and his face lit up and he said “My friend has told me about your church. I would like to come sometime. I am going to tell my boss I want to come to work at 11 so I can come to your 930 service.” When Lamar shows up to church one of these Sundays we all have an opportunity to let him know God loves him. I encourage you to continue “being the church” each and every day.
This Sunday our Relationslips topic is compatibility. One of the most important decisions we make in life is who we will spend our life with in marriage. The Bible gives us some clear instructions to guide us as we make this choice. As we study examples of married couples in the Bible not only will we learn who we should marry but also how we can be more compatible in our marriages. Bring someone with you this Valentine’s Day at PHCC.
The following Sunday, February 21st, will be our first ever “International Sunday” at Prairie Heights. I will let you know more about this next week.
If you are interested in learning more about being baptized at our upcoming baptismal service please email email@example.com. This is a great opportunity to declare our decision to follow Christ and for our heavenly father to say “This is my daughter (my son), in her (him) I am well pleased!” This is an opportunity for those at Prairie Heights to cheer each other on.
Have a fantastic God-centered week!
Jon Hauser, Pastor