From the Pastor

“PASSION WEEK” Fast & Prayer Challenge (Wednesday)

GOD GAVE… (Derived from Max Lucado’s book – 3:16)

John 3:16… For God so loved the world that HE GAVE his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Twenty-six words that envelope HOPE!

It BEGINS with GOD and ENDS with LIFE!

Words that are brief enough to jot down on a sticky note but solid enough to last two thousand plus years of storms and questions!

If you know nothing of the BIBLE – all you need to do is start here! 

If you know everything about the BIBLE – all you need to do is return here!

See… The heart of the human problem is the heart of the human!

And God’s remedy for that problem is prescribed in JOHN 3:16!

 He Loves.

HE GAVE.

We Believe.

We Live.

 This verse is nothing more than an alphabet of GRACE!

Read it again slowly…

“For God so LOVED…”

We’d be right if we expected an angry God for our selfish hearts – one who punishes the world – recycles the world – forsakes the world – BUT ONE WHO LOVES?

“the world…”

Full of heart-breakers – hope-snatchers and evil-doers.

“that HE GAVE…”

WHAT…? Rules? Declarations? Guidelines?  No. 

“HE GAVE His Son – His ONLY Son.” 

Divinity packaged in Flesh. HE GAVE HIMSELF!  But Why?

“that whoever…” 

Whoever is a universal world. It’s all-inclusive. Within it holds the possibility for anyone.

“believes in Him…”

Suggesting a change of thought. A transition of thinking.

“shall not perish but have eternal life.” 

A chance to change your destiny. A chance to restore a once severed relationship.

ALL BECAUSE GOD CHOSE TO GIVE!

How have you responded lately to such a GIFT?

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PASSION WEEK FAST & PRAYER CHALLENGE

 

PASSION WEEK FAST & PRAYER CHALLENGE…

Wednesday, April 04th – Sun Up to Sun Down

Thursday, April 05th – Sun Up to Sun Down

Friday, April 06th – ALL DAY (24 Hours)


 (Please ask God these specific things while you FAST and PRAY this week!)

LORD… Would you please ENABLE ME to…

1) …Spend MORE TIME this week on my FACE BEFORE YOU than on facebook – blogs – email and twitter… and in doing so – would you allow me to HEAR your voice and DO what you say!

 

2) …Begin THIS WEEK to take bigger steps of FAITH than I have ever taken before in GENEROSITY (Time/Talents/Treasures) through THIS CHURCH and IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS!

 

3) …Stop trying to PRAY AWAY what you have been directly telling me to DEAL WITH!

 

4) …REMEMBER exactly the PRICE that JESUS CHRIST PAID for me at the CROSS!

 

5) …EMBRACE my BIBLICAL MANDATE/COMMISSION from YOU and become the AMBASSADOR OF

CHRIST that you have called me to be in “MAKING YOUR NAME MORE FAMOUS” here in

Maricopa by INVITING SOMEONE PERSONALLY TO RESURRECTION SUNDAY!

 

Pastor Josh’s “PASSION WEEK” Prayer & Fast Devotional Directions…

1. Simply go to www.churchofcelebration.com on

Wed / Thu / Fri and click on the Pastor’s Blog Link for your Devotions!

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