#427: Generosity from People at my Church

At my church on Sunday we concluded our series on Generosity by having people from the congregation come up and share testimonies of how people from the church had shown generosity towards to them. It was an incredible time of sharing about how God uses (as one person so amazingly put it) “people, not the steeple.” I wasn’t one of the people who shared, but hearing all those stories inspired me to write a list of some of the people from my church who have demonstrated generosity to me:

-The Pastors for their teaching and helping me grow in my faith
-The Pastors’ wives, I enjoy talking with each of them, and hearing their insight
-Eric and Linda L, and Steve and Angela B who pick me up for church when I need a ride, even though it’s out of both of their ways.
-Christy M who is giving me a ride to the Perspectives class, even though I live way out of her way
-The married couples in my small group who invest in my life.
-My present and past accountability groups, for encouraging me in my faith, helping me grow, and above all praying for me.
-Everyone who’s contributed financially and prayerfully towards my missions trips
-The leaders of my missions trips, for leading the trips and making them experiences that I’ll never forget
-My various serving partners in the church bookstore, I’ve enjoyed serving with each and every one of you and getting to know you.
-Karen H, Margaret S, Sarah D, and several other older adult women who pull me aside on Sunday mornings just to ask how I’m doing.
-Jackie B, Karen B, Ann and Tracy C, Becca D, Christy M, Darlene S, Deborah S, Lydia T, Nicky W, and Linda Z my friendships with each of you means more than you will ever know!

I’m sure I’m leaving people out, but those are the main ones.

#427: Thank you Lord for the generosity of people from my church. It’s made such a difference in my life and I’m so grateful for it!

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#417: My First Church

Twice in the past week I’ve gotten to hear my very first pastor preach for the first time since I was really little. (Not that I remember any of those sermons) It was wonderful to see him again and hear him speak. Hearing him speak got me thinking about the first church I attended where he pastored. It was small, met at a local high school, disbanded not too long after my family left and I only have vague memories of it, but it amazing the impact it had on my life.

-My family met several long-time friends at this church, and it’s amazing how many times we randomly run into people who attended the church, it’s always great to catch up with them.
-The church had a missions orientation and I’ve had a heart for missions for as long as I can remember, so I know it must’ve started there.
-After hearing this pastor speak the first time I talked to my dad about it and he reminded me how the pastor’s wife got the kids of the church memorizing Bible verses at an early age, which I’d forgotten, but I still remember some of those verses!

#417: Thank you Lord for my first church the huge long lasting impact it’s had on my life.

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#369: Senior Pastor

This weekend has been important in the history of my church, our Senior Pastor for the past ten years is stepping down from his role as Senior Pastor to let one of the other Pastors take over. Last night we had an event thanking our Senior Pastor for the past ten years, and today we installed our new Lead Pastor. Since I already wrote a post about my Pastors, I thought I would write one about the Senior Pastor.

While all Pastors are important, Senior Pastors have an even larger role. They’re the ones who lead the church, guiding and directing it; they’re also the one who usually preach the most, and set the tone for the church. I’ve had three Senior Pastors over the years before today, (ironically all three of their names rhyme even though they served at two different churches) each one was different, but I learned so much from each of them, and grew in my faith because of each one. Exciting things happened in the church because of each one’s leadership, and the church benefited from them. I am excited for what God has in store for my church through our new Pastor, and am looking forward to what will happen next!

#369: Thank you Lord for each of the Senior Pastors that I’ve had the privilege of being under. Each one has had their own impact on my life, and I was privileged to be part of their church.

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Day 358: Christmas Eve Service

Merry Christmas Eve! I can’t believe tomorrow’s Christmas already! Something my family’s done pretty much every Christmas eve for as long as I can remember is going to the Christmas Eve service at church. I love going to the service, for one thing it’s nice to be able to see people and wish them Merry Christmas, but the main reason is with all the hubbub of Christmas day it can be easy to forget the reason we’re celebrating.

Jesus Christ the son of God came to earth as a baby, lived a perfect life, and died on the cross for our sins. My family always includes Jesus in our Christmas celebration, but he isn’t always the main focus. That’s why I love the Christmas Eve service, it’s all about Jesus, and remembering and celebrating his birth! It’s right before Christmas Day and puts me in the right mindset for the following day!

Day 358: Thank you Lord for the Christmas Eve service so we don’t forget what Christmas is all about, and have the right mindset for Christmas Day!

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Day 328: Sharing about My Blog

During church this morning I had the opportunity to share a testimony about my blog. I talked about how this experience has taught me to give thanks in ALL circumstances, I’ve become disciplined by having to write everyday, and I’ve come to realize that while I’m not very comfortable sharing my faith verbally I am VERY comfortable writing about it. I also encouraged everyone to make a list of the things they’re grateful for, not just the big obvious ones, and to thank God for them, then tell the people on their list that they’re grateful for them and why, in person, on the phone, or write them a thank you note.

I really enjoyed having the opportunity to share about my blog with my church family. Just as I pray that every post I write will bless everyone who reads it, I pray that my testimony will bless everyone who heard it. I don’t know if anyone will follow through with my suggestion, and even if they do there’s no guarantee I’ll hear about it, but I hope they do!

Day 328: Thank you Lord for the opportunity I had today to share about my blog in church. May it serve as a blessing and encouragement to everyone who heard it.

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Day 324: Jimmy Wong

If my church had a mascot his name would probably be Jimmy Wong. Everyone knows Jimmy, and Jimmy knows everyone, he always greets you with a smile on his face, and has something nice to say to you. He serves the church as a greeter, so he’s right out front every Sunday and you can’t miss him. He even knows my dad who only visits occasionally! For the past year or so Jimmy has been battling cancer, but you would never guess it to look at him. He’s just as energetic as ever, and I don’t think he’s missed very many Sunday mornings since his diagnosis.

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That’s the post I would’ve written if I were to write a post (like I’d thought about) about Jimmy before today. I’m sad to say Jimmy went home to be with the Lord this morning. I don’t think my church will ever be the same without Jimmy’s smiling face. He’s been such a wonderful example to all of us, not just in his battle with cancer, but in life and our Christian walk. I know we’ll all miss him, but his suffering is over, and he’s enjoying the Lord right now.

Day 324: Thank you Lord for Jimmy Wong and the light and example he’s been in my church. May we never forget his example, and try to follow it in our interactions with each other.

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In Memory of Jimmy Wong

Day 300: Worship

The sermon at church this morning was a powerful one on worship. I’ll admit “worship” is one of my favorite parts of a Sunday morning service, I love to sing praises to God and showing him how much I love him. But worship is so much more than just singing! Everything we do as Christians should be an act of worship, we should do it for God’s glory and to show him how much we love him. I know I don’t always do that, but I try. I want my heart to be in the right place when I worship God, and I try to the best of my ability to keep it there.

Day 300: Thank you Lord for worship so we as Christians can show you how much we love you!

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“Heart of Worship” by Matt Redman
When the music fades
and all has slipped away
and I simply come.
Longing just to be
something that’s of worth
that will bless Your heart.

I’ll bring You more than a song,
for a song in itself
is not what You have required.
You search much deeper within,
through the way things appear,
Your looking into my heart.

I’m coming back to the heart of worship
and its all about You, its all about You, Jesus.
I’m sorry, Lord, for the thing I’ve made it
when its all about You, its all about You, Jesus.

King of endless worth,
no one could express
how much you deserve.
Though I’m weak and poor,
all I have is Yours,
every single breath!