The winds of change are blowing all throughout Carroll County. I have heard stories of other church services being unusually full and it seems like people are hungering for God in every direction. As I stood outside of OOTBWC yesterday morning I was surprised to see how many people were walking up the street to meet God in this new place. I am simply amazed at how when we do something new-the people will come. I was reminded of this in our Bethel studies yesterday. Let me recap…
We watched a Ray Van DerLaan video about David and Goliath in class last night ( and I am paraphrasing some of what he said). We all know the story of David and Goliath-right? Goliath was a bully and David was a young boy. Goliath needed to be dealt with so God sent David to do it. David was too small to wear the armor of the soldier-so he took a sling and 5 smooth stones with him. God had gifted David to be a shepherd, so his aim with a slingshot was very accurate. This is what David did everyday to protect the sheep-to keep them from danger. This was his tool of choice because this is what he was gifted at. The iron weapons were awkward and heavy for him and he knew he couldn’t use them accurately, so he didn’t. The sling and stones were the tools of David’s culture.
Today, our tools are technology, media, music, drama, and a knowledge of how to use them. We have a lot of folks who are very good at using these tools and like David-they have a gift for it. These tools are being used to to knock the enemy out of sight. David killed Goliath with a single stone because he used his gift for God and God blessed David’s obedience by allowing that stone to hit the bully right between the eyes! Wow! The bully fell and his head was cut off. The Victory is God’s! He worked through David’s obedience to kill the bully!
We are experiencing the winds of change within our congregation because we have learned to use the tools of this culture to change the world for God. And you know what? God is blessing that obedience! Ray says this: “When we lock onto the tools of the culture-to change the world for God- God WILL bless it!” We are seeing this throughout our church-in all areas.
Our Bethel class is held in the church library and as I sat there last night I noted how up to date and organized the shelves are. I saw many new books that I would like to read. The library is one way that our church is helping change the world for God-by keeping it supplied with the latest publishings. A book can change the world, one person at a time. Whether it is published on paper or on a Kindle-it doesn’t matter-as long as the words are read and they reach the heart. My book is the BIBLE and I have it in both forms. On my Ipod and in paper. I love them both. Again- when we lock onto the tools of the culture-we CAN change the world! Let’s use all the tools we can to serve God!
What are your gifts? How can you use them to share God? Need help? Send me a message and we’ll talk. I can’t wait to see what God will do with YOUR gifts! You could be the next David in the Kingdom of God! Let’s claim victory over the bully!
These folks below have claimed their victory in public! They dared to do something new and different! It truly was a time of healing for everyone involved. Putting your sins “out there” for the world to see is no easy task. BUT- through their obedience God WILL bless them and he will bless the ministries of our multi site church. We had folks from both sites participating in this time of healing as well as viewing it. We also had the highest attendance ever at OOTBWC- 171! I am so grateful to God for bringing all of the new faces through the doors of our church!
Low Self Esteem
Abandonment of God and marriage
HUNGER for love from GOD and WIFE
New life in marriage
These are just a few of the cardboard testimonies that were seen yesterday. I thank God for each and everyone of you for participating and for being an obedient and faithful servant- just as David was. God has already blessed your obedience!
Last night, after Bethel, I attended SNL. What can I say? It was amazing! Our church now has two bands who are singing their hearts out for GOD! I see today’s youth stepping up and using their God given talents for HIM!
I see a band who is on fire for God and I heard the voice of an angel as she sang a JJHELLER song. Wowzer! I heard God speaking through Pastor Ty as he shared his teaching on angels. I felt the Holy Spirit moving and shaking us up and I am so blessed to be a part of this church! We have something for everyone-it’s not all the same stuff because we aren’t all the same people. God gives us diversity to reach many, many lifestyles and he gives us unity in knowing HIM as our Lord and Savior! We are blessed beyond measure! Thank you CHURCH for your passion to being obedient to Christ!