Posts Tagged joy

Take a Genuine Interest

We’re sharing some ideas on how everybody can make a difference to guests and non-Christians that join us on Sundays. For the context of our discussion, check out the recent posts, The Sermon Starts in The Parking LotThe Sunday Mind-Shift, and Show Up Early.

Have you ever wondered how somebody like Bill Clinton–with his political polarization and personal immorality–can remain so enchanting to so many people? As you listen to those who have met him, one reason comes sharply into focus. They all say something like, “When you meet Bill Clinton, it feels like you’re the only person in the room.”

In other words, despite all his faults, Clinton takes a genuine interest in people. He’s not busy looking over their shoulder or glancing at his watch. He truly cares.

If a politician will do that, how much more should God’s people do that? Isn’t it simply the essence of Jesus’ command to “love your neighbor as yourself”?

If you want to make a real difference in somebody’s life, take a genuine interest in them. Ask them sincere questions. Listen rather than thinking of what to say next. And slow down.

I have to admit that this is personally tough for me — especially on Sundays when I’m trying to meet lots of new people, care for those in our church family, and think through the elements of my sermon and the service. It’s tough. But I’m trying.

I’d love it if we had 300 other people trying as well. I think the love of Jesus like that would turn our church upside down.

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Video: Beyond Update – Celebrating God’s Grace!

Yesterday was a great day for Second Mile Church. We had a really sweet time celebrating God’s grace and looking ahead to our next series, Jesus on Prayer (click here for yesterday’s message). Our people have really stepped up to pledge and give sacrificially, and the pledge commitments continue to grow.

Check out this brief video for the latest financial updates as well as the latest on construction.

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Joy in God When All Else Crumbles

Where does your joy come from? Does it come from circumstances or from the unshakable reality of God? Consider Habakkuk 3:17-18:

Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.

May our joy be in God, even when everything else crumbles.

17 Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
18 eyet I will rejoice in the LORD;
fI will take joy in the God of my salvation.
The Holy Bible : English Standard Version. (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001). Hab 3:17–18.

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Breaking News: Response From Sunday!

This past Sunday, we had a good heart-to-heart about Being a Healthy Body. The people of Second Mile responded!

If you’d like to get involved in serving or a summer Community Group, click here.

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The Secret of Change

I’m currently reading an excellent book by Tim Chester, You Can Change. I hope to write more about it in coming weeks when I finish, but I couldn’t resist posting this quote:

“The secret of gospel change is being convinced that Jesus is the good life and the fountain of all joy.”

Pray with me that we would see Jesus as the fountain of all joy in such a way that we would joyfully forsake the fleeting pleasures of sin.

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God’s Grace at Second Mile

Yesterday was an awesome day for Second Mile. We had a great worship gathering centered on loving God with everything and loving your neighbor as yourself (sermon here). We prayed, sang, and celebrated.

Then we joined together in the afternoon for our first baptism celebration. 13 people were baptized and shared their story of God’s grace. There were stories from people who had been religious and those who hadn’t. It was a great picture of God’s grace and a huge encouragement to the packed house of people who came.

We’re praying for more grace as we anticipate our move to Perry High School in April. God has been so abundantly kind so far. May his grace abound in your life today as well.

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Great Free Hymns Album

Check out this incredible hymns project by Page CXVI. You can download it FREE until March 25th. I have beenpage_cxvi1 listening to it a bunch and I know you’ll enjoy it.

About their name and this project, the band writes:

For all of you who were wondering where our name “Page CXVI” came from, we’d love to share with you a little bit about it. Page CXVI is a reference to page 116 of our personal copy of The Magicians Nephew by C.S. Lewis. It is a poignant passage where Aslan begins to sing Narnia into creation out of a black void. One of the characters, Digory, describes it as,

“…it was the most beautiful noise he had ever heard. It was so beautiful he could hardly bear it.”

As the hymns project began to form, our hope was to wrap the strong lyrical content of the hymns, with music that portrayed our personal reactions to the life that God has brought to our “black void.” The most personal song on the album is by far “Joy” with the counterpart, “It is Well” was written by Horatio Spafford after losing his son to scarlet fever, all of his real estate investments to the Great Chicago Fire, and his 4 remaining children to the sinking of a boat. The contemplative turn from “Joy” into the lines from “It is Well” comes out of our own personal tragedy this past year and combines a Psalm like lamentation with hope. Our intention with all of these songs is to be a source of comfort and encouragement to all who hear them.

Click here to download the album for free.

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