Pastor Nate's Blog

#ILoveMyChurch

I Love My Church BoiseCentral holds a lot of memories for us all. Some great, some sentimental, some sad, and some humorous but we all have them. What we want to do over these last few months in our current location, as we prepare for our new location, is to remember all the wonderful things that have happened in our lives here at 12000 Fairview Ave. WE don’t want to forget what God has done in our lives but at the same time we don’t want to forget that we are still on a journey in which God is leading us to new ground, new territory, new miracles, and new life stories that we will be able to look back on 10, 20, 40 years from now with just as much fondness as we look now to the 10, 20 and 40 years previous.

So we want to have you post your pictures and your memories of the LIFE that has taken place here at Central Assembly over the last 40 years on Facebook, Instagram and twitter. We want you to let the world know that you love your church and we want you to share with them some of the significant moments in your own life that have been connected to this wonderful place we call church. We want you to let the world laugh, smile, and reminisce with you as you point them to the life that has been lived to the full with your family; your church family.

BUT when you do post your pictures, videos, thoughts and memories, we want you to make sure you tag us in those pictures and posts so that we will be sure to see them and it will allow us to share them with others as well. You can do this by posting directly to our page (search boisecentral) on facebook or just tagging tagging us in your photos and posts using “boisecentral” on your facebook page. You can also do so by using "@Boisecentral” on twitter and Instagram. We would also ask you to use the hash tag #ilovemychurch and #boisecentral when you are posting as this will give us another way of seeing your memories and allow us to share in them with you.

Each week we will have a theme that will be the focus of our posting. Whether that is “Weddings” or “Youth Ministry Mayhem” or Maranatha Memories what we want you to do is post your thoughts and pictures specific to that category. Each week we will put a new category forward. So each week we will have new material to remember, share, laugh, smile, and maybe even cry about a little bit, but each week it will be connected to the same general topic.

We love our church, and I know that you do to. We can’t wait to see your pictures and hear about your favorite memories. We hope that you will share and share often about the great things that God has done in your life at this location but we also encourage you to use these testimonies as fuel to stoke the fires of excitement and anticipation for the memories to come.

Feel free to share thoughts from previous weeks themes if you were unable to during the weeks they were scheduled. But Lets let our city know that we LOVE OUR CHURCH

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List of weekly themes / Memory Ideas

Feb 22 – Week 1

  •  First real memory (photos or thoughts)

Mar 1 – Week 2

  • Craziest / Funniest memory (photos or thoughts)

Mar 8 – Week 3

  • Youth Group / Camp Memory (photos or thoughts)

Mar 15 – Week 4

  • Children’s Ministry Memories (photos or thoughts)

Mar 22 – Week 5

  • Baby Dedication memories (photos or thoughts)

Mar 29 – Week 6

  • Weddings (photos or thoughts)

Apr 5 – Week 7

  • Power of God Memory (photos or thoughts)

Apr 12 – Week 8

  • Maranatha / school related Memory (photos or thoughts)

Apr 19 – Week 9

  • Favorite school/church production memory (photos or thoughts)

Apr 26 – Week 10

  • Funeral Memories (photos or thoughts)

May 3 – Week 11

  • Funniest Moments (photos or thoughts)

May 10 – Week 12

  • Your choice / Miscellaneous (photos or thoughts)

May 17 – Week 13

  • Love Center Memory (photos or thoughts)

May 24 – Week 14

  • Absolute favorite memory (photos or thoughts)

May 31 – Week 15

  • Favorite Memory from the 70’s and 80’s (photos or thoughts)

June 7 – Week 16

  • Favorite Memory from the 90”s and 00’s (photos or thoughts)

June 14 – Week 17

- Memories I’m looking forward to making at our New Campus. (Thoughts)

NEXT LEVEL Series - Worship

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We enter His gates with thanksgiving, His courts with praise and with our lives laid down as living sacrifices, everything we do becomes worship unto God. May we be able to stand when others are facedown and to fall to our knees when others our standing. Enjoy this final message of the Next Level series from Pastor Nate.

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NEXT LEVEL Series - Prayer

NLinstaPROMO This week we got the recording equipment working again after several weeks of malfunction. We apologize for any inconvenience but are happy to be back. Pastor Nate picked up on week two of our NEXT LEVEL SERIES talking about how Prayer is a vital and necessary part of going to the next level in you life.

So many things can and will become roadblocks in our life if we allow them to but when we seek God, spend time in his presence and pursue the things that he has called us to we can never miss. This message is one that you simply need to listen to if you are wanting to go to the NEXT LEVEL in your relationships, your work, your pursuit of God, or any other facet of your life in 2015.

You can listen to this weeks Communion/Announcements Here:

http://www.boisecentral.org/media/sermons/2015/15_0111anouncements2.mp3

You can listen to Pastor Nate's Message here:

http://www.boisecentral.org/media/sermons/2015/15_0111Nate.mp3

 

The River and The Sea

riverandsea We are carriers of the Kingdom of God. It’s when we empty ourselves fully into the places that He has called and anointed us for, that we see the dead things come to life, the barren places made fruitful and the salty seas made fresh. A river can change a sea! It’s time to hunger again. It’s time to position our hearts to seek the Giver of Life that His life and Kingdom may flow out of us and change our atmosphere to that of the Kingdom of God. We are climate changers.

The River and The Sea

 

God bless us, EVERYONE!

Daily Bible CoverAnd there are presents that are wrapped before us. Gifts that the Lord has set under our tree and stamped our names upon. Each one has an appointed time that it will be opened. They are things that we see in a measure and yet do not fully see. We see the present wrapped under the tree but we do not see what the gift truly looks like. These gifts are things He desires to give us and things He so desperately desires for us to have. Big boxes wrapped in colorful designs and patterns. To a kid, it seems as if some gifts have been under the tree FOREVER... "Dad, can I just open it already? This has been under the tree since the day after Thanksgiving. I don't know how much longer I can wait... I think I'm going to die!" And it's the Joy that He has set before us, the promises that He has given that has stirred excitement and expectation. All of Heaven eagerly awaits that days mankind will be able to receive the things the Lord has promised them. It's not as if we are barren though. It's not as if we are empty handed. The Lord has already given us enough...but yet He desires for us to obtain MORE than enough. The number of the blessings for His people are the same as the number of days that we will spend with Him. Both are INFINITE.  Just when we thought we've received our inheritance in full, we look under our tree to find NEW promises and GREATER gifts that He has in store for us. The religious hold tight to the things they already have and say, "I have enough!". But our heavenly Father desires to unleash upon His sons and His daughters the FULLNESS of His kingdom and the ENTIRETY of His love. In Hebrews 11 we see a bunch of examples of men and women who were given "presents" or "promises" under their tree. These were things the Lord told them they would have. To Abraham He made a covenant to make his name GREAT, that his descendants would be numbered as the stars and that he would inherit the land the Lord would lead him to. When Abraham died he only had two sons (which only one was born of the promise) and he lived in a tent as a foreigner in the land the Lord was going to give him.

Mary was promised a Son who would be the Messiah. His name was Immanuel for He would be our "God, who is with us". For 9 months Mary carried her "promise". It's almost as if she carried her present with her, treasuring it and pondering it as she carried it close to her heart. For nine months she was ridiculed. She was mistreated and wrongfully accused because of what the Lord had promised her and called her to carry. But she ENDURED the accusations and the suffering of childbirth for the Joy set before her the same way her Son ENDURED the cross for the Joy set before Him. A lot of people want a "present" or a "promise" from the Lord, but few will endure the ridicule and suffering from the time they've been given it in measure- to the moment it's fully unwrapped and their eyes see it for the first time.

To receive the "promises" of God we must walk in the "ways" of God as we are being developed and disciplined to handle the things God desires to give us in His appointed "time". Not many are willing to wait. Everyone wants to open the present before His PERFECT time. Few are willing to endure, throwing off everything that hinders and running with perseverance through the journey that He has marked out for us to inherit the things He desires to give us.

Lord we thank you for the gift you have given us! We thank you for your Son that has become our Savior, our Joy and Great Reward. We have more than enough in you. Thank you for enabling you people to stand strong till the end. To walk in your ways with fullness of Joy. We treasure and ponder every promise, every gift that you have generously given to us. The Joy set before us is greater than the things we must endure to receive them. Thank you for your grace, Lord. We love you, have your way in us today. Amen

What is it????

Daily Bible CoverSome think it's only for the perfect and flawless while others believe it permits and enables us to continue our pursuit of sin. Some believe it's doors will permanently shut on them after it's seen them in their weakness while others believe the door can never shut no matter how vile they become. Some believe it's only for a moment while others believe it lasts forever. It's not as if it's insignificant and doesn't need to be addressed for it's importance is the only way of which mankind can be saved, both in the present and for all eternity. It's depth is unfathomable and unseen. It is grasped and understood by children and yet at the same time stumps the wise. It's name is GRACE and it was born from the Blood of Jesus and given power in His resurrection. Grace gave us what we could never achieve in or by our own efforts. Our key to walk through it's doors is not deeds...but rather faith (which when rooted in our lives will not continue to produce wickedness but rather a harvest of righteousness and deeds that will bring glory to our Father in Heaven, the Giver of Grace). The Grace that we've been called to and bought with is not one of limits. Many try to say what God's grace can and can't do, but I am convinced that the Grace of God upon a thirsty soul can not only liberate it for a moment but for all eternity. For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. Titus 2:11-15 

Grace: unmerited and undeserved favor from God.

At what point in our walk with Christ do we finally arrive at the place where we no longer need His grace? At what place do we say, "Lord, you no longer need to wash me...look at me, I'm fully clean..."? At what time do we finally deserve His favor? It's blasphemous to say such things but yet this is the sub-conscious desire in the hearts of some of the followers of Christ- that we would arrive at a place of complete righteousness...but to be honest, if we were to "arrive" at that place, we would no longer need Him or His grace.

[Jesus got up from the meal, wrapped a towel around his waist and starts washing his disciples feet] He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!” John 13

Although Jesus was talking about literally washing Peter's feet, He was also talking about the undeserved washing of all sin and the redemption that was to come by His blood. His Grace that was poured out for all, providing the only way for us to be holy and to inherit eternal life. A question that hit me recently is...."when are we fully washed? When are we fully clean?" When are we finally found "worthy" of his love and "deserving" of his favor and grace? Is Grace a moment or does He call us to a lifestyle of walking and being covered by His Grace?

Grace teaches us to say NO to our worldly passions and way of life and enables us to be holy as our God is holy. Grace doesn't enable us to continue walking in the ways of the world by any means. But if you've encountered His Grace how can we continue walking the way we used too?  His kindness leads us to repentance and His kindness, His Grace begins to stir in our hearts a great desire to become like Him and see that WE CAN become like Him....that it is possible to overcome....that it is attainable to do the will of God because of His Grace on our Lives which only comes by faith. And this Grace we have received is not powerless. This Grace we have been called to is not cheap or empty. It's a Grace that is worth giving up the desires and passions of our worldly flesh in order to obtain it's riches. It's not a Grace that is burdensome, it's one that liberates and brings us fully into the TRUE LIFE that is Christ. It not only has power to save our souls but it will awaken us to become His people TODAY. Today we need His Grace upon us. It's not something that has been fully received by a prayer, its something that has been given, is being revealed and yet to be received for those who would desire it.

I ask and believe that the Lord is unleashing His Grace and favor upon you in a new way. That eyes would be opened, that ears would hear and the dead would be raised. That hope would be restored and depression would be lifted from your life. That no longer would you carry shame, but would be covered by the Blood of the lamb that will make you shine like stars and teach you to walk in His ways and become His people! Amen

Cute story bro

Daily Bible CoverAfter [Paul and his peeps] had been there [in Caesarea] a number of days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. Coming over to us, he took Paul’s belt, tied his own hands and feet with it and said, “The Holy Spirit says, ‘In this way the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.’” When we heard this, we and the people there pleaded with Paul not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” When he would not be dissuaded, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done.” Acts 21:10-14 It's the cost of a disciple that hinders many from following Jesus. Whatever becomes most precious to us will determine our steps, it will call the shots and draw out the road map of our lives. There are some who will sell everything they have after they find treasure hidden in a field. There is no arm twisting or persuasive talk needed to convince them to give up what they had so to obtain what has become more precious. Their eyes and hearts become fixated upon the needle within the stack. The haystack becomes invisible to them as they set it ablaze so to obtain that which is of more worth to them. And is the call to follow Jesus worthy of it's price? Is the gospel worthy of it's price? It's a question that must be answered for those who have tasted and seen. Those who haven't seen the treasure would never sell everything or fully surrender.... for to them it isn't as real...it's more of a cute story which makes them feel good. But to the ones who have tasted and seen this precious Gospel, this unmatchable and priceless treasure...they are willing to re-position their lives, throwing off the un-needed excess weight on the ship of their souls as they advance towards the light of it's glory.

The price of the call isn't the same for everyone. Being thrown in prison, wrongfully accused and burned at the stake isn't Jesus' intent for every one of His followers. God may ask and lead one man to sell all his possessions and surrender his body to the flames for the sake of His name and if the man does, then he will be found righteous in doing what the Lord has asked. But there are some who will sell their possessions and surrender their bodies to the flames to impress men, so as to obtain a medal from them all the while the Lord has called them to keep their possessions and to arise to a place of great influence so they may support and bless God's people to carry His word to the ends of the earth... And who is more righteous?? The one who surrenders their body to the flames or the man who sowed into his ministry? Did not both do what was asked of them? Didn't they both have to make a choice of what to do with what they had been given? Yes! And in the end both would be accounted as righteous for being faithful with what they had been entrusted with.

We must not judge one calling as greater or of more value. We must encourage all people to relentlessly pursue the journey and call God has on their lives whether living in plenty or in want. God's mission for one man may look different then his mission for you.

In Acts 21 we see Agabus is faithful to deliver a message although it wasn't a "good" one. We also see that Paul is not only willing to walk into a trap but be beaten, wrongfully accused and preach to a defiant crowd. Lastly we see good intentioned followers of Christ trying to persuade Paul from doing what the Lord has called him to do, in the same way Peter tried to save Christ from dying on the cross. The answer was the same from both Christ and Paul because the cost was worth paying in comparison for what they had tasted, seen and become convinced of.

The truth is everyone will have to give an account for the things they have been entrusted with, for the things that they know He is asking of them. Don't let pride hinder you from walking in His ways. Don't let doubt rob you of your potential and His blessing. Don't let discouragement from people who didn't hear His voice tell you what He said or what He meant. Align yourself with His purpose and throw off every weight that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles and let us run this race with perseverance as we fix our eyes on Jesus BECOMING CONVINCED that He who began a good work in us will be faithful to complete it...He is the Author and Perfecter of our lives. Amen!

Let's go deeper

Daily Bible CoverYesterday I was just readin some tweets and I saw the update on Pastor Saeed. Just click on his name to read about it... Once I read the article and today's reading it was almost as if there was a close connection and I felt a sincere call to pray for those who are in prison for the sake of the Gospel and for those who are taking His light to the darkest places of earth. Also feeling a sincere call to GO deeper into the fullness that He has for us. To explore the depths of His love and allow His light to shine brighter and purer in my life.

We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many. 2 Corinthians 1:8-11

Its a great and perfect promise we've been given that our God is with us and for us. Although people and family may abandon us, our Heavenly Father never will. If I can be real... I want what Paul and Saeed have. It's a depth I feel is laking in my life and in the church. Not to wish chains on the church but that we would step into the fulness of His kingdom. That we would step boldly into the darkness because we know our light won't fail us. To achieve a purity we can't reach by our own strength or will power. To admit that we aren't strong enough, that we aren't wise enough, that we don't have it all together, that we need Him and if it wasn't for Him we wouldn't be able to stand where we are standing today...THERE IS MORE. There is a next level that God is calling us to by His spirit. This grace we've been called to and spirit we have been entrusted with is so precious. I feel as if we do not know what we've been given. It's as if we've been lied to in the garden of God's fullness, the place we dwell, as the serpent blinds us of our true identity and inheritance. Are we aware that we can "have nothing and yet possess everything"? Are we aware of the treasure that is inside of us, the power that is so ready to be tapped into and released within us...the glorious light that is awaiting to be unveiled to a dying, hopeless world. We don't often unveil it because we do not believe it's enough. And the question is... is Jesus enough? Is He enough for us? Is He enough for this world? Is He enough for our church? Is He enough for our nation. If He is than this should CHANGE EVERYTHING. No longer are we concerned with the worries of this world because they become dim in the light of His glory and the grace of our Lord and Savior. We must not be quick to give this world steps and supplements when all they need is a Savior. A Savior who will allow those who are hard pressed on every side to not be crushed. For those who are stuck down to not be destroyed. A Savior who has the power to save us completely...not just after death but today. This is the depth that we've been called to. A faith that should be evident to all. It's a light that produces good deeds that point men to glorify our Father instead of pointing them to think that we are pure enough and strong enough to live for Him.

Jesus you are enough! May you bring us into the depths of your fullness and may your light be radiant in our lives! We do not look to man or trust in what man can do. You are the only answer may all the glory be unto You. And may your grace enable your saints to stand and live for You. Amen

Cheap-skates and Heart-takers

Daily Bible CoverThere is something so urgent that we have been called to. It's something that has a reward which is far greater then it's price. It's almost as if we walk away from the place we bought it and say, "Wow! I can't believe they were wanting to sell this for nothin'..." The price is so cheap in comparison to the value of the prize that many would say we stole it after they saw what it cost. Don't get me wrong, the price is steep in the beginning but cheap after our eyes have been opened to glory of what we have obtained. To some the reward is not worth its price because they don't see it's value... but to those who see it shining in the distance; they are not only willing to pay for it, they are willing to do whatever it takes to obtain it. Whatever it takes. It's a short statement that many have declared but few have been able to stand and say they've done. There are a few things that hinder and one is trying to maintain reputation. Another is the hardship, loss or pain that becomes before us as a gateway to the prize. Some would refer to that as a price they are not willing to pay, but to those who overcome by the blood of the Lamb and word of their testimony- they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to them. Our glorious reward.

The thing that is so urgent that we must be given...the thing that should be our drive, our reason and motivation is simply and plainly the heart of God. It's something we've been destined to carry and something that longs to beat inside of us. It's His heart that awakens us to walk in His ways and become His people. It's His heart that stirs in us as an all consuming fire- the desire to do "whatever it takes" for His purpose and for His people. His heart puts His disciples on display as men and women who are condemned to die for the sake of His cause. His heart within them can not be silenced by whips, it is not snuffed out by opposition, it can't be contained in a prison. His heart in us will unveil His perspective which makes the giants of worry and fear appear as locusts in the land He has given us.  Whatever it is that moves the heart of God should begin to shake in us as well until His compassion begins to take the reins in our lives as we arise as His people. His heart in us will awaken a warrior that will never be shaken- an army that will never be moved- a light that will never be hidden- His Kingdom that will never end.

Today we saw His heart beat within Paul and Silas. Delivering a girl from demonic possession, getting stripped and beaten for doing so and being chained in the innermost cell of a prison. Many would ask, "Was it really worth it?". "It was just one girl....and we don't even know if she's in a solid Bible-believing church now.... I bet she attends that 1st blasphemous church of Beelzebub on that highway to hell... Did anyone have her fill out a follow-up card? Was she baptized? She's probably out doing the same stuff she was doing...It was a waste of time and Paul and his buddy got beat and imprisoned for nothing..." Although we have a right to ask questions, I'm thankful that the compassion of God is given generously to all without finding fault. I'm glad that our God, who knows some might not thank Him or serve Him after their healing, restoration or miracle - and yet He still pours it out upon us BECAUSE HE IS GOOD AND HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER. The true miracle of Paul and Silas imprisonment wasn't that the prison walls were shaken while they were praising God. The true miracle was how walls of the Jailer and his family came down and they were set free as they were awakened to God's love for them.

I believe that if we were to ask Paul and Silas if those bruises and chains were worth the deliverance of 1 girl and an entire family, they would of responded with a unhesitating YES! Because the heart of God makes the price cheap in comparison to His glorious reward. A reward that isn't just reserved till death- it can be experienced today.

Jesus we ask that your heart would beat within us louder than before. May your compassion for your people stir within our hearts and cause us to be unshakable, unmovable and relentless towards the things You desire. Thank You Lord for the grace you have given and may that grace take root in our lives and bear tremendous fruit for all of those that you place around us. To God be the glory and may His light shine in us and through us! Amen

Go and Wait for it

Daily Bible CoverWe can take a look at a tree in the season of winter and begin to ridicule it for not having any leaves. It may look dead and some are quick to grab a hatchet and cut it to pieces. But there are those who are wise who know something about process and instead of calling the tree "dead" or "dying" proclaim it as "alive", "living" and "growing". Amazingly enough the first thing Jesus tells His disciples to do after He was taken up to heaven was "Go and wait for the gift my Father promised you...". To some this doesn't make sense because waiting seems like a waste of time, especially after you've seen Jesus rise from the grave and ascend into heaven. But for all of us who desire to follow Him there is an action of waiting on the Lord that is important in our lives. It's waiting until He calls you out onto the waves (Matt. 14:22-29). Waiting until He promotes you from the prison to the palace (Gen. 39-41). It's stepping into the river and waiting for it to die down so the generations after you can walk on dry ground to safety (Josh. 3:15-17). As you may have heard before, waiting time isn't wasted time. We are called to actively wait on the Lord instead of passively wait on Him. Actively waiting on Him is to continue to pursue His presence and walk in His ways until He opens the doors of His promise.

An example is when the apostles were "waiting for the gift" of the Holy Spirit. We see that they were in the right place at the right time with the right heart. We know that after Jesus was taken up, they went straight to the upper room and were praying and seeking God together in unity (Acts 1:12-14). We also know that they met together for 7 days until the Holy Spirit came upon them. Pentecost is 50 days after passover and Jesus was in the tomb for three of those days and appeared to the disciples for a period of 40 days after He was risen. This leaves a period of 7 days of pure waiting (which visually looked like everyone meeting together in prayer and expectation of receiving the promised gift). Although they were waiting, they weren't passively waiting...they were actively waiting as they came together, "got on their knees" and sought the Lord in great expectation of what He had promised them.

The time of the Holy Spirit's coming was strategic. He came when all the nations were coming to Jerusalem to celebrate the festival. This led to around 3,000 salvations. Had the Holy Spirit shown up the day Jesus ascended into heaven the timing and placement of the outpouring wouldn't have been as effective and impactful. Also it's crucial to point out that the gift of the Holy Spirit was a prerequisite of the church starting and it was to happen before they became his witnesses that would go to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8).

[Side Message] As Jesus was ascending, His command wasn't, "Alright guys, now that you've seen and heard all this stuff, go start the church out of your will power and get as many people in your auditorium to sing songs, pay tithes and listen to teachings." To many this is "the dream", that we would fill stadiums and start multiple "campuses" full of people who are good at singing, paying tithes, listen to sermons and attending services... but the church that Jesus gave His life for and desired to become the cornerstone of was a church of power! The truth is without the baptism of the Holy Spirit the church would've became as dead as the religious synagogues of its day. Jesus' heart was to make a way for man to commune with God and baptize His church with fire (the Holy Spirit) so that the same Spirit that raised Him from the grave would be in us to empower us to do His work and walk in His ways. We were created to have his Spirit in us.

[Original Message] We must not become discouraged when we are in a season of waiting upon the Lord. We know that when we wait upon the Lord to bring about the things He has promised, He is faithful. It's usually in a waiting season that seams so unproductive that God is doing His greatest work as He prepares and cleanses us so that He can launch us into the next season of increase. We never fully understand what God is doing or the worth of the wait until after we go through it. Those who persevere though those times of silence normally receive in them a deeper intimacy, a purer faith and greater relationship with their Savior that will enable them to stand strong in the places where He wants to take them. I believe waiting on the Lord is the greatest season that unveils who we truly are in Him. It's where the truest worship comes out of, where the greatest sermons our birthed from. It's where the testimony receives it's depth and power. It's in a season of waiting where a tree looks like it's dying, but in all reality its being set up for something greater.

Lord we thank You for where You have placed us right now. We wait on You and we thank You for Your great faithfulness. Show us how we can effectively use the things You have already placed in our hands so that this world will know You. We ask for Your Holy Spirit to rest on us and awaken us to Your great purpose for our lives. Thank You for Your presence, You are our prize, our goal and our great reward! Amen