Sisters/Brothers/Family in, through, and for Jesus,
I've been running a little poll: "When did the revival really pick up speed on the corner of Lincoln and Main?"
A handful of flattering suggestions.
References to pruning and purging.
Return of Sunday School.
Resurrection of 4 well-attended adult SS classes.
Unleashing of DOMA.
Wineskin-expanded Praise Team.
Affirmation and applause for all of our musical gifts.
Playground (Gift and Family of Faith Construction)
Romans 16 identification and isolation of inhibitions to Christocentrically Biblical witnesses like...
Extended care of family and beyond via on-site therapist.
Positive VBS inertia.
Surely, all of the above except the flattering suggestions.
While I may be wrong but don't think I am or I wouldn't mention it, I am convinced His power was especially released by our selfless, sacrificial, inconvenient, persistent, consistent, and continuing response substantively and incarnationally to the Joplin tornado and establishment of our First Response Team (You!) in concert with sister/brother/family congregations (parochial and ecumenical).
I am even more convinced that the revival will kick into overdrive and move off the charts in Biblical ways when we become temporarily inconvenienced to help feed the hungry (souls and bellies) in forthcoming alliances that will stun the religionists in Belvidere, Boone/McHenry/Winnebago Counties, our/other franchises, and beyond while encouraging/emboldening women/men/girls/boys who hunger and thirst for an authentic relationship with Jesus and people who really love Jesus.
The disgraces of ecclesiastical/egotistical segregation, separation, and schism along with those walls of denominational divisions so insulting to what Jesus had in mind for us in John 17 are about to..."Priests/Pastors/People, tear down this wall!"
As the playground has added daily color and invitational, welcoming, including, and loving winsomeness to the north side of the campus, we're gonna resurrect those yellow family of faith signs and post 'em over bland spots and then blare our goal, ambition, and prayer:
"A Beacon for Jesus!"
"A Safe Haven for Everyone!"
Stay tuned to www.bnnsradio.com, www.belvpresbyterian.org, weekly bulletins, regular newsletters, and scripts for updates that will announce increasing movement from trickles to rivers of living water.
Jesus: "It's time! The Kingdom of God is near! Seek forgiveness, change your actions, and believe this good news!"
Blessings and Love!