Pastor Mark's Weekly Blog, Uncategorized

Live Wide Awake: Live!

We are in a new Summer Series from Laura Degroot’s book: Live Wide Awake

Romans 8

Ready, get set, slow!  This Sunday August 9th, 9:30am we are heading outdoors for worship at Crestview.  Plan on a socially distanced time together of 45-55 minutes on the front lawn.  Bring your own lawn chair and beverage.  Hand sanitizer and masks will be available as needed.    

Please make a wise decision for you and your family regarding attendance in person considering factors such as age, medical condition, and overall health.  If you are not feeling well or have been exposed to anyone who has recently tested positive for the coronavirus, we ask that you stay home.

We will have two options available for those who will not be attending the service in person: live streaming of the service in actual time (details will arrive in your email inbox later this week with instructions to access) or audio link (posted to our church website following the service.) 

It is in our Creator Redeemer God that we live, move, breathe, and have our being.  As we look toward fall ministry and engagement at Crestview Church and in our communities, continue in prayer for one another and for our neighbors.  God desires to make his name known, his presence felt, and his love understood and experienced.  And for some reason known only to Him, his preferred way to make himself known is through his people.  Now is the time to shine.  Now is a time for faith.  

Keep your eyes and ears open for the whispers and promptings of the Holy Spirit.  And step in and step forward to be used by God as a person of light.  With negativity flying around like supercharged neutrinos, I’ve been focused on a couple of Scripture texts:

  • Philippians 4:8, “Whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, praiseworthy – think about such things.”
  • James 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.  But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt…”

Here is a question in preparation for Sunday’s message, do you believe that God is good?  Your answer to this question will inform much about your faith.  Your answer may also reveal much about your life experiences and how they have affected you – positively or negatively.  Your answer informs deeply how you respond to the challenges of your day and affect everything from your love of spouse and neighbor, your parenting, the ways you engage work and play, the amount of anxiety and worry you carry around…  your answer to this question informs every area of life.  

God’s Shalom and Goodness rest on you,
Pastor Mark