When God says, “Don’t preach.”

when god says don't preach

I’ve been trying to figure out how best to write down my thoughts about what happened at Evangel Church this past Sunday. I thought that if wrote it down on social media it would come off the wrong way. But to not say ‘anything’ I felt was horribly unfair to hiding what God did. So I thought I would blog about it.

Church on Sunday was something I will probably never forget. I’ve had a few days now to think more about what happened; about what God was doing in the hearts of all of us as a church family.

The service was an hour and a half of “God’s agenda… not ours.” From the moment the congregation started singing I knew that something different was going to happen. There was no emotional reprieve… only momentum. With each verse, each chorus, each song the level of anticipation and sense of God’s Presence grew. It was like being on a date between the Maker and the Made that hit it off from the get go and was only getting better as the date went on.

I looked around and people had already started to come up into the altar area on their own. People were hungry. People ARE hungry for what God is doing. By the time I went up after the ‘singing’ (we ended up singing for another 30 minutes afterwards) I called others to join those already up at the front. Called people to come up who were lacking the Presence of the Holy Spirit in their lives. Called for those who were sick to be prayed for by anyone around them.

There was ministry¬†EVERYWHERE…. People crying. People praying for those who were crying. People standing with hands raised. People curled up on the floor weeping. Presence… everywhere.

Let me be clear. There was no ‘smoking gun’ for the service. No new song. No ‘special’ event that tipped the scales. There wasn’t a new formula for us to now try to mimic.

There was though a sense of expectancy in the room. I could already sense it during the preservice prayer. We were waiting. We were longing. We were desiring more of God.

What I have found over the years is that we only get more of God in our lives one way… by releasing more of ourselves. Surrender.¬†It’s not about God deciding to give us more of Himself. He gave us His Son! He built the broken bridge of relationship all the way over to us… except for one last step. That step is the only step towards God we need to take.

I didn’t feel right preaching on Sunday. It was already noon. Our time of worship made celebrating communion one of the most memorable I’ve ever experienced. We ‘felt’ the joy of what we gained from Jesus’ sacrifice. His Presence.

Jeremiah 2:2 says “I remember the devotion of your youth, how as a bride you loved Me.” I got to see what I’ve been ‘seeing’ for a long time for Evangel. A Bride totally in love with the Groom; and a Groom loving on the Bride that He laid down His life for.

At least that’s how I see it,

 

C

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Why Should I Read The Bible?

I just came back from vacation. While I was packing before I left, I stared at my Bible and dealt with the “is this going to put my weight over my luggage allowance?” My mind started justifying leaving it behind and then read it on my phone or iPad.

But my Bible is what I use every day as part of my time spent with God. I even underline it with one of those four-colour pens that click (feel like I’m in middle school each time I change colours).

Mike and I did our latest video on why reading the Bible is so important. Take a couple of minutes and hear why we feel like taking time reading the Bible matters so much.

At least that’s how I see it,

 

C

The Smell of Coffee

I like making coffee in the morning. Smelling that aroma. It fills the room. It let’s everyone know that it’s time to get up and face the day. 

Imagine if we allowed God’s Spirit to fill our lives the same way? Allowed Him to let us know it’s time to face the day. 

Life is better when it starts with a cup of Java. Life is better when it starts with His Spirit even more so. 

At least that’s how I see it,

C

The Smell of Coffee

I like making coffee in the morning. Smelling that aroma. It fills the room. It let’s everyone know that it’s time to get up and face the day. 

Imagine if we allowed God’s Spirit to fill our lives the same way? Allowed Him to let us know it’s time to face the day. 

Life is better when it starts with a cup of Java. Life is better when it starts with His Spirit even more so. 

At least that’s how I see it,

C

Gold Medals Are Made Of Sweat!!!

I’m starting to see more and more advertising about the Olympics. Brazil… I’m sure it will be beautiful to watch that culture celebrate with the other nations the best of the best. 

But no one will accidentally become the best. No world records will be broken by ‘taking a stab at it’… ok… maybe fencing. 

It takes effort! Dedication! Determination! Excelling needs a passion to succeed. 

Not much is different in our Christian lives. We succeed by making every day count. Every moment count. Making our lives count. 

At least that’s how I see it,

C

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Get Over It!

I think we all have things in our life that we wished we had never done. Mistakes. Bad choices. Failed attempts to do the right thing.

But too often we hang the mantle of our purpose on the coat rack of our past instead of discovering the potential of our purpose by wearing it with courage and conviction.

At least that’s how I see it,

 

C

PS – Here is a clip from Kerry’s message a couple of weeks ago addressing this very thing. Enjoy.

 

Coming Home Is Always Shorter

This past Sunday I sat and listened to Kerry give her testimony… her “Love Story” as she called it. I had never heard the story of the Prodigal Son that way before. It still is affecting me almost a week later.

We often focus on how ‘far’ we have moved away from God rather than how ‘close’ we are able to come back. We forget that He is waiting for us to return back to Him and then starts running to ‘meet us’. HE is the one who shortens the journey back to Him.

At least that’s how I see it,

 

C

PS – We launched a new series for our YouTube Channel called “McK and Mike” and we continued the conversation from Sunday. If you want to hear Kerry’s message you can click on this link right here. Enjoy.

 

 

Speak Into The Next Generation

Who are the mentors in your life? Who shaped you? Who made you who you are?

Now, who is going to say the same thing about you? Who is going to say or write ‘your’ name when asked the same question?

I hope some people mention me. Not to praise me or elevate me… but to bring meaning and purpose to my life. That somehow I passed on the torch to the next generation and made it better.

At least that’s how I see it,

 

C

 

New Day… New Reasons

Love requires action. It is never intended to be a noun between two people but a verb.

Today, I thought I would share some thoughts on how my love has changed over the years.

Enjoy.

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