A Prayer For City Station

Man praying with the BibleI am blessed to be part of Southern Hills Christian Church. Our church is in the process of building City Station (www.citystation.org) in Carrollton, GA. Our church is made up of millionaires, the poorest people, ex-convicts, attorneys, doctors, truck drivers, REALTORS, factory works – you name the demographic and we have them. We have white, black people, Hispanic among others. Our church has people from all sorts of spiritual backgrounds as well. We are quite a mix of our culture in general, which is what I think church should look like. Our community is made up of many different cultures and that is reflected in our church. (A 5 minute video about City Station)

The foundation of the building is being installed now. The building is set to open in May 2018. City Station will feature a gymnasium that will serve as our gathering room for worship on the weekend. It will also feature a restaurant (not sure what type of food yet) that will offer healthy food options. We will also have a pre-school during the week and the rooms will double as rooms for our children’s ministry during the weekend services. City Station features covenant student housing for University of West Georgia students (60 students). Our fitness center will feature a great work-out facility complete with fitness classes and training. We offer Biblical Counseling (aka Soul Care) and there will be meeting rooms available for that ministry. Our staff offices will be there as well. There will be lots of common space to meet and connect with others. Southern Hills Christian Church will be the church who meets at City Station.

I came across this prayer of Paul for the church at Thessalonica and it is my prayer for our church. Check this out…

12 And may the Lord cause you to increase and overflow with love for one another and for everyone, just as we do for you. 13 May he make your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints. Amen. (1 Thessalonians 3:12-13 CSB)

I think this is an excellent prayer to pray on behalf of every church that introduces people to Jesus. I believe that church should be a place where misfits and idiots can meet Jesus and change the course of their lives. Before I met Him, I was on a crash course for hell. Because of what He did, I now have confidence of my eternal home in heaven. The gospel is simple – make Jesus Lord of my heart and He changes everything else. It may be simple, but it’s not necessarily easy to live out.

As you read this short blog – I pray that you might get interested in knowing Jesus and surrendering your heart to His way and His will for you. It’s a journey NOT a destination. There are many church who are biblically sound in teaching – find one and connect. The church is not meant to be a club of Christians, rather it’s to be a lab where we honestly live out our faith, helping one another along.

www.sohillscc.com

Pressing On!

Dwayne

New Menu

menuI enjoy going to a new restaurant and gazing at the menu. I should confess that I also like to look at the pictures. Some of my favorite restaurants are the ones with the simplest menus. I do like choices and I also like to mix and match the sides to make my meal what I want. If I go to a restaurant where all they have is one thing, there is no need for a menu. I have a couple of breakfast restaurants where I enjoy breakfast and I never need a menu.

The people of Israel have just crossed the Jordan (on dry land) and are at Gilgal. They are about to start their conquest of the land with the city of Jericho. I didn’t realize that all this time, the Lord had still been providing manna every morning. Check this out…

10 On the evening of the fourteenth day of the month, while camped at Gilgal on the plains of Jericho, the Israelites celebrated the Passover. 11 The day after the Passover, that very day, they ate some of the produce of the land: unleavened bread and roasted grain. 12 The manna stopped the day after they ate this food from the land; there was no longer any manna for the Israelites, but that year they ate the produce of Canaan. (Joshua 5:10-12 NIV)

The Lord provided manna for years and years, but now their dream of a new land and new food choices was coming true. I think it’s cool to branch out every now and then to try new menu choices. I’ve learned that there are some things I don’t really prefer to eat, if I have a choice. Food is needed to sustain our physical body. I am blessed to live in a land where food is plentiful. I was moved by the way the Lord was faithful in providing the manna even though it wasn’t mentioned for a while in scripture. The Lord was providing all those years and now He’s provided differently.

The Lord is creatively providing for me all the time. I’m grateful every day for His Provision and Presence. I’m grateful for choices. I’m grateful for His Spirit in me that helps me notice His Presence. I am blessed beyond words with the Lords provision and while His provision might change, it never stops. (All this talk about food has made me hungry for breakfast- lol!)

Pressing On!

Dwayne