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

Soul Hope

hope ave and change wayI don’t always think about my soul. I think about my physical self – shaving, showering, eating, drinking, exercising (not really) and clothing my body. I don’t always sit around and think about the shape or condition of my soul. I do know the Lord and I talk with Him often about nearly everything. I was reminded today that the Lord is the Keeper of my soul. Check this out…

1 My heart is not proud, Lord,

    my eyes are not haughty;

I do not concern myself with great matters
 
   or things too wonderful for me.
2 But I have calmed and quieted myself,

    I am like a weaned child with its mother;
 
   like a weaned child I am content.
3 Israel, put your hope in the Lord
 
   both now and for evermore. (Psalm 131:1-3 NIV)

 

I really should spend more time on my soul than on my body. My soul is eternal and my body is temporary. My soul is the part that the Lord is most concerned with. My body is what everyone else sees, the clothes I’m wearing, the hairstyle I’ve had forever, and the pudgy stomach that is still too big. The Lord sees my soul. The Lord wants my soul in good condition. The Lord wants me to care for my soul. The hope of my soul is the Lord. He is my Hope for Eternity. He helps me care for my soul. He helps me protect my soul.

If the Lord is the Hope of my soul, then my soul is healthy!

Pressing On!
Dwayne