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A Great Result!

1 Corinthians 12:9, [The Lord] said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you…”

List the things you can be absolutely certain of.  Short list, isn’t it?  We can’t trust the economy or the government. Best friends and closest family can let us down. Our next breath isn’t assured.

Isn’t that why peace eludes most people?

Those who are close to God know a peace and joy that transcends human understanding because we know that God is always on His throne.  Nothing ever surprises Him.  He is for us more than we are for ourselves.  Whatever He provides is always sufficient.

Commitment cards are still coming in.  Counts are being done.  So, I don’t know what the final numbers will be.  Yet, we can be confident that whatever the results, it’s going to be great!

Am I being optimistic?  No. I’m certain of the most important matters.

1) God is building NL.  The NL story is the story of God’s leading and blessing.  He has brought us to this point.

God has not brought us to this point to abandon us.  He’s led us to make His Name Great!

The question is not whether or not God’s Name will be made great.  The only question is what part will we have in allowing God to make His name great through us.

2) God is in His people.  As I talk with people, I hear an enthusiasm about God.  I can sense the energy that God is giving you for His honor.

Over the last 3 years, God has created the largest energetic core that we’ve ever had.  God is developing a new core for a new era!

3) I’m not sure we’ll hit our target of 80% involvement (that would be 325 individuals and families).  Please pray for a miracle, because 80% saying, “Yes, we’ll pick up a brick,” would be near miraculous.  And, God (and you) can still do that.

However, I am confident that whatever the results, significantly more people will make formally say, I’m in! That’s huge because everyone matters in the body!

I understand Paul’s feelings when, after being overwhelmed by God’s grace, he writes,

Have you ever come on anything quite like this extravagant generosity of God, this deep, deep wisdom? It’s way over our heads. We’ll never figure it out.

Is there anyone around who can explain God?
Anyone smart enough to tell him what to do?
Anyone who has done him such a huge favor
that God has to ask his advice?

Everything comes from him;
Everything happens through him;
Everything ends up in him.
Always glory! Always praise!
Yes. Yes. Yes.

(Romans 11:33-36. The Message)

Brett Andrews,  Lead Guy

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