I think many of us can agree that this world seems to get darker by the day. Tragedies too numerous to count. I can’t turn on my tv without feeling heartbroken for all that’s happening.
Life was intended for us to have relationships. Not only with a spouse but with those in the church. With those in our lives. In all my years of serving in the church, I have seen that far too many people are unwilling to take time to build relationships. They come in, hear an inspirational message, and are off until next week.
Could this be the churches problem?!
Or, could it be that people just don’t value relationships?!
I think it’s a little of both! There are churches that don’t encourage relationships and fellowship with their congregation. And, there are also people who just don’t see the importance of fellowship and connecting with people. We have lost the value of one of one, genuine friendship.
With social media, all the blogs, the podcast, YouTubers and so on, we are replacing those things for real true genuine relationships with REAL people.
Fight the distraction
Before I go on, let’s get one thing straight – I’M NOT COMPLAINING about the church! I’m simply challenging you to think about your view on relationships.
Regardless of what your view is on this, one thing holds true since the beginning of time.
WE HAVE AN ENEMY OF OUR SOULS!
In the garden of Eden where Adam and Eve had one on one relationship with God and each other, somewhere along the line, their relationships got distracted. At a vulnerable point in Eves life, the serpent caught her unexpected, then gave her a twisted version of partial truth entangled with lies.
This then caused Eve to believe something, that wasn’t true, and resulted with consequences of broken relationships. Broken relationship with God and each other.
The TRUTH is that we are constantly being drawn to something other than what is true, pure and noble and it’s causing us to live a life that wasn’t intended from the start.
We are living lives apart from relationships.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
Philippians 4:8 NIV
God intended us to have healthy, loving, person to person relationships.
When was the last time you reached out to a person that you know was hurting?
When was the last time you sat down and had face to face conversations with someone other than your “squad”?
With all that’s happening around a world that seems to get worse by the day, I am compelled to live a life of love that my children can witness and hopefully follow.
The other day I was in line at the store and a young mom was in front of me. I wanted to hurry back home. I had soo much stuff to do around the house. The young woman forgot something in her car and told the cashier she would be back. I was next in line, as the woman walked back in and was about to walk back to the end of the line. I moved my stuff back and allowed her to take her place back in line. She looked at me with such a grateful smile and said thank you. Almost, as if she was shocked that someone would do something so kind.
I walked out of the store feeling so good, to be able to do something soo small in my eyes, yet her expression said so much more. As I walked to my car, I heard the Holy Spirit whisper to me “Kindness goes a long way”. Only God knows how that small act of kindness, could make a greater impact in a persons life.
A Call To Action
I’d like to challenge you – to take a step of faith and do something out of the norm for you! On Sunday when you’re at church, pray, and ask the Holy Spirit to show you someone, whom you can approach and get to know them on a personal level.
If not church, your workplace.
When we meet people who don’t know Jesus, sometimes sharing Jesus isn’t the first part of a relationship. It’s being Jesus to them!
When trust takes place we can then share about Jesus. There are steps to take depending on whom you are sharing to.
“People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”
~ Theodore Roosevelt
“We meet people by chance
But we deepen relationship by choice.”
~ Adam Friedrich
Can I encourage you to make the choice today to be one, who will take that first step of being intentional, about becoming relational.
I can assure you that, the person I am today who isn’t afraid to approach you in love, didn’t come naturally. It’s been 10 years in the making. Although, it has definitely gotten easier over time.
As I am continually allowing God to work in and through me, I am being amazed at how God works. I’m constantly blown away by His goodness!
I am soo blessed to be part of a church that has the desire to reach out to our community.
“Where there is no vision [no revelation of God and His word], the people are unrestrained; But happy and blessed is he who keeps the law [of God].”
PROVERBS 29:18 AMP
My church is constantly trying new ways that will inspire us and challenge us to walk in integrity and be filled with the Love of Christ, to reach a dying world that is separated from God. To be a “Jesus” in someone’s world.
Our Pastors are visionaries! And I don’t say that lightly. I’m humbled to have loving, caring Pastors who genuinely wanna see you fulfill your destiny in life. They inspire both my husband and I.
I’d like to ask 2 things of you, in our ever-going mission to reach out…
1. Pray for our church. There is soo much that goes on behind the scenes. Pray, that God would continue to give them the creativity, wisdom and continual love.
2. Give. If you are a member of PCOC (Praise Chapel Orange County), my prayer is that you are giving of your talents and treasures. We have so much going on, and it couldn’t be done without those who obediently give.
Why should I give???
I think this question comes up so often. Too many people overlook how far their money can go and lose the importance of giving. Or, like I mentioned earlier are believing a lie from the enemy that the church takes your money, and I’m return refuse to give.
We have our 180 men’s home, in which is our live-in home for men who are recovering from addiction and trying to get their life back on track. We have our nightlife church for young adults, every Thursday evening. We have our Elevate Nights which meets Friday for our youth. We have our Fullerton Campus, and our Newest Campus in Albuquerque, New Mexico that we support, which are currently in the process of building the church.
If you’d like to see and read about our church, click here to view some videos and get a glimpse of what’s going on.
We have fundraisers that we do each year to help raise money for cost of these things. Unfortunately, the end result isn’t always meeting the needs.
If you currently don’t have a home church and live in OC, come see what God is doing in the city or Orange. We’d love to have you come be a part of it.
If you don’t live in Southern California, but would like a peep of what’s going on you can get the app on your phone and follow through with us on Sunday, livestream.
All you have to do is text “PCOC APP” to ‘77977’. You’ll receive the link to get the app. Once you’ve downloaded the app, be sure to connect with our Orange Campus.
If God has placed a burden in you to give financially, click here and be a part of what we are doing.
“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.”
Colossians 3:1-2 NLT
I’m certain that when we meet God face to face, we will see all the lives that were touched through our prayers, and our giving.
My prayer is that you have been challenged to LOVE out LOUD!!!
Remember love ‘isn’t’ the warm fuzzy feeling we get in our heart, but it is a choice we make everyday to live and be love, even when we don’t feel a person is worthy of it.
“Love never gives up on people. It never stops trusting, never loses hope, and never quits.”
1 Corinthians 13:7 ERV
Take a look at this video of our latest baptism. Seeing people make a change in their life, never gets old.
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Praying for you friend! May Gods love cover over you and compel you to be a person that you never thought you could be. May you step outside of comfort zones and release Gods power and anointing in all you do for His Kingdom.
Rest in Him friend,