February 13, 2015
Dear Eastridge Family,
Josh and I attended the M-15 Conference in Kansas City this week. There were some excellent speakers and good information shared during the event. Of course my favorite part was seeing some friends that I had not seen for several years. I was able to see some pastors from Alaska; I had lunch with a good friend who pastors a church in Washington State on one day. The next day I had lunch with another friend who pastors a church in North Dakota. Before we left Kansas City we shared a meal with the twins and enjoyed spending some time with them.
We have a number of items that I want to make you aware of in this enote; however before I get into some of those items let me take a moment to talk about “Why You Are Here.” Why did God create you and put you in the place you are? There are many books out there designed to help people discover their purpose. About a year ago we did a study as a church on “The Purpose Driven Life.” I love the way the author starts that book out with this line: “It’s not about you. It is about God.”
You cannot discover the real reason God made you without having an authentic relationship with Christ. In fact, you will never grasp the meaning of your life apart from an intimate relationship with Him.
You have been created by God and for God. Therefore, a first step to discover what God wants you to do with your life is to understand that it’s not really your purpose you should be seeking; it’s God’s purpose for you. Anything less will leave you unfulfilled.
The first thing He wants to do is to reconcile the world to Himself through love (John 3:16). Therefore, there is no way to find long-term fulfillment in something that is in opposition to—or even neutral to—that goal. Entertaining, perhaps. Fulfilling, no.
Because His desire is for us to “make disciples,” then it’s logical that we will be more fulfilled when our lives support that effort—or another of God’s purposes. This doesn’t mean that you have to be an evangelist. However your natural skills and talents can be used—if even in an indirect way—to help accomplish God’s purposes in the world.
There are numerous ways God can use you right now, right where you are. This is good news because everyone can experience fulfillment by leveraging their position in life to serve Him and help accomplish His purposes in the world.
Are you a teacher? A banker? A construction worker? A web designer? How can you use your current occupation to make disciples, love others, and demonstrate His grace? When you begin to take even the smallest steps toward using your gifts and talents to fulfill His purposes in the world–if even in an indirect way–then you can know the fulfillment that comes from experiencing the real reason you are here.
Alabaster offering will be received on February 22nd. Be sure to pick up an offering box if you have not already done so from the information table.
Money raised for this banquet will go towards the teens youth fund, and help them go on a mission trip this summer!
On Saturday February 21st from 10:30am-2:30pm Westside Church of the Nazarene is having a blood drive in honor of their pastor’s wife who is battling leukemia. If you are interested in donating blood you may contact Natalie Thomas at 469-4521 or firstname.lastname@example.org or David Young at 268-9057 for an appointment. You will need your photo id when you give blood.
Gaither Vocal Band
Central Community Church is having the Gaither Vocal Band in concert on Friday, April 10, 2015. The Church is located at 6100 W. Maple we have more information on the information desk in the church entryway.
MNU Night at Worlds of Fun
MNU Night at Worlds of Fun is Friday, April 24th, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. This event will once again be one of the many fun-filled activities of our MAX event. Join in the great times of fellowship and support for MidAmerica Nazarene University to make it a wonderful 41st year! By attending this year’s MNU Night at Worlds of Fun, you will not only have fun, but will help present and future students attend MNU.
Visit www.mnu.edu/worldsoffun to order your ticket online. Online tickets are printed instantly from your home or office, so be sure to have a printer handy. No refunds or credit will be issued for unused online tickets. Online tickets are $26.50 (plus tax) prior to Wednesday, April 4, and $30.00 (plus tax) after April 4.
Favorite Quotes of the Week
We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship. – C. S. Lewis
If you need something in addition to God to make you happy, that is your true King. – Timothy Keller
We can do more with 12 disciples than we can with 12,000 religious consumers. - Alan Hirsch
God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say. Yes, to be sure, but he does what is still more wonderful: he makes saints out of sinners. - Soren Kierkegaard
To be too busy with God’s work to commune with God is the highway to backsliding. – E. M. Bounds