Family Note – 2/28/21

February 28, 2021

Dear Church Family,

Our Sunday Celebration today can be accessed on YouTube video stream at around 10:45 AM (12:45 AM Asia).

Feel free to visit the Shalom 2021 page to review this past Sunday’s message on the biblical examples of hard-hearts and soft-hearts.  This survey of scripture has imparted to us the following principles to our 2021 roadmap:

  • Hard-heart Persists in Protecting Self-interest
  • Soft-heart Flows in the Fruit of the Spirit

This topic has proven to be quite rich, and has afforded us a second part, which I creatively titled: Preparing for Kingdom Encounters – Pictures of the Heart 2.  For part 2, we will ponder on how is it that Peter and Judas, both started together side-by-side with the greatest Leader ever, can end up so differently.  Their case provides a powerful lesson on how a soft-heart during kairos can make the difference between destiny and demise, life and death, heaven and hell.  It’s astounding that a simple heart attitude can swing us through such extremes – probably the greatest extremes in all creation.  As such, it’d be worth our effort to master this discipline of “soft-heart,” don’t you think?

Speaking of extremes, Chicago is forecasted to be near 50 F today (Sunday).  That is a swing of about 60 degrees in just 14 days.  God seems to be speaking about extremes, and may those with a soft-heart hear…

The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge.
There is no speech or language
where their voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.

-Psalm 19:1-4

Let’s stand together as a body to bring God our best possible worship with our offerings of sacrifice – and astound Him with our faith.

For tithing during this time, please click here to see the three ways listed by our finance team.

Experience Emmanuel!


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