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Be a Blessing

To live completely for Christ.

Mission statements are funny things. We read them. We see them, but do we really think them through?

To live completely for Christ.

We all agree with this statement. We want to live this out. We want to live completely for Christ. The struggle comes with thinking about what this means on a daily basis.

These were the ideas swirling around my head as we headed into this new series on Sundays- Kingdom Habits. Last week, I challenged the church to do something. The challenge was this:

I will bless three people this week, at least one of whom is not a member of our church.

Each week during this series, I will bring a new challenge. Each challenge is designed to help us live completely for Christ. It is my hope that our mission statement moves past a written statement and becomes a lived statement.

What does it mean to bless someone? Pastor Michael Frost writes, “Anything that relieves their burden in life. Anything that helps them breathe more easily. Anything that lifts their spirit or alleviates their distress. It can be a small thing or large.”

This week, I hope you have thought about this challenge. God has generously poured out His love for us and we are called to generously pour out our love for our neighbor. I would love to hear how your week has gone. Has God opened a door for you this week? Has the Spirit led you to do something new this week? I’d love to hear your story. If you want to email me, you can use this link.

Grace and peace,

Pastor John

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