Will you join us for Advent? (And why call it Advent and not just Christmas-time or “Happy Holidays?”)
The past few weeks, we’ve sung this song in our local church gathering. It is a song of simple repentance. It undoes me. It brings us all back to the glory of the gospel, our desperate need for His grace. It is a song for us all. I like how our guys sing it best, probably because I love them and they don’t have fancy voices. *smile* But you can listen to it here, and sing along as the lyrics go like this…
This weekend the elders of our Renew church family, along with their wives, went away for a weekend of prayer and seeking the Lord, through the Scriptures, regarding His will for healing. As many of you know, this past year has been a journey for me of allowing God’s Word to be the only and final authority on the subject of divine healing, and specifically His will for us regarding various forms of suffering.
1/4/15. We pause to listen in as Kari Patterson shares about the rhythm of seeking Jesus first each day through reading the Bible and prayer. #pause #loveGod1st
All year long the Renew Family will be following the covenant promises of God found in the whole Bible. From Genesis to Revelation we will see the God of Promise, how He has made exceedingly great promises and the phenomenal lengths He has gone to keep those promises. Will you follow along by daily seeking God first? Follow a plan for helpful guidance.
Now for the plans …
This winter storm and the accompanying road conditions all over Clackamas County have us making the early decision to not gather at the Revival Building in Oregon City on Sunday morning, February 9th.
Rather, we will Take Back Sunday by pursuing rest, recreation, and relationships in our neighborhoods.
How will we do that?
Starting in January 2014, RENEW will be following the journey of the Scriptures, from Genesis to Revelation, tracking the Story of God and His people. We’re calling this series EPIC: following the Hero of God’s Story. How much more powerful and life-changing with the movement of God’s Spirit be in the RENEW family when we’re all reading God’s Word in our homes, embracing and embodying the grace and truth of Jesus our King!
Now for the plans …
The most important thing you can do in 2013 is cultivate a devotional life that facilitates the intimate nearness of God.
You won’t accidentally get close to God.
So, for 2014, I wanted to encourage you to embrace a focused intentionality in your devotional life. Here are some things I have been thinking through with regards to my devotional practices for this New Year.
This song Kari wrote follows the lessons in the Gospel Project unit on Israel, the Northern Kingdom (1st Kings 16—2nd Kings 17)
The most common question we (Jeff and Kari) are asked these days is this:
“What makes this new church-plant any different from all the other churches all over the place?”