Well, before Brad even got into the message, God spoke through him to me. He was talking about how his morning went last Sunday, which was the Big Give Sunday. He was asking God to come through and provide in a HUGE way the finances needed for the building. Part of that prayer for him went something like this, “God, I want to have faith and I think I have faith but I’m not so sure.” Then, after the Big Give, he got the official amount and it was over $70,000!!! WOW! Just wow! He went on to say, “Why do we ever question what God can and will do?” I have several on-going prayers that I have been praying about for years and years. After so long, and them not being answered (in the way I’m praying for), it is difficult to keep faith and hope. Especially, when all of them seem to take a turn for the worse. I recently memorized Romans 8:28 for much needed encouragement, “And we know that in ALL things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” I’m still learning to have joy in the hard circumstances, but these circumstances are growing me in that area, and for that I am thankful. The good may not be coming in the people’s lives I’m praying for yet, but there is GREAT good in me growing deeper in my relationship with the Lord. I see God pull off the unthinkable, like the Big Give Sunday, and know he is real, able, and to be praised!
On to the message… “Harmony in the Church.”
Vertical Life Church definitely has this figured out. You can feel the harmony as soon as you walk in the doors, actually before then, as you’re greeted outside. This is so important and honestly hard to find. The divide within Christians is alarming. We are called to unity, peace, and NOT stirring the pot, but more and more you see one Christian have to give their opinion which contradicts a fellow Christian’s opinion, and the back and forth cycle starts This does SO much harm to the unbelievers watching. I am so very grateful to have found a Church home that places high value on maintaining harmony.
What stood out to me the most was the very last verse, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” When you keep that on the forefront of your mind, “I’m doing this for God, I’m making this decision for God,” all the things in the previous verses should come more naturally. Compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, bearing with one another, forgiving, loving, peace, thankfulness, allowing the Word to take root in you, equipping each other, and singing with gratitude. It, of course, is not always easy because we are fighting our flesh, but the more you spend intimate time with God and get to know Him better, the more the Holy Spirit then leads your words, thoughts, and actions. And that is absolutely what I want!
Christen Calhoun serves on the hospitality team at the kids check-in table at VLC. She is married to Ben who you have probably seen rocking out with his guitar, and mother to 3 children, Leo 9, Ryder 7, and Violet 3. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, bible study, anything that gets your adrenaline pumping, crafting, and finding killer deals when she shops.