A few families gathering weekly in host-homes throughout the community are the hands & feet of the Body of Christ at South Church. The horizontal mission of the Church must be rooted in vertical love & knowledge of the Lord. As Jesus said, "Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks." Restore families seek to live out what is learned through Proclaim & Sustain.
Followers of Jesus, linked in arms, facing outward: growing in Truth, living on mission, sharing life together.
"We are pressed on every side"... pretty well sums it up for our Restore family.
Our trials, as yours, are many, forcing us to cling to Christ for strength, power to love where we don't naturally, and reminders that He is on His way: this is not our Home. These glimpses in the Scripture rejuvenate and kindle new hope that does not disappoint. We do not win all of our skirmishes, but--hallelujah!--the War is already won by Christ!!!
Please keep us in your prayers as we serve and hope to love each other better and better, by grace.
Pray for the Findleys, pray for the Chiles, pray for the McAfees, and the Smiths, pray for Les and the Keuers, pray for Bobbi. Pray for our wisdom, direction and zeal to keep on persevering in the Lord's service despite many emotional and physical obstacles.
It was our joy to participate in the fellowship & campout for families with middle & high schoolers this past weekend. We supplied lots of coffee, breakfast tacos, lunches and drinks before they headed off to float the river after devotion! :)
The Stephens have a new grand-baby boy and are rotating time here managing a monster garden and going to Dallas to be with kids. Pray for their road safety as well as Brad's.
Some updates on the Wednesday Restore Family:
At last week's Restore family meeting, we had an opportunity to live our faith: a friend was invited. Amen & thank You, Jesus!
Anyhow, first rattle out of the box our newly invited friend came out swinging, stating effectively that Jesus wasn't God. What would you do? How would you handle it? What would you say?
We meet Wednesdays at 6:30pm. Join us... and bring a friend.
Yes! Joy to the world, and this be the Joy of our hearts and souls!
With Christmas close at hand, the Advent season upon us, and right on the heels of our closing of yet another 9 Marks study, Conversion, the significance of His coming carries a new weight for some in our Monday night Restore family. One that is worthy of reverent meditation in awe of just how blessed we are to receive the Son of God and the gift of His Holy Spirit who gives us peace with the Father: friendship--or better yet, sonship--versus enmity; a reconciliation rooted in sorrow replaces our pride; God's mercy in place of His all-consuming wrath; His grace in place of deserved neglect; indescribable joy versus sadness; a well of hope rather than despair.
The reason we can celebrate this gift of conversion is the same reason we celebrate Christmas.
We have learned that true conversion manifests itself through the fruit of our lives, and we also know that two main components of the Fruit of the Spirit are love and faithfulness: the foundation of the Christian life. It is because He first loved us that we are able to love; it is because of His faithfulness that we are able to be faithful; through His goodness and lovingkindness that we have been chosen. Adopted... Redeemed... Converted... Saved.
Dear Church family, may we be so full of care, thanksgiving, and praise as we consider such Truth this Christmas. What a gift Christ is to us! And what a gift it is also to have God's Word, the Truth, to study together in freedom (physically and spiritually) in our Restore families.
What a privilege to know the Savior, Immanuel, Messiah, Yahweh--the One we have been saved to.
Rejoice! He hasn't only ransomed Israel!
The Lord has written such a beautiful and encouraging word in Hebrews 11 by citing the ancient heroes of faithfulness, the "great cloud of witnesses" surrounding believers, whose examples give testimony of faith, God's converting work, His transforming power, and the grace of Jesus Christ which keeps us all.
Therefore, since we have been given the gift of the Christ child, the Great High Priest,
We recently put our youngest as well as our old(er) Restore brothers and sisters to work filling envelopes in an efort to aid The Good Samaritan Clinic during their annual fundraiser. Everyone worked diligently, enjoyed the warm fellowship, and cookies, hot chocolate, and prayer afterwards.
We look forward to Taryn Hastings return home from College Station for the Christmas break, and are gearing up for our annual Christmas Eve Service with the First Responders. We plan to provide gifts, dinner, desserts, worship in song, a short message, and prayer. It is our petition that this ministry is as much a blessing to those receiving as it is to those giving. We cherish these times of service together!
Please keep Theresa Jones and her upcoming mission trip to Thailand in your prayers. We are grateful for your financial & prayerful support as she prepares to become a laborer in our Father's harvest field.
Thank you for your unity in mind and spirit through Christ. Merry Christmas!