October 2019

I am so encouraged by our church!! I hope that you love coming to church every week as much as my family and I do!!
 
Over the last few weeks we have been in a series that we’ve entitled, “Be Daring” as we have looked at the first healing miracle in the book of Acts when Peter and John heal the lame beggar at the Temple. When Peter first meets the lame beggar he says to him, “Look at us” (Acts 3:4). Peter was redirecting his attention here.   So the lame beggar “gave them his attention” in verse five, signifying a “look up” moment in his life. Now you have to remember, that this lame beggar had spent his whole life looking down in shame of his inability, but now he is being commanded to look up!
 
When I was a teenager I had a fear of heights, especially of roller coasters. I would still ride them despite this fear but would keep my eyes closed the entire time. Then one day I opened my eyes and looked up, I even brought myself to let go and put my hands in the air, C’MON!!! Once I trusted, I felt freed of the fear and the enjoyment went to another level.
 
I don’t know what has you looking down in your life, but can I encourage you today to give up whatever it is to the Lord, trust it into His capable hands, and LOOK UP. Let your purpose in life be greater than your now. Your “right now” might not be what you had expected nor what you may have wanted, but are you going to allow your now to cause you to drop your head and miss out on what God has for your tomorrow?! This week I went and visited one of our church members in the hospital, Ms. Elaine Bewley. As I walked into her room the evening of her surgery and asked her how she was, she replied with the infamous statement Ms. Elaine always declares… “I am blessed!” Although not everything had gone as she’d hoped in her procedure, she was still in high hopes and had decided to keep her head up, her eyes fixed on Jesus, trusting God with her now and asking the Lord to use her and her circumstances to make a difference for Him!
 
I’m reminded of Hebrews 12:2, which I love in the Passion Translation (TPT), “
We look away from the natural realm and we fasten our gaze onto Jesus who birthed faith within us and who leads us forward into faith’s perfection.[a] His example is this: Because his heart was focused on the joy of knowing that you would be his,[b] he endured the agony of the cross and conquered its humiliation,[c] and now sits exalted at the right hand of the throne of God!”
 
Church, don’t allow yourself to run from God because of your sin, your past failures or hard times; instead run TO God. Let go and let God have it. LOOK UP and fix your eyes on Jesus!!!
 
Your Pastor,
Brian Mills
 
4 Prayer points for our Church:
1. The 5 announcements below. Don’t let them just be another announcement to you, but let them become a prayer point for you.
2. Pray that we keep seeing people come to know Christ weekly, see them follow through in baptism, get plugged into small group and become Kingdom influencers for the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
3. Pray for “your ONE”.

Who is your One? The ONE person God has put on your heart that you need to reach out to and invite to church in ONE semester.

4. Weekly obedience in giving. We know that God has called us to be faithful with what He gives us through our tithes and offering. Remember that the tithe is the first fruits, or the first 10% of your paycheck you receive. An offering is over and above the tithe.

Would you pray with me that the Lord would keep shining His favor on our giving at Trinity. Giving has been great each month and we are on our journey of catching up in our annual budget as we started the year a little behind. I want to encourage you to help us catch up by simply being faithful in your tithe unto the Lord each month. The best way to do this consistently is to take part in the reoccurring online giving so that whether you’re in town or away, you can remain faithful and consistent in the tithe. giving.trinitychurchok.com


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