Tuesday, October 6, 2015


Last Sunday Celebration Community Church met at Beach Schmidt Performing Arts Center to kick off our “Forward Faith Campaign” It was nice to have all of our morning services all together in one place as Pastor Brant, Pastor Derek and I talked about moving forward in faith. For the next 40 weekdays in these blogs I will be focusing on faith. On most days I will include family discussion questions and on some days children’s activities.  

The Bible defines faith in Hebrews 11:1 like this:
 “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see”.  How exciting! 

We all know what it’s like to live in a rut. Too often what starts with great promise settles into a lifelong habit of routine.  A couple gets married - yet somehow a promise of lifelong love turns into habit and routine.  A business gets started - but before long the dream turns into drudgery.  A fresh and real commitment to Christ is made - yet you find yourself settling for the average life rather than the abundant life.  Faith makes the difference!  Faith helps us to handle the two main things that might push us into the rut of routine...

Life’s disappointments...
Disappointment can make us feel, “I guess that’s all there is... I’ll have to learn to settle for less.”    Faith energizes us to look past our disappointments and to see God’s promises.

Life’s successes...
Disappointment can make us bitter... success can make us self-satisfied.  A little success can be a dangerous thing!  Faith has the power not only to help us with our struggles, but also our successes.  Faith puts success in perspective.  It reminds me that I’m not the source of the success - it is God who has given these gifts to me. It also helps me to see that I’m not the reason for the success.  God is! 

Family Discussion Question:  Is disappointment or is success the greater challenge in your life right now?

Children’s activity:  Show your children how “ingrained” a routine can become by having an “unroutine” day:  Have everyone sit at different places when you eat or watch T.V... or sleep with your head at the foot of your bed.  You come up with ideas.... have fun with this!

Your pastor and partner in ministry,

If you did not get a chance to see the Forward Faith Campaign Video you may view it at: https://vimeo.com/141416246 

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