Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘Infrastructure’

One of the key distinctions between developed and undeveloped nations is the adequacy of sewage removal and treatment.  The capacity to properly deal with sewage creates the environment for growth, health, and prosperity.

Proper sewage removal is equally essential to the human soul.

Ezekiel 47 paints a picture of a river flowing from the throne of God.  Verses 8-11 read:

He said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, where it enters the Sea. When it empties into the Sea, the water there becomes fresh. Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live. Fishermen will stand along the shore; from En Gedi to En Eglaim there will be places for spreading nets. The fish will be of many kinds—like the fish of the Great Sea. But the swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they will be left for salt.”

It is intriguing that this great river flowing from the temple has the capacity to bring life to every place that it flows, except to the swamps and marshes.

The distinction of the swamps and marshes is their lack of an outlet for the river.  Swamps and Marshes have a way for the river to flow in, but no way for anything to flow out, and the water there cannot become fresh.

Do you have a way for things to flow out of your life?

What are you doing with the years of emotional sewage that have developed in your soul?

The sewage is not the problem.  Everything living creates sewage of one type or another.  The problem occurs when the sewage is not properly dealt with and it becomes toxic to all other life around it.

The capacity to properly deal with “the stuff” of life creates the environment for growth, health, and prosperity.  May you find grace to flush what needs flushing today.

If you are a member of EFC, one of the best ways to learn to do just this is to attend a Spiritual Freedom Retreat, which will be held May 14-15.  Space is limited, so register today at www.efcsweetwater.com by clicking on the “Freedom” icon.

Podcast

To learn more about how to F.L.U.S.H. away the heartaches of life, listen to Infrastructure: Sewage System.

Links

Click here to learn more about the History of the toilet.

On the Radar

Night of Worship this Wednesday, May 5, from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the sanctuary.  Join us for a wonderful evening of worship, art fusion, and family time.

Youth Volleyball Night at Sonic, Wednesday, May 5, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. 

Make plans to participate in the National Day of Prayer, Thursday, May 6.  The Prayer Center will be open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.  A special time of prayer for kids will be available in the church sanctuary from 5 pm to 7 pm., as well.  Both events are come-and-go.

THIS Saturday is our Garage Sale for our kids grades 2-5 who are going to camp (due to the rain this past weekend.)  If you’d like to donate some items, please drop them off this Wednesday evening or contact Pastor Lolo at peterandlorinlopez@gmail.com to arrange a different drop-off time.

We invite all new believers to participate in the upcoming Baptism Celebration, Sunday, May 16, at 6:00 pm at First Christian Church.  Please make plans to attend one of our Baptism classes as well.  Contact Pastor Eric for more information.

Family Connection

Parents, be sure to check out the Worldchangers website.  We align our Bible curriculum from the nursery all the way up to our youth.  Access the Family Connection page on the website to bring your children’s Bible lesson home to the kitchen table. 

We also have all the info you need about RAMP, our ministry to youth in Sweetwater High School and Middle School and surrounding campuses, as well, at www.efcyouth.com.

You Heard it at EFC

Been trying to remember one of those awesome songs we sang?  Here is our worship list from yesterday, for those of you who just absolutely need a copy for yourself.  You can usually find them for purchase on itunes.com.

  1. “O Taste and See” by Brian and Jenn Johnson
  2. “Jesus Forever” by Anthony Skinner
  3. “I Love Your Presence” by Anthony Skinner
  4. “When I Think About the Lord” Shane and Shane version

Sunday Preview

Next Sunday, May 9, is Mother’s Day!  We look forward to an opportunity to honor the wonderful mothers in our congregation.  This Sunday will also be the conclusion to our Infrastructure sermon series.

Read Full Post »

If you are like me, you watched with a broken heart as scenes of the earthquake in Haiti flashed across your television screen in January.  The images of brokenness and devastation where overwhelming, and it was easy to feel helpless in the face of such a disaster.

The world’s response to the earthquake was amazing to watch, as well.  Resources began to flow into the small nation like a flood.  In fact, resources flowed in so quickly and with such abundance that they were unable to be processed and distributed to the millions of people in need.

As heartbreaking as the scenes of destruction were, the scenes of the Port Au Prince airport overwhelmed with supplies and actually having to turn away planes filled with relief aid left viewers frustrated and bewildered.

Our gifts and our aid were not fully effective because the infrastructure of the nation was so devastated that the supplies could not connect to the need.  The resources were at hand, but still out of reach.

Jesus paints a picture of a similar scenario in a conversation He has with some Pharisees.

Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.”  (Luke 17:20-21)

All of our lives have been shaken by some quake or another.  We are all surrounded by people each day who have been wounded by the challenges of life.

How many people suffer every day when the assistance they need is at hand, but still seems out of reach to them?

The resources of Heaven to heal, cleanse, refresh, and make new are nearer than our next breath, but they are of no benefit if we are not able to access them.

One of the keys to hope and healing in life is establishing an infrastructure in the soul that can allow our hearts to access the abundant resources of Heaven.  We must build the necessary roads, bridges, water ways, and communication systems to create a framework through which the culture of Heaven can impact our lives.

Prepare the way for the Lord, and may His glory be revealed in your life.  Amen.

Podcast

Click to listen to “Infrastructure: Roads and Bridges.”

On the Radar

Membership Dessert tonight!!!  You are invited to join us as we enjoy dessert together and share the vision and mission of EFC, and how you can get connected.  We will meet at the church at 7:00 pm and childcare is available.

Beautiful One,” EFC’s Spring Women’s Event is this Saturday, April 17, 10 am – 2 pm.  Ladies, bring a friend and join us for a wonderful day!

“All Things New” CD update: Mindy and I are excited about the great response to the new CD.  The Sweetwater Reporter gave us some excellent local exposure and we are getting good internet traffic to von Atzigen Ministries.  I just dropped a CD in the mail to Oregon this morning.  How cool is that?  We’d love to hear feedback from your experience with “All Things New.”

Youth Bar-B-Q Sandwhich Fundraiser after the service next Sunday!  April 18, we are hosting lunch on the grounds.  The youth are providing sandwhiches to raise money for camp, and the rest of us are bringing dessert and side dishes.  Make plans to hang around for a wonderful time together and bless our youth at the same time.

Kids’ Camp Garage Sale Fundraiser coming Saturday, May 1st.  If you have some items to donate, we’d appreciate your help.  You can bring your items to the church anytime after this Sunday.

Family Connection

Parents, be sure to check out the Worldchangers website.  We align our Bible curriculum from the nursery through to our children’s minsitry.  Access the Family Connection page on the website to bring your children’s Bible lesson home to the kitchen table. 

We also have all the info you need about RAMP, our ministry to youth in Sweetwater High School and Middle School and surrounding campuses, as well, at www.efcyouth.com.

You Heard it at EFC

Been trying to remember one of those awesome songs we sang?  Here is our worship list from yesterday, for those of you who just absolutely need a copy for yourself.  You can usually find them for purchase on itunes.com.

  1. “Beautiful One” by Tim Hughes
  2. “I Have Found” by Kim Walker
  3. “God, You’re Beautiful” by Anthony Skinner
  4. “The Same Power” by Hillsong  

Sunday Preview

Next Sunday, April 18, we continue our “Infrastructure” sermon series.  Come join us as we examine the essential building blocks of the Christian faith — and stay for the Fellowship Meal afterwards!

Read Full Post »