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Most everyone dreams of “happy ever after,” but not many know how you get there.  As Pastor Mindy shared in yesterday’s message, a good marriage begins in the “single” years—those years before you meet your spouse.  While it’s not true that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks (everyone can learn to be more like Jesus), it is true that marriages would be healthier if men and women learned a few lessons beforehand and avoided the painful pitfalls of dating that can lead to wounded hearts and lost purity.

For more (and very practical) insights into how to live as a fulfilled, Godly, single person, check out this transcript of a sermon preached at the Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas, by Paul Matthias.  His humorous approach will bless you, encourage you, and challenge you!

Podcast

Did you miss yesterday’s message?  Do you want to share it with a friend?  You can find Pastor Mindy’s message from yesterday on the church web site.  Click to listen.

MESSAGE WILL BE AVAILABLE TUESDAY AFTERNOON.

Links

For a book on how to date while guarding your purity, check out Boy Meets Girl by Josh Harris.

For a great guide to protecting your marriage, check out Jerry Jenkins book entitled Hedges: Loving Your Marriage Enough to Protect It.  This book has 10 boundaries that need to be in place in every marriage in order to make sure it is “affair proof.”  A great, helpful read! 

On the Radar

“Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage” continues this Sunday, Feb. 28, at 6 pm.  Make sure all the married couples you care about know they are invited!

“Laugh Your Way” Bonus Night — Monday, March 1, we are adding an extra evening to hear Mark Gungor share the big “yo mamma” session as he reveals The #1 Key to Incredible Sex.  We’ll get started at 7:00 pm.  I don’t think you want to miss this one 😉

Revelation Bible study this Tuesday from 12:00 – 1:00 pm in my office.  Everyone is welcome to join in, just bring your Bible and a lunch box.  Keep up with the progress at The Watchman’s Gaze.

Lifegroups continue this Wednesday, along with our mid-week age-based ministries.  For more info, log on to our church website at www.efcsweetwater.com.

Our Nursery is taking applications for a consistent Sunday morning Nursery Worker.  If you or anyone you know are interested in filling this position, please contact the church office at 325-236-9200.

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 you children’s Bible lesson home to the kitchen table. 

We also have all the info you need about RAMP, our youth ministry for grades 6-12, at www.efcyouth.com, including the details about our upcoming youth mission trip and summer camp!

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. “Friend of God”
  2. “I Surrender” by Kim Walker
  3. “God, You’re Beautiful” by Anthony Skinner
  4. “Shout Unto God” by Hillsong United

Sunday Preview

Ever wondered why all those “begats” are in the Bible?  Ever been confused by who was the son of who was the son of who?  Those little details send us a very big message.  Join us Next Sunday, February 28, 2010, as we continue our sermon series “Here is Love.”

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Yesterday was another powerful service, wasn’t it?

I think we went through a record number of tissues as a congregation. The next time Pastor Mindy preaches, there will be a notice posted on the Monday Morning Review so you will remember to bring extra Kleenex.

I also just noticed on Pastor Eric’s facebook where he and Keegan are officially on their way back. Be sure to give them a warm welcome home. I’d wait a day or two to allow them time to recover, though.

Thanksgiving

As was apparent from the message and testimonies, we have a lot to be thankful for individually and as a congregation. We should also remember all God has done for us and give Him praise, not just for what He has done, but simply because He deserves it.

If you’re curious about what this might look like, check this out.

I think we all can dance and shout on half of something. Maybe next week we can persuade Eric and/or Mindy to demonstrate Bishop Jakes’ fancy footwork. Now, that would get the congregation dancing and shouting.

I sincerely hope each and every one of you have a fantastic Thanksgiving.

You Heard it at EFC

On the Radar

Advent Choir – The Advent Choir is a new and exciting adventure for EFC and is open to anyone who would like to participate. The choir will sing throughout the holiday season beginning next Sunday. Practice continues tonight November 23, 2009 @ 7pm at EFC.

WorldChangers – The EFC children’s ministry, a.k.a WorldChangers, has a new website where parents can keep up with weekly lessons and everything else going on with their little world changers.

EFC Facebook Group – Have you joined the EFC Facebook Group? If not, you might be missing out on stuff happening at EFC. If you haven’t joined yet, you should. As of this morning, there were 50 members. That means over half of you still haven’t joined. What are you waiting for?

Revelation Bible Study – The Revelation Bible Study meets weekly on Tuesdays @ noon at EFC. It’s not too late – it’s never too late. Come join in this in depth study verse-by-verse through the book of Revelation led by EFC’s very own Curtis Ward, who is blogging about the study on his blog The Watchman’s Gaze. Check it out.

Last Word

By the time this is published, Pastor Eric will be somewhere over the Atlantic, and by the time many of you read this, he will be somewhere over Texas. Which means he will resume writing the Monday Morning Review next week, but it also means that next week we get to hear more great testimonies.

Have a great Thanksgiving weekend.

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Gdanks, Poland

Gdansk, Poland

Wow! There’s a lot to talk about this morning. Pastor Eric is in Poland (soon to be in Croatia), Pastor Mindy, Pastor Lolo and Jay Neal got set on fire at Global Awakening’s School of Healing, it was Missions Sunday, and it’s the harvest season.

Has there ever been a better time to be at EFC? Well, the Cowboys did lose, so maybe next week will be even better.

Courage

Courage is a curious thing. And as we learned from Pastor Mindy, courage can also look like a crazy thing. But, when God is on your side, it can also be a pretty cool thing. Just like Jonathan’s plan to take on the Philistines single-handedly seemed crazy, we should start coming up with some crazy plans of our own, and trust that the same God who delivered the Philistines into Jonathan’s hands, will deliver our enemies into our hands. Courage, after all, is a lot easier to command when your trust is in God.

You can read this part of Jonathan’s story at 1 Samuel 14.

Missions Sunday

Appropriately, yesterday was EFC’s Missions Sunday. For anyone who stumbles upon this post or who is relatively new to EFC, the third Sunday of every month at EFC is designated specifically for giving to mission organizations. Here are just a few of the opportunities to support missions work at Emmanuel Fellowship Church:

Prepare International – Pastor Eric and Keegan are currently traveling with a team from Prepare International, and EFC members frequently support and accompany Prepare International mission teams.

Mission Brazil – Part of the reason Pastor Mindy and Pastor Lolo attended the Global Awakening School of Healing and Impartation was because it is a prerequisite to travel with a Global Awakening team to Brazil, which they will be doing in 2010. If you are interested in going to Brazil with the team, please contact Pastor Mindy for more information.

Tents of Mercy – Tents of Mercy is a Messianic Jewish organization spreading the gospel in Israel.  Tents of Mercy currently has five congregations throughout Israel, and EFC currently supports the Katzir Asher (Harvest of Asher) congregation in Akko.

World Bible Translation Center – Help translate the Bible into new languages for distribution throughout the world.

Sweetwater Prayer Center – Help support our very own Sweetwater Prayer Center.

Harvest Season

It’s the harvest season, and all the seed you have sown over the year – whether financial, in ministry, or at home – is ready to be harvested. The key, however, is to harvest because the crop doesn’t gather itself. So go and gather your financial harvest. Go and gather your spiritual harvest. Go and gather the harvest of souls you have worked on all year. They are ripe for the harvest.

I’m not sure where exactly that came from, but I hope it’s a good word for somebody, or a lot of somebodies.

You Heard it at EFC

The just-for-Bryant Wilkinson version (which includes his favorite song):

On the Radar

Advent Choir – The Advent Choir is a new and exciting adventure for EFC and is open to anyone who would like to participate. The choir will sing throughout the holiday season. Practice begins tonight November 16, 2009 @ 7pm at EFC.

WorldChangers – The EFC children’s ministry, a.k.a WorldChangers, has a new website where parents can keep up with weekly lessons and everything else going on with their little world changers.

Revelation Bible Study – The Revelation Bible Study meets weekly on Tuesdays @ noon at EFC. It’s not too late – it’s never too late. Come join in this in depth study verse-by-verse through the book of Revelation led by EFC’s very own Curtis Ward, who is blogging about the study on his blog The Watchman’s Gaze. Check it out.

Last Word

All the reports I’ve heard from Pastor Eric have been good, so keep praying for the wondeful work being done in Eastern Europe by Pastor Eric, Keegan and the whole Prepare International team.

I think I will also be writing next week’s Monday Morning Review, so if you have any news or info that you want included, please email me or leave me a comment below. Have a great week.

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We’d all love for life to be “smooth sailing,” but the inevitable truth remains that storms do arise.  Just ask the crew from Gilligan’s Island—you can be out for a “three hour tour,” hit a storm, and find yourself marooned on an island, wearing the same outfit for years (unless, of course, you are the “Ginger” type, and then you will have a different outfit every day, but still be stranded on the island). 

Jesus himself said, “In this world, you will have trouble,” but thankfully He didn’t stop there.  He went on to say, “But take heart, for I have overcome the world.” 

And it’s true.  He really did.  What’s more, He is still overcoming, right in the midst of your storm.  The Prince of Peace is making intercession for YOU at the right hand of the Father, even as you read these words.  He excels at speaking into the storms of your life, commanding them to be still.  The key for us, as we navigate life’s storms, is to join Jesus and do what He is doing.  If He’s sleeping, then rest beside Him knowing you can have perfect peace because Jesus is in your boat.  If He’s commanding the storm, then join Him there on the bow of your boat and speak to the storm along with Him. 

Mindy laid out five keys in yesterday’s message to maintaining your peace, no matter what the boat of your life sails through.  As you read them today, ask Father God to reveal to your heart how to live them out victoriously.

  1. Make sure you’re in the right boat.
  2. Find Jesus.
  3. Put your pallet next to His.
  4. Tell your storm that Jesus in on board.
  5. Remember what Jesus has already promised you.

Podcast

Click HERE to listen to “My Peace in the Storm” by Pastor Mindy von Atzigen.

Links

Pastor Roosevelt Houston preached on “Going to the Other Side” with Jesus, using the same text Mindy preached from yesterday.  His message is worth listening to.  Find it for free on itunes.com, searching for Gateway Church podcast, and finding his message in their sermon archive.

On the Radar

Brazil Mission Trip — Pastor Mindy and Pastor Lorin leave in December for a mission trip to Brazil!  They will each need to raise over $3,000 for trip costs.  For more info and to find out how you can support their trip, click here

We have a new Lunchtime Bible study coming this week!  Beginning this Tuesday, October 20, we will dive into a lunch time study of the book of Revelation.  The study will run every Tuesday from 12:00 – 1:00 in my office.  Everyone is welcome to join in, just bring your Bible and a lunch box.

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. “Sing to the King” Hillsong version
  2. “Your Love Never Fails” Jesus Culture version
  3. “God, You’re Beautiful” by Anthony Skinner
  4. “See The Way” by Misty Edwards  

Sunday Preview

Next Sunday, October 25, Pastor Eric will begin a series on the book of Philemon.  Read ahead this week to be ready for the message!

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plowed-field“What do you see?” was the foundational question of the prophet Jeremiah’s ministry.  Over and again, Jeremiah’s life would be filled with visions that he would in turn communicate to nations and kings, and what he saw would be the key to the message he delivered.

That same principle of vision is an essential factor in the ministry God has given each of us.  What you see determines what you say, what you do, and how you live.

As Mindy shared with us yesterday in her message, “Jeremiah: Faith for the Unseen,” the vision test for Jeremiah was the dormant branch that stood before him.  Jeremiah saw its identity and its potential. “I see an almond branch,” he said.  The young prophet could see what it was and the fruit it would produce.

What do you see today?  What do you see in your home, at work, and in the mirror?  What do you see for your future and how do you see your past?  What season of life are you in and where will you go from here?

The key to living in the grace of God is the capacity to see what God is doing around you and partner with Him in that activity.  This is the vision which brings hope, purpose, fulfillment, and fruit to life.

As we were closing the service yesterday, I saw a plowed field with rows and rows of uncut diamonds planted in the furrows.  It was as if the Lord was showing me there was an untapped harvest here in West-Texas.  God sees the beauty and the value that remains undiscovered in your life — and the soil of West Texas is the perfect place for your life to yield a harvest.  Can you see it?

Podcast

Follow the link to access Pastor Mindy’s message “Faith for the Unseen” from the life of the prophet Jeremiah.

Links

As Mindy shared yesterday, the song “You Have Redeemed My Soul” from the Enter the Worship Circle project kept coming to my mind.  Here’s a tribute video I found on youtube.

On the Radar

All youth and parents are invited to join us for a BBQ at Pastor Eric and Mindy’s house this Wednesday, July 1 at 7:00 pm.  We will eat, meet, play, and discuss upcoming plans for the youth ministry of EFC.  New 6th graders are invited to attend, as we will be welcoming them into the youth group!

Fountain Gate Fellowship in Abilene is hosting a Worship Training Seminar on Saturday, July 11, from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm for worship team members and those who just love to worship!  More information is available on their website at www.fountaingatefellowship.org

Our first Kids’ School of Worship will be held at Emmanuel Fellowship July 28-31.  This amazing event will follow the format of a VBS with the emphasis of instructing children (and adults) in the privilege of worshipping our King.

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 find them for purchase on itunes.com.

  1. “See His Love” by Tim  Hughes
  2. “You Gave Your Life Away” by Paul Baloche and Kathryn Scott
  3. “I Repent” by Barry and Michelle Patterson
  4. “Revelation Song” by Jennie Lee Riddle

Sunday Preview

For the months of July and August, we will take a summer tour through the life of our Lord Jesus as told in the book of John.  I invite you to join us this Sunday for our first message in the series “That’s My King!”

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The Voice of Wisdom

I am convinced that life would be so much easier if it came with a sound track.  The music would give us the clues we needed not to miss the big moments.  We’d know when it wasn’t safe to head down into the basement, and when to stay out of the water.  We could clue in to the romantic moments when the soft piano began to play in the background.  And every time we heard that pop theme song, we’d know that our decisions in the next scene would be key turning points in the plot of our life.  But, alas, many of the key moments of our life go by so quietly that we miss them.

 As Mindy shared from 1 Samuel 25 yesterday, I was amazed by the fact that Abigail didn’t miss her moment.  Many of the circumstances in life are beyond our control, but there are moments in time when the quiet soundtrack tells us that our destiny is in our hands, and our actions in those moments have tremendous consequence.  The story of Abigail is defined by what she did with her moment.  Her decisive action and the wisdom of her words saved her household and protected a king.  You may not have the fight song playing in the background, but you have the whisper of the Holy Spirit –will you be ready when your moment arises?

Out of curiosity, what theme song would you chose for this season of your life?   

Podcast

Follow the link to access Pastor Mindy’s message from last Sunday at http://efcsweetwater.com/index.php?nid=11648&s=gl

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 find them for purchase on itunes.com.

  1. “Friend of God” by Israel Houghton — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7z5cgajl1Kg
  2. “Jesus Forever” by Anthony Skinner — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQFZsIIoPBU
  3. “I Love Your Presence” by Anthony Skinner — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Cc_QatcPvc
  4. “How Marvelous” by Chris Tomlin and Matt Redmand — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFpLS7ucUQE

 On The Radar

Pathways For Pilgrims— our artists will have prints and cards available this Sunday.  Proceeds from art sales support those participating in short term mission trips.

Sunday Preview

Next Sunday, we will meet one of the most unlikely heroes found on the pages of the Scripture.  The story of Mephibosheth is one of covenant, deception, depression, and promise.  You can get to know his story in the book of 2 Samuel chapters 9, 19, and 21.

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