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The fact that you are reading this article is evidence that you are, or have recently been, connected with the U.S. Power Grid.  Right now, through over 180,000 miles of transmission lines, power is being supplied to the millions of homes in the United States.

With all of our advances in the technology to generate electricity, it is baffling we have not developed a way to store large quantities of electricity for mass distribution.  Electricity must be generated on demand for public use.

A key limitation in the distribution of electricity is that, with minor exceptions, electrical energy cannot be stored, and therefore it must be generated as it is needed. A sophisticated system of control is therefore required, to ensure electric generation very closely matches the demand. If supply and demand are not in balance, generation plants and transmission equipment can shut down.  In worst case scenarios, this can lead to major regional blackouts, such as occurred in California and the US Northwest in 1996 and in the US Northeast in 1965, 1977 and 2003. To reduce the risk of such failures, electric transmission networks are interconnected into regional, national or continental wide networks, thereby providing multiple redundant alternate routes for power to flow should (weather or equipment) failures occur. (Wikipedia: Electrical Power Transmission)

This limitation of our electrical power grid illustrates a vitally important spiritual truth.  We can generate energy through relationship with God, but we do not have long term storage capacity.

If we desire to walk in the strength and grace of our Lord, we must stay connected to Him as our power source.  We do not have the battery capacity to neglect relationship with God and expect to remain vibrant and effective.

But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.  (Isaiah 40:31 NKJV)

If you would like to learn more about staying connected with God’s power grid, click on the podcast link below.

Podcast

Power Grid will be available on podcast soon.

Links

Click here for the full wiki article on the U.S. Power Grid.  

Click here to see the Sweetwater High School coaches have a dynamic encounter with power as they get tazed in a law enforcement demonstration.

On the Radar

We invite all new believers to participate in the upcoming Baptism Celebration this Sunday, May 16, 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.

To Save A Life free movie night!  Wednesday, May 15, at 6:30 pm in the High School Auditorium.  Youth and parents are invited to experience this amazing and in touch film.

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. “See His Love” Jesus Culture version
  2. “Your Love Never Fails” Chris Quilala version
  3. “You Won’t Relent” by Misty Edwards

Sunday Preview

Sunday, May 16, we are transitioning into a new and intriguing sermon series.  You are invited to come and explore with us the “Questions Jesus Asked.”

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Yesterday was a truly beautiful day.  It was an honor to worship with each one of you as we celebrated the resurrection of our Savior, enjoyed fellowship with one another, and stretch our building to the limits of its seating capacity!

It was obvious God was among us as we experienced His presence in worship and were drawn to surrender our will to Him through the message of “Miranda’s Story.”  Such an amazing celebration can leave us waking up on Monday morning wondering, “What now?”  How do we continue to walk in the grace we discovered on Easter Sunday?

In the book of Ephesians, we find a prayer the Apostle Paul prayed over a young and enthusiastic church, and I echo his prayer today for each of you as you continue to walk in God’s marvelous grace.  Paul prayed:

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better.  I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of His mighty strength, which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at his right hand in the heavenly realms… (Ephesians 1:17-20 NIV)

Today, as you continue your journey of faith,

  • May you know Him better!
  • May you know the hope to which He has called you!
  • May you know the riches of His inheritance!
  • May you know the power of the resurrection!

I’m looking forward to next Sunday!

Podcast

There is no podcast of the April 4, 2010 Easter Service.  (It was a “had to be there” event!)

On the Radar

“Beautiful One,” EFC’s Spring Women’s Event is coming Saturday, April 17, 10 am – 2 pm.  Ladies, mark your calendar for this special time of fun and ministry.  Childcare is free, but children must be registered by this Sunday.  Log on to www.efcseetwater.com and click the “Beautiful One” icon to register your kiddos!

New to Emmanuel Fellowship?  Want to know more about who we are?  Join us Monday, April 12, at 7:00 pm for our Membership Dessert.  Child care is provided. 

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. Happy Day” by Tim Hughes
  2. Mighty to Save” by Hillsong
  3. The More I Seek You” Kari Jobe version
  4. The Same Power” by Hillsong  

Sunday Preview

Next Sunday, April 11, we will begin a new sermon series entitled “Infrastructure.”  Come join us as we examine the essential building blocks of the Christian faith.  We will also have a Baby Dedication this week.  If you would like to have your child dedicated and have not yet spoken to a staff pastor, please contact the church offices.

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