Posts Tagged ‘Spiritual Freedom’

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.


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


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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.

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They are precious in His sight!

They are precious in His sight!

My decision to become a follower of Jesus has a rather peculiar beginning.

For starters, I believe I was called to be a minister of the gospel even before I submitted my heart to become a Christian.  Through the kindness of friends and effectiveness of bus ministries, I gained exposure to the message of Jesus at an early age.  I was inspired to share this good news and bring life to those who were broken even before I had personally received it.

The second peculiarity follows close behind the first– the fact that I gave my life to Jesus while on a youth group mission trip in Mexico.  It was on foreign soil after a strenuous day of construction projects and leading children in Vacation Bible School that I became overwhelmed by the realization that although I knew Jesus as a “nice guy,” I had never received Him as my personal Lord and Savior.  I went to Mexico to tell others about the cross and, by the grace of God, I discovered it for myself.

Maybe those strange beginnings are the reason that a passion for Missions burns deep in my heart.  I believe Jesus is the hope of all mankind and that it is the birthright of every follower of Christ to share the love of God in a culture foreign to their own.

And so we reach the title of today’s blog.  I felt like a kid in a candy store as we had the privilege of hosting a brother of Persian descent in church yesterday.  His words kept me on the edge of my seat, and the beautiful story of his salvation placed yet another log on the Missions fire.

What is it about Jesus that makes your heart come alive?  What is the fire that burns in your heart?  I encourage you to let the breath of the Holy Spirit fan the flame that burns inside of you.  Let it burn until even those around you are warmed by the fire of God’s call on your life!

For those of you who would like to know more about how you can pray for the people and nation of Iran, I have included a bonus post, “My Prayer For Iran” that I encourage you to check out.

On a personal note, I ask you to please pray for my 12 year old son, Keegan, and I as we take a mission trip together in November to Eastern Europe.  Pray that this exposure to the mission field will fan the flame God has placed in his young heart. 


Due to the sensitive nature of yesterday’s message, a podcast of the sermon is not available.


Want to know more about how you can change the shape of your world?  Check out “Five Ways to Pray for World Missions.”

On the Radar

Week two of “Beauty of the Bible” was an absolute home run!  I encourage you to join us next Sunday at 6:00 p.m. as Peter leads us through another remarkable exploration of the treasures in God’s Word.

We have a Freedom Retreat coming November 6 – 7 at EFC.  If you have not attended a Freedom Weekend yet, prayerfully consider joining us for this remarkable weekend .  For more information, a schedule, and registration information, click here. 

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. “We Cry Out” by Kim Walker
  2. “Your Love Is Everything” by Chris Quilala
  3. “Healer” Kari Jobe version
  4. “Where You Go, I’ll Go” by Brian and Jenn Johnson

Sunday Preview

Next Sunday, September 27, we will be back in the rhythm of “Live Like You Were Dying.”  Join us as we explore what it means to Love Deeper.

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