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Today's service included CRAVE Student testimony regarding the way God worked and moved during this past week at the Student Life camp. #awesome  
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2014-07-20
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Stephen Macchia on Spiritual Formation: Why and How it empowers the Great Mission of Christ! +Stephen Macchia 

As we grow in our sanctified selves, we are becoming more and more like our master, Jesus.  We are utilizing spiritual formation practices and experiences to exercise those spiritual muscles . . . so that we are walking with Jesus, attending to his voice, reading his Word, delighting in his creation, and finding hope and strength and joy in our most essential relationship with the Triune God.  From this place of spiritual health, we can then be life giving influences in the church and participate joyfully in God’s greater mission.  In other words, Spiritual formation is a lifelong process touching every aspect of a believer’s life.  It is growing in understanding of what it means to live a whole life for Jesus – heart, soul, mind and strength, Great Commandment, Great Compassion, Great Commission!

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In compassion God abandoned Christ for us so that through compassion we abandon us for Christ!

Thomas Merton (Thoughts in Solitude)
"My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself. And the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in everything I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire and I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone."

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God is good . . .
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LENT (Robert Munday)
We would do well to remember the purposes for which Jesus spent 40 days fasting and praying in the wilderness.  He had no sins for which he needed to atone.  We have no sins for which we are capable of atoning.  If we could, what He did for us—what He had to do for us—would not have been necessary.  

In a holy Lent, we need to spend time being reminded of our need to trust in the providence of God (“Do not put the Lord your God to the test”), the supremacy of God (“Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only”), and the sufficiency of His Word (“Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”).  

So Lent is really much more about what God adds to our lives as we spend intentional, focused time with Him rather than what we give up, because the Gospel is always about what God has done for us, not about what we do for Him.
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How badly do I want the deep communion? . . . Communion with God, what was broken in the Garden, this is wholly restored when I want the God-communion more than I want the world-consumption.  What that first and catastrophic sin of ingratitude ruptured, what that one bite of the forbidden fruit stole from those fully alive - union - can be repaired by exact inverse of the Garden; lifestyle gratitude and a willingness to eat of the bread He gives in this moment.  How badly do I want to return to perfect Paradise, walk with God in the cool of the evening, be fully alive?  "O my soul, thou art capable of enjoying God, woe to thee if thou art contented with anything less than God,"  Francis de  Sales gently, rightly urges.  Does earth have anything I desire but Him?  I have to ask it. And I know the answer. . .

Taken from, One Thousand Gifts, pages 220-221, by Ann Voskamp.

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Today at Pillar: It's in our best interest to seek the best interest of the City of Vero Beach!

10:00 AM at Vero Beach Elementary!
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