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Thanksgiving Food Drive (Saturday, Nov 12)

Nov 9, 2011   //   by Church At The GYM   //   Blog, Church Events  //  No Comments

Canned Food Drive

My heart was deeply touched as new friendships were formed and old friendships were strengthened while we gathered together once again to become the hands and feet of Christ, handing out brown paper grocery bags to every door in three neighborhoods in Sanford this Sunday past, just trying to make a difference. Doing everything we can to make sure that (at the very least) the 40 families we promised are going to have that Thanksgiving Dinner this year, in their homes, with their families and loved ones!

You Can Get Involved!

I encourage everyone who can to come out and help us this coming Saturday at 10:00am, to come and gather the Blessings God will provide through people in these neighborhoods. Just meet us at the church, and we’ll go out to the neighborhoods together. You can be a huge part of this blessing for the folks we provide Thanksgiving Dinners to! This 3 or 4 step process is exciting and rewarding every step of the way, knowing that you helped not only in delivering the meals to someone, but that you actually helped in acquiring the meals as well. That it took hard work and dedication, makes it that much more memorable for years to come! What an amazing Thanksgiving you will have! What an awesome God we serve when He will see to it that those empty bags are filled with food! And what an amazing role you can choose to play in feeding the hungry! Please pray about this opportunity and make every effort to come out and help on Saturday God Bless!

(Contributed by Sandy Adcox, CATG Volunteer)

You can also help us deliver the Thanksgiving Meal Packs at 4:00pm on November 20!

A Revision of Duties (Sometimes God changes things up)

Nov 2, 2011   //   by Church At The GYM   //   Bible Study, Blog  //  No Comments

“The Levites duties are revised”

That was the header for an awesome passage in 1 Chronicles 23.  Starting in verse 24, we see how the Levites get their roles and responsibilities massively restructured.  Before this shift, the Levites were responsible for carrying the ark of the covenant – the seat of the physical representation of God.

Think of the times you’ve felt the closest you’ve ever felt with God, and how rare those “super close” times tend to be.  Now, imagine what an amazing responsibility it must have been, to be a Levite tasked with carrying the ark of the covenant – to have the physical presence of God at arm’s length.

In this 1 Chronicles passage, however, the Levites get their “duties revised.”  I love this header because it’s so counterintuitive to what our modern reaction would be.  The Levites had to shift from this awesome resposibility and physical closeness to God, to essentially becoming assistants to the priests and the custodial crew to make sure the Temple services went off without a hitch.

How could this header not be “The Levites get a demotion,” or the “The Levites get demoted and then revolt?”  Why does the Bible not record the Levites letting out a collective groan upon hearing the news, especially given the Israelites’ penchant for complaining?  I think it’s because the Levites weren’t motivated by personal gratification but rather divine mandate.  They didn’t see themselves as having a job that was comprised of specific tasks, but rather as being privileged to contribute anything to a higher purpose.  Rather than looking at what they were doing, they were focused on what they were achieving.

Application

That is so key in our personal, professional, and spiritual lives.  Look for the “why,” search for the end goal, find the glorification of God in who you are, not what you are doing.  Tasks are more volatile than personhood.  You may have a job or position one day, and be out of it the next.  But your heart, soul, mind, and strength are things you can always give to God, regardless of circumstances.  If you can find a way to praise God with your whole person, your personality, your intentions, and your passion, as opposed to the various tasks that happen to fill up the minutes and hours of your days and weeks, that is when you will be truly fulfilled.

 

(This essay was written by Chris Coultas, Worship Leader of the 10:0am Service)

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