Sunday, March 25, 2012

Walk With the Lord

The morning began grey and cold, but the sun eventually emerged and though still chill outside we were welcomed warmly as Pastor Brad Shannon exclaimed, "Good morning!" He proceeded to note that it was the fifth Sunday in Lent, and our theme these past many weeks has been about discerning God's voice and learning to walk with Jesus every day.

There were a string of announcements including the following:
1. Following service the nominating committee will meet to discuss recommendations for leadership in the church.
2. At the end of April the church will have its annual meeting
3. New Membership meetings will be held and people interested in joining out church family should contact Brad for details.
4. Palm Sunday is next week and there will be a Good Friday service on April 6th and an Easter Breakfast here at the church followed by our traditional Easter egg hunt for the kids.
5. This Friday there will be an overnight event for youth…. Elsa said to come at 7:00 p.m. and bring snacks. (A $20 contribution was suggested for those for whom it is not a hardship.)

After annoncements we transitioned into the service with Brad's blessing, “The Lord be with you…”

“And also with you," the congregation affirmed.

Chuck Vanderscheuren read to us a passage from Romans 8. He prefaced it with comments about how he has been involved in visiting the prison and some homeless shelters lately and thinking about how kids are affected as he sees children visit their fathers and talk to them through a screen. “Even though I’m an ordinary guy, we serve an extraordinary God.”

It was a spot on intro to the song “Marvelous Grace… God’s grace… grace that will pardon and cleanse within… grace that is greater than all our sin,” by the quartet, beautiful as usual, tenderly singing of God’s grace.

Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace… freely bestowed on all who receive.

The quartet followed this with Heavenward Bound, their voices melodically blending and lifting us to worship, and then Come to the Waters, inviting us to join in on the chorus that so stirs us when fully grasped... “And I strove to remind you that for those tears I died.”

At the opening of the service Brad said we were grateful to have Joel Osterlund with us, director of Covenant Park Bible Camp. After the congregational songs were complete, he invited Joel to the pulpit.

Joel shared that he was here the first Sunday of the year, and happy to back with us. He's anticipating a very busy summer. He's served on summer staff in 1995 and 96 when he was at UMD and is happy to be back. He reminded us that New Life Covenant is one of the owners of the camp which consists of numerous buildings and dozens of acres near on a lake in Mahtowa. One goal of the camp is to help the member churches achieve their own missions and goals. Joel said he liked our mission, which is to connect, grow and become.

Osterlund also shared some of the significant impact of what has been happening there at the camp and asked us to pray and continue praying for the ministry there.

Like all ministries, volunteers help make it happen. "Whatever your skill, there’s a place for you." Financial support helps ministries to exist, too. He encouraged us to continue to use the camp, send kids to camp and tell people about the camp. The theme this summer: Power Up!
“And you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you…”

Ed Newman read John 12:20-33 for us. Afterwards, prayer requests were taken, and a time of intercession for the many needs in our church family.

Walk with the Lord

We have a God who does speak to us. He is not silent. He has a great adventure planned that is full of hope and a future for us. It’s not like a maze or so complicated we can’t hope to figure it out.

Pastor Shannon summed up the key points of recent messages in this series. Here's the basic principle: God is much more concerned about who we are than where we are going or what we do. It’s not like searching for a needle in a haystack. It’s about listening for His voice. As we learned from Joseph, we know God is always at work and will not bail out on us. But we also learned that God is never in a hurry. And we’ve learned that waiting is an active thing, not passive. Moment by moment surrender to His leadership of our lives.

Of course we can go wrong on both sides of the road. If you’re getting neurotic about every decision… relax. If you’re too laid back, you will also miss out on God’s best for your life.

Here's one last principle to help you, he said as we returned to Psalm 37:3-5. Trust, do good, delight yourself in the Lord, rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him

If you think God does NOT care about the desires of your heart, THAT is a lie. It’s the kind of lie that Satan, the deceiver, told Adam and Eve in the Garden…

God has plans for us. Good plans…
This verse in Psalm 37 assures us that if we make pursuing Him the supreme delight of our hearts, He will give us the desires of our hearts. "Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart."

The Key Thought: If you are pursuing God’s person, then pursue the passions that are running deepest in your heart.

God stamped in us a passion that honors Him. But it's a bad thing to skip the “delight yourself in the Lord” and just pursue passions. You'll end up in the Mojave Desert without a compass. The key is to pursue wisely. When we sense it’s time to go in a direction, here are four principles to keep you on track.

1) Run your passions through the filter of His Word
Full of hope, real life studies, ability to discern right actions… Ps. 119: “By Your words I can see where I am going…” This is the inspired revelation of God. (The entirety of Psalm 119 is a worthwhile source of meditation.)
Psalm 19, too, has much to say on this subject, beginning with verses 7 and 8.

7 The law of the LORD is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the LORD are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the LORD are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.

If your passions match up with Word, this is an excellent beginning.

2) Through the presence of God’s Spirit
A person’s presence has an impact on us. Brad told a golfing story in which he and a friend were paired with another pair of golfers whom they didn't know. The one fellow cussed like a sailor after every smack of the ball. Brad didn't say a censoring word about it. But when they finished the third hole the one fellow asked what Brad and his friend did for a living. Brad said he was a pastor, and what a change came over the other golfer. After shanking his next shot, he bit his lip and simply said, "My, my, my."

Here's the point. The Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, is with you. Do you live your life as if accompanied by the person of God? What if Jesus was on your foursome? What if Jesus was in your garage with you? What if Jesus came to your house and spent a day with you?

If you are a follower of Jesus, the Holy Spirit will take up residence in you…. God is paying attention, but speaks to us quietly, and guides us if we will listen.

3) The counsel of close friends
Proverbs 13:20 states, “Whoever walks with the wise will become wise.”

Who do you get advice from? Who do you listen to when you need counsel? Who are your close spiritual companions? “Close friendships in Christ have played a huge role in my life,” Brad said.
Some people play a roulette game with counselors. They go share their passion with one person, and when they don’t hear what they want to hear, they go to someone else, and then someone else till the can find somebody who says “That’s a good idea.”

I bounce off friends, ask them to pray, but still run it through filter of God’s word.

4) Convergence as a guiding factor
When you look back at your life you see that the combination of serendipitous events and opening doors leads to a single lane road that is clear. The convergence of various signals and paths is a serious clue.

Brad shared an example from American Idol where people get the door slammed in their faces yet they somehow imagine, delusionally, “I will not let this stop me.” They ignore all the signals, determined to get through.

But sometimes the door opens and it gets pretty exciting. Brad said that when he has this experience of opening doors and it is “right” it is always accompanied by peace. "Peace is not the absence of fear. It is a deep, abiding sense that you have in spite of the fears."

Isa. 30:21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

This is not some mystical experience that a few unusual people have.

Brad summarized his thoughts by noting that this Lenten series has had one aim, that of having our hearts right so we fall in love with God again. And to make Him the joy of our lives.

If you pursue His person, and start moving toward the passions He's put within you, you really could end up being the right person in the right place at the right time for His right purposes.

Have you become a follower of Jesus? Have you accepted His invitation to come? If not, maybe it is time…

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Jesus Calls Us To Come

Today's record-setting temperatures no doubt seduced many people into bypassing our worship service this morning. Too bad for them as they missed a very good one.

Pastor Brad welcomed us with his usual "Good morning" greeting and reminded us that it is the fourth week of Lent. "I think of Lent as a time of deepening our relationship with Christ," he said. "We’ve been in a series addressing questions like, 'Does God still talk to us? How do I know God’s will?' Too often we begin to treat Jesus like Oprah who will help us with our problems. But let’s remember first off He is our Savior."

This morning we had a guest pianist, Susie Newman's sister Nancy from Dallas.

Announcements included the following:
1. There’s a sign up sheet in the back for men who will be helping with Easter Breakfast…
2. Next Saturday the men will be going on an outing to Cabela’s. Guys planning to go should meet us here at the church at 7:30.
3. The council is meeting Tuesday.
4. The pastor is starting a New members class. If you are interested in membership at New Life Covenant, please give Brad a phone call to make arrangements.
5. Brad drew attention to a handout in the bulletin today emphasizing prayer.

The transition into worship included a reminder that worship is an act of participation where we open up our hearts to God and express our gratitude for who He is.

After a medley of hymns the tithes and offerings were received while All Hail the Power was being played.

Pam Johnson read John 3:14-21, which included the great proclamation that “Light has come into the world…” This was followed by a time of prayer, and then the pastor took the pulpit.

Jesus Calls Us To Come

Anyone here enjoy waiting? Have you ever had a job interview and you’re asked about your strengths and you outlined all the ways you enjoy waiting? Brad pushed all the hot buttons that make us impatient... driving examples, shopping experiences, elevators, stuck waiting in the airport… “I love waiting.”

Waiting is generally not something we’re ever good at. We live in a fast food, fast messaging world where everything is go, go, go. Yet directly into our restless culture God speaks, Psalm 37.

3 Trust in the LORD and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Take delight in the LORD,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

5 Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.

7 Be still before the LORD
and wait patiently for him...

"Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him. Relax in His strength, His power, His presence. And wouldn’t you know it," Brad said, "God is never in a hurry."

God says “Before you can go and do, you need to come and be.” That means you have to learn to wait.

Waiting in our culture feels like we're spinning our wheels and wasting time. In God’s view waiting is more active than that. We participate with God in becoming who we’re meant to be while we wait.

Waiting is an active thing. We don’t quit our jobs and relax. We actively hoist our sails to catch the wind, not sleep on the deck. We wait actively and live dependently on Him.

Brad told an amusing story of big Iowa farm boy with whom Brad once arm wrestled. There were lessons for both. "I’m not as strong as I thought I was. And the other fellow wasn't as smart as he thought he was.

This was a lead up to the question of how... How do we trust God's strength, God's view, God's heart.

First: Keep doing the right thing.
Verse three says, "Trust in the Lord and do good." As we reviewed last week, Joseph’s life wasn’t turning out the way he expected, but in every situation he did what was right. He didn’t complain, didn’t rebel, didn’t sink into self-pity. Instead, he trusted God, knowing that waiting was an active thing, doing the right thing every day.

Maybe you’re feeling like you’re not in the right career or stuck in circumstances you dislike. The principle here is that while you’re waiting, you trust the Lord and keep doing good. Don’t dwell on where you wish you were or what might have been. God’s will for you right now is to keep doing the right thing, right now where you are at.

Whenever I get distracted by wondering where I am supposed to go in the next phase of my life I remember Micah 6:8. "He has shown you, O man, what is good and what does the Lord require of you? To do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God."

There will be days when the plan is not crystal clear. Don’t throw in the towel. Cultivate faithfulness right where you’re at. Even when it seems like the most menial dead-end situation.

In Colossian 3 Paul writes, "Whatever you do, work at it with all of your heart…"

Brad told the story of guy who ended up as the close-up guy at McDonald’s. A friend said, “You could do better than this.” He replied, "Yes, but tonight I’m going to mop this floor as if Jesus was going to be the first customer to walk here in the morning.”

David, too, did exploits but was patient and went back to tending sheep. He understood waiting.

God doesn’t tell us how long we are going to wait. If He did we would get discouraged. Abraham and Sarah waited decades to have their promised son Isaac.

God’s will is more about becoming who you are.

Second: Moment by moment doing life with God.
Verse 4 of Psalm 37 states, "Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
There are two parts of that verse… Part A, “Delight yourself in the Lord…” All too often we want to jump to the B part. God’s aim with the first part is for us to get the desires right. If we make knowing Him and pursuing Him our primary delight, He will give us the desires of our heart.

This is not a self-help thing. It is a relationship with Jesus Christ. Here's a good prayer: “God, just clarify the desires of my heart. Help Your desires and my desires to come into alignment.”

When our focus is on Him, our passions begin to line up with His, and life becomes a true adventure.

Pastor then cited Jeremiah 2:13...

13 “My people have committed two sins:
They have forsaken me,
the spring of living water,
and have dug their own cisterns,
broken cisterns that cannot hold water.

God created us to be empty that we might be filled with Him. “Before I will ever tell you where to go, I just want you to come to me.” We are amazingly dependent on God when we need an answer, and incredibly independent when we feel our needs are all met.

God's desire is that we would come to know Him and fall in love with Him… and do our lives moment by moment with Him.

How do we do this? It begins by receiving Him. And inviting him to be with us in every situation, whether meetings, dates, wherever.

For a great prayer suggestion, look at Psalm 25:4, 5.

4 Show me your ways, LORD,
teach me your paths.
5 Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.

Have you heard this from God today? "You can be doing life with Me. Today is the day to come." Are you tired? Are you burned out on religion? God says, “Keep company with Me…"

Before you “go” you need to “come.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

God’s Thirteen Year Plan

Today is the Third Sunday in Lent and a beautiful sunny morning for gathering here at New Life Covenant. Pastor Brad began by calling out, "Good morning. I’m grateful you’re here this morning to worship with us. We worship a big and gracious and awesome God." He went on to say, "We learned last week that God does have a plan for our lives, but He is more concerned with what we become than where we are going."

Because it was Dorothy Theiry’s 90th birthday this week we sang “Happy Birthday.”

Ken and Vicky had to leave early this a.m. because his mother passed away. For this reason Chuck and Darlene sang a pair of duets for us to open the worship time. The Shepherd’s Song, talks about being led by Christ. “He shall lead His flock like a shepherd…” Next they sang Wonderful Peace, by Ralph Carmichael, a song Chuck and Darlene first sang together 35 years ago.

After a time of worship, Brad invited Walt to come forward and share what was happening in the building committee. Slides were projected on the screen and the disclaimer that this is all really preliminary. Ideas have been stirred as we approach the next step, preliminary design work for building plans. Environmental due diligence is also part of the process.

The building as currently conceived will have three sections, including offices, Sunday school rooms and a large multi-purpose room with high ceilings for a variety of activities including worship.

Dale also presented how the needs of the church family were the primary considerations while also being realistic about costs. Dale explained the details of this tentative layout which included the challenges of working around the various building codes. The space is in the neighborhood of 85,000 square feet. If you were not here today, all this information is available by contacting the building committee.

Next steps include refining choices, looking at a similar church in Grand Rapids, and sorting out the real costs. Currently, the whole of it “is a dream on paper,” Walt said. “And please keep praying for the process.” There are many decisions to make.

After the offering was taken, we spent some time in prayer and Brad moved us into the sermon.

God’s Thirteen Year Plan

Disclaimer: These notes are an inadequate reflection of the message Pastor Brad delivered. For best results, read reflectively Genesis 37-50.

Essentially, Brad gave an overview of the life of Joseph and drew out several key thoughts, the first being: God really does have a plan for our lives.

The coach in the press box can see things that the players can’t see down in the field. So it is that God sees things we can’t see. He sees all things visible and invisible. When we're in the thick of it, we can trust Him because God has a better perspective.

Most people who have grown up in the church remember the story of Joseph and how had been given a coat of many colors which made his brothers jealous. Even many unchurched people know the story through literature and plays. Chapter 37 begins with Joseph sharing a dream he had, which made his brothers hate him even more. He dreamt that he and his brothers were binding sheaves of grain out in the field and all of a sudden his stood upright and the sheaves of his brothers bowed down to his. This naturally infuriated his older brothers.

Joseph was 17 when this happened. Thirteen years later, at age 30, Joseph was a ruler in Egypt with such authority from the Pharaoh that nothing would happen that didn’t go through him. Nevertheless, the thirteen years between these events was a pretty wild ride. It would have been easy to lose hope. It would be easy to give up if you went through what Joseph went through.

Joseph’s brothers were out attending sheep and their hatred of Joseph had festered to a boiling point. They decided to throw him into an empty well and teach him a lesson. Some of his brothers even wanted to kill him. "We can kill a wild animal and put blood on it so they can tell their father he was killed by an animal."

But after throwing him in the well and trying to decide how far to go with this, a Midianite band came along and the brothers sold Joseph for 20 shekels of silver. These gypsies went on to sell Joseph to a man named Potiphar.

Despite the hardship and impossible circumstances, it is written, “And the Lord was with Joseph.” Everything Joseph did achieved success, though things didn't always go his way.

Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce Joseph, but Joseph kept his integrity and escaped from her clutches. Being humiliated by this rejection she turns the tables and accuses him of rape. Next thing, Joseph is behind bars.

Joseph could have complained about his lot in life. But instead of railing against God for his circumstances, he chose to bloom where he was planted. Even in jail he rose to the top of the inmates. Then one day, the Pharaoh’s cup bearer and baker were thrown into jail. While there the two men had dreams. They asked for help from Joseph.

Interpreting the dreams, Joseph said that in three days the baker would be toast, but the cup bearer would be released and returned to Pharaoh’s house. Joseph made a deal with the cup bearer, asking the man to remember him upon his release. But even in this Joseph got the snub.

Much time had elapsed and it would have been easy for Joseph to get discouraged, but in all those days Joseph made a choice to trust God.

God does have a hope and a future for us. It doesn’t necessarily look like the American dream. What we sometimes do is let the culture paint the picture our dreams should look like.

Too often, we paint a picture of what we think God’s will should look like for us so that we say, “As long as my life looks like this I will worship you.”

“Jesus promised those who would follow Him three things: they would be absurdly happy, entirely fearless and always in trouble.

“One thing I’ve learned, God is more interested in my character than He is in my comfort.”

Second principle: God is always with you. Even when it’s dark, He is working behind the scenes.
Joseph could have been tempted to say at any point along the way that (a) God was wrong, or (b) maybe God changed His mind, or (c) I did something wrong and God kicked me off the master plan track, or (d) maybe God just wasn't real to begin with.

Joseph could have given up. He could have said, "Maybe I better figure out how to do this life by myself." But the truth is, when it's dark for us God doesn’t sleep. God doesn’t need engery drinks to keep going. God watches over us all through the night. His grace is sufficient for you.

When Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers, God’s plan was not derailed. When it looks dark, God is there with you, has not abandoned you. He is committed to working all things together for good for those who trust Him.

Third: God’s plan is always this, to have the right person in the right place for the right purposes.

Joseph's prison experience ends with Pharaoh having a couple troubling dreams himself. His magicians were helpless to interpret it for him. Suddenly the cup bearer remembers this fellow in prison who could interpret dreams. Joseph said with God’s help he could do this.

Pharaoh's dream showed Joseph that seven years of famine coming, but only after seven good years. Joseph described a solution to the famine problem, that by preparing in advance they would have storehouses of food and grain. Pharaoh put Joseph in charge of the plan.

When the famine hit, it hit far more than Egypt. Joseph's brothers came to get food for their families. What a shock when for Joseph when they came and bowed down to him without them knowing who he was. And a shock for the brothers who were terrified at the prospects of retribution.

But Joseph had God's perspective once again. "God sent me here, not you. I’m not bitter about the pit and the slavery… God has used it all for His purpose." Indeed, that purpose was to preserve the sons of Jacob for the preservation of Israel for the ultimate purpose of preserving the lineage that would one day produce a redeemer for mankind… that Jesus might be one day born to become the light of the world and savior.

We ended the service by singing that great traditional hymn, Great Is Thy Faithfulness.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

God Still Speaks

"Good morning. I am grateful you’re here to worship," Pastor Brad said, announcing, "We worship a big God."

There were two announcements this morning. First, to note the insert in our bulletin about prayer. The Covenant has always had a central message of calling people to hear, repent, believe… and praying for those who are far from Christ. Norm shared a second announcement about the need for volunteers March 23 to April 1 to go to Tuscaloosa in a re-building project there. Contact Mark Hudson (St. Louis County) or Norm.

Brad then asked, "Do you want to hear from God? Does God still speak? The answer is, yes, God still speaks." This would be the theme of today's sermon. Darlene then ushered us into worship this second Sunday in Lent with the "Here I Am To Worship."

Brad read a passage from the Pslams. “Out of the depths I cry… I wait for the Lord, more than the watchmen wait for the morning" and we sang the beautiful, "Knowing You>"

Brad shared how they were talking in the adult Sunday School class about how all that we have is a gift of God. “Now finish the work… according to your means.” The offering was taken while Darlene played a melodic song of thoughtful reflection.

The Scripture reading by Joanne was from Mark 9:2-9.

One reason for many new faces that were with us this morning was the Sacrament of Baptism for Braylee Frye, infant daughter of Sean and Kim. Brad shared how the Covenant church views baptism as a symbolic act but even though it is not a saving act, it is a picture of God’s initiative in a child’s life. God initiates, and we can look back to His prevenient grace, His sign of desire to bring to fulfillment His promises in and for us.

The prayer time, which included expressions of gratefulness and intercession, was followed by the sermon.

God Still Speaks

Is God trying to talk to you? Is God trying to talk to me? Does God actually want to lead our lives?

Is it possible some of you are saying, “I am having to make some big time decisions right now. I want to know if I’m where I’m supposed to be? How do I know?”

Some decisions in life are not that big. Oatmeal or Pop Tart? White shirt or blue shirt? These are not big decisions, but some decisions really are big and loom over us.

Back up a sec… Does God even care? I know God spoke to Abraham and Moses, but does God speak to ordinary people like me?

The Bible has many very practical principles around this topic. Knowing God’s will is not like trying to find Waldo in Where Waldo books.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you… plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for."

Prosper here does not mean being incredibly wealthy. It means God cares about our well-being. A hope and a future is promised here.

Brad said he wanted to share two principles today. The first is that God’s will is more about who you are than where you go or what you do. It’s not about where you’ll work or who you marry, but it’s about who you are.

What if you figured out the right place God wanted you, but never made yourself the person God wanted you to be. Even if you are in the right place, you can be out of God’s will if you are not the person God wants you to be in that place.

Give your whole life, completely, to God. Worship is this: being His always in all things. Romans 12:1-2 puts it this way...

1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

I have to continually be in God’s word, I have to continue to place my life in His hands, on His altar.

“Brad, I know all this stuff. What I want to know is whether it should be Bachelor #2 or Bachelor #1. I want to know if it is door number two or door number one.”

But God says when we put ourselves on the potter’s wheel and let Him mold us, we’ll know.

God’s will… rejoice in all circumstances, praying always.

Many questions do not require deep prayer. The Scriptures spell things out in many areas. I Thessalonians 4 notes that it is God’s will that live lives that are holy and pure. Ephesians 5 speaks of walking in the way of love, putting aside sexual immorality, greed, foolish talk and coarse joking. We need to work on being more selfless and in verse 17 Paul says to be intoxicated by God, not wine.

God would rather be a sculptor in our lives than a traffic cop. God would rather be a watercolor artist than the answer man at the Mall of America who tells us how to find the bathroom. God wants to make each of us into something beautiful, His masterpiece.

The second principle Brad put forth was this: God wants us to desire Him more than we want to know His answers.

“Excuse me, do you really love Me, or do you really just want answers?” It is not God’s desire for us to be using God like a Google search engine. God wants us to know Him, not all the answers.

Brad then told us the story of Brother Lawrence, a lay brother who spent most of his life working in the kitchen at a monastery in France. He was not educated enough to become a cleric, so he washed dishes, but all the while he practiced the presence of God. His writings were later assembled into a book that had touched countless people since, The Practicing of the Presence of God. "There is nothing more holy than living in His presence," he wrote.

This, too, was David’s one request: “That I may dwell in the house of the Lord forever… “

It is out of that intimate friendship that God’s answers begin to flow.

“I will instruct you in the way you ought to go, and I will guide you with My eye upon you.” In order for us to have God’s guidance, we need to be seeking His face. Brad shared the example of being at a party with your spouse across the room and with her eyes she says it’s time to go… God wants to communicate this way with us, Brad said. It was a beautiful way for us to transition into Communion.

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