Thursday, July 7, 2011

This Week at Twin Cities - A Prepared Heart

Hey everybody! Wow, our new series, “The Jesus Stories,” started out with a bang last week. I was so grateful for our Celebration Arts Team for the rousing and moving selection of patriotic music. One woman told me that by the time we finished, her husband was so moved he was unable to sing because of the tears. Another person wrote me a note about how well we do at honoring our country’s heritage and heroes. If you missed the day, you might watch the entire service online so you can be part of what God did.

Last week we talked about being receptive to the voice of God. Jesus was a master communicator and story teller, and in that very first parable of His ministry He outlined both the purpose for His stories and gave us a framework for interpreting them. One thing to remember is this: Parable means to “throw alongside” So, Jesus was throwing an example from ordinary life alongside of a deep biblical truth about the Kingdom of God as a way to help people like you and me understand more about God’s heart.

This Sunday we’re going to look at a parable Jesus taught helping people know the importance of being proactive instead of complacent concerning the things we know God has called us to do. We are called to be vigilant and prepared. The parable is called “The Ten Bridesmaids,” and you can read it in Matthew 25:1-13. Reading it in advance allows God to prepare the soil of your heart to receive His word.

The last idea I shared on Sunday is to have a posture that says, “Yes” to God. I hope you’ll begin living with a “Yes God” heart.

Having my heart captured with you,

Pastor Ron

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