Thursday, March 26, 2015

Continuing the simple life...

Hey Friends and Family of TCC,

Have you ever been on a vacation and found yourself enjoying it so much that you wished it would not have to end? That’s how I feel every time we get to go to Aptos/Sea Cliff Beach. I could sit for hours and watch the waves, smell the ocean fragrance, feel the cool air on my skin, listen to the seagulls and shout as the dolphins make their appearance. Do you get the picture?

Well, that’s how I am feeling about our Simplify series. On Monday evening, it was really sweet to sit with my Community Group and listen as people were reflecting on the series and the changes they were making in their lives as a result. It’s been super satisfying and exciting for me to be part of what God is doing in the lives of so many as I share how He is transforming me.

I want to suggest that it doesn’t have to end. Even though we’re going to move on to another series after Easter, we can all practice the things we’ve learned as we step back into a different reality. Much like coming home from vacation to a non-vacation reality. I will be praying for all of us that we will realize that Jesus’ offer to come to Him – come and be – is an offer without an expiration date. He wants us to be in relationship with Him so that when we serve, we serve out of an abundance of His Spirit.

On Sunday we conclude the series by talking about a huge consequence of believing we are in charge of the outcomes of our lives – worry and anxiety. We will end by collectively agreeing to let go of our need for control by truly trusting that God’s way is not just the best way to live, it’s the only wise choice to make in order to live a simplified life.

Seeking a simpler way to respond to life,

Saturday Prayer Focus: TCC Mexico Mission Team and Agua Viva Ministries, Ensenada Mexico. Stephanie Murray, the team leader, has asked us to: Pray for unity on the team as they accept and encourage each other. Pray for many in Mexico to establish a relationship with Jesus. Pray for a restored and refreshed spiritual passion for the Mexican youth. Pray for safety and good health for everyone involved.

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