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We Were Made For This

Recently I attended a conference of 1600 people involved in Children’s Ministry. The conference began with an incredible prayer experience. This experience brought people together in a way I have never experienced at a conference, this large before. As people genuinely engaged in the prayer experiences, barriers were broken, hearts were healed, eternal friendships were formed and unity in Christ became the norm. We explored throughout the week the phrase “We Were Made for This.”. As I spent time listening, engaging in conversation, worshipping and praying, several things became evident.

  1. When we admit our doubts, failures and struggles healing begins to happen.
  2. When we release anger, bitterness and frustration, it is replaced with the “Peace of God.”
  3. When we are at a loss for identity, we are reminded by God that we are made for a purpose.
  4. When God’s people are vulnerable with each other, the realization is that we are more alike than different and we do not have to prove ourselves.
  5. When we are genuine with each other, others who identify with the same struggles are encouraged and find hope in their own lives.
  6. When we live in a tough world where the struggles are real, it is easy to ignore the struggles other are going through.
  7. When we encounter a person we have no idea of their life journey, unless we ask and listen.
  8. When we are rushed and consumed with tasks, we miss the opportunity to minister to those with whom we encounter.
  9. When we are faithful and fervent we bear the fruit of the promises of God and can share that fruit.
  10. When we are provided time to share the journey with others who share the same calling, creativity abounds and the ripple effects can be felt in communities across this nation.

As I reread and think about this list, it goes far beyond a conference experience. It embodies the church, we are called to be a part of. It embodies the hopes, dreams and needs of people in our communities. It is a reminder to me of our call and purpose as a part of the kingdom of God.

If this Blog resonates in any way with you. Email me to go deeper, through conversation, time around a table, or extended email conversations.

Larry Crane
Director of Children's Ministries

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House

Building a house can take months or even years to accomplish. It can take months for planning, for the blueprints to be drawn up, and to choose a place to build. This all occurs before even a glimpse of building begins. Then the building process can start. A foundation is created and painstakingly each piece is put in place. Wood, brick, steel, each positioned according to design. The frame emerges from the assembled materials. The wiring, plumbing, heating, cooling and infrastructure are added. Then come the walls, flooring materials, the plumbing fixtures, cabinets, doors, etc.  Many times these come with lots of angst over which to select from a myriad of choices. As the house begins to be finalized the décor and finishing touches are added. Then you add the people, the memories, individual tweaks to make your house, your home. This process is full of hard work, countless decisions, a multitude of memories and reflects a part of you.  Houses take months, years and decades to complete. HOWEVER…..

In the past few months, we have been keenly aware of the mortality of these personal monuments we call home. The houses across the street from the church are violently reduced to splinters in minutes. Wildfires are consuming homes by the hundreds in California, as people flee with little more than the clothes on their back. Flood waters in Texas engulf entire communities and people return only to stack all the remains in the street to be disposed of. Homes are swept away or blown away in Puerto Rico, several Caribbean islands and Florida in the wake of hurricanes. In Mexico, homes are reduced to rubble by the rumble of the earthquake. Reflecting upon the reality of the recent events, one can often become cynical, worried, discouraged, or distraught, yet in the midst of the remains of the rubble some truths begin to emerge.

  • The loss of life is much more tragic than the loss of possessions
  • Life will never be the same
  • It is a time to make needed changes in your life
  • The community rises up to help and new relationships are made
  • Value is redefined in your life
  • Faith is questioned, sharpened and solidified

Personally, it is a time to be reminded that this earthly home is only temporary and that we can stand with the precepts of Abraham

 “He was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God” Hebrews 11:10

This is incredible when we consider the words from Hebrews 1:10

 "In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.

Our hope is not in the things of this world, but in the immortal heavenly home built on the foundation of faith in Christ.

19“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

Though not personally impacted by these scenario, just watching, helping in small ways and praying these tragedies, cause me to reflect on where I am placing value and treasure in my life.

What treasures are you building daily?

If you lost all your possessions.

What would you still possess?”

Who would you blame or praise?

On what foundation would you rebuild?

Would you like to continue this conversation?

Call the church 3178491805 or email

Larry Crane
Director Of Children's Ministries

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