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O Lord, How Manifold are Your Works

Spring time is one of my favorite times of year.  Everything is turning green, the flowers are blooming, birds are singing, crickets are chirping…God’s beautiful creation stirs as though there is a whole new beginning. 

Psalm 147:8 - He covers the heavens with clouds;
    he prepares rain for the earth;
    he makes grass grow on the hills.

Psalm 104:24-25 - O Lord, how manifold are your works!
    In wisdom have you made them all;
    the earth is full of your creatures.

Psalm 8:3-4 - When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
    the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
    and the son of man that you care for him?

All of creation points to our Creator.  From the smallest micro-organism to a universe filled with galaxies upon galaxies.  They all point to His infinite power and His great attention to the tiniest detail.  Look at the colors in the flowers, how one seed can grow into a piece of art, how the gray winters turn into vibrant spring.  Even the most complex space ship doesn’t come close the complexities and intricacies in one living cell.  AMAZING!  That same God, the most amazing artist of all time, made you in His own image.  That same God knows you, loves you and cares for you.  That same God has the power to make something beautiful out of your circumstances, turn your darkest days to vibrant days, and refine you to look more and more like His Son, Jesus Christ.  Look to Him, the One who is able.  Evidence of His power is all around you.

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Who We Are: Our Best Days are Ahead

[Today, we conclude our series about “Who We Are.”]
Whatever good has come from our Vertical Church – however many new salvations, soul-level healings, grace-filled relationships, big prayers, and however much passionate and Christ-centered worship, sacrificial serving, however many fearless men, secure women, inspired teenagers, maturing children, pioneering leaders, and multiple churches, and Holy Spirit influence that changes the world – it has all most surely been because of God’s mighty work in us and among us and through us. That’s why we are sure:
Our best days are ahead and we know that this is the Lord’s doing and it is marvelous in our eyes.
It’s God’s good work: “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit” (Zech. 4:6). Christ is the head of the church (Col 1:18) and nothing, not even the gates of Hades, will not prevail against it (Matt 16:13-18). God is faithful (Deut. 7:9) and will always be (2 Tim. 2:13). We are firmly committed to the work He has for us here on earth today, even as we continually look for our Blessed Hope (Titus 2:13). “Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself” (Phil 3:20-21). We await Jesus’ return!
As grateful as we are for all that He has done in our church body, we humbly ask for more. Father, we thank you that our best days are ahead. We know this is Your good work and it’s marvelous in our eyes (Ps. 118:23). We exalt Your Name and magnify Your glory in the world. Amen.

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