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September Day of Prayer and Fasting

Posted on Aug 31, 2017 10:26:28 AM by Rob Ferry in solar eclipse, in totality, in cosmos, in phenomenon

 
Dear SE region,
 
We believe prayer changes things!   So, on the first day of each month this year, we as a region have committed ourselves to pray and fast for specific goals.  And God has blessed us by answering many of our faithful prayers.
 
With faith that God can change anything and everything for the better,  please join together with your brothers and sisters for a day of prayer and fasting of your choice and duration,  sometime this Labor Day weekend, September 1-4 , as we  lift up the following requests to God to invite his love and power.
 
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1- That God would do more than we could ask or imagine during the 2017 Family Conference this Weekend.  Pray for: families united in Christ, the speakers, the volunteers, safe travel for all those coming to Denver, God-centered families, the Denver Church and our sisters churches to become a multi-generational church family that is a seed-bed of faith for All Generations. (Ephesians 3:20)

2- That God would bring transformation through each of our upcoming fall events and retreats, stirring hearts, resurrecting lives, instilling hope, and bringing salvation!  In the spirit of Romans 12:2, which says, 'Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed', lets pray for transformation at the Teen Rally, the Singles Retreat, the Campus Retreat, and the SE Women's Day.

3- That each of our 25 Family Groups in the SE region would help at least one person become a disciple in 2017! (Matthew 28:18-20)

So far in 2017 we have seen the following 14 people baptized or restored: Sasha Lott, Sherree Perez, Carmelita McIntyre, Elaine Brimage (I), Katherine Vogel, Dan Lapierre, Sebastian Murrillo, Amani Pearson, Anna Hoskins, Gene Vuehig, Cambrie Vergeire, Hunter Clemons, Christina Heese, Peggy Phillips)

4- That 'not one would be lost' from our region in 2017! (John 6:39)

Thanks in advance for joining in prayer with Dawn and I and the rest of the region this Weekend!

Grace and Peace,

Rob and Dawn

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Every Natural Wonder is an Opportunity to Know God

Posted on Aug 25, 2017 7:33:31 AM by Rob Ferry in solar eclipse, in totality, in cosmos, in phenomenon


  - That the moon’s size is just the right proportion to stabilize the tilt of Earth’s axis and generate tides that circulate ocean water and keep it fresh,
 
  - Or, that the same conditions that make life possible also make our planet uniquely well-suited for viewing and analyzing the rest of the universe.
 
Looking at how intricately Earth is designed, it quickly becomes clear that nothing about life here is accidental. The same way that a great piece of art gives us insight into the life, times, and feelings of the artist, every process and every detail of how our planet functions gives us insight into the One who made it.

And the Bible reminds us that’s what God wanted all along — to show us His existence, His power, His love, and His care.

“The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world” (Psalm 19:1-4).

God wants us to know who He is. This planet is remarkable in its makeup because its makeup leads us to marvel at our Creator.

What Creation Tells Us About God

If we believe God is all-powerful, then we also believe that He can create anything. God didn’t have to make us or a planet that is perfectly suited to sustain us. God can (and did) make other kinds of planets and solar systems.

But the fact that He made this planet, Earth, this way shows at least three significant insights into God’s character.

1. God cares about the details.
“Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them. Glorious and majestic are his deeds ...” (Psalm 111:2).

Rather than fill the world with only functional creatures and plants, God gives us millions of species in every size, shape, and color.

Remove one tiny plant or animal from a habitat, and it affects everything else that lives there. None of us have seen a Carolina parakeet’s vibrant yellow, orange, and green feathers, except perhaps in a history book or on its Wikipedia page. This small, attractive bird also served an important purpose. When the Carolina parakeet died out, forests changed because the parakeet wasn’t there to disperse seeds as it had in the past.

It’s possible to design things that are functional but not beautiful. But God chooses to do both because beauty draws us in. The extra time and thought that goes into making something beautiful communicates how much a designer cares about what he’s making and who he’s making it for.

2. God makes things perfectly.
“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good” (Genesis 1:31).

How many times have you started to make something, gotten halfway through the project, then scrapped what you had an gone back to the original design? I take comfort in knowing this has never happened to God.

More often than not, we’re the ones trying to replace or recreate systems God already perfected. For example, some cities have started investing in natural infrastructure — caring for plants, soil, and river beds as a way to control flooding and provide high-quality water rather than building dams and water treatment plants.

So much of what we know about nature's cycles — think photosynthesis, evaporation, or the changing of seasons — points back to a God who knew what we would need before we did.

God created all these systems long before we had the knowledge to understand them, and they create a perfect picture of how He works in our lives today. Even when we can’t see what’s happening, God is perfectly weaving things together for His glory and our good.

3. God is both powerful and personal.
“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created” (Revelation 4:11).

Staring at the sky has a way of making me feel small. But where that used to evoke listlessness or insignificance, I now experience an even deeper awe and affection for God.

The same God who made the universe is not far from any one of us, according to Acts 17:24-28. And in Isaiah 42:5-7, God, the great and powerful maker and sustainer of the universe, also promises to take hold of our hands, to keep us and make us His children. Those are not the words of a distant deity, but a loving dad.

Who is this God, who has all this power, but still cares so intimately about me?*

I hope that’s the question many of us pondered as we marveled at the eclipse because I think that’s what brings God the most joy — seeing His children awestruck at what He’s made and searching to know Him just a little more.

*If you’re not sure who God is and want to learn more about Him, we’d love to talk with you. Connect with us at http://bit.ly/2ivEO7z.  

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