How’s Your Hope?

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Is the weather gorgeous, or what? I love it when we are surprised by beautiful spring weather in the middle of winter.

Rebecca and I are in Dallas for a few days with a relational pastors network that we’ve been a part of since the beginning of City Life. It’s one of my favorite times of the year, where so much encouragement and strengthening occurs. These pastors are kind of like an extended Connect Group for Rebecca and me. Hope is restored and fueled through relationships like these.

How’s your hope? Are you feeling hopeful today or hopeless?

There are so many things that can demolish hope in our hearts. It could be a romance gone bad, growing debt, career pain, loneliness, lack of direction and purpose, etc. Sometimes, life dishes out hopelessness, and everything seems to be coming apart in our lives.

But, here’s the truth. God sees what’s going on in your life. God cares about you. And, God has placed gifts in your future! You see, when Jesus came to this earth, he walked around in a human body, just like ours. He felt, saw, experienced and had to deal with pain of all types. So, the good news is that God Himself understands, and has a plan for you.

God isn’t just a casual observer of earth’s happenings, sipping on a latte, watching your hopes and dreams wither. He cares about you, personally! He created you for a purpose and rescued you from a life destined for hell. 

God is at work right now, making plans for YOUR wonderful future. Your best IS yet to come! God says, “I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

THAT injects HOPE into my heart!
But we also need each other, because hope is instilled through other people who love us unconditionally. Church is a great place to experience that. In fact, next Sunday, we launch THREE services to choose from on Sundays. 

Sunday, I’m speaking on the topic of personal breakthrough. I don’t want you to miss it!

Sincerely,
Pastor Tim 

Launch Sunday – THIS WEEKEND

Wow, I almost can’t believe that Launch Sunday is already upon us. In fact, it’s THIS SUNDAY. Sunday mornings will never be the same. We are moving forward and the Best is Yet to Come! 

If you have yet to do so, visit the LAUNCH SUNDAY event page on Facebook and click “going” to let me know that you’re coming. Also, invite your friends and family to attend with you. It’s going to be a powerful day of celebration and vision for what’s to come! Check out THIS VIDEO to see a preview of what’s ahead!

On Launch Sunday we will be initiating 3 new service times! We already have our new Sunday banner up on the City Life building! As you can see in the photo below, Sunday services will be held at 9am, 10:30am and 12 (noon). 

Which of the three services will you attend on Sunday? 

We are preparing the way for exponential growth. We’ve been steadily growing over the last couple of years and it’s now time to expand our stakes, yet again, and make room for more people to encounter Jesus on a weekly basis. Our future is so bright and I can’t wait to see how God uses City Life Church in 2019 to impact the culture around us!

Closing Thoughts

As followers of Jesus, we simply think differently. Some call it optimism, but I call it faith. 

Faith makes us bold!! Faith can make us marketplace heroes, spreading the life, love, and power of Jesus wherever we go. 

We need to shed timidity because it does not originate with God. God did not create you to be timid. You might be quiet, but you don’t have to be timid. You might be easy-going, but you don’t have to be timid. And it’s God’s Spirit that stops the timidity.

“The Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7)

We are designed by God to be world changers. Even though we might be considered ordinary, disadvantaged or underdogs, we are full of God’s Spirit and able to break out of the labels others have put upon us.

Remember these “tweetable quotables:”

God’s Spirit does not make me timid.

God’s Spirit gives me power.

God’s Spirit gives me love.

God’s Spirit gives me self-discipline. 

Will you receive this prayer?

“God, I pray that those who are reading this will receive your Spirit, your forgiveness, your new life, and your abundant grace. And Lord, I ask that each person will allow your power to overcome the timidity in people’s lives that’s keeping them from being who you designed and destined them to be. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!”

I’ll see you in church!