During the message my pastor, Billy Hybels, gave a powerful message on surrender along with three brave people who shared their stories. He asked, “Who is the CEO of your life?” One of the things I love is that our church gives us tangible ways to mark the decisions we make. When we entered the service, we were given white pieces of fabric. We were asked if we needed a “total regime change today”? Three options were given of what to write on the ‘white flag’: “surrender” control of my life to God’s love, guidance, wisdom, and plan, “resurrender” if I’ve wandered away or the honest truth of “I’m still in charge”. Add “Easter 2013” and sign my name.
We then sang “White Flag” by Chris Tomlin. Here is the link to the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYuBdnaLNtw
“We raise our white flag
We surrender all to You, all for You
We raise our white flag: the war is over
Love has come, Your love has won
Here on this holy ground
You made a way for peace
Laying your body down
You took our rightful place
We lift the cross, lift it high, lift it high”
What do you need to surrender to see God’s blessings and beauty?
I felt a prompting from God to write our names on the bulletin with Mike’s cell # and gave it to Victor with an offer to meet up at church and for a home cooked meal. I turn around to walk and who was sitting behind me, but Karen from Khols (where I was shopping the day before). Blessing! Blessing!
All aspects of our service really were a joyful celebration of Jesus defeating the grave. That’s the church, and this one, Willow Creek Community Church, I’m proud to be part of! Here is the link to the service: http://media.willowcreek.org/
Our blessing for today is Psalm 32 (Italics added for emphasis)
Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit. When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.
Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin.
Therefore let all the faithful pray to you while you may be found; surely the rising of the mighty waters will not reach them. You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you. Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in him. Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart!
Beauty & Blessings,