When Levi was first born Noah, our first child, had a rough transition. He had just moved into a new classroom at school, got introduced to his new baby brother, and was having a hard time sharing time with his Mom and Dad. I remember asking Liz, “did we just ruin our lives?” I was so defeated, upset, and frustrated with Noah. Over those two weeks I asked Noah 25 times “Why can’t you just follow and listen to what I say?” On a Saturday night Noah told Liz, “Mommy, my heart is sad. I’m doing everything wrong.” I remember Liz and I weeping over those words together. How did I miss seeing Noah’s heart being broken over these last two weeks? How did I neglect my son’s heart? Why did I expect him to become a robot and follow my commands blindly?
I feel like Jesus is performing open heart surgery with this next section of the Sermon on the Mount. He sees our hearts, takes the brokenness, and transforms it into what He wants it to be. God doesn’t neglect where our heart is, but tells us how to live with the fruit of the Spirit.
You have heard it was said ‘Do not murder’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment…Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and then remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother, then come and offer your gift.
God takes a negative command of ‘do not murder’ and turns it into a positive ‘go and be reconciled. God takes the “why can’t you just listen?” and turns it into “I can heal your heart.” I pray that as a church family we can see each other’s hearts the way God sees ours.
In-Person Service Information
Registration will now be open two weeks in advance to join in person at Aggie Park at 10am. You can register for service by clicking on the links below. Indoor and outdoor seating options are available with safety protocols put in place to help keep us all safe. Please review our safety protocols prior to attending by clicking here. Doors will open at 9:40am so feel free to come early and say hello! We will still be live-streaming our service on Sunday at 10am on Facebook, YouTube and our website. We hope you will join us in what ever way you feel most comfortable and safe.
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Wednesday Night Worship & Prayer
Join us Wednesday nights at 8:30 PM on Facebook Live or YouTube Live for a time of worship and prayer. We look forward to interacting in real time as we re-center our hearts on what God is doing.
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